MORROW, LARRY KANE
Name: Larry Kane Morrow Rank/Branch: E4/US Army Unit: Troop H (Air), 17th Armored Cavalry Squadron Date of Birth: 13 June 1951 Home City of Record: Lowell NC Date of Loss: 29 May 1972 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 142501N 1075757E (ZA194964) Status (in 1973): Missing in Action Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: OH6A - 66-17771 Refno: 1868
Other Personnel in Incident: Gerald Douglas Spradlin (killed, remains recovered) [Note: earlier reports indicated a third crewman - this was believed to be in error - crews were "two" man.]
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1990 with the assistance of one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 1999 with information from the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Assoc; Survivability/Vulnerability Information Analysis Center Helicopter database. Also: LNOF, 80369, CRAFX (Lindenmuth Old Format Data Base. Crash Facts Message); Defense Intelligence Agency Reference Notes. Defense Intelligence Agency Helicopter Loss database. Also: 1868 () Loss to Inventory.
SYNOPSIS: SP4 Larry K. Morrow, gunner/observer, and WO1 Gerald D. Spradlin, pilot, comprised the crew of an OH6A helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission near Kontum in South Vietnam. (NOTE: JCRC records the date of this mission as 22 May 1972, while Defense Department records date as 29 May.)
During the mission, Spradlin's helicopter came under hostile fire, disappeared over a ridge line, crashed, and burned. The Command and Control helicopter observed the helicopter just prior to impact, and shortly after impact, the Command and Control aircraft descended to the crash site and atempted to locate survivors. Because of heavy enemy fire, however, Command and Control was forced to leave. The crash was in an open area with enemy activity, and no survivor movement was noted around the wreckage.
[Other records report: Count of hits was not possible because the helicopter burned or exploded; Small Arms/Automatic Weapons; Gun launched non-explosive ballistic projectiles less than 20 mm in size (7.62MM); The helicopter was hit in the Fuselage -Systems damaged were: FLT CONTROLS; The helicopter made a Forced Landing. Aircraft took off, fully flight capable; The aircraft was diverted or delayed after completing some mission objectives.]
On June 30, 1972, an ARVN platoon and U.S. personnel were inserted into the area. A 100 meter area was searched around the crash site. The South Vietnamese Army forces searched the crash site and recovered Specialist Morrow's flight helmet and the skeletal remains of other crewmen who perished in the incident. The crash site area was later struck by a B-52 airstrike.
On December 21, 1973, a Vietnam People's Army defector reported having seen an American POW in June 1972 at a location approximately 55 kilometers from the crash site. This report was placed in Specialist Morrow's file. In August 1974, the crash site was searched again, but no further human remains were recovered. In August 1983, U.S. intelligence received information concerning the downing of a U.S. aircraft in the general area of Specialist Morrow's loss incident. One airman was reportedly killed and one captured. This report was also placed in Specialist Morrow's file. In December 1990, U.S. investigators in Vietnam visited the area of this loss incident. They interviewed a former Vietnam People's Army officer with knowledge of the area and some responsibility for U.S. POWs held in the area. Although they had information on some U.S. POWs, they had no information about Specialist Morrow, including an indication as to whether or not he had been captured alive.
Larry K. Morrow was originally classified Missing in Action. The Defense Intelligence Agency further expanded the classification to include an enemy knowledge ranking of 2. Category 2 indicates "suspect knowledge" and includes personnel who may have been involved in loss incidents with individuals reported in Category 1 (confirmed knowledge), or who were lost in areas or under conditions that they may reasonably be expected to be known by the enemy; who were connected with an incident which was discussed but not identified by names in enemy news media; or identified (by elimination, but not 100% positively) through analysis of all-source intelligence.
In November 1973, Morrow was declared killed in action/body not recovered based on a presumptive finding of death.
Larry Morrow is among nearly 2500 Americans who remained unaccounted for at the end of the Vietnam War. Tragically, nearly 10,000 reports have been received relating to Americans missing in Southeast Asia since 1975. Many authorities, who have examined this information believe there are large numbers of Americans still alive in captivity.
Whether Larry Morrow survived the crash of his helicopter to be captured is a matter of speculation, but it is possible, particularly given the intelligence received in 1973. Whether he is one of those said to be still alive is unknown. What seems clear, however, is that as long as even one American remains alive held against his will, there can be no "Peace with honor" in Vietnam. The war isn't over until all our men are home.
I am a Southeast Asia POW/MIA Case Officer and work at the Defense
POW/MIA Accounting Agency. I am looking for anyone that witnessed the
downing of an OH-6A flown by WO1 Spradlin with SP4 Morrow as the Oscar. The
loss occurred on 29 May 1972. They were from 7/17th Cav. I am also looking
to speak with anyone that participated in the recovery of WO1 Spradlin in
June and August of 1972. Any help with this matter is much appreciated.