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Pierre Laurier Lacoste

In memory of:

Master Corporal Pierre Laurier Lacoste

October 18, 1974

Shamakin, Pennsylvania

Military Service

Service Number:





Air Force


450 Transport Helicopter Squadron


Canadian Forces Decoration

Additional Information


November 24, 1943
St. Hubert, Quebec


September 28, 1961
Montreal, Quebec

Son of Roland Lacoste of St. Hubert, Quebec. Husband of Angelica Ruth (nee Euler) Lacoste of Otterburn Heights, Quebec. M/Cpl Lacoste completed his education in the St. Hubert area, and on the 28 September 1961 enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Transportation Technician. Pierre completed his initial trade training at RCAF Station Camp Borden on the 20 August 1962. In his capacity as a Transportation Technician, he served in St Jean, Trenton, Dorval and Toronto. Pierre qualified as a Loadmaster on the 20 August 1965 and flew on The Yukon, Boeing, Voyageur, and Chinook aircraft. In March 1974, M/Cpl Lacoste was posted to 450 Transport Helicopter Squadron, CFB Ottawa and he was flying as a Loadmaster on a Chinook helicopter which crashed on 18 October 1974 near Shamakin, Pennsylvania, USA. MCpl Lacoste lost his life as a result of that crash. The M/Cpl JL Pierre Lacoste memorial award is presented to the outstanding student on the Trade Qualification Level Three Traffic Technician Course. Master Corporal Lacoste is also commemorated on the Memorial to Loadmasters who lost their lives in service. The Memorial is located at RCAF Memorial Museum at Trenton, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 160 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Quebec, Canada

Grave Reference:

Plot 541

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  • Memorial– CFB Borden Traffic Tech QL3 top student award in memory of MCpl Lacoste
  • Loadmasters Memorial RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton– This memorial is dedicated to the Loadmasters who died while in service for their country.

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