WALTER E LEWELLEN
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HONORED ON PANEL 5W, LINE 117 OF THE WALL

WALTER EDWARD LEWELLEN

WALL NAME

WALTER E LEWELLEN

PANEL / LINE

5W/117

DATE OF BIRTH

06/03/1951

CASUALTY PROVINCE

LZ

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/18/1971

HOME OF RECORD

NEW ALBANY

COUNTY OF RECORD

Floyd County

STATE

IN

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SGT

ASSOCIATED ITEMS LEFT AT THE WALL

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WALTER EDWARD LEWELLEN
POSTED ON 5.28.2021
POSTED BY: ANON

Never Forgotten

On the remembrance of your 70th birthday, your sacrifice is not forgotten.

HOOAH
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POSTED ON 4.7.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Sgt Walter Lewellen, Thank you for your service as an Observation/Scout Helicopter Repairer. The 32nd anniversary of your repatriation is in 3 days. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. Happy Spring! It is Holy Week and Passover is also this week. 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 2.18.2019
POSTED BY: A Grateful Vietnam Veteran

Silver Star Medal Award

Sergeant Lewellen was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his exemplary courage under fire while serving with the 101st Airborne Division.
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POSTED ON 6.4.2016

A Fallen Condor

Walter was assigned to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile). If you are looking for more information regarding him, go to the C/2/17 Condor Alumni website and contact someone from that site. The link to the site is http://www.aircav-condors.org/ .
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POSTED ON 7.15.2015

Final Mission of SGT Walter E. Lewellen

LAM SON 719 was a large offensive operation against NVA communications lines in Laos. The operation called for ARVN troops to drive west from Khe Sanh, cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail, seize Tchpone and return to Vietnam. The ARVN would provide and command the ground forces, while U.S. Army and Air Force would furnish aviation airlift and supporting firepower. The 101st Airborne Division commanded all U.S. Army aviation units in direct support of the operation. Most of the first part of the operation, which began January 30, 1971, was called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, and was conducted by U.S. ground forces in Vietnam. On February 8, 1971, early into the operation, a U.S. Army OH-6A helicopter was shot down about 8 miles east of Tchpone. This aircraft, flown by pilot WO1 Gregory S. Crandall, was crewed by scout/observer SP4 Robert J. Engen and crew chief SGT Walter E. Lewellen. They were conducting an aerial reconnaissance mission when Crandall radioed that he was under heavy enemy fire. As he maneuvered to evade the fire, the aircraft was seen to crash and catch on fire. There was one major and six secondary explosions. About March 7, an ARVN unit spotted the wreckage, but was unable to reach it to thoroughly investigate. It was never learned for certain that the crew perished. Losses were heavy in Lam Son 719. The ARVN lost almost 50% of their force. U.S. aviation units lost 168 helicopters; another 618 were damaged. Fifty-five air crewmen were killed, 178 wounded, and 34 missing in action during the entire operation, lasting until April 6, 1971. In the early 1990’s, remains were returned to the U.S. that the government claimed were from the lost crewmen. [Taken from pownetwork.org]
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