Happy 48th Birthday Larry III …


… my nephew, Lawrence John Reilly III, turns 48 today.

Larry is the first-born of the next generation of Reillys …Slide1

… and is the namesake of my younger brother Lawrence John Reilly Jr., one of The Lost 74 of the USS Frank E. Evans … and my Dad, Lawrence John Reilly Sr.Slide2

My favorite picture of Larry as a child is this one I took in 1969 … when he was a “mascot” of the Costa Mesa High School football team.Larry 3d Costa Mesa Mustangs 1969 corrected Maximum

My brother Jerry played for the Mustangs at the time … and Larry later played for them when he was in high school.

Larry’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/larry.reilly1

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Put the Lost 74 on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial


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Happy Father’s Day


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Memorial Day …


Memorial Day 2014

… to most Americans is a day to honor those who have given their lives in the military service of their country …

… to “remember” men and women they have never actually known …

… and to “celebrate” the day with barbecue, beer and baseball.

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To the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, however …

… Memorial Day is a day for somber reflection …

… and honoring the memory not of multitudes of unknowns …

… but of loved ones who, in earlier times, had shared the day, unaware of the heartache and sorrow lying ahead.

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… and today our thoughts turn to our son, brother, father, grandfather & uncle …

BT3 Lawrence John Reilly Jr

BT3 Lawrence John Reilly Jr.

… who was lost at sea on June 3, 1969, in the sinking of the American destroyer USS Frank E. Evans (DD-754).

I described the collision which cost Larry his life in earlier blog posts here …

… https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/lest-we-forget-uss-frank-e-evans-dd-754/

… and here …

… https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/uss-frank-e-evans-reunion/

USS Frank E. Evans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery

USS Frank E. Evans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery

Because he was lost at sea, Larry has a memorial headstone at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego (coincidentally, the city of his birth) …

… which I first visited with other family members when Larry’s son Lawrence John Reilly III was a small child …

Scan-140524-0002Scan-140524-0008… while later visits showed the changes in the setting …

Scan-140525-0008… and damage to the headstone from maintenance of the lawn.

02100009Also note the error in the date of death on the headstone …

… an error I shared for many years because it was still June 2, 1969, in the United States when the collision occurred …

… though it was already June 3rd in the South China Sea …

… as a result of which the official date of the collision in June 3, 1969.

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Reilly Family December 7, 1968 ----- Luanne, Jim, Larry Sr., Larry Jr., Jerry, Marion and Suzie

Reilly Family December 7, 1968 —– Luanne, Jim, Larry Sr., Larry Jr., Jerry, Marion and Suzie

Joyce E. Gillich Reilly & Lawrence John Reilly Jr.

Joyce E. Gillich Reilly & Lawrence John Reilly Jr.

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Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly — 4-14-48 to 11-1-1999


Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Sandy in Huntington Beach 1972

Today my wife Sandy would have been 66 years old, had breast cancer not taken her life nearly 15 years ago.

Sandy was a loving wife and mother, especially the latter — you did not want to cross her regarding any of our children!

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy and Doug at Cal Pines 1971

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

Sandy, Matt, Risa & Sean in Ventura 1982

She was also an excellent teacher after returning to school at Dominican College and obtaining both her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate while battling cancer.  I discussed details of this extraordinary five-year struggle with cancer here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/could-i-have-this-dance/:

Today, though, I would prefer to remember the good times, so here are more photos of Sandy over the years.

Sandy was a happy baby 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy was a happy baby — 1949 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy the Cowgirl 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Cowgirl Sandy 1950 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy & her sister Penny circa 1954 Photo by Joe M. Douglas

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy Senior Portrait Overton High School, Memphis, TN, 1966

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

Sandy in Overton Park, Memphis, TN, 1967

For photos from our wedding on December 7, 1968, see:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/12/07/december-7th/

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Sandy on our honeymoon, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, December 1968

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Reilly family Christmas 1974 Costa Mesa CA (Photographer Unknown)

Four Generations (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas)

Four Generations of Douglas-Reilly women —– (Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Jessie Grace Busby Douglas, Dorothy Hardy Douglas — Senatobia MS 1981)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

Jim & Sandy 1983 (Photographer Unknown)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983  (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

River Rafting on Truckee River, Lake Tahoe CA 9-17-1983 (Lawrence John Reilly III, Douglas Lawrence Reilly, Sandra Kay Douglas Reilly, Larisa Joy Reilly Thomas, Sean Thomas Reilly and Matthew SZA Reilly)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Sandy in Glider with her boss Mike Maxwell circa 1987 (and yes, she flew in it, too)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

Reilly Family at Fort Ross CA 1986 (Photo by Maureen Sinclair)

At Doug's Graduation from Cal 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Doug’s Graduation University of California 1993 (Photographer Unknown)

Risa's Graduation New York University 1997 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Risa’s Graduation New York University 1999 (Photo by Sister Dorothy Reilly)

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

Sandy on Ferry to Statue of Liberty 1999

 

 

Larry & Joyce Wedding Photos May 6, 1967


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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).

Joyce & Larry

Joyce & Larry

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.

Jerry & Larry

Jerry & Larry

You may now kiss the bride!

Larry & Joyce Share First Kiss as Husband & Wife

Larry & Joyce Share First Kiss as Husband & Wife

My parents, Lawrence John Reilly Sr. and Marion Thomas Reilly, were in attendance at the wedding and happy to pose with the bride & groom.

Dad Joyce Larry Mom

Dad Joyce Larry Mom

And then they were off on their honeymoon.

Joyce & Larry

Joyce & Larry

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):

Grandpa Pop & Larry with Larry III

Grandpa Pop & Larry with Larry III

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For more on the sinking of the Evans, see my earlier blog post here:

https://jimsthreedot.wordpress.com/2013/06/08/lest-we-forget-uss-frank-e-evans-dd-754/