Lawrence Colburn


Age: 67

Vietnam War veteran and helicopter gunner who was the last surviving member of a three-man U.S. Army helicopter crew that ended the My Lai massacre on March 16, 1968 and became an 18-year-old American hero when he intervened with two comrades to halt the massacre of hundreds of unarmed Vietnamese civilians by United States soldiers in 1968 elevating an innocuous hamlet named My Lai into a watchword for the horrors of war, who along with former U.S. Army helicopter pilot Hugh Thompson, Jr. (d. 2006) were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for their actions and received the Soldier's Medal, the highest U.S. military award for bravery not involving conflict with the enemy.

Cause of Death: Liver cancer

Born: July 6, 1949

Died: December 13, 2016

Canton, Georgia