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Meet Larry Cole - Honorary Relay Team Captain

For Larry Cole, fate seemed to have chosen a career with the military. The Keene, New Hampshire native happened to be visiting Boston in the summer of 1952 when he ran into an Army recruiting station on the Boston Common. He enlisted on the spot, and things happened quickly from there.

“I had squandered my college deferment, and the draft was a few weeks away, so I sped up the inevitable,” Cole says. After being examined at the Boston Army Base, Cole was inducted at Camp Devens, sent to Indiantown Gap Military Reservation in Pennsylvania for 16 weeks of basic infantry training, and deployed to Korea.

Cole arrived in Korea in March of 1953, and served through May of 1954. He was on the front lines on July 27th, 1953 when the Korean Armistice Agreement took effect. Upon returning home, he served two more years with the 74th Regimental Combat Team at Camp Devens.

After fulfilling his Active Duty, Cole stayed in the Reserves as a member of Military Intelligence, Civil Affairs and Army Forces Iceland and ultimately retired at the rank of Master Sergeant. He finally earned the college degree he had ‘squandered’ several years prior, and then taught high school math for three years. Next he went to graduate school at Purdue University, and eventually earned a Masters Degree and a PhD in Economics. Cole went on to become an Economics Professor at the University of New Hampshire for 12 years, before working for AT&T Long Lines, and subsequently GTE Corporate HQ and Laboratories, where he retired his career in 1997 to Cape Cod. Cole did not stop there, and has served as a member of the Community Advisory Council at Camp Edwards, Harwich Selectman, Cape Cod Commissioner, Harwich Energy Committee, the past president and active member of Cape Cod Athletic Club, active member of the Cape Cod Sail & Power Squadron, and the Secretary of the Cape & Islands Chapter for Korean War Veterans.

“The Boston Marathon is a world class event… The spectators are incredibly supportive even very late in the race,” Cole says, adding “I have run it twice, badly.” Cole is looking forward to representing the 100th commemorative relay in remembrance of America’s role in World War I.

Cole and his wife, the late Loretta Lambert, have two sons, one who served in the Air Force during Vietnam, and whose daughter served as a Marine earlier this decade. Cole has a total of four grandchildren and three great grandchildren to date; all of who must be very proud of their great grandfather.

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Larry Cole

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