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In Memory of Army 1st Lt.

Larry Hulan Barbee

Harrold, South Dakota, Hughes County

 October 2, 1945 - June 6, 1969

Killed in action near An Loc, Vietnam

Larry Hulan Barbee was born in Quanah, Texas, on October 2, 1945 to Hulan F. and Lorene (Blount) Barbee. He and his family moved to Sully County in 1951, and then to rural Hughes County in 1955. He had three sisters, Mary, Lori and Teri, and two brothers, Roger and Cary. Larry attended school in Lincoln Township in Sully County, and in 1955 began attending Harrold Public Schools. He enjoyed playing basketball and track, graduating from Harrold High School in 1963. Larry went to South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City, South Dakota from 1963-1964 and then attended Abilene Christian College in Abilene, Texas, until entering the Army in 1966.

Larry H. Barbee entered the service in September 1966 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and trained in Fort Bliss and Elpaso, Texas. He also took Officer Candidate School training in Fort Benning, Georgia in 1967, and gained a Jungle Expert certificate in 1968. 1st Lt. Larry Hulan Barbee was then sent overseas, arriving in Vietnam on August 29, 1968. He was a member of Company B, 2D Battalion, 2D Infantry, 1st Infantry Division.

In one of Barbee’s letters home he wrote, “When I get home I never want to go on any picnics,” and was looking forward to finishing his education as an engineer at Abilene Christian University at Abilene, Texas.

Two months before he was to come home, on the afternoon of June 6, 1969, 1st Lt. Larry Hulan Barbee was on a Reconaissance in Force mission near An Loc, Vietnam, when he was killed trying to save one of the members of his platoon.

His captain, Richard T. Altieri, wrote these words to Barbee’s parents:

…….On the afternoon of 6 June 1969 Bravo Company was on a Reconnaissance in Force mission near An Loc, Vietnam. While on this mission Bravo engaged an unknown size enemy force in a battle that raged on for five hours, and it was during this time that your son tried to rescue one of the members of his platoon in a very heroic action. As he reached the man your son was mortally wounded from a gunshot wound to his head. It may be of some comfort to you to know that your son did not suffer from any unnecessary pain….

…….To all of us in Company B, the death of your son has left a void in our ranks that can never be completely filled. I sincerely hope that you find some comfort in the knowledge that your son was an exemplary soldier and died in the defense of freedom and in the service of his country.

Army 1st Lt. Larry Hulan Barbee was buried at Medicine Hill Cemetery in Harold, South Dakota on June 16, 1969, with full Military honors. He received a Silver Star, two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star, an Army Commendation Medal, and a Sharp Shooter Medal.

Larry H. Barbee was survived by his parents, Lorene and Hulan Barbee, his sisters, Mary, Lori, and Teri, and his brothers, Roger and Cary, all of Harrold, South Dakota.

Photo courtesy of Sheila Hansen

Kalyn Eulberg, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, respectfully submitted this entry. Larry Hulan Barbee’s father, Mr. Hulan Barbee of Harrold, South Dakota, provided information for this entry.


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