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Veteran of the Week: Lawrence Lyttle

WWII veteran passed away last Sunday

(BRIGHT, Ind.) -- This week we're honoring a member of the Greatest Generation as the StoneBridge Trucking Veteran of the Week.


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


Lyttle passed away at 96 last Sunday 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.


As part of his 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.

Lyttle (in wheelchair) during D.C. trip

The annual trip is organized by Vietnam veteran P.G. Gentrup who reflected on Lyttle earlier this week.


"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. You can watch that video here.


A visitation for Lyttle will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, January 23 at Dennis George Funeral Home in Cleves.


Interment, with military honors provided by the Southeastern Indiana Honor Guard, following the funeral service at Gibson Cemetery in Bright.

 

WANT TO NOMINATE A LOCAL VETERAN?

Each week we feature a Veteran of the Week in Southeast Indiana. This is sponsored by StoneBridge Trucking in Greensburg. Click here to learn about the Veteran-owned and Veteran-driven company.

HOW TO NOMINATE: Send an email to news@812now.com with the following information:

  • A picture(s) of the Veteran

  • Name, location and service branch of the Veteran

  • Why are you nominating this Veteran

  • Tell us about the Veteran (military and non-military life)

  • Your name and phone number

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