Lake Placid News, November 24, 1944
Lawrence Abare Awarded Second Oak Leaf Cluster
Technician Fifth Grade Lawrenee E. Abare of Paul Smiths and now in China, Burma, India theater has been awarded the second Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross.
As a member of the quartermaster corps, he has participated in over 300 combat missions.
He has provided food, clothing, mail, medical supplies and other war material, through means of parachute dropping, to U. S. forward elements of Indian, British and Chinese Allies in the Nega hills and in the mountains of Upper Burma during tropical and monsoon weather.
Tech. Abare is one of the original seven members of the “Knights with 1,000 Combat Flying Hours.” He went to the China, Burma, India zone in January, 1943 with a truck regiment designed to carry freight over the Ledo road. This was too slow so he volunteered for the assignment as “cargo kicker” for the troop carrier squadron.