Name: WO1 Larry Dexter Carlisle (posthumously promoted)
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 06/11/1968 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 21.9
Date of Birth: 07/27/1946
Home City: Miami, FL
Service: AV branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: A/228 ASHB 1 CAV
Major organization: 1st Cavalry Division
Flight class: 67-9
Service: AV branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 58W-022
Short Summary: Hit in chest with an AK-47 round while on short final to LZ Jane. Died instantly.
Aircraft: CH-47
Call sign: RAZORBACK 092
Service number: W3156742
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 062B = Helicopter Pilot, Utility and Light Cargo Single Rotor
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: small arms fire
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: pilot
Started Tour: 09/27/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - pilot
Location: Quang Tri Province I Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
I am retired Army Colonel Joey Strickland. I am currently the Deputy Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. In looking at the list of Helicopter KIA's from Vietnam I noticed where you show a WO1 killed in Action at LZ Sharon. In 1968 as a young enlisted soldier assigned to a forward Fire Support Base in Quang Tri Province I observed a Ch 47 Chinook come under fire outside of the base. The helicopter landed just inside the wire close to my position and I rushed up to the door and helped pull WO1 Carlisle out of the left door. Mr. Carlislie was seriously wounded in the Chest where an Ak 47 round came up through the plexiglass, richocheted off the cyclic stick, and penetrated his chest. As I pulled him from the AC I noticed his back had a huge gaping wound and as I laid him on the ground I could see the light of life go out of his eyes. I will always remember those eyes as they were very blue. I held him in my arms and I recited the Lords Prayer as he died. I then filled out the death card because the co-pilot was so filled with rage and grief that he could not do it. The medics then took him away. This occurred at LZ Jane not Sharon and was right on the Quang-Tri River where the helicopter came under attack. I often wished I had been able to contact his parents or loved ones so that they would know that he did not die alone. From: Joey Strickland, Colonel(US ARMY, Ret),

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Hostile - killed
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Baptist - other groups
Burial information: MIAMI MEMORIAL PARK, MIAMI, FL
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: warrant officer
This record was last updated on 04/23/2007

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