Lawrence Cornel CovingtonPrivate First Class
L CO, 3RD BN, 4TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV
United States Marine Corps
18 August 1949 - 08 January 1968
Jersey City, New Jersey
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My cousin Larry lived next door to us and was a happy, straight-laced kid for all his 18 years. He was everybody's favorite, and my hero. He went into the Corps as soon as he turned 18. His tour of duty was less than 30 days before he was killed in Quang Tri, but he always wanted to be a Marine. On the day Larry died, his dog was howling all morning, unexplainedly. No one could calm her down. It was if she was in mourning. It was a painful kind of sound, but she wasn't physically hurt or sick. We knew she missed Larry, but he'd been gone for 3 months, so no one could explain why she was so distressed. A couple of hours later, a Marine contingent showed up at Larry's home, and within seconds we knew what happened. A couple of years later I joined the Corps, but made it home. Every year I tell Larry thanks for being there and helping me come home.
Semper Fi, brother. Sleep well. Sleep in peace.
From a cousin,
30 May 2007
On this Memorial Day 2007, our family will always remember you, Larry. Sleep well, we'll all meet again in God's sweet grace.
From a cousin,
I just want to say thanks to this brave American who was killed in Vietnam. I thought about him today.
23 May 2007
I am going to D.C. next week and will find Lawrence's name on the wall. His sacrifice and service is not forgotten by me.
I have been doing more research and studies of the conflict in Vietnam and was able to listen to some veterans speak at the University of Southern Mississippi a few weeks ago. I thought of Lawrence again and he is in my mind.
A Note from The Virtual WallIn the early morning of 07 Jan 1968, a Lima 3/4 platoon began an anti-sniper patrol, trying to root out several snipers who had been firing into the perimeter. An initial success very rapidly became more difficult when the patrol encountered a well dug-in NVA force and the fight developed into an all-day affair. The remainder of Lima 3/4 came to help, and Kilo 3/4 was sent as well. When the Marines broke contact toward sundown, they had killed no fewer than 26 North Vietnamese soldiers - but Lima 3/4 had lost six men, and one of their wounded died the following day:
The photo and text below is taken from the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans' Memorial web site:
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 9 May 2004
Last updated 11/11/2007