Leslie Forrest Douglas, Jr

First Lieutenant
Army of the United States
07 July 1945 - 30 June 1970
Verona, Mississippi
Panel 09W Line 104

1 CAV DIV UH-1 Huey 227TH AHB
Silver Star

Army Aviator

DFC, Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Leslie F Douglas

The database page for Leslie Forrest Douglas, Jr

24 May 2004


Leslie F. Douglas

From his daughter,
Kim Douglas Sistrunk
31 May 2004

I clearly remember that day when Leslie went down. I was called to replace him in that mission. However, I remember the mission was a logistical supply aircraft (log bird) that we did for the rest of the day. It all took place around the area called Bu-Gi-map.

I talked a lot to Leslie the night before, with him showing me his R&R pictures that he had just recently come back from.

I know he possibly had about 30 days to go and I was sure happy for him. Its a shame this had to take place.

From a friend and fellow pilot,
Wayne Lasuzzo
B/227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, Vietnam
199 Blue Crane Dr, Slidell, La 70461

22 Mar 2005

The war...
we regret it so
but out of it
we got heros,
like Leslie,
Leslie Douglass.
He fought until he could fight...
fight no more.
We thank him greatly
for what he did
and what the others did
thank you
we will always remeber him
and the others

Hannah Godshall
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On 30 June 1970, UH-1H tail number 66-16693 from B Company, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion, was flying a command and control mission near the Cambodia/SVN border in Phuoc Long Province, when it was hit by enemy fire, crashed, and burned. The door gunner, PFC John Goosman, was thrown clear on impact and survived the crash. Although he was able to pull one of the pilots from the cockpit, the ferocity of the fire prevented him from freeing any of the other three men aboard. He was able to confirm that none of the others had escaped the aircraft.

Shortly thereafter, friendly troops arrived on scene and secured the wreckage. After the fire burned out, the remains accessible in the wreckage were removed to body bags. PFC Goosman and the body bags were transported by helicopter directly from the crash site to medical facilities at Camp Gorvad where the body bags were turned over to Graves Registration personnel who forwarded them to the mortuary at Tan San Nhut. The autopsies determined that only three remains had been recovered. Although mortuary personnel recommended another search of the crash site, enemy presence in the area made that impossible.

The four men who died in the crash were

  • 1LT Leslie F. Douglas, Verona, MS, B/227th AHB, body recovered
  • 1LT Richard Dyer, Pawtucket, RI, B/227th AHB, body recovered
  • SP5 John L. Burgess, Kingsley, MI, B/227th AHB, body not recovered
  • SFC Juan Colon-Diaz, Comerio, PR, passenger, B/1/5th Cavalry, body recovered

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his daughter,
Kim Douglas Sistrunk
24 May 2004

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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