My younger brother, Lawrence John Reilly Jr., was married to Joyce E. Gillich on May 6, 1967. Barely more than two years later, Larry was one of 74 sailors lost in the sinking of the USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754).
I was still at West Point at the time, a month shy of graduation, so was not able to attend the wedding. My brother Gerald Thomas Reilly, youngest of the three boys in the family, was Larry’s Best Man.
You may now kiss the bride!
My parents, Lawrence John Reilly Sr. and Marion Thomas Reilly, were in attendance at the wedding and happy to pose with the bride & groom.
And then they were off on their honeymoon.
In their two short years of marriage, Larry completed one deployment to Vietnam and was on his second when the Evans was sunk. He was not yet 21 years old when killed and barely had a chance to know his son, Lawrence John Reilly III, who was just 13 months old at the time.
I have one photo of four generations of Lawrence Reillys (my grandfather’s name was Lawrence Ambrose Reilly):
For more on the sinking of the Evans, see my earlier blog post here: