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Fallen Heroes Details

In Memory Of
Larry Carwell
U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Mexico
End of watch: 1984-01-09
Aircraft: unknown helicopter
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Larry N. Carwell of the Houston District Office, died on January 9, 1984, in a helicopter crash during an operations flight near the Bahamas. The aircraft suffered a dual engine flame out after the fuel tank outlets became clogged. He was 39 years of age at the time of his death.

SA Carwell joined the DEA as a Special Agent in May 1974. During his 10 years in Houston, he was very active in drug prevention programs and had worked closely with Houston area sports teams. He received the International Narcotic Enforcement Officers Association's Medal of Valor in October 1984 "for having performed his a personal risk of life."

Thoughts and Memories of Larry Carwell

I was one of the Air Force crewmen that worked with Larry in the Bahamas and was there when the crash occurred killing Larry as well as three Air Force crew members and one Bahamian Poice Officer. Larry was a great guy to work with and his loss was tragic. I would be more than willing to talk to any of Larry's family about what happened in the Bahamas and have pictures of him I would like share with them.
Chris Lenahan
Rest in Peace, Agent Carwell. You served your nation and your agency well. Your sacrifice was not in vain! Your work continues, with the OPBAT mission still ongoing in the Bahamas and in the Turks and Caicos Islands. You are still remembered by the Royal Bahamian Police Force officers you worked with and around.
Claude Cosey