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Birthdate & Date of Loss

Date of birth: April 30, 1921
Date of death: June 18, 1945
Age: 24

Lucky Bag

1944 Amburgey LB.jpg

From the 1944 Lucky Bag:

Lawrence Maxon Amburgey

Athens, Tennessee

Tom arrived here early in September, 1940, and has been extolling the wonders of Tennessee and Andrew Jackson ever since. After spending some time at West Point he finally decided to enter the Navy via the Academy. He succeeded in pulling through even though he couldn't swim or " Parlez" any too well. Gifted with a natural sense of humor, he was the life of the party wherever he went. Navy wardrooms will always enjoy his presence. Although he spent a lot of time on the sub squad, he still managed to enjoy himself either sleeping in his bunk or arguing for the cause of the South.

The Class of 1944 was graduated in June 1943 due to World War II. The entirety of 2nd class (junior) year was removed from the curriculum.


Lawrence was lost when his USS Bonefish (SS 223) was sunk with all hands by Japanese surface forces on June 18, 1945 in Toyama Bay, Honshu, Japan.

He has a memory marker in Kentucky.

According to the obituary of his wife, "Josie" Cross, he was on his first combat patrol with Bonefish. His service number was O-282821. On Eternal Patrol lists him with the Bronze Star medal; unable to find a citation.

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Class of 1944
Lawrence is one of 66 members of the Class of 1944 in Memorial Hall.
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