(Centex) Lawrence "Larry" Tyrrell Jr, 81 US Navy Reserve & US Air Force Veteran, Sun C

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    Lawrence "Larry" Tyrrell Jr, 81
    US Navy Reserve & US Air Force Veteran, Sun City, TX

    The family of Lawrence "Larry" Tyrrell Jr has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Interment of their Loved One. Those desiring to Participate in the Funeral Service, see the Austin Mission Order for times and locations.

    Larry served in the US Naval Reserve and then enlisted in the US Air Force at the beginning of the Korean War. He served as crew chief on the SAC B-47 Bombers that circled Russia carrying the atomic bomb. After his military service Larry was hired by General Electric (GE) Missile and Space Division where he worked in aeromedical engineering dealing with the first monkeys in space. In 59, he was sent to California as part of a GE team working with Lockheed Missile & Space Division to work on the Discoverer Program that involved learning how to retrieve capsules from space. Larry was asked to move to the Houston area to work at NASA for the next twenty years. As a member of the Apollo XIII Mission Operations Team he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for the successful, safe return of the astronauts. He was the GE Project Engineer for the Lunar Module-7 that provided a safe haven for the astronauts during their return to earth. In 76 Larry returned to school at the University of Houston and received a degree in Environmental Management and became a Manager of Life Sciences for GE/Matsco at NASA. He was a soccer coach; President of the La Porte Cowboys Little League Football conference; and helped with Little League Baseball. He served as a Shoreacres, TX councilman and police volunteer, and was instrumental in starting the city's first Fire Department and Police Departments. In addition, he served on the first Parish Council at St. Mary's Catholic Church in La Porte and helped develop an Adult Education Program in the parish. He also joined the Knights of Columbus and became a Grand Knight. In 84 he returned to GE Missile and Space in Valley Forge, PA where he spent the next nine years working with the CIA. In the last few years, one of his greatest pleasures was volunteering at The Caring Place working with the electronics team.

    Date: Monday, 17 Dec 12

    Staging Time: 1305

    Staging Location: The cul-de-sac between the Walk of Heroes and the Memorial Shelter at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery located off TX 195 just south of Killeen, TX tinyurl.com/CenTexVetsCeme

    Briefing: 1310 – Upon clearance and at the direction of the Ride Captain, we will move to the shelter, set up the flags and await arrival of the procession from Santa Rosa Catholic Church in Andice.

    WX: Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    Note: Hydrate well prior, bring water for yourself and a buddy and dress with consideration of the weather conditions.

    Ride Captain: David "MarineMajor" Dunn; 512.818.2531; marine9678@aol.com

    Please join us in honoring this Naval Reserve and Air Force Veteran for his selfless service to our Great Nation and his local communities.

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