Name: Larry Warren Robinson
Rank/Branch: 04/United States Marine Corps, pilot
Unit: HAMS 11, MAG V
Date of Birth: 06 October 1937
Home City of Record: Randolph NE
Date of Loss: 05 January 1970
Country of Loss: Laos
Loss Coordinates:164658 North  1060459 East
Status (in 1973): Killed in Action/Body not Recovered
Category: 2
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4B, tail # 152283

Other Personnel in Incident: Robert Wayne Burnes, KIA/BNR

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. 2020


Major Larry Robinson was 32 years old, a 14 year Marine Corps veteran when
the F4B he was piloting crashed near Savannakhet, 5 miles northwest of
Sepone. Both Robinson and his backseater, Robert Burnes, were declared
killed in action, body not recovered.

Robinson is listed among the missing because his body was never recovered. He is
among nearly 600 Americans who were lost in Laos during U.S. involvement in
Southeast Asia. Although the Pathet Lao stated on several occasions they held
"tens of tens" of American prisoners, Laos was not included in the agreements
ending American involvement in the war, and the U.S. has not negotiated for the
freedom of these men since that day. Consequently, not one American held in Laos
has ever been released. His wife still waits for answers.

Nearly 2500 Americans remain missing or otherwise unaccounted for in Vietnam.
Since the war ended, over 10,000 reports concerning missing Americans in
Southeast Asia have been received by the U.S. Government. Many experts are
completely convinced that hundreds of Americans are still held captive. Are we
doing enough to bring these men home?




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On January 5, 1970, an F-4B Phantom II (bureau number 152283, call sign "Playboy 15-02") carrying two crew members took off on a reconnaissance escort mission over Laos. While making a pass over the target area, "Playboy 15-02" was hit by anti-aircraft fire. The Phantom crashed and exploded in the vicinity of (GC) XD 177 594, and no parachutes emerged from the aircraft before it went down. An extensive search of the area was made, but there were no signs of survivors. Both of the men aboard "Playboy 15-02" remain unaccounted for.

Major Larry Warren Robinson, who joined the U.S. Marine Corps from Nebraska, was a member of Headquarters and Maintenance Squadron 11, Marine Air Group 11, 1st Marine Air Wing. He was the pilot of "Playboy 15-02" when it went down, and was lost with the aircraft. His remains have not been recovered. Today, Major Robinson is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific.

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