Larry Grathwohl died in 2013. Mary Grabar, Resident Fellow, The Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization (AHI), met Mr. Grathwohl several times over her career.

He put himself in harm’s way in the Vietnam War as a member of the 101st Airborne Division, earning a Bronze Star for his service. Subsequently, his career took an unexpected detour.  Grathwohl worked for the FBI infiltrating members of the Weather Underground.

In a special report, “Weatherman Informer Larry Grathwohl: When the FBI Did Good Work” for the July 17th issue of The American Spectator,” Dr. Grabar fondly recounts Grathwohl’s career and courageous work for the FBI. “[H]is experience in Vietnam,” observed Dr. Grabar, “prepared him for dealing with the domestic enemy. He knew that he could betray nothing by actions, expressions, or silences.”

Grathwohl recounts how Bernardine Dohrn, a member of the Weather Underground (and in her latest incarnation a retired law professor), celebrated the Charles Manson murders.

“‘Dig it! First they killed those pigs. Then they ate dinner in the same room with them. Then they even shoved a fork in the victim’s stomach! Wild!’”

Grathwohl’s book, Bringing Down America “is a riveting account of Larry’s quick-thinking and quick-acting amidst a group of upper-class psychopathic revolutionaries, whose actions ranged from the Weatherwomen running topless through classrooms to bombings and assassination plots.”

Dr. Grabar has a pointed proposal for the reform of the FBI. She remembers Grathwohl’s reverence for the Constitution. That would be, she says, a nice place to start.