Larry William Knight

United States Navy
23 May 1945 - 01 June 1967
Rockford, Illinois
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Fleet Marine Force Corpsman

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Larry William Knight

20 Jan 2006

Larry had been a Senior Corpsman on Ward 7 South Neurology, Neurosurgery during 1966-1967 when he left to go to Vietnam.

I had been on the ward for about 3 weeks when all of a sudden I heard the ward clerk cry out and left her station sobbing hysterically. This was early June 1967. I found out then that Larry had been killed on his first day in-country.

My Lt. Commander Rosenquist took it hard.

As other Corpsmen got their orders for Vietnam, we had a staff party for them. I volunteered to work their evenings during this time so that they could attend.

When my time came, I didn't want to go due to hating to say goodbye, not knowing if I would ever see them again. Out of respect for Lt. Commander Rosenquist, I went. It bothered me deeply then and still does today when I think about it.

Larry could have been one of the first Senior Corpsmen who started my training on the ward. I don't know when he left but his dying on his first day left an everlasting impression on me that nothing is forever.

Charles David Bunner

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On 01 June 1967, while patrolling out of Camp Carroll, Lima 3/9 ran into an NVA force occupying bunkers. The resulting fight led to the deaths of 10 Marines and 3 Navy Corpsmen:
  • SSgt Frank J. Gallant, Beverly, MA
  • Sgt Robert S. Matern, Worcester, MA (Silver Star)
  • HM3 James W. Ashby, Park Rapids, MN (Navy Cross) (H&S with Lima 3/9)
  • Cpl Gary C. Cupples, Marion, AR
  • LCpl Isaac A. Diez, Gonzales, LA
  • LCpl Frank J. Kilkenny, New York, NY
  • HN Larry W. Knight, Rockford, IL (H&S with Lima 3/9)
  • LCpl Fred V. Lee, Chesapeake, VA
  • HN Roger L. Whinery, Fredonia, KS (Silver Star) (H&S with Lima 3/9)
  • Pfc William B. Esslinger, Cheyenne, WY
  • Pfc Michael L. Parish, Perris, CA
  • Pfc William T. Parker, Salisbury, MD
  • Pvt Lawrence D. Dunlap, Chicago, IL

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
fellow Navy Hospital Corpsman,
Charles David Bunner
20 Jan 2006

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
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