Aurora veteran is a Hometown Hero

Aurora resident and veteran Walter “Walt”  Bryant will be honored as the Hometown Hero at the Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game Monday, Aug. 22.

The game starts at 12:35 p.m. Bryant will be introduced to the crowd at the end of the second inning when he will get on top of the  dugout and appear on the big TV screens in the outfield.

Bryant was born in Lawrenceburg, Oct. 30, 1939. He entered the U.S. Army Jan. 25, 1957 and retired from the Army as a Master Sergeant (E-8)  Sept. 1, 1977 after 21 years of faithful and dedicated service.

Bryant served a tour of duty in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He received many medals and awards during his career including three Bronze Stars with “V” for valor for heroism inVietnam; two Purple Hearts for being wounded in action twicewhile in Vietnam; Army Commendation Medal with “V” forvalor in Vietnam as well as the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (CIB).

Bryant wears the parachute badge because of his airborne status and was assigned in Vietnam as and American Adviser to South Vietnamese troops while serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Bryant resides in Aurora, Indiana with his wife of 55 years, Betty.

He is a valuable member of the Korean War Veterans and American Legion Color Guards in Southeastern Indiana.