Thanks for the additional info, and moreso for your service.. A few years ago, I was in contact with Bruce Swander, Ted Wylie and Bob Grant about Larry Bailey. Bruce provided the radio logs, and Bob and Ted provided info about the action itself. Hackworth wrote that Bailey was killed carrying wounded to the LZ, while Grant told me over the phone that Bailey died while single-handedly charging the bunker line armed with an M-79. I believe, while I haven't seen the citation, that Bailey was awarded a posthumous Silver Star. Grant told me that Bailey should have gotten more.
I've had Bailey's Purple Heart for several years now. I came into possession of it in 1999, purchasing it at a militaria show in the Cincinnati area. From what I've been able to find out, Bailey lived in Phoenix Az. with his mother, but he was born in Owensboro KY. When he was killed, his mother and father couldn't agree where was to be buried. Army regs dictated that it was the father's decision, and he is buried on a hillside in a church cemetery just outside Owensboro. I've visited his grave several times since, and have photos of it, if you'd like to see them.
Edited by DwightPruitt, 15 May 2009 - 09:44 PM.