It’s time once again for our Hometown Hero, brought to you by Batavia Downs Gaming with help from our friends at WNY Heroes who help us with our nominations every week.  This week, our Hometown Hero is from Buffalo, NY.  It’s United States Army PFC Larry Thomas Eberhardt!

PFC Eberhardt is a graduate of West Seneca West High School.  He attended SUNY Oswego before enlisting in the Army in 1969.

Larry trained at Fort Dix and Fort Ord, California before arriving in Vietnam on Memorial Day 1970 as Private First Class with the 1st Air Calvary Reconnaissance.

While in Vietnam and Cambodia, PFC Eberhardt served on the ground and as a helicopter gunman, assisting on reconnaissance of enemy positions and airlifting of infantry within the 1st Air Calvary.

 

Awards earned:

Vietnam Service Medal

Vietnam Combat Medal

Combat Infantry Badge

 

Like many who served in Vietnam, Larry was exposed to Agent Orange but that did not stop him from beginning a long career after his return to the states where he retired as Sergeant at Orleans County Correctional Facility in February of 2007.

 

Larry now spends his time between his home in Clarence Center and Sebastian, Florida.  He enjoys spending time with his 4 children, 9 grandchildren, and has recently become a first time great grandfather to a baby who was born the day after he lost his wife of 47 years, Patricia.

 

This week, we are honored to name United States Army PFC Eberhardt our Hometown Hero of the week!

 

If you would like to see a picture of Larry, get to WYRK.com!  While you’re there, nominate your own Hometown Hero. We like to honor both active duty and veteran heroes from right here in Western New York.

Thanks once again to United States Army PFC Larry Thomas Eberhardt, our Hometown Hero of the week!