Remembering An American Hero
Posted on 3/18/16 - by Curt Carter email@example.com
Dear SP4 Larry Cosimo Vallelonga, sir
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, Sir
Final Mission of SP4 Larry C. Vallelonga
Posted on 12/14/14 - by firstname.lastname@example.org
On May 30, 1969, pilot WO1 Thomas E. Hays and aircraft commander CW2 John M. Hohman, with passenger SP4 Larry C. Vallelonga (a Public Information Officer), were aboard U.S. Army helicopter OH-6A (tail number 67-16387) when it came under enemy small arms (AK-47) fire in an area known as “Loach Alley” in the Binh Duong Province in III Corps. The aircraft, from D Troop (Air), 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, caught fire and crashed. All three crewmen suffered burn-related injuries. WO1 Hays died the same day as the crash. CW2 Hohman, with 2nd and 3rd burns over 80% of his body and bullet wounds from the attack, succumbed to his injuries the following day. SP4 Vallelonga, with burns over 55% of his body, died one month later. [Taken from vhpa.org]
Larry was originally buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit MI but in June of 1990 he was re interned at Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Harrison Cnty WV.
He was in 1st Bn, 11th Inf, 5th Div prior to joining A Troop. They were up North in I Corp. Went to hosp for some reason and was reassigned from hospital to A Troop.
Dates from service record:
* 28 Aug 68 - Reported to C Co, 1st Bn, 11th Infantry.
Note: 1/11 Inf was part of the 1st Bde, 5th Inf Div. 1/11 Inf deployed to RVN in July 1968.
* 18 Oct 68 - Medical Holding Company, 7th Fld Hosp
* 10 Nov 68 - A Troop, 3rd Sqdn, 4th Cav Note: It looks like he was released from 7th Fld Hosp in early
1666 S. Tamarisk Drive Wichita KS 67230 United States of America
Remembering Basic Training
I remember Larry Vallelonga from Jr. High School when we both attended Mary Lyon Jr. High in Royal Oak Michigan. Larry went on to Kimball High School and I went on the Dondaro because of where we lived and I lost track of him until we met up in Army basic training at Fort Knox in the spring of 1968. Larry was planning to get married but didn't because he couldn't arrange the ceremony before he was drafted and had to leave for the Army. His family, future wife, and future in laws continued to plan for the wedding and set a date for the week after Larry finished basic training. However, no one ever thought to tell the Army (including Larry) and the Army had plans for him to go to advance training immediately after basic training. When Vallelonga's father in law learned that he did not have a leave after basic training, he immediately called Congressman William Broomfield and filed a complaint against the Army which immediately generated a giant headache for the Army command structure and a mountain of paperwork for our Company CO and First Sergeant. Everyone in our platoon had a good laugh from all the trouble that Vallelonga caused the Army and our First Sergeant. Vellalonga did in fact get a leave after basic training and got married. He later completed his training and went on to Vietnam. I later heard that his son was born in February 1969 while he was in Vietnam. I hope he knows that his father worked very hard in basic training when I knew him. He was a good man and served honorably and with distinction. He graduated from basic training as a very good soldier. While I was in Vietnam, my father arranged to have our home town newspaper sent to me and in the summer of 1969 I read in one of these papers where Vallelonga had been killed.
May 31, 2012
friend of my uncle
my uncle keith and uncle bruce new you. my uncle keith was wounded in vietnam.act eencess
Jul 1, 2011
Peter Van Oosten
A true hero
My good friend and school buddy. I think of you often and the fun we had Hunting. You have not been forgotten. You are a true American hero. May God bless you.
Aug 14, 2008
Fellow Veteran 69-70 An Khe
Union Gap, WA. 98903
“You are Remembered”
Peace and condolence, to the family and friends. "He which hath no stomach to this fight let him depart. But we in it shall be remembered. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers!! For he today, that sheds his blood with me, shall always be my brother”. Rest in peace brave soldier, you have not been forgotten. (W.Shakespeare) May God Bless You for your Sacrifice!!!
Dec 18, 2007
Grand Junction Co.
~ In Humble Tribute ~
In Tribute to SP4 Larry Cosimo Vallelonga, with So Much Gratitude for his Courage, Service and Dedication to our Country and for Freedom. Rest well and know that you will NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I am the sister of such a young hero, who also made the Supreme Sacrifice in Vietnam 1967...
...NOW ARISES FROM HALLOWED GROUND A DELICATE CLOUD OF BUGLE NOTES THAT SOFTLY SAY, GO TO SLEEP....COMRADES TRUE, BORN ANEW, PEACE TO YOU. YOUR SOULS SHALL BE WHERE THE HEROES ARE AND YOUR MEMORIES SHINE LIKE THE MORNING STAR....SLUMBER WELL, WHERE THE SHELLS SCREAMED AND FELL....THE DANGER HAS PASSED, AND NOW AT LAST, GO TO SLEEP.... By ~ Sgt Joyce Kilmer, 165th US Infantry (formerly 69th NYNG) KIA Ourcq, France~July 30, 1918
~TO THE EVERLASTING GLORY OF THE INFANTRY~
Dec 18, 2007
MCM - A Grateful American
In memory of Larry on the anniversary of his ultimate sacrifice. Rest In Peace. You have not been forgotten.
Friday, June 30, 2006
FELLOW SOLDIER 25TH INF.
2555 MIDDLE WAY
EASTON, PA 18040 USA
NOT FORGOTTEN HERO
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN, HERO. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SACRIFICE. DOUG 222ND INF., 25TH INF DIV. 1968
Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Rest in Peace
Rest in peace fellow cavalry trooper soldier you are not forgotten.
'Here's to us who fought for it, the sheltered shall never know the price, or glory, of freedom.'
by an anonymous Vietnam soldier
Posted by: David Olsen
Relationship: Cavalry Brother
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Who Shall We Send
And God said who shall we send. I answered I am here, end me.
Posted by: Dave Avery
Monday, June 30, 2003
I LOVE YOU
LARRY, I love and miss you very much. You will never be forgotten
Posted by: Phill Vallelonga
Relationship: He is my brother
Saturday, January 20, 2001