Brinkey, Larry Howard


Rank: Specialist 5

Unit: K Troop, 3rd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

MOS: 63C – General Vehicle Repairman

Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Unit awards: Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm device

Enlisted by: Regular

Date of birth: 5-Apr-1949

Hometown: Troy, Michigan

Marital status: Never Married

Campaign: Vietnam Conflict

Entered service: 1-Jun-1967

Start of tour: 18-Dec-1967

Incident date:  29-Apr-1969

Date of casualty: 6-May-1969

Age at death: 20

Cause of death: Hostile, died of wounds. Burns/Smoke Inhalation. Burns.
Larry Howard Brinkey died from burns received while commander of a military vehicle returning from a military mission when the vehicle hit a hostile mine. Individual was admitted to a military hospital, placed on Very Serious Injury (VSI) list, evacuated to Japan and later expired.

Two Blackhorse troopers died as a result of this incident:
SP5 Larry Howard Brinkey
SGT Elmer Lynn Spivey

Location of fatality: Binh Duong, South Vietnam

Place of interment: Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan, USA

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial panel and row: 25W 013 (view Vietnam Veterans Memorial link in a new window)


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