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Military Service Of

Lawrence 'Larry' Carlton Cummings

 WW II (1941) Sgt -
U.S. Army & U.S. Army
Air Corps

Korea (1952) 2nd Lieutenant - Air Force Reserve

Vietnam (1965) Major - U.S. Air Force

Retired (1971) Lt Colonel - U.S. Air Force

Served in Europe with the 70th Infantry and 3rd Infantry Divisions
as Field Artillery Forward Observer. 


During WWII, at age 17, Larry Cummings was inducted into the U.S. Army. After graduation from high school and boot camp, he immediately shipped out to Europe where he served as a forward observer with the 70th Infantry & 3rd Infantry Divisions. He was awarded the Bronze Star for valor in Germany.

After WWII, he applied for and was granted an officer's commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Force Reserve, beginning a career of military service that would continue for more than 26 years.

In 1952 - the same year he married Frieda Farris Waldrop - Larry was called up to serve in the Korean War; then again, in 1965, he was deployed to Vietnam.  

Promoted to major soon after his arrival in the war zone, Larry was given command of the air base he and his fellow soldiers established at Dong Ha, just a few miles away from the DMZ. 

The base was officially recognized by then Texas Governor, John Connally, who commissioned it "The Little Alamo", giving honorary Texas citizenship to all of its inhabitants. 

Larry and those under his command became friends with the Vietnamese villagers who played a significant role in the security and stability of the air base. 

In recognition of his numerous accomplishments during his service in Vietnam, Larry was presented with several  prestigious awards, including the Bronze Star for meritorious service. 

Lawrence Carlton Cummings is listed in the
WWII Memorial Registry honorees.

(1924 - 2009)

Husband of Frieda Farris (Waldrop) Cummings -
Son-in-law of Florence Roberta (Barlar) Waldrop -
Grandson-in-law of John Maultsby 'Doc' Barlow (Barlar) -

Birth Place: Nashville, TN - Death: Austin, TX

In the Military Family:  

Larry is the brother-in-law of Claude A. Waldrop, Jr  and
Rayburn Cole Waldrop.

   Over the course of his military career, Larry Cummings
   would ultimately receive a total of 8 Bronze Stars, in
   addition to:

  • France's Crois de Guerre (Cross of War) given for
    bravery in combat.
  • The U.S. Meritorious Service Medal
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Air Force Expeditionary Medal
  • Vietnam Service Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
  • WWII Victory Medal
    ... as well as others, some awarded multiple times.