|#23 Lawrence Rushing|
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Rushing entered into the U.S. Army Air Corps at the age of 23 in Woodruff County, Augusta, Arkansas on October 16, 1940. He began service on December, 1940 with the 133rd infantry. (His service number was 747324.) In May of 1943, Rushing was promoted to Second Lieutenant, a rank which he maintained until his death in 1944. Rushing also served with the Army Air Corps 451st Bomber Group, 727th Bomber Squadron.
Lawrence Marion Rushing was born on December 24, 1916 in Augusta, Arkansas, (Arkansas County) USA to parents Fred Sylvester Rushing (1889-1946) and Lillian Omaya Rushing (1894 – 1936). Rushing was one of five siblings, including Sam Rushing (1919-unknown), Elizabeth Rushing (1921-unknown), Fred Rushing (1923-unknown), Alice Marie Rushing Waller (1924-2004), and Bobbie Rushing (1927-unknown). He also spent time as a student at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as well as the Arkansas State Teachers College from 1934-1936.
Lawrence Rushing died on February 7th, 1944 from non-combat related head injuries. A truck pulling a water tank skidded, causing the water tank to fall off and onto Rushing. He died in Gioia del Colle, Città Metropolitana di Bari, Puglia, Italy. Lieutenant Rushing is buried in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy at Plot J Row 2 Grave 31.
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- "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GR4X-FDL?cc=1810731&wc=QZF9-T7J%3A648804901%2C651081401%2C649183302%2C1589282337 : 8 December 2015), Arkansas > Woodruff > Augusta > image 16 of 54; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).