Joining the Army during WWII, Larry Soto displayed his bravery and heroism defeating the enemy at the Battle of the Bulge in addition to being a genius mind in boxing. We are amazed and honored to pay homage for his sacrifice.
1. Full Name?
Lawrence “Larry” Soto
Born on December 5, 1918, El Paso, Texas, died on September 4, 2001, in Los Angeles. He joined the U.S. Army during WWII on November 27, 1942, in San Pedro and was sent to Camp Beale in Marysville, CA. for training on tanks. He was assigned to the 13th Armored Division’s 93rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in Europe. In June 1944, his unit went into action in France, advancing across Europe. T – 5, now a tank commander, Larry fought in the Battle of the Bulge where he helped capture 250 prisoners (German). He brought home an “Iron Cross” from one enemy as a souvenir. It is now on display in a museum in Marysville. He worked for the Los Angeles City Department of Water and Power for 25 years, retiring in 1988. Larry’s true love was boxing. He trained and managed amateur and professional fighters with his brother Memo, earning an international reputation as a trainer and cornerman. He had his share of champions and contenders but most were just passing through. He taught lessons for life, through the art of boxing. The Patriot Mason will always honor this American hero and the ultimate sacrifice he made to this country for our freedom.
“Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours.” – Wallace Bruce
Thank you for your service, Uncle Larry.
Gone but never forgotten.