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Col Austin Rogers Lawrence, Sr

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Col Austin Rogers Lawrence, Sr

  • Birth 4 Mar 1920 Flushing, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Death 6 May 2006 Palm Coast, Flagler County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
  • Plot Columbarium 8, Section Z, Stack 13, Niche 5
  • Memorial ID 26101880

U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.).

Survived by wife, Marguerite E. Lawrence; children, Austin R. Lawrence, Jr., Stephen P. Lawrence, Patricia L. Pope, & Robert F. Lawrence; grandchildren, Christopher, Scott, Bryan, Cassidy, Callie, Kelsey, Karlie, Nancy, & Christian; great-grandsons, Christopher & Travis; sister, Elizabeth Meade; niece, Terri Steen.

Graveside services with full military honors conducted Friday, October 20, 2006.

Following Obituary supplied by user Lostnfog:

MARCH 4, 1920 - MAY 6, 2006
PALM COAST -

"Austin Rogers Lawrence, 86, of Foster Lane, who retired after 30 years as a colonel with the Army, died Saturday at home.

Mr. Lawrence was born in Flushing, N.Y., and moved to this area in 1986 from Falls Church, Va. He was a member of The Retired Teachers (should be Officer's) Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8696, the Virginia Club, Palm Coast Yacht Club and past commander of the Military Order of the World Wars. He was an avid ornithologist having been involved with the Virginia and Florida Audubon societies. He was a graduate of Syracuse University and the College of Forestry. Mr. Lawrence enjoyed birding, traveling and stamp collecting.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Marguerite; three sons, Robert, Palm Coast, and Austin "Larry" and Stephen, both of Burke, Va.; a daughter, Patricia Pope, Roanoke, Va.; a sister, Elizabeth Mead, Charlottesville, Va.; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to Florida Hospital Memorial HospiceCare, for the Stewart F. Meyer Hospice House, 770 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 32174. Craig-Flagler Palms, Flagler Beach, is in charge."

General Service:
13 Apr 1942: Drafted United States Army
1942: Basic Training, 8th Armored Div.
Fort Knox, KY
1 Jan 1943 - Jan 1946: Co. A, 750th Tank Battalion

Fort Knox:
01 Jan 1943 - Jul 1943: Field test equipment including M4 Tanks
Jul 1943 - Nov 1943: Accelerated physical & tactical training

Gallatin, Tennessee:
15 Nov 1943 - Jan 1944: Tennessee Maneuver Area, 10 weeks simulated battle conditions and Joint Ops with Inf.

Fort Jackson, South Carolina:
Jan 1944 - Sep 1944: Additional training for Overseas duty

U.S.S. Wakefield:
16 Sep 1944 - 25 Sep 1944: Boston to Liverpool England,
Train to South Hampton, Eng. then by ship to Omaha Beach

Valogne, France:
25 Sep - 01 Nov 1944: Awaiting Tanks and Equipment

750th Tank Battalion Combat Service:
01 Nov 1944 - 22 Dec 1944: 104th Inf. Div.
22 Dec 1944 - 26 Jan 1945: 75th Inf. Div. Battle of the Bulge (BoB)
26 Jan 1945 - 06 Feb 1945: 99th Inf. Div. (BoB)
06 Feb 1945 - 22 May 1945: 104th Inf. Div.
22 May 1945 - 01 Jun 1945: 7th Armd. Div. CCR
01 Jun 1945: Assigned to 7th Army
01 Jun 1945 - 05 Jul 1945: Preparing BN for Occ. Duty in Berlin (fixing equipment, cleaning up and painting vehicles)
05 Jul 1945 - 08 Nov 1945: Berlin, Ger.
Nov 1945: Promoted to 1st Sergeant, CO. A, 750th Tank BN.
09 Nov 1945: Left for the U.S.

Deactivation:
25 Jan 1946: Camp Kilmer, NJ

Campaigns: Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe

Post War:
1946 - 1947: Finished College (New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, NY & United States Army Reserves (USAR)
1947 – 1950: 304th Armored Cav. Regt., Boston, Mass. (USAR)
1950 – 1951: 70th Tank BN then 30th Tank BN, Fort Knox, KY
1951 – 1952: 73rd Tank BN, 7th Inf. Div. Korea, supporting 1st Korean Div.
1952 - 1954: 13th Tank BN, Fort Hood, TX
1954: Associate Advanced Course, Armored School, Fort Knox, Ky.
1954 – 1958: 19th Armor Group, Frankfurt, Ger.
1955: 4th Armor Group (Unit Designation change) S3, Training and HQ CO. C.O.
1958 - 1961: Asst. Prof., Mil. Sci. & Tactics, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
1961 - 1963: 2nd Recon. Squad., 7th Cavalry, Bamberg, Ger. S2, S3 and X.O.
1963 – 1964: 3rd Squad., 7th Cavalry, Schweinfurt, Ger.,
1963: (Unit Designation changed) X.O. and C.O.
1964 - 1965: 1st Brig., 3rd Inf. Div., Schweinfurt, Ger.
1965 – 1966: C.O. 6th BN, 2nd Trng. Brig, Fort Knox, KY
1966 - 1967: C.O. 2nd Trng. Brig., Fort Knox, KY.
1967 – 1968: Defense Language School, 1401 Wilson Blvd.,
Arlington, Va. (Arabic)
1968 – 1969: U.S. Mil. Mission, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
G3 Army Section:
1969 – 1972: National Guard Bureau (NGB), Pentagon,
Arlington, Va. Asst. Exec., Army Sec.; Asst. Exec. to
Chief, NGB, Deputy & Chief Officer of Military Support to Civil Authorities, NGB
31 May 1972: Retirement, Fort Myer, Arlington, Va., Colonel (06), U.S. Army Reserves Retired

After Retirement:
1973 - 1976: Co-owned a Travel Agency in Washington DC, Pegasus Travel Agency
Oct 1976 - Feb 1987: National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS), 1 Massachusetts Ave. Washington DC. General Manager and Assistant Curator of the Heritage Gallery of the Militia and National Guard.

Medals, Decorations, Citation:
Legion of Merit;
Bronze Star with "V" device "V for Valor" (Korea);
Joint Service Commendation Medal;
Army Commendation Medal;
Army Good Conduct Medal;
American Defense Campaign Medal;
Europe Africa Middle East Campaign Medal w/3 Campaign Stars;
World War II Victory Medal;
Army Occupation Medal w/Germany Bar;
National Defense Service Medal w/Bronze Oak Leaf;
Armed Forces Reserve Medal (Army) w/Bronze Hourglass (signifies over 20 years in Reserves);
Korean Service Campaign Medal w/3 Campaign Stars;
United Nations Korean Service Campaign Medal;
Republic of Korea War Service Campaign Medal;

National Guard Association Distinguished Service Medal;
US Army Armor Association Order of St. George (Knight, Silver Medallion)


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  • Maintained by: Stephen Lawrence
  • Originally Created by: Buddy
  • Added: 17 Apr 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 26101880
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Col Austin Rogers Lawrence, Sr (4 Mar 1920–6 May 2006), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26101880, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Lawrence (contributor 47861694) .