About Colonel Larry Redmond

Take a Walk in His Dusty Boots

A Dusty Boot Soldier Remembers is the personal account of the 24-year experience of retired Army Colonel, Larry Redmond. It begins with his commissioning as a Lieutenant of Infantry in 1962 upon graduation from Providence College. It then continues through various unique command and staff positions with the 101st Airborne Division, 8th Special Forces Group Airborne, XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82d Airborne Division and other special operations units. Colonel Redmond also commanded Airborne soldiers at rifle platoon, company, Special Forces “A” Team and Infantry Battalion levels. He did two combat tours in Vietnam and had overseas assignments that took him to Panama, Thailand, England and Israel. 

Colonel Redmond holds a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees and is a graduate of the Navy Command & Staff College as well as the British Royal College of Defence Studies. He holds the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Expert Infantryman's Badge and numerous other awards. He is a Master Parachutist, a Vietnamese Parachutist and a Brit Para, and was Ranger and Special Forces qualified. Colonel Redmond is a Distinguished Member of the 327th Regiment, the 505th Regiment and is a member of the Special Forces Regiment.

Following his military service, Colonel Redmond worked as an Ombudsman for initially GTE Government Systems and later General Dynamics Communications Systems representing those corporations with Army, Marine and Special Operations units around the country. Colonel Redmond is now fully retired and lives in Poinciana, Florida, with his wife of fifty-three years, Mary Elizabeth Devlin of Boston. They have three grown children.

As one former 101st Airborne paratrooper, who served with Colonel Redmond in Vietnam, has said: “Larry Redmond was and is a damn fine officer and gentleman. He cared deeply for his men and he showed it every day. Because of that, he quickly earned the honor and respect of every man that served with him. NO SLACK, Colonel Redmond.”

Affiliations

  • 101st Airborne Division Association
  • 82d Airborne Division Association
  • American Airborne Association
  • Special Forces Association

  • Military Order of the Purple Heart
  • Military Writers Society of America
  • Military Officers Association