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HONORED ON PANEL 5E, LINE 88 OF THE WALL

LARRY EDWARD MACDONALD

WALL NAME

LARRY E MACDONALD

PANEL / LINE

5E/88

DATE OF BIRTH

11/22/1944

CASUALTY PROVINCE

THUA THIEN

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/28/1966

HOME OF RECORD

DETROIT

COUNTY OF RECORD

Wayne County

STATE

MI

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

LCPL

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR LARRY EDWARD MACDONALD
POSTED ON 7.4.2000
POSTED BY: Vietnam Vets of Second Battalion, First Marines

We will remember you.

Your brothers of Second Battalion, First Marines honor your service and
your supreme sacrifice. You are one of our heroes. Your comrades of 2/1
hold you in their hearts and minds forever. Take your warrior's rest for a
duty well done. Semper Fi, Marine!

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POSTED ON 4.27.2000
POSTED BY: Jim Campbell

Classmate-Comrad-Hero

Larry was a classmate of mine at Thomas M. Cooley High School, but I never really knew him and I am not sure we ever even talked. It was a large school with nearly 3000 students and we didnt run with the same crowd. He quit High School and joined the Marines and I ended up barely graduating. I got to actually meet him when I was assigned to the same Company in the infantry at Camp Pendelton in 1963. We shipped over to Okinawa in January 1964 on the USS General William Mitchell and he introduced me to another classmate named Dewey Phillips who was part of the same Company. F-3-3-3. Larry was in weapons platoon and became part of Advisory Team One at about the time of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. There was only light action and he returned to Detroit to have a 30 pass and returned for a full tour on his second trip there. At that time I was teaching at Quantico and home on leave for a week when I heard that Larry was Killed in Action during Opperation Harvest Moon and his funeral was during this week. I went to visit his mother and she told me that her husband and sister had died and she had adopted Larry and he was all she had. She just sat there and stouped her head and reflected on how much she loved him. I doned my dress blues and attended the funeral and was struck by the fact that he sported only the Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal with star and the Purple Heart. There are so many Medals issued today. I ran into Kemp who was no longer in the service and was a Detroit Cop and we went to my house for drinks. Kemp was his team leader in 64 when he toted the weighty M-60. He most definetly had the shoulders to support it. It also made him a target and he was killed on patrol during a mop up, I was told. Larry was in the stage staff in highschool and had occational spurts of Histrionic behaviour that tickeled us now and then.
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