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Lawrence H. Dunlop

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BENNINGTON -- Lawrence H. Dunlop, 83, a resident of Main Street, died Monday, May 3, 2004 at the Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center.

He was born in Ipswich, Mass. on June 14, 1920, the son of Daniel Hector and Rachel (Glover) Dunlop.

He grew up in Ipswich where he attended local schools.

Following high school he worked at Bell Shoe Factory in Beverly; in October 1941 he was inducted into the United States Army during World War II where he was assigned to the 1st Platoon, H company, 3rd battalion 504 P.I.R., becoming one of the original members of the 82nd Airborne, known as “Those Devils in Baggy Pants.”

He served in many localities, including Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Holland, Luxenburg, Belgium, Germany.

He was the recipient of many citations including two Purple Hearts for wounds received in combat, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon with six battle stars, World War II Victory Ribbon, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon and the Good Conduct Medal.

Upon his honorable discharge in February 1946 he returned to Massachusetts where he became a police officer for the city of Beverly in 1949; he retired from the police department following 31 years of service and relocated to Bennington in 1986, where he and his wife Edith assisted their daughter Sandra and her family in operating the Samuel Safford Inne.

Throughout his life he had been very athletic, enjoying skating and playing hockey well into his 60s; he also enjoyed playing golf, roller skating, and hunting.

He had been involved in artistic roller skating and became known as “the skating cop” in Beverly as he enjoyed skating on local frozen ponds.

He had wintered in Florida for many years following his retirement.

He returned to the Netherlands three times and to Nettuno, Italy twice where he was honored by both countries and took part in many military ceremonies including lighting the eternal flame in Nijmegen, Netherlands in 1999 commemorating the crossing of the Waal River.

He enjoyed sharing history of World War II and military reunions with the remaining service brothers, with an interest in aviation.

He enjoyed spending time at the William Morse State Airport in Bennington. His written material was published in the book “All the Way to Berlin” by James Megellas and in “Strike and Hold” written by T. Moffat Burriss.

He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Budleigh Lodge of Beverly and Past Patron of Diane Chapter 101 Order of the Eastern Star, now Heard Chapter 94 and a member of the Ancient Scottish Rite. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment Association, 82nd Airborne Division Association and the C-47 Club.

He was an honorary member of “The Stamtafel,” Ravenstein, The Netherlands for his implicit dedication and bravery in the Second World War.

He was married Edith Bennett in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 29, 1945; she predeceased him on Dec. 6,1990. He leaves his daughter and son-in-law Sandra and John Redding of Bennington; two grandsons, Paul F. Redding and John L. R. Redding; and a great-grandson, Christopher Redding all of Bennington.

In addition to his wife he was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.

The family will receive friends at the Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main St., on Thursday, May 6, from 4 to 8 p.m., military honors will be offered by members of American Legion Post 13 at 7 p.m., Masonic Funeral rites will be held at 7:30 p.m. by members of Mt. Anthony Chapter F&AM.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 5, 2004
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