Lauren Walter Standring

First Lieutenant
United States Marine Corps
17 November 1943 - 22 July 1970
Reseda, California
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Lauren W Standring

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lauren Walter Standring

18 Nov 2002

"To live in the hearts we leave behind,
is never to have died."
(Thomas Campbell, circa 1888)

From his niece.
E-mail address is not available.
25 Mar 2004

I served under Lt. Standring on Okinawa - I think the unit was Golf 3/12. It was comfortable garrison duty and we would pick up a float and go to the Philippines or Hong Kong. We were both trying to get "in country" by submitting AA forms. They needed officers and not clerks, so he went and I did not.

What I remember most about Lt. Standring was that he was a truly good person. He always smiled, never swore, was very squared away, and always wanted to help. When we were in the Philippines he would take groceries to the family he adopted.

There were two other officers in our battery. I don't remember their names, but they thought Lt. Standring was sticking his neck out by volunteering for combat. They couldn't wait to get home with the least amount of bother. I never thought much of them after that.

When we got the news Lt. Standring was killed it was a very sad day for all of us.

I tossed all my service pictures one bad day and I don't remember much from those days, but I will never forget his face or smile.

He was head and shoulders above the rest of us.

From a Marine friend,
Phillip Reis

5 Aug 2004

I am a nephew of Lt. Standring, and I am writing to thank the people who have memorialized my uncle. Your words of care and remembrance reflect the humanity of "Uncle Bucky".

I was only 2-1/2 years old when my uncle passed, and the pain was so horrible for my family, almost no one ever talked about him or his life. I just knew that Uncle Bucky was a noble, courageous, and trustworthy man.

Thanks to you, his friends, I now have more of an idea of how he died and who he was in life. I'm 36 now, and war is affecting me on a much more personal level. I am grateful to have a perspective on the life of a Marine who was also a son, brother, uncle, friend, and most of all human.

For those who read this, Lauren Walter Standring still lives on in the memories and tributes of his family. He even has a niece and grand-niece named after him. We'll never forget, and thank you for helping us remember!

From a nephew,
Darrell Standring
E-mail address is not available.

26 Feb 2006

I was Walt's roommate at The Basic School in 1969. I think we were in the same OCS platoon but I didn't really get to know him until TBS. He was a good man. That is not just a figure of speech. I never heard him curse, saw him drink, or do anything that violated his personal standards. He was a devout Mormon. He was always cheerful and uplifting to all around him.

I never saw him while we were in Viet Nam but I heard he was wounded and sent to Japan and later heard he died. It was a great loss.

He was a good man.

From a friend,
Jerry Spencer

Notes from The Virtual Wall

7th Marines

The photograph and information below was received from another Marine who served with 1stLt Standring:

"Lt Standring was attached to Lima Co, 3rd Bn, 7th Marines, as part of the artillery Forward Observer Team. April 1970 was a bad month for Lima 3/7. At the beginning of the month we left our rear area with 150 men. When we returned at the the end of the month there were 99 men left including Lt Stan and me.

"Lt Stan was not wounded in April. It was the end of June, 1970. It was a suprise firing device (booby trap) which inflicted his wounds. I was hit in the right arm and right leg. Lt Stan was medevaced out and eventually made his way to the hospital ship USS SANCTUARY where he died. I stayed in the bush. He lived for nearly a month before succumbing to his wounds. It was a sad day. Lt Stan was my friend."

From the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines Command Chronology for June 1970:

"291630H [4:30 PM, 29 June] - L Co 3/7 (BT121414). L while set in N/T position tripped 01 B/T M-26 SFN with added explosives. All personnel wearing flak gear and helmets. Result 04 USMC WIA (emergency), 01 USMC WIA (priority), 03 USMC WIA (routine) and 05 USMC WIA (not evacuated). Medevac called and completed and Lima moved to new position."
From the 3rd Bn, 11th Marines Command Chronology for June 1970:
"The last days of the month proved to be the worst for the battalion as far as casualties were concerned. As his company was settling into its night defensive position on 29 June, Lt L. W. Standring, the FO for L/3/7, and his radio operator, Cpl E. L. Byrd were wounded by fragments from an enemy booby trap. Lt Standring was emergency medevaced in serious condition while Cpl Byrd was routinely medevaced in fair condition."
From the 3rd Bn, 11th Marines Command Chronology for July 1970:
"July was not without its share of sadness also. On 22 July, Lt L. W. STANDRING succumbed to the wounds received on 29 June while a forward observer with L/3/7. A memorial service was held in his honor on FSB DEFIANT on 26 July. Lt Evans, the Regimental Chaplain from the 11th Marines, conducted the service."
It appears that Corporal Byrd and the other Marines wounded by the booby trap survived - no "died of wounds" casualties during the subsequent 60 days can be associated with the 29 June incident.

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