Lawrence Emanuel Houck

 

USMC Insignia

United States Marine Corps

1LT Insignia

First Lieutenant

 

Quantico Seal

362nd Medium Helicopter Squadron Patch  15th Marine Aircraft Group Patch  9th Marine Amphibious Brigade Patch  3rd Marine Amphibious Force Patch
362nd Medium Helicopter Squadron
 15th Marine Aviation Group
 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade
3rd Marine Amphibious Force

 

 

Marine Aviator Badge

Distinguished Flying Cross  Purple Heart Air Medal  Marine Corps and Navy Commondation Medal for Valor  National  Defense Medal  Vietnam Service Medal

Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal

 

Fell February 4, 1969

Lawrence was born on the 26th of January,1944 to Lawrence and Betty Houck.  While growing up in West Hanover Township, and while at college and in the Marines, Lawrence or "Larry" could be summed up with two words - excellence and service.  He excelled in sports with an emphasis on baseball.  His team effort in Little League, high school, and Legion baseball teams was exemplary.  He held most of the available student leadership positions in high school and at the Messiah College.  He was Messiah College's first Home Coming Host and served as Class President and Student Body President as well.  He worshipped at the Mt. Laurel Church of God and was serving as Superintendant of the Sunday School at the age of 16.

After his graduation from Central Dauphin High School in 1962, and Messiah Gollege in 1966, he enlisted in the Marines in August, 1966.  He completed his training and was accepted into Oficer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia.  After his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant, he attended Flight School and became rated in both fixxed wing and rotary wing aircraft.  He was in Vietnam on the 27th of February, 1968 and was assigned to the 362nd Medium Helicopter Squadron, 15th Marine Aviation Group of the 9th Marine Amphibious Brigade.  He fell as a result of a mid-air collision with another UH-34D helicopter.

He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Marine Corps & Navy Commendation Medal for valor, the National Defense Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal.  He also received the Vietnam Campaign Medal from the Republic of Vietnam.

After his loss, the West Hanover Township Baseball Field and the Messiah College Most Valuable Player Award for baseball were named in his memory.

Besides his parents, he was survived by brothers, Gary, Lee, Timothy and James; and a sister, Betty Jane.  At the time he was married to the former Elaine Herr of Palmyra.

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