Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hunter created program for veterans.(Outdoors & Recreation)

Byline: Bill Dyroff For the Journal

The Paralyzed Veterans of America's big game hunts for paralyzed veterans began with retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Lewis Deal.

A lifelong hunter, Deal's last assignment before retirement was executive officer of the Weapons Training Battalion at the U.S. Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Va. A fringe benefit for Deal was that the training areas at Quantico offer excellent hunting for white-tailed deer, not to mention wild turkey, waterfowl and small game.

In the fall of 1983, Deal, a captain and Cobra helicopter pilot, was aboard the Tarawa, a helicopter assault ship, in the eastern Mediterranean. A friend, Larry Gerlach, was a battalion commander ashore with Marine ground units when their headquarters in Beirut, Lebanon, were bombed, killing 244 people. …

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