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Monthly Family Update – August 2023

Here are the contents of this month’s newsletter:

  1. My Father inducted into the 3rd Infantry Division’s Marne Hall of Fame
  2. Colorado Springs station’s coverage of Dad and his book
  3. Other At First Light news
    • International Page Turner Book Award Finalist
    • Possible Movie or Mini-Series
    • Possible Medal of Honor
    • Louisiana Book Festival
  4. Last Month’s Blogs at

1) My Father inducted into the 3rd Infantry Division’s Marne Hall of Fame

I’m over the moon delighted to share with you some great news. My father and my hero, MAJ Philip B. Larimore, Jr., was inducted into the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s Marne Hall of Fame at Fort Stewart Georgia yesterday, August 1, 2023.

I’m told that his election was, “By unanimous vote of the Command Staff of the 3rd Infantry Division.” This is a singular honor that’s been awarded to only a few soldiers such as Audie Murphy and some of the 3rd ID commanding generals. I was also told that Dad will be inducted along with Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and George Marshall – pretty good company, if I don’t say so.

My brothers and some of Dad’s grandchildren were there to honor his memory. As this blog was posted at the end of July, I’m planning to blog about more details and have some pictures in my blog of Friday, August 4.

2) Colorado Springs station’s coverage of Dad and his book

I was delighted to see how well our local NBC affiliate, KOAA, told the story about Dad’s induction and his book. You can read the story or see the video of it at Colorado Springs Man discovers father’s WWII story: Philip Larimore set to be inducted into military post hall of fame after story revealed by son.

The story begins:

COLORADO SPRINGS — Walt Larimore didn’t know much about his father Philip’s military service growing up.

But on his father and mother’s 50th wedding anniversary, one of Walt’s brothers asked a question that would later lead Walt on a 16-year journey to discover his dad’s past.

3) Other At First Light news

  • International Page Turner Book Award Finalist: I’ve just learned that At First Light was named on of seven Book Award Finalists in the “True Stories Genre” of this elite competition. Page Turner writes, “The Book Award is one of our biggest, most competitive awards. The standard is high, and only the very highest scorers have made the Finalist list.”
  • Possible Movie or Mini-Series: Just this week, my agent, Greg Johnson, entered into very preliminary discussions with movie producer, Benjamin Jones (Peace River), about producing a documentary series on my father and his exploits. He’s only done one movie, but if you view the movie or its trailers (here), he seems to have done a good job with that one.
  • Possible Medal of Honor: I’ve been informed that the 3rd Infantry Division is investigating the feasibility of recommending that Dad’s Distinguished Service Cross be promoted to a Congressional Medal of Honor. I’ve been warned that the odds are low and the process long, but the investigation has begun.
  • Louisiana Book Festival: On October 28, in Baton Rouge, LA, the book will be featured at the Louisiana Book Festival.
  • Great Reviews continue: The book has achieved 494 reviews on Amazon, GoodReads, B&N, Walmart, and Target. Over 94% are 5-star ratings. I’m so happy about this.

4) Last Month’s Blogs at

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5) Last Month’s Happenings

  • June 30-July 6, Barb’s sister, Sue came for a visit, along with her and Barb’s two closest cousins, Pam and Robin, for an annual Independence Day visit. It was a delightful visit full of hiking, shopping, visiting, laughing, and wonderful meal. It was an exceptional blessing for us all.
  • The rest of July we were at home for some gardening, summer rest, reading, and relaxation.
  • July 31, Barb and I fly to Savannah, GA, and then drive the one-hour to Fort Stewart for the festivities.

6) Upcoming Events

  • August 1, Barb and I, along with my three brothers and two children will attend the posthumous induction of my father, and my hero, Philip B. Larimore, Jr., into the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division’s Marne Hall of Fame at Fort Stewart Georgia. More details and pictures will hopefully be in my upcoming blog this Friday, August 4, 2023.
  • August 2-7, Barb and I are looking forward to some R&R at a condo on the beach at Hilton Head Island, GA
  • The rest of August we’ll be home for summer rest and relaxation. I imagine we’ll be doing some gardening and taking some day trips around this beautiful state as well as several day hikes in the mountains around our home.
  • August 26-September 8, it’s time for a Wyoming road trip (Casper, Buffalo, Cody, Yellowstone, Jackson Hole, Flaming Gorge and more). We’ll have more details in next month’s newsletter.\

7) Past Three Editions

  • July 2023
    • My Father to be posthumously inducted into the 3rd Infantry Division’s Marne Hall of Fame
    • At First Light news, including discussion of a movie or mini-series
    • This month’s blogs at
  • June 2023
    • Our 21st annual “Walk for Life” for Life Network
    • Upcoming blog posts at
    • Latest reviews for At First Light
  • May 2023
    • New Blog Launch was successful
    • “Ask Dr. Walt” in Today’s Christian Living
    • “Vaccine News You Can Use” article (for Family Physicians)
    • Recent PR and reviews for At First Light

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