Larry N. Shatto recently left the board of Independence Corps. Larry had retired from his second career as a DOD Contractor/Maintenance Test Pilot for M1 Support Services, flying the AH-64D Longbow at Fort Hood, TX. Larry retired from the US Army in 1989 as a Chief Warrant Officer and went to work for Lockheed for six years prior to joining DynCorps where he worked for ten years.
Larry is a native of Vallejo, CA and enlisted in the US Army in 1968, a year after graduating from high school. Larry spent eleven years as a helicopter mechanic and crew chief and rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant “P” (promotable) before earning his Army Aviator wings as a Warrant Officer in 1980. He is rated in the UH-1H, all AH-1’s, AH-64A and AH-64D helicopters.
Mr. Shatto’s military assignments include service in Vietnam from 12 Jan.,1969 until 13 Jan, 1970, where he was a UH-1C crew chief in the 176th Assault Helicopter Company of the American Division.
Mr. Shatto’s military decorations include the Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor device, two Army Commendation Medals, two Army Achievement Medals, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Good Conduct Medals, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon with two stars, and various service ribbons.
Larry and his wife reside in Belton, TX. They have two children and are proud Grandparents of seven and Great Grandparents of two.
Larry volunteers extensively for all things related to military and veterans and their families. He long promoted the mission of Independence Corps and we thank him for his generous and valiant service.