DONALD F CORNELL
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 41 OF THE WALL

DONALD FREDERICK CORNELL

WALL NAME

DONALD F CORNELL

PANEL / LINE

38W/41

DATE OF BIRTH

11/07/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, MIL RG I

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/23/1968

HOME OF RECORD

AKRON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Summit County

STATE

OH

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SP5

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DONALD FREDERICK CORNELL
POSTED ON 7.9.2017

Final Mission of SP5 Donald F. Cornell

On November 23, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-15142) from the 71st Assault Helicopter Company was conducting a test flight when it crashed into the ocean 2 miles north of Chu Lai Airfield in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Both the pilot, WO Paul R. Lo Forti, and technician, SP5 Donald F. Cornell, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The flight was a test for the main rotor track. It was the fourth such flight performed by WO Lo Forti in this aircraft during the night of November 22nd-23rd. On this flight, Lo Forti took off to the northwest on Runway 32. He climbed on the runway heading to an altitude of about 150 feet. Approximately 500 yards from the end of the runway, he made a right turn to crosswind, maintaining 150 feet. He continued this course and altitude for approximately ½ mile. Lo Forti then started a descending right turn from which he did not recover. The turn, if completed, would have positioned the aircraft on a right downwind. The aircraft struck the water and disappeared. The remains of both crewmen were recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 11.23.2015
POSTED BY: jerry sandwisch wood cty.ohio nam vet 1969-70 army 173rd abn bde

You are not forgotten

The war may be forgotten but the warrior will always be remembered!!!! All gave Some-Some gave All. Rest in peace Donald. :-(
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POSTED ON 10.31.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear SP5 Donald Frederick Cornell, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

Curt Carter
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POSTED ON 6.17.2011

Never Forgotten

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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POSTED ON 11.27.2010
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

We Remember

Donald is buried at Hillside Memorial Park, Akron,OH. AM-17OLC PH
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