James Burl HansardCaptain
HHC, 3RD BDE, 25 INF DIV, USARV
Army of the United States
04 August 1941 - 23 October 1968
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The database page for James Burl Hansard
14 Jul 2006
Just a note about Jim's death. He was in a helicopter as a non-crew passenger when he was hit by small-arms fire. The aircraft did not crash and no one else was injured. While I grieve for Jim, I am thankful no one else was a casualty.
From his brother-in-law,
I would just like to give thanks
Cadet Julian J. Cheramie
I didn't know him well at all but his 'aura' as my classroom instructor in ROTC in 1966-67 was enough to let you know that he was what you wished you could be and should be as an a young American defending his country and doing his duty. I found out in 1968 that he had been killed in Viet Nam. I searched and found his name on the 'traveling' wall many years later. I wept and I thanked him for his sacrifice. Godspeed, Captain Hansard.
From a former student, LSU ROTC 1966-67,
22 Oct 2007
39 years ago tomorrow, you gave the ultimate sacrifice for God and Country. Until my last breath, I will be indebted to you and the countless others who didn't come back and also to ones who did come back from fighting for OUR freedom in named and unnamed places. Thank you, Sir!
From a 1967 LSU ROTC student,
A Note from The Virtual WallAccording to LSU's Military Science Department, "The Bayou Bengal Raiders are LSU Army cadets who go the extra mile to prepare themselves tactically for a career as a combat arms officer.".
After completing a tour of duty in Vietnam with the 1st Cavalry Division, Captain Hansard was assigned to Army ROTC instructor duty at LSU, where he held the collateral duty of advisor to the Bengal Raiders. He returned to Vietnam in August 1968, assigned to Headquarters, 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
Captain Hansard is coded as killed in a helicopter crash, but there were no fatal helicopter crashes on 23 October 1968. One fatality did occur in an OH-6 observation helicopter, but neither the helo unit, location, nor the person killed is known. It seems likely, though, that Captain Hansard was involved in the OH-6 incident, and it is probable that he was hit and killed by ground fire which did not cause the helicopter to go down.
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
his brother (in law),
Ken Gordon, Lt. Col., USAFR (Ret)
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 12 Nov 2001
Last updated 03/05/2008