Andre Cavaro Lucas

Andre Cavaro Lucas (HM14X2)

Location: Highland Falls, NY 10928 Orange County
Country: United States of America

N 41° 22.367', W 73° 57.72'

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Medal of Honor awarded to
Andre Cavaro Lucas
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
for action at
Fire Support Base Ripcord
Republic of Vietnam, 1 to 23 July 1970

" . . . Lieutenant Colonel Lucas . . . performed numerous acts of extraordinary valor in directing the defense of the Allied position . . . He flew in a helicopter at tree top level above an entrenched enemy directing the fire of one of his companies for over three hours, even though his helicopter was heavily damaged . . . He remained in an exposed position until the company expended its supply of grenades. He then transferred to another helicopter, dropped critically needed grenades to the troops, and . . . prevented the company from being encircled and destroyed . . . On another occasion, (he) attempted to rescue a crewman trapped in a burning helicopter. As the flames in the aircraft spread . . . (he) ordered . . . the rescue party to safety . . . (He) continued the rescue effort amid concentrated enemy mortar fire, intense heat, and exploding ammunition until the aircraft was completely engulfed in flames. (He) was mortally wounded while directing the successful withdrawal of his battalion . . . "

Class of 1954
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HM NumberHM14X2
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Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 10:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 586804 N 4580660
Decimal Degrees41.37278333, -73.96200000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 22.367', W 73° 57.72'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 22' 22.02" N, 73° 57' 43.20" W
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Area Code(s)845
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3-99 Station Hill, Highland Falls NY 10928, US
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