Larry D Lemaster

Army of the United States
19 November 1946 - 15 June 1969
Hebron, Nebraska
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Army Aircrew

Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Larry D Lemaster

08 May 2005

I went through Basic Training with Larry Lemaster at Fort Bliss Texas and the picture above is from my basic training book.

I did not know that he had been killed in Vietnam till after I saw the Nebraska Vietnam Vet Moving Wall.

In Basic Larry was a good guy to talk to.

From a fellow soldier and friend,
Doug Marsh

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 15 June 1969 B Company, 229th AHB, was tasked with supporting a PsyOps mission on behalf of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, near Landing Zone ROCK in Long Khanh Province. The aircraft, UH-1H tail number 66-16694, carried a crew of four and two (possibly 4) passengers:
  • Aircrew, B/229th AHB:
    • CWO Gelonek, pilot
    • WO Kish L. Green, Los Angeles, CA, copilot
    • SGT Larry D. Lemaster, Hebron, NE, gunner
    • SP4 Pollett, crewchief

  • Passengers:
    • SGT John E. Lynch, Forty Fort, PA, HHC, 6th PsyOp Bn
    • 1 (possibly 3) ARVN PsyOps personnel
The VHPA database record for 66-16694 says that
After about 15 minutes in the vicinity of LZ ROCK, the aircraft dropped to low level to deliver "Chu Hoi" pamphlets near the LZ. The aircraft made two passes over a small village approximately 1000 meters to the south of LZ ROCK. On the third pass, heading due north at 100 feet and 80 knots, the aircraft struck high tension wires at YT486346. Upon striking the wires the UH-1H flipped twice, crashed 106 meters north of the wires on a north-south road leading into LZ ROCK, caught fire and burned. Two crew members, WO Green and SGT Lemaster, and two PsyOps personnel, SGT Lynch and ARVN My Vah, were killed by fire. The crew chief (Pollett) and pilot (Gelonek) escaped with 30 and 40% body burns respectively. The tail boom of the aircraft had been severed, the pilot and cargo compartment burned, and the main rotor blades ripped from the aircraft.
In another section of the VHPA database is a short summary which reads
"Wire strike on PsyOps mission near LZ Rock. AC W1 Gelonek, CE E4 Pollett and two ARVN survived".
While there is some uncertainty as to the number of people aboard the Huey, there is no doubt that four men died in the crash.

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