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GEORGE FRANCIS LAPAN

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Birth Date:  July 23, 1934

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Race:  Caucasian

Religion:  Roman Catholic

U.S. Citizen:  Yes

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Marital Status:  Married

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Home of Record:  Easthampton, Massachusetts

Service Branch:  Army                                 

Service Component:  Reserve                      

Rank:  Chief Warrant Officer

Rank Abbrev:  CWO 

Pay Grade:  W2        

MOS:  062B              

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Southeast Asia Tour Data:

Date Tour Commenced: November 19, 1968

Major Command:  1st Cavalry Division         

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Battalion:  227th Assault Helicopter Battalion            

Company:  A Company

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Casualty Date:  January 16, 1969

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Casualty Age:  34

Casualty Data 1: Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes        

Casualty Data 2:  Air Loss, Crash on Land    

Casualty Data 3:  Helicopter - Crew              

Casualty Province:  Binh Duong

Casualty Country:  South Vietnam               

Located In Or Near:  Lai Khe Engineer Battalion Maintenance Area

Casualty Vehicle:  UH-1D Iroquois serial number 66-16302

Aircraft Incident Data:  click here for Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association report

Body Recovered:  Yes 

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Easthamptonís Fallen Casualty Order:  4th 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  34W Line Number:  15


Helicopter UH-1D 66-16302

Information on U.S. Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16302
The Army purchased this helicopter 0467
Total flight hours at this point: 00000525
Date: 01/16/69
Incident number: 690116221ACD Accident case number: 690116221 Total loss or fatality Accident
Unit: A/227 AVN
The station for this helicopter was Lai Khe in South Vietnam
Number killed in accident = 7 . . Injured = 0 . . Passengers = 3
costing 657545
Original source(s) and document(s) from which the incident was created or updated: Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Army Aviation Safety Center database. Also: OPERA (Operations Report. )
Loss to Inventory

Crew Members:
P CPT CARLIN DAVID ALLEN KIA
P CW2 LAPAN GEORGE FRANCIS KIA
CE SP5 DEATON JOHN CLAUD KIA
G SP4 DEW PAUL ROBERT KIA
PX SP5 HOLDER FREDRICK LEE KIA

Passengers:
SP5 MIRICH JOHN, AR, PX, KIA; PFC OSHEIM JON OWEN, AR, PX, KIA;

Accident Summary:

THIS AIRCRAFT DEPARTED ITS PARKING AREA AT APPROXIMATELY ^100 HOURS^. IT MADE AN APPROACH AND TERMINATED AT A HOVER NEAR THE MAINTENANCE AREA OF THE ENGINEER BATTALION AT ^LAI KHE^. THERE WERE SEVEN PERSONS ABOARD THE AIRCRAFT. THEY HOVERED OVER A PLAY GROUND TEETER TOTTER WHICH THE ENGINEERS HAD CONSTRUCTED FOR AN ORPHANAGE. THE TEETER TOOTTER HAD PREVIOUSLY BEEN RIGGED AS A SLING LOAD BY THE AIRCRAFT COMMANDER OF THIS HELICOPTER. THE SLING WAS ATTACHED TO THE LIFTING HOOK OF THE HELICOPTER. THE AIRCRAFT HOVERED STRAIGHT UP TO AN ALTITUDE OF 50 TO 75 FEET, CHECKING THE LOAD. HE THEN CALLED THE ^LAI KHE^ TOWER FOR TAKE OFF CLEARANCE. HE WAS CLEARED TO DEPART PARALLEL TO AND EAST OF THE RUNWAY. AS HE BEGAN TO ACCELERATE THE LOAD BEGAN TO OSCILLATE BADLY. AFTER A FEW HUNDRED METERS, AND AT PERHAPS FORTY KNOTS OF FORWARD SPEED, THE END SUPPORT BRACKET BROKE OFF THE PIVOT BAR OF THE TEETER TOTTER. THIS CAUSED THE LOAD TO SHIFT AND THE STEEL TRIANGLE, WHICH WAS THE SUPPORT BRACKET, TO WHIP VIOLENTLY AT THE END OF ITS ROPE. AT A POINT WHEN THE MAIN LOAD WAS AT ITS AFT MOST POSITION OF OSCILLATION, THIS STEEL TRIANGLE FLIPPED FORWARD, THEN AFT, ALLOWING THE TAIL ROTOR TO STRIKE THE ROPE WHICH ATTACHED IT TO THE REST OF THE TEETER TOTTER. AT THAT POINT THE TAIL ROTOR WAS OBSERVED TO SLOW DOWN AND ALMOST STOP. THE LOAD WAS JETTISONED AT THIS POINT AND THE HELICOPTER PROCEEDED FORWARD ON A TRACK OF ABOUT 050 DEGREES WITH ITS NOSE TURNING SLOWLY TO THE RIGHT. WHEN THE FUSELAGE HAD TURNED TO APPROXIMATELY 90 DEGREES TO THE FLIGHT PATH, THE FORWARD SPEED HAD DECREASED TO NEAR ZERO. AT THAT TIME THE HELICOPTER BEGAN TO SPIN TO THE RIGHT. WITNESSES DISAGREE AS TO THE NUMBER OF TURNS THE AIRCRAFT MADE, BUT GENERALLY AGREE THAT IT WAS NUMEROUS TURNS, THE NOSE SWINGING TO THE RIGHT. WHEN THE TOWER OPERATOR OBSERVED THE LOAD FALL TO THE GROUND, HE ADVISED THE PILOT "YOU HAVE DROPPED YOUR SLING LOAD". THE PILOT'S ANSWER WAS "THANK YOU". AT ABOUT THE TIME THE FUSELAGE BEGAN TO TURN THE PILOT SAID TO THE TOWER "I HAVE TAIL ROTOR FAILURE". THE TOWER ROGERED THIS AND ADVISED THAT THE CRASH CREW WAS NOTIFIED. THE PILOT WAS APPARENTLY UNABLE TO INCREASE HIS FORWARD SPEED TO THE POINT THAT THE AIRCRAFT WOULD STREAMLINE AND CONTINUE TO FLY WITHOUT THE TAIL ROTOR DRIVE. HE WAS, HOWEVER, ABLE TO KEEP IT AIRBORNE FOR A CONSIDERABLE PERIOD OF TIME. WITNESSES OBSERVED WHAT SOUNDED TO THEM LIKE REPEATED INCREASING AND DECREASING POWER APPLICATIONS AND ERRATIC ATTITUDE CHANGES THAT APPEARED TO BE ATTEMPTS BY THE PILOT TO MOVE THE AIRCRAFT AWAY FROM THE TROOP AREA, OVER WHICH HE WAS SPINNING. A CREW MEMBER, THOUGHT TO BE THE CREW CHIEF, WAS SEEN STANDING IN THE CABIN OF THE HELICOPTER, LEANING OUT WAVING HIS ARMS IN AN EFFORT TO GET PEOPLE TO LEAVE THE AREA WHERE IT WAS APPARENT THEY WERE GOING TO CRASH. JUST PRIOR TO STRIKING THE TREES THE PILOT SAID OVER THE RADIO "WE'RE GOING IN".\\

This record was last updated on 09/20/98


The following is crew member information for this incident:


Name: CPT David Allen Carlin
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 27.5
Date of Birth: 07/14/41
Home City: Eureka, CA
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-26
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-013
Short Summary: Crashed after dropping a sling load (see-saw for an orphanage) with CW2 Lapan (AC), maint officer. Carlin (P) was XO. An Loc
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Call sign: Chickenman
Service number: O5327173
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1983
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 06/14/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Length of service: 08
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95


Name: SP5 John Claud Deaton
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Crew Chief.
Age at death: 21.4
Date of Birth: 08/30/47
Home City: Stonewall, OK
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-014
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: 54665982
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: crew chief
Started Tour: 02/10/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Church of Christ
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: SP4 Paul Robert Dew
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Gunner.
Age at death: 20.6
Date of Birth: 05/25/48
Home City: Detroit, MI
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-014
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: 16940473
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: door gunner
Started Tour: 07/20/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: SP5 Fredrick Lee Holder
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 22.8
Date of Birth: 03/28/46
Home City: Cedar Hill, MO
Service: regular component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-015
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: 16995524
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 03/01/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: CW2 George Francis Lapan
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 34.5
Date of Birth: 07/23/34
Home City: Easthampton, MA
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 66-7
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-015
Short Summary: Teeter toter for an orphanage swung back struck T/R causing T/R drive shaft to sever & crash on 2nd tour as maint. officer. W/CPT Carlin
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: W3153279
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: A/C Accident
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: co-pilot
Started Tour: 11/19/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 14
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Roman Catholic
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 07/29/95


Name: SP5 John Mirich
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 22.4
Date of Birth: 09/02/46
Home City: Struthers, OH
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-016
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: 51830386
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 67N20 = UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: unknown
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 08/04/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Length of service: 01
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
married male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: other religions (Hindu, Thai, etc.)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95


Name: PFC Jon Owen Osheim
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 01/16/69 while performing the duty of Passenger.
Age at death: 25.7
Date of Birth: 04/26/43
Home City: Story City, IA
Service: component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/227 AHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Infantry Division
Service: U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 34W-017
Aircraft: UH-1H tail number 66-16302
Service number: 54931834
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 71M10 = Chaplain's Assistant
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: passenger
Started Tour: 12/01/68
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - non-aircrew
Location: Binh Duong Province III Corps.
Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died of other causes
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Relgion: Lutheran (Missouri Synod)
The following information is secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: enlisted personnel
This record was last updated on 07/30/95

The following is Goldbook information on US Army helicopter UH-1D tail number 66-16302
It is provided here as an ESTIMATE of the history of this helicopter and is not intended to be the final authority.
This helicopter was purchased by the US Army in 0467.
Please provide any additional information on this helicopter to the VHPA.

DATE  FLT HRS    UIC      UNIT          AREA          POST          COUNTRY
6704   1    1 WQ1CAA GEN SUPPLY DIV   4THARMY    RED RIVER AD     AVCOM
6705   0    1 9221   ARMY AVN DIV     6TH ARMY   DUGWAY PG        TEVALCOM
6706   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6707   0    1 9221   USARV FLT DET    VIETNAM                     RVN
6708   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6709   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6710   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6711   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6712   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6801   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6802   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6803   0    1 9221   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6804   0    1 9221   BELL HCPTR       BAILMENT   FT WORTH         AVCOM
6805  47   48 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6806 104  152 3261   355 AVN CO       4TH ARMY   FORT SILL        4TH ARMY
6807  79  231 3261   OPM SEA NITEOPS  1ST ARMY   FORT BELVOIR     AMC
6808  64  295 WAAVA0 COA 227ASH 1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6809 119  414 WAAVA0 COA 227ASH 1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6810   0  414 WAAVA0 COA 227ASH 1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6811  73  487 WAAVA0 COA 227ASH 1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6812  38  525 WAAVA0 COA 227ASH 1CAV  VIETNAM                     RVN
6901   0  525 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN
6902   0  525 WCLSAA 388 TRANS CO     VIETNAM                     RVN


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