LAWRENCE D. GOSEN, LCDR, USN

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Date of birth: February 4, 1938

Date of death: July 23, 1968

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

1959 Gosen LB.jpg

From the 1959 Lucky Bag:

LAWRENCE D. GOSEN

Twenty-second Company

Mountain Lake, Minnesota

Larry came to USNA from the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes. After being a three year letter-man in high school, his athletic ability and competitive spirit were big boosts to the various teams he was on. Although he was a "red-mike" for four years and Carvel Hall was unknown to him, his acquaintance with the young ladies made the weekends pass very quickly. His easy going nature, along with his attitude was a source of inspiration to those around him and should take him far in his years ahead in the Corps.

Obituary

From Richard Gosen, brother of Lawrence Gosen:

Lawrence Dean Gosen was born on February 4th, 1938, in Windom, Minnesota, the seventh son and the youngest of a family of 12 children. Larry grew up on a farm near Bingham Lake, Minnesota, and graduated from Mountain Lake High School with honors in 1955.

After an active high school career, which included captaining the football team, participating in music, declamation and many other activities, Larry entered the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. In 1959, after graduation from the Naval Academy, Larry entered pilot training and earned his pilot's wings 1960. His first love was flying jet fighters and he served in several carrier groups prior to attending the Pacific Grove Training School, where he earned a Master's degree in electrical engineering. Prior to his assignment on the USS Ticonderoga, he taught electronics at the Naval Academy for two years.

While in Vietnam waters, serving with the Attack Squadron 23, Larry was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Larry was killed on July 23, 1968, when his plane crashed while taking off from the USS Ticonderoga. This was to be his final mission before his scheduled return to his home port of San Diego.

At the time of his death, Lieutenant Commander Gosen was survived by his wife, Patricia; son, John; daughter, Stephanie; parents, Jason and Sara Gosen; six brothers and five sisters. Twin daughters Kriss and Leigh, were born shortly after his death.