LAWRENCE J MERSCHEL
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HONORED ON PANEL 53E, LINE 35 OF THE WALL

LAWRENCE JAMES MERSCHEL

WALL NAME

LAWRENCE J MERSCHEL

PANEL / LINE

53E/35

DATE OF BIRTH

03/22/1948

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

05/01/1968

HOME OF RECORD

WAYNE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Delaware County

STATE

PA

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

PFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LAWRENCE JAMES MERSCHEL
POSTED ON 12.28.2022
POSTED BY: Richard Claggett

Larry, you will never be forgotten.

Larry, though I was a couple of years older than you at Radnor High School, we were on the basketball team together (although you were far better than me!). I also served in Vietnam as a Scout Dog Handler in the Army Infantry, as you were one of the 10,000 Vietnam Dog Handlers. Today, as a member of Ft. Logan Honor Guard at Ft. Logan National Military Cemetary in Littleton, Colorado, I take pride in honoring the veteran's who have given their lives in the name of freedom. I think of you on many occasions for the bond that we dog handlers share. Suzanne, your Brother will never be forgotten.
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POSTED ON 4.22.2022
POSTED BY: Henry Merschel

I wish I could have met you

My middle name is your first, and your impact on my father does not go 1 day with out notice. Thank you for everything. I only wish you could have come to my wedding.
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POSTED ON 4.29.2021
POSTED BY: john fabris

honoring you....

Thank you for your service to our country so long ago sir. The remembrances from family and friends attest to their love and respect for you. As long as you are remembered you will always be with us.
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POSTED ON 9.28.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear PFC Lawrence Merschel, Thank you for your service as an Airborne Qualified Infantry Operations & Intelligence Specialist. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is another autumn. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 9.23.2020
POSTED BY: charles allen

The 3rd Lieutenant

Larry was a member of the 2nd platoon, A company 1/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. A company 1/502nd was a legendary unit within a legendary unit, the cream of the 2nd Brigade the tip of the Spear if you will. Along with other members of the brigade between 4/28/68 and 5/1/68 A company trapped an NVA regiment of between 400 and 500 men in a village called Phouc Yen which was bracketed on three sides by a river. The only overland route out of the village would have been through Alpha company. In the early morning hours May 1st an estimated platoon of NVA attempted a breakout through the 2nd platoon's position, the 2nd fought valiantly and successfully to stemmed the assault. Larry who I believe was an assistant machine gunner deserves a lion's share of recognition for keeping the platoon from being obliterated, he was felled sometime during the breakout or shortly thereafter. Forty NVA lay dead in front of the 2nd platoons position, later on that day a total of 95 surrendered. I didn't really get to know Larry very well but I do remember that very serious/earnest expression he used to have on his face, that's obviously why his comrades in arms dubbed him the 3rd Lieutenant. He wore it well.
The Battle of Phouc Yen by Charles Country Cole is an accurate account of this battle. Some others not so accurate.
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