SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS LAURENCE F. PITCHER; U.S. ARMY

April 24, 1948 (Norwalk, CT) – present
Married to Maria Ann Proto Pitcher (1949-present) on September 19, 1970 in Norwalk
Children (unknown)
Local address: 79 Winfield Street and 27 Myrtle Street
Enlisted in October 31, 1966; Discharged in November 1969.
Serial number 11800161
Unit: 299th Engineer Battalion, Company B

Born to Arthur Richard (1924-1993) and Elizabeth Gero (1928-2000). Siblings are unknown.

Photo provided by Larry Pitcher via mail on December 7, 2021

In Larry Pitcher’s own words: “Kantum Vietnam 30 Jan 1968 – about 10-11:00 p.m. — I was on radio watch in Toc Bunker when all Hell broke loose. It was raining rockets and mortars. When the CO came to the bunker, I gave him the report that one of the bunkers didn’t answer the land line or radio. He said someone had to go out to check. When I looked around, I realized that I was the low man in the Toc Bunker. So, I grabbed by gear and went out. When I got to the bunker, both the land line radios were working – it was two NCOs, scared. I called for help. When help arrived, there was too much room for me. I stayed outside, laying on the ground. Mortar landed in front of me – blowing my helmet off my head. I got shrapnel, dirt and rocks in my face, eyes and forehead. I had help going to the med shack after the mortars stopped. 1st SGT put me in for a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star — never got the Star… Did I mention it was raining mortars and rockets???Webmaster note: my deepest thanks to Larry for sharing his story.

Certificate provided by Larry Pitcher via mail on December 7, 2021.

From The Norwalk Hour September 10, 1968

NORWALK FIGHTS ON IN RAIN AND MUD

“The rain and the mud have been unbelievable,” said Army Specialist Four Lawrence F. Pitcher, of Norwalk, “but we’re getting the job done.” Specialist Pitcher, 20, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Gero, 26 Franklin Street, is a communications specialist in an engineer platoon that was airlifted into the midst of hostile territory to do repair work on a badly needed airfield near Dak Seang, Vietnam. Specialist Pitcher entered the Army in October 1966, completed basic training at Fort Gordon, George, and was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, before arriving in Vietnam in August 1967. He holds the Purple Heart Medal. The specialist attended Brien McMahon High School and was employed by Fluted Paper Products before entering the Army.


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Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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