Memory of U.S. Navy Seaman First Class
Larry Biesman was born in Sacred Heart Hospital in
Yankton, South Dakota, on April 29, 1951, to Ednar Clayton
and Frances Caroline (Lane) Biesman. He had two sisters,
Deborah Jean and Rhonda Frances. He attended Willowdale
Grade School and Yankton High School from where he graduated
in 1970. Before he entered the service, he worked at local
Super Valu grocery store.
Larry L, Biesman enlisted in the Navy in December of 1970
and he did not enter the service until June 16, 1971. Larry
and his buddy, Lawrence Stogdill, attended recruit training
at the Naval Training Center at Great Lakes. After
graduation Larry Biesman was transferred to the Chase Naval
Air Station at Beeville, Texas, where he received training
as a plane captain but later chose to be a seaman. Upon his
graduation, he went home on furlough and then was flown from
Yankton to San Francisco, California, and then to Tapei,
Taiwan, and Okinawa or some where around that territory.
Seaman First Class Larry Biesman caught passage on the
ship U.S.S. Mobile, an amphibious cargo ship. At 850 miles
north of Oahu, Hawaii, on August 2, 1972, S.A Larry Biesman
was first found missing; he was said to have fallen
overboard. He was last seen on deck the night before while
off duty. According to the Larry’s family: “The next morning
he did not answer muster. A search was conducted on all
levels of the ship. No trace. There was a storm and being an
amphibious cargo ship they only had rope instead of metal
rails. The deck could have been slippery and he may have
When his parents were notified that he was missing, his
mother was sewing and his father was framing the walls of
the barn he was building while he was on vacation. “A U.S.
Navy station wagon drove in front of the window, Frances had
a sick feeling and feared it was bad news.” After a
three-day search, Larry was declared lost at sea. His body
was never recovered but there was a memorial service on
August 11, 1972, in Yankton.
At the time of his death he was survived by his parents,
his two sisters, and his grandmothers.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Sheldon J. Haase,
8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, October 6, 2005.
Information for this entry and profile approval was provided
by Rhonda Suhr, sister.