French, Lawrence, CAPT

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310X-Supply Corps Officer
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Line Officer
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1950-1954, 1955, Naval Reserve Forces Command
Service Years
1943 - 1969

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San Diego, California

Date of Passing
Feb 09, 1987
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Larry French


Date and Place of Birth: November 1, 1907 Visalia, California

Died: February 9, 1987 San Diego, California

Baseball Experience: Major League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Lieutenant
Military Unit: US Navy

Area Served: European and Pacific Theaters of Operations


Larry French

Lawrence H “Larry” French was born in Visalia, California on November 1, 1907. He attended the University of California at Berkeley before embarking on a professional baseball career.

Before entering military service on January 8, 1943, French had won 197 games with the Pirates, Cubs and Dodgers. He appeared in three World Series, was selected for the 1940 National League all-star team, and his .789 winning percentage (15 wins and 4 losses) in 1942 was the circuit's best.

French served as a lieutenant with the US Navy Supply Corps, providing spare parts for landing craft. He played his only service baseball games of the war in England, after arriving there in December 1943. In his first outing in mid-April, French allowed just three hits in an 8-1 win over an opposing Navy team.


Lieutenant French later served on the USS New York during the Okinawa invasion. He was recalled to active service during the Korean War and made the Navy a career, retiring in 1969 having attained the rank of captain.

Larry French passed away in San Diego on February 9, 1987. He was 79.

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Sponsors Note:   I recently learned of the Navy service of former Major League Baseball Pitcher, Lawrence "Larry" French.  It seems little information is available on his Navy servce, so I would be glad to accept and appreciate any information for inclusion.  This profile will be quite incomplete, but is intended to honor Larrys service none the less.

  1950-1954, 1955, Naval Reserve Forces Command

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Called back to active duty for the Korean War and made the Navy a career, retiring in 1969.

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Naval Reserve Forces Command

Copeland, Robert Witcher, RADM, (1935-1965) OFF 111X Rear Admiral Upper Half
MacMillan, Donald Baxter, RDML, (1918-1954) OFF 110X Rear Admiral Lower Half
Lodge, John Davis, CAPT, (1939-1966) OFF 655X Commander
Wolf, Fritz Emil, CDR, (1939-1967) OFF 131X Commander
Blair, Foster John, CDR, (1941-1966) OFF 110X Lieutenant Commander
Gay, George Henry, LCDR, (1941-1954) OFF 154X Lieutenant Commander
Hawk, Harlin, LCDR, (1927-1953) OFF 616X Lieutenant Commander
Tebbetts, John England, LCDR, (1934-1955) OFF 131X Lieutenant Commander
Cassel, Michael, LT, (1942-1953) OFF 000X Lieutenant
Peery, Kenneth, LT, (1943-1946) OFF 110X Lieutenant
Rauschkolb, John Andrew, SCPO, (1938-1977) SM SM-0000 Senior Chief Petty Officer
Narehood, Ermin Daniel, CPO, (1943-1964) MM MM-0000 Chief Petty Officer
Galles, Lester, PO1, (1942-1945) MM MM-9348 Petty Officer First Class
Patrick, Sr., Donald H., PO2, (1942-1945) MO MO-0000 Petty Officer Second Class
Cawley, Russell, LT, (1945-1973) SK SK-0000 Petty Officer Third Class
Celovsky, Joseph, S1c, (1945-1951) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Krakovsky, Solomon, SN, (1940-1954) SN SN-0000 Seaman 1st Class
Cawley, Russell, LT, (1945-1973) SK SK-0000 Seaman
Adams, Samuel, PO3, (1953-1965) MM MM-0000 Fireman
RABER, Glen, PO3, (1948-1954) MR MR-0000 Fireman Apprentice
Lowry, David, CPO, (1954-1976) 00 00-0000 Seaman Recruit
SHERMAN, M.C., Samuel, CDR, (1941-1945) Captain
Black, Charles Alden, CDR, (1941-1952) Commander
Brower, Robert, CDR, (1940-1970) Commander
Godfrey, Arthur, CDR, (1920-1966) Commander
Godfrey, Arthur, CDR, (1920-1966) Commander
Varricchio, Philip, CDR, (1941-1973) OFF Commander
PRESTON, Benjamin, CAPT, (1939-1969) Lieutenant Commander
Black, Charles Alden, CDR, (1941-1952) Lieutenant
Ewell, Tom, LT, (1942-1945) Lieutenant
Kelly, Eugene Curran, LTJG, (1944-1954) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Zuhlke, Otto, SCPO, (1940-1960) PhM Chief Petty Officer
Arsenault, Tilmon, CPO, (1943-1963) Petty Officer First Class
Fickies, Howard Truman, PO3, (1950-1954) Petty Officer Third Class
Milius, Paul Lloyd, CAPT, (1948-1968) Petty Officer Third Class
Sydnor, Elliot P., PO3, (1945-1950) 00 Petty Officer Third Class
Thurlow, Reggie, SCPO, (1955-1974) Seaman

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