consists of items collected by Lawson and his wife, Darla, that
relate to his experience as an Old China Hand. The collection is primarily made up of
biographical documents, photographs, and articles outlining Lawson's military service in
China and his life in Pekin, Illinois.
Ellwood "Woody" Lawson was born in Pekin, Illinois on January 12, 1926. During World War
II, Lawson served as a Marine Corps machine gunner in Okinawa and China and attained the
rank of corporal. He was a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association and the China
Marine Association, as well as the Marine Corps League in Pekin. Outside of the Marine
Corps, Lawson served as the last residential ice delivery man in Pekin and also worked as a
galvanizer for Keystone Steel and Wire Company. Lawson owned and operated a bait and tackle
shop as well as a tap house in his hometown. He passed away in Pekin, Illinois on April 21,
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