Lawson, Ted William, Maj

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
Service Years
1940 - 1945
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Major

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Home State
California
California
Year of Birth
1917
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Fresno, California
Last Address
Chico, California

Date of Passing
Jan 19, 1992
 
Location of Interment
Chico Cemetery and Mausoleum - Chico, California
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin


 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
Air Force Memorial (AFM)
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) [Verified] - Assoc. Page


 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the pilot in crew #7 on the Doolittle Raid. He was badly injured on crash landing in China and had to have his leg amputated. He served in non-combat assignments until he was medically retired Feb 2, 1945. He wrote the book "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" about his experiences. In 1944 it was made into a movie with actor Van Johnson playing his part.  

His DFC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Ted W. Lawson (ASN: 0-399540), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. Lieutenant Lawson with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force

Crew No. 7 (Plane #40-2261, "The Ruptured Duck", target Tokyo) 95th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Charles L. McClure, navigator; Lt. Ted W. Lawson, pilot; Lt. Robert S. Clever, bombardier; Lt. Dean Davenport, copilot; Sgt. David J. Thatcher, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, Crew No. 7
 

  
   
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Sources:
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1885
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/lawson.htm
http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_tokyo_e07.php#1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=17824560
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30258
http://www.pacificwrecks.com/aircraft/b-25/40-2261.html
https://www.ancestry.com/search/
   
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World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
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December / 1941
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September / 1945

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The plan of the Pacific subseries was determined by the geography, strategy, and the military organization of a theater largely oceanic. Two independent, coordinate commands, one in the Southwest Pacific under General of the Army Douglas MacArthur and the other in the Central, South, and North Pacific (Pacific Ocean Areas) under Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, were created early in the war. Except in the South and Southwest Pacific, each conducted its own operations with its own ground, air, and naval forces in widely separated areas. These operations required at first only a relatively small number of troops whose efforts often yielded strategic gains which cannot be measured by the size of the forces involved. Indeed, the nature of the objectivesùsmall islands, coral atolls, and jungle-bound harbors and airstrips, made the employment of large ground forces impossible and highlighted the importance of air and naval operations. Thus, until 1945, the war in the Pacific progressed by a double series of amphibious operations each of which fitted into a strategic pattern developed in Washington.

21 Named Campaigns were recognized in the Asiatic Pacific Theater with Battle Streamers and Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medals.  
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
January / 1942
To Month/Year
December / 1942
 
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
   
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  408 Also There at This Battle:
  • Beckwith, James Elmer, SSgt, (1940-1949)
  • Berran, Ignatius, MSgt, (1940-1945)
  • Bock, Frederick, C., Maj, (1941-1945)
  • Bradford, Archie, Capt, (1940-1946)
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