From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Lawrence Larzalere '55

Date of birth: 1930

Date of death: June 13, 1954

Age: ~24

Naval Academy Register

Lawrence Keight Larzalere was admitted to the Naval Academy from Hays, Kansas on July 7, 1951 at age 20 years 11 months.

He "voluntarily resigned" on September 25, 1951.

Lucky Bag

Lawrence is not listed in the 1955 Lucky Bag, nor the Class of 1955 "In Memoriam" page.


Holland Evening Sentinel: "Victims Identified SEOUL (UPI) -- The names of two Thunderjet pilots killed Sunday in a collision were released by the Fifth Air Force today. Second Lieutenants Joe Mayo Francis, Jr., of Roanoke, Va. and Lawrence Larzalere, of Hays Kan., died when their jets smashed into each other during a routine training flight near Taegu Korea."

Unable to find him (and therefore his date of birth) in the 1952 or 1953 Register of Commissioned Officers of the US Air Force.


"LTC Robert "Bob" Leland Larzalere, USA (Ret) passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, in Fort Collins, Colorado. Bob, the son of August "Gus" William and Myrtle Beck Larzalere was born on December 1, 1928 in Minneapolis, Kansas. Bob was the middle child of three sons. His brothers were pilots in the armed forces and both died going down with their aircraft: Charles Reid Larzalere '47 at Pensacola, Florida in 1950 and 1st Lt. Lawrence Keith Larzalere in Korea in 1954."

Found Lawrence's name on 1948 class roster for Hays HS, Hays, KS. His older brother graduated there in 1946.

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Charles Larzalere '47 was his older brother.

Memorial Hall Error

Lawrence's inclusion on the killed in action panel in the front of Memorial Hall is in error: The description of his loss indicates that it was a routine training flight, and neither he nor the other pilot are listed in the Korean Air War Loss Database.

Class of 1955

Lawrence is one of 34 members of the Class of 1955 on Virtual Memorial Hall.