LUTHER M LASATER III
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HONORED ON PANEL 2W, LINE 106 OF THE WALL

LUTHER MCKIND LASATER III

WALL NAME

LUTHER M LASATER III

PANEL / LINE

2W/106

DATE OF BIRTH

02/16/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BIEN HOA

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/13/1972

HOME OF RECORD

GARLAND

COUNTY OF RECORD

Dallas County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CAPT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LUTHER MCKIND LASATER III
POSTED ON 11.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear Captain Luther Mckind Lasater III, 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 10.9.2013
POSTED BY: John Banicki

Honor and Courage

I was with B Co when Capt. Lasater III was shot down. Our three platoons where reconing an area about 5 kilometers south of the Binh Son Rubber Plantation and found a large bunker complex. I have attached a link to our Daily Staff Journals for that operation. http://jebanicki.net/f/feb.html
The bravery of the Pink Teams as we called them were outstanding. They looked death in the eye like most men never would ever attempt to do. The most courages and bravest of the brave. There are a lot of Grunts who survived Vietnam because of their selfless actions. Vietnam Grunts loved those fly boys. My heart rate still goes up when I hear a chopper.
May you rest in peace Captain Luther M. Lasater III. For I am most likely here because of the courage showed by Pink Team Pilots.
Honor and Courage
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POSTED ON 3.12.2013

Final Mission of CAPT Luther M. Lasater III

CAPT Luther M. Lasater, III, 1st Cavalry Division, 3rd Brigade, 9th Cavalry Regiment, F Troop, Pilot OH-6A Scout Helicopter. Killed in Action on 13 February 1972 near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Born on 16 February 1947, he was from Garland, Texas. His tour in Vietnam began on 21 November 1971. CAPT Lasater was recommended for the Congressional Medal of Honor for the action which cost him his life. The narrative for the action reads as follows: 'On the afternoon of 13 February 1972, Company 'B', 2nd Battalion, 8th Cavalry, made contact with a force of undetermined size in a bunker complex, and requested that a Hunter-Killer team be sent to their assistance. The weather was clear and sunny and the terrain was thin, single canopy jungle with low, dense bamboo thickets and gently rolling hills. The enemy morale was high and they were protecting their positions by firing at all aircraft and personnel entering the area. When the Hunter-Killer team arrived on station, the mission commander coordinated with the ground unit and made rocket runs in his AH-1G to suppress the area. Then the OH-6A Scout aircraft, piloted by CAPT Luther M. Lasater, entered the contact area at treetop level to mark the enemy positions for the AH-1G to destroy. CAPT Lasater flew through the area several times, each time taking heavy small arms and machine gun fire, before he was satisfied that he could put out an accurate mark. He then put out a white phosphorous grenade to mark the enemy positions for the Cobra, which made rocket runs as CAPT Lasater moved away. At this time, an aerial field artillery section arrived on station fully armed and CAPT Lasater, despite the heavy volume of enemy ground to air fire, offered to re-mark the enemy positions so their rockets would be of the most benefit to the ground unit. CAPT Lasater entered the area and immediately became the target of the enemy gunners, who were able to hit his aircraft, shooting out his main generator. CAPT Lasater, however, was not satisfied with his mark and returned to put another grenade on the location. On this pass, CAPT Lasater's aircraft was critically hit by enemy fire and crashed between the enemy and friendly ground unit. SP4 Keith A. Delahoy, CAPT Lasater's gunner, was able to escape the aircraft and made an attempt to rescue CAPT Lasater. At that time, however, the aircraft exploded, burning SP4 Delahoy painfully and killing CAPT Lasater. Because CAPT Lasater's actions diverted enemy fire, the command and control element of the company in contact was able to disengage from an untenable location where it was pinned down by enemy fire. The company command element thus obtained a superior command and control position from which to successfully direct the remaining battle. The facts contained in the proposed citation and this narrative have been substantiated by the statements of eyewitnesses.' CAPT Lasater's Medal of Honor recommendation was downgraded to the Distinguished Service Cross. He also received a posthumous Bronze Star and Air Medal. He was 24 years old, married, and is buried at Resland Cemetery, Richardson, Texas, Space 3, Lot 37, Block P, Field of Honor. [Taken from vhpa.org]

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POSTED ON 3.31.2012

If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Luther McKind LASATER III, USA...who died for our country!!

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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POSTED ON 11.9.2011
POSTED BY: John Hastings

Childhood Friend

Before moving to Garland, Texas, at Bell HS in Hurst, we all knew him as 'Kenny'. As a VN vet, I'm still awed when I read about the bravery of the American soldier. Kenny, you are among the bravest men I have the honor know and you will be with me for the rest of my days.
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