CHARLES R. LARZALERE, LTJG, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall
Charles Larzalere '47

Date of birth: February 9, 1923

Date of death: February 13, 1950

Age: 27

Lucky Bag

From the 1947 Lucky Bag:

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Charles Reid Larzalere

Hays, Kansas

With a personality as easy-going and gentle as the plains of Kansas, Lere made many friends at the Academy. Always a good man in a bull session, he never neglected to advance his opinions strongly. Basketball held his main interest in sports during the long weeks of the winter, and the week-ends found him pursuing the art of dragging, although he has yet to discover that certain one. Lere never was quite won over to the system, for formation bells invariably found him still with one foot in the shower and a shirt still to be rigged.


The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

1947 Larzalere LB.jpg

Charles Reid Larzalere

Hays, Kansas

With a personality as easy-going and gentle as the plains of Kansas, Lere made many friends at the Academy. Always a good man in a bull session, he never neglected to advance his opinions strongly. Basketball held his main interest in sports during the long weeks of the winter, and the week-ends found him pursuing the art of dragging, although he has yet to discover that certain one. Lere never was quite won over to the system, for formation bells invariably found him still with one foot in the shower and a shirt still to be rigged.


The Class of 1947 was graduated in June 1946 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.

Loss

Charles was lost on February 13, 1950, when his plane crashed near Pensacola, Florida.

Date of birth from Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps of 1950.

Family

From researcher Kathy Franz: "Father Gus owned a bakery; mother Myrtle. Great-grandfather Gus Ehly started a bakery in the early 1880s. His four sons owned bakeries, as did his four grandsons - including Charles's father."

"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 at Pensacola, Florida in 1950 and 1st Lt. Lawrence Larzalere '55 in Korea in 1954."

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Class of 1947

Charles is one of 29 members of the Class of 1947 on Virtual Memorial Hall.

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