In Memory

Larry G Dahl

Larry R Dahl, born 06/10/1949, died February 1971 according to the Social Security Death Index.  Larry was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He served his country and made the ultimate sacrifice.

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09/24/08 03:06 PM #1    

John MacLeod

Congressional Medal of Honor


Rank and organization: Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, 359th Transportation Company, 27th Transportation Battalion, U.S. Army Support Command. Place and date: An Khe, Binh Dinh Province, Republic of Vietnam, 23 February 1971. Entered service at: Portland, Oreg. Born: 6 October 1949, Oregon City, Oreg. Citation: Sp4c. Dahl distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a machine gunner on a gun truck near An Khe, Binh Dinh Province. The gun truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding was sent with 2 other gun trucks to assist in the defense of a convoy that had been ambushed by an enemy force. The gun trucks entered the battle zone and engaged the attacking enemy troops with a heavy volume of machine gun fire, causing a large number of casualties. After a brief period of intense fighting the attack subsided. As the gun trucks were preparing to return to their normal escort duties, an enemy hand grenade was thrown into the truck in which Sp4c. Dahl was riding. Instantly realizing the great danger, Sp4c. Dahl called a warning to his companions and threw himself directly onto the grenade. Through his indomitable courage, complete disregard for his safety, and profound concern for his fellow soldiers, Sp4c. Dahl saved the lives of the other members of the truck crew while sacrificing his own. Sp4c. Dahl's conspicuous gallantry, extraordinary heroism, and intrepidity at the cost of his life, above and beyond the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit and the U.S. Army.

So young, so brave, too soon gone

08/07/09 07:56 PM #2    

Paul Nogaki

It was an honor to have known you, Larry. I remember how we would run around the track and have a great time together. You were always so positive and happy. Little did we know that you had so little time left, but the story above of your last actions says it all.
I can't think of your sacrifice without thinking of the words that Jesus spoke: "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)
Your story shows me that it's not how long a person lives, but rather what he does with the days he's been given. You're an example to all of us, my friend.

Paul Nogaki

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