NOEL K GARRISON
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HONORED ON PANEL 20W, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

NOEL KEITH GARRISON

WALL NAME

NOEL K GARRISON

PANEL / LINE

20W/10

DATE OF BIRTH

10/02/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHOUC TUY

DATE OF CASUALTY

07/17/1969

HOME OF RECORD

VALPARAISO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Porter County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR NOEL KEITH GARRISON
POSTED ON 5.28.2020
POSTED BY: Marilyn Young

Goose

Nicknamed "Goose" he played on the St. John's River Junior College (now State College) in 1967 & '68.
RIP my friend...we will always love you!
Marilyn Young
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POSTED ON 7.18.2019
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 11.15.2018
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Noel Garrison,
Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Helicopter Pilot. Happy Veterans' Day. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 1.7.2018

Final Mission of WO1 Noel K. Garrison

On July 17, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 66-16828) from the 68th Assault Helicopter Company crashed after suffering a power loss in Long Khanh Province, RVN, resulting in the death of one crewman and one passenger. The accident occurred in the late afternoon after the crew had been conducted several combat support flights during the day. At approximately 1600 hours, the aircraft was directed to a landing zone (LZ) near Xuan Loc to extract a load of captured enemy equipment. The LZ was approximately 50 meters long and 30 meters wide, and was surrounded by 180-200 foot trees on all sides. There was one small area at the south end of the LZ that was barely suitable for landing. After landing to the south, approximately 700 lbs. of miscellaneous captured equipment were loaded aboard the aircraft. Aircraft commander WO1 Noel K. Garrison picked the aircraft up to a hover while a ground guide, SFC Clark, cleared him of the obstacles. As he came to a high hover (approximately 30 feet), WO1 Garrison executed a 200 degree right pedal turn and continued a vertical climb out to the north-northeast, approximately 020 degrees. As the aircraft passed over the tree line, Garrison lowered the nose to gain forward airspeed and pulled additional power to prevent from settling into the trees. When additional power was added, the RPM bled severely, and the aircraft began a slow turn to the right. No corrective action was taken, and the aircraft continued to turn to the right, while moving over the trees in the direction of takeoff. After the first 360 degree turn, the aircraft began to spin faster and moved back over the LZ to the south. The aircraft spun several more times to the right before contacting the trees approximately 30 meters to the south of the LZ. The helicopter inverted when it contacted the trees and fell, impacting on its top. The crew and one passenger were effectively restrained by seat belts and remained in the aircraft after impact. One passenger, CPT Lewis D. Probart, unfastened his seat belt and is believed to have been thrown from the aircraft as it contacted the trees and inverted. He was found about 3 meters southeast of the wreckage with fatal injuries. One of the trees that was knocked down by the helicopter fell across him and pinned him to the ground. The other passenger was knocked unconscious and was hanging in his seat belt. He was removed from the aircraft by SFC Clark. The crew chief was wearing a safety harness and was hanging from the retaining ring. He was able to free himself from the wreckage. The gunner was conscious and was not seriously injured. SFC Clark helped him free himself from the wreckage. SFC Clark then helped get the Garrison and co-pilot out of the severely damaged cockpit. Garrison did not appear to be seriously injured but was unconscious. The co-pilot was pinned in the crushed side of the cockpit, and the gunner, SFC Clark, and another soldier worked for approximately twenty minutes to free him. An aircraft that was in the area at the time of the crash called for medevac helicopters, and they arrived approximately 30 minutes after the crash and took the injured personnel to the hospital. Garrison later succumbed to his injuries. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 7.26.2014

WO Noel Keith Garrison

Always loved, never forgotten and for ever grateful!
Love always,
Your Niece Karla
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