Retired Air Force Col. Larry Guarino, an Indian Harbour Beach resident, was a highly decorated veteran, who served in World War II, the Korean War, and a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War.
While serving in Vietnam, he was shot down near Hanoi in 1965 and held as a prisoner of war for more than seven years. He told the story of his captivity in Vietnam in "A POW Story — 2801 Days in Hanoi".
Guarino was commissioned in 1943. During World War II, he served in North Africa, Italy and China. He was recalled again for the Korean War, and later assigned to the Philippines, Japan, and Okinawa.
As a Major, Guarino was flying combat missions in Southeast Asia in early 1965 when he was shot down and forced to eject over North Vietnam. He was captured and taken as a POW, and spent the next 2,801 days in captivity. He was released on Feb. 12, 1973.
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