William P. Lawrence graduated from the Naval Academy in 1951 and became the first naval aviator to fly twice the speed of sound in a Navy airplane. He was a POW in Vietnam from 1967 to 1973, when he resumed his naval career. Upon retirement from the Navy in 1986, he became chair of naval leadership at the academy and later served as president of the Association of Naval Aviation. He died in December 2005.

Articles by William P. Lawrence

Tombstones in a National Cemetery

The Imperative of Honor

By Vice Admiral William P. Lawrence, USN (Ret.)
April 1994
It is at the Naval Academy that the traditions and values of the Navy and Marine Corps must be passed.