Knippel, Larry Don, SSG

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11E10-Armor Crewman
Last MOS Group
Armor (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11E10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
Service Years
1968 - 1970

Staff Sergeant

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Casualty Date
Mar 13, 1970
Hostile, Died
Other Explosive Device
Bien Hoa (Vietnam)
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Rosehill Cemetery - Waverly, Nebraska
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13W 122

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1st Infantry Division 25th Infantry Division

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. Army1st Battalion, 66th Armor 1st Infantry Division2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1969-1969, 11E10, Armor Basic NCO Course (BNCOC)
  1969-1969, 11E10, 1st (Tiger) Brigade, 2nd Armored Division
  1969-1969, 11E10, C Company, 1st Battalion, 66th Armor
  1969-1970, 1st Infantry Division
  1969-1970, 11E10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
  1969-1970, 11E10, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 34th Armor
  1970-1970, 11E10, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Friday, March 13th, 1970 while sitting in the cupola of his tank it was struck by a RPG killing Larry and fellow NCO School classmate James Roland who was standing on the back deck of the tank. In September of 1969, after only two months in country, he was instrumental in the defense of Fire Support Base Thunder lll along with fellow NCO School Classmate Donald Stockton according to Vietnam magazine, volume 19, number 3, October 2006.
I was in ANCOCC class 9-69 11E40 along with "nipple", the class started in 1/2/69 and ended on 4/15/69. During on the job training, at Fort Hood with C Co 1/66th Armor, 2nd Armored Division, I roomed with Larry for two months, when we went home on leave prior to going to Vietnam he invited me to his parents house in Lincoln Ne. so that we could report to Oakland together. I took him up on his offer and spent three days there, I also watched him say what would be his final goodbye to his crying mother and emotional father, reassuring them that he'd be all right and not for them to worry.
Larry and I flew over to Vietnam, along with Rod Sorensen another good friend and classmate from NCO School. The last time I saw "nipple" was at the 90th replacement center for I was the first to be assigned to a unit, on my last day in country on my first tour I was informed by Charles Koprowski that he had been killed; I didn't need that emotional baggage to take home with me and the image of Larry saying, what would be his final goodbye to his folks still haunts me to this day.
Vietnam Wall Panel coords 13W 122

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