Lentz, David Burnett, SGT

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 11B20, B Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1967 - 1969


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Casualty Info
Home Town
North Bend
Last Address
North Bend

Casualty Date
Aug 15, 1969
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Quang Ngai (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Sunset Memorial Park - Coos Bay, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
19W 045

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Post 3182, Hutchinson- Rempelos PostThe National Purple Heart Hall of HonorVietnam Veterans MemorialThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  1969, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 3182, Hutchinson- Rempelos Post (Fallen Member (Honor Roll)) (North Bend, Oregon) - Chap. Page
  1969, The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1967, Basic Training (Fort Lewis, WA)
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment11th Infantry Brigade (Light)23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
  1968-1969, 11B20, B Company, 4th Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment
  1968-1969, 11B20, 11th Infantry Brigade (Light)
  1968-1969, 11B20, 23rd Infantry Division (Americal)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1968-1969 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VI Campaign (1968-69)
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Tet 69 Counteroffensive Campaign
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign
 Colleges Attended 
Southwestern Oregon Community College
  1966-1967, Southwestern Oregon Community College
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On August 15, 1969, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D (tail number 66-00993) from the 174th Assault Helicopter Company was trail in a flight of four helicopters with the mission of putting infantrymen on the ground to take out an enemy .51 caliber anti-aircraft gun that had been firing on aircraft going in and out of LZ San Juan Hill, a mountain-top fire support base (FSB) located about 10-15 statute miles to the west of Duc Pho, Quang Ngai Province (I Corps), RVN. The gun could not be knocked out by artillery or air strikes and a decision was made to put 11th Brigade infantrymen on the ground to take out the gun because it was constantly being moved. During the mission to destroy the weapon it was used against helicopter 993. The enemy fire was intense and concentrated, causing the tail boom to be severed in flight, resulting in mast bumping and main rotor separation. The helicopter crashed on a side of a hill and rolled on fire down to the bottom of a ravine where it burned. There were no survivors. The four lost crewmen included aircraft commander WO1 Robert H. Shields II, pilot WO1 John M. Bozinski, crew chief SP4 Alejo Del Valle-Sanchez, and gunner PFC Johnnie Graham Jr. The six lost infantrymen were SP4 David B. Lentz, SP4 Raymond G. Masse, CPL Terry K. McDonell, SP4 Ronnie L. Robertson, CPL John G. Smith, and CPL William H. Somerville. [Taken from vhpa.org and 174ahc.org]

Posthumously promoted to Sergeant.
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