Laplante, Noel Charles, 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
1970-1971, 1981, 135th Aviation Company (AHC)
Service Years
1970 - 1971

Transportation Corps

First Lieutenant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address

Casualty Date
Apr 04, 1971
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vinh Binh (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Calvary Cemetery - Toledo, Ohio
Wall/Plot Coordinates
04W 106/Section 37, Lot 222, Space 3

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]5 - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Aviator Badge (Basic)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
164th Aviation Group135th Aviation Company (AHC)214th Aviation Battalion1st Aviation Brigade
  1970-1971, 1981, 164th Aviation Group
  1970-1971, 1981, 135th Aviation Company (AHC)
  1970-1971, 1981, 214th Aviation Battalion
  1970-1971, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
1st Lt. Noel Laplante served with the 135th Assault Helicopter Company.  He, his crew and passengers were  killed in the crash of  his UH-1H helicopter (#68-15568) was engaged in a combat operation of the 135th Assault Helicopter Company and flying in the trail ship position in a flight of four UH-1H aircraft. The flight had completed two lifts and had picked up their troops for the third lift. The flight was in the process of joining in a diamond formation when the trail ship was heard to say "lead, you're scattered." This was the last transmission heard from the trail aircraft. The aircraft was first noticed as missing when the command and control aircraft questioned the lead aircraft concerning the number of aircraft in his flight. At this Point Chalk 3 of the flight broke off to look for the trail aircraft and the remaining two aircraft in the flight stayed together to assist in the search. The command and control aircraft also assisted and was the first ship to discover the accident site. No member of the flight witnessed the aircraft depart the flight or crash. The aircraft impacted in a nose low attitude with the left front side of the aircraft striking first. There were no indications of skidding. The tail boom of the aircraft separated from the main fuselage before striking the ground andwas found approximately 100 meters from the main fuselage. Thetail rotor was still attached to the tail boom by the tail rotor drive chain. The main rotor blades and hub assembly was located approximately 50 meters to the right front of the main fuselage and also separated from the aircraft in flight. The engine was found approximately 100 meters to the front of the aircraft and had also separated from the aircraft in flight.

Attended Flight Class: 70-22.
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