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LAWRENCE WILLIAMS, Jr.

Specialist Fourth Class, Combat Aviation Door Gunner
281st Assault Helicopter Company
From: New Orleans, Louisiana
Born: September 4TH, 1947
Died on July 28th, 1966 due to a non-hostile helicopter crash.

1stAB Army Aviator

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Nineteen year old Lawrence Williams, Jr. was serving as the door gunner of UH-1D 65-07926 when he and 1st LT William Beasley, were killed in action supporting Special Forces Team C-3 at Bien Hoa, South Vietnam. Their helicopter crashed on takeoff and landed in an abandoned French mine field. lawrence was killed in an unfortunate accident that involved a nightmission in marginal weather conditions. The crew became disoriented in the fog and crash-landed in a mine field near a Special Forces compound.

Larry Williams
Photo provided by Russ Erbe

SO NIGH IS GRANDEUR TO OUR DUST
SO NEAR IS GOD TO MAN,
WHEN DUTY WHISPERS LOW, THOU MUST
THE YOUTH REPLIES, I CAN.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A MAN IS NOT DEAD UNTIL HE IS FORGOTTEN

ONCE AN INTRUDER ... ALWAYS AN INTRUDER

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