Larry Maysey was born on May 18, 1946, in Morristown, New Jersey. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on March 25, 1966, and then completed basic training, pararescue specialist training, airborne training, and scuba training, before serving with Headquarters Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service at Orlando AFB, Florida, from July to October 1967. Sgt Maysey then deployed to Southeast Asia, where he served as a Pararescueman with the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recover Squadron at DaNang AB, South Vietnam, from October 1967 until he was killed in action in Laos on November 9, 1967. Larry Maysey's remains were never recovered.
His Air Force Cross Citation reads:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, United States Code, takes pride in presenting the Air Force Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Larry Wayne Maysey, United States Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force as an HH-3E Rescue Specialist (Pararescueman) of the 37th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, 3d Air Rescue and Recovery Group, DaNang Air Base, Vietnam, in Southeast Asia on 9 November 1967. On that date, Sergeant Maysey attempted the night extraction of a ground reconnaissance team after his helicopter had been severely damaged. Two other helicopters had been shot down and a third extensively damaged in previous attempts. During the rescue attempt, Sergeant Maysey unhesitatingly exposed himself to the hail of hostile fire to assist wounded survivors into the helicopter. The hostile forces closed in quickly, and as the damaged helicopter departed, it was shot down. Through his extraordinary heroism, superb airmanship, and aggressiveness in the face of the enemy, Sergeant Maysey reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.