Larry Delton PhelpsSpecialist Four
D CO, 1ST BN, 6TH INF RGT, 198 INF BDE
Army of the United States
08 April 1947 - 16 May 1968
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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The database page for Larry Delton Phelps
Larry Phelps, at 19 a persuasive and positive leader, was close to his family and cared about his friends. He was thoughtful, treating others with respect and kindness. His personality was deep and broad, as he was also a black belt in karate, a vegetarian, and a young man of conviction who practiced his faith and loved his country.
The Phelps family was from Denton, Texas. Larry was the oldest of a number of brothers. He graduated from Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM. Polishing his new candy apple red Ford Fairlane GTA 390 335 HP was a favorite pastime, until he decided to study Architecture at the University of New Mexico. He sold the Fairlane for tuition. Selective Service interrupted college and he entered the Army. His mother told me, "When children are little they step on your toes and when they grow up they step on your heart." While in the Army, Larry married and had a son.
I know he influenced the lives of those he knew, because he made a great difference in my life. Surprised that he was not part of The Virtual Wall, I felt this is the least I can do. I visited the Wall and made a rubbing of Larry's name to send on to his relatives, who I haven't located. I have missed him now for 37 years.
11 Mar 2007
The Phelps family is from Dexter, Texas and locations near by. Recently Larry's Mother located me through this web site. We correspond and I sent her the rubbing of Larry's name from my visit to the Wall.
I have missed him now for 39 years.
A Note from The Virtual WallD Company, 1/6th Infantry, lost two men to enemy bombardment on 16 May 1968: SP4 Larry D. Phelps and SGT Fred T. Uren of Detroit, Michigan.
Larry Phelps is buried in Site 1191, Section V, of the Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 4 Mar 2005
Last updated 08/10/2009