RICHARD L HATLESTAD
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HONORED ON PANEL 1E, LINE 21 OF THE WALL

RICHARD L HATLESTAD

WALL NAME

RICHARD L HATLESTAD

PANEL / LINE

1E/21

DATE OF BIRTH

12/22/1939

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

04/12/1963

HOME OF RECORD

SEPULVEDA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Los Angeles County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR RICHARD L HATLESTAD
POSTED ON 12.22.2022
POSTED BY: Dennis Wriston

I'm Proud of Our Vietnam Veterans

First Lieutenant Richard Lee Hatlestad, Served with the 777th Troop Carrier Squadron, 464th Troop Carrier Wing, 13th Air Force.
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POSTED ON 10.17.2022
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. As long as you are remembered you will remain in our hearts forever….
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POSTED ON 12.22.2021
POSTED BY: Edward Klek

God Bless

It's Christmas time and I like to say,thank you for your service as a pilot.
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POSTED ON 4.19.2019
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt Richard Hatlestad,
Thank you for your service as a Tactical Aircraft Pilot. Your 56th anniversary just passed, sad. It is Good Friday. The war was years ago, but we all need 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 4.27.2016

Air Loss - Fixed Wing

On April 12, 1963, a C-123 Provider (tail number 56-4380) crashed on take-off from the still-under-construction airfield at Nakon Phanom, Thailand, killing four crewmen and two Thai civilians on the ground. The four lost crewmen included 1LT Raymond E. Doyle Jr., 1LT Richard L. Hatlestad, SSGT Donald S. Carson, and SSGT Stanley E. Truesdale. SSGT Carson survived the crash, dying three days later. His name was initially over looked on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, but was later corrected. While the aircraft and the two pilots were assigned to the 777th Troop Carrier Squadron temporarily based at Don Muang Airfield, Bangkok, the U.S. Air Force casualty list indicates SSGT Truesdale was assigned to the 776th Troop Carrier Squadron. There may have been two survivors: SSGT Donald Carson Harry Williams III. (Note: There are different versions of why the aircraft crashed. One account stated that the left wing hit a house while the aircraft was attempting to snare a red flag on top of a flagpole. There is also this unattributed description: "I hate to be the bearer of sad news, but the C-123 that crashed at NKP (Nakon Phanom air base) was trying to snag a pair of panties that was flying from a flagpole with a tie-down chain slung out the back ramp. That accident was famous at Pope (air field) even after I got there and started flying." And finally, this version: "I knew several people who were TDY to Saigon when that incident happened. The troops at NKP had run a pair of panties up a flagpole. This particular crew got the bright idea of trying to snag it with a tie-down chain. I've forgotten if they got too low and hit the pole or if the airplane stalled, but that's what happened." [Taken from togetherweserved.com]
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