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William P. Lawrence

Born: Jan 13, 1930

Death: Dec 2, 2005

Birthplace: Nashville

Nationality: United States

William P. Lawrence

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1930
Date of Death : Dec 2, 2005
Birth Place : Nashville

William Porter "Bill" Lawrence, was a decorated United States Navy vice admiral and naval aviator who served as Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy from 1978 to 1981. Lawrence was a noted pilot who became the first naval aviator to fly twice the speed of sound in a naval aircraft and was also one of the final candidates for the Mercury space program. During the Vietnam War, Lawrence was shot down while on a combat mission and spent six years as a prisoner of war, from 1967 to 1973. During this time he became noted for his resistance to his captors. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Lawrence served as the school's Superintendent from 1978 to 1981.

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