Annapolis in Anne Arundel County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, USN
"Be first a person of honor."
Test Pilot - First to fly Mach II in Naval Aircraft
Korea, F2H Banshee
Vietnam, F-4 Phantom
Prisoner of War, Vietnam 1967-1973
Superintendent, United States Naval Academy
Commander, U.S. Third Fleet
Chief, U.S. Naval Personnel
Distinguished Service Medal (4)
Legion of Merit
Distinguished Flying Cross
Bronze Star with Combat V
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal (3)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V (2)
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation (with Silver Star)
National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star)
Korean Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal (3 Bronze Stars)
Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
United Nations Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
USNA Brigade Commander
USNA Three sport athlete
Gold Medal, National Football Foundation
and College Hall of Fame
USNA Brigade Honor Concept, co-developer
USNA Distinguished Graduate
The first verse of the "Star-Spangled Banner" asks a question:
O' say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
"As long as our country has great patriots like Bill
Lawrence, the answer to this question will forever be
a resounding, Yes!" - Ross Perot
"And o'er the world as I may roam,
No place exceeds my boyhood home.
And oh how much I long to see
My Native land, my Tennessee."
William Porter Lawrence
while in solitary confinement as a Vietnam POW
- Designated State Poem of Tennessee
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Sports • War, Korean • War, Vietnam • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 38° 58.922′ N, 76° 28.838′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Cooper Road just south of Holloway Road, on the left when traveling south. Marker is on the U.S. Naval Academy at the main entrance Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Norman Scott Natatorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Fort Severn (within shouting distance of this marker); Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (within shouting distance of this marker); Butler in Annapolis (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burning of the Brig "Peggy Stewart" (about 300 feet away); Japanese Ambassador Hirosi Saito (about 500 feet away); HMS Confiance Cannon (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
Also see . . . VADM William P. Lawrence. (Submitted on October 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional keywords. Tonkin Gulf, Hanoi Hilton
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