|courtesy of Mike and Bushy Hartman|
Lawrence was drafted in May 1941. After his basic training he was likely assigned to D Company 116th Infantry, perhaps before they left Camp Meade, Maryland for Camp Blanding, Florida. Promoted to SSG, Lawrence had likely demonstrated competence and leadership ability during the train-up for the amphibious assault on the French coast. SSG Lawrence was killed in action on 6 Jun 1944.
SSG Lawrence rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.
3 of Lawrence's brothers also served in the war. Andrew Albert Martin, served from 1942 to 1945. Frank Thomas Martin also served, 1942-1946. Regis Richard Martin served 1943-1946.