US Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon
killed in action on August 13, 1944, in France
Lawrence Samuel Gordon was born on June 26, 1916 to American parents, Sam and Ella Gordon. He had three brothers and one sister, and was raised in the small farming community of Eastend, Saskatchewan. As an adult Lawrence was a hardworking man and a very good horseman.
In 1941, Lawrence S. Gordon was working as a ranch-hand on the Mills Ranch just west of Casper, Wyoming. He came home for Christmas in 1941, weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and decided to join the US Army because he felt it was better equipped than the Canadian forces.
On January 24, 1942, Lawrence Gordon enlisted in the US Army. After basic training he was assigned to the Reconnaissance Company, 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. He spent more than a year and a half training all over the United States. On September 5, 1943, Lawrence S. Gordon boarded the Cape Town Castle troop ship for England. After spending more than nine months in Codford, England preparations began for landing troops on Omaha Beach. On D+17, Pfc Gordon landed in France. Less than two months later he was killed on August 13, 1944, near Carrouges, France when the armored car he was riding in was hit by a German 88mm shell, killing him.
After being misidentified as a German soldier, Pfc Lawrence Gordon was interred at a Germany cemetery in Huisnes sur Mer, France. After painstaking private research and testing, Jed Henry and Gordon's nephew, Lawrence R. Gordon, located and identified the remains of Pfc. Lawrence Gordon.
On June 10, 2014, the German War Graves Commission transferred stewardship of the remains to his nephew Lawrence R. Gordon.
The final journey to return Pfc Lawrence Gordon to his birthplace in Eastend, Saskatchewan will take place on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, leaving the Pattison Funeral Home, in Medicine Hat at 9:00 a.m. traveling in procession to the Eastend Memorial Hall for ceremonies beginning at 1:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Eastend. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: firstname.lastname@example.org subject heading: Pfc Lawrence Gordon.
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