Lawrence N. Guarino
Lawrence Nicholas Guarino
Colonel Lawrence N. Guarino
|Born||April 16, 1922|
Newark, New Jersey
|Died||August 18, 2014 (aged 92)|
Indian Harbor Beach, Florida
Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
|Service/||United States Air Force|
|Years of service||1942–1975|
|Unit||31st Fighter Group|
44th Tactical Fighter Squadron
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards|| Air Force Cross|
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Bronze Star (3)
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal (15)
Lawrence Nicholas "Larry" Guarino (April 16, 1922 – August 18, 2014) was a U.S. Air Force officer, and veteran of three wars. 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.
Colonel Guarino authored A P.O.W.’s STORY: 2801 Days in Hanoi about his experiences in captivity.
Awards and Decorations
Lawrence Guarino's ribbons as they appeared at retirement.Command Pilot Badge
Air Force Cross citation
- Colonel Lawrence Nicholas Guarino
- U.S. Air Force
- Date Of Action: May 11, 1968 - September 22, 1969
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Section 8742, Title 10, United States Code, awards the Air Force Cross to Colonel Lawrence N. Guarino for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as senior ranking officer of a North Vietnamese prison camp during the period 11 May 1968 to 22 September 1969. Following the execution of a carefully conceived escape plan by two of his officers, Colonel Guarino, who was known by the enemy to be the senior ranking officer in the camp, immediately came under maximum pressure including savage torture without parallel. Colonel Guarino exhibited exceptional heroism, courage, and determination during this period. Displaying great resilience when back in communication, he assumed command once again and slowly built the prisoner organization. Through his extraordinary heroism and maximum resistance in the face of a brutal enemy, he reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
- 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.