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Clyde Everett Lassen

 

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Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.


Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.


Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

Barrancas National Cemetery
  38-113  

Born:  March 14, 1942 at Fort Myers, FL

Entered Service in the US Navy from Jacksonville, FL

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism June 19, 1968 in Vietnam

Died:  April 01, 1994 at the age of 52

Lieutenant Lassen, pilot of a search and rescue helicopter, launched shortly after midnight to attempt the rescue of two downed aviators. He flew his aircraft over unknown and hostile terrain to a steep, tree-covered hill on which the survivors had been located. Although under enemy fire, he landed in a clear area near the base of the hill, but, due to the dense undergrowth, the survivors could not reach him. With the aid of flare illumination he then successfully accomplished a hover between two trees at the survivors' position. Illumination was abruptly lost as the last of the flares were expended and the helicopter collided with a tree. Righting his aircraft and maneuvering clear, Lieutenant Lassen remained in the area. After another unsuccessful rescue attempt, and with fuel low and his aircraft damaged, he commenced another approach in the face of continuing enemy opposition. Fully aware of the dangers in revealing his position to the enemy, he turned on his landing lights and completed the landing. On this attempt the survivors were able to make their way to the helicopter. En route to the coast he encountered and successfully evaded additional hostile antiaircraft fire and, with fuel for only five minutes of flight remaining, landed safely.

 

 

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