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