Dahl, Larry Gilbert (MOH), SP 4 Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Specialist 4
Last Service Branch
Transportation Corps
Last Primary MOS
64B-Heavy Vehicle Driver
Last MOS Group
Transportation Corps (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1970-1971, 64B, 8th Transportation Group
Service Years
1969 - 1971



Specialist 4


One Service Stripe



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Oregon
Oregon
Year of Birth
1949
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Portland
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Feb 23, 1971
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Binh Dinh
Conflict
Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Willamette National Cemetery - Portland, Oregon
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 132

 Official Badges 

1st Sustainment Command


 Unofficial Badges 




 Tributes from Members  
REST IN PEACE posted by OD Porter, John (CROWBAR), MSG 64 
FROM JOHN GRESS posted by OD Porter, John (CROWBAR), MSG 64 
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 Ribbon Bar


Driver-W
 
Rifle
Submachine Gun
Transportation

 
 Unit Assignments
US ArmyUS Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/1st Logistics Command359th Transportation Company 27th Transportation Battalion
8th Transportation Group
  1970-1970, 64B, 56th Supply & Services Battalion
  1970-1971, 64B, US Army Forces Command (FORSCOM)/1st Logistics Command
  1970-1971, 64B, 359th Transportation Company
  1970-1971, 64B, 27th Transportation Battalion
  1970-1971, 64B, 8th Transportation Group
 Basic Combat Training
  1969, Fort Lewis (1st Battalion, 1st BCT Brigade), C CO
 Combat and Operations History
  1945-1975 Vietnam War
  1969-1969 Vietnam War/Summer-Fall 1969 Campaign 9 June to 31 October 1969 VSM Streamer
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign 1 Jul 1970 to 31 June 1971 VSM Streamer
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
 
    LARRY DAHL WAS POSTHUMOUSLY AWARDED THE MEDAL OF HONOR. ( VIEWABLE IN HIS PHOTO ALBUM )

THAT DAY:
WRITTEN BY RONALD MALLORY, THE HAND WRITTEN COPY CAN BE VIEWED IN LARRY'S PHOTO FILE.
   ON FEB 23, 1971 WE WERE IN OUR CONVOY ON OUR WAY TO MAKE OUR DELIVERY OF FUEL FROM QUI NHON TO PLIEKU. WE GOT A CALL TO COME HELP OUT ANOTHER GUN TRUCK WHO WERE UNDER FIRE ON THE TOP OF THE AN KHE PASS. WE WENT AND STARTED UNLOADING MASSIVE GUN FIRE. AFTER WE THOUGHT IT WAS OVER I WERE THE DRIVER ( RONALD MALLORY ) WERE TOLD TO TURN AROUND AND GO BACK TO OUR CONVOY. IT WERE A BIG HILL AND I PULLED UP AND STARTED TO TURN AROUND BUT HEARD A LOUD EXPLOSION ON BACK IN THE GUN BOX. CHARLES HUSER AND HECTOR DIAZ SAID GO, GO WE HAVE BEEN HIT, BUT I KNEW IT BECAUSE SOME OF LARRY DAHL BLOOD HAD COME OVER ON ME AND I KNEW THEN WHAT I HAD TO DO. IT WERE A BURNING TANKER IN THE ROAD AND I WENT THROUGH THE FIRE TO THIS OUTFIT ON THE ROAD. THAT WERE WHEN I GOT UP AND LOOKED IN THE BOX AND SAW MY CREW WERE BADLY HURT, BUT I KNEW DAHL WERE DEAD.

THE CREW 
    THE LOSS OF HIS FRIEND CAUSED RON MALLORY TO QUIT DRIVING, AND HE WORKED IN THE MOTOR POOL UNTIL HE ROTATED BACK TO THE UNITED STATES. HECTOR DIAZ WENT THROUGH EXTENSIVE MEDICAL TREATMENT, AND DIED IN 2003 OF HEPATITIS, WHICH HE PICKED UP FROM A BLOOD TRANSFUSION. CHARLES HUSER RETURNED FROM THE HOSPITAL TO JOIN THE CREW OF THE GUN TRUCK MISFITS.

THIS IS A LETTER WRITTEN TO MICHAEL DAHL ( THE SON OF LARRY ) BY ANTHONY DIAZ ( THE SON OF HECTOR DIAZ ). IT IS AS HE WROTE IT.

SERGEANT DAHL
I KNOW THAT YOU DO NOT KNOW ME; MY NAME IS ANTHONY M DIAZ. I AM CURRENTLY SERVING MY FOURTH TOUR IN THE MIDDLE EAST. YOUR FATHER SAVED MY FATHERS LIFE IN VIETNAM. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR THIS UNSELFISH ACT MY FATHER WOULD HAVE DIED THAT DAY. MY FATHER AND I TALKED ABOUT WHAT OCCURED THAT DAY. IT'S NOT TOO DETAILED BUT SOME FACTS YOU MIGHT KNOW....
DURING THAT THAT CONVOY THEY WERE AMBUSHED. THE AMBUSH WENT ON FOR A BIT AND DURING THE AMBUSH MY FATHER WAS ON THE MINI GUN IN THE REAR... AS HE WAS SHOOTING THE MINI JAMMED.....LEAVING MY FATHER WORKING ON THE MINI TRYING TO UNJAM IT...MY FATHER WAS STANDING ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE MINI IF YOU WERE FACING THE FRONT OF THE TRUCK. MY FATHER HAD HIS BACK TO YOUR DAD AS HE WAS MANNING THE 50 ON ON TH LEFT SIDE OF THE TRUCK (FACING THE FRONT OF THE TRUCK)
THERE WAS A BRIEF END TO THE GUN FIRE AND THEY THOUGHT IT WAS OVER...AND THE TRUCK BEGAN TO MOVE AND THEY WERE AT THE BOTTOM OF A LITTLE HILL....YOUR FATHER WAS STILL SCANNING THE AREA AND AT THE SAME TIME CHECKING ON MY DAD...
JUST AS THE TRUCK BEGAN TO MOVE YOUR FATHER SAW A FIGURE (VC) POP UP. HE THREW THE HAND GERNADE AT THE EXACT TIME YOUR DAD LIT HIM UP WITH THE 50...MY FATHER SAID HE GOT HIM...HOW HE KNEW THAT I'M NOT SURE BUT HE SEEMED PRETTY SURE OF IT....
THE GERNADE MADE IT AND BOUNCED INTO THE BACK RIGHT CORNER OPPOSITE OF THE SIDE WHERE MY FATHER WAS WORKING ON THE MINI GUN.
YOUR FATHER ANNOUCED IT BEING THERE AT THE SAME TIME HE WAS JUMPING ON IT...HIS BODY SHEILDED MOST OF IT WHICH SAVED EVERYONE IN THE BACK BUT SOME IT STILL WENT THROUGH HIM AND HIT MY FATHER IN HIS LOWER LEGS...
MY FATHER WAS THROWN OUT OF THE TRUCK, LYING NEXT TO YOUR FATHER... HE DISCRIBED TO ME HOW HE WAS CRYING AND TELLING THE DOOR GUNNER THAT YOUR FATHER (THE MAN LYING NEXT TO HIM) HAD SAVED HIS LIFE...
WHEN MY FATHER DIED HE STILL HAD PIECES OF THAT GRENADE IN HIM...AND I THINK IT WAS BECAUSE HE WANTED A CONSTANT REMINDER OF THE LOVE YOUR DAD SHOWED HIM THE DAY HE SAVE HIS LIFE.
I REMEMBER MY FATHER TELLING THE STORY LIKE IT WAS YESTERDAY...AND WILL NEVER FORGET IT.
EVERY TIME MY FATHER TOLD THAT STORY HE WAS IN TEARS.
I WAS BORN ONLY THREE DAY'S AFTER YOUR FATHER SAVED MY FATHERS' LIFE. HAD IT NOT BEEN FOR HIS SACRIFICE I WOULD HAVE NEVER MET MY FATHER.
I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT WHEN EVER I WAS IN A SITUATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST I ALWAYS REMEMBERED YOUR FATHER AFTER IT WAS ALL OVER AND I KEPT THINKING ABOUT HOW I WANTED TO MAKE SURE IF THAT SITUATION EVER CAME TO ME THAT I COULD BE THERE FOR MY BUDDIES NO MATTER WHAT THE COST.
I KNOW AND YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO EXPLAIN THOSE FEELINGS TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT BEEN THERE AND EVEN IF YOU SPEND THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TRYING THEY WOULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THE CLOSENESS THAT YOU FEEL TO THE GUYS AROUND YOU...KNOWING THAT NO MATTER WHAT DIFFERENCES YOU MAY HAVE THAT IF THE SHIT HITS THE FAN THEY WILL BE THERE FOR YOU NO MATTER WHAT.
SINCERELY
ANTHONY M. DIAZ 


     ON 23 FEBRUARY 1971, AT THE AGE OF 21 LARRY GILBERT DAHL PERISHED IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY IN BINH DINH SOUTH VIETNAM.
     ON 8 AUGUST 1974 HIS FAMILY WAS PRESENTED THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR HIS ACTION'S BY THE VICE PRSIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES GERALD R. FORD. (THE CITATION CAN BE SEEN IN HIS PICTURE FILE)
    HE IS LISTED ON THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL ON PANEL 5W, ROW 132
    IN HIS HONOR ON 2 OCT 1998  THE NAVY LAUNCHED THE USNS DAHL (T-AKR 312) HIS FAMILY CHRISTENING THE SHIP . ( MORE INFORMATION AVALABLE IN HIS PICTURE FILE)
   
Comments/Citation
A PERSONAL NOTE:
   THE MEN WHOSE LIVE'S  LARRY DAHL SAVED THROUGH HIS ACTION'S HAVE AND ALWAYS WILL HAVE HIM  IN THEIR MEMORY'S! HE MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE SO THEY COULD LIVE! ( RONALD MALORY, CHARLES HUSER, & HECTOR DIAZ (PASSED 2003))
    THE MEN OF THE 359 TRANSPORTATION COMPANY WILL ALWAY'S HONOR HIS MEMORY!
LEST WE FORGET!
JOHN PORTER
MSG  RETIRED
PAGE ADMINISTRATOR & A 359er

IF YOUR LOOKING AT THIS PROFILE, PLEASE CLICK ON THE MORE ON THE PICTURE FILE, THERE'S A LOT MORE ABOUT LARRY THERE IN A SEMI CRONOLOGICAL ORDER!

TO VISIT HIS UNIT'S WEB SITE GO TO:
HTTP://WWW.359THTRANSCO.COM
   
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  1971, 359th Transportation Company Association [Verified]1 - Assoc. Page
  2013, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified] - Assoc. Page
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