Bruce Stanley Larson

Private First Class
United States Marine Corps
02 April 1948 - 19 September 1968
Bedford, New York
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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28 Mar 2008

Bruce was fiercely loving, loyal and protective of his family and friends.

Even now, 40 years later, to me Bruce was the happiest, most positive person I have ever known. His energy and laughter were contagious, he was the guy people liked to be around. I'm sure Bruce's great sense of humor and his laughter helped carry him and his fellow Brothers through some dark and frightening days.

Bruce loved music and he could sing every word of a song only after hearing it one time. I just know his singing and his animated personality helped lift him and his buddies through many days of sadness and despair. I was told, when Bruce was on the hospital ship USS REPOSE, from injuries sustained in the field, that Bruce and his great friend Joe Drago hoooked up a rig for their IV's so they could walk around the ship to entertain and cheer up the guys who were less fortunate.

Bruce told me he carried a deck of cards in his pocket, so when a fellow soldier needed a friend, a distraction or a little taste of home, Bruce would hang out and play cards with them for as long as they wanted.

Bruce was my childhood sweetheart, my husband and my friend. Bruce gave me the gift of a little girl he never got to meet. He would have been a wonderful Dad and he would have loved her so much.

I was told by Joe Drago's widow that Bruce showed great courage, loyalty and love in the moments before his death. He asked Joe to please tell his wife, daughter and family that he loved them.

You left us much too soon and have left an empty space in our lives, a place that can never be filled. We love you, Bruce, forever and always. Thank you for your life and for loving us. Our love for you will never be lost, nor will it ever die.


From his wife,
Arla ( Arlene) Larson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

Although The Virtual Wall can show that four men from Golf Company 2/3 Marines were killed in action on 19 Sep 1968 we are unable to find a reference to the incident in the the 3rd Marines' or 3rd Marine Division's operations logs. We do know the 2/3 Marines moved to Camp Carroll on 12 Sep - but the last mention found regarding Golf 2/3 is on on 17 Sep. The four men killed on 19 Sep were
  • LCpl James C. Simmons, Eloy, AZ;
  • LCpl Robert G. Tate, Livonia, MI;
  • Pfc James A. Donaldson, St Louis, MO; and
  • Pfc Bruce S. Larson, Bedford, NY.

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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 Mar 2008
Last updated 08/10/2009