PRICE, LARRY DONALD Died of a heart attack, after his return - date unknown. Name: Larry Donald Price Rank/Branch: United States Air Force/O2 Unit: 435 TFS Ubon Thailand Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Orlando FL Date of Loss: 30 July 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 210300 North 1055500 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4D Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Refno: 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: 730329 RELEASED BY DRV
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). LARRY D. PRICE 1st Lieutenant - United States Air Force Shot Down: July 30, 1972 Released: March 29, 1973 I was one of the guys shot down in the midst of some pretty hot debate over the Southeast Asian War. In July of 1972, many loyal, concerned Americans were wondering if it would ever end. Suddenly that debate and combat sorties were something from before. The system the North Vietnamese were fighting for was right before my eyes, and I couldn't believe it. Several years earlier, General Curtis Lemay made the statement that we could bomb them back into the Stone-Age. There was a very loud uproar over that statement - my feelings after a very short time in Hanoi were that an effort of that kind would only set the North Vietnamese back a week or two. A recurring theme in the 435th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Ubon, Thailand, where I was based, was "as long as there are POW's ..." Now a POW myself, knowing that spirit in my own squadron and squadrons everywhere would eventually get me home, proved to be a great source of strength No matter what I was told, I knew my fellow fliers, backed by the United States Government and the American people, would never let us down. December 1972-The Bombing of Hanoi ... It took less than three days to feel completely sure the Vietnamese had seen the light. The following eight or nine days were simply reinforcement, and I mentally started packing for home.