Commander Thomas W. Walsh (b. 1921), was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, the United States Naval Post-Graduate School (Naval Intelligence), and the Armed Forces Staff College. Walsh served during World War II aboard USS Nevada and participated in the invasions of Normandy, Southern France, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. After the war he served on USS Joseph P. Kennedy, as Executive Officer of USS Dortch, and Commanding Officer of USS Tweedy. He also served in several staff appointments, including as Head of the Cold War Intelligence Section in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1961 he reported at New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey under orders to commission and command Lawrence.
USS Lawrence (DDG-4), the fifth ship named for Captain James Lawrence USN (1781-1813), was a Charles F. Adams-class destroyer commissioned in 1962, and serving until 1994. The ship’s motto was “Don’t Give Up The Ship”
This is a collection of papers related to the launch, commissioning, and shakedown cruise of USS Lawrence, 1960-1962. Materials include: correspondence, including letters of appreciation to Walsh as commander of USS Lawrence from various naval officers, politicians, and business figures; launch invitations, programs, and photos; brochures and pictorial booklet for commissioning; transcript of remarks by Cdr. Walsh given at the commissioning of USS Lawrence; newspaper clippings about the visit of USS Lawrence to Quebec, Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax; press releases; and an itinerary for the commissioning ceremony and the Great Lakes Cruise. Other items in the collection include: portraits of the ship and photos of launching, commissioning ceremony, crew at work, and officers; reel-to-reel audio; a reel of movie film; an ash tray; and a pennant.
- Lawrence (Guided Missile Destroyer)
- United States. Navy –Officers
- Motion pictures
- Sound recordings
- Lawrence, Destroyer