Armstrong, Larry Dean, Col

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1021A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1975-1978, Shaw Air Force Base
Service Years
1951 - 1978
Colonel

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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1929
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Shamrock. Missouri
Last Address
Not Specified

Date of Passing
Mar 02, 1997
 
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 34, Site 1516

 Official Badges 

Combat Crew Air Force Retired


 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal


 Military Association Memberships
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
His AF Cross citation:

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War



The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pleasure in presenting the Air Force Cross to Major Larry D. Armstrong, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an F-4D Aircraft Commander in the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 8th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ubon Royal Thai Air Force Base, Thailand, in action in Southeast Asia on 8 February 1968. On that date, Major Armstrong led two aircraft against one of the largest, most important, and most heavily defended airfields in North Vietnam. Despite inclement weather, Major Armstrong descended to extremely low altitude for a visual high-speed run across the airfield. Although faced with a barrage of withering anti-aircraft artillery fire, Major Armstrong remained as top cover and directed the rescue effort, which expeditiously recovered two downed airmen. As a result of his actions, Major Armstrong was successful in neutralizing a threat to Free World forces in Southeast Asia. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of hostile forces, Major Armstrong reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.



General Orders: Department of the Air Force, Special Order GB-123 (March 27, 1968)



Action Date: February 8, 1968



Service: Air Force



Rank: Major



Company: 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron



Regiment: 8th Tactical Fighter Wing



Division: Ubon Royal Thai Air Base, Thailand


   
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 Unit Assignments
US Air Force15th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron41st Fighter Squadron326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
4th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron4th Tactical Fighter Squadron435th Tactical Fighter Squadron45th Tactical Fighter Squadron
46th Tactical Fighter Squadron27th Tactical Fighter SquadronJeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development/Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force (CAP-USAF/CAPRAP)Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1952-1953, M 0273, Foster Air Force Base
  1953-1956, 1021A, 15th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1956-1958, 41st Fighter Squadron
  1958-1964, 1021A, 326th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1964-1965, 1021A, 4th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron
  1966-1967, 1021A, 4th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1968, 1021A, 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1968-1969, 45th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1969-1971, 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1971-1973, 27th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1973-1975, Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Development/Civil Air Patrol - United States Air Force (CAP-USAF/CAPRAP)
  1975-1978, Shaw Air Force Base
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
 My Aircraft/Missiles
T-28 Trojan  T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)  F-86 Sabre  F-102 Delta Dagger  
F-4 Phantom  
  1952-1953, T-28 Trojan
  1952-1953, T-33 Shooting Star (T-Bird)
  1953-1958, F-86 Sabre
  1958-1965, F-102 Delta Dagger
  1965-1973, F-4 Phantom
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