Larry Wells was a native of Mt. Hermon, Louisiana, who joined the Marine Corps immediately after graduating from Mt. Hermon High School. He was a rifleman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit of the I Marine Expeditionary Force based in Camp Pendleton, California.

Larry’s hero was always Superman and his death places him among our nation’s real superheroes.

One of Larry’s teachers remembers trying to discourage him from his dream of front-line fighting in the Marine Corps, but he insisted that he felt that being a Marine was his purpose in life and that he wanted to fight right in the front, not behind anybody else.

Larry completed one successful deployment to Iraq without incident, but during his second deployment, on August 6, 2004, Larry was struck by sniper fire during battle in the world’s largest cemetery in the holy Shiite city of Najaf, Iraq.

Those who fought side-by-side with Larry remember his constant smile and his overall sense of peace, even in the darkest times of war. One of Larry’s comrades recalls Larry’s fascination with angels and now believes that Larry is watching over his fellow Marines from above.

His smile and laughter will remain with us forever.

Semper Fi