Larry William McKee

Army of the United States
12 December 1950 - 28 March 1971
Delaware, Ohio
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Combat Infantry

Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

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14 Oct 2007

I grew up with Larry in Delaware Ohio. We went to school together and were best of friends. Larry was a member of the Americal Division and was killed in the attack on Fire Base Mary Ann in March of 1971. I was in Vietnam when I heard of his death. Over the years I have often thought of Larry and want to keep his memory alive. You are missed by all. God Bless.

From a friend,
Michael Jackson

A Note from The Virtual Wall

On the night of 27/28 March 1971 Fire Support Base (FSB) Mary Ann was occupied by 209 Americans from several units of the Americal Division:
  • HHC 1/46th Infantry;
  • C Co 1/46th Infantry;
  • a Recon Platoon;
  • elements of a Mortar Platoon;
  • two 155mm howitzer sections, 3/16th Arty; and
  • twenty ARVN artillerymen.
At approximately 0230 hours, 28 March 1971, the VC mounted a coordinated mortar and sapper attack. Almost simultaneously with the mortar attack, sappers employed satchel charges and rocket propelled grenades (RPG) to penetrate the FSB's perimeter. Americans in the perimeter bunkers hunkered down until the explosions from the mortar rounds, satchel charges, and RPGs had subsided, but by then the sappers had breached the trench line and were inside the base. Once inside FSB Mary Ann, the sappers struck over half the bunkers. By the time the VC withdrew, 30 American soldiers were dead and 76 wounded.

The dead were

  • B Btry, 1st Bn, 14th Arty Rgt (FO w/ C/1/46 Inf)
  • C Btry, 3rd Bn, 16th Arty Rgt
    • SGT Clifford W. Corr, Viola, KS
    • SP4 Larry D. Austin, Des Moines, IA
    • CPL Donald C. Bennett, New Lexington, OH
    • CPL William W. Kirkpatrick, Torrance, CA
    • SP4 Roger D. Whirlow, Odessa, TX

  • A Co, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
  • C Co, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
    • CPT Richard V. Knight, Ormond Beach, FL
    • 1LT Carl B. McGee, Detroit, MI
    • SSG Terry H. Price, Salt Lake City, UT
    • SSG Warren P. Ritsema, Fremont, MI
    • SGT Ronald J. Becksted, Cleveland, OH
    • SGT Richard J. Boehm, Mandan, ND
    • SGT Richard R. Carson, Tuscola, IL
    • SGT Michael L. Crossley, Houston, TX
    • SGT Myron B. Johnson, Mandaree, ND
    • SGT Robert J. Schumacher, Lebanon, OR
    • SP4 Victor R. Bennett, Haskins, OH
    • SP4 James E. Edgemon, Bellevue, TX
    • CPL Druey L. Hatfield, Lorado, WV
    • CPL Michael S. Holloway, Wyoming, MI
    • CPL Dallas D. Robinson, Trade, TN
    • CPL Paul A. Sheer, Lakeview, OR
    • SP4 Donald M. Stotts, Fenton, MI
    • PFC Laymon Palmer, Little Rock, AR
    • PFC Clark V. Shawnee, Lawton, OK
    • PVT Steven D. Plath, St Louis Park, MN

  • HHC, 1st Bn, 46th Inf Rgt
    • SP5 Kyle S. Hamilton, St Paul, VA
    • PFC Wilbert S. Dupree, Jamaica, NY

The point-of-contact for this memorial is
a friend,
Michael Jackson

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 14 Oct 2007
Last updated 02/04/2011