Larry Harold Coleman
Lance Corporal
B CO, 1ST BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV, III MAF
United States Marine Corps
Fort Wayne, Indiana
February 27, 1947 to February 07, 1969
LARRY H COLEMAN is on the Wall at Panel W33, Line 76

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At approximately 1030 hours, while on patrol, near An Hoa Combat Base, in the vicinity of An Hoa City, Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, LCpl Coleman was severely wounded and medevaced. He died of those wounds at 1655 hours at the station hospital, NSA DaNang. LCpl Coleman was hit by small arms fire on left side of his chest, stomach, and right forearm which resulted in severe hemorrhaging.

The award recommendation for his Bronze Star with Combat "V" (Valor) also contained a proposed citation. It read:

For heroic achievement whle serving as a radio operator with Company B, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment during operations against the enemy in Republic of Vietnam on 7 February 1969. During Operation TAYLOR COMMON in the vicinity of An Hoa, Quang Nam Province, RVN, Company B was on a company size patrol when it was ambushed by a well concealed enemy force. Realizing the seriousness of the situation, LCpl Coleman unhesitatingly and courageously moved through the intense fire to the Company Commander's position to be readily available to pass on vital information that he received over the radio Command & Control Commander and relay information to the pinned down platoons. It was during this courageous act the LCpl Coleman was killed in action by small arms fire. LCpl Coleman's selfless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and Navy Services.

LCpl Coleman served in 15 major operations since his start of tour on May 22, 1968, including Operations Lancaster II and Kentucky. He was almost 9 months through his 13 month tour. LCpl Colemen was survived by his grandmother, Mrs Flora Forbia, Columbia, Missouri and an Aunt, Mrs Betty Ricketts, Fort Wayne Indiana. He was predeceased by his parents Rosa Mae Coleman (1931-1959) and Harold A. Coleman (1925-1957). They are buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Columbia, Missouri.

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Four of Larry's buddies from Hickman High School, Columbia, "Class of 1965" - pay their respects on Memorial Day, May 2013 - - a tradition - - they are left to right: Carl Smith (Vietnam) - Ron Blacklock (Vietnam) - Eddie Breedlove (U S Navy) and Gary Blackmore (Vietnam)

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The other two men from Hickman High School who were paid the respect of the men above were Corporal Daniel Joseph Heibel, Columbia, Missouri, and Corporal Stephen Lee Irvin, Columbia, Missouri.


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