In an age when the word hero is casually tossed around, Bill Lawrence was the real thing.
Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, who died last month, was a man of uncommon courage who embodied the caliber of leadership so many seek and so few attain. Few beyond his Naval Academy classmates, his shipmates, the men who shared his lodgings in North Vietnam, and his family know the extent of that leadership. I am one of those classmates, USNA '51. Let me tell you about my friend.