CW3 Donald Frank Landmesser – 8 Jun 1945 – 14 Nov 1983

    On November 14, 1983 CW3 Donald F. Landmesser and SSG Donald E. Thornton, Jr. died in the line of duty on a cold, wet, dreary wintery Monday afternoon while conducting a maintenance test flight on UH-1H, 65-9975 at 1510 hrs. in a heavily wooded area in lower Richland County.  In-flight breakup occurred causing M/R system and T/B separation before high-speed impact into trees.

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     At the time Don and his wife Gail were expecting his one and only child.   This special baby girl, Casey Nicole Landmesser was born on 7 Jun 1984 but sadly passed away on 12 Jun 1984.

0001 - DON LANDMESSER_resize  0002 - DON LANDMESSER_resize  Don graduated from Flight Class 67-7 and very quickly was assigned to the 176th Assault Helicopter Company in the Republic of Viet Nam. 

0003 - DON LANDMESSER_resize  He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for safely landing the number six ship of seven ship lift on 8 Apr 1968.  (Read the award below)  A little over a month later on 12 May 1968 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for voluntary actions above the call of duty.  (Read the award below)

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     After separation from the Army, Don joined the South Carolina Army National Guard and subsequently became a UH-1H Instructor Pilot.  


Don Landmesser