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October 23, 1988 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
On the paneled wall of Larry Gerlach's study, a red-matted shadowbox displays the 20 medals, including two Purple Hearts, that he won during 21 years in the Marine Corps. On the floor below was a red wheelchair and crutches that are souvenirs of his last posting in Beirut. Gerlach, nicknamed "Papa Bear" by his troops and peers because of his hulking frame and gentle nature, was the battalion commander in Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. Today he has only partial use of his arms and legs.
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October 23, 1988 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
On the paneled wall of Larry Gerlach's study, a red-matted shadowbox displays the 20 medals, including two Purple Hearts, that he won during 21 years in the Marine Corps. On the floor below was a red wheelchair and crutches that are souvenirs of his last posting in Beirut. Gerlach, nicknamed "Papa Bear" by his troops and peers because of his hulking frame and gentle nature, was the battalion commander in Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. Today he has only partial use of his arms and legs.
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October 23, 1988 | ROBIN WRIGHT, Times Staff Writer
On the panelled wall of Larry Gerlach's study, a red-matted shadowbox displays the 20 medals, including two purple hearts, that he won during 21 years in the Marine Corps. On the floor below rest a red wheelchair and crutches that are souvenirs of his last posting in Beirut. Gerlach, nicknamed "Papa Bear" by his troops and peers because of his hulking frame and gentle nature, was the battalion commander in Beirut on Oct. 23, 1983. Today he has only partial use of his arms and legs.
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