Lenote M. Vigare
Barrancas National Cemetery
Section 54, Site 809
The Northwest Florida Daily News, May 25, 2011
Lenote M. "Joe" Vigare (1930-2011)
Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Lenote M. (Joe) Vigare, 80, of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., passed away at the Fort Walton Beach Hospital on May 20, 2011. Joe was born Aug. 22, 1930, in Monterey Park, Calif. He was preceded in death by his mother, Anita Wells, and father, James Joseph Vigare.
There are many Pararescue "notables" in the recovery business. One of them is Technical Sergeant Lenote M. Vigare, a Californian who made headlines during his Pacific tours. It was he who rescued an injured man from the bottom of a 400-foot precipice in Guam, despite the fact that he had broken his own ankle in dropping from the Rescue helicopter. Vigare, a common-sense Pararescueman, later demonstrated his ingenuity during a search, near Guam, for a missing Flying Tiger Constellation. A Navy minesweeper involved in the search notified authorities that it was two days out of Guam and that its water supply was critical. It was three in the morning when Joint Rescue Control Center checked with Vigare and requested the use of jerry cans from the Pararescueman's gear. Unfortunately, none was available on the island, but at daybreak, following a plan evolved entirely by Vigare, aircraft dropped 50-pound blocks of ice, wrapped in blankets and tied with line, beside the minesweeper. The sailors had water.