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PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose

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On Saturday, November 21, Brattleboro’s American Legion Post 5 will honor local soldiers killed in action during the Vietnam War.

A ceremony, at the post home on Linden Street, will include students from Brattleboro Union High School reading the names and a brief biography of each of the 11 men, followed by a brief address by Dr. Robert Tortolani, a combat battalion surgeon during the Vietnam War.

The soldier biographies, along with family photos, will be posted on the Brattleboro Historical Society website, in succession, in the days leading up to the November 21 event.

Today we remember PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose.

PFC Joseph Rhuben LaRose

Oct. 4, 1947 – May 3, 1967

Pfc. Joseph Rhuben LaRose is one of the six names that are inscribed on the Vietnam panel of the war memorial on the Brattleboro common.

LaRose was born in Rutland on Oct. 4, 1947, and grew up in Chippenhook, a village in Clarendon. He later moved to West Brattleboro to live with his aunt and uncle. He worked at the Royal Diner in Brattleboro for a time before enlisting in the Marines.

LaRose was one of fourteen Marines that died that night in 1967 during an ambush in the Que Son Valley.

Although LaRose is credited to the state of New York in the official database of Vietnam War dead, it was his time growing up in Brattleboro that got his name on the monument.