Lawrence Fairfax Reifsnider

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Lawrence Fairfax Reifsnider
Navy Midshipmen
Position End
Class Graduate
Career history
College Navy
Personal information
Born: November 26, 1887
Westminster, Maryland
Died: May 14, 1956 (age 68)
San Diego, California
Career highlights and awards
second-team All-American (1908)

Lawrence Fairfax Reifsnider (November 26, 1887 – May 14, 1956) was an American football player and a vice admiral in the United States Navy. A native of Westminster, Maryland, Reifsnider attended the United States Naval Academy where he played college football at the halfback position for the Navy Midshipmen football team. He was selected by Walter Camp in 1908 as a second-team All-American.[1][2] After graduating from the Naval Academy, Reifsnider served in the United States Navy until 1947, attaining the rank of vice admiral. He served as a submarine commander in World War I, aboard the USS O-5 and USS E-2 submarines. He later commanded the cruiser USS Memphis, served as chief of the United States Naval Mission in Colombia, as chief of the Pacific Fleet Amphibious Training Command, and as commandant of the Eighth Naval district in New Orleans. He received the Legion of Merit and two Distinguished Service Medals for his service in World War II.[3]


  1. ^ "Camp's 1908 All-America Selections". Reading Eagle. November 26, 1930.
  2. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on 2009-03-30.
  3. ^ "Admiral Reifsnider, 37 Years in the Navy". The New York Times. May 16, 1956.