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George Lawson Collection

Identifier: CSWS-0098

  • Staff Only

This collection includes a transcript of an interview with George Lawson, World War II veteran, conducted by Ruth Carey. Also included is the subsequent news article Carey wrote about Lawson and his service in The Oak Ridger.


  • 1986 August 20-29



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Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection includes a transcript of an interview with George Lawson, World War II veteran, and the subsequent news article written about his service.

Biographical/Historical Note

C. George Lawson was born June 28, 1922 in Port Chester, N.Y. He served with the Army Air Corps as an intelligence photographer during World War II. During one of his flights, the heavy bomber was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the navigator was injured. Lawson, working alongside the pilot, helped to navigate and safely land the aircraft in friendly territory. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his actions, but did not receive it until 42 years after his service. He earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and master's degree from the University of Tennessee. He married Bernice Kahn Lawson in 1948 and together they had two children. He retired from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1985. He died December 22, 2004 and is buried in Anderson County, Tennessee.

Previous Citation

This collection was previously listed as part of MS.1427

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated through the University of Tennessee's Center for the Study of War and Society.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA