FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 1, 2013) -- Name: Pfc. Larry Black

Unit: 54th Quartermaster Company, Special Troops Battalion, 82nd Sustainment Brigade

MOS: 92M – mortuary affairs specialist

Age: 26

Time in service: two years

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Family: one son

If someone asked you to describe yourself: “I’m a loyal, trustworthy, wholesome and funny person. I love to laugh and entertain. I’m always a good spirit to be around.”

Pastimes: “I love to draw and listen to music, and I love to play video games here and there.”

Favorite song lyrics: “It would probably be Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On?’ because it reminds me of my father, who has done so much for me. He helped me grow into manhood and taught me to be a better person. So when I hear that song, ‘What’s Going On?’ – that’s the first thing that comes out of my dad’s mouth whenever I talk to him on the phone. It just makes me feel good. I totally relate to that song, and I relate the song to him.”

Dream car: “A Bentley Continental GT.”

Favorite movie: “My favorite movie would have to be ‘Malcolm X’ with Denzel Washington. I like how he portrayed the character and admired how bold he was to step into that era.”

Talk about your childhood: “I was raised in a Southern household. My mother is from Florida and my dad is from Alabama. Everything was pretty strict and well-knitted. My mom and dad didn’t tolerate trouble. I learned how to be a good person, a respectable person.”

Your worst fear: “My worst fear is failing someone. Not that I’m perfect or anything, but I don’t want to be looked at in a negative light; looked at like I can’t be counted upon. I always try to go out of my way to do the most I can do and the best I can do.”

One celebrity or historical figure you would change places with: “It would have to be Muhammad Ali. In some ways, I feel that I’m like him. I can defeat anything. I feel like I go beyond expectations, and if I was in his era, I would have the same attitude that I have now – confident in who I am, what I could take and what I could dish out.”

One defining moment: “The one thing that changed my life, turned my life completely around, was the day I signed up for the Army. I look at myself now as a stronger person, a more intelligent person, sharper and adept at accomplishing things I never thought I was capable of. If I hadn’t come here, I feel like those are things I never would have explored on my own or found out about myself – how strong or weak I am.”

Why you joined the Army: “For a number of reasons: one, to better myself and further my education; two, I have a military lineage. My grandfather was prior Army, my mother was prior Army, and I knew someone who was a Navy SEAL. He was a mentor to me. So with all these people around me, I got to see how the Army could mold you into being a better person.”

Why you chose your MOS: “I believe this job is underrated and overlooked for one, what we deal with, and two, the amount of honor you gain when you’re able to put your battle buddies to rest. A lot of people don’t realize the feeling you get when you know you’ve done your part in helping the family of the deceased get to a place of peace. That’s overwhelming. When I got here, I honestly didn’t know if I could do this, but as I learned more about it, it made me a better person and made me see the bigger picture.”

Best thing about the Army: “The fact that I’m trained everyday to be the best.”

Worst thing about the Army: “The paperwork.”

What you would change about the Army: “The budget – so I can get a pay raise (laugh).”

Goals: “I want to be an entrepreneur and partner in a business venture with my sister.”