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Chief Warrant Officer Three Larry D. Corn, a retired combat veteran, is the entrepreneur that designed and markets the “Defenders of Freedom” commemorative medallion. This medallion was designed to give recognition and pay tribute to all service members that have served in the United States of America’s fight to ensure the rights of liberty, democracy, and freedom. The main theme of this medallion is recognition for all the “Past, Present, & Future” service members that selfishly give the ultimate to keep the lights of freedom shining and liberate those that are oppressed by the evil tyrants of the world.   

Larry began his 27-year military career at the age of 18 by volunteering for duty with the United States Marine Corps in early 1968. Before the year had ended he was serving with a line company, (Gulf Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines) in the Republic of South Vietnam. He only served a few months before he volunteered to join another line company (Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines), which was a Marine Amphibious Battalion Landing Team (BLT). He served 11 months with the BLT actively engaging the enemy on nine major combat operations including Operations Bold Mariner, Taylor Common, and Meade River. His diligence and seemingly unlimited resourcefulness contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission. His determination, professional ability and loyal devotion to duty were in keeping with the finest traditions of the United States Marine Corps. His initial enlistment ended two years later and he was honorably discharged from the United State Marine Corps at the rank of Sergeant.

Larry had a taste of the military and it fit him well. Within 6 months of being released from the United States Marine Corps he found a new challenge and career as a full-time military technician serving with the Ohio Army National Guard. That career began in the fall of 1970 and lasted for the next 25 years. During that career Larry was assigned to various different types of units. Larry always sought out the opportunities to volunteer for the assignments that his peers did not desire. He was assigned to units that included missile defense artillery, infantry, armored calvary, combat engineers, towed field artillery, transportation, and STARC Headquarters. He advanced through the enlisted ranks to obtain the rank of Sergeant First Class before being appointed a Warrant Officer. He completed his Ordnance Branch Advanced Warrant Officer training in 1986, graduating second in his class at The United States Army Ordnance Center and School, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. He later graduated from the Senior Officer Logistics Management School at The United States Army Armor School, Fort Knox, Kentucky. In the fall of 1990, after the Iraqi Army invaded Kuwait, Larry again stayed true to course and volunteered for assignment with a unit that was being activated for duty in the Persian Gulf War.

He arrived in Saudi Arabia prior to the start of the United States lead air war campaign. Upon arriving in country he was immediately assigned the additional duties as a procurement officer with the United States Army 18th Airborne Corps. Here CW3 Corn worked 18-20 hour days for over 8 months without any time off maintaining the operational maintenance readiness of a 22nd Support Command Transportation Battalion. His assignments in Saudi Arabia included 1st Corps Support Command, 18th Airborne Corps, and 22nd Support Command. He was recognized for his personal contributions to Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the most successful logistical deployment in support of a combat victory in military history. 

CW3 Corn was medically retired from the United States Army in March 1995. His personal military awards and decorations include the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, United States Marine Corps Combat Action Ribbon, Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, and the United States Army Bronze Star Medal. He maintains lifetime memberships with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

Today Larry continues to be a true advocate for veterans and veterans’ affairs. He is always seeking opportunities to assist needy veterans and devotes many volunteer hours promoting the concerns that benefit today’s service members. His devotion, integrity, and desire to serve have always been an example for others to follow.

Larry’s educational accomplishments include the degree of Associate in Applied Business from Lorain County Community College and the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Larry is an entrepreneur with the goal of developing an international marketing company where he can assist other people in becoming individually successful. He is currently active with the marketing efforts of CBI Trading Inc., Freedom Coins, and the Silver Business Plan. His vision is to encourage others that even in our current economy there is a lot of business opportunities available in the silver commodities markets. His business philosophy centers on removing the “fear” of entrepreneurship and looking forward with a new business model for the future.     

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