SAN ANTONIO - Retired Major Michael "Lucky" Terry LaChance, died at the age of 71 on Sunday, October 4th 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.
Lucky joined the Army as a private at the young age seventeen in 1961; commissioned as an infantry aviator in 1967; served two tours of duty in Vietnam with his last being in C Troop, 1/9 Cavalry, 1st Cav Division; retired as a Latin American foreign area officer 1987; and in retirement, he served as a city manager for several cities in Maine and Michigan.
He leaves behind Ava, his beloved wife of 53 years, Michael and Mark, his two veteran sons and their families which includes two grandsons Tyler, a veteran himself, Rhys, two lovely granddaughters Courtney and Ashley, and a great grandbaby he had not yet met. His celebration of life with military honors will take place at Fort Sam Houston Chapel on Saturday Oct 10th 2015. Lucky wrote the following epitaph which will be read at his life celebration.
"War is stupidity wrapped in the guise of national interest, patriotism, fear, greed and self interest. Its only benefactors are those who never really participate except as voyeurs. These voyeurs are quick to send the youth to wage their battles while they reap the profits.
Soldiers are needed now, and forever; as man and his governments will never learn there is no real honor in death by battle, only premature loss of a young man's life to further the interests of persons or ideas that will not alter God's plan for men.
I ask forgiveness of those men I killed in battle. They, like me, wanted no more from life than to live and survive the indignity of being asked to kill or be killed. I was a winner, they losers. I now go to them and must beg their indulgence in permitting me into their house. For the pain and suffering I brought upon them and their families was not their choosing but an uncaring government and my desire to live.
I was a soldier by choice, to all the soldiers of the world, I salute you and I am proud to join all who have died before me, especially those who died through acts of man's own stupidity. As you listen to the saddest song in the world played, I ask you remember; Nobody hates war more than a soldier, remember them and I go in peace."
Lucky was a great husband, father, grandfather, friend, warrior and patriot. He will be sorely missed.