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LAWRENCE KENT DOWD


is honored on Panel 19W, Line 1 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • To my old friend

    Posted on 8/14/18 - by Ronald Marrese ronmarrese@yahoo.com
    I worked with Larry as lifeguards for a summer at the Campello Pool in Brockton MA. He was a hard worker and great guy. I received a letter from him when I was in the Marine Corps stationed on a ship shortly before he died.I have been living in Bridgewater (his hometown) for 45 years. I feel that we would have been friends for life. I often sit in front of our war memorial and think about him. Rest in peace, my friend.
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  • Silver Star Citation

    Posted on 8/11/18 - by A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969
    Lawrence Kent Dowd

    Silver Star
    AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
    DURING Vietnam War
    Service: Marine Corps
    Rank: Lance Corporal
    Battalion: 2d Battalion
    Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
    GENERAL ORDERS:

    CITATION:
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Lawrence Kent Dowd (MCSN: 16408052), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as a Platoon Guide with Company E, Second Battalion, Third Marines, THIRD Marine Division (Rein.), FMF, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. During the early morning hours of 10 August 1969, the First Platoon of Company E was occupying defensive positions approximately two miles south of the Demilitarized Zone in Quang Tri Province. Suddenly, the Marines came under a heavy ground attack by an estimated company-size North Vietnamese Army force utilizing grenades, satchel charges, and small arms. Aware of a pending ammunition shortage, Lance Corporal Dowd, although painfully injured twice during the battle by fragments of enemy mortar rounds, commenced carrying vitally needed ammunition and hand grenades to the lines. Alertly observing two seriously wounded Marines lying in a position dangerously exposed to the intense enemy fire, Lance Corporal Dowd unhesitatingly crawled across the fire-swept terrain to their side. With complete disregard for his own safety and the hostile rounds impacting near him, he boldly dragged his companions to a position of relative safety and was subsequently mortally wounded by an enemy rocket-propelled grenade. His heroic and timely actions and sincere concern for the welfare of his fellowman inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in saving the lives of two Marines. By his courage, resolute determination and selfless devotion to duty in the face of great personal danger, Lance Corporal Dowd contributed significantly to the defeat of the North Vietnamese Army force and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.
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  • Thank You

    Posted on 6/10/18 - by Lucy Micik bennysgift@gmail.com
    Dear LCPL Lawrence Dowd,
    Thank you for your service as a Rifleman. Your 68th birthday was in 4 days. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. We remember all you who gave their all. It has been too long, and it's about time for us all to acknowledge the sacrifices of those like you who answered our nation's call. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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  • The Florida Times-Union - February 19, 1970

    Posted on 8/11/17 - by Jim McIlhenney
    2 DUVAL SOLDIERS KILLED IN VIETNAM

    Two more Jacksonville men have been killed in Vietnam, according to the Defense Department.
    They are S.Sgt. Kenneth L. Delaney, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris L. Delaney of 7348 Wilder Ave., and Army Spec 5 Michael A. Hughey, 21 son of Mrs. Margaret K. Padgett of 2814 Ruth Drive.
    Sgt. Delaney died Saturday as a result of an aircraft accident while on a military mission.
    SGT. DELANEY, a member of the Army Special Forces (Green Berets), had been in Vietnam three months.
    Born in Jacksonville, he graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1966. He attended Antioch Primitive Baptist Church.
    Others survivors are a sister, Miss Teri L. Delaney of Jacksonville; a brother, Timothy L. Delaney of Newark, N.J.; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. P.L. Miller of Jacksonville and Mrs. Mattie Delaney of Swainsboro, Ga.
    Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Key-McCabe Northside Funeral Home is in charge.
    SPEC.5 HUGHEY was reported killed in action Saturday while serving as a helicopter crew chief.
    A graduate of Nathan B. Forrest High School, Spec.5 Hughey entered the Army in July 1968 and went to Vietnam the following September.
    He was serving his second tour of duty there and was assigned to the 281st Aviation Battalion.
    OTHER SURVIVORS are his father, Walter L. Hughey of Mableton, Ga.; five brothers, Walter L. Hughey of Jacksonville and William, Dale, Bruce and Reginald Hughey, all of Mableton, and five sisters, Mrs. Trudy Clark, Mrs. Diann Borum, Miss Margaret Kay Padgett, Miss Linda Padgett and Miss Patricia Padgett, all of Jacksonville.
    Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
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  • Never Forget You

    Posted on 8/10/17
    Thinking of you . Served together in boot camp and the same general area in Vietnam. Bumped into each other a couple of times in Nam just long enough to say hello. My faith in God tells me you are in a good place.
    Semper Fi
    Kevin
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