Mankato VA Named After War Hero 19 Jun 14

The US House has approved a bill to name the VA community-based outpatient clinic in Mankato after late World War II hero Lyle Pearson. Congressman Tim Walz and the entire Minnesota delegation co-sponsored the legislation. First Lieutenant Pearson flew the equivalent of 50 combat missions over occupied territory until he was shot down in Italy in December 1944.  He spent six months as a prisoner of war and was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. He died January 11th, 2013.  Walz says through his lifelong dedication to service, both in and out of uniform, Pearson left a profound and everlasting impact on southern Minnesota and the country as a whole. After the war Pearson became very active in the Mankato Disabled American Veterans Chapter which is now named after him, as well as at the State and National level. He rose to the office of National Commander of the DAV in 1975. He also served on the advisory committee for Minnesota’s World War II Veterans Memorial, and worked for Nicollet County Court Services for many years..