Saving Larry

A Job for the Lord

by Larry Dale Fernatt



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/12/2016

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781514457771
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781514457788
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 60
ISBN : 9781514457764

About the Book

This book tells the true story of a young man who served his country well in both the United States Marines and the United States Army. It gives the horrendous events surrounding his time in Vietnam, his injuries so critical, his death seem imminent. It details his recovery time of nearly three years in Walter Reed Hospital. After returning home, he took whatever job he could find. Later his near death experience in the coal mines cost him another eighteen months out of work. The night of the accident in the mines, just before the kettlebottom fell, he was sure he heard a voice telling him to turn around and when he did, the kettlebottom fell from the roof and crushed his leg. There was no one around to warn him, so where did that voice come from. He had always stressed that he didn't need anyone, but he had a wife and three sons who always felt they were on the outside looking in on his life. Since he couldn't share himself for fear of being hurt, he built a wall and even God wasn't invited in. In 2014, the wall started crumbling when he found himself in a situation beyond his control.

About the Author

Larry Dale Fernatt was born May 23, 1941, at home in Standard, West Virginia. His parents were Ceif and Clara Fernatt. His father was a coal miner, as were his two brothers. His mother was well-known for praying long, meaningful prayers throughout the coal camp. He and his mother were very close. He served in the US Marines and the US Army. While in the army, he fought in Vietnam and was injured to the point of death, spent nearly three years recovering in Walter Reed Hospital. He received a purple heart and a silver star for his bravery in Vietnam. He was released in October of 1968 with 80 percent disability. He went to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. He studied there to become an air craft mechanic. He graduated from Embry Riddle in 1971. He then returned to West Virginia determined to find a job using his new skills. He went to work in the coal mines in 1971, late summer. He was injured very badly in August 1975 when a large piece of kettlebottom fell from the roof of the mine. A voice had told him to “to get up and turn around,” an action that saved his life. There was no one around. He had been alone in that area of the mine. Had he not turned around, the kettlebottom would have crushed him. He went on later to become a postmaster and after sixteen years with USPS, he retired in 1999 due to a blood allergy caused from “agent orange” exposure. In 2014, at seventy-three he was convicted of three felonies that caused him to be sentenced to forty years in prison with a chance of parole in twenty years. This is his story.