In Memory of U.S. Navy Boatmate 3rd Class
Gary Alvin Larsen
Yankton South Dakota, Clay County
November 7, 1946 -- March 3, 1968
Killed in Action in Cua Viet River South Vietnam
Gary Alvin Larsen was born on November 7, 1946, in Yankton,
South Dakota, to Alvin and Dagny Larsen. He had one brother,
Roger, and one sister, Marlys. Gary attended high school in
Viborg and graduated in 1964. After high school Gary worked as a
carpenter and body shop repairman.
Gary Larsen enlisted in the Navy and entered active service
on June 8, 1966, at Omaha, Nebraska. He took his basic training
at San Diego, California. He was a Boatmate 3rd Class in the
Navy. After being sent overseas, he was stationed on a patrol
Boatmate 3rd Class Gary Alvin Larsen was killed in Vietnam on
Cua Viet River when his boat on night patrol was sunk by enemy
forces midway to the Bridge Ramp, Dong Ha, South Vietnam on
March 3, 1968. First reported as missing in action to his
parents, Garyís status was amended to killed in action after the
boat was found on March 4 and his body recovered on March 8,
1968. After his funeral services in Viborg, BM3 Gary Larsen was
buried with military honors at the Bethany Cemetery.
Gary Larsen is survived by his sister, Marlys Yonke, of
Crofton, Nebraska, and his brother, Roger Larsen, also a Navy
veteran, St. Helena, Nebraska.
This entry was respectfully submitted by Cody Reinert, 8th
grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota, on
February 8, 2006. Information for this entry was provided by the
South Dakota Vietnam Veteranís bonus application and information
from Marlys M. Yonke, sister. P/S/F/A 2/15/06 and 5/21/06.