January 20, 2009, Colorado Springs, CO – A friend, Keith, of Iraq war veteran Larry Curtis Applegate says the veteran was one of the smartest and most caring people he ever met.
Applegate committed suicide after a two-hour standoff with police early Saturday morning. His wife was able to get out of the house safely.
Applegate was a decorated soldier who received 7 awards during his deployment that lasted about a year from 2005-2006. Awards include a Purple Heart and a Commendation Medal with Valor.
Keith says his friend sought help numerous times for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from hospitals, but was told to go home. He says the tragedy could have been prevented if Applegate got the help he needed.
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Specialist Larry Curtis Applegate, United States Army, 27, of Surfside Beach died Saturday, January 17, 2009.
Mr. Applegate was born in Morristown, Tennessee, the son of Larry Ray and Cynthia Ann Patton. He was a decorated Iraqi Veteran. He received Awards and Decorations including the Purple Heart and the Army Commendation Medal awarded for Valor.
Survivors include his wife, Krista Applegate of Colorado Springs, Colo.; mother and stepfather, Danny and Cindy Patton of Surfside Beach; father and stepmother, Larry and Denise Applegate of Morristown, Tenn.; maternal grandfather, Karl Domann; step-grandmother, Roberta Patton of Morristown, Tenn.; aunt, Wendy Domann of Morristown, Tenn; uncle, Richard Domann and wife, Ruth, of Dearborn, Mich.; cousin, Alex Warner of Morristown, Tenn.; and close friends, Eric Shuping of Murrells Inlet, and Kyle Sowards of Myrtle Beach.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, January 24, 2009 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Interment will follow at Ocean Woods Cemetery.
Family will receive friends 2 hours prior to the service.