Larry Adams

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Specialist 4 Larry Adams was born on May 3, 1949 in Detroit, Michigan to Foster Adams, Ruth King and stepfather Merlin King. Larry attended Ypsilanti High School prior to enlisting in the Army on January 29, 1967.

Specialist 4 Adams went through Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood before attending a ten week long helicopter maintenance course at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Larry started his tour of duty in An Kye, Thua Thien Province, South Vietnam on August 13, 1967. He served with B Company, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 11th Aviation Group, 1st Cavalry Division. Although trained as a helicopter mechanic, Larry was flying a mission on a helicopter as a gunner when the aircraft was struck by enemy small arms fire killing him instantly on February 23, 1968.


Specialist 4 Larry Adams lived 18 years, 9 months and 20 days. He left behind his parents, a brother and a sister. Larry is resting in United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, Michigan. His name is located on the Vietnam Memorial in Ypsilanti Township under Ypsilanti. His name also appears on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC on Panel 40E Line 072.

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Larry was my permenant, door gunner
Larry was my door gunner when we were supporting the 173rd, in Dak To. While we (he) was refueling our aircraft a mortar round blew up a C-130, being unloaded next to our refueling site. We left the area, most Di-Di. A couple of months later, (January 22, 1968) we got credit, for 2, kills, of NVA we found out in the open between Hue and Quang Tri. Larry was not fond of that war but he did his duty with honor.
Sep 6, 2008

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