The library owns seventeen boxes of 5 x 10 inch index cards. Each card contains an entry for individual servicemen and women who served in the United States Armed Forces during World War II. As well as hand written name and address the card often contains newspaper clippings pasted on the card. Colored tabs on individual cards designate deceased (black), female, (yellow), or disabled, wounded or MIA (green). All the veterans contained in the boxes were Lawrence residents. Just recently ( Oct. 4, 2010) with the help of volunteers, Joyce Bodenrader and Bill Wolfendale, there is now an index of these cards. If you find a name of a relative contact the archivist (email@example.com) for a copy of the card. There is also a photograph of the construction of the memorial on the Common dedicated to the veterans of the 2nd World War, Jean Kochman‘s USO scrapbooks, photographs in the Essick family papers, Alphonse Napolitano photos, photographs and scrapbooks from George Garside, and a blue star flag.
World War II Veterans
The Lawrence World War II Honor Roll, shown here under construction, was dedicated to the servicemen of World War II. 9,400 men and women were placed up on all four sides of memorial July 4, 1944. It was made of wood and blew down in a hurricane in the 1950s. A more permanent memorial was built at the cost of $20,000 in 1947. The monument has a bronze figure of Columbia sheathing her sword. More than 300 Lawrence war dead were engraved on the monument.
Here is a list of Gold Star servicemen from Lawrence who gave the ultimate sacrifice.