DAVID A LENCHNER
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HONORED ON PANEL 36W, LINE 26 OF THE WALL

DAVID ALLEN LENCHNER

WALL NAME

DAVID A LENCHNER

PANEL / LINE

36W/26

DATE OF BIRTH

08/24/1947

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG NAM

DATE OF CASUALTY

12/15/1968

HOME OF RECORD

NEWPORT NEWS

COUNTY OF RECORD

City Of Newport News

STATE

VA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR DAVID ALLEN LENCHNER
POSTED ON 4.1.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt David Lenchner, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy Spring! 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 12.13.2015
POSTED BY: Robert Sage

WE Remember

David 's correct place of burial is Hampton National Cemetery, Hampton,VA.
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POSTED ON 10.12.2015

Final Mission of 1LT David A. Lenchner

1LT David A. Lenchner served with Command and Control North (CCN), MACV-SOG, 5TH Special Forces Group. The following is an account of his death as surmised by CAPT Givens who was present on the same mission: “I had been at CCN for maybe 3 weeks when 1LT Lenchner was killed. The December 14, 1968 action was to recon the caves of Marble Mountain. We had a prisoner the USMC had picked up who had participated in the August 1968 attack on CCN. He directed us into a long passageway that opened up into a huge cavern which turned out to be still occupied. We had just found a big pot of rice, still steaming, when the shooting started, about noon on a Saturday. There were only 9 of us in the cavern when the shooting subsided and when we counted noses, the rest of the folks had apparently withdrawn down the passageway. They tried to fight their way back in, but couldn't. We ended up with about everybody in the cavern wounded, some pretty bad. Finally, we were able to make contact with the outside through a "chimney," or hole in the roof of the cavern. USMC CH-46's then started lifting us out, one at a time, using a pair of Stokes litters (baskets) rigged into a clamshell. The clamshell arrangement allowed the severely wounded to be lifted out without having their face scraped off on the side of the chimney. The airlift continued until dark, when they brought in a "Firefly" so the pilot with the rope could see the hover over the hole without crashing into the mountainside. 1LT Frederick L. Barbour and I were the last two out of the hole. As soon as we got out, they cut the rope because the CH-46 was running out of gas. We spent the night on the mountain and walked down the next morning. I was sent to the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Da Nang and stayed there about 5 days. Our CCN doctor convinced the 95th Evac to allow me to return to CCN because we had clean conditions, showers, etc. But I was gone from CCN the 5 days following the action. Anyway, the story I got was that as the CCN folks were trying to figure out how to get us out of the cave, they were searching the mountainside for the hole in the cavern roof. During the search, an officer (1LT Lenchner) was shot and killed. I think his body was not recovered until the next day which could account for December 15th being given for his date of death.” [Taken from macvsog.cc]
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POSTED ON 11.13.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 1LT David Allen Lenchner, 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 12.15.2005
POSTED BY: Dave Kruger, 196th LIB. 66-67

Your life is not forgotten

David, Although we never met,
I just want you to know you are
not forgotten. You gave the ultimate
sacrifice, your life for what you believed
in. Sleep well my friend, and thank you
for protecting the freedoms we enjoy
today.
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