Howard Thomas Lenhard

Lance Corporal
HMM-364, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
19 February 1949 - 05 October 1969
Suffolk, New York
Panel 17W Line 041

1ST MAW CH-46 HMM-364
USMC Combat Aircrew

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Howard Thomas Lenhard

22 Jul 2003

On 5 October 1969, Lance Corporal Lenhard was flying as an aerial gunner on a medevac mission, nineteen miles southwest of Da Nang, in a CH-46 piloted by 1st Lt Jim Stewart. While on the the ground picking up a medevac in a hot LZ Lenhard was hit by a single bullet which entered his armpit, struck the inside of his body armor, ricocheted back, and exited his lower body. Lt Stewart pushed the helicopter to its maximum in an effort to get the two wounded Marines to the hospital at Da Nang, but Lenhard's wound was too serious and he died of injuries from this single round.

Howard Lenhard, and the other Purple Foxes who served in Vietnam, are remembered by the women who waited at home, whether mothers, sisters, wives, daughters, or friends. Those women, the

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25 Sep 2005

Hey Uncle Howie,
It's been a while since anyone talked about you; it makes us too sad. But when your sister Alison [aka my mom] and I were in DC I knew I had to see your name. Before I saw it, I've been refusing to believe that I have an uncle that I'll never meet. But it's true, and I miss you. We made a rubbing of your name, and I keep it in my room next to a picture I have of you; you look so happy in it, which made me smile. I miss you, Uncle Howie.

Your niece,
Morgan Lisa
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A Note from The Virtual Wall

The casualty database indicates that LCpl Lenhard died in a helicopter crash, but he didn't. He was flying as a door gunner on a medevac mission. While on the ground picking up a wounded Marine about 19 miles southwest of Da Nang, LCpl Lenhard was struck in the armpit by a single round which then ricocheted off the inside of his vest and exited from his lower torso. His pilot "busted butt" trying to get the two wounded Marines to the Danang hospital but LCpl Lenhard died before arrival.

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