Master Sergeant Lonnie M. Swinson of Route Thirteen (Box 404F) was killed in action in Vietnam 11 Sep (1970). He was born 31 Dec 1932 in North Carolina and attended schools there. He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served in Germany, the Korean conflict, was a National Guard advisor for the state of Michigan, and served in C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division Vietnam. He married the former Mary E. Crist and they made their home in the Olympia area for the last five years. Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. Leria Swinson, Maple Hill NC; a sister, Mrs. Laura M. Brown, Chinquapin NC. the funeral service will be held this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Lacey Funeral Home. Army Chaplain Roy W. Ludlow will officiate. Burial will follow in Masonic Memorial Park with military honors. (The Daily Olympian, Friday, 25 Sep 1970)
Start tour: 22 May 1970
Posted on 10/2/14 - by Steven J Wheeler
Top It's hard to believe it has been 44 years since you hit the mine on that day you were four tracks back when your track hit that mine you never suffered and you were a good man and good soldier. And many times over the years I have thought about that day. This is the 1st time I have seen your photo. RIP
I Know How Proud You Are.
Posted on 10/1/14 - by Lee Carver
I have Known Your Daughter Judy for over 30 years, She is an Awesome Woman and Friend. Great Police Officer and Mother to your 2 Grandchildren. Godspeed in your stay in Heaven as You Guard us all. Thank You and Know We will keep watch on your Family until they Come to you. Thank You so much.. God Bless..
Remembering An American Hero
Dear MSGT Lonnie Melroe Swinson, sir As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned. May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you. With respect, Sir Curt Carter
Posted on 12/20/13 - by Steven J Wheeler
I was there the the day Lonnie was killed RIP Top
Posted on 9/11/13 - by A Vietnam Vet
Thank you MSGT Swinson for your courage and leadership.
56 Trinity Chapel Rd. Asheville NC 28805 US
Thank You Dad
You left this world when I was ten years old. It was a sad day I will never forget, and a day that changed my life. I have always been so very proud of the man you were. You loved your family and your Country. You remained a devoted soldier until the end of your life. Your passing left me with a great sense of what is truely important in this life...and for that I am forever grateful. I have missed you always.
May 29, 2010
Friend of his Daughter Judy
63 Southside Ave. Asheville N.C. 28801 USA
To remember his great sacrifice and to pay respect to his daughter Judy
GOD CALLED YOU HOME YOU SERVED YOUR LORD AND COUNTRY,YOU GAVE ALL YOU COULD GIVE,YOUR LIFE. THE REWARD THAT YOU RECEIVED WAS LIFE ETERNAL IN HEAVEN, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER,JUDY, WHO YOU WOULD BE SO PROUD OF HER.SHE LIKE YOU WAS SERVING, OUR CITY AS A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER. GOD WATCHED HER ,OVER THE YEARS AND PROTECTED HER. SHE NOW IS RETIRED. REST MY BROTHER IN THE ARMS OF JESUS..WE WILL SEE YOU AT THE LORDS HOUSE SOON.
Mar 26, 2010
Bellingham WA 98226
May God bless your soul on this your birthday. Thank you for your service to your country. you are a true brave hero who will never be forgotten!
Dec 31, 2009
Grand Junction Co
~ With Profound Gratitude ~
In Remembrance of your Sacrifice and with a Multitude of Thanks for your Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest in Peace, MSgt Lonnie Melroe Swinson and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. My brother, Sgt. David Dickinson is a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam in 1967.....A PAIN, NO ONE CAN HEAL...A MEMORY NO ONE CAN STEAL...A SOLDIER'S DEATH GIVES MORE YET...IT LEAVES BEHIND A LESSON TO IMMITATE.....A LESSON.....NO ONE SHOULD EVER FORGET.
Dec 31, 2008
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Dec 31, 2006
He was my 1st Sgt in Vietnam
po box 210
eldorado, ohio 45321 preble
My 1st Sargent Hero
I was there the day LONNIE MELROE SWINSON was killed. My track (M113) was in the lead 1st sargents track was three tracks back ,When it hit a very large mine sending track over onto its top all on the track were killed instantly no one suffered.God Bless you Top sleep in peace
Thursday, August 24, 2000
Lonnie is buried at Masonic Mem Park,Tumwater, Thurston Co, WA
Remembering the soldiers
Soldiers go to war fighting with courage and strength for their country. For those who lost their lives I would like to recognize. For they made the ultimate sacrifice and deserve to be honored. Thank you Lonnie Melroe Swinson you will never be forgotten.
Posted by: Haley Grace
Thursday, April 24, 2003