Froehlich, Laurence E. (KIA)

Laurence Eugene Froehlich, 1st Lt., USAF (KIA)
December 26, 1949 – May 13, 1975

In Loving Memory of …… 1Lt. Laurence Eugene Froehlich.
*** Laurence is buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Sodas, MI.Posted by: Robert Sage

You may be gone, no longer living on this earth; but you will live on – in the memories of your family and friends. There will always be a part of you living in me, your brother, sisters and those who knew you and loved you. You will live on because we remember you!

Age: 25
Date of Birth Dec 26, 1949
Place of Birth: Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Next of Kin: Wife: JoAnn Julia Gerencser Froehlich of Benton Harbor, MI.. Brothers, Edward and Allen Froehlich and Sister, Jane Froehlich Morris.
Parents: Father, Theodore E Froehlich (1913 – 1996) and Mother, Amanda Sempert Froehlich (1916 – 2001). Sister, Jane Froehlich, Born 1936.

***** USAFA remembers – This country owes a tremendous debt of gratitude to Larry. He is a true American hero, the best of the “Class of 72” and a dear friend.
Rob Gocke, Col (Ret.), USAF
Class of 1972
Robert P. Gocke, Jr.

1LT – O2 – Air Force –
Casualty was on May 13, 1975
Person ID: 9721800
Graduation: 1972
KIA Date: 5/13/1975
Squadron: CS 08
High School: Benton Harbor HS, Benton Harbor, MI
High School Activities: Senior Class President, National Honor Society, Football, Basketball
Academy Experiences: Ski Club
Academic Degree Major: BS-Engineering Management – USAFA, MBA -Management-UCLA
Active Duty Assignments: Student, Graduate Management, UCLA, Helicopter Pilot Training, Pilot CH-53
KIA Conflict: Mayaquez
Combat Information: Pilot, CH-53 helicopter,21 SOS,Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand
Killed In Action Mission:On 13 May 1975, 1st Lieutenant Froehlich was the copilot of a CH-53C helicopter which departed Nakhon Phanom AB, Thailand on a classified mission in support of the Mayaguez Incident. The aircraft crashed some 36 miles southwest of its departure point and burned. All five crewmembers and 18 Security Police passengers were killed.
Aeronautical Speciality Rating: Pilot
Notable Decoration Awards: Air Medal

Body was recovered
Panel 01W – Line 126

Integrity, Honor, and Respect
Some of the best things cannot be bought, they must be earned

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