Whenever one of his men was killed in action, it was Larry Lantow’s job to write to their families. But unlike many things done over and over, he said, it never got easier.
“I hated it,” added Lantow, who commanded a tank company during World War II.
The family “always wanted to know how he died. You might not want to tell them — he might’ve had his head blown off. (He) might’ve burned up in a tank.”
About the series
In recognition of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015, the Tulsa World is trying to capture and preserve some of the personal stories of living veterans in the Tulsa area. Stories in the series “Serving Our Country: World War II Veterans Remember” will be collected at tulsaworld.com/ww2veterans.