Lawrence Frank Kinnear

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
10 December 1947 - 27 September 1966
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Lawrence Frank Kinnear

28 May 2002

Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
It's been 36 years
And I still think of You
We were so very young
Yet so much in Love
Now you rest in God's Arms
In Heaven Above
Larry, you won't be forgotten
No, you never will be
You're always in my heart
You're always a part of me!

I am praying that you know how very much you were loved, and how very much you are missed.

From his soulmate.
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17 Sep 2006

17 Sep 2006

The photo and article appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on October 4, 1966:

Pfc. Lawrence F. Kinnear, 18, of 948 Township Line Rd., Elkins Park.

Kinnear, who had wanted to be a Marine since he was 14, was killed September 26 near Quang Tri.

Kinnear had written to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kinnear, recently that he was not seeing much fighting in Vietnam. He had spent several days in the field hospital in July after being wounded.

His parents were notified of his death Friday. He died on the first birthday of his sister, Michelle.

He also is survived by three brothers, Raphael, 19, who is serving in the Army; Thomas, 16, and Sidney, 12.

The boy's parents said he left Abington High School after his 17th birthday to enlist in the Marine Corps. During his 18 months in the service, he spent some time in Okinawa before going to Vietnam in March. He had volunteered to go to the Far East.


From a fellow Marine and Vietnam veteran,
Jim McIlhenney

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Between 22 Sep and 07 Oct 1966 the 3rd Bn, 4th Marines was engaged in Operation PRAIRIE, a sweep of northern Quang Tri Province. 3/4's area of operations began with the Rockpile and continued north to the DMZ boundary. On 27 and 28 Sep Kilo 3/4 fought a series of small-unit engagements as they moved along the crest of the ridgeline. Nine Marines were killed in the fighting on those two days:
  • I Company:
    • Pfc Miguel F. Najar, Houston, TX

  • K Company:
    • Cpl Grover C. Mathews, Roseburg, OR
    • LCpl John W. Geary, Batavia, NY
    • LCpl Ronald G. Jordet, Reedpoint, MT (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Arvel H. Hall, Columbus, GA
    • Pfc James R. Hanson, Barnesville, MN
    • Pfc Kenneth A. Keith, Bainbridge, NY (Silver Star)
    • Pfc Lawrence F. Kinnear, Elkins Park, PA
    • Pfc Billy W. Laws, Kansas City, MO (Silver Star)

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 28 May 2002
Last updated 10/03/2006