Lawrence N. Guarino

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Lawrence N. Guarino
Nickname(s) "Larry"
Born (1922-04-16)April 16, 1922
Newark, New Jersey
Died August 18, 2014(2014-08-18) (aged 92)
Indian Harbor Beach, Florida
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Air Force
Years of service 1943 – 1975[1]
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Vietnam War
Awards Air Force Cross
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star – 2
Purple Heart – 2
Other work Author

Lawrence Nicholas "Larry" Guarino (April 16, 1922 – August 18, 2014) was a U.S. Air Force officer, and veteran of three wars.[2] Shot down on his 50th combat mission, he spent more than 8 years as a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War and earned the Air Force Cross.

As a POW at the Hanoi Hilton, he shared a cell with John McCain, future senior United States Senator from Arizona and Republican nominee for president in the 2008 United States election.

Colonel Guarino authored A P.O.W.’s STORY: 2801 Days in Hanoi about his experiences in captivity.

His last duty station was Patrick Air Force Base and he retired to Satellite Beach and Indian Harbour Beach, Florida upon leaving the Air Force. He died on August 18, 2014.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Guarino, Col. Larry. A P.O.W.’s STORY: 2801 Days in Hanoi (New York: Ivy Books, 1990), p. "About the Author".
  2. ^ Hubbell, John G. P.O.W.: A Definitive History of the American Prisoner-of-War Experience in Vietnam, 1964-1973 (New York: Reader's Digest Press), p. 50.
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