|Birth: ||Sep. 21, 1922|
Grand Isle County
|Death: ||Aug. 13, 1944|
Departement de la Manche
Lloyd Leonard Lawrence was the son of Louis/Lewis Lawrence and Josephine Pidgeon. He was raised and received a grammar school education in Vermont.
The 1930 US Census shows Lloyd and his family as living in Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. The spelling of the last name is incorrect in this census as is the spelling of Lloyd's name. His father is also recorded as being spelled Lewis (which is found in other documents spelled this way). the following family is recorded as living in the home:
Head Lewis Lawrance M 44 Vermont
Wife Josephine Lawrance F 40 Vermont
Dau Irene D Lawrance F 19 Vermont
Son Earl L Lawrance M 14 Vermont
Dau Ruth B Lawrance F 13 Vermont
Son Loyd L Lawrance M 7 Vermont
Dau Doris E Lawrance F 5 Vermont
Son Lewis Lawrance M 1 Vermont
Lloyd enlisted in the United States Army on 12/15/1942 at Rutland, Vermont, for the duration of the war. After completing his basic training, Lloyd was sent to artillery school at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Upon completion of that training, he was assigned to the 38th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division (ID).
After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to early June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D-Day plus 1 (6/7/1944) near St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River on June 10th, the 2nd ID liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lô. After three weeks of fortifying the position the order was given to take Hill 192. On July 11th under command of Col.Ralph Wise Zwicker the 38th Infantry Regiment (IR) with the 9th and the 23rd ID's went into battle at 0545 hours. Using a "Rolling Barrage" concept from World War I and with the support of 25,000 high explosive/white phosphorous artillery rounds fired by 8 artillery battalions (including the The 38th Field Artillery Battalion), the hill was taken. The 2nd ID went into a defensive posture until July 26th. After the Saint-Lo breakout, the 2nd ID advanced across the Vire to take Tinhebray on 8/15/1944. However, during the break-out from St. Lo, Lloyd was killed in action on 8/13/1944.
Corporal Lloyd Leonard Lawrence, Sn# 31200751, earned the following badges/decorations for his service in World War II:
- Silver Star Medal
- Bronze Star Medal
- Purple Heart Medal
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- American Campaign Medal
- European Theater of Operations Campaign Medal with bronze battle/campaign star(s)
- World War II Victory Medal
- Normandie Liberation Commemorative Medal
NOTE - Lloyd's family included his name on his parents' headstone. They are buried in Resurrection Park Cemetery, South Burlington, Chittenden County, Vermont. There is a Find-A-Grave memorial for Lloyd's name in this cemetery, #113139121.
Louis Lawrence (1885 - 1948)
Josephine Pidgeon Lawrence (1889 - 1958)
Irene Lawrence Gibson (1910 - 1999)*
Lloyd L Lawrence (1922 - 1944)
Note: Entered the service from Vermont
Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial
Departement de la Manche
Plot: Plot F Row 7 Grave 16
Maintained by: Rick Lawrence
Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
Record added: Aug 07, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 56353762
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