Soldier sends poem to his mom months before his death: ‘My heart is home with you’

They say there is nothing like a mother’s love.

The saying was true for U.S. Army Pfc. Larry G. Manuel. Manuel served in the 4th Infantry Division in South Vietnam. Manuel made the ultimate sacrifice in the Kontum Province on March 30, 1968 during the Tet Offensive. He was 18 years old.

Prior to his death, Manuel wrote a poem entitled, “My Coming Home.” He mailed it to his mother, Bernice, dated January 26, 1968.

Larry Manuel's Poem (003)

On Manuel’s Wall of Faces page, you see his life in photos. The photos were submitted by Sybil Noss, a Wall of Faces volunteer and Manuel’s brother Lester. When you look through the photos, you feel like you’re watching the young soldier grow up.


And while Larry Manuel is no longer with us, his poem shows us that the love he had for his mother never died. Her letters and loving words were comfort to him in a dark, unfamiliar place. He was a hero in his own right, but a son first.


Manuel is remembered on Panel 47E, Line 13 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.