In Memory of Army Pfc.
Larry Wayne Norgaard
Iroquois, South Dakota, Beadle County
December 25, 1947 - February 5, 1968
Killed in action near Binh Duong, South Vietnam
Larry Wayne Norgaard was born in Brookings, South Dakota on
December 25, 1947 to Odegaard Peter and Dorothy Irene (Vincent)
Norgaard .The family moved to DeSmet, South Dakota when Larry
was an infant, and later moved to Iroquois. He had three
sisters: Carol Jean, Charlynne, and Sharon, and one brother,
Randy. Larry graduated from DeSmet High School.
On March 21, 1967 Pfc. Larry W. Norgaard was drafted into the
army selective services. He took his basic training at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri, and further training at Fort Polk,
Louisiana, before going to South Vietnam. The twenty-year-old
infantryman arrived in Vietnam on August 25, 1967, attached to
Company C, 2nd Battalion, ________.
After six months in Vietnam, on February 5, 1968, Pfc. Larry
Wayne Norgaard was killed in action by a fragmentation grenade
near Binh Duong, South Vietnam. His parents had first received a
letter advising them that their son was missing in action. Two
days later they received another letter telling them that their
son had been killed in action.
On February 30, 1968 Pfc. Norgaard was buried in full
military honors in the De Smet Cemetery in De Smet, South
Dakota. Pfc. Larry Wayne Norgaard’s name can be found on Panel
37, Line 001, of the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall in
Zachary Charles Walters, 7th grade, Stanley County Middle
School, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, March 7, 2005 respectfully
submitted this entry. Information was gathered using an article
from the February 29, 1968 edition of the DeSmet News.