VIETNAM HERO Essay

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Niela Lachica
Mrs. Burback
Advanced English 10
03 March 2015
A Vietnam War veteran : Lawrence Himmer

“Once you’re alive” she’d say, “you can’t ever be dead” (O’Brien 244). The Vietnam
war was a time of frustration and devastation. It changed many lives, especially those who
took part in it, specifically the soldiers. Many soldiers risked and gave their lives for the
country during this war but even though they are physically gone, they will never leave our
hearts and minds. They would continue to be a great influence to the coming generations and
a point of courage in history. This could be more understood through zooming in on one
particular soldier’s life, Lawrence Himmer. The life he sacrificed by joining the war, how he
served the war and the medals he received.
On July 23, 1938, Lawrence “Larry” Himmer was born from Russel Himmer of Spring
Valley and wife, Audrey Stevens of National City. He has two brothers named Russell and
James and one sister named Ruth.

He lived in Chula Vista, California. He graduated in
Sweetwater High School in 1957 where he enjoyed track n’ field, specifically the shot put.
(An
American Hero)
.
Larry is married to Sharon Lynne Kammerman of 848 Magarian road.

Larry
was very devoted to his family. He wanted his children to grow up to be strong and valiant
individuals”
(Himmer)
. He would always write to his two sons, Richard Paul Himmer and Dale
Michael Himmer and two daughters Teresa Ann Himmer Lundquist and LaShel Joyce Himmer
to be good and obey their mother especially since she was pregnant with their fifth child,

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Jennifer Lana Himmer, while he was serving at the army
(Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund).
“I love you grandpa! You are a hero to all of us here! I can’t wait to meet you! I love you! Save
us seats in heaven!”
(Himmer)
. This is a quote from his grandson showing how he remains to
be a massive influence to the whole family even as generations pass.
Larry was also an
active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he held the office for elder
in fallbrook for it
(An American Hero)
. “
He loved the gospel and he loved his Savior Jesus
Christ. Because of his belief, he knew that Sharon and his children would be with him in the
hereafter for all eternity. This faith has carried his family through the pain of his leaving for a
time”
(Himmer).
His wife also explains in this quote that it was because of his belief that he
was assured that his family would be with him hereafter for all eternity. It was this faith that
carried the whole family through the pain of him leaving
(Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund).
Lawrence Himmer commanded the C Company of the first battalion, 9th marines, 3rd
Marine Division. He ranked as captain and served for 8 years, from 1960 to 1968
(Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Fund)
. He has exchanged his life at home for 8 years of bravery and
fearlessness. ¨I want to thank you Lawrence Himmer, for your courageous and valiant service,
your years of faithfully contributing, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of
ours!” (Lytle). At the age of 19, Himmer passed away during his third tour of duty in Khe Sanh
in Quang Tri Province of Vietnam on the 16th of april in the year 1968.
(An American Hero).
Khe Sanh was a land covered with numerous trees, plants and hills. Himmer’s death was
caused by an explosive device, ground casualty. His body was discovered which is now
buried in Ft Rosecran National cemetery
(Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund).
“The youth of
today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose
courage and heart can never be questioned
(Carter).
Larry’s death is one that should always

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be honored and respected. The world needs more people like him for he is a role model of
who the youth should look up to and follow.
The medals he received were the National Defense…