World War II Soldier With Casper Ties To Get Proper Respects En Route Home
A Canadian man with Casper area ties, who served the US during World War II, will finally get his proper respect and burial.
It’s been nearly 70 years since US Army Private First Class Lawrence Samuel Gordon, was killed in action, during an assault on a German position in France.
However no one could identify him until recently, so he was buried in a German cemetery in France, as an unknown.
Earlier this year, volunteer forensic researchers, one of whom was the grandson of a man who served with Gordon, were able find the body and identify him through bone and tooth samples.
It turns out Gordon served as a ranch-hand in the Casper area, before enlisting in the US Army, shortly after the Pearl Harbor attacks.
This Sunday, August 10th, Gordon’s remains will be escorted through Casper, on his way back to Canada, where he will receive a proper funeral.
Casper Police Sergeant Scott Jones says he encourages the public to come out and show their support.
“Here’s a guy that was buried as an unknown soldier for 70 years, and only recently discovered to be an American, and so I think it’s a great opportunity for folks to come out, and pay their respects to a fallen World War II hero.”
The escort will start this Sunday, August 10th, at 2pm at the intersection of 2nd Street and Hat Six Road, and proceed westward on 2nd through downtown Casper towards Poplar Street.
The escort will then cut over to First, and continue west towards Poison Spider Road in Mills.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders of Wyoming and the Casper Police Department will be part of the escort.