Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon
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US Army Pfc. Lawrence S. Gordon, a casualty of WWII, was killed on August 13, 1944, in France.
Lawrence Samuel Gordon was born on June 26, 1916 in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada, to American parents, Sam and Ella Gordon. He had three brothers and one sister, and was raised in a small farming community. As an adult Lawrence was a hardworking ranch hand and a very good horseman. At 56" and 122 pounds he was a small man but with war looming on the horizon he would soon find his calling outside of farming, and in an Army outside of his native Canada.
In 1941, Lawrence S. Gordon was working as a ranch hand on a sheep ranch in Casper, WY when the United States was forced into WWII. He came home for Christmas in 1941, weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and announced his decision to join the war effort. On January 24, 1942 Lawrence Samuel Gordon from Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada became Private Gordon in the United States Army.
On September 5, 1943 Lawrence S. Gordon boarded the Cape Town Castle troop ship for England. Little did he know that he would never see his family again. On August 13, 1944, near Carrouges, France, the armored vehicle carrying Pfc. Gordon was hit by a German shell, killing him and others.
After being misidentified as a German solider, Pfc. Lawrence Gordon was interred at a German cemetery in France. After painstaking private research and testing led by filmmaker Jed Henry and Gordon's nephew, Lawrence R. Gordon, the remains of Pfc. Lawrence Gordon had been found and positively identified.
On June 10, 2014, the German War Graves Commission relinquished stewardship of the remains to his nephew Lawrence R. Gordon; Pfc. Gordon was released and returned to the family.
A funeral entourage transporting the casket, includes his namesake nephew, Lawrence R. Gordon, along with Jed Henry, grandson of another member of Gordon's Reconnaissance Company, is currently making its journey to bring Pfc. Gordon home to his birthplace in Eastend, Saskatchewan, Canada. Survived by eight nephews and a large extended family, Gordon will be buried on the 70th anniversary of his death.
The Gordon family and the staff of Miller Funeral Home wish to extend thanks to the Minnehaha County Sheriffs Office, SD Highway Patrol, and SD Patriot Guard Riders.
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 10, 2014