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SMN Robert Lane Fallows
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Birth: Jun. 2, 1948
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 26, 1970
An Giang, Vietnam

US Navy Seaman(EN3)Robert Lane Fallows, Vietnam Veteran, Native of Charlotte, NC.

US Navy Engineman Third Class Robert Lane Fallows was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Navy Reserve, EN3 Fallows served our country until February 26th, 1970 in An Giang, South Vietnam. He was 21 years old and was not married. Robert died when his helicopter crashed. His body was recovered. EN3 Fallows is on panel 13W, line 057 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. He served our country for 2 years.

Robert may you rest in peace and never know war again. I know that the day you left the command in Vietnam you were real happy beyond words to be going home. I know I was there to say goodbye. To this day I still find it hard to believe that god came and got you in a land so far away but your soul is in his hands. Robert we will see each other again. Meanwhile, you rest in peace. Ed Courtright.

Robert and I were best friends growing up. I went into the Air Force while he was still in school. I was in Germany when I learned of his death and it still seems unreal today. He was an extremely outgoing person with a lot of musical talent. He loved his family and enjoyed life. I will always remember the good times we had. Robert, you will never be forgotten. Lane Hill.

Accident Synopsis: This UH-34D departed the Tan Son Nhut Airbase at approximately 0800H for its daily mission of shuttling mail and passengers to and from the ships and shore installations of the Navy River Forces, to local airstrips where connections are established with C-117 aircraft also belonging to this detachment. The aircraft had completed two trips to the small strip at the hamlet of An Long in order to avoid an excess weight take-off from the USS BENEWAH (APB-35). The aircraft then landed at An Long Airstrip and loaded the six passengers and 1050 lbs of mail. The aircraft departed for the connecting airstring at Long Xuyen and was noted by the radio controlling agency (Chau Duc radio) to have announced commencement of let down very shortly before the accident. Approximately 6 miles north of Long Xuyen, An Giang Province, an unidentified Vietnamese civilian stated that he hear two explosion noises and observed the helicopter turn over two times then fell from the sky, impacting inverted in a dry rice field.

The aircraft clock stopped at 1303H. At approximately 1345H at an ARVN outpost, a helicopter was reported to have crashed. An Giang Province TOC alerted an airborne Army observation aircraft which sighted the wreckage and reported its position XS512538. Flight service was alerted and rescue and recovery operations were initiated by the Army 164th Combat Aviation Group. Gunships were directed to the crash scene to secure the area, and within 45 minutes the Detachment Operations Officer, waiting at Long Xuyen, was at the site for the initial investigation of the wreckage and the removal of the bodies. By nightfall, all bodies save the pilot were removed. The next morning the Aircraft Accident Board arrived and a comprehensive on-site investigation was commenced. The remains of the pilot were removed. At approximately 1400H the removal of the wreckage from the crash site commenced utilizing an Army UH-1 and Ch-47 helicopters. The wreckage was transported to Navy Binh Thuy for further shippage to Tan Son Nhut Airbase. All the UH-34D's components were present on the impact site. The main components (engine, transmission, clutch assembly, main rotor head, etc.) were submitted for tear-down analysis.

Everything seemed to be normal save for the transmission. The transmission contained bits of newspaper and pieces of white plastic. The newspaper was coated with green and gold colored paint and the pieces of white plastic material were identified as parts of a plastic cover similar to that used on an aerosol paint spray can. 9 Personnel were killed in this accident. EN3 Robert Lane Fallows was one of them.

He served on board YRBM-21, NAVSUPACT SAIGON, U.S.Naval Forces, Vietnam.

He was awarded The Purple Heart Medal for his combat related wounds, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal, The National Defense Service Medal and The Good Conduct Medal.

 
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Veterans Rest C -2
 
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Jan 20, 2007
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Dear Robert - just so wrong that you could not make it home after giving your service in Vietnam! Your friends remember you and I, just learning of you, will not forget you either. Rest well - you are appreciated and loved.
- Iowa Gal
 Added: Jun. 2, 2015
Today, Aug 8th 2014, we honored you and the 14 other guys who lost their lives in Viet Nam, by dedicating a monument in your memory.You are not forgotten and we honored your memory today, long over duea vet from Garinger HIgh
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 8, 2014
Thank you for your bravery, courage and dedication
- Raven
 Added: Nov. 23, 2009
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