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TACAMO Fallen Veteran - Larry Wagar, VQ-3

DOB ?? - DOD JULY 27, 2022

Reported by Mike Neri, "Sad to report we lost another TACAMO Sailor under very disturbing circumstances. AECS Larry Wagar was one of the VQ-3 FRAMP Department personnel under Skipper Lochausen early in the C-130/E-6 transition at Barber's Point. He was an AEC at the time; and my next door neighbor in Iriquois Point housing. He retired to Washington State, and I was aware he had PTSD issues, among others as indicated by his family's FB posts. Larry was walking on the Interstate yesterday and intentionally stepped in front of a semi truck. Fair Winds and Following Seas my friend.

62 Year Old Larry W Wagar Dead After

Motor Vehicle Accident in Bellingham (Bellingham, WA)

JULY 27, 2022

Larry W. Wagar, 62, of Sedro-Woolley, walked into traffic and was pronounced dead at the scene after being struck by a semi-trailer. The incident took place on the I5 south of Bellingham on Wednesday morning. Larry Wagar, 62, of Sedro-Woolley, was declared dead at the scene, according to a Washington State Patrol memo. The driver, Lakhvir Singh, was unable to stop his vehicle before striking Wagar near milepost 225.

TCVA extends its sympathy and prayer for peace to Larry's family and friends during this time of the passing. 


A Skipper’s Worst Day

A Skipper’s Worst Day You might be thinking something related to work but no this is personal. Every Sailor is crucial to the success of the mission, yes, but the lives of every Sailor are precious to the Skipper, the Chief, the LPO. Sailors are THE NAVY. Losing a Sailor who only yesterday was smiling and laughing with Mates is a tragedy. My Command Master Chief called my cell and said, “Skipper, please meet me at the Barracks ASAP. This isn’t good.” It wasn’t. A young Second Class Metal Smith had downed a bottle of hard liquor, written a note, and then killed himself in his shower. Nothing to do now but leave it to the medical folks and grieve, right? NO! Now is the time to talk to all our Sailors, past and present about suicide. No matter how bad things get, no matter how bleak the future, we CARE about our Sailors. The Sailor I described above left us a beautiful legacy on the tail of the Herc that was heading for her last flight, 173. No another Sailor from that time, for reasons we don’t know, took his life some 32 years later. He was one of the critical players in VQ-3’s transition to the Merc. He worked on the flight engineer training we needed, laying out schedules and making sure the FEs got the right stuff to engineer the Merc. But he walked out of care facility and out onto the Interstate, sadly into the path of an 18 wheeler. My memory of Chief Larry Wagar is of smiling, joking, dedicated Sailor, who worked for CDR Mike Clemens and Master Chief Mike Neri up on the Mezzanine in Hangar 110. Don’t go where Larry went. Call someone close, call a hot line, call a Sailor you served with but DON’T CALL IT QUITS. You are some important, someone who COUNTS.


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