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Putnam Valley, Specialist Laurence Gibbs


    Specialist Laurence Gibbs served in the U.S. Army, where he trained as both a Crew Chief on Huey Helicopters and a M-60 gunner. Specialist Gibbs served in the Vietnam War, where he was part of the rescue missions during the TET Offensive. He received numerous medals, including the Good Conduct Award, Military Justice Certification, the Vietnam Active Duty Medal and the Sharpshooter’s Award. Specialist Lawrence served in the Army Reserves for many years, and is heavily involved in both the VFW Post 391 and the Boys Scouts of America.

    “I am honored to accept Larry Gibbs into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. When I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Gibbs, he showed me pictures of his combat in Vietnam where he bravely served in the Tet Offensive for which he received numerous medals of honor,” said Senator Greg Ball. “Mr. Gibbs continues to be an active member of our community today through his involvement in VFW Post #391 as well as the Boy Scouts of America where he serves as both a Troop Leader and Scoutmaster.”

    Mr. Gibbs was nominated for Senator Ball’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame by Putnam County Legislator Sam Oliverio.

    “Larry Gibbs is a soft spoken gentleman who rarely speaks about his time in service. Yet Larry served in Vietnam at the time of the Tet Offensive and was instrumental in keeping our Huey Helicopters in the air as a Crew Chief,” said Legislator Sam Oliverio. “He also protected our troops on the ground by manning the M-60 machine guns mounted on those Hueys.”

    Hall of Fame Photo. 

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