LCDR Lawrence Dean “Larry” Gosen

LCDR Lawrence Dean “Larry” Gosen

Bingham Lake, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA
Death 23 Jul 1968 (aged 30)
At Sea
Burial Delft, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA
Memorial ID 57615836 · View Source
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Father: Jacob D. Gosen (1890-1982)
Mother: Sarah Wiebe (1895-1994)

Baptized: by Wm. Neufeld in 1949 at Carson Mennonite Brethren Church, Delft, Minnesota.

Married: 2 Jul 1960 to Patricia L. Taylor

Children: John, Stephanie, Leigh Elizabeth, Leslie Kristine.

Siblings: Elmer, Abram, Kathryn Louise, Albert, Jacob "Jack", Raymond Henry, Sara Marie, Richard Paul, Louise Elizabeth, Dorothy Jean, Darlene Jane, *.*.

Lawrence Dean Gosen
Lieutenant Commander
Home of Record: Bingham Lake, Minnesota
Date of birth: Friday, 02/04/1938
Service: Navy (Regular)
Grade at loss: O4
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
ID No: 630561
MOS: 1310 Unrestricted Line Officer (Pilot)
LenSvc: Between 8 and 9 years
Start Tour: Not recorded
Incident Date: Tuesday, 07/23/1968
Cas Date: Tuesday, 07/23/1968
Age at Loss: 30
Remains: Body Not Recovered
Location: Yankee Station, North Vietnam
Type: Non-hostile, Died Of Other Causes
Reason: Air Loss, Crash - Sea - Fixed Wing - Pilot
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Gosen was launched from the portside bow catapult in an A-4F SKYHAWK on a RESCAP (Rescue Combat Air Patrol) mission. The aircraft was observed to rotate slightly, proceed 200 yards directly ahead of the ship and impact in the water. The aircraft was launched with 16 knots excess end speed. No landing gear or flap retraction was witnessed, and no radio transmission was made. The aircraft exploded on impact with the water. He is listed as Causality number 30896

He died at Yankee Station, off the coast from Hue, S. Vietnam.

Larry was a graduate of Mountain Lake High School class of 1955 and a graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1959.
Thursday, October 13, 2005

Mt. Lake, MN

Mt. Lake alumus honored posthumously at dedication ceremony aboard the USS Midway

Lieutenant Commander Larry Gosen was honored posthumously at a ceremony on September 19, 2005, aboard the USS Midway in San Diego, Calif.

The late Larry Gosen, a 1955 Mt. Lake High School graduate, was the son of the late Jacob and Sara Gosen.

The dedication ceremony was an honor bestowed on Gosen by his shipmates and classmates. Many of his classmates from the United States (U. S.) Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. were in attendance.

A plaque bearing Gosen's name was placed on a VA-23, the type of aircraft he once flew.

LCDR Gosen was born in 1938 in Bingham Lake, the youngest of 12 children. He entered the Naval Academy in 1955 and graduated with the Class of 1959. He entered naval flight training after graduation and was designated a Naval Aviator in October 1960. He received orders to VAW-11 in San Diego, where he flew E-1B Airborne Early Warning aircraft and made three deployments on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61).

Gosen was assigned to the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, Calif., awarded a masters degree in electrical engineering, and in 1965, reported to the Naval Academy where he taught electrical engineering courses. He completed jet transition training as a fleet replacement pilot in VA-125 at NAS Lemoore, Calif., and reported to Attack Squadron Twenty Three (VA-23) in the spring of 1968, flying the A4F aircraft.

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  • Created by: Dennis Quiring
  • Added: 24 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 57615836
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for LCDR Lawrence Dean “Larry” Gosen (4 Feb 1938–23 Jul 1968), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57615836, citing Delft Cemetery, Delft, Cottonwood County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Dennis Quiring (contributor 47340753) Body lost at sea.