WO1 Lewis W Heinrichs was a potential member who died during training before going to Vietnam on 11/19/1954 at the age of 27.5 from A/C Accident
Ft. Bragg, NC
Flight Class 54-J
Date of Birth 06/05/1927
Served in the U.S. Army
This information was provided by 97 VHPA reunion

More detail on this person: Louis W. Heinrichs US Army Korean War Veteran. Enlisted in the Army in 1948, in September 1951 he was sent to Korea where he served for a year. After his return he was at Fort Benning, Georgia in O.C.S. until January 1954 when commissioned. On April 26, 1954, he went to Fort Sill, Oklahoma for helicopter flight training and graduated on October 2, 1954. He was serving as a Warrant Officer, 50th Transportation Company, Fort Bragg, North Carolina when he was killed in a helicopter crash near Carthage while returning from Lexington to Fort Bragg. 'Copter Crash Kills Paratrooper Pioneer CARTHAGE, NC - AP - One of the army's first paratroopers, Colonel James A. Bassett, 39, and two other officers were killed when an army helicopter crashed near here last night. The others were Warrant Officer (JG) James T. Hampton, pilot, and Warrant Officer (JG) Lewis W. Heinrichs, copilot. The officers were returning to Fort Bragg from the Lexington, NC, dedication of a national guard armory. 19 NOV 54 WOJG James T. Hampton [P] WOJG Lewis W. Heinrichs [CP] COL James A. Bassett North Carolina [ Need A/C Unit] H-25 A/C crashed, exploded and burned near Carthage at approx 2145 hours on return flight from Lexington to Ft Bragg.

Burial information: New Hope Church Cemetery, Joes, CO

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