Larry L HowellSpecialist Four
D CO, 3RD BN, 22ND INF RGT, 25 INF DIV
Army of the United States
12 July 1948 - 28 April 1969
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The database page for Larry L Howell
Although I didn't know him, he was my first cousin.
I found a clipping of a poem in my grandmother's belongings and it was written by Larry Howell while he was in Viet Nam. I thought it was something that should be shared.
I would hate for him to be forgotten.
A memorial initiated by his cousin,
To my Buddy.
It's been thirty three years now since we have parted but you will never be forgotten. Just read your poem and remembered the night you wrote it. We will met again someday but until then I will remember.
My name is Al Martinez and I was with Delta Company from 4/1/68 to 4/1/69. Larry was a soldier's soldier. I mean he was an excellent soldier with whom I had the honor of serving. He was the guy that you wanted in your foxhole. When I heard he had died I wasn't surprised the way he died. He told his best friend Dennis that he would take the lead when the crap hit the fan. I know that Dennis to this day feels guilty about what happened to Larry, but knowing Larry the way I did I know he wouldn't of had it any other way. I was back home when I got the news of Larry's death and I am still affected by it. As dumb as it may sound, I feel that if I had been there maybe he wouldn't have died. Our other friend Charles Best told me that he helped carry him to the helicopter. I understand that he also brought Larry home when he died. Believe me, I will never, ever forget Larry. I am sure he is in a better place but call it selfish, I wish he was here.
God bless him and his family.
An old grunt,
From a Vietnam buddy,
The point-of-contact for this memorial is|
a first cousin,
Julie Howell DeSoignie
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 1 Feb 2002
Last updated 06/03/2006