WW1 Project

Lawrence WW1 Project

When the United States entered World War 1 in 1917 over 5,500 Lawrence residents enlisted or were drafted into military service. About 200 residents lost their lives in the war and 35 of those residents were given special recognition by city officials with a bridge, park, square, or building named after them. The Lawrence World War 1 Project tells the stories of these 35 residents - stories that have been lost over the years. In watching these short tribute videos, may we never forget their sacrifice and service.

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Aug 29

Philip O'Connell, Lawrence WW1P

Posted on August 29, 2018 at 10:02 AM by Luis Santiago

Pvt Philip O'Connell was killed in action on August 1, 1918 in France. The Common in South Lawrence encompassed by South Union, Market, Osgood, and Salem Street is named O'Connell Park.  His story is narrated by Sue Fink, the Project Manager for the O'Connell Park restoration.