Name: LAWRENCE LEE ALDRICH
Rank/Branch: E4/US Army
Unit: Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade
Date of Birth: 16 July 1947 (Fayetteville NC)
Home City of Record: Ft. Worth TX
Date of Loss: 06 May 1968
Country of Loss: South Vietnam
Loss Coordinates: 141827N 1090237E (BR890825)
Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered
Other Personnel In Incident: (none missing)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 15 June 1990 from one or more
of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence
with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
SYNOPSIS: SP4 Lawrence L. Aldrich was a rifleman assigned to Company B.,
2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry, 173rd Airborne Brigade. On May 6, 1968, he
was on a search and clear mission in Bien Dien Province, South Vietnam when a
friendly air strike was directed at hostile forces in his vicinity. A 750-pound
seen to impact on his last known location. He was the only man in his
be in this position.
A platoon leader was later able to search the area where Aldrich was
but found no trace of him. A thorough search of the area revealed no
that could be identified as his.
War is hell. Men are killed by other men whom they call their enemy. But
also killed by "misadventure" - by senseless drowning, falls, and by
the wrong place at the wrong time. From all appearances, it seems that
was in the wrong place - one where the bombs dropped by his own comrades
take his life.
At 19, Larry Aldrich had just begun to live.
Because no trace was found, Aldrich's name is maintained with honor
who are missing, prisoner, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. There
no chance that Aldrich survived the explosion on May 6, 1968. But for
are missing, conclusions are not so easy to draw.
Some one hundred men were known to have been captured by the enemy, yet
returned. Many were alive and well when last seen, evading, or awaiting
Others simply disappeared. Over 10,000 reports have been received
these men, convincing many that hundreds of these Americans are still
captive, and want to come home. One can imagine that Larry would gladly
one more search mission to help bring them home.
I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to keep pushing this
issue inside the Beltway...
The need to get specific answers is more important now than ever before.
If still alive, some MIAs are now in their 70s...They don't have much
time left. We have to demand the answers from the bureaucrats and keep
standing on their necks (figuratively speaking) until they get the
message that THEY work for US and that we are serious about getting
these long overdue responses. Diplomatic considerations aside...
We can no longer allow questionable protocols established by
pseudo-aristocratic armchair strategists, to determine or influence the
fate of the men who were in the trenches while the diplomats were
sharing sherry and canapes and talking about "Their Plans" for the
future of SE Asia.
Please write your elected State officials and ask him to help bring back our POW/MIA's!
I sent this letter to my Texas elected official Silvestre Reyes at:
I NEVER received a reply.
"All MIA/POWs should have the
Purple Heart, because all have
paid for it with their lives."
Larry J. Brugh