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William Robert Lawley, Jr
Birth: Aug. 23, 1920
Jefferson County
Alabama, USA
Death: May 29, 1999
Montgomery County
Alabama, USA

World War II Medal of Honor Recipient. He was a Colonel in the US Army Air Corps/US Air Force. He was awarded the Medal of Honor as a First Lieutenant and as a Pilot of a B-17 in the 364th Bombardment Squdron, 305th Bombardment Group, 40th Combat Wing, 1st Air Division, 8th Air Force for action over Liepzig, Germany on February 20, 1944. His citation reads in part "Enemy fighters again attacked but by using masterful evasive action he managed to lose them. One engine again caught on fire and was extinguished by skillful flying. First Lt. Lawley remained at his post, refusing first aid until he collapsed from sheer exhaustion caused by loss of blood, shock, and the energy he had expended in keeping control of his plane. He was revived by the bombardier and again took over the controls. Coming over the English coast one engine ran out of gasoline and had to be feathered. Another engine started to burn and continued to do so until a successful crash landing was made on a small fighter base." (bio by: Don Morfe) 
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  Amelia Dodd Lawley (1921 - 2016)*
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Greenwood Cemetery
Montgomery County
Alabama, USA
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Originally Created by: Don Morfe
Record added: Jan 31, 2003
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William Robert Lawley, Jr
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- sjm
 Added: Aug. 23, 2016
Just a note to let you know you are remembered and your story still resonates. Thank you, Colonel. Rest in Peace.
- Soljerblue
 Added: May. 20, 2016
Thank you for your service and sacrifice from a fellow USAF member.
- M. Hilton
 Added: May. 4, 2016
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