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Govansky, Lawrence, U.S. Army

This is the World War I Veterans Census Record of Lawrence Anthony Govansky located at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. Despite what this record shows, he was born in Windsor, Ontario, on 19 February 1898, son of John Govansky and Mary Przedzienkowski. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at Columbus Barracks, Ohio, on 9 June 1917. He had been living at 955 Townsend Avenue in Detroit, Michigan. He was a machinist before and after his military service. His service number was 1667396. Lawrence was married in Detroit on 29 January 1919 to Julia Doba, who was born on 14 January 1899 in Manistee, Michigan. He had two children at the time of this census, Lawrence A. and Julia E. both born on 7 September 1920. At first he was a private with the 10th Recruiting Company, and then he moved to Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indiana and was part of the 13th Ambulance Company. He later was part of the 302nd Ambulance Company in Ayer, Massachusetts, and Casual Company 339 at Camp Merritt, New Jersey. He served in France from 20 August 1918 to 10 July 1919. Lawrence was discharged from service at Camp Sherman, Ohio, on 24 July 1919. He changed his name at some time to Lawrence A. Lawrence. He died on 5 June 1982 in Avon, Oakland, Michigan, and was buried at St. Lawrence Cemetery. His obituary indicated that he was a member of VFW Post 2382 in Lexington, Michigan. Submitted by Joseph F. Martin of Romeoville, Illinois, in April 2016 and used here with his permission.

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