In Memory of Army Cpl.
Lawrence Dean Brownotter
Bullhead, South Dakota, Corson County
December 9, 1944 - November 18, 1967
Killed in Action by Fragmentation Wounds in Dinh Tuong Province,
Lawrence (Larry) Dean Brownotter was born in Fort Yates,
North Dakota on December 9, 1944 to Clayton and Cecilia
Brownotter, Sr. He had six brothers: Quentin, Clayton Jr.,
Percy, Ivan, Courtney, and Ronald, and four sisters: Judie,
Jolene, and Janet, and Mary Jo. Lawrence married Margaret Agard
on June 28, 1965 in McIntosh, South Dakota. He had three
children: Anna Lisa Agard, Anthony Allen Agard, and Loren
Lawrence D. Brownotter entered the Army on August 24, 1966 in
Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Cpl. Brownotter arrived in Vietnam
attached to the 5th Battalion, 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry
Cpl. Lawrence Dean Brownotter was killed in hostile ground
action on November 18, 1967 in Vietnam. In a letter to the
family dated December 19, 1967, Major General G.G. OíConner
I wish to convey my personal sympathy to
you. Your son was mortally wounded by fragments from an
enemy explosive device while on a search and destroy
operation. As a member of this command, Lawrence was well
liked by all his associates. He was an excellent soldier who
per- formed his tasks in a cheerful and efficient manner.
His death came as a great shock to all who knew him.
On November 26, 1967, at the wake of his son, Clayton
Brownotter, Sr. said:
We are congregating here tonight to pay
our last respect to our comrade Larry Brownotter who has
made the supreme sacrifice for our country. This sacrifice
is based mainly towards the preservation of human rights and
dignity. You and I will never find words that will express
our appreciation. We know from actual experience that losing
an indispensable element in a family is one of the greatest
losses. The Bible specifies that a human body is composed of
two elements: the body and the soul, when the body is
extinct, the soul departs answering to the highest command.
God, Wakan Tanka.
Judie Brownotter, sister to Corporal Brownotter, wrote:
My big brother Larry was an enthusiastic
individual. He was a cowboy at heart. He loved his horse,
Sugar. Larry loved to tease. In my opinion he was the
kindest and handsomest person I know and Iím proud to be the
keeper of his flag.
At the annual Bullhead pow-wow we
celebrate victory over Japan, as we have a Dough Boy in our
community. At this time a designated person (someone who has
an immediate member of their family killed in action) puts a
smudge of black face paint on whoever will take part in the
dance. The color black symbolizes Victory. Itís an honor to
have this done. At the present time, because of her age, our
mother (Larry and mine) has passed the victory smudging onto
From my understanding, in our Native
Lakota culture this has probably been done even before any
of our Lakota warriors entered into the white menís wars.
Funeral services for Army Corporal Lawrence Dean Brownotter
were held on November 27, 1967 at the St. Aloysius Catholic
Church in Bullhead, South Dakota. Members from many American
Legion Posts were in attendance. The name of Corporal Lawrence
Dean Brownotter can be found on Panel 30E, Line 013 of the
Vietnam Veteransí Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
James Hare, 8th grade, Stanley County Middle School, Fort
Pierre, South Dakota, January 5, 2006, respectfully submitted
this entry. Information was provided by Judie M. Brownotter,
McLaughlin, South Dakota, sister to Corporal Lawrence Dean