PHILIPPE L LAS HERMES
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HONORED ON PANEL 13W, LINE 10 OF THE WALL

PHILIPPE LUC LAS HERMES

WALL NAME

PHILIPPE L LAS HERMES

PANEL / LINE

13W/10

DATE OF BIRTH

12/15/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/14/1970

HOME OF RECORD

ANNAPOLIS

COUNTY OF RECORD

Anne Arundel County

STATE

MD

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PHILIPPE LUC LAS HERMES
POSTED ON 2.15.2021
POSTED BY: Jury Washington

Thank You For Your Valiant Service Soldier.

May those who served never be forgotten. Rest in peace CAPT. Hermes, I salute your brave soul. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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POSTED ON 12.16.2020
POSTED BY: christopher vock

For those who met Philippe

For those of you who knew my friend Philippe Lashermes, please contact me at [email protected]

Please visit my memorial to Philippe on the VIRTUAL WALL

KEEP SAFE
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POSTED ON 3.14.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Philippe Las Hermes, Thank you for your service as an Utility/Observation Helicopter Pilot. I researched you on the 50th anniversary of you being shot down.
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 12.19.2016
POSTED BY: Paul Longoria

Stopping by to Salute you Frenchy

Phillippe you flew many times with my cousin Bobby and to this day he still talks about you and Ronnie Arnett. He was with you in the hospital when you passed away that Valentines Day. Ever since then he doesn't celebrate that day..ever. I know you meant a lot to him and so I wanted to pay my respects to you.
God be with you and thank you for your service to this country when you didn't even have to.
I'll look you up next time I'm at ANC.
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POSTED ON 2.19.2016

Final Mission of WO1 Philippe L. Las Hermes

On January 31, 1970, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1H (tail number 68-15563) from C Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was shot down while participating in a assignment to create some improved landing zones the first and second ridgelines outside of Camp Evans. Three crewmen and one passenger were killed in the attack. The lost crewmen included aircraft commander WO1 Philippe L. Las Hermes, pilot CAPT Donald Swanson, and gunner SP4 Mahlon R. Arnett. The passenger was PFC Paul H. Cardenas Jr. There are three accounts for this incident. First account – (68-15563) was the flight lead of a Phoenix flight to pick up a team of combat engineers who had cut a landing zone in the jungle that morning. General John Wright, the CG of the 101st decided to have a landing zone per grid square. The mission would require that when you got to the assigned position, you hovered the aircraft in position while the engineers would repel out of the aircraft with their equipment and then cut the landing zone. A RPG had hit this aircraft in the LZ and pilots Swanson and Las Hermes lifted the aircraft out of the landing zone. It flew for a hundred yards, fluttered, and then fell toward the jungle covered mountain foothills. Warrant Officer Jack Glennon couldn't believe that anyone could survive the crash. Crew chief Mike Amos jumped from his seat in the tumbling Huey. Remarkably Amos survived the fall and was picked up by a medevac Huey the next day. La Hermes died on the hospital ship or in Japan on February 14, 1970. Specialist Mahlon R. Arnett was listed as Missing In Action. It was ironic that "Frenchy" Las Hermes received his draft notice from the French Army that fall. He boasted in the club, "What are they going to do to me if I don't show up, Send me to Viet Nam". Also Philippe’s father had served at Dien Bien Phu with the French Foreign Legion. (Taken from phoenix158.org) Second account - We were hauling equipment (chain saws) in and out of the area on long ropes, maybe 200 feet or so. We spent the whole morning hovering around doing this. The there was a very small contingency of tree-cutters on the ground. We broke for lunch and went back to Evans. I wanted to go to the PX, so I ask Philippe to fly for me. Philippe wanted to build time so that he could become a Concorde pilot and agreed to finish the afternoon with Don. An RPG hit under/near the aircraft, but apparently not a direct hit. They took off trying to fly out. I don't know if the aircraft was on fire when they took off, but at treetop level (I was told) the flames were pouring out of the aircraft and inside the open doors. Ultimately they crashed killing Don, Las Hermes died on the hospital ship from complications of severe burns. Amos jumped out at treetop level and survived (he used this strategy twice). I am not sure what happened to Arnett since I have heard more than one version and don't know which version is correct. (Narrative by Robert Scarbrough) Third account - I was on the lift, chalk four or five. We had rappelled pathfinders in the LZ earlier in the day and were coming back in the afternoon with troops to make the switch. Swanee was lead and took an RPG in the right side while at a hover. (You couldn't land because it was on the side of a hill and lots of stumps.) He pulled pitch and ended up settling into the trees a few hundred meters away. The next two chalks went to secure the crash sight and I picked up the gunner, Arnett, who was blown out of the aircraft, and one of the troops from the LZ. I flew them directly to the hospital ship. Arnett died within 24 hrs. (Narrative by Bob Sauer) [Taken from phoenix158.org and vhpa.org]
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