Larron David MurphyCaptain
F TROOP, 8TH CAV RGT, AMERICAL DIV
Army of the United States
05 October 1944 - 11 October 1973
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The database page for Larron David Murphy
"Think where Man's glory most begins and ends,
Larry was a member of Class 69-10 at Fort Wolters and took his intial training in OH-23D's.
From a friend,
The MissionOn 23 April 1970, four aircraft - 2 UH-1H Hueys and 2 escorting AH-1G Cobras - were dispatched on an emergency extraction mission to pick up a long-range reconnaissance patrol (LRRP) which was in contact with enemy forces. Captain Larron D. Murphy and WO Dennis K. Eads were flying one of the AH-1Gs (hull number 67-15612).
The two UH-1H helicopters aborted the mission due to adverse weather conditions. The two Cobras continued in order to provide fire support for the patrol to allow them to break contact with the enemy. On arrival in the area the lead AH-1G instructed Murphy to turn to a heading of 90 degrees.
About 30 seconds later, Capt. Murphy called, "20, this is 28. I'm crashing." The LRRP reported observing a very bright flash to the southwest, presumably one of the aircraft. The remaining Cobra then returned to Chu Lai, unable to search for the downed aircraft because of the inclement weather. No voice contact was made with Murphy or Eads.
The following morning a detailed search of the area was conducted, but no trace of either the downed aircraft or crew was found. The presumed site of the crash was about 10 miles southwest of the city of An Hoa in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam.
On 11 October 1973 a Presumptive Finding of Death was approved by the Secretary of the Army for Captain Murphy, and a similar action was taken with respect to WO Eads on 28 August 1978. As of 26 November 2001 the remains of the two men have not been repatriated.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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