Anderson, Larry James, PVT2

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Last Rank
Private (E-2)
Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Last Primary MOS
36C10-Wire Systems Installer
Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 36C10, 73rd Signal Battalion/542nd Signal Company
Service Years
1969 - 1970

Private (E-2)


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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1950
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Chamblee, GA
Last Address
Chamblee, GA

Casualty Date
Dec 31, 1970
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died of Illness, Other Injury
Reason
Intentional Homicide
Location
Khanh Hoa (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Washington Memorial Gardens - Decatur, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
05W 015

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 Unit Assignments
21st Signal Group, 1st Signal Brigade73rd Signal Battalion
  1970-1970, 36C10, 21st Signal Group, 1st Signal Brigade
  1970-1970, 36C10, 73rd Signal Battalion/542nd Signal Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
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Last Known Activity

In what was considered a racially charged incident, CID agent SP4 Leroy E. Halbert Jr. was shot and killed in So Chin, near Cam Ranh Bay Airbase, Khanh Hoa Province, RVN, while attempting to question several black soldiers for desertion and assault after they had reportedly drawn their weapons on an MP several days earlier and had cut another MP. SP4 Halbert and another CID agent, WO Ralph R. Wiest, both white, had gone to a village brothel in search of the soldiers who were known to frequent there. They arrived at the establishment to find it closed, and as they talked to the proprietor's daughter, the soldiers drove up. As the soldiers exited their truck one of them confronted the Wiest, jamming the barrel of his M-16 rifle in the agent's stomach and yelling that he was going to blow his s--- way. During the ensuing struggle over the rifle, Wiest was able to pull out his sidearm and shoot the suspect.

During this time SP4 Halbert was engaged in a struggle with three other soldiers. SP4 Halbert was disarmed and two of the soldiers were pointing weapons at him. Wiest shot one of the soldiers just as the soldier shot SP4 Halbert in the head. A passing GI was flagged down and transported SP4 Halbert to a hospital, where he succumbed to his wound. The other agent also took one of the wounded suspects, PVT Larry J. Anderson, to the hospital, where he also died. [Taken from odmp.org and the book Fragging by George Lepre]
   
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