Lawrence graduated from The Citadel and the University of Alabama
at Landing Zone Albany in the Ia Drang Valley in 1965 as a U. S. Army lieutenant during the first major battle with North Vietnamese regulars during the Viet Nam War. Lawrence was shot in the head at point-blank range during the battle, but survived and returned to finish his tour.
After the war he returned to Alabama, working as an English teacher and becoming a real estate agent in 1978. In 1988 he created the "Prostart" educational program for new realtors. He was the Birmingham Association of Realtors "Realtor of the Year" in 1989 and co-founded LAH with Keith Arendall and Maurice Humphries in 1992 with an office in Mountain Brook Village. He also founded LAH's School of Real Estate and spends a great deal of time speaking and teaching in the field. He currently serves as president of LAH and is the President-Elect of the Board of the Birmingham Association of Realtors.
- Beidler, Philip D. (Spring 2003) "The Lost Battalion of the Ia Drang" Alabama Heritage No. 68
- Haden, Courtney. (November 10, 2005) "A veteran looks at 40: Local soldier-turned-realtor-turned-author remembers the big battle." Birmingham Weekly.
- Lawrence's profile at lahrealestate.com