CW2 Lawrence "Larry" Edward Apt was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 11/04/1971 at the age of 30.1 from A/C accident
Ft Benning, GA
Flight Classes 69-11 and 69-13
Date of Birth 09/17/1941
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with B/4 AVN 4 INF in 69-70
This information was provided by Roy Olive, TAGCEN Casualty database.

More detail on this person: Larry Apt was a scout pilot with B Co, 4th Avn Bn 4th Inf Div 1969/70. He was involved in a recovery mission of a downed OH6 in the tri-border area, II Corp RVN where all involved received valor awards from MG Walker, Commanding General of 4th Inf. Div at the conclusion of the day long mission. I am not sure what WO Apt received but Joseph Peraza received the Silver Star. I believe Larry got the Bronze Star with "V". We had AH-1G's but the gunships that Larry flew were UH-1B's converted to Guns. They had the 540 Rotor Heads and Blades but no upgrade on the engine or hydraulics. The B Model was equipped with an accumulator that would give you maybe 4 strokes on the collective and then you were done. This was in lieu of having a redundant hydraulic system. To say the aircraft was underpowered is an understatement. Operating in the Mountains at high density altitude and a load of rockets and minigun ammo, you could not hover it...only able to get it light on the skids and bounce it down the runway for take-off. Sometimes the crew had to run along side it and jump on as you picked up forward speed. As you might imagine, this took a lot of pilot technique and Larry was extremely good at it.

From: Roy Harris Olive

Helicopter crash in the United States while acting as a co-pilot.

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