Donald Lloyd Swanson

Army of the United States
19 September 1943 - 31 January 1970
Millbrae, California
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Army Aviator

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

The database page for Donald Lloyd Swanson

03 Sep 2002

"Swannie" had worked in a club in either Reno or Las Vegas and he was our club officer. We had the best club on Camp Evans. He always had a smile when he was behind the bar. He always talked about going back to Nevada to work in a club.

From a friend,
Gary E. Earls

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On the morning of 31 Jan 1970, a team of engineers and infantrymen were lowered in place to cut a new landing zone out of the jungles of Quang Tri Province. When the work was finished the team was to be picked up by helicopters of C Company, 158th Assault Helicopter Battalion.

One of the pick-up Hueys, UH-1H tail number 68-15563, was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade as it lifted off. Although the crew managed to keep it airborne for several hundred yards, when the Huey crashed six men were fatally injured:

  • CPT Donald Lloyd Swanson, pilot, KIA
  • WO Philippe L. Las Hermes, copilot, WIA - died 02/14/70
  • SP4 Mahlon Ronnie Arnett, gunner, WIA - died 02/08/70
  • SP4 Blaine W. Enos, 1st Bn, 506th Inf, KIA
  • PFC Paul H. Cardenas, Jr, 1st Bn, 506th Inf, KIA
  • PFC O'Neil J. Pellegrin, Jr, 1st Bn, 506th Inf, KIA

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