PAUL R LO FORTI
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HONORED ON PANEL 38W, LINE 44 OF THE WALL

PAUL ROSARIO LO FORTI

WALL NAME

PAUL R LO FORTI

PANEL / LINE

38W/44

DATE OF BIRTH

04/30/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

OFFSHORE, MIL RG I

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/23/1968

HOME OF RECORD

PALO ALTO

COUNTY OF RECORD

Santa Clara County

STATE

CA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

WO

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR PAUL ROSARIO LO FORTI
POSTED ON 2.16.2023
POSTED BY: John Fabris

honoring you...

Some may think you are forgotten
Though on earth you are no more
But in our memory you are with us
As you always were before….
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POSTED ON 4.25.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear WO Paul Lo Forti, Thank you for your service as an Utility & Light Cargo Single Rotor Helicopter Pilot. Your 76th birthday is in 5 days, happy birthday. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is another spring, but like none other. 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 7.9.2017

Final Mission of WO Paul R. Lo Forti

On November 23, 1968, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-15142) from the 71st Assault Helicopter Company was conducting a test flight when it crashed into the ocean 2 miles north of Chu Lai Airfield in Quang Tin Province, RVN. Both the pilot, WO Paul R. Lo Forti, and technician, SP5 Donald F. Cornell, suffered fatal injuries in the crash. The flight was a test for the main rotor track. It was the fourth such flight performed by WO Lo Forti in this aircraft during the night of November 22nd-23rd. On this flight, Lo Forti took off to the northwest on Runway 32. He climbed on the runway heading to an altitude of about 150 feet. Approximately 500 yards from the end of the runway, he made a right turn to crosswind, maintaining 150 feet. He continued this course and altitude for approximately ½ mile. Lo Forti then started a descending right turn from which he did not recover. The turn, if completed, would have positioned the aircraft on a right downwind. The aircraft struck the water and disappeared. The remains of both crewmen were recovered. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org and vhpa.org]
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POSTED ON 10.31.2013
POSTED BY: Curt Carter [email protected]

Remembering An American Hero

Dear WO Paul Rosario Lo Forti, 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 5.2.2011
POSTED BY: Robert Taylor

1st Aviation Brigade

You died before I got to Vietnam. I was two years behind you at Cubberley. My C.O. compiled the accident report on your crash at Chu Lai. I remember you as a real gentleman. I hope to remind your classmates of your sacrifice. Say hello to Gary Silver (my friend) and Gerald Hwang for me. I hope we'll cross pathes again someday.
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