STEWART J LAVIGNE
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HONORED ON PANEL 19W, LINE 69 OF THE WALL

STEWART JAMES LAVIGNE

WALL NAME

STEWART J LAVIGNE

PANEL / LINE

19W/69

DATE OF BIRTH

12/04/1950

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TIN

DATE OF CASUALTY

08/19/1969

HOME OF RECORD

ESSEX JUNCTION

COUNTY OF RECORD

Chittenden County

STATE

VT

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

CPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR STEWART JAMES LAVIGNE
POSTED ON 8.19.2018
POSTED BY: Janice Current

An American Hero

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. Thank you for stepping up and answering your country's call. Rest easy knowing you will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 12.5.2015

Final Mission of PFC Stewart J. Lavigne

On August 19, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-16303) from the 71st Assault Helicopter Company was flying Command and Control (C&C) in the Song Chang Valley 35 miles from Da Nang. The powerful 2nd North Vietnamese Army Division had infiltrated the area over time on a mission to annihilate nearby Hiep Duc. When they were prematurely discovered by U.S. troops, they revamped their battle plan to just kill as many GIs as possible to take advantage of mounting anti-war sentiment in the U.S. The C&C ship was carrying LTC Eli P. Howard Jr., the commanding officer of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry, 196th Infantry Brigade, SP4 Richard A. Doria, and CSM Franklin D. Rowell plus an Associated Press correspondent, Oliver Noonan. Its crew included aircraft commander WO1 Gerald L. Silverstein, pilot WO1 John D. Plummer, crew chief PFC Stewart J. Lavigne, and gunner PFC Stephen L. Martino. While moving over the valley, the helicopter was taking heavy small-arms fire, but the pilot managed to fly safely to the east by hugging the Nui Lon ridge line. LTC Howard made several attempts to land with nearby Bravo Company, but he was forced to abort because of intense fire. The chopper then banked steeply toward Hill 101 probably to recon an enemy anti-aircraft position. Communist fire struck the chopper dead on, throwing LTC Howard and CSM Rowell out the open doors. The fuel tanks exploded, creating a midair fireball. Some of the craft stayed intact as fuselage fragments rained down on the ridge line. There were no survivors. [Taken from vhpa.org and fayobserver.com]
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POSTED ON 4.30.2014
POSTED BY: J.T. Johnson

Thinking of you

Stew,
Wish you had made it back. I think of you and Martino often. You'll never be forgotten!!
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POSTED ON 12.19.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear CPL Stewart James Lavigne, 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 6.17.2011

Never Forgotten

Rest in peace with the warriors.
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