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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!
LAURENCE EUGENE FROEHLICH – Air Force – 1LT – O2Age: 25Date of Birth Dec 26, 1949Place of Birth: Benton Harbor, Michigan.From: SODUS, MIReligion: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.), USAFClass of 1972Robert P. Gocke, Jr.
1LT – O2 – Air Force –Casualty was on May 13, 1975Person ID: 9721800Graduation: 1972KIA Date: 5/13/1975Squadron: CS 08High School: Benton Harbor HS, Benton Harbor, MIHigh School Activities: Senior Class President, National Honor Society, Football, BasketballAcademy Experiences: Ski ClubAcademic Degree Major: BS-Engineering Management – USAFA, MBA -Management-UCLAActive Duty Assignments: Student, Graduate Management, UCLA, Helicopter Pilot Training, Pilot CH-53KIA Conflict: MayaquezCombat Information: Pilot, CH-53 helicopter,21 SOS,Nakhon Phanom AB, ThailandKilled 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: PilotNotable Decoration Awards: Air MedalIn THAILANDNON-HOSTILE
Body was recoveredPanel 01W – Line 126