Lakin, Richard Denman, SP 5

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Last Rank
Specialist 5
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
67N20-UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1968, 67N20, 68th Aviation Company (AH)
Service Years
1966 - 1968

Specialist 5

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Jan 09, 1968
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Tay Ninh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Greenlawn Cemetery - Columbus, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
34E 008/Section 82, Lot 238 - 1

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial3 - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviation Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
68th Aviation Company (AH)1st Aviation Brigade
  1966-1968, 67N20, 68th Aviation Company (AH)
  1966-1968, 67N20, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Aircraft involved were UH-1C 66-686, UH-1D 66-16061, and UH-1D 66-16036. Aircraft 686 was on a night approach to an unlighted dusty airfield with nine aircraft parked with blades tied. While terminating approach, 686 went IFR in dust and flew between 061 and 063. 686's tail rotor struck main rotor blade of 036, knocking off 686's tail rotor and causing it to spin right. The tail boom then struck the tail boom of 061. Flight terminated with 686 lying on its left side 180 degrees from direction of landing and right of 061. Crew chief SP5 Richard D. Lakin suffered fatal injuries in the crash. [Taken from]

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