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Capt Larry Paul Stotler
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Birth: Nov. 4, 1941
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 16, 1967, Vietnam

husband of Janet Sue (Norvell) Stotler, son of Dr Talmage Paul & Florence E (Wibbeler).

EVANSVILLE OFFICER DIES IN VIETNAM - with photo
Capt. Larry Paul Stotler, 25-year-old Evansville father of three children, was killed yesterday morning when his Army jeep ran over a mine which exploded at Bon Son, Vietnam. The death raised the list of Vietnam casualties with Evansville ties to 32. An Army officer came to the home of Stotler's wife, the former Janet Sue Norvell, at 1224 S. Roosevelt, notifying her of the death shortly after she arrived from working as a sales clerk at Sears, Roebuck and Company in Washington Square yesterday. Stotler reportedly was a passenger in the jeep. The unidentified driver also was killed. He was the son of Mrs. Marion Lloyd Trail, a Shopper's Fair employee, and the stepson of Trail, a Post Office worker. The Trails live at 918 Bayard Park. His father, Dr. Paul Stotler, is a chiropractor in California. Stotler entered the service after graduating from Bosse High School in June, 1959. He was a Cincinnati, Ohio native. Survivors also include the children, Gregory Paul 7, Kelly Sue 5, and Rebecca Gay 3; a stepsister Connie Trail, a Bosse High School student; stepbrother Robert Trail, a North High School student; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Wibbeler of Huntingburg. The body will be brought to Boone Funeral Home.
(The Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, Kentucky, October 17, 1967)

FUNERALS
Services for Army Capt. Larry Stotler, 25, of 1224 S. Roosevelt who was killed October 16, in Bon Son Vietnam, will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boone Funeral Home. There will be a full military service with an Army chaplain. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park.
(The Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, Kentucky, October 1967)

* Service Record *
US Army, Captain, Company D Trp, Regiment 9th Cavalry, 1st Squadron (Enlisted June, 1959)
Military Region 2 - Binh Dinh, Tour Start Date: 9 Feb 1967 (Killed October 16, 1967)
Panel 28E Line 017 of Vietnam Memorial

Three men were killed in the mine incident on 16 Oct 1967:
MAJ Michael F. Field, Arlington, VA, 1/9 Cavalry Executive Officer;
CPT Larry P. Stotler, Evansville, IN, 'D' Troop Commander; and
MSG Evans S. Walker, Blacksburg, SC, 'D' Troop First Sergeant.

Captain Larry Paul Stotler, age 25, was the son of Mrs. Florence (Wibbeler) Stotler Trail and Dr. Paul Stotler (a chiropractor). He was the stepson of Marion Lloyd Trail. He was married on June 5, 1959 to Janet Sue Norvell. They resided in Evansville, Indiana where they raised their family of three children. Larry was killed on October 16, 1967 when his Army jeep ran over a mine, which exploded at Bon Son, Vietnam. He left behind his wife and three young children. Gregory Paul was seven years old, Kelly Sue was five years old, and Rebecca Gay was three years old. Larry entered the service after graduating from Bosse High School in June 1959, and was a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. His children are grown now, and Sue remarried in 1983, but none have ever forgotten Larry and remember him fondly.
(Posted by: Lynn Gage Cunningham, Larry Stotler is my mother's cousin, Thursday, April 8, 1999)
(The Virtual Wall website, http://www.vvmf.org//index.cfm?SectionID=110andanClip=184313)
(also The Virtual Wall, http://www.virtualwall.org/ds/StotlerLP01a.htm)

I arrived in VN in mid-March, 1967, and followed Larry around for several weeks learning the job I was to assume. He carried a sawed-off carbine, and we hit it off immediately. Took some photos together, which I would love to see. He taught me a lot, and we kept somewhat in touch after I moved on, until Sept. I still mark 16 Oct each year and will never forget him. I still have one photo which he took of me at LZ English with a new 16mm camera. I re-visited LZ English in Binh Dinh Prov. in 1994, and reflected a lot.
During the weeks Larry and I were together at LZ English, besides job related issues he coached me on really important stuff, like getting a thin aluminum wash bowl to carry along for shaving, etc., in the village of Bong Son, and what was safe to eat. Wish I'd kept that alum. bowl, crumpled and leaky as it was after a year of moving all over the country. We both bought those small thin half-frame cameras which were popular because they were so small. I moved on to other LZ's, but our paths crossed several more times until he was transferred to the 1st of the 9th Cav, which I had served with in Korea in '64. I was up in the I Corps in the Que Son Valley with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cav, at LZ Baldy when I heard what happened.
(from an email sent to me by Charles M. 'Mike' Cassidy, who served with Larry in Vietnam)
(The Virtual Wall website, http://www.vvmf.org//index.cfm?SectionID=110andanClip=184313)
(also The Virtual Wall, http://www.virtualwall.org/ds/StotlerLP01a.htm)

As a public outreach effort, over 1 million names were collected and placed on the STARDUST spacecraft,which will visit Comet Wild 2 in 2004. Larry Paul Stotler was one of the names.
(http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/overview/microchip/names2s37.html) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Talmage Paul Stotler (1922 - 2005)
  Florence Eleanor Wibbeler Trail (1925 - 2002)
 
Burial:
Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Evansville
Vanderburgh County
Indiana, USA
 
Created by: Lynn Gage Cunningham
Record added: Jul 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28594513
Capt Larry Paul Stotler
Added by: Lynn Gage Cunningham
 
Capt Larry Paul Stotler
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Capt Larry Paul Stotler
Added by: Lynn Gage Cunningham
 
 
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- Diane Miller
 Added: Nov. 10, 2014
Day is done....gone the sun...from the hills....from the lake...from the sky....All is well...safely rest....God is nigh...~~~~Go to sleep....peaceful sleep...may the soldier or sailor God keep....on the land or the deep...safe in sleep...~~~~Love, good n...(Read more)
- Diane Miller
 Added: May. 26, 2014
Thanks for your service. Rip. my brother was in Vietnam in 1967. Was hit my a mine also. Survived his injury. Was disabled and passed in 1982. My heart is heavy for all of the loss from. This war
- Linda Y
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
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