Roger Alan Lakin

First Lieutenant
HML-367, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
27 July 1944 - 25 March 1970
Derby, Kansas
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AH-1 Cobra

Naval Aviator

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Roger Alan Lakin

05 Jun 2003


by his comrades-in-arms from the
USMC/Vietnam Helicopter Association

This was Scarface's saddest day of 1970. Four lieutenants were lost in a horrific midair that took place as the two AH-1Gs were making their break over the runway. Everyone that was at Marble Mountain Airfield when it happened on 25 March 1970 has a vivid memory of this crash. God Bless them, may they forever rest in peace.

Semper Fidelis.

George T. Curtis
MGySgt, USMC (Ret)

05 Feb 2004

I was a year ahead of Roger at Derby Senior High School and I remember him as a football teammate. He was first string quarterback as a senior and would have been as a junior were he not playing behind the all-state first team QB. A really nice and smart guy. It is amazing that he has been gone for thirty-three years. But in our memories he will always be 17 and straight as a rod. From Derby to college at Valporaiso to the USMC to Viet Nam. No brighter star was lost in that war.

John Fleming

23 Jun 2005

I remember Roger from Junior High in Madrid, Spain.
A good friend.

Michele Gibbs

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Four men of HML-367 died when their AH-1G Cobras collided in flight overhead the Marble Mountain air base:

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