Lawrence Eugene Besson

Private First Class
Army of the United States
02 January 1948 - 04 November 1966
Alexandria, Louisiana
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lawrence Eugene Besson

10 Feb 2001

Larry, after all these years I still miss you. I have mourned the children you never had. I need to hear from someone who knew you while you were in the Army.

From his mother
Joyce R. Besson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

At the beginning of November 1966, operations near the "Black Virgin" Mountain were uncovering very large NVA/VC supply caches. Because the NVA/VC could not afford to lose the supplies, they were forced to fight - and fight they did, beginning with heavy action near Dau Tieng starting on 03 Nov 1966, when 13 US soldiers died in the fighting. It continued on 04 November, with 11 US infantry companies in the field, supported by air and artillery as well as ARVN infantry. By day's end, the NVA/VC commanders realized they could not protect their supply caches and began a withdrawal toward the Cambodian border. Seventeen more US soldiers died in the fighting on 04 Nov 1966:
  • 2nd Bn, 1st Inf Rgt:
    • SGT Edward J. Merritt, Philadelphia, PA, Company B
    • SGT Howard L. Walker, Boomer, NC, Company C
    • PFC Carmen P. Cartonia, Buffalo, NY, Company C

  • 1st Bn, 27th Inf Rgt, 25 Inf Div, USARV
    • SGT John D. Beltz, St Louis, MO, Company A
    • SP4 Eugene F. Goeckner, Dieterich, IL, Company A
    • PFC Bruce E. Kerndl, Miller Place, NY, Company A

  • 2nd Bn, 27th Inf Rgt, 25 Inf Div, USARV
    • LTC William C. Barott, Philadelphia, PA, 2nd Bn C.O.
    • CPT Gerald F. Currier, Lawrence, MA, Company C
    • 2LT Robert L. Adams, Carlisle, PA, Company C
    • SGT Howard C. Barker, Madison, FL, Company C
    • SP4 Aaron L. Thomas, Philadelphia, PA, Company A
    • SP4 Rodney E. Althoff, York, PA, HQ Company
    • PFC Lawrence E. Besson, Alexandria, LA, Company C
    • PFC Luis A. Perez-Cruz, Arecibo, PR, Company C
    • PVT Jose L. Fontanez-Velez, Rio Piedras, PR, Company C
    • PVT Bobby Young, Viper, KY, Company C

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
his mother,
Joyce R. Besson 
10 Feb 2001

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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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