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  • Navy Christens Guided Missile Destroyer William P. Lawrence

    Please welcome to the fleet USS William P. Lawrence DDG-110.

    VADM Lawrence made combat deployments to Vietnam aboard the aircraft carriers USS Ranger and USS Constellation. While Commanding Officer of Fighter Squadron 143, he was shot down over North Vietnam in June 1967 and held as a Prisoner of War until March 1973. The following is an excerpt from the citation of the Silver Star, awarded to VADM Lawrence for the mission in which he was shot down:

    “He was assigned as the flight formation and flak-suppression leader for the attack force. Although weather conditions en route required several course deviations….Commander Lawrence approached the target area in the lead of the strike group, immediately coming under an intense barrage of heavy caliber enemy anti-aircraft fire. He unhesitatingly proceeded to carry out his attack in order to neutralize the enemy’s capabilities against the strike aircraft. Although his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during the attack, Commander Lawrence pressed on to deliver a deadly blow to the most prominent threat site for the aircraft following him. His selfless courage and determination throughout were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”
    http://www.register.surfor.navy.mil/...s/history.aspx

    The Navy will christen the newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, William P. Lawrence, April 17, 2010, during a 10 a.m. CDT ceremony at Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.
    http://www.defense.gov/releases/rele...eleaseid=13457

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    May the USS William P. Lawrence,DDG-110, bring the fight to our enemies,wherever they are in the tradition of her namesake.
    ALL LIVES SPLATTER!

    BLACK JEEPS MATTER!

    BLACK MOTORCYCLES MATTER!

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      Originally posted by Gixxer86g View Post


      May the USS William P. Lawrence,DDG-110, bring the fight to our enemies,wherever they are in the tradition of her namesake.
      ..too true....

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