More detail on this person: I served with Larry in HHQ, 184th Transportation Brigade based at
Laurel, MS in the Mississippi National Guard for about 8 years (1976 - 1984). We spent several
Annual Training periods together at Camp Shelby, MS, and flew UH-1's and OH-6's together on many
occasions. It was always a pleasure to fly with him because he was so professional in the cockpit.
One summer on a return flight from Virginia to Jackson, MS, in a UH-1 we encountered weather (IFR
conditions) with thunderstorms the whole way. With Larry working the radios or the controls, there
was never any doubt that we would make it home safely. Larry was a Major and transferred to the
Army Reserve to be promoted to Lieutenant Colonel after I was transferred to another unit.
Larry was an ordained Baptist minister at a church in Ellisville, MS, just south of Laurel. He was married and the father of a son and daughter. His older brother Baron (also a Vietnam helicopter pilot) told me that Larry was diagnosed with cancer attributed to Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam. There is no doubt that he is with the "Big Aviator in the Sky".
From: Jack Purvis
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