KARL F LANGE
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HONORED ON PANEL 15W, LINE 42 OF THE WALL

KARL FERDINAND LANGE

WALL NAME

KARL F LANGE

PANEL / LINE

15W/42

DATE OF BIRTH

11/27/1929

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NGAI

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/09/1969

HOME OF RECORD

WEST ALLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Milwaukee County

STATE

WI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

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POSTED ON 11.28.2020

Final Mission of LTC Karl F. Lange

On December 9, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-16220) from Company A, 123rd Aviation Battalion, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal) was conducting a routine shuttle mission for support command when it crashed in bad weather into a hilltop three miles southwest of Minh Long Airfield in Quang Ngai Province, RVN. Three crewmen and three passengers were killed. The lost aircrew included co-pilot WO1 Ward L. Hooper Jr., crew chief SP4 Michael J. McClane, and gunner SP5 Edward F. Fratus; the lost were passengers LTC Karl F. Lange, MAJ Roger W. Heinz, and CPT Eugene P. Shumbris. The aircraft commander survived with injuries. The flight initiated at 7:15 AM from Ky Ha Heliport where the crew picked up passengers at the Division Administration pad, then departed for Minh Long. Following a change in passengers, the aircraft departed Minh Long in light rain enroute to Ba To. The helicopter was on a heading which would enable it to follow a valley to Ba To after passing through a saddle in a mountain. As the aircraft passed through the saddle, poor visibility caused the pilots to switch to Instrument Flight Rules (IFR). The aircraft commander assumed control of the ship from the co-pilot. He turned left and initiated a climb. After completing his turn, the aircraft commander looked through the chin bubble when he saw the mountainside approaching rapidly. As he attempted to climb over the hill, the main rotor's retreating blade contacted small shrubs and tall elephant grass on the uphill side of the mountain. As the helicopter continued forward, the skids struck the ground and were sheared off, causing the fuel cells to burst. The main rotor struck the ground and was sheared from the transmission. The tail boom was also severed from the fuselage of the aircraft. Momentum carried the aircraft forward another 150 feet. The destroyed helicopter burned in place; however, it was impossible to determine the exact final resting position of the aircraft because the slope where the accident occurred was approximately 60 degrees and many of the components rolled down the hill following the fire. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 3.17.2020
POSTED BY: Steve Conto

The Final Bridge

Karl is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, section 2, site 3389-2 5th row in from the east (service rd) 12th column in from the south.
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POSTED ON 3.8.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear LTC Karl Lange, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. For many of us, we have begun Lent. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2018
POSTED BY: Grace

We'll always remeber

Family or not, your people will always remember you for serving our country and doing good.
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POSTED ON 5.1.2018
POSTED BY: Emma S, Aryzona W

Always Remember

"When you go through deep waters i will be with you." Isaiah 43:2
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