Larry Joe White

Army of the United States
22 February 1949 - 30 June 1969
Houston, Texas
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Combat Infantry

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
Larry J White

The database page for Larry Joe White

11 Nov 2001

There is not a single Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that goes by without someone in the family sharing a favorite memory of you. Even though many years have passed you are not forgotten. We miss you. We are proud of you and your service to our nation.

From his brothers,
David, Dale, and Michael White

28 Sep 2007

Thank you to all the heroes who served with Larry and have contacted me and my family. We sincerely appreciate the pictures and stories you have all personally contributed. Larry lives in all of our memories. No matter our opinions of the war, we all need to recognize the sacrifices that Larry and all of the men of this period made for this nation and the world. Let us all pray for any man or woman who is asked to go to war for this nation!

From his brother,
Michael White

17 Jan 2003

Larry was a very dear friend of mine. We grew up together, and had many good laughs. I remember him telling me that he felt he needed and wanted to go to Nam. I had returned after a year there and tried to talk him out of it but he just told me he wanted to go. I loved this guy like a brother and miss him a lot. His laugh was special. He will always be in my thoughts and I will always be proud of him. He was just Larry Joe White to many other folks but to me he was a brother. Thank you, Mike, for this memorial page to him.

From a friend and brother,
Frank E. Mujica
E-mail address is not available.

12 May 2006

Larry was a fine young man
who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Sergeant Al Curtis
E-mail address is not available.

A Note from The Virtual Wall

The III MAF Daily Summary for 30 June 1969 contains the following entry:
"In the eastern coastal regions of Quang Ngai Province, B/1/20th Inf while setting up their NDP 7 kilometers south of Mo Duc (BS733470) detonated an unknown type mine resulting in 1 friendly KIA and 5 WIA. Approx 1/2 hour later, the rear rotor of a medevac helo struck and killed another soldier. A second medevac helo was hovering and personnel were carrying casualties to the aircraft when another unknown type mine was detonated resulting in the crash of the helo, 6 friendly KIAs and 13 WIA."
The eight men killed were
  • B Co, 1st Bn, 20th Infantry
    • SSG Michael E. Fowler, Marietta, GA
    • CPL Robert J. Coleman, Cambridge, MA
    • SP4 Glen E. Poteet, Morganton, NC
    • CPL Ronald E. Robertson, Madison Heights, VA
    • SP4 Jerome E. Tucker, Cincinnati, OH
    • CPL Larry J. White, Houston, TX

  • HQ Co, 1st Bn, 20th Infantry
    • CPL James W. Jones, Atlanta, GA, medic w/ B/1/20
    • CPL John D. Morrissey, Aberdeen, MD, medic w/ B/1/20
Corporal Coleman was killed by the rotor strike; the other seven by the mines. The helo that went down was UH-1H tail number 66-17125 from the 498th Medical Detachment; the aircrew survived the incident.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 11 Nov 2001
Last updated 11/13/2010