Lawrence Lee Keister

Specialist Four
Army of the United States
02 February 1947 - 26 January 1969
Sacramento, California
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lawrence Lee Keister

09 Apr 2006

Lawrence Lee Keister, the middle son of Robert Keister and Betty Gilbranson, was born February 2, 1947 in Sacramento, California. He had an older sister Kathleen, an older brother Robert Jr., and a younger brother Michael. Larry attended Encina High School his sophomore through senior years, graduating in 1964. He had attended American River College and the University of California at Davis as a pre-veterinary student. He also enjoyed building up cars and working on boats. During his junior year at UC Davis, Larry took a semester off to earn money for school expenses and was immediately drafted.

In September 1968, he was deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Specialist 4th Class with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry (Currahees), 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles). At age 21, on January 26, 1969 in Binh Thuan, Larry was killed by small arms fire during a firefight. His body arrived home on what would have been his 22nd birthday. Requiem Mass was held at St. Rose Catholic Church in Sacramento, and burial was at Sierra Hills Memorial Park in Sacramento with full military honors.

From a schoolmate,
Kathie Kloss Marynik
Granite Bay, CA

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a schoolmate,
Kathie Kloss Marynik
Granite Bay, Ca
09 Apr 2006

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