View Full Version : LtCol Lawrence Charles Brinkman USMC (ret), 63, Bakersfield, California

12-30-2005, 11:24
Lt. Col. Lawrence Charles Brinkman (USMC Retired) Visitation for Lawrence Charles Brinkman will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Thursday, December 29, 2005 from 3:00-9:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Kern Christian Center (4701 Gosford Road) on Friday afternoon, December 30, 2005 at 2:00 P.M. Pastor Billy Rash will officiate. Lawrence was born April 24, 1942 in Stafford, Kansas to Elmer and Eva Brinkman and he passed away December 21, 2005 in Bakersfield, California. Lawrence is survived by his wife of 33 years, Maria Brinkman; daughter and son-in-law, Georgia and Joe Rickard; daughter and son-in-law, Joanna and Chris Byrd; daughter and son-in-law, Jan and Jay Herrmann; daughter and son-in-law, Jenna and Justin Hardin; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Kynan Chambers; son, John Brinkman; grandchildren, Christopher, Michael, Nicole, Kevin, Alex, Lauren, Malachi, Summer, Trey and Max. Larry joined the United State Marine Corps in 1960 and the decision to do so went on to pave the path he would follow for the rest of his life. In Vietnam, he rose to the rank of Platoon Sergeant in Hotel Company, 2nd Battalion, 9th Marines. He led his men through some of the most intense battles in the Demilitarized Zone in 1966 and 67 against NVA ambushes and the daily sound of artillery. When asked if he was afraid of dying, his reply was No, because I am a Christian. Larrys military career continued to flourish after Vietnam. He joined the Officer Candidate School for Military Police and Corrections. He went on to run several different military correctional facilities across the United States and abroad. When Larry retired in 1987, he had advanced to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Awards, two Navy Achievement Awards, served as Chairman of the ACA Military Corrections Committee and was awarded the Austin MacCormick Award by the ACA Military Committee. He also received his Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Park College, Missouri and graduated from the prestigious FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. As a civilian, Larry continued to serve the public as a warden at numerous state and private correctional facilities across the United States and in Australia. He was also appointed Inspector General for the Department of Public Safety for the state of Hawaii from 1990-1992. In 2001, Larry was given international recognition for his work and dedication when he received the Warden of the Year award before retiring in 2003. In addition to his successful career as a Marine and Warden, Larry was a family man with a strong sense of tradition and raised his family in the faith of God. He remained passionate throughout life about his health earning several body building titles including Mr. San Diego and Armed Forces Master Champion. In addition, he was featured in FLEX magazine and made an appearance with Clint Eastwood in Heartbreak Ridge. An avid car enthusiast, Larry took great pride in making his 89 Turbo Trans Am unbeatableand all his cars spotlessly clean. Larry was a man of great faith, courage, compassion, intelligence and honor. His personality was so vibrant and warm that his presence, especially his smile, would fill a room the moment he entered. Men and women from many different walks of life and generations consider him a hero, a role model but most importantly a friend. The people who knew him, the country he loved and the world in general are all a little more empty without him. We have all lost a great man and will miss him dearly. Semper Fi. For additional service or floral delivery information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care Legacy.com