CINCINNATI – The City of Lawrenceburg, with a little help from the Cincinnati Reds, honored a true “Hometown Hero” during Tuesday night's game at Great American Ball Park.
Paul (P.G.) Gentrup, 67, a combat veteran of Vietnam who has been a tireless advocate of fellow veterans since his retirement five years ago, drew a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,153.
The former Sgt. Gentrup of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (the famed Tropic Lightning Division), based at Cu Chi, South Vietnam, from August, 1967, through August, 1968, and 1965 Lawrenceburg Consolidated High School graduate was hailed in a brief ceremony Tuesday.
After the final out in the second inning of the Reds' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Gentrup took his spot atop the home team dugout for the brief ceremony, doffing his cap and returning salutes from other veterans in the stands.
Of course, a two-minute introduction didn't begin to tell Gentrup's story.