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Larry Steven Heater

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Larry Steven Heater

". . . it is fitting to honor Lance Corporal Heater for his service to his community, his state and giving the ultimate sacrifice to his county . . ."

House Concurrent Resolution 8

Larry Steven Heater was born June 26, 1948, in Weston, West Virginia, the son of Arnold and Geraldine Riffle Heater. Larry had nine brother and five sisters.

Larry attended Kitsonville Elementary School and Weston Junior and High Schools. While a student at Weston High, Larry was a champion wrestler who went to the state championships without the loss of a single match. In January 1965, he was the school's Minuteman of the month. His high school athletic career included lettering in football. Larry graduated in 1966.
Larry Heater
Larry Heater, Minuteman

After working for the state road commission for awhile, Larry enter the Marine Corps on April 2, 1968, and was sent to Vietnam the following October. During his tour of duty in Vietnam, Larry, who attained the rank of lance corporal, served with L Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marine Division. While in Quang Tri Province, he was wounded by a fragment from an explosive and died on December 1, 1968.

The body of Lance Corporal Larry Steven Heater was returned to the United States and on December 11, 1968, was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Larry Heater bridge resolution
Larry Heater bridge resolution
A resolution was introduced on January 22, 2010, to name the bridge in Bendale the "Lance Corporal Larry Steven Heater Memorial Bridge" in his honor.


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