Alfred R. "Al" Lawrence (#O-527829)

Place of Birth
Date of Birth


April 3, 1921
Second Lieutenant

83rd Infantry
Combat Infantryman's Badge, Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star and World War Two Victory Medal

Alfred Ray Lawrence was born on April 3, 1921. He was with the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Oklahoma A&M college from September 1940 to April 5, 1943. Simultaneously he also served as a Private in the enlisted reserve corps with the 1875th Service unit from July 1942 until he was inducted and called to active duty on April 6, 1943. A few days later he reported at Fort Sill, Lawton, Oklahoma. After a month he was assigned to Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. On September 17, 1943 he discharged from OCS with the rank of corporal to accept the appointment as an officer. He then received his 2nd Lieutenant bar on September 18. He was assigned to D Company, 329th Infantry Regiment as the Platoon Leader for the 81mm mortar platoon. He served with this unit in the ETO and landed on Omaha Beach on June 18, 1944. On July 11, 1944 he was wounded in action near Sainteny for which he received a Purple Heart Medal on August 20, 1944. After 6 years of service he was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas in September 1946.

He Maried on October 21, 1945 with Irene Wilson and they had three daughters, Linda, Ann and Carol.
Alfred Lawrence died on November 13, 2000 and is buried at the Rush Springs Cemetery, Rush Springs, Grade County, Oklahoma.

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