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Daspit, Lawrence Randall (Navy Cross), RADM.
Home Town Houma, Louisiana
Last Address Unknown
Date of Passing May 19, 1979
Location of Interment Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates Plot: Sec: 3, Site: 4466-RH
Last Known Activity
Lawrence Daspit sailed numerous submarine (Gato and Balao class, diesel electric, fleet boats) war patrols in the Pacific, primarily against Japanese naval combatants and merchant vessels. USS Tinosa, SS-283, was distinguished by Captain Daspit's calculated and aggressive pursuit of the enemy. While on the Tinosa's fourth war patrol, he relentlessly studied problems with torpedo effectiveness while under battle conditions by making various approaches on targets and documenting his preparation for each shot and the results. When he returned from patrol to Pearl Harbor he made a vigorous presentation to Admiral Lockwood and subsequently the Navy Bureau of Ordinance to isolate the torpedo problems and make corrective action. As result he was awarded the Navy Cross and received accelerated promotions to full Captain and then Admiral. He recommended others of his crew for medals/recognition in support of his pressing modifications to torpedoes.