Lawrence N. Guarino

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Lawrence Nicholas Guarino
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Colonel Lawrence N. Guarino
Nickname(s) Larry
Born (1922-04-16)April 16, 1922
Newark, New Jersey
Died August 18, 2014(2014-08-18) (aged 92)
Indian Harbor Beach, Florida
Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1942–1975
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Unit 31st Fighter Group
44th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Air Force Cross ribbon.svg Air Force Cross
Air Force Distinguished Service ribbon.svg Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star Medal ribbon.svg Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit ribbon.svg Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon.svg Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Bronze Star Medal ribbon.svg Bronze Star (3)
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal (15)

Lawrence Nicholas "Larry" Guarino (April 16, 1922 – August 18, 2014) was a U.S. Air Force officer, and veteran of three wars.[1] Shot down on his 50th combat mission, he spent more than 8 years as a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War and earned the Air Force Cross.

As a POW at the Hanoi Hilton, he shared a cell with John McCain, future senior United States Senator from Arizona and Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.

Colonel Guarino authored A P.O.W.’s STORY: 2801 Days in Hanoi about his experiences in captivity.

His last duty station was Patrick Air Force Base and he retired to Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach, Florida upon leaving the Air Force. He died on August 18, 2014.[2]

Awards and Decorations

Lawrence Guarino's ribbons as they appeared at retirement.[3]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png  Command Pilot Badge
Air Force Cross
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star with bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit
V
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Distinguished Flying Cross with V device and bronze oak leaf cluster
V
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 scarlet ribbon with width-4 ultramarine blue stripe at center, surrounded by width-1 white stripes. Width-1 white stripes are at the edges.
Bronze Star Medal with V device and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 purple ribbon with width-4 white stripes on the borders
Purple Heart with bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with two silver and two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster (second ribbon required for accouterment spacing)
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Presidential Unit Citation
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Prisoner of War Medal
Combat Readiness Medal
Army Good Conduct Medal
American Campaign Medal
Bronze star
Bronze star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal with bronze campaign star
World War II Victory Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Korean War Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Silver star
Silver star
Silver star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with three silver and bronze campaign stars
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with bronze campaign star (second ribbon required for accouterment spacing)
Korea Defense Service Medal
Silver oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross
United Nations Service Medal for Korea
Vietnam Campaign Medal

Air Force Cross citation

Colonel Lawrence Nicholas Guarino
U.S. Air Force
Date Of Action: May 11, 1968 - September 22, 1969

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Section 8742, Title 10, United States Code, awards the Air Force Cross to Colonel Lawrence N. Guarino for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as senior ranking officer of a North Vietnamese prison camp during the period 11 May 1968 to 22 September 1969. Following the execution of a carefully conceived escape plan by two of his officers, Colonel Guarino, who was known by the enemy to be the senior ranking officer in the camp, immediately came under maximum pressure including savage torture without parallel. Colonel Guarino exhibited exceptional heroism, courage, and determination during this period. Displaying great resilience when back in communication, he assumed command once again and slowly built the prisoner organization. Through his extraordinary heroism and maximum resistance in the face of a brutal enemy, he reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.[4]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Hubbell, John G. P.O.W.: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-of-War Experience in Vietnam, 1964-1973 (New York: Reader's Digest Press), p. 50.
  2. ^ http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/08/18/col-larry-guarino-held-pow-vietnam-died/14264143/
  3. ^ http://veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=100
  4. ^ http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=3571
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