Lane, Michael Steven, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1981, A Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
Service Years
1965 - 1968

Transportation Corps

First Lieutenant

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Home State
North Carolina
North Carolina
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Lancaster, SC

Casualty Date
Feb 05, 1968
Non Hostile- Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Binh Dinh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery - Charlotte, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
37E 038

 Official Badges 

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]2 - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Aviator Badge (Basic)
Parachutist (Basic)

 Unit Assignments
227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)1st Cavalry Division
  1967-1968, 1981, A Company, 227th Aviation Battalion (AHB)
  1967-1968, 1981, 1st Cavalry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
St. Petersburg College
  1961-1963, St. Petersburg College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Crew included pilots 1LT Michael S. Lane and WO1 Jeffery P. Morley, crew chief SP5 Lee R. King, and gunner SGT Joseph E. Heiman. On February 5, 1968, after being tasked with a mission, the aircraft took off wherein the pilot encountered visual difficulty. The helicopter was seen descending in an excessive bank. The aircraft struck a shower stall and impacted with the ground, cart-wheeled, smashed into a building, skidded up a hill, and burned. All crew members suffered fatal injuries in the crash. There is a personal account of this incident: WO1 Jeffery P. Morley was my hooch mate, he lived in the cubical directly across from mine. We were flying quite a few missions in support of the 1-50th Mech at the time. I drew the same mission the next day. The mission involved reporting to the 1-50th position at first light, and as they were located 30 minutes away to the south, we had to take off before first light. The weather was generally clear, but there was a definite nip in the air before the sun came up. You could see stars from the ground but on takeoff you would fly into a thin cloud layer at about 100 feet that was 100 to 200 feet thick. If you took off with the landing light on you would go into a sudden whiteout as soon as you entered the cloud layer. My ship took off shortly after Jeff’s, we went IFR, I got on the instruments and continued the climb, but they didn't. We hadn’t known they crashed until we got back around noon. When we broke out on top you could see the fog layers quite distinctly. We called flight OPs and told them to warn any subsequent flights of the problem. I was given the task of going through all Jeff’s personal effects and getting them ready to ship home. (From Chickenman, March 24, 1997) [Taken from]

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