NORTH MANKATO —
Pearson served as national commander of the Disabled American Veterans from 1975 to 1976.
Pearson was also one of just six American citizens who in 1974 was a guest of the Soviet Union to participate in the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the end of World War II. (Pearson’s prison camp was liberated by Soviet troops.)
McLaughlin said Pearson didn’t limit the scope of his lobbying work. “You have guys who just argue for specific veterans issues, or just something they’re interested in. Lyle argued for all veterans' issues.
“He was a great model for me, he showed how to lobby and how to do it the right way.”