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Larry Gail Williamson

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Larry Gail Williamson
1947-1970

“Larry was an exceptionally fine Marine . . . His courage and selfless devotion to duty were qualities that will long be remembered.”

W.T Collins, First Lieutenant U.S. Marine Corps

Larry G. Williamson was February 9, 1947, in Lincoln County, West Virginia, the only son of four children born to John B. and Georgia Napier Williamson.

During high school at Harts, Larry was the only boy in his class to become a member of the National Honor Society. He was on the varsity basketball team and served on the school newspaper and as secretary treasurer of his senior class. After graduation in 1964 he attended Marshall University’s Logan branch for two years.
Jackie Logan, David Maynard, and Larry Williamson
Jackie Logan, David Maynard, and Larry Williamson, 1962

On September 9, 1967, at the age of 20, Larry married Wanda Brumfield and moved to Columbus, Ohio, where he became manager of car parts and tires at a Firestone Automotive Center.

In January 1969, Larry was drafted from West Virginia. While on a bus taking him for Army training, he was among the draftees separated and reassigned to the Marines. He received basic training at Camp Pendleton, California, and after a brief visit home was ordered to Vietnam and assigned to the 5th Marine Division. He soon received a promotion to lance corporal.

In Vietnam, Larry was assigned as a squad leader in the First Platoon of Company G. On March 11, 1970, the squad was acting as a blocking force and was located approximately 2 miles northeast of An Hoa Combat Base in Quang Nam Province. Lance Corporal Larry G. Williamson was killed when a well concealed explosive device detonated. A squad corpsman rushed to his aid but death had been instantaneous. According to First Lieutenant W. T. Collins, tribute was paid to Larry during a memorial service held on March 13.

The body of Lance Corporal Larry G. Williamson was returned to his hometown and was interred in the Little Harts Cemetery.

Source: Photographs courtesy of the Williamson family.

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