Sergeant G. Bishop Lawson joined the service prior to WW II. He was assigned to D Battery, 59th Coastal Artillery Regiment. On the 8th of December 1941 the Japanese attacked the Philippines. The 59th artillery defended Corregidor and Fort Drum until they were surrendered on the 6th of May 1942.

Sergeant Lawson became a Prisoner of War. In October 1944 he and 1800 other POWs were loaded aboard the Japanese Hellship Arisan Maru to be transported to Japan as slave labor for the war industry. 225 miles east of Hong Kong, unknowingly, the USS Shark torpedoed the ship. Only 9 POWs survived the sinking.

Sergeant Lawson was killed in action on the 24th of October 1944. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

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