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LAWRENCE TUTTLE


LAWRENCE (LARRY) D. TUTTLE LAWRENCE (LARRY) D. TUTTLE, 93, of Port St. Lucie, FL, died July 30, 2013. Born in Worcester, MA, but lived in Leicester, MA for 17 years prior to moving to West Palm Beach, FL with his family in 1938. As a young boy he learned the importance of having a work ethic, and worked at a local golf course, mowed lawns and shoveled snow to get money. He even worked on a milk truck between the hours of 1:00AM and 7:00AM before school. He later joined the Boy Scouts and became an Eagle Scout. He was a lifeguard (cowboy of the sea) for two years at Palm Beach. He applied to Florida State for entry into the new Florida Highway Patrol and was accepted; but was drafted in August of 1941 into the US Army. He was sent to Camp Blanding and then Gunter Field, Alabama for basic training. He was assigned as a gate guard at Gunter Field and later applied for an OCS (Officer Candidate School) and was accepted and graduated as Second Ltd. He went to Ranger School and later on to England with the US Invasion Forces as Captain of a Combat Military Police Company, in combat for five European Battle Campaigns, including Battle of the Bulge. He earned 5 Combat Stars, Invasion Arrowhead, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, Commendation with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Good Conduct Medal, French Jubilee Medal and Unit of Meritorious Service Plaque. Additionally, Col. Tuttle served in the Provost Marshal General Office, Pentagon, Washington, DC for two normal tours of duty. He served with the 8th Army on Joint Staff USFK, in Korea as Operations officer. He graduated from the Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, KS. Prior to Army retirement, having served as Staff Officer, US Martial Command, inspecting critical posts to insure top security measures were carried out. After 26 years of Reserve and Regular Army, he retired. Larry then earned his Master's Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. He was chairman of the Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Program at Palm Beach Junior College and taught Criminal Justice and Social Science courses. His proudest moment was to see a Criminal Justice and Correction Complex built on the college campus. He was instrumental in this reality. Mr. Tuttle was a 65 year Master Mason, F & AM, former member of Harmonica, Melrose #89, Palm Wood Masonic Lodges, Morocco Shrine Temple, Past president of Keystone Shrine Club, Lake Area Kiwanis Club, Retired Officers' Association and Charter Member at the First United Methodist Church, Keystone Height, FL. Survivors include his wife, Georgianna Tuttle of Port St. Lucie, FL; daughter, Dana Bragdon and husband Mike of Port St. Lucie, FL; son, Ron and Tana Tuttle and daughter Kara of South Carolina and son Brett Tuttle and wife Kristen of Charlotte, North Carolina; one brother, Roger Tuttle and wife Pat of Chocowinity, NC; and two sisters, Pauline Blocher of West Palm Beach, FL and Barbara Jones of Gainesville, FL. Memorial contributions may be made to the . Arrangements are entrusted to Aycock Funeral Home, Port St. Lucie, FL. Please visit and sign our guest register book at www.aycockportstlucie.com. Note: An old soldier "has done his best and now is at rest" Paid Obituary


Published in the TC Palm on Aug. 4, 2013
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