Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Archival Friday: Lawrence Buffington

Lawrence Buffington's photo in the Pegasus yearbook.
Lawrence W. Buffington was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in 1917 and had three brothers, John Raymond, James “Jay” and Donald L. Buffington. Later he went on to study at Washington College in Chestertown, MD where he studied mathematics and economics. He was associated with Greek life. Lawrence was the chairman of the inter-fraternity council, the president of Omicron Delta Kappa and Archon of Theta Kappa Nu. He also was active in the sports scene as a football player. During his senior year, he enlisted into the Army Air Forces in Washington D.C. Lawrence was the Captain of Regiment 345th bomber group, medium, 500th bomber squadron. Lawrence was declared dead August 12, 1945, stating that he was “missing in action or buried at sea”. This was three days before the end of the war with Japan. He was on a flying mission over Japan the last time he was seen. The awards he received were the air medal, Purple Heart, American campaign medal and the WWII victory medal.

Sources: www.honorstates.org, Yearbook of ’39, www.findgrave.com, www.ancientfaces.com, Theta Kappa Nu Pegasus article.


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