FRIESE, LAURENCE V. Name: Laurence V. Friese Rank/Branch: O3/United States Marine Corps Unit: Date of Birth: 06 March 1942 Home City of Record: Huron SD Date of Loss: 24 February 1968 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 204000 North 1053000 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A6A, tail #152644 Missions: 138 Incident Number: 1059 Other Personnel in Incident: Jerry Marvel, returnee Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV SYNOPSIS: Note: Larry was questioned on "other personnel" and coordinate discrepencies in the crew..... I was flying with Jerry Marvel when we were shot down. I don't know why the coordinates are different, unless it had something to do with my going out of the plane about 10 seconds later than Jerry, which would equate to about a mile. Also, I was heard making radio transmissions for the four days that elapsed before I was captured, so maybe someone picked up on that. SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO LAURENCE V. FRIESE Captain - United States Marine Corps Shot Down: February 24, 1968 Released: March 14, 1973 I've always said that if I cried a lot when I was a baby, it was because my mother named me Laurence. She did that on my birthday, March 6, 1942. I have many nicknames including Larry, The Fish, and The Freeze. Most people go through college in four years, but some who have superior intelligence and ambition can do so in only three years. It took me five. When I was 23 I finished my education at the University of Washington with a degree in Oceanography. While fulfilling my military obligation I was, as you know, shot down in Vietnam. But being from a land of so many nice people, and being able to look forward to seeing all of them again made my detention a piece of cake. After five years on ice, I am uncertain about what I want to do with the remainder of my life. The only plan I have is to take a long vacation and see many friends, old and new. I wish good luck to all of the children for whom this book was written, and I hope that the life of each one of them is always as full and enjoyable as a human life can possibly be. ---------------------
Laurence V. (Larry) Friese did an inter-service transfer from the Marines to the Navy shortly after repatriation. Friese retired from the United States Navy as a Commander in 1985. He and his wife Lillian reside in California.