HARRY R LAGERWALL
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HONORED ON PANEL 1W, LINE 100 OF THE WALL

HARRY ROY LAGERWALL

WALL NAME

HARRY R LAGERWALL

PANEL / LINE

1W/100

DATE OF BIRTH

09/18/1937

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/21/1972

HOME OF RECORD

CARMEL

COUNTY OF RECORD

Putnam County

STATE

NY

BRANCH OF SERVICE

AIR FORCE

RANK

LTC

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR HARRY ROY LAGERWALL
POSTED ON 1.12.2015
POSTED BY: wkillian@smjuhsd.org

Final Mission of CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall

Final Mission of CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall
An AC-130A gunship, "Spectre 17", flown by CAPT Harry R. Lagerwall, departed Ubon Airbase, Thailand on an interdiction mission to interrupt enemy cargo movements along the Ho Chi Minh Trail on December 21, 1972. The crew onboard numbered 16, including MSGT Rollie K. Reaid, CAPT George D. MacDonald, SMS John Q. Winningham, MAJ Francis A. Walsh Jr., CMS James R. Fuller, SMS Robert T. Elliott, MAJ Robert L. Liles Jr., LTC Harry R. Lagerwall, COL Paul O. Meder, LTC Thomas T. Hart III, CAPT Stanley N. Kroboth, MSGT Charles F. Fenter, CAPT Joel R. Birch, Richard Williams, and Carl E. Stevens. During the flight to the target, the aircraft was hit by ground fire and after 10 minutes of level flight, the fuel exploded. Two of the crew, Williams and Stevens, bailed out safely and were subsequently rescued hours later. The partial body of Joel Birch (an arm) was later recovered some distance away from the crash site. Heat-sensitive equipment which would pinpoint the location of human beings in the jungles was used to search for the rest of the crew with no success. It was assumed that the missing crewmen were either dead or were no longer in the area. According to intelligence reports, several piles of bloody bandages and 5 deployed parachutes were seen and photographed at the crash site. Also, later requests through the Freedom of Information Act revealed a photo of what appeared to be the initials "TH" stomped in the tall elephant grass near the crash site. In the early 1980's a delegation comprised in part of several POW/MIA family members visited the site of the aircraft crash in Laos. Mrs. Anne Hart found material on the ground in the area which she believed to be bone fragment. She photographed the material and turned it over to the U.S. Government. In February, 1985, a joint excavation of the crash site was done by the U.S. and Laos from which a large number of small bone fragments were found. Analysis by the U.S. Army's Central Identification Laboratory (CIL) in Hawaii reported the positive identification of all 13 missing crewmembers. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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POSTED ON 12.15.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear LTC Harry Roy Lagerwall, 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 6.11.2007
POSTED BY: Bill Mackin

Thank You Neighbor/ HERO

Roy, I live in Carmel, N.Y and know all about you from our local paper called the Putnam Courier. Your great friend and high school classmate Lynn Greenwood has spoken of you many times.He has his own section in the paper.Thanks to his never ending love for you and his " NEVER FORGET " stance we the readers get to know about our home town Hero's as yourself!!
I also went and touched your brick with your name on it at Putnam Veterans Memorial Park. Thank You Lynn for never forgeting a local Hero and Thank You Roy for making the Supreme Sacrifice so we may live in a country as great and free as The U.S.A . God Bless you and this great country. R.I.P my brother.
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POSTED ON 2.3.2006
POSTED BY: Vanessa Carter

Spectre AC130 crew

POSTED ON 4.13.2002

If I should die...remembrances for LTCOL. Harry Roy LAGERWALL, USAF...who died so that freedom and justice may live!!!!!!!....HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
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