Lawrence O. Lawson was appointed the stationkeeper of the Evanston, Illinois, lifeboat station, of the United States Lifesaving Service in 1980. In 1899, Lawson led the crew of his surfboat on a heroic rescue of all 18 crewmen of the freighter Calumet.
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In 2010, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Charles "Skip" W. Bowen, the U.S. Coast Guard's senior enlisted person at the time, lobbied for the new Sentinel-class cutters to be named after enlisted Coast Guardsmen, or personnel from its precursor services, who had distinguished themselves by their heroism. The USCGC Lawrence O. Lawson was the 20th cutter to be launched.