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Brothers (& Sisters) Killed in Action in USMC Helicopters or while assigned to USMC Helicopter or Tiltrotor Squadrons in Vietnam



701204   HML-367     Vietnam

Incident Date 701204 HML-367 AH-1G 68-15073+ Crash at Sea

[CREW]
Lassitter, John Irving 1stLt Pilot HML-367 MAG-16 701204 (vvm 06W:106)


LASSITTER JOHN IRVING : 417629734 : USMCR : 1stLT : O2 : 7565 (AH-1): 24 : SUMMERDALE : AL : 19701204 : Hostile Crash Sea : Pilot : body recovered : Offshore - Military Reg 1 ( I Corps ) : 03 : 19460910 : Cauc : married : 06W : 106


Personal Narrative:
I witnessed this crash in the Gulf from the top of the CO Bunker by the line shack of HML-367. I can remember a Gooner boat getting too close to the perimeter (about 200 yards) and one of our Cobra's was dispatched to scare them off. We watched as the Cobra came in for a gun run and to our surprise, did not pullout in time. We later learned Lt. Lassitter went down with the aircraft.

Submitted by G. Wayne Neal, Plane Captain, HML 367

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I was John Lassitter's best friend when we were kids in Summerdale, Alabama. I still miss him. I was wondering if anyone out there served with him has any stories or pictures of him or some with him in them to share copies with me? He was 1st Lt. U.S.M.C., Cobra pilot flying in Squadron Hml 367. I would appreciate any information deeply, thank you, Jimmy Stewart.
Submitted by jimmy stewart,

1stLt John I. Lassitter, HML-367:

http://www.scarface-usmc.org/memorial.htm
Submitted by MGySgt George Curtis, Popasmoke Admin

1stLt John I. Lassitter, HML-367:

http://www.scarface-usmc.org/memorial.htm
Submitted by MGySgt George Curtis, Popasmoke Admin

Family Information:
JOHN WAS MY BEST CHILDHOOD FRIEND AT SUMMERDALE SCHOOL IN SUMMERDALE, ALA. WE LOST TOUCH IN 1966. I STILL MISS HIM LIKE A BROTHER. NOT A DAY GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK OF HIM. HE WAS A TRUE AMERICAN AS WERE ALL THESE GREAT GUYS. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ANYONE OUT THERE THAT SERVED WITH HIM COULD SHARE ANY PICTURES OF JOHN ALONE OR WITH HIS BUDDIES AND HML-367? I NATURALLY WOULD LIKE SOME ONE TO TELL ME WHY HE WASN'T RESCUED THE DAY HE DIED? ALSO CAN I PLEASE GET IN CONTACT WITH HIS CO-PILOT THAT DAY, I THINK HIS NAME WAS PINKERTON.
Submitted by jimmy stewart, my best friend as kids


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