Larry Wayne MayseySergeant
37TH ARRS, 3RD ARRG, 7TH AF
United States Air Force
18 May 1946 - 09 November 1967
Chester, New Jersey
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Photo courtesy of Jeff Nash, MSgt, USAF (Ret)
The database page for Larry Wayne Maysey
Larry Maysey is not forgotten. He was a true hero in every sense of the word. While I never knew him, he has become part of my family. We will not rest until his remains are found and returned to US soil.
My full memorial to him is located at
I am constantly updating the site as we get more information, pictures, etc. If you have anything about Larry that you'd like to share with the world, please send it to me. Thanks!
Yes, I knew Larry when he was in school. He was a very nice gentleman and I really liked him a lot as a good soldier and civilian. He was smart and very creative. I originally was from Mendham where I worked in a garage next to his parents' home. I know he is with the Lord now and some day I will be there too. He was very thoughtful man in his life - he was like me, always wanted to help someone no matter what the consequences. I really miss him as a good friend. I am going to the Wall again and want to put a wreath there for all of his good work in the service. May God bless his family in Jesus' name.
From a good friend,
03 Nov 2005
Well, Larry will rest in peace in the name of our Lord. He was a great American hero of the Vietnam War and everbody who knew him should be proud of such a good soldier as he was to our country and don't ever anybody forget what he did for our country, OK?
"Bye" From Ralph Smith and God bless him always.
From a good friend,
Notes from The Virtual WallOn 08 November 1967, two HH-3E SAR helicopters of the 37th ARRS departed Danang Air Base for an emergency extraction of a Special Forces road watch team operating in Laos. Shortly after midnight on 09 Nov 67 JOLLY GREEN 29 picked up part of the team before being severely damaged by hostile fire and forced to leave the area. His wingman, JOLLY GREEN 26, then attempted pick-up of the two remaining team members. The two men were brought aboard by hoist, but as the HH-3E (now with 6 men aboard) began lift-out it was heavily hit and crashed in flames.
A search team was inserted into the area during the afternoon of 09 November and reached the downed helicopter as dusk approached. The search team did not actually search the HH-3 wreckage until after daybreak on 10 November, at which time they recovered and identified the remains of five men (three aircrew and the two Special Forces team members). The HH-3E pilot, Captain Gerald O. Young, had escaped the burning aircraft and was recovered (Captain Young received the Medal of Honor for his actions).
Weather and enemy action precluded removal of the bodies from the area, so that five men were left behind when the search team was extracted:
Regardless of the discrepancies between TFO and the POW Network reports, two indisputable facts remain:
Five Americans died when JOLLY GREEN 26 went down, and their remains have not yet been repatriated.Captain Ralph W Brower, SSG Eugene L Clay, and SGT Larry W Maysey received posthumous Air Force Crosses for their parts in the rescue attempt.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 05 Apr 1999
Last updated 08/10/2009