Edge, Lawrence Lott, CDR

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Last Rank
Commander
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1944-1945, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
Service Years
1931 - 1945
Commander
Commander

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Home State
Georgia
Georgia
Year of Birth
1912
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Columbus, GA
Last Address
Atlanta, GA

Casualty Date
Jun 18, 1945
 
Cause
Hostile-Body Not Recovered
Reason
Other Explosive Device
Location
Sea of Japan
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Westview Cemetery - Atlanta, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
(memorial marker)

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Last Known Activity

Commanding Officer USS Bonefish (SS-223). The USS Bonefish (SS-223) was on a war patrol in the Sea of Japan with two other submarines. Her last communication was during a rendezvous on June 18, 1945. Captured Japanese records indicate that a Japanese vessel was sunk on June 19th and that during an intense counterattack a submarine was sunk with all hands. It is presumed that this was the USS Bonefish. Commander Edge was officially declared dead 15 July 1946.
   
Comments/Citation

Navy Cross
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 01155 (February 9, 1945)
Action Date: September 5 - November 8, 1944
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Bonefish (SS-223)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Lawrence Lott Edge (NSN: 0-74855), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SIXTH War Patrol of that vessel in enemy Japanese controlled waters of the Pacific, from 5 September to 8 November 1945. Despite intense enemy air and surface opposition, Commander Edge skillfully maneuvered his ship into a favorable position to launch four well-placed and brilliantly executed torpedo attacks and sink three enemy ships totaling 22,000 tons and damaged two additional vessels totaling 8.900 tons. In addition, he effectively conducted the rescue of two downed friendly aviators. A bold tactician, Commander Edge expertly avoided enemy countermeasures and brought his ship safely to port. His inspiring leadership and devotion to duty in the fulfillment of this hazardous patrol reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Naval Service.

Navy Cross
General Orders: Commander in Chief Pacific Fleet: Serial 031326 (July 23, 1945)
Action Date: April 6 - May 7, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Bonefish (SS-223)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Lawrence Lott Edge (NSN: 0-74855), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the SEVENTH War Patrol of that vessel in the East China Sea Area from 6 April to 7 May 1945. Despite the constant danger of navigating in shoal waters and the possibility of aerial bombings and detection by shore-based enemy radar and patrol vessels, Commander Edge daringly penetrated enemy minefields and successfully performed a special mission in this area. In addition, he captured two enemy aviators while performing lifeguard duties and skillfully evaded severe enemy anti-submarine measures to bring his ship safe to port. His conduct throughout the entire mission was an inspiration to his officers and men and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Navy Cross
General Orders: Authority: Board of Awards, Submarines Pacific: Serial 0508 (September 13, 1945)
Action Date: May 28 - June 19, 1945
Service: Navy
Rank: Commander
Company: Commanding Officer
Division: U.S.S. Bonefish (SS-223)
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Second Gold Star in lieu of a Third Award of the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Commander Lawrence Lott Edge (NSN: 0-74855), United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism and distinguished service in the line of his profession as Commanding Officer of the U.S.S. BONEFISH (SS-223), during the EIGHTH War Patrol of that vessel in the Japanese Sea off the west coast of Honshu, Japan. Fully aware of the extreme dangers involved, Commander Edge left port in his veteran submarine on 28 May 1945, to conduct one of the First War Patrols to be made in this area. Boldly penetrating strong anti-submarine barriers, he entered the supposedly inviolable waters of the Japan sea and, with superb skill and daring, maneuvered the Bonefish into shallow, confined waters to launch his devastating torpedo attacks against enemy targets vital to the Japanese war effort. Striking with devastating speed and precision, Commander Edge succeeded in sending two valuable ships to the bottom despite strong hostile countermeasures. While continuing this smashing offensive, overwhelming counterattacks were encountered which caused the loss of this outstanding submarine and her gallant commanding officer. A forceful and inspiring leader, Commander Edge, by his brilliant seamanship, initiative and indomitable perseverance, maintained in the face of tremendous odds, contributed essentially to the infliction of extensive damage and destruction on the enemy during this urgent mission and to the success of our sustained drive to force the capitulation of the Japanese Empire. His courage and resolute devotion to duty throughout reflect the highest credit upon himself, his intrepid command and the United States Naval Service.
   
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 Duty Stations
USS Maryland (BB-46)USS Narwhal (SS-167)US NavyUSS Bluefish (SS-222)
USS Bonefish (SS-223)
  1935-1938, USS Maryland (BB-46)
  1938-1941, USS Narwhal (SS-167)
  1941-1944, USS O-4 (SS-65)
  1944-1944, USS Bluefish (SS-222)
  1944-1945, USS Bonefish (SS-223)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 5th War Patrol1
  1944-1944 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 6th War Patrol
  1944-1944 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Caroline Islands Operation
  1944-1944 USS BLUEFISH (SS-222) 4th War Patrol
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 7th War Patrol
  1945-1945 USS BONEFISH (SS-223) 8th War Patrol
 Colleges Attended 
Georgia Institute of TechnologyUnited States Naval Academy
  1929-1931, Georgia Institute of Technology
  1931-1935, United States Naval Academy
 Other News, Events and Photographs
 
  Jun 06, 1938, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  Aug 01, 1941, Promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade
  May 01, 1943, Promoted to Lieutenant Commander
  Oct 27, 1944, Promoted to Commander1
  Oct 27, 2018, General Photos
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