Lantie Lawrence Harris, JrLance Corporal
HMM-362, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
29 July 1948 - 11 October 1968
Shrewsbury, New Jersey
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The database page for Lantie Lawrence Harris, Jr
We shared the same training and unit assignments.
From a friend,
26 Jul 2005
Someone wrote me an email concerning Lantie, but I deleted it by accident and before I could respond. If you will try again, I will hope to be more careful. Thanks
From a friend,
I received a forward through the mail about Lawrence, whom they called "Lawless", describing his courage and loyalty. I am currently a cadet at the University of Texas at Austin hoping to one day beecome a commissioned officer of the Army. I pray that one day I will be as good a person and leader as he was, and have friends and loved ones to pass on my memory to others as his loved ones have done. Someone once told me that "a man is only as good of a friend as he is to his own friends," and I truly believe Lawless fit that profile. He is truly an inspiration.
I was his fiancee when he was killed.
Lantie earned other awards as well that are not listed and need to be. He earned an Air Medal (12 awards) and we recently learned he earned a Bronze Star Medal with Combat V though no one seems to know why.
Katie Mullen Campbell
02 Mar 2007
Lantie's death was listed as hostile when in truth that was not the case. His helicopter and another helicopter crashed midair. Both helicopters were US Military. Also Lantie never received the purple heart but was awarded the Bronze Star and several other awards not listed.
From his fiancee,
From The Virtual Wall: Fourteen men from two squadrons and one infantry battalion died in this helicopter incident. All fourteen records are coded as hostile losses. While the loss would appear operational rather than caused by hostile action, the fact remains that all three commands separately decided it should be considered a combat loss.
Notes from The Virtual WallAlthough there is confusion regarding some details of this incident, there is no doubt about what happened: there was a mid-air collision between a CH-46A and a UH-34D above Hill 52 southwest of Danang. Fourteen men aboard the two aircraft died as a result. The following synopsis is drawn from the Pop-A-Smoke site:
On 11 Oct 1968 four CH-46As from HMM-265 were engaged in resupplying Marines at Hill 52 north of the Song Vu Gia River in Quang Nam Province. The weather was good, described as "a clear, sunny day with a few scattered clouds high in the sky" although there were "some threatening heavy clouds off to the northeast towards DaNang". As CH-46A BuNo 151917 lifted off from the landing area at the base of Hill 52 it climbed into the flight path of a UH-34D, BuNo 148802, from HMM-362. From the ground the collision appeared to be limited to rotor strikes, but both aircraft shed their rotors, caught fire, and plunged vertically to the ground, impacting on a sand bar in the river. The UH-34D was entirely consumed by post-crash fire, while the CH-46 was demolished on impact but had only a limited fire. All aboard the two aircraft died:
The HMM-265 and MAG-36 Command Chronologies are specific in saying that four men died aboard CH-46A 151917, while the HMM-362 and MAG-16 Chronologies say only that all aboard UH-34D 148802 died. These contemporary documents place the passengers aboard the UH-34.
In one sense it makes no difference; the passengers died in the crash. While the 1993 casualty database indicates that the bodies of all 14 men were recovered, another source indicates that the remains of LCpl Ferguson and Hospitalman Heller were not recovered and identified until early 1973 - a further indication they were aboard the UH-34D, which was reduced to a smoldering pile of ash by the post-crash fire.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 16 Apr 2005
Last updated 05/21/2007