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Dead Person Of The Day December 2 – William P. Lawrence

0 Comments 02 December 2011

Wow. When I say this guy is a great American I mean it. Even more so than Charles Bronson. Honest! Reading through the Washington Post’s obit made me want to do as many push-ups as possible and eat apple pie….possibly watch Rambo in my stars and stripes underpants. Here are a few teasers:

  • During the Vietnam War, he was commanding officer of Fighter Squadron 143 when he was shot down in North Vietnam in June 1967 and held as a prisoner of war until March 1973
  • One piece of verse he created while in isolation became, after his release, the official poem of his home state, Tennessee.
  • His decorations included four awards of the Distinguished Service Medal, three awards of the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star with Combat V and two awards of the Purple Heart.

Simply amazing. I won’t even get into the crazy shit stunt his first wife pulled on him. But between you and me and shit is messed up. A wise man once said women ain’t nothing but tricks and ho’s. Amen.

Lets get on with it!

William Porter Lawrence (January 13, 1930 – December 2, 2005)

By Adam Bernstein

Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 5, 2005

William P. Lawrence, 75, a retired Navy vice admiral who was among the highest-ranking members of the armed forces held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and who later served three years as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, died Dec. 2 at his home in Crownsville. He had a stroke a decade ago.

Early on, Adm. Lawrence was a test pilot and the first naval aviator to fly twice the speed of sound — 1,300 mph. In the late 1950s, he was a Navy nominee for Project Mercury, which would lift John Glenn and Alan Shepard to orbit and fame as the first Americans in space. Adm. Lawrence was disqualified when a minor heart murmur was discovered. Continue 

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