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Dearborn Co. WWII veteran passes away

Lyttle gave back to country and community

(BRIGHT, Ind.) -- Another member of the Greatest Generation has passed away.

Lawrence Lyttle was among the last surviving World War II veterans in Dearborn County.

Lyttle passed away on Sunday at 96-years-old and leaves behind a legacy of service to others.

He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was discharged in August of 1947.

After the service, he gave back to the community of Bright by helping start the little league baseball program, Boy Scout Troop 44 and the Lions Club.

His interests in baseball would be passed down to his son, Jim, who played Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1976.

In 2017, Lawrence was given the honor to place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. during the annual Southeast Indiana Veteran's Trip.

Lawrence (in wheelchair) during D.C. trip in 2017

The annual trip is organized by Vietnam veteran P.G. Gentrup who reflected on Lyttle Monday night.

"I know it was an honor for him to be at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, he gave me a hug, and I remember telling him, Lawrence, it's more of an honor for me to know you," Gentrup said.

"He was a true American patriot and hero and he will never be replaced," he added.

Lawrence was one of only eight surviving WWII veterans in Dearborn County who met for one last 'hoorah' in Greendale last year.

The 812 was there as locals celebrated Lyttle and the WWII veterans:


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