|Death: ||Jul. 12, 1946, Philippines|
Technical Sergeant Chester Lawrence, USMC, Sn# 329210, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aubey Lawrence, 3701 Freund St., Houston, Texas.
T/Sgt Lawrence was assigned to Dauntless dive bomber unit VMSB-243 "The Flying Goldbricks" in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a tail gunner and radio operator. He flew numerous combat missions as denoted by his decorations (see below).
His Dauntless aircraft, piloted by 2nd Lt. Robert E. Carter, failed to return from a mission near Sarangani Bay, Philippine Islands. It is assumed they were shot down by enemy fire. Sergeant Lawrence's remains were never recovered and it is believed he was shot down over the Pacific Ocean. He was declared dead on July 12, 1946.
Technical Sergeant Chester Lawrence, USMC, Sn# 329210, earned the following decorations for his service in World War II:
- Distinguished Flying Cross with Gold Star (2nd award)
- Air Medal with 8 Gold Stars (total of 9 awards)
- Purple Heart Medal (POSTHUMOUSLY)
- Combat Action Ribbon
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal,
- American Campaign Medal,
- Navy Unit Unit Citation with bronze star
- World War II Victory Medal
- Philippine Liberation Medal with one bronze star
- Philippine Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon
Sergeant Lawrence's remains were never recovered and it is believed he was shot down over and crashed into the ocean. He was declared dead on July 12, 1946.
Note: Entered the service from Texas.
Manila American Cemetery and Memorial
National Capital Region, Philippines
Created by: Rick Lawrence
Record added: Jul 08, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54668113