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Private 1st Class Roger G. Allen US Army

Roger Glen Allen born 5 September 1923 in Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas to Lillie Florene Olson ( b. 1894 Indian Creek, Texas - d. 1993 Texas) Age 29 and George Monroe Allen (b.1895 Arkansas - d. 1969 Brownwood, Texas) Age 28.

Census 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. Census 1940 listed as Glen Age 16 with parents and 5 siblings in Rural Brown County, Texas. A graduate of Indian Creek High School. Attended Draughan's Business College and was employed at Camp Bowie before entering service. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while working at Del Valley Air Base and listed his father as next of kin. Roger Allen asn-38371553 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Brown County, Texas working as construction worker with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 22 February 1943. A member of Fourth Armored which trained at Camp Bowie. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Roger Allen 38371553 US Army 53rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division was wounded in combat action in France and later he died of the wounds there in France on 15 November 1944 and buried in a temporary grave at Limey Cemetery, Toul, France. Pfc Allen's remains were reinterred in the Lorraine↗ American Cemetery in St. Avold, France.

DOW 15 Nov 1944


Private Jesse R. Allman US Army

Jesse Rollie Allman born 5 January 1919 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Artie Bell Crow (b.1901 Brownwood, Texas-d. 1974 Brownwood, Texas) Age 18 and Rollie Roosevelt Allman (b.1896 Brownwood, Texas-d.1973 Brownwood, Texas) Age 21.

1920 Census Age 11 months living in Brown County, Texas with parents. 1930 Census Age 11 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and brother. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 21 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and brother. Attended Brownwood Schools. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while working as a painter and living in Brownwood and listed his grandmother, Mrs. Ida Funderburk of Brownwood, as next of kin. Jesse R. Allman asn-38030713 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a painter with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 2 April 1941. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private Jesse R. Allman 38030713 US Army Signal Corps was working near Buna, Papua New Guinea on 7 December 1942 when he fell off a telephone pole and was severly injuried. He died on 8 December from the injuries, and was buried in a temporary grave in Queensland, Australia. Pvt Allman's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas on 28 June 1948.

DNB 8 Dec 1942


Sergeant Elman A. Anderson US Marine Corps

Elman Adair Anderson born 27 May 1923 Tulia, Swisher County, Texas to Melrose Jones (b. 1893 Mississippi-d. 1994 Brownwood, Texas) Age 29 and Frank Brosius Anderson (b. 1892 Brownwood, Texas-d. 1952 Brownwood, Texas) Age 32.

1930 Census Age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with parents. Elman attended Brownwood High School. At the Age of 17 he signed up with US Marines recruiter in Brownwood, Texas on 25 July 1940 and they took him to Dallas, Texas on 26 July 1940 where he passed the final test and then he was sent to the Marine Corps Base in San Diego, California. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Sergeant Elman A. Anderson 290085 US Marine Corps HQ Company 1st Battalion 18th Marine Regiment 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force Pacific on the Island of Tinian in the Marianas Islands was attempting to kill Japanese enemy hold up in a cave ["late in August" date not given] and he was on a ledge with the ocean below when he was shot and knocked off the ledge into the ocean. [Sgt Anderson had performed a similar feat on 2 July 1944 for which he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross↙.] His platoon retrieved him from the sea and he was taken to a field hospital where the medics had to amputate one leg. Dispite the good care given him, he died of the wounds on 3 September 1944. Sgt Anderson was buried in the Marine cemetery there on the Island of Tinian in the Marianas Islands and his remains were repatriated to Texas in 1949 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas on 13 January 1949.

DOW 3 Sep 1944


Sergeant Wade E. Andrews US Army Air Corps

Wade Edwin Andrews born 9 September 1913 in Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas to Rebecca Anna Bush (b.1872 Louisiana-d.1925 Brownwood, Texas) Age 41 and Walter Reese Andrews (b.1873 Indian Creek, Texas-d.1927 Rising Star, Texas) Age 40.

1920 Census Age 6 living in Brown County with parents and a brother, sister and Francine Bush as grandmother. Attended Indian Creek schools. 1930 Census Age 16 living in Brown County, Texas listed as brother-in-law of Jenkins Martin, and Wade's sister Frankie. He married Miss Emma Lizabeth Stephens on 21 January 1933 in Callahan County, Texas. 1935 living in Putnam, Callahan County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 26 living in Waco, McLennan County, Texas with wife and daughter. Registered for the draft in Waco, Texas on 16 October 1940 as unemployed and listed his cousin, Mr. Ollie E. Mann of Waco, as his next of kin. Wade E. Andrews asn-38033571 a married white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Brown County, Texas unemployed with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 18 July 1941. Trained at Tucson, Arizona. [nba] Newspaper2↙.

Sergeant Wade E. Andrews 38033571 US Army Air Corps 46th Bombardment Squadron 41st Bombardment Group was aboard A-29 41-23333 medium bomber out of Alemeda Airfield, California on 15 May 1942 on a routine patrol mission along the coast for the Navy. They were watching for enemy submarines, they did not return to base and were statused as missing. It was determined [date not found] that the A-29 had crashed in the Humboldt Bay↙ north of Eureka, California and all aboard killed. The remains of Sgt Andrews were recovered and shipped to Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and interred in the Oakwood Cemetery there.

DNB 15 May 1942


Private Leon C. Barnes US Army

Leon Cecil Barnes born 8 April 1911 in Buhler, Reno County, Kansas to Cecelia May Wendling (b.1884 Kansas-d.1974 Farmington, New Mexico) and Benjamin Franklin Barnes (b.1883 Kentucky-d.1956 Wichita, Kansas)

1915 Census Age 3 living in Reno County, Kansas with parents and two brothers. 1920 Census Age 8 living in Sedgwick County, Kansas with parents and two brothers. 1930 Census Age 18 living in Sedgwick County, Kansas with parents and two brothers. 1940 Census Age 28 living in Tulsa, Oklahoma listed as a lodger while working as a office manager and accountant. Registered for the draft at Odessa, Texas for the Brownwood, Texas draft board on 16 October 1940 and listed his brother, Donald Jouette Barnes of Odessa, as his next of kin contact. Leon C. Barnes asn-38043931 a single white male born Kansas in 1911 residing in Brown County, Texas working as an accountant with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Dallas, Texas on 20 June 1941. [nba]

Private Leon C. Barnes 38043931 US Army 36th Armored Infantry 5th Armored Division a Medic↗ was killed in action in the Cherain area, Belgium on 19 January 1945 and buried in a temporary grave there. After the war his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Halstead Cemetery at Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas.

KIA 19 Jan 1945


Chief Machinist's Mate James J. Belvin US Navy

James Jarvis Belvin born 9 July 1918 in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas to Marguerite Elizabeth Wellman (b. 1892 San Francisco, California - d. 1966 Brownwood, Texas) Age 24 and James Stewart Belvin ( b. 1894 Gorman, Texas - d. 1983 Brownwood, Texas) Age 23.

1920 Census Age 1 living in Brown County, Texas with grandparents James and Fannie Belvin as head and father and mother in home. 1930 Census Age 11 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and a brother. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Graduated Brownwood High School May 1936 and enlisted in the US Navy on 10 December 1936. Married Mary Kathleen Carrol in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas on 20 December 1939. 1940 Census Age 21 living in Los Angeles County, California with wife Mary. Married Sarah Loving Hart on 24 October 1942 in Brown County, Texas. [nba] Note1↙ Newspaper↙.

Chief Machinist's Mate James J. Belvin 3560137 US Navy USS Hoel DD-533. He went missing in action after the 25 October 1944 Battle of Samar, Philippine Islands, when the destroyer USS Hoel attacked a powerful Japanese naval force, and helped to considerably delay that force until the USS Hoel was battered and sunk by Japanese gunfire. CPO Belvin was statused as MIA 28 October 1944 and his remains have not been recovered. He is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery in Taguig City, Philippines.

KIA MIA 28 Oct 1944


1st Lieutenant Charles E. Berry US Army Air Forces

Charles Ernest Berry born 25 June 1914 in Marshall, Harrison County, Texas to Katherine Harrell(b.1888 Texas-d.1976 San Angelo, Texas) Age 26 and Giles Ernest Berry(b.1884 Louisiana-d.1939 Brown County, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 5 living with his parents and two sisters in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and two sisters in Pct1 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in rural [Brown County,] Texas. 1940 census Age 25 living with his mother in Dallas, JP1 Dallas County, Texas working as a real estate salesman. Registered for the draft in Stillwater, Oklahoma for the Eastland County, Texas draft board on 16 October 1940 listing his mother of Eastland, Texas as next of kin.

1st Lieutenant Charles E. Berry O-802826 US Army Air Forces 369th Bombardment Squadron 306th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot of B-17F 42-31007 out of Thurleigh Airfield, England on 4 February 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target in Frankfurt, Germany. The B-17 was hit by enemy anti-aircraft flak about ten miles northeast of Cologne, Germany and the fire explosion broke the plane in half and it crashed near Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. [MACR 2239a] Only the waist gunners and the tail gunner were able to bailout and be captured. 1Lt Berry and the other six were all killed and were buried in Gladbach Cemetery. 1Lt Berry was reinterred in the Ardennes↗ American Cemetery in Belgium after the war.

KIA 4 Feb 1944


Private Lonnie L. Bien US Army

Lonnie Lester Bien born 7 November 1921 Brookesmith, Brown County, Texas to Florence Angelie Lewis (b. 1894 Williamson County, Texas - d. 1990 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27 and William Franklin Bien (b. 1876 Iowa - d. 1936 Brownwood, Texas) Age 45.

1930 Census Age 9 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and six brothers. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 18 living in Brown County, Texas with his mother and three brothers. He married Miss Ruth Pauline Goins in Brownwood, Texas on 24 February 1941, they had two children. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while working at Camp Bowie and he listed his wife as his next of kin contact. Lonnie L. Bien asn-38506596 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm laborer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Dallas, Texas on 8 November 1943. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙ Newspaper3↙.

Private Lonnie L. Bien 38536596 US Army 329th Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operation and was killed in action on 5 August 1944 at Chattauneuf, France. Pvt Bien was buried in a temporary grave in France until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 17 July 1948.

KIA 5 Aug 1944


Private 1st Class Noel L. Bilbrey US Army

Noel Lee Bilbrey born 18 August 1921 in Winchell, Brown County, Texas to Minnie Marcella Waldrip (b. 1882 Burnet, Texas - d. 1966 Brownwood, Texas) Age 38 and Charlie Jefferson Bilbrey (b. 1872 Bell County, Texas - d.1950 Brownwood, Texas) Age 48.

1930 Census Age 8 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, four brothers and one sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and one brother. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 and listed his mother as next of kin contact. Noel L. Bilbrey asn-38229772 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working in construction with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 9 October 1942. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private 1st Class Noel L. Bilbrey 38229772 US Army 128th Infantry Regiment 32nd Infantry Division in the southwest Pacific Theater of Operations against enemy Japanese forces and was wounded in action on 19 November 1944 on the Leyte Island, Philippines. Pvt Bilbrey died of his wounds the next day on 20 November 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there in the Philippines until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 20 April 1949.

DOW 20 Nov 1944


Private 1st Class Darius A. Blanton US Army

Darius Alpha Blanton born 29 June 1910 in Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas to May Lucille Putman (b.1884 Carlsbad, New Mexico - d. 1982 Fort Worth, Texas) Age 26 and Jesse Alford Blanton (b. 1883 Blanket, Brown County, Texas - d. 1956 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1920 Census Age 9 living in McCulloch County, Texas with parents and three sisters. 1930 census Age 19 living in Blanket, Brown County, Texas with parents, two sisters and one brother. 1935 living in Blanket, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 29 living in Blanket, Brown County, Texas with parents and a brother. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Lohn, Texas and listed his father, also living in Lohn, Texas, as next of kin contact. Darius A. Blanton asn-38132311 a single white male born Texas in 1910 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm laborer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 7 May 1942. [nba].

Private 1st Class Darius A. Blanton 38132311 US Army 3422nd Ordnance Automotive Maintenance Company D-Day plus three and he was aboard US LST-314 landing craft headed for the beaches of Normandy, France on a combat mission when the landing craft is torpedoed by a German E-Boat. Rescue operations are performed by destroyer HMS Beagle, 104 are lost, 50 soldiers and 54 sailors. Pfc Blanton was statused as missing on 9 June 1944 and then declared dead. His body was never recovered. Pfc Blanton is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Normandy↗ American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

KIA MIA 9 Jun 1944


Sergeant Charles E. Boler US Army

Charles Edwin Boler born 29 June 1923 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lois Pearl Morris (b. 1901 Sulphur Springs, Texas - d. 1968 Brownwood, Texas) Age 21 and William Eugene Boler (b. 1898 Mullin, Mills County, Texas - d. 1963 Brownwood, Texas) Age 25.

1930 Census Age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 19 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. Attended Blanket High School. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working at Owens, Brown County, Texas, and listed his father, at Brownwood, Texas, as next of kin contact. Married Miss Bobbie J. Ribble on 30 June 1943 in Brown County, Texas. Inducted into the US Army on 22 February 1943. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Charles E. Boler 38371563 US Army Infantry was attached to a Tank Battalion with the First Army in Germany when he was reported missing 2 February 1945, and later declared killed on the same date (exact circumstance not found). Recovered, but his remains were comigled with another soldier, Pvt William Holder, and repatriated to America in 1950. They were buried in the same grave at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Lemay, Missouri on 8 June 1950.

KIA 2 Feb 1945


Sergeant Dalton E. Bowman US Army Air Forces

Dalton Evon Bowman born 24 April 1921 in Hilburn, Eastland County, Texas to Rowena Mae Boyd(b.1891 Texas-d.1947 Rising Star, Texas) Age 31 and Dozy L Bowman(b.1890 Alabama-d.1968 Rising Star, Texas) Age 31.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and one siblings in Rising Star, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Bisbee, Cochise County, Arizona on 16 February 1942 listing his mother of May, Brown County, Texas as next of kin. Dalton E. Bowman asn-18110065 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working for an oil company with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 15 July 1942.

Sergeant Dalton E. Bowman 18110065 US Army Air Forces 372nd Bombardment Squadron 307th Bombardment Group 7th Air Force was a gunner aboard B-24D 41-23929 out of Barking Sands Air Field, Kaui, Hawaii on 8 January 1943 for a training mission to Pearl Harbor on Oahu and a mock bombing attack. The B-24 took off and then the B-24 crashed↗ two miles off Barking Sands on Kaui into the sea killing all ten crewmen. Afterwards, Sgt Bowman's remains were recovered and buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl), Honolulu, Hawaii.

DNB 8 Jan 1943


Private 1st Class J. D. Bramlet US Army Air Forces

J. D. Bramlet, Sr. born 1 May 1914 in Harrold, Wilbarger County, Texas to Ida Mae Griffith (b. 1881 Cleburne, Texas - d. 1957 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 33 and William Cornelious Bramlet (b. 1874 Tennessee - d. 1935 Blanket, Brown County, Texas) Age 40.

1920 Census Age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, four brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census Age 16 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and two sisters. Married Miss Alice Josephine McGalliard on 19 July 1931 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 26 living in JP4 Fort Bend County, Texas in the Harlem State Prison Farm dated 17 June 1940, his wife Alice and children are in Mills County in home of Morrice Moody as step daughter with three children. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his wife at Brownwood as next of kin contact. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class J. D. Bramlet 18126668 US Army Air Forces had been recently assigned to Majors Field near Greenville, Hunt County, Texas. On a weekend pass he was involved in an auto accident in Dallas, Texas on Sunday 21 February 1943, in which he sustained injuries. Pfc Bramlet died on Friday 26 February 1943 of his injuries from the accident (dates from the Newspaper2↙ since a death cert not found). His body was shipped to Blanket, Brown County, Texas and buried in the Moro Cemetery in Brown County, Texas.

DNB 26 Feb 1943


1st Lieutenant Edwin E. Brashear US Army Air Forces

Edwin Ernest Brashear born 5 December 1923 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Correl Oline Roberts(b.1890 Madisonville, Texas-d.1978 Odessa, Texas) Age 33 and Edwin Declouit Brashear(b.1888 Brown County, Texas-d.1969 Odessa, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and five siblings and his paternal grandfather in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and four siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the WWII draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother as next of kin. Edwin E. Brashear asn-18083055 a single white male born 1923 in Texas and residing in Brown County, Texas working for Texas Highway Dept. with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps in Dallas, Texas on 6 July 1942. Married Miss Bettie Jo Hard in Brown County, Texas on 9 November 1943. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Edwin E. Brashear O-758298 US Army Air Forces 26th Bombardment Squadron 11th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 7th Air Force was the pilot of B-24L 44-41465 'Royal Flush↗' out of Guam Air Base 10 February 1945 on a combat bombing mission to Hahajima Island. Over the target after dropping their bomb load and with the bomb bay doors open the B-24 was hit↗ inside the bomb bay fuel tank by enemy flak and burst into flames and broke up. [MACR 12052a] The B-24 went down about two miles off shore and 1Lt Brashear and nine others were killed, the tail gunner escaped and was rescued. The MIAs including 1Lt Brashear are memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu↗ Memorial, Hawaii.

KIA MIA 10 Feb 1945


2nd Lieutenant Vernon O. Breazeale US Army Air Forces

Vernon Oscar Breazeale born 14 August 1922 in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas to Elta Lorine Nance(b.1903 Lometa, Texas-d.2001 Brownwood, Texas) Age 19 and John Leslie Breazeale(b.1898 Texas-d.1975 Brownwood, Texas) Age 24.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and a sister in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and sister Helen in Ward2 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Texas on 30 June 1942 listing his father as next of kin. Vernon O. Breazeale asn-18110307 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working in sales with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Abilene, Texas on 7 September 1942. Married Miss Anne Laura Wall in Salt Lake City, Utah on 30 October 1943.

2nd Lieutenant Vernon O. Breazeale O-756857 US Army Air Forces 418th Bombardment Squadron 100th Bombardment Group (heavy) 8th Air Force was the bombardier aboard B-17G 42-107011 'Shining Hour' out of Thorpe Abbotts Air Field, England on 29 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target Leipzig Airfield, Germany. [MACR 5237a b c] The B-17 was attacked by enemy fighters at the target and knocked out going into a vertical dive and crashed and burned northeast of the target at Torgau, Germany. 2Lt Breazeale was killed in the attack as was three other crewmen, the others were able to bailout and be captured. 2Lt Breazeale was buried in a temporary grave in Torgau City Cemetery and after WWII was reinterred in the Ardennes↗ American Cemetery in Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.

KIA 29 May 1944


Technician 5th Grade Harry V. Brediger US Army

Harry Victor Brediger born 19 June 1919 in Akron, Summit County, Ohio to Mary Margaretta Stidman (b.1900 Pennsylvania - d. 1956 Mount Vernon, Ohio) Age 19 and Victor Monville Brediger (b. 1896 Elton, Ohio - d. 1974 Kirkland, Ohio) Age 22.

1920 Census Age 6 months living in Akron Ward 7, Summit County, Ohio with parents. 1930 Census Age 10 living in Geauga County, Ohio with Victor as head and Pearl as wife and one brother. Registered for the draft in Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin contact. Harry V. Brediger asn-35022581 a married white male born Ohio in 1919 residing in Geauga County, Ohio working in a plant with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Cleveland, Ohio on 12 May 1941. Married Miss Annie Muriel Carlton on 28 July 1943 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, they met on Camp Bowie where he was stationed and she worked. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Technician 5th Grade Harry V. Brediger 35022581 US Army 706th Tank Battalion 4th Armored Division was in the southwest Pacific Theater of Operations against enemy Japanese forces and was killed in action on 15 February 1945 on the Leyte Island, Philippines. He was buried in a temporary grave there in the Philippines until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Chardon Cemetery at Chardon, Geauga County, Ohio.

KIA 15 Feb 1945


Fireman 1st Class Ennis Edgar Brooks US Navy

Ennis Edgar Brooks born 1 June 1910 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas to Myrtle Riordan (b. 1885 Bangs, Texas - d. 1958 Lakeside, California) Age 24 and Walter Raymond Brooks (b.1884 Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas - d. 1974 Lakeside, California) Age 25.

1920 Census Age 9 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and three sisters. 1930 Census Age 19 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, three brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 29 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and one sister dated 22 April 1940. 1940 Census Age 29 living in San Diego County, California US Naval Training Station dated 9 April 1940. [nba].

Fireman 1st Class Ennis Edgar Brooks 3562291 US Navy USS West Virginia, BB-48 was hit by nine torpedoes during the surprise air raid by Japanese airplanes at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941, he was killed in action. F1c Brooks's remains were recovered and buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.

KIA 7 Dec 1941


2nd Lieutenant John E. Burleson US Army Air Forces

John Edwin Burleson born 8 December 1916 in Dallas, Texas to Elizabeth Lanore Meadows(b.1884 Texas-d.1930 Cisco, Texas) Age 31 and David Walter Burleson(b.1882 Ellis County, Texas-d.1954 Brownwood, Texas) Age 34.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and two brothers in Pct31 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two brothers in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 Living in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living as a boarder working for Magnolia Pipeline in Ward 18 Fort Worth, JP1 Tarrant County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Fort Worth, Texas on 16 October 1940 listed his father as next of kin. Graduated 1941 from Southwestern University and was a star football player there. Married Miss Beneva G. Burrow of Walnut Springs, Texas. John E. Burleson asn-18109568 a married white male born in 1916 in Texas and residing in Midland, Texas working for an oil company with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Tyler County, Texas on 16 June 1942. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant John E. Burleson O-760722 US Army Air Forces 870th Bombardment Squadron 497th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy) was the co-pilot aboard B-29 42-24619 'Shady Lady' out of Saipan, Mariana Islands on 27 January 1945 on a combat bombing mission to the target aircraft plants on the west side of Tokyo, Japan. [MACR 11557a b] The official report states the B-29 was knocked out by anti-aircraft flak. Other reports state that due to bad weather conditions they missed the target and were attacked by tojo ki-44 fighters and one tojo rammed the B-29. Either way they crashed into the Kiku River near Mitsumata, Japan and all of the crew were killed and not recovered. 2Lt Burleson is also remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu↗ Memorial in Hawaii.

KIA MIA 27 Jan 1945


Corporal Billie Burnett Jr. US Army Air Forces

Billie Burnett Jr. born 9 January 1918 in Carlton, Hamilton County, Texas to Jennie Ann McCurdy(b.1879 Fannin County, Texas-d.1955 Erath County, Texas) Age 39 and William Calvin Burnett(b.1878 Erath County, Texas-d.1960 Dublin, Texas) Age 40.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and five siblings in JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and three siblings in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. 1935 living in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. Married Miss Eloise Starnes of Odessa, Texas in Baird, Callahan County, Texas on 29 March 1939. 1940 census Age 22 living with his wife Eloise and working in a filling station in Dublin, JP2 Erath County, Texas. Registered for the WWII draft in Erath County, Texas on 16 October 1940 listing his wife as next of kin. Living in Brownwood, Texas with wife and working in a service station in 1941. Inducted into the US Army Air Corps in 1944. Newspaper↙.

Corporal Billie Burnett Jr.38684862 US Army Air Forces 421st Combat Crew Training Squadron 4th Air Force was the tail gunner aboard B-24J 42-50550 out of Muroc Air Base (Edwards AFB now), Kern County, California 11 December 1944 on a training mission when the B-24 had two engines catch on fire and had to make a crash landing striking a concrete building knocking one wing off and causing the B-24 to flip and burn while the tail was severed and thrown 75 feet. Cpl Burnett was the only crew member killed in the accident. His remains were shipped to Dublin, Texas and interred in the Live Oak Cemetery there.

DNB 11 Dec 1944


Private 1st Class James F. Burns US Army

James Franklin Burns born 9 July 1923 in Hamilton County, Texas to Lena Odessa Bullard (b. 1904 San Saba, Texas - d. 1949 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 19 and Norflet Eugene Burns (b. 1900 Fannin County, Texas - d. 1953 Mills County, Texas) Age 23.

1930 Census Age 6 living in Hamilton County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. 1935 living in Hamilton County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 17 living in Hamilton County, Texas with parents, two brothers and one sister. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942, listed his mother at Brownwood, Texas as next of kin contact. James F. Burns asn-38370231 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Brown County, Texas working in a filling station with one year of high school education enlisted into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 26 January 1943. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class James F. Burns 38370231 US Army Company C 146th Engineer Combat Battalion was a participant in the D-Day invasion on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on 6 June 1944. He was killed in action on D-Day. Pfc Burns' remains were recovered and buried in a temporary grave in France and repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on 5 February 1948.

KIA 6 Jun 1944


Private 1st Class Oratus G. Bush US Army

Oratus George Bush born 5 July 1922 in Thrifty, Brown County, Texas to Dennie White (b.1895 Sabanno, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1976 Cisco, Texas) Age 27 and Thomas Harvey Bush (b.1895 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1984 Eastland County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 Census Age 7, listed as George, living in Brown County, Texas with parents, and four brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 17, listed as Horatice, living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and three sisters. Married Miss Betty Lou Sides on 18 February 1944 in Brown County, Texas. Registered as George Oratus Bush for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while working at Camp Bowie and listed his father at Owens, Brown County, Texas as his next of kin contact. Oratus G. Bush asn-38228018 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm laborer enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 September 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Oratus G. Bush 38228018 US Army in a Motor Messenger Company of a Signal Service Battalion in France was killed in an automobile accident there on 1 October 1944. Pfc Bush's remains were buried in a temporary grave in France until after the war and then were repatriated to America in 1948. Pfc Bush's remains were reinterred in the May Cemetery at May, Brown County, Texas on 6 June 1948 (D-Day plus four years).

DNB 1 Oct 1944


Private James F. Cagle US Army

James Franklin Cagle born 23 January 1921 in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas to Fannie May McDonnell (b. 1895 Austin, Texas - d. 1951 Stanton, Texas) Age 25 and Perry Franklin Cagle (b. 1895 Austin, Texas - d. 1948 Elm Grove, San Saba County, Texas) Age 25.

1930 Census Age 7 living in Travis County, Texas, listed as Franklin J, with parents, three sisters and one brother. 1935 living in Rural Tarrant County, Texas. Married Miss Cordelia Pauline Bourke or Burk, and had two children. 1940 Census Age 19 living in Tarrant County, Texas with wife Pauline. Registered for the draft at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living and working in Arlington, Texas and listed his employer as his contact. James F. Cagle asn-38685587 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Tarrant County, Texas working in sports with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 21 April 1944. His parents moved to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas in 1942. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private James F. Cagle 38685587 US Army in an Infantry Regiment at the end of the Battle of the Bulge, he was in Belgium fighting enemy German forces when he was killed in action on 25 January 1945. His body was recovered and buried in a temporary grave there in Belgium. Pvt Cagle's remains were repatriated to America in 1947 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 13 November 1947.

KIA 25 Jan 1945


1st Lieutenant John E. Caldwell, Jr. US Army Air Forces

John Elisha Caldwell Jr. born 18 November 1918 near Bangs in Brown County, Texas to Dussie Vise(b.1889 Alabama-d.1931 Bangs, Texas) Age 30 and John E. Caldwell Sr.(b.1887 Colorado County, Texas-d.1962 Bangs, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and two brothers in Pct5 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living as a boarder in Ward1 Brownwood, Pct1 Brown County, Texas. Registered for the draft board in Brownwood, Texas on 18 October 1940 listing a friend Charles P Thomason as next of kin. John E. Caldwell asn-18037726 a single white male born 1918 in Texas and residing in Brown County, Texas working as a stenographer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Fort Worth, Texas on 28 October 1940. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant John E. Caldwell Jr. US Army Air Forces 367th Bombardment Squadron 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 8th Air Force was the bombardier aboard the B-17G 42-31670 out of Thurleigh Air Base, England 22 February 1944 on a combat bombing mission to target aircraft plants in Bernburg, Germany. [MACR 2654a b c d] The B-17 was attacked by enemy fighters, the B-17 began breaking up and it crashed near Herchen, Germany. 1Lt Caldwell was killed along with three other crewmen, the rest were able to bailout and be captured. 1st Lieutenant John E. Caldwell Jr. was buried in a temporary grave until the end of WWII and then reinterred in the Netherlands↗ American Cemetery at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

KIA 22 Feb 1944


Hospital Attendant 2nd Class Harold G. Call US Navy

Harold Gene Call born 26 November 1927 in Brown County, Texas to Lee Oma Bramlet (b. 1906 Texas - d. 1966 Temple, Texas) Age 21 and Raford Ernest Call (b. 1901 Dublin, Texas - d. 1978 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26.

1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 12 living in Ward2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with his parents and one brother. Graduated Brownwood High School. Enlisted at Age 17 in the US Navy on 12 February 1945, trained at San Diego, California. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Hospital Attendant 2nd Class Harold G. Call 3585512 US Navy Hospital Corps Company 5-1 stationed at the Naval Hospital in Long Beach, California, was involved in an automobile accident in Los Angeles, California on 3 September 1945 in which he sustained serious head injuries. He died in the Naval Hospital on 4 September 1945 from his injuries. HA2 Call's body was shipped to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and interred in the Greenleaf Cemetery on 9 September 1945.

DNB 4 Sep 1945


Captain Garland D. Campbell US Army

Garland David Campbell born 19 September 1917 in Proctor, Comanche County, Texas to Bertie Ann Feagan (b. 1897 Proctor, Texas - d. 1980 Lubbock, Texas) Age 19 and Chester David Campbell (b.1887 Proctor, Texas - d. 1971 Lubbock, Texas) Age 30.

1920 Census Age 2 living in Comanche County, Texas with parents. 1930 Census Age 12 living in Lamb County, Texas with parents and a sister. 1935 living in Rural Lamb County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 22 living in Erath County, Texas with parents and a sister. Married Miss Claudeen Covey on 21 October 1941 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, they had one child. Registered for the draft in Dublin, Erath County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working in Dublin, and listed his father of Dublin, Texas as his next of kin contact. Garland D. Campbell asn-20819841 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Erath County, Texas working as a driver with one year of college education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Quartemaster Corps as a private at Austin, Texas on 25 November 1940. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Captain Garland D. Campbell O-1304017 US Army Commander Company I 382nd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division was a hero and Silver Star↙ recipient for his gallantry in action during the Leyte, Philippines campaign. Capt Campbell died on 8 April 1945 of the wounds he received in battle on Okinawa, Japan. Capt Campbell's remains were buried in the 96th Division Cemetery in Okinawa and repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery on 25 February 1949.

DOW 8 Apr 1945


Captain Foster L. Cash US Army Air Forces

Foster Lawson Cash born 13 August 1917 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Myrtle Lee Foster(b.1898 May, Texas-d.1989 Houston, Texas) Age 19 and Lawson Clay Cash(b.1896 Brownwood, Texas-d.1985 Abilene, Texas) Age 20.

1930 census Age 12 living with parents and siblings and an uncle in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 Age 18 living with parents in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with parents and siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft residing in Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 listing his mother as next of kin. Foster L. Cash asn-18037989 a single white male born in 1917 in Texas and residing in Eastland County, Texas working as an teacher with three years of college education (Howard Payne College) enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet at Fort Worth, Texas on 23 November 1940. Married Miss Kathryn Sperger. Newspaper↙.

Captain Foster L. Cash O-421042 US Army Air Forces 772nd Bombardment Squadron 463rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) 15th Air Force was co-pilot of B-17G 42-31823 out of Amendola Air Field, Italy on a combat bombing mission on 19 March 1944 with the target as Klagenfurt, Austria. Just minutes after takeoff they collided with another B-17 about 20 miles east-southeast of Amendola Base and both crashed and burned then sank into the Gulf of Manfredonia, all crewmen were killed, status missing in action. [MACR 3291a b c] Capt Cash is also remembered in the Tablets of the Missing at the Florence↗ American Cemetery in Via Cassia, Italy.

KIA MIA 19 Mar 1944


Technician 5th Grade Wilford D. Casson US Army

Wilford Dale Casson born 19 March 1924 in McCulloch County, Texas to Alma Mae Wilson (b. 1901 McCulloch County, Texas - d. 1994 Brazos County, Texas) Age 23 and Jesse Medideth Casson (b. 1896 Llano County, Texas - d. 1982 San Antonio, Texas) Age 28.

1930 Census Age 6 living in McCulloch County, Texas with parents and a brother. 1935 Living in Rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 16 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and two sisters. Graduated May High School. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 29 June 1942 while living and working in Brownwood, and listed his father of May, Brown County, Texas as next of kin contact. Wilford D. Casson asn-38371552 a divirced white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Brown County, Texas working in trucking with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 22 February 1943. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Technician 5th Grade Wilford D. Casson 38371552 US Army Battery C 552nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery (Automatic Weapons) Battalion was stationed in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England when he fell victim in a non-battle event and was killed on 4 April 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there in England until after the war. Tec5 Casson's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Mount Tabor Cemetery at Voca, McCulloch County, Texas on 7 August 1948.

DNB 4 Apr 1944


2nd Lieutenant Raymond D. Cawyer US Army Air Forces

Raymond Denny Cawyer born 8 January 1921 in Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas to Vanira Bell Crawford (b. 1902 Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1974 San Saba, Texas) age 19 and Alvie Dale Cawyer (b. 1896 Joplin, Missouri - d. 1971 San Saba, Texas) age 25.

1930 Census age 9 living in San Saba County, Texas with parents and a sister. 1935 living in San Saba County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in San Saba County, Texas with parents and a sister. Attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas, as did his wife. Married Miss Bertha Maurine Foulger of Richland Springs, Texas, in Arizona in June 1942, they had one child. Raymond D. Cawyer asn-18065532 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas being a student with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 6 November 1941. Awarded his wings in Phoenix, Arizona 20 May 1942. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

2nd Lieutenant Raymond D. Cawyer O-725679 US Army Air Forces Base Unit was the pilot of P-39D 41-6803↗ out of Morris Field, North Carolina on the night of 24 January 1943 on a routine training mission to Page Field, Fort Myers, Florida. Arriving during night at Page Field on 25 January 1945 and during the landing approach 2Lt Cawyer's P-39 collided with a light bomber which was making an unapproved approach due to radio trouble in the bomber. His P-39 crashed and burned killing him, but thanks to the ground emergency crash crew, his body was pulled out of the burning plane before it burned. 2Lt Cawyer's body was shipped to Milburn, McCulloch County, Texas and interred in the Cox Cemetery on 30 January 1943.

DNB 25 Jan 1943




Private 1st Class William W. Chambers US Army

William Wallace Chambers born 19 December 1915 in May, Brown County, Texas to Mary Alice Spence (b. 1884 Brown County, Texas - d. 1971 Comanche, Texas) Age 31 and William Raleigh Chambers (b. 1880 Sand Mountain, Alabama - d. 1970 May, Texas) Age 35.

1920 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 14 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Graduate of May High School and attended A&M College. 1935 living in JP2 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 25 living in JP2 Brown County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in May and working for McKee Construction in Brownwood and listed his father of May as his next of kin contact. William W. Chambers asn-38069290 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm hand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 11 October 1941. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class William W. Chambers 38069290 US Army Company A 163rd Infantry Regiment 41st Infantry Division. The 163rd entered the struggle for the defense of Port Moresby, New Guinea, at Dobadura on 2 January 1943 and fought continuously along the Sanananda track until the 22nd. The mission to clear this road was accomplished effectively closing the Papua Campaign. Pfc Chambers was killed in action on 15 January 1943 as part of this important mission. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Wolf Valley Cemetery at northern Brown County, Texas on Tuesday 20 July 1948.

KIA 15 Jan 1943


Colonel Raymond L. Cobb US Army Air Forces

Raymond L. Cobb born 30 March 1914 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Willie Clementine McIntosh(b.1887 Brownwood, Texas -d.1975 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27 and Leonard Cobb(b.1880 Limestone County, Texas -d.1962 Brownwood, Texas ) Age 34.

1920 census Age 5 living with his parents and a sister and a grandfather McIntosh in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and a sister in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Graduated from Brownwood High School in 1932. 1935 Age 20 living in San Antonio, Texas. Graduated from Howard Payne College in 1936. Married Miss Irma Jane Kinley of Coleman, Texas on 19 June 1938 in Brownwood, Texas. 1940 census Age 25 living with his wife Jane in San Anselmo, Marin County, California, as a pilot US Army Air Corps. Newspaper↙.

Colonel Raymond L. Cobb O-22495 US Army Air Forces 748th Bombardment Squadron 457th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the mission commander and co-pilot aboard the B-17G 42-97062 on 14 June 1944 out of Glatton Air Base, England on a combat bombing mission with the target of Melun Air Field, France. The B-17 was attacked by enemy fighters over the target, then took a direct hit of enemy flak in the cockpit and radio area while over the target and eventually crashed at one kilometer north of Champdeuil, France. [MACR 5906a b c] Col Cobb and five other crewmen were killed and went down in the crash, the other five bailed out and were captured by the Germans. Col Cobb was buried in a temporary grave and after the war was reinterred in the Epinal↗ American Cemetery in France.

KIA 14 Jun 1944


Staff Sergeant Alfred E. Cockrum US Army Air Forces

Alfred E. Cockrum born 24 February 1907 in Belton, Bell County, Texas to Emma Jane Northcutt(b.1869 Bell County, Texas-d.1930 Belton, Bell County, Texas) Age 38 and Simeon Jasper Cockrum(b.1862 Alabama-d.1935 Belton, Bell County, Texas) Age 45.

1910 census Age 3 living with his parents and seven siblings in Belton Ward 3, Bell County, Texas. 1920 census Age 12 living with his parents and six siblings in Belton, Bell County, Texas. 1930 census Age 25 living with as a lodger with Rapp family in McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas. 1935 Age 29 living in McAllen, Texas. 1940 census Age 34 living with cousin Hugh Wiseman in JP7 Bell County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Bell County, Texas on 19 March 1942 for the Brownwood Draft Board as he was living and working in Brownwood, Texas and listed his sister of Temple, Texas Mrs. R. F. Garner as his next of kin. Alfred E. Cockrum asn-38229733 a single white male born in Texas in 1907 and residing in Brown County, Texas working as a watchmaker with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 9 October 1942. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Alfred E. Cockrum 38229733 US Army Air Forces 358th Bombardment Squadron 303rd Bombardment Group Heavy 8th Air Force was the tail gunner aboard the B-17 42-29477 'Joan of Arc' out of Molesworth Air Field, England on a combat bombing mission with the target Schweinfurt, Germany on 14 October 1943. [MACR 907a b] A Messerschmitt Bf110 German fighter intercepted the B-17 near the target and fired a rocket which hit the tail end of the B-17 killing Sgt Cockrum and Sgt Carll, the other crew had time to bail out and they were taken prisoners, while the B-17 crashed near Bamberg, Germany about 30 miles ESE of target. SSgt Cockrum was buried in a temporary grave and post-war was reinterred in the Lorraine↗ American Cemetery at Saint-Avold, Lorraine, France.

KIA 14 Oct 1943


Private J. T. Coffee US Army

J. T. Coffee born 19 September 1922 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Virginia Estell Gilmer (b. 1900 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1976 Brownwood, Texas) age 22 and Peyton Joshua Coffee (b. 1900 Coleman, Texas - d. 1987 Brownwood, Texas) age 22.

1930 Census age 7 (J T Coffer) living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with his parents, a brother an a sister. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Attended Brownwood schools until 1938. Unconfirmed story is that he joined the Canadian Army unit The King's Scottish Guard about 1939 in order to fight in the war in Europe. 1940 Census age 18 (John T Coffee) living in Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas listed as a US Army soldier in Company G 9th Infantry. J. T. Coffee asn-18089465 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a driver with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 11 April 1942. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private J. T. Coffee 18089465 US Army Company G 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment 11th Airborne Division. On July 3, 1944 the 503rd Parachute Infantry Regiment (503rd PIR) made a combat jump over Kameri Airfield on the island of Numfor, Indonesia. The Japanese garrison was largely defeated after a suicidal counterattack on July 5, 1944. Pvt Coffee was killed in action on 12 July 1944 in the battle for Noemfor. Officially, the island was declared secure on August 31, 1944. Pvt Coffee was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 11 July 1948.

KIA 12 Jul 1944


1st Lieutenant Guy E. Cole, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Guy Edgar Cole Jr. born 22 Aug 1918 in Rotan, Fisher County, Texas to May Lee Calley(b. Muldoon, Fayette County, Texas-d. Cisco, Eastland County Texas) Age 19 and Guy Edgar Cole Sr.[aka Guy Otha Cole](b.1884 Arkansas-d.1957 Eastland County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and two sisters at Pct 8 Brown County, Texas. 1935 Age 16 living in Houston, Texas. Graduated High School at Cross Cut, Brown County, Texas. He was working in Dallas, Texas when he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps. 1940 census Age 22 living in US Army barracks at Kelly Field, Pct 6 Bexar County, Texas. Married Alicia E. Marquita in Cagnac, Puerto Rico while stationed there. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Guy E. Cole, Jr. O1996091 US Army Air Forces 710th Bombardment Squadron 447th Bombardment Group (Heavy) 8th Air Force was the bombardier on B-17G 44-8355 out of Rattlesden Air Base, England 24 December 1944 on a combat bombing mission with the target Babenhausen Airfield, Germany approximately 500 miles one way flying over Belgium. They made it across Belgium into Germany, having flown about 275 miles, and at Prum, Germany where they were hit in the cockpit by ground anti-aircraft flak and began the downward spin. [MACR 11119a b c d] Only two men were able to bail out of the ten crew aboard. 1Lt Cole and seven others were killed and buried in a temporary grave in Belgium. 1Lt Cole was repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on 14 January 1948.

KIA 24 Dec 1944


1st Lieutenant Jack H. Collie US Army Air Forces

Jack Horace Collie born 23 February 1921 in Roswell, New Mexico to Ethel Mae Fletcher(b.1898 Oklahoma-d.1984 Waco, Texas) Age 23 and Loyd Malcolm Collie(b.1898 Brown County, Texas-d.1971 Brownwood, Texas) Age 23.

1930 census Age 9 living with parents and a sister in Pct1 Brown County, Texas. 1935 Age 14 living in JP1 Brown County, Texas. Graduated Brownwood High School May 1938, and attended Howard Payne College 1939 to 1941. 1940 census Age 19 living with parents and a sister in JP1 Brown County, Texas. Jack H. Collie asn-18083165 a single white male residing in Brown County, Texas born in New Mexico in 1921 and working as a cabinetmaker with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 8 April 1942. Married Miss Bessie Lou Shaw in Leesburg, Florida on 12 March 1944 while stationed at Orlando Air Base. Newspaper↙.

1Lt Jack H. Collie O-678837 US Army Air Forces 78th Fighter Squadron 15th Fighter Group 7th Air Force pilot of P-51D 44-73371 out of Iwo Jima Air Field on a combat fighter strike at target Okazaki Honshu Air Field, Japan. 1Lt Collie was killed 20 July 1945 when his aircraft crashed one mile southwest of the target, exact cause unknown status as missing. [MACR 14784a b] His remains were buried in a temporary grave and repatriated to America in 1949. 1Lt Collie's remains were reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 March 1949.

KIA 20 Jul 1945


Private 1st Class Edward O. Cone, III US Army

Edward Oscar 'Teddy' Cone, III born 3 November 1921 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas to Marguerite Ragsdale (b. 1894 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1984 Albuquerque, New Mexico) age 26 and Edward Oscar Cone Jr. (b.1897 Galveston, Texas - d. 1984 Albuquerque, New Mexico) age 26.

1930 Census age 10 living in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas with his parents and sister. 1935 living in AreaC El Paso, JP1 El Paso County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in in AreaC El Paso, JP1 El Paso County, Texas with his parents and sister. Registered for the draft at El Paso, El Paso County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living and working there and listed his mother of El Paso as his next of kin contact. Edward O. Cone 3rd asn-38124370 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in El Paso County, Texas working as a driver with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas. At the time of his entering the Army, he had many relatives in Brown County, Texas including his maternal grandparents, uncles and aunts. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Edward O. Cone III 38124370 US Army 302nd Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division was advancing in the area from Orscholz to Saarburg, Germany. Pfc Cone was wounded in this action against enemy German forces and died of his wounds on 28 February 1945 and buried in a temporary cemetery grave. According to a note written on Pfc Cone's draft↙ registration card, his father was informed on 20 December 1946 that Pfc Cone was dead and missing. Pfc Cone's remains were identified in a temporary↙ cemetery after the war and reinterred in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

DOW 28 Feb 1945


Private Billy J. Conner US Army

Billy Joe Conner born 22 April 1925 in Vandyke, Comanche County, Texas to Alice Verbenia Herndon (b. 1905 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1997 Round Rock, Texas) age 19 and Dennie William Conner (b. 1892 Homer, Louisiana - d. 1946 Brownwood, Texas) age 33.

1930 Census age 4 living in Comanche County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Rural Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two sisters and a brother. Billy J. Conner asn-18079530 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a cook with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 3 February 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private Billy J. Conner 18079530 US Army 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division. The 82nd Airborne's first assault jumps were into Sicily, Italy on 9 July 1943 and Salerno, Italy on 13 September 1943. The Sicily jump, made by the 505th PIR, was the first regiment sized combat paratroop jump ever performed by the US military. Pvt Conner was seriously injured during the Salerno jump and was in the US Army Base Hospital in North Africa recuperating when he died with meningitis on 7 October 1943. Pvt Conner's body was buried in a temporary grave there in North Africa until after the war when repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 2 June 1948.

DNB 7 Oct 1943


Private Edward L. Cox US Army

Edward Lawrence Cox born 4 December 1916 in Fisher County, Texas to Iva Joe Johnston (b. 1890 Burnett, Texas - d. 1939 Brady, Texas) Age 26 and Thomas Edmiston Cox (b. 1885 Texas - d. 1918 Roby, Texas) Age 31.

1920 Census age 3 living in Fisher County, Texas in the home of Eliza Johnston with mother and brother. 1930 Census age 14 living in Concho County, Texas with step-father George Latham, mother and brother. 1935 living in Benson, Cochise County, Arizona. 1940 Census age 23 living in Brown County, Texas as step-brother, head of household is Raymond Latham and wife, also two stepsons and father George. Edward L. Cox asn-20804215 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a mechanic with four years of high school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 25 November 1940. [nba].

Private Edward L. Cox 20804215 US Army 736th Ordnance Maintenance Company 36th Infantry Division. The 36th Infantry Division departed the New York Port of Embarkation on 2 April 1943 for North Africa. The 36th Infantry Division landed in North Africa 13 April 1943. Pvt Cox died at sea aboard one of the US transport ships on 4 April 1943 and was buried in North Africa. After the war his remains were reinterred in the North Africa↗ American Cemetery at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

DNB 4 Apr 1943


Private Joseph G. Cross US Army

Joseph Glenn Cross born 23 July 1923 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Ada B. Flanagan (b.1883 Lampasas County, Texas - d. 1968 Brownwood, Texas) age 40 and James Riley Cross (b. 1857 Bell County, Texas - d. 1941 Brownwood, Texas) age 65.

1930 Census age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two sisters and one brother. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Brown County, Texas with parents. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Graduated John Tarleton College. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private Joseph G. Cross 38534787 US Army 24th Infantry Division was fighting enemy Japanese forces on the Island of Leyte, Philippines when he was killed in action on 3 November 1944. Pvt Cross was buried there in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were repatristed to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 5 October 1948.

KIA 3 Nov 1944


Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class Rex U. Daniel US Navy

Rex Ulric Daniel born 9 October 1925 (more likely 1927) in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma to Ruth Lavonia Chesser (b. 1903 Mullin, Texas - d. 1997 El Paso, Texas) Age 22 and Olan Ulric Daniel (b. 1899 Texas - d. 1973 San Diego, California) Age 26.

1930 Census age 2y-6m (born 1927) living in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma with parents and three sisters. 1935 living in Hartley County, New Mexico. 1940 Census age 12 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with parents and three sisters. He had just started Brownwood High School when he enlisted in the US Navy. He completed a course in the Navy Hospital Corps on 15 May 1943. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙ Note↙.

Pharmacist's Mate 3rd Class Rex U. Daniel 5766862 US Navy Reserve 1st Medical Battalion Hospital Corps attached to 1st Marine Division was killed in combat 19 September 1944 during the capture of Southern Palau Islands. PO3 Daniel's body was buried in a temporary grave somewhere in the Southwest Pacific Theater and then in 1948 repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Bliss National Cemetery at El Paso, Texas on 16 October 1948.

KIA 3 Nov 1944


Private 1st Class Elmer J. Davidson US Army

Elmer Joe Davidson born 27 August 1923 in May, Brown County, Texas to Laura Alice Lester (b. 1887 May, Texas - d. 1965 Brownwood, Texas) Age 36 and Joseph Russell Davidson (b. 1870 Obion, Tennessee - d. 1958 Brownwood, Texas) Age 53.

1930 Census age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, three brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, a brother and a sister. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown county, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father of May, Texas as next of kin contact. Elmer Joe Davidson asn-38633250 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Brown County, Texas working as farm laborer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 16 August 1944. [nba].

Private 1st Class Elmer Joe Davidson 38633250 US Army Company L 302nd Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division was killed in action in the Saarburg area of the Rhineland region in Germany on 6 March 1945. Pfc Davidson's body was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Wolf Valley Cemetery in northern Brown County, Texas on 27 August 1948.

KIA 6 Mar 1945


Technical Sergeant Hugh H. Davies, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Hugh Humphries Davies, Jr. born 16 October 1921 at Albuquerque, New Mexico to Caroline Schmitt(b.1899 New Mexico-d.1972 Merkel, Texas) Age 22 and Hugh Humphries Davies(b.1898 Denver, Colorado-d.1952 Nolan County, Texas) Age 22

1930 census (Hugh H Davids Jr) Age 8 living with parents at Temple, Bell County, Texas. 1935 living with parents at Temple, Bell County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and a sister at Ward 3 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. At Age 20 residing in Temple, Texas and a student at Port Arthur College registered for the WWII draft at Temple, Texas on 16 February 1942 listing his mother at Temple, Texas as nest of kin. Hugh H. Davies, Jr. asn-18154094 a single white male born 1921 in New Mexico residing in Bell County, Texas and working as an actor with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at San Antonio, Texas on 10 July 1942. Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Technical Sergeant Hugh H. Davies, Jr. 18154094 US Army Air Forces 147th Army Airways Communication System Squadron Detachment 32 was killed on 13 December 1944 in a Non-Battle event at Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. TSgt Davies's remains were buried in a temporary grave overseas and repatriated to America at the end of 1948, he was reinterred at the Sunset Memorial Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico on 14 January 1949 (date confirmed by the cemetery but no other info available).

DNB 13 Dec 1944


Captain Morris E. Day US Army

Morris Eugene Day born 23 November 1904 in Texas to Florence Bell Stanfill (b. 1885 Texas - d. 1977 Oklahoma) Age 19 and Robert Elisha Day (b. 1884 Mississippi - d. 1960 Houston, Texas) Age 20.

1910 Census living in Walker County, Texas. 1920 Census age 15 living in Montgomery County, Texas with parents and three sisters. Married Miss Gabriella McCord. 1930 Census age 25 living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas at the Baptist Seminary Main Dormitory as a roomer with his wife. Entered US Army Chaplain Corps in December 1936, went to the Philippines in about 1939. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Captain Morris E. Day O-021005 US Army Chaplains Headquarters Philippines captured by the Japanese forces 7 May 1942 and sent to Prisoner Camp No.2 at Davao, Mindanao, Philippines. Capt Day was loaded on the Japanese ship Shinyo Maru↗ along with 750 other American prisoners in the cargo holds. The USS Paddle submarine, not knowing that American POWs were on board, fired torpedoes at the ship off the coast of Mindanao and sank it on 7 September 1944. Some Japanese guards shot prisoners as they struggled from the holds and those trying to swim to shore. Capt Day was statused as missing, killed while escaping, and his remains are non-recoverable. Capt Day is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery in Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA MIA 7 Sep 1944


Technician 4th Grade Kenneth A. Deal US Army

Kenneth A. Deal born 1923 in Indiana was adopted by Golden M.(b.1906 Missouri-d.1957 Missouri) Age 18 and Frank L Bittner(b.1894 Missouri-d.1977 Missouri) Age 29.

1930 census Age 6 living with his adoptive parents, the Bittners, in Central, St Louis County, Missouri. Enlisted in the US Army in 1938. He was located at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas for training. Married Miss Hattie Fay Haney in Brownwood, Texas on 1 November 1941, he shipped out overseas in January 1944, daughter Shirley Lee Deal born 27 March 1944. Newspaper↙.

Technician 4th Grade Kenneth A. Deal US Army 747th Tank Destroyer Battalion attached to 29th Infantry Division and he was awwarded the Silver Star, posthumously, for galantry in action 19 June 1944 near Normandy, France. He was killed in action in Germany on 22 November 1944. Tec4 Deal is buried in the Netherlands↗ American Cemetery, at Margraten, Netherlands.

KIA 22 Nov 1944


Private 1st Class Thomas C. Deeds US Army

Thomas Curtis Deeds born 19 May 1920 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas to Minnie Lee Markham (b. 1884 Falls County, Texas - d. 1974 Brady, Texas) Age 33 and Thomas Middleton Deeds (b. 1877 San Saba, Texas - d. 1954 Brady, Texas) age 42.

1930 Census age 10 living in McCulloch County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rural San Saba County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas with parents. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living in Winchell, Brown County, Texas and working at Camp Bowie, Texas and listed his father of Winchell as his next of kin contact. Thomas C. Deeds asn-18080033 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a laborer with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 24 February 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Thomas C. Deeds 18080033 US Army Company L 32nd Infantry Regiment 7th Infantry Division was in the assault and recapture of Attu Island, Alaska from the enemy Japanese forces there in May of 1943. Pfc Deeds was wounded↙ in action about 20 May 1943 and died in a hospital there in the Aleutians on 22 May 1943 and buried in a temporary grave, then after the war in 1949 his remains were repatriated to Texas and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. (the newspaper states death place as north Africa, whereas the VA marker has the unit which was not in north Africa but Alaska and has been confirmed).

DOW 22 May 1943


Sergeant Ward W. De Hay US Army

Ward Wilburn De Hay born 6 March 1919 in Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona to James Ethel Evans (b. 1887 Cooper, Texas - d. 1978 Brownwood, Texas) age 32 and William Thomas DeHay (b. 1880 Mississippi - d. 1958 Brownwood, Texas) age 38.

1920 Census age 11mo living in Yuma County, Arizona as Wilbur W. with parents, one brother and one sister. 1930 Census Age 11 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. Attended May, Texas Public School, and Brownwood High School. Ward W. De Hay asn-20804394 a single white male born 1919 residing in Brown County, Texas being a college student with one year of college education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Miss Mildred Marie Smith on 3 June 1942 in Florida, had one daughter. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Sergeant Ward W. De Hay 20804394 US Army 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was at Mount Castellone, Italy and possibly involved in the attempt to recapture the key point of Mount Castellone when he was killed in action on 18 February 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war, then Sgt DeHay's remains were reinterred in the Sicily-Rome↗ American Cemetery at Nettuno, Lazio, Italy.

KIA 18 Feb 1944


Sergeant Walter C. Donnell US Army Air Forces

Walter Calvin Donnell born 11 April 1924 in Winchell, Brown County, Texas to Verda Elma Carter(b.1903 Oklahoma-d.1979 Parker County, Texas) Age 21 and Ira E. Donnell(b.1895 Brownwood, Texas-d.1972 Dallas, Texas) Age 29.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and siblings at Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living at rural McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents at JP5 Brown County, Texas. At Age 18 residing in Brown County, Texas and working for Anson Oden he registered for the WWII draft in Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 listed his father in Brady, Texas as next of kin. Walter C. Donnell asn-38372858 a single white male born 1924 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farmer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 6 April 1943. Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Walter C. Donnell 38372858 US Army Air Forces was killed in action on 7 November 1944 at Los Negros Island (per Texas DC). The following is from unofficial sources: "A member of crew B-24 bomber lost on mission over Negros Island" (on tombstone). I was unable to find any official details. Sgt. Donnell was repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred at the Winchell Cemetery, Brown County, Texas on 5 September 1948. His remains were moved to the Bluebonnet Hills Memorial Park, Colleyville, Tarrant County, Texas some date prior to 1971.

KIA 7 November 1944


2nd Lieutenant Andrew O. Dunkin, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Andrew Orestes Dunkin, Jr. born 4 August 1922 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Ethel M. Miller(b.1890 South Carolina-d.1964 Brownwood, Texas) Age 32 and Andrew Orestes Dunkin(b.1887 Dallas County, Missouri-d.1976 Jackson County, Missouri) Age 35.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and siblings at Ward 2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents at Ward 2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents at Ward 2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Andrew O. Dunkin, Jr. asn-18038402 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a repairman with four years of high school education enlisted into the US Army Air Corps with previous service at San Antonio, Texas on 21 January 1942. Married Miss Anita LaBranche of Canada. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Andrew O. Dunkin, Jr. O-666748 US Army Air Forces was co-piloting on B-25C 42-53450 on a non-combat training mission and crashed at Sinnamary Field, French Guianna, South America on 3 March 1943. All the crew were killed. 2Lt Dunkin's remains were buried in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred at the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 20 April 1948.

DNB 3 Mar 1943


Private Robert M. Edgar, Jr. US Army

Robert Morris Edgar, Jr. born 12 June 1917 Burnet County, Texas to Mabel Agnes Low (b. 1887 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1972 Abilene, Texas) age 20 and Robert Morris Edgar (b. 1895 Briggs, Texas - d. 1963 Brownwood, Texas) age 22.

1920 Census age 2 living in Coleman County, Texas with parents. 1930 Census age 12 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and a sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. Graduate of Brownwood High School and Howard Payne College. Married Miss Marjory Pearl Steakly on 21 December 1938 in Mills County, Texas, they had a daughter Effie Marjean Edgar. 1940 Census age 22 living in Dewitt County, Texas with wife Marjie. Registered for the draft in Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Yorktown, Texas and working for the Yorktown School District, and listed his wife as next of kin contact. Band director in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas. Robert M. Edgar Jr asn-38636303 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a music teacher with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 13 October 1944. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private Robert M. Edgar, Jr. 38636303 US Army 307th Infantry Regiment 77th Infantry Division was on Okinawa Island, Japan in combat against enemy Japanese forces when he was killed in action on 13 May 1945. Pvt Edgar's body was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

KIA 13 May 1945


Lieutenant Junior Grade John W. Evatt US Navy

John Wesley Evatt born 4 April 1922 in Albany, Shackelford County, Texas to Edna Lela Spence (b. 1889 May, Texas - d. 1964 Brownwood, Texas) Age 33 and Crittenden Evatt (b. 1890 May, Texas - d. 1964 Brownwood, Texas) Age 32.

1930 Census age 8 living in Hale County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Stephens County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Stephens County, Texas with parents, three brothers and a sister. Attended John Tarleton Agriculture College in 1942. Married Miss Jeanne Louise Jennings on 15 February 1944 in Long Beach, California. (John Evatt is listed on the Coggin Park Memorial, No. 46, probably because his parents resided in Brown County, Texas in 1945). [nba].

Lieutenant Junior Grade John W. Evatt O-173420 US Navy Reserve Bombing Squadron 19 (USS Lexington) was performing combat air attacks on Luzon↗ Island, Philippines in the afternoon of 5 November 1944 but he did not return to home base. He was statused as missing in action until one year plus one day had past then status changed to FOD (Finding Of Death) KIA 6 November 1945 and still missing. Ltjg Evatt is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery, Philippines. (The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) has him from Minnesota).

KIA MIA 5 Nov 1944


Technical Sergeant Phillip N. Fenton US Army Air Forces

Phillip Nelson Fenton born 26 April 1923 in Columbia, Boone County, Missouri to Floyd Mattie Brown(b.1891 Missouri-d.1981 Brazos County, Texas) Age 32 and Estel Earl Fenton(b.1896 Missouri-d.1963 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and siblings in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living with his family in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas per the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and siblings at Ward 4 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Phillip N. Fenton asn-18005143 a single white male born 1922 in Texas(little white lie?) working as an aircraft builder with two years of high school education residing in Brown County, Texas enlisted into the US Army Infantry at Dallas, Texas on 5 July 1940. Transferred to the Air Corps in 1940 and trained in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. Newspaper↙.

Technical Sergeant Phillip N. Fenton 18005143 US Army Air Forces was serving at Nadzab Air Field, New Guinea when he was killed in a non-combat ground accident on 6 February 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there or in Australia and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred at the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 10 July 1948.

DNB 6 Feb 1944


Private James H. Filbey US Army

James Howard Filbey born 21 March 1912 Centerville, Washington County, Pennsylvania to Elsie Foster (b. 1885 Bentleyville, Pennsylvania - d. 1974 Waynesburg, Pennsylvania) Age 27 and James Calvin Filbey (b. 1881 Pennsylvania - d. 1972 Waynesburg, Pennsylvania) Age 31.

1920 Census age 7 living in Washington County, Pennsylvania with parents and brother. 1930 Census age 18 living in Washington County, Pennsylvania with parents and brother. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 28 living in Fayette County, Pennsylvania with parents. Registered for the draft in Port Marion, Fayette County, Pennsylvania on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother as next of kin contact. James H. Filbey asn-33275697 a single white male born Pennsylvania in 1912 residing in Fayette County, Pennsylvania working as a printer with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Greensburg, Pennsylvania 0n 22 May 1942. Married Miss Eugenia O. Crabtree (b.6 July 1910 Brownwood, Texas-d.18 February 2005 Waco, Texas) on 12 August 1943 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, while he was stationed there at Camp Bowie. He also trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, paratroopers school. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private James H. Filbey 33275697 US Army 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division was fighting the enemy German forces at Normandy, France when he was killed in action on 4 July 1944. Pvt Filbey was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then reinterred in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Basse-Normandie, France.

KIA 4 Jul 1944


Staff Sergeant James W. Fisher, Jr. US Army Air Forces

James William Fisher, Jr. born 17 July 1925 in Mullin, Mills County, Texas to Fern Annie Herrington(b.1902 Mullin, Texas-d.1928 Brown County, Texas) Age 23 and James William Fisher(b.1898 Brown County, Texas-d.1986 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 4 living with his maternal grandparents at Mullin, Mills County, Texas. 1935 living at the same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 14 living with his father and step-mother at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. At Age 18 residing in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and working for the Bowie Theater registered for the WWII draft on 17 July 1943 listing his father in Dallas, Texas as his next of kin. James W. Fisher, Jr. asn-38532803 residing at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps on 16 Aug 1943. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant James W. Fisher, Jr. 38532803 US Army Air Forces 7th Bombardment Squadron 34th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force as a waist gunner onboad B-17G 43-38263 out of RAF Mendlesham, Suffolk returning on 20 January 1945 from a strategic combat bombing mission over Rheine, Germany and almost home, had an engine fire over the North Sea south of Ipswich, England which caused the aircraft to be unstable. [MACR 11776a b c d] During the spiral out of control, the pilot gave the command to bail out, Sgt Fisher and four other crewmen bailed out, about 45 miles south of home base. Then the pilot saw that the fire was out and he was able to gain control, so he told the remaining crew to standby, and they were able to bring it home. The five crew that bailed out were lost at sea, Missing in Action, remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge↗ American Cemetery, England.

KIA MIA 20 Jan 1945


Staff Sergeant Alton N. Fleming US Army

Alton Neal Fleming born 27 December 1923 in Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas to Lora Mable Crass (b. 1899 Flatwood, Texas - d. 1971 May, Texas) Age 24 and Callie Alexander Fleming (b. 1898 Pioneer, Texas - d. 1959 Risings Star, Texas) Age 25.

1930 Census age 6 living in Callahan County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Eastland County, Texas with parents, two brothers and three sisters. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while residing in Williams, Brown County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his father of May, Brown County, Texas as next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Army on 22 February 1943. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Alton N. Fleming 38371532 Company C 740th Tank Battalion was somewhere near Kassel, Germany helping the 8th Division when he was killed in action on 15 April 1945. The 740th Tank Battalion was not part of any division, but helped out the infantry where ever needed. SSgt Fleming was buried in a temporary grave in Europe until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Pioneer Cemetery at Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas on 30 January 1949.

KIA 15 Apr 1945


Technician 5th Grade Rex M. Flowers US Army Air Forces

Rex Maurice Flowers born 18 April 1921 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Womack Estelle Kirksey(b.1897-d.1971) Age 24 and Marvin Jesse Flowers (b.1898-d.1962) Age 23.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two sisters at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at the same place as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and two sisters at Ward 2, Brownwood, JP1, Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Marie Rucker in Brown County, Texas on 12 July 1941. Rex M. Flowers asn-18199254 a married white male born 1921 in Texas and working as a semiprofessional with four years of high school education and residing in Brown County, Texas enlisted from civil life into the US Army Air Corps at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 23 October 1942.

Technician 5th Grade Rex M. Flowers 18199254 US Army Air Forces Air Depot Group 9th Air Force, he was a passenger aboard a B24 Liberator and was killed when the plane crashed and burned, 44-49523 Sidorek crew↗, 17 June 1945 west of Walgrave, England, status Died Non-Battle [with Sam Thomas]. He was buried in a temporary grave there in England and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and his remains reinterred at Jenkins Springs Cemetery on 15 July 1948 near Early, Brown County, Texas.

DNB 17 Jun 1945


Private Alvie C. Ford US Army

Alvie Curry Ford, Jr. born 10 April 1921 in Denton, Denton County, Texas to Eura Minta Curlee (b. 1900 Thornton, Limestone County, Texas - d. 1981 Beaufort, South Carolina) age 20 and Alvie Curry Ford (b. 1897 Austin, Texas - d. 1937 Waco, Texas) age 23.

1930 Census age 9 (Alna Ford) living in Waco, McLennan County, Texas with his parents, grandmother, two sisters and a brother. 1935 living in Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Married Co Nett Faine Aycock (b. 1921 Cedar Rapids, Iowa - d. 1979 Dallas, Texas). A son James Curtis Ford born 23 May 1940 McLennan County, Texas died 19 July 2012 Waco, Texas. 1940 Census age 21 living in Waco, McLennan County, Texas with his parents (noticed that his father died in 1937), grandparents, three sisters and two brothers. A daughter Pamela Pearl Ford born 3 August 1941 McLennan County, Texas. A daughter Sandra Sue Ford born 10 June 1943 McLennan County, Texas died 7 February 2009 Houston, Texas. Alvie C. Ford asn-20806978 a married white male born Texas 1918 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a repairman with two years of high school education was activated from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a Staff Sergeant at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private Alvie C. Ford 20806978 US Army 143rd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division landed on the beach at Paestum, Italy on 9 September 1943 against intense opposition by the enemy German forces, starting the battle for Salerno. Pvt Ford was wounded during the landing and died of his wounds on 11 Spetember 1943. He was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were reinterred in the North Africa↙ American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

DOW 11 Sep 1943


1st Lieutenant Robert M. Frachiseur, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Robert Monroe Frachiseuer, Jr. born 23 August 1921 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Minnie Bonds(b.1882 Texas-d.1958 Brown County, Texas) Age 41 and Robert (aka Reese) Monroe Frachiseur(b.1876 Georgia-d.1965 Bell County, Texas) Age 46.

Joined the National Guard 36th Infantry 142nd Infantry Regiment while attending Howard Payne College, he was a member of the 142nd Infantry band. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents at Ward 1 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Robert M. Frachiseuer asn-20804160 a single white male born 1920 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working as a student and band member with three years of college education enlisted from the national guard into the US Army Infantry at Camp Bowie Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940. Transferred to the Air Corps at Randolph Field, Texas. Married Miss Doris Ruth Barnes of Burkburnett, Texas on 16 May 1942. Received his commision and wings at Kelly Field, Texas 7 September 1942 and sent to Hamilton Field, California. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Robert M. Frachiseuer, Jr. O-663507 US Army Air Corps 326th Fighter Squadron 328th Fighter Group out of Hamilton Field, California piloting a P-39N 42-8851 was killed in a crash 19 August 1943 at ten and a half miles east of Camp Beale, California. Some reports had it a mid-air collision with another P-39 from Hamilton Field killing 2Lt McNair, but other reports say it was not a collision. 2Lt Frachiseuer's remains were shipped to Brownwood, Texas and interred at the Greenleaf Cemetery.

DNB 19 Aug 1943


Ensign Meador D. Francis US Navy

Meador Dean Francis born 28 March 1922 in Jonesboro, Coryell County, Texas to Annie Lucille Hooper (b. 1901 Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas - d. 1972 Georgetown, Texas) age 20 and Bruce Meador Francis (b. born 1898 Meridian, Texas - d. 1954 Temple, Texas) age 23.

1930 Census age 8 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and three brothers. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Taylor County, Texas with parents and three brothers. Graduated Abilene High School and Rice Institute, Houston, Texas where upon graduation he was commisioned a US Navy Ensign on 28 February 1944. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Ensign Meador D. Francis 340436 US Navy USS Kalk (DD-611) on patrol at Biak Island in the south Pacific when the destroyer was attacked by enemy aircraft and in the ensuing explosions was killed in action on 12 June 1944. Ens Francis was buried in a temporary grave somewhere in the south Pacific Theater until 1948 when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Abilene Municipal Cemetery at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.

KIA 12 Jun 1944


Seaman 2nd Class Petty Officer Joe H. Friday US Navy

Joe Hayden Friday born 27 November 1926 in Austin, Travis County, Texas to Tessie Mae Walser (b. 1910 Llano, Texas - d. 1999 Austin, Texas) age 16 and John Franklin Friday (b. 1906 Seymour, Texas - d. 1993 Williamson County, Texas) age 20.

1930 Census age 3 living in Travis County, Texas with parents. 1935 living in Travis County, Texas. 1940 Census age13 living in Travis County, Texas with parents one brother and a sister. Graduated Brownwood High School in May 1944 and enlisted in the Navy June 1944. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Seaman 2nd Class Petty Officer Joe H. Friday 7649834 US Navy Reserve USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) an aircraft carrier in support of the Philippines campaign, and the landings on Iwo Jima. On 21 February 1945, she sank off of Iwo Jima due to two Japanese kamikaze attacks, killing 318 crewmen. S2c Friday is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu↗ Memorial, Hawaii.

KIA MIA 21 Feb 1945


Sergeant Jim C. Gaines US Army Air Forces

Jim Cornelious Gaines born 15 December 1915 in Brown County, Texas to Sarah E. Looper(b.1889 Texas-d.1927 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 26 and James Grundy (Gilbert) Gaines(b.1878 Texas-d.1960 Irving, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and five siblings at JP1 Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 14 living with his father and seven siblings and an aunt and grandmother at JP1 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 24 living with his father and three sisters at Ward 3 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. At Age 24 residing at May, Brown County, Texas and teaching at the Williams, Brown County, Texas school, he registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin. Jim C. Gaines asn-38229744 a single white male born 1915 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a teacher with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 9 October 1942. Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Jim C. Gaines 38229744 US Army Air Forces (96th Bombarment Group) Thompson Provsional Group onboard B-17G 42-39805 as an aerial gunner out of CAFB Gander, Newfoundland on a replacement ferry mission to RAF Prestwick, Scotland on 30 September 1943. They crashed into the North Atlantic Ocean due to engine failure and all ten crewmen and the Provisional Group Commander were killed, listed as missing for one year and then officially statused as "Finding of Death". [MACR 664a b] Sgt Gaines is remembered at the East Coast↗ Memorial, Manhattan, New York and at his hometown in the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

DNB MIA 30 Sep 1943


2nd Lieutenant Leeman L. Gaines US Army Air Forces

Leeman Lester Gaines born 13 August 1909 in Brown County, Texas to Maude M. McReynolds(b.1885 Coryell County, Texas-d.1972 Texas) Age 24 and Nathaniel Cornelius Gaines(b.1881 Brown County, Texas-d.1953 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 28.

1910 census Age 8 months living with parents and two siblings at JP7 Brown County, Texas. 1910 census Age 10 living with parents and three siblings at JP4 Throckmorton County, Texas. 1930 census Age 20 living as lodger working as bookkeeper at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. 1935 living in Wichita Falls, Texas. 1940 census Age 30 living with sister and brother-in-law working as real estate salesman at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. At Age 31 residing in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas working for George J. Mellina & Company registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 listing his sister Vena V. Fox as next of kin. Married to Imogene Ila Gaines(b.1913-d.1988).

2nd Lieutenant Leeman L. Gaines O-577629 US Army Air Forces 543rd Bombardment Squadron 383rd Bombardment Group 2nd Air Force was onboard B-17F 42-5112 during a routine training mission out of the Rapid City Air Base, Pennington County, South Dakota on 22 May 1943 with the target at an auxillary bombing range near Newell, Butte County, South Dakota where the plane crashed and burned. All eleven crewmen were killed. 2Lt Gaines's remains were shipped to Fort Worth, Texas and burial was at Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park.

DNB 22 May 1943


Sergeant James W. Gibson US Army Air Forces

James W. Gibson born 1926 in Oklahoma to Willie Dee(b.1907 Oklahoma-d.1997 Garvin County, Oklahoma) Age 19 and Ernest Lee Gibson(b.1906 Oklahoma-d.1948 Garvin County, Oklahoma) Age 20. (cpm not)

1930 census Age 4 living with his parents at Purcell, McClain County, Oklahoma. 1935 living at Guthrie, Oklahoma. 1940 census Age 14 living with his parents and one brother at Ward 3 East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. James W. Gibson asn-38569609 a single white male born 1926 in Oklahoma residing in Garvin County, Oklahoma and has 4 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 17 February 1944.

Sergeant James W. Gibson 38569609 US Army Air Forces 328th Bombarment Squadron 93rd Bombardment Group Heavy 8th Air Force was onboard B-24M 44-50697 as the nose gunner on a combat bombing mission out of RAF Harwick with Bayreuth, Germany the target. Due to bad weather they were flying low and as they were crossing the coast of Holland they encountered heavy flak and the bomber went down killing all nine crewmen on 5 April 1945 near Westenschouwen, Netherlands. [MACR 13846a b c d] Sgt Gibson's remains were recovered and eventually interred at the Ardennes↗ American Cemetery, Belgium.

KIA 5 Apr 1945


Private Judson T. Giddens US Army

Judson Taylor Giddens born 27 January 1915 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Sallie Elizabeth Wilson (b. 1874 Honey Grove, Texas - d. 1939 Brownwood, Texas) Age 41 and Charles Lee Giddens (b. 1862 Worth, Georgia - d. 1936 Brownwood, Texas) Age 53.

1920 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, six brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 15 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, four brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Mallie Maurice Kilgore (b.10 Nov 1915 Williams, Brown County, Texas-d.29 Apr 2000) on 8 February 1940 in Brownwood, Texas. They had a daughter. 1940 Census age 25 living in Brown County, Texas with his wife. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Texas on 22 October 1940 while working at the Post Office and listed his wife as next of kin contact. Entered the US Army on 19 December 1944. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private Judson T. Giddens 38639426 US Army Infantry Replacement Center Fort Hood, Texas was on a routine training manuver when he and four other soldiers were crossing a foot bridge across Cow House Creek about 1 p.m. Wednesday 11 April 1945 and the bridge collapsed killing them all. Pvt Giddens was listed as missing until Sunday when his body was recovered several miles down stream. His funeral was held Tuesday 17 April 1945 in Brownwood, Texas and interment was in the Greenleaf Cemetery there.

DNB 11 Apr 1945


Sergeant Lewis B. Goins US Army

Lewis Benjamin Goins born 21 September 1919 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas to Lou Cordelia Reese (b. 1882 North Carolina - d. 1961 Brownwood, Texas) Age 37 and John Christopher Columbus Goins (b. 1875 Athens, Texas - d. 1960 Brownwood, Texas) Age 44.

1920 Census age 3 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, three brothers and four sisters. 1930 Census age 11 living inBrown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and two sisters. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Texas on 16 October 1940 while working in construction at Camp Bowie and listed his mother as next of kin contact. Lewis B. Goins asn-38232480 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Brown County, Texas working as an unskilled laborer with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 21 November 1942 and trained at Camp Howse and Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Lewis B. Goins 38232480 US Army Infantry was fighting enemy German forces in Germany when he was initially reported missing in action on 22 November 1944, but in less than a month his status was changed to killed in action on the same date. Sgt Goins was buried in a temporary grave in Holland until after the war and in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 25 September 1948.

KIA 22 Nov 1944


Captain James W. Goodwin US Army Air Forces

James William Goodwin born 19 September 1916 in Granbury, Hood County, Texas to Nettie A. Porter(b.1883 Texas-d.1921 Texas) Age 33 and Hugh James Goodwin(b.1880 Texas-d.1956 Texas) Age 36.

1920 census Age 3 living with parents and six siblings at JP5 Donley County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his father and 1935 living at the same place as in the 1940 census. 1939 to 1940 attending University of Texas Austin. 1940 census Age 23 working as a roustabout in oil field and living with brother-in-law and sister and five nieces at Amarillo, JP1 Potter County, Texas. James W. Goodwin asn-18036848 a single white male born 1916 in Texas residing in Potter County, Texas and working as an actor with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Lubbock, Texas on 14 July 1941. Married Miss Virginia Lynn Martin of Bangs, Texas on 25 April 1943 in Austin, Texas. Newspaper↙.

Captain James W. 'Red' Goodwin O-437614 US Army Air Forces 395th Fighter Squadron 368th Fighter Group piloting a P-47D 42-76575 on a mission to Ruhr Valley in Germany on 22 April 1944 when he was shot down by an enemy Fw-190A and crashed near Elsaffthal, Duran, Germany. [MACR 4210a b c] Capt Goodwin was statused as missing and Capt Montag saw the crash, but there was misinformation as to his condition, but he was officially found to be dead in May 1945. His remains were recovered and interred at the Ardennes↗ American Cemetery, Belgium.

KIA 22 Apr 1944


1st Lieutenant Harry O. Green US Army Air Forces

Harry Otto Green born 29 January 1920 in Zephyr, Brown County, Texas to Beulah Virginia Snow(b.1891 Brown County, Texas-d.1958 Brown County, Texas) Age 24 and Robert Nathaniel Green(b.1889 Brown County, Texas-d.1964 Brown County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and two brothers at Pct4 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and two brothers and a sister-in-law at Zephyr, JP4 Brown County, Texas. Harry O. Green asn-18065424 a single white male born 1920 in Texas and residing in Brown County, Texas working as a teacher with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 4 January 1942. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Harry O. Green O-662777 US Army Air Forces 401st Bombardment Squadron 91st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot on the ill-fated B-17F 41-24447 on 26 February 1943 flying a mission to Wilhelmshaven, Germany. The aircraft was hit by German flak which set engine four afire and caused them to crash into the North Sea approximately 80 miles northwest of Wilhelmshaven. [MACR 4830a b] All ten crewmen Killed in Action an Missing. 1Lt Green and the other crewmen are remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Cambridge↗ American Cemetery, Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

KIA MIA 26 Feb 1943


1st Lieutenant Shirley J. Green US Army Air Forces

Shirley J. Green born 23 December 1919 in Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas to Catherine Shirley(b.1887 Texas-d.1972 Bexar County, Texas) Age 32 and Zebe Jeremiah Green(b.1876 Texas-d.1953 San Patricio, Texas) Age 43.

1920 census Age 1 Month living with parents and three siblings at Rainbow, Somervell County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and one brother at Aransas Pass, San Patricio County, Texas. 1935 living at the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 19 a US Merchant Marine living with his parents and two nephews at Aransas Pass, JP6 San Patricio County, Texas. At Age 21 while residing in Aransas Pass, Texas and working as an installer for Ma Bell's Western Electric Company in Corpus Christi, Texas registered for the WWII draft in San Patricio County, Texas on 1 July 1941. Newspaper A B.

1st Lieutenant Shirley J. Green O-2045110 US Army Air Forces 360th Fighter Squadron 356th Fighter Group 8th Air Force piloting a P-47D 42-26565↗ was killed on 18 July 1944 as a result of a mid-air collision with another P-47D 42-26271 in the formation at one mile northeast of RAF Woodbridge, Suffolk, England. 1Lt Green was buried in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Prairie View Cemetery, Aransas Pass, San Patricio County, Texas.

DNB 18 Jul 1944


Technical Sergeant Mark E. Greer US Army Air Forces

Mark E. Greer born 3 December 1917 near Zephyr, Mills County, Texas to Cora Mae King(b.1881 -d.1942 ) Age 33 and T F Greer(b.1871 Arkansas -d.1964 Brown County, Texas) Age 43.

1920 census Age 2 living with parents and six siblings at JP4 Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with parents and five siblings at JP4 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Brown County, Texas. At Age 19 residing in Brown County, Texas enlisted in the US Army Air Corps on 12 August 1937. 1940 census Age 22 living at Air Corps Brooks Field, JP7 Bexar County, Texas. Married Miss Catherine L. Davis in Clark, Washington on 19 Jun 1941.

Technical Sergeant Mark E. Greer 6272762 US Army Air Corps 54th Fighter Pursuit Squadron was a passenger on a C-53 flight to the USA with pilot 1Lt Jack Jones 42nd Troop Carrier Squadron and they crashed on 5 July 1942 in Cold Bay Alaska with all 13 on board killed. (I did not find details about the cause of the crash) TSgt Greer was buried in a temporary grave in Alaska and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Zephyr Cemetery, Zephyr, Brown County, Texas on 26 September 1948.

DNB 5 Jul 1942


1st Lieutenant James R. Grove US Army Air Forces

James Ronald Grove born 23 December 1918 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Ora Lillian Hurlbut(b.1890 -d.1977 ) Age 28 and Hugh Lowe Grove(b.1890 -d.1970 ) Age 28. (One of Twin boys per birth cert. 1Lt Roland H. Grove is his twin)

1920 census Age 1 living with parents and siblings at Brownwood Ward 2, Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with parents and siblings at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 census Age 16 living with parents and siblings at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with parents and twin brother at Corpus Christi, JP1 Nueces County, Texas. James R. Grove asn-18025198 a single white male residing in Nueces County, Texas and workin for a beverage company with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Kelly Field Texas on 4 October 1940. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant James R. Grove O-664575 US Army Air Forces 319th Fighter Interceptor Squadron 325th Fighter Group 8th Air Force was killed in action on a mission over Sardinia on 21 May 1943. He was buried in a temporary grave there and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Texas on 12 June 1948.

KIA 21 May 1943


Corporal Louis M. Guyer US Army Air Forces

Louis Monroe Guyer (Louis Mann Guyer on Texas birth index) born 29 August 1924 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lessie L. Burrows(b.1899 Bangs, Texas-d.1990 Coleman, Texas) Age 25 and Louis R. Guyer(b.1894 Bangs, Texas-d.1961 Bangs, Texas) Age 30.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents in the house of his paternal grandparents in JP6, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents in JP6, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents in JP6, Brown County, Texas. At Age 18 residing in San Diego, California and working for Consolidated Aircraft Parts Plant he registered for the WWII draft on 15 December 1942 listing his father as next of kin.

Corporal Louis M. Guyer 38372678 US Army Air Forces 32nd Photographic Squadron 5th Reconnaissance Group was a passenger on the liberty ship USS Paul Hamilton↗ when it was sunk off Algiers in the Mediterranean Sea by an aerial torpedo dropped by a German Ju 88 bomber on 20 April 1944. All 580 crew and passengers were killed, statused MIA not recoverable. Cpl Guyer is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa↗ American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

KIA MIA 20 Apr 1944


Staff Sergeat Harold A. Hahn US Army Air Forces

Harold Anthony Hahn born 6 July 1918 in New Jersey to Matilda(b.1893 New Jersey-d. Unknown) Age 25 and Michael Hahn(b.1892 New Jersey-d. Unknown) Age 26.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents and one brother in Wood Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and siblings in Wood Ridge, Bergen County, New Jersey. 1935 living in Woodridge, Bergen County, New Jersey. 1940 census Age 21 living as a lodger and florist proprietor in Ward 2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. At Age 22 residing in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and working for himself(Hahn's Flower Shop) and he registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 listing his father of Wood Ridge, New Jersey as next of kin. Harold A. Hahn asn-38133271 a single white male born 1918 in New Jersey and residing in Bergen County, New Jersey working as a florists enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 9 June 1942. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Harold A. Hahn 38133271 US Army Air Forces 49th Troop Carrier Squadron 313th Troop Carrier Group onboard C-47A 43-15048↗ which crashed (as a result of enemy action) near Oxford, England on 7 June 1944 killing all six crewmen. [MACR 16078] SSgt Hahn was buried in Brookwood, London, England and repatriated to New Jersey in 1948. He was reinterred in Beverly National Cemetery, Beverly, New Jersey on 21 July 1948.

KIA 7 Jun 1944


Aviation Cadet Robert H. Hanna US Army Air Forces

Robert Hall Hanna born 11 September 1921 in Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia to Nellie Marie Martin(b.1896 Georgia-d. Unknown) Age and Richard Taylor Hanna(b.1886 Dallas, Texas-d.1950 Abilene, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and one older brother in New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and one older brother in Ward 4 El Reno City, Canadian County, Oklahoma. Robert H. At Age 20 residing in Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas and working for the Shell Oil Company registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942 listing his father of Brownwood, Texas as next of kin. Hanna asn-18109923 a single white male born 1921 in Georgia residing in Brown County, Texas working professionaly with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Abilene, Texas on 29 May 1942. Newspaper↙.

Aviation Cadet Robert H. Hanna 18109923 US Army Air Corps 950 SEFTS(Single Engine Flyer Training School) Yuma Army Auxillary Air Field One, Arizona was onboard for a training mission with an officer instructor in an AT-6 41-32817 on 21 September 1943 and they collided mid-air with another AT-6 41-32082 trainer aircraft 15 miles southeast of the air field. Three were killed including AC Hanna, the other cadet survived via parachute. Robert Hanna's remains were shipped to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and interred in the Greenleaf Cemetery.

DNB 21 Sep 1943


Private 1st Class Tom J. Harrington US Army

Tom John Harrington born 7 October 1917 in Brookesmith, Brown County, Texas to Clara Ann Fisher (b. 1887 Texas - d. 1980 Brownwood, Texas) age 30 and Thomas Abney Harrington (b. 1882 Lampasas County, Texas - d. 1968 Brownwood, Texas) age 36.

1920 Census age 2 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1930 Census age 12 living in Brown County, Texas with parents. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Margaree Mosier (b.1921 Goldthwaite, Texas-d. 2012 Carlsbad, New Mexico) on 18 October 1937 at Irion, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in Mills County, Texas with wife Margaree age 18. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working at Zephyr, Texas and listed his wife as next of kin contact. Tom J. Harrington asn-38232996 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Brown County, Texas working in construction with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 30 November 1942. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private 1st Class Tom J. Harrington 38232996 US Army Company D 1st Battalion 410th Infantry Regiment 103rd Infantry Division was wounded in action while fighting enemy German forces around Ingwiller, France on 25 January 1945. He died of the wounds on 1 February 1945 in an Army field hospital and was buried in a temporary grave in France. Pfc Harrington's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Zephyr Cemetery at Zephyr, Brown County, Texas on 29 April 1948.

DOW 1 Feb 1945


Ensign Thomas F. Harris US Navy

Thomas Franklin Harris born 7 June 1918 in May, Brown County, Texas to Minnie Lee Charters (b. 1880 Brown County, Texas - d. 1947 Brownwood, Texas) age 38 and James Ruben Harris (b. 1875 Texas - d. 1929 May, Texas) age 44.

1920 Census age one living in Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1930 census age 12 living in Brown County, Texas at home of grandmother Carrie Charters as head William Perry and Minnie listed as son in law and daughter and two brothers. Graduate of Rising Star High School. Attended Howard Payne College at Brownwood, Texas and graduated University of Missouri in 1941. Entered the US Navy while in Missouri. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Ensign Thomas F. Harris O-102999 US Navy USS Astoria was wounded in action at the Savo Island↗ battle where his ship was attacked by enemy Japanese surface ships on 9 August 1942 set aflame and eventually sunk. Wounded, he was likely to have been rescued by or transferred to another US Navy ship where he died on 12 August 1942 and was buried at sea. This means he was accounted for and thus he is not on the list of MIAs from the USS Astoria. Ens Harris is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

KIA 12 Aug 1942


2nd Lieutenant Gerald M. Hassell US Army

Gerald Max Hassell born 7 September 1919 in Houston, Texas County, Missouri to Ethel F. Hinkle (b. 1892 Missouri - d. 1975 Lemon Grove, California) Age 27 and Marvin James Hassell (b. 1892 Missouri d. 1972 Springfield, Missouri) Age 27.

1920 Census age 0 living in Texas County, Missouri with Edward Hinkle as head and his mother and a brother. 1930 Census age 10 living in Natrona County, Wyoming with mother and brother. 1935 living in Casper, Natrona County, Wyoming. 1940 Census age 20 living in Natrona County, Wyoming with his mother. Registered for the draft at Laramie, Albany County, Wyoming on 16 October 1940 while a student and listed his uncle, Harry E. Parsons of Casper, Wyoming, as next of kin contact. Graduate of University of Wyoming. Married Miss Mariann Frances Busby (b.20 March 1915 Brownwood, Texas-d.2 April 1989 Bolder, Colorado) on 7 June 1943 in Fort Worth, Texas. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Gerald M. Hassell O-1180939 US Army 161st Field Artillery Battalion 35th Infantry Division was killed in action while fighting enemy German forces near Chambrey, France on 18 September 1944. 2Lt Hassell was buried in a temporary grave in France until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine↗ American Cemetery at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.

KIA 18 Sep 1944


2nd Lieutenant Orville L. Hayes US Army Air Forces

Orville Leroy Hayes born 1 October 1920 in Haynesville, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana to Lizzie Belle Harper(b.1894 Alabama-d.1981 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26 and George B. Hayes(b.1882 Louisiana-d.1927 Union County, Arkansas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 9 living with his mother and two brothers in Smackover, Union County, Arkansas. 1935 living at Norphlet, Union County, Arkansas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his mother and one brother at Ward 2 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. At Age 21 enlisted for the WWII draft while residing in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and being a student at Howard Payne College there on 16 February 1942 and listing his mother as next of kin. Orville L. Hayes asn-38134200 a single white male born 1920 in Louisiana residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a waiter enlisted from cicilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 9 July 1942. Married Miss Virginia Barnes of Brownwood, Texas on 2 November 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Orville L. Hayes O-757069 US Army Air Forces 338th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force on board B-17F 42-29939↗ as Bombardier during a combat bombing mission on 11 April 1944 from Snetterton Heath Airfield, England with the target at Poznan, Poland. [MACR 3810a b] The plane was shot down by enemy aircraft over the Baltic Sea near Bornholm Island off Sweden and 9 crewmen and one photographer were killed including 2Lt Hayes, with one crewman survivor captured. 2Lt Hayes is remembered on the tablets of the missing at the Cambridge↗ American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

FOD MIA 11 Apr 1944


Seaman 2nd Class Petty Officer Luther C. Haynie Jr. US Navy

Luther Carroll Haynie, Jr. born 7 March 1926 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lou Belle Kelley (b. 1906 Bangs, Texas - d. 2002 Texas) age 19 and Luther Carroll Haynie (b. 1903 Texas - d. 1994 Brownwood, Texas) age 22.

1930 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and a sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and a sister. Student at Brownwood High School. US Navy enlistment 12 June 1944 and boot camp at San Diego, California. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Seaman 2nd Class Petty Officer Luther C. Haynie Jr. 9390157 USS Goodhue (APA-107) was fighting the enemy Japanese forces during the Okinawa Gunto Assault and Occupation on 2 April 1945 and was killed in the combat action. S2c Haynie was buried in a temporary grave on a south Pacific island and repatriated to America after the war and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 17 March 1949.

KIA 2 Apr 1945


2nd Lieutenant Chester C. Henson, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Chester Christian Henson, Jr. born 27 August 1924 at College Station, Brazos County, Texas to Bertie Matthews(b.1894 Texas-d.1978 Waco, Texas) Age 30 and Chester Christian Henson(b.1891 Dawson, Texas-d.1972 Waco, Texas) Age 33.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and a sister at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. 1935 Age 10 living with his parents and a sister at DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents and a sister at Ward 8 Waco, JP1 McLennan County, Texas. At Age 18 while residing at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and being a student at Texas A & M College he registered for the WWII draft on 11 December 1942 listing his father, also of Brownwood, as next of kin. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Chester C. 'Chet' Henson, Jr. O-704932 US Army Air Forces 1st Training Group Liberal Army Air Field, Kansas a student officer onboard RB-24E 42-7436 during a routine night training mission on 31 March 1944 when the bomber was involved in a mid-air collision with RB-24E 41-28491 also from Liberal AAF. The crash occurred ten miles east of Laverne, Oklahoma at 01:28 a.m. and all five crewmen of aircraft 436 and all four crewmen of aircraft 491 were killed. 2Lt Henson's remains were shipped to Waco, Texas and interred in the Rosemound Cemetery, Waco, Texas.

DNB 31 Mar 1944


2nd Lieutenant Walter L. Hester US Army Air Forces

Walter Lee Hester born 14 March 1923 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Gladys Leona Byrd(b.1902 Brown County, Texas-d.1983 California) Age 21 and Dewey Berry Hester(b.1898 New Mexico-d.1976 California) Age 25.

1930 census Age 7 living with parents and a brother in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at rural Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with parents and brother and maternal grandparents in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. At Age 19 residing in Glendale, California working for the Lockheed Aircraft Corp. when he registered for the WWII draft. Residence changed to Burbank, California 28 October 1942, possibly when he enlisted in the Air Corps. Married Miss Janet M. Hill of Hollywood, California. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Walter L. Hester O-818870 US Army Air Forces 338th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group Co-pilot aboard B-17G 42-102515↗ on 27 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission targeting marshalling yards at Karlsruhe, Germany was in a mid-air collision with another B-17G 42-97269↗, that was hit by flak in the flight formation, knocking the tail section off aircraft 515 and disabling aircraft 269 and putting them both into a spin dive to the ground near Vily-le-Bas, France (German occupied) killing eight of the ten man crew of aircraft 515 including 2Lt. Hester, and all ten crew of aircraft 269 were killed. [MACR 5163 & 5161] He was buried in a temporary grave in France and after the war reinterred at the Ardennes↗ American Cemetery, Belgium.

KIA 27 May 1944


Private 1st Class Amzy E. Hibler US Army

Amzy Earnest Hibler born 17 March 1915 in Blanket, Brown County, Texas to Adelia Ann Stone (b. 1886 Mason, Texas - d. 1975 Brownwood, Texas) Age 29 and Ernest Phelps Hibler (b. 1881 Bertram, Texas - d. 1926 Blanket, Texas) Age 34.

1920 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and four sisters. 1930 Census age 15 living in Brown County, Texas with his mother and three sisters. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Doris Marie Bradley (b.17 Nov 1923 Zephyr, Texas-d.1988 Tyler, Texas) on 19 Jan 1938, they had four children. 1940 Census age 25 living in Zephyr, JP4 Brown County, Texas with his wife and son, working as a farmer. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working at Zephyr, Texas and listed his wife as next of kin contact. Amzy E. Hibler asn-38681749 a married white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a carpenter with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 9 March 1944. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private 1st Class Amzy E. Hibler 38681749 US Army Company C 327th Combat Engineers Battalion 102nd Infantry Division was fighting against the enemy German forces between the Elbe River and Berlin, Germany when he was killed in action on 5 May 1945, and he was buried in a temporary grave in Europe. Pfc Hibler's remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Blanket Cemetery at Blanket, Brown County, Texas on 24 April 1949.

KIA 5 May 1945


Staff Sergeant Norris Hickman US Army

Norris Hickman born 1913 in Texas to Emma M. Smith (b. 1888 Holder, Brown County, Texas - d. 1952 Norman, Oklahoma) Age 25 and William Hiram Hickman (b. 1886 Rising Star, Texas - d. 1929 Rising Star, Texas) Age 27.

1920 Census age 7 living in Shannon, Creek County, Oklahoma with his parents, brother Wallace and sister Evelyn. 1930 Census age 17 living in Pct2 Brown County, Texas with his grandmother Rachel L Wagnon (b.1866 Mississippi-d.1964 Texas) as head of house, his mother and sister. Graduate of May High School. Entered the US Army in 1939 and listed his brother, Mr. W. E. Hickman of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Norris Hickman 6291860 US Army 60th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division was in North Africa fighting the enemy German-Italian Army when he was killed in action on 24 March 1943. SSgt Hickman was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the North Africa↙ American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

KIA 24 Mch 1943


Private 1st Class Iva F. Holmes US Army

Iva Foster Holmes born 5 June 1926 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Ola Dee Reynolds (b. 1906 Texas - d. 1991 Navarro County, Texas) age 20 and Iva Kendrick Holmes (b. 1903 Iredell, Texas - d. 1982 Brownwood, Texas) age 23.

1930 Census age 3 living in Eastland County, Texas with parents. 1935 living in Rural Coleman County, Texas. 1940 Census age 13 living in Eastland County, Texas with parents, a brother and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 5 June 1944 while living there and working at the M-System Market and listed his father of Richland Springs, Texas as his next of kin contact. Iva F. Holmes asn-38634499 a single white male born Texas in 1926 residing in Brown County, Texas being a student with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 5 September 1944. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Iva F. Holmes 38634499 1st Infantry Regiment 6th Infantry Division was in the Philippines fighting the enemy Japanese forces on Luzon Island when he was killed on 17 April 1945, the day of the recapture of Mount Mataba. Details of the event are not made public which caused his demise and identification impossible, therefore Pfc Holmes is still statused as missing in action, MIA. Pfc Holmes is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila↙ American Cemetery, Philippines.

KIA MIA 17 Apr 1945


Private 1st Class Willie H. Hubbert, Jr. US Marine Corps

Willie Homer Hubbert, Jr. born 11 October 1915 in Brown County, Texas to Erma Fortson (b. 1895 Mississippi - d. 1992 Brown County, Texas) Age 20 and Willie Homer Hubbert (b. 1869 Alabama - d. 1934 Bangs, Texas) Age 46.

1920 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1930 Census age 14 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, three sisters and two brothers. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Zephyr, Texas and working at Camp Bowie, Texas and listed his stepfather, George Hallmark of Zephyr, as next of kin contact. Willie H. Hubbert msn-317153 enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps as a private in Texas on 14 July 1941. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Willie H. Hubbert 317153 Company C 1st Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force was on Guam, Marianas Islands, where the Marines had won the Battle of Guam by August 1944. Pfc Hubbert was killed in action on 1 December 1944 during the mopping up operations in the jungles of Guam. He was buried in a temporary grave in the Marianas and repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Cedar Point Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 14 November 1948.

KIA 1 Dec 1944


Private Dan R. Ivey US Army

Dan R. Ivey born 14 December 1921 in Roscoe, Nolan County, Texas to Ruby Ophelia Hawthorne (b. 1894 Alabama - d. 1974 Amarillo, Texas) age 26 and Clyde Amos Ivey (b. 1890 Texas - d. 1967 Fort Worth, Texas) age 33.

1930 census age 8 living in Lubbock County, Texas with parents and a brother. 1935 living in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Taylor County, Texas with parents and a brother. Attended Abilene High School. Dan R. Ivey asn-20813154 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Taylor County, Texas working as a bookkeeper with one year of high school education activated from the National Guard into the US Army Field Artillery as a private at Abilene, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private Dan R. Ivey 20813154 2nd Battalion Headquarters Detachment 131st Field Artillery 36th Infantry Division (Texas National Guard aka The Lost Battalion) was captured by the Japanese on the island of Java in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia) in March 1942. Pvt Ivey was sent to Thailand to work on the Burma Railway, and he died in captivity on 26 September 1943. He was buried in a temporary grave and repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Terrace Cemetery at Post, Garza County, Texas.

DNB 26 Sep 1943


Private Thearon O. Ivy US Army Air Forces

Thearon Ott Ivy born 22 August 1921 in Mason County, Texas to Mary Isabel Ray (b. 1884 San Saba, Texas - d. 1956 Brownwood, Texas) Age 37 and James Ott Ivy (b. 1885 Lampasas County, Texas - d. 1972 Sonora, Texas) Age 36.

1930 Census age 9 living in Mason County, Texas with parents, two brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and a brother. Registered for the draft in El Cajon, California on 15 February 1942 while living and working for the Consolidated Aircraft Company in San Diego, California and listed his father of Owens, Brown County, Texas as his next of kin contact. Thearon O. Ivy asn-18200511 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working in an aircraft plant with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 3 November 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private Thearon O. Ivy 18200511 US Army Air Forces 831st Bombardment Squadron 485th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the top turret gunner on B-24H 42-52709 out of Venosa Airfield, Italy on 13 June 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Munich, Germany. [MACR 6388a↙ b↙ c↙] The B-24 was reported as 'did not return to base' and cause unknown on the MACR, however another report stated that the B-24 was shot down by enemy fighters just after leaving the bomb run over the target and crashed near Freising, Germany. The latter version is partially substantuated by the German's reports. About half the crew were captured by the Germans having bailed out, the rest were either killed in the crash or by the Nazis. Pvt Ivy was shot by the Nazis↙ on 17 June 1944 as he allegedly tried to escape, and buried in the POW camp cemetery. Pvt Ivy's remains were repatriated to America after the war about 1948 and reinterred in the Bethel Cemetery at Katemcy, Mason County, Texas.

KIA 17 Jun 1944


Private James G. Jones US Army

James Garvin Jones born 10 June 1919 in Arah, Scurry County, Texas to Zula Maude Gaston (b. 1880 Jonesboro, Texas - d. 1973 Stamford, Texas) age 39 and Marcus Lumpkin Jones (b. 1876 Pine Hill, Texas - d. 1950 Haskell, Texas) age 44.

1920 Census age 1 living in Surry County, Texas with parents, five brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 10 living in Haskell County, Texas with parents, five brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Haskell County, Texas. 1938 graduated at Stamford High School. Attended Howard Payne College and one semester at Texas Tech. 1940 Census age 20 living in Haskell County, Texas with parents and three brothers. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while attending HPC and listed his father at Stamford, Texas as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Sue Estelle English in 1942 at Brownwood, Texas, they had a son born in Brownwood, Texas. James G. Jones asn-18110427 a married white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a post office clerk with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 22 September 1942. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private James G. Jones 18110427 US Army 32nd Armored Regiment 3rd Armored Division was fighting the enemy German forces near Stolberg, Germany on 29 October 1944 when he was killed in action. Pvt Jones was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle↗ American Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

KIA 29 Oct 1944


Sergeant Manteu P. Jones US Army Air Forces

Manteu Porter Jones born 25 November 1920 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Grace Jewel Byrd(b.1897 Texas-d.1992 San Angelo, Texas) Age 23 and Charley Porter Jones(b.1893 San Marcos, Texas-d.1989 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 9 (Manten Janes) living with parents and siblings in JP1, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Brown County, Texas per the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 19 living with parents and siblings at upper Brady Street, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Manteu Porter Jones born 25 November 1920 in Brown County, Texas residing at Glendale, California working for the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation registered for the WWII draft on 14 February 1942 listing his father as next of kin. Manteu P. Jones asn-19128546 a single white male born 1920 in Texas residing in Los Angeles County, California working as an airplane mechanic with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Los Angeles, California on 17 September 1942. Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Manteu P. Jones 19128546 US Army Air Forces 3036th Yuma Army Air Field Base Unit flight crew chief aboard B-17G 42-97619 on night navigation flight 28 June 1944 and the pilot hit the side of Gila mountain 10 miles east of Yuma Field, Arizona and crashed and burned. Four airmen were killed along with Sergeant Jones, and statused Died Non-Battle. His remains were shipped to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and interred in the Cedar Point Cemetery.

DNB 28 Jun 1944


Sergeant Wesley C. Jones US Army

Wesley Coleman Jones born 26 March 1920 in Owens, Brown County, Texas to Fannie Boyd (b. 1889 Texas - d. 1972 Ballinger, Texas) age 31 and Jesse Coleman Jones (b. Holder, Texas - d. 1955 Ballinger, Texas) age 34.

1930 Census age 10 living in Runnels County, Texas with parents and seven sisters. 1935 living in Rural Runnels County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Runnels County, Texas with parents and 5 sisters. Married Miss Jimmie Ellen Baker April 1942. Wesley C. Jones asn-20804825 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Runnels County, Texas with a grammar school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ballinger, Texas on 25 November 1940. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Wesley C. Jones 20804825 US Army 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was in Italy fighting the enemy German forces at Albaneta Farm, Mount Casteligona and was injured. He died of the injuries on 6 February 1944. Sgt Jones was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas on 10 October 1948.

KIA 6 Feb 1944


Private Charlie C. Kehley US Army

Charlie Clarence Kehley born 18 December 1911 in Cumby, Hopkins County, Texas to Martha Caldonia Clem (b. 1880 Pulaski, Tennessee - d. 1948 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26 and Thomas Kehley (b. 1887 Texas) Age 20.

1920 Census age 8 living in Hopkins County, Texas with stepfather Frank Ethridge, Mother, four brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 18 living in Brown County, Texas with George A. Green and Eva as a nephew, Eva is sister to Martha. 1935 living in rural Hunt County, Texas. 1940 Census age 28 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with stepfather Franklin Ethridge and mother Donie as a stepson. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother, Mrs. Donie Ethridge of Brownwood, as his next of kin contact. Charlie C. Kehley asn-38038483 a single white male born Texas in 1911 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a carpenter with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army for Philippine Service as a private at Dallas, Texas on 12 February 1941. [nba].

Private Charlie C. Kehley 38038483 US Army was in Humboldt County, California on 22 October 1942 when he died in what the Army describes as a non-battle event. This means cause of death could be an accident, disease, homicide or such, no details were found. Pvt Kehley's body was shipped to Brownwood, Texas and interred in the Winchell Cemetery at Winchell, Brown County, Texas.

DNB 22 Oct 1942


1st Lieutenant Elmer H. Kemman US Army

Elmer Harry Kemman, Jr. born 9 November 1917 La Grange, Cook County, Illinois to Mary J. Schwenck (b. 1893 La Grange, Illinois - d. 1962 Tampa, Florida) Age 24 and Elmer Henry Kemman (b. 1891 La Grange, Illinois - d.1976 Hillsborough, Florida) Age 26.

1920 Census age 2 living in Cook County, Illinois with parents. 1930 Census age 12 living in Cook County, Illinois with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 22 living in Cook County, Illinois with grandfather Alfonzo Kemman, parents, brother and a sister. Registered for the draft in La Grange, Cook County, Illinois on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother of La Grange, Illinois, as his next of kin contact. Elmer H. Kemman asn-36046598 a single white male born Illinois in 1917 residing in Cook County, Illinois working as a draftsman with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Chicago, Illinois on 25 August 1941. Married Miss Dorothy May Ross(b.29 May 1922 Belton, Texas) of Santa Anna, Texas on 13 January 1943 at a Camp Bowie Chapel in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. [nba] Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Elmer H. Kemman O-1105570 US Army 39th Engineer Combat Regiment was at the Anzio, Italy beachhead when he was wounded in action on 2 March 1944 by enemy German forces. 1Lt Kemman fought another battle trying to recover from the wounds, but he lost this battle when he died 26 April 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then reinterred in the Sicily-Rome↗ American Cemetery at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

DOW 26 Apr 1944


Staff Sergeant Charles L. Knowles, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Charles Latham Knowles, Jr. born 11 March 1910 in Fort Smith, Sebastian County, Arkansas to Bettie Clyde Peabody(b.1871 Alabama-d.1938 Houston, Texas) Age 39 and Charles L. Knowles(b.1869 Indiana-d.1948 Houston, Texas) Age 41.

April 1910 census Age 1 Month living with his parents and siblings in Fort Smith Ward 5, Sebastian County, Arkansas. 1920 census Age 9 living with his parents and siblings in Fort Smith Ward 2, Sebastian County, Arkansas. Married Miss Bille Mae Campbell in JP1 Harris County, Texas on 6 April 1929. Birth of their baby girl Knowles in Houston, Harris County, Texas on 9 July 1929. 1930 census Age 21 living with his wife Billie in Houston, Harris County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 31 single living with his father and brother W.D. and half brother Carmel Riley in JP3 Willacy County, Texas. At Age 30 residing near Raymondville, Willacy County, Texas and working as a farmer for himself registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940 listing his father as next of kin. Charles L. Knowles, Jr. asn-18189980 a divorced white male with dependents born 1910 in Arkansas residing in Willacy County, Texas and working as a farmer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Houston, Texas on 29 October 1942.

Staff Sergeant Charles L. Knowles, Jr. 18189980 US Army Air Forces 790th Bombardment Squadron 467th Bombardment Group was the left waist gunner aboard B-24 42-52497 'Osage Express' during a daylight combat bombing mission at Berlin, Germany when it was shot down by anti-aircraft flak on 21 June 1944 after leaving the target. [MACR 6235a b c d] The crew of nine were all statused as Killed In Action. His remains were buried in Cemetery Popentin at Mecklenburg Germany and after the war reinterred at Lorraine↗ American Cemetery, France.

KIA 21 Jun 1944


2nd Lieutenant Charles C. Lacy US Army

Charles Cecil Lacy born 7 December 1919 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas to Pearl Walden (b. 1899 Itasca, Texas - d. 1987 San Antonio, Texas) age 20 and Cecil Calvin Lacy (b. 1894 Decaturville, Tennessee - d. 1976 San Angelo, Texas) age 25.

1920 Census Johnson County Texas age 0with parents and a sister. 1930 Census Johnson County Texas age 10 living with parents, a sister and two brothers. 1935 living Rural Brown County Texas. Graduated Brownwood High School. 1940 Census Harris County Texas age 20 living with parents, a brother and two sisters. Charles C. Lacy asn-20804446 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Harris County, Texas working as a sales clerk enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a Private 1st Class at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Miss Louise Richardson on 11 February 1942 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, they had a son born 1942 in California. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Charles C. Lacy O-1292197 US Army 330th Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division. The 83rd Division thrust forward from Gressenich to the west bank of the Roer. It entered the Battle of the Bulge, 27 December 1944, striking at Rochefort, Belgium and reducing the enemy salient in a bitter struggle. It was on a combat mission against German enemy forces in the area of Rochefort, Belgium when 2Lt Lacy was killed in action on 14 January 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave in Belgium until after the war. 2Lt Lacy's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 25 May 1948.

KIA 14 Jan 1945


Corporal Watters L. Lamkin US Army Air Forces

Watters Lee Lamkin born 9 July 1925 in Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas to Evelyn Watters(b.1905 Cleburne, Texas-d. 1997 Waco, Texas) Age 20 and W Lee Lamkin(b.1900 Coryell County, Texas-d.1995 Brownwood, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 4 living with his parents and one brother at Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 14 living with his parents and one brother at JP1 Brown County, Texas. Watters L. Lamkin asn-18202866 a single white male born 1925 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a sales clerk with 1 year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Abilene, Texas on 28 April 1943. Married Miss Ellen Elizabeth Early in Brown County, Texas on 17 Sep 1944.

Corporal Watters L. Lamkin 18202866 US Army Air Forces was killed on 23 February 1945 when the C-46A 42-107377 transport he was a passenger on, crashed during take-off 2 mi SE of Cazes Airport, Casablanca, French Morocco. [MACR 15326] Of the crew and passengers there were thirteen killed and seventeen injured. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1948. His remains were reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas 22 June 1948.

DNB 23 Feb 1945


Private Foy R. Lawson US Army

Foy Richard Lawson born 6 August 1922 in San Saba County, Texas to Dora Mavit Landrum (b. 1900 Texas - d. 1927 Brownwood, Texas) Age 22 and Will J. Lawson (b. 1896 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1962 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1930 Census age 7 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with grandfather Henry Lawson, grandmother, three uncles and his sister. 1935 living in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with his father and a sister. Registered for the draft in Detroit, Michigan on 30 June, 1942 while living and working there and listed his father, Will Lawson of Brownwood, Texas, as his next of kin contact. His Texas death record for burial there shows that he was married, but nothing about a spouse has been located. [nba]

Private Foy R. Lawson 36968481 US Army 2nd Ballation 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment was in the area of Essen, Germany just before the surrender by the Germans when he died on 4 May 1945 of a non-battle event, according to the war deptartment's report. Pvt Lawson was buried in a temporary grave in Europe until his remains could be repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 1 April 1949.

DNB 4 May 1945


Technician 5th Grade Robert F. Lawson US Army

Robert Fredrick Lawson born 3 December 1922 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania to Elizabeth Judith Csisko (b. 1901 Lansford, Pennsylvania - d. 1949 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Age 21 and Alexander C. Lawson (b. 1893 Scotland - d. 1936 Darby, Pennsylvania) Age 29.

1930 Census age 7 living in Delaware County, Pennsylvania with his parents and two sisters. Registered for the draft in Upper Darby, Delaware County, Pennsylvania on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Lawson of Upper Darby, as next of kin contact. Robert F. Lawson asn-33479711 a single white male born Pennsylvania in 1922 residing in Delaware County working as a printer with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 5 January 1943. Married Miss Lucille Juanita Hutton on 30 December 1944 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas while he was stationed at Camp Bowie. Miss Hutton had graduated at Daniel Baker College at Brownwood, Texas in May of 1944. [nba]

Technician 5th Grade Robert F. Lawson 33479711 US Army 59th Infantry Battalion 13th Armored Division was a battle in the vicinity of Dunwald, Germany when he was killed in action on 13 April 1945. Tec5 Lawson was buried in a temporary grave in Europe until his remains could be reinterred in the Netherlands↗ American Cemetery at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

KIA 13 Apr 1945


2nd Lieutenant James E. Lee US Army Air Forces

James Emmett Lee born 23 February 1917 in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana to Eunice B. Harvey(b.3 Oct 1896 Fisher County, Texas -d.16 May 1981 Abilene, Texas) Age 20 and Emmett Lee(b.18 Dec 1894 Roanoke, Texas-d.6 Jan 1919 Alexandria, Louisiana) Age 22.

1920 census Age 2 living with his maternal grandparents and his mother(Widow) and two aunts in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his maternal grandmother Martha E Harvey(Widow) and his mother(Widow) and two aunts in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. 1935 living at the same place as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 23 living with his mother(Widow) and aunt Milton Harvey in Abilene, Pct1 Taylor County, Texas. At Age 23 residing in Abilene, Texas and working for Community Natural Gas Company of Terrell, Texas registered for the WWII draft in Abilene, Texas on 16 October 1940. Employed at Lone Star Gas in Brownwood, Texas 1941 to 1942. James E. Lee asn-18083987 a single white male residing in Taylor County, Texas and working as a sales clerk with two years of college education (Abilene Christian College) enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 7 April 1942. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant James E. Lee O-741195 US Army Air Forces 587th Bombardment Squadron 394th Bombardment Group was killed on 8 January 1944 when the B-26C 41-35111 he was on as navigator crashed and burned during an emergency landing due to engine fire at two miles south of Kellogg Field, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. His remains were shipped to Abilene, Texas and interred at Elmwood Cemetery, Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.

DNB 8 Jan 1944


Private 1st Class Chester W. Leist US Army

Chester Warren Leist born 27 October 1919 in Arcadia, Crawford County, Kansas to Mary Anetta Radford (b. 1903 Missouri - d. 1992 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) Age 16 and John Chester Leist (b. 1901 Missouri - d. 1978 Liberal, Missouri) Age 18.

1930 Census age 10 living in Barton County, Missouri with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Mulberry, Crawford County, Kansas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Labette County, Kansas with father, one brother and one sister. Registered for the draft at Parsons, Labette County, Kansas on 1 July 1941 and listed his father of Parsons as his next of kin contact. He entered the US Army in 1942 and was stationed at Camp Bowie for eight months in Brownwood, Texas while his parents were residents of Brownwood. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Chester W. Leist 37144849 US Army Battery C 945th Field Artillery was supporting the offensive at Consdorf, Luxembourg on 31 December 1944 against enemy German forces when he was killed in action. He was buried there until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America. Pfc Leist's remains were reinterred in the Grand View Memorial Park at Glendale, Los Angeles County, California.

KIA 31 Dec 1944


Private James D. Lewis Jr. US Army

James Dallas Lewis, Jr. born 8 July 1921 in Winchell, Brown County, Texas to Bertha Mae Minyard (b. 1894 Enterprise, Oklahoma - d. 1970 Brownwood, Texas) age 27 and James Dallas Lewis (b. 1891 Alabama - d. 1960 Brownwood, Texas) age 29.

1920 Census age 9 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Winchell, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Pct1 Brown County, Texas with parents and two sisters. Graduated at Brookesmith High School and attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood. Married Miss Ila Nell Daniel(b.1922 Foreston, Texas - d. 2003 Stephenville, Texas) they have a daughter born the same day Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japs, 7 December 1941. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living in Bangs and working in Fort Worth, he listed his mother of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. James D. Lewis Jr. asn-38636375 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a radio operator with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 13 October 1944. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private James D. Lewis Jr. 38636375 US Army 172nd Infantry Regiment 43rd Infantry Division was at Luzon Island, Philippines fighting against the enemy Japanese forces on the Shimbu Line in the Bulacan area near the Ipo Dam when he was killed in action on 17 May 1945. Pvt Lewis was buried in a temporary grave there in the Philippines until after the war. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 October 1948.

KIA 17 May 1945


Private 1st Class Jerald E. Lilly US Army

Jerald Eugene Lilly born 4 February 1912 in Runnels County, Texas to Claudie Pearl Roberts (b. 1878 Bell County, Texas - d.1963 Dallas, Texas) Age 34 and Thomas Jefferson Lilly (b.1859 Tarrant County, Texas - d.1947 Bangs, Texas) Age 53.

1920 Census age 8 living in Pct6 Brown County, Texas with his parents, six sisters and a brother. 1930 Census age 18 living in Pct6 Brown County, Texas with parents and four sisters. Attended Bangs High School. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas as a farmer. 1940 Census age 27 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and two sisters. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while farming near Bangs, Brown County, Texas and listed his mother of Bangs as his next of kin contact. Jerald E. Lilly asn-18079624 a single white male born Texas in 1912 residing in Brown County, Texas working a farm with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 7 February 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Jerald E. Lilly 18079624 US Army 351st Infantry Regiment 88th Infantry Division 5th Army was in the area of the Arno river crossing at San Romano, Italy and fighting the enemy Krauts when he went missing in action on 22 July 1944. Pfc Lilly was never found and is still missing. The War Dept set a FOD, finding of death, date at one year plus one day since the MIA date to 23 July 1945. Pfc Lilly is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Florence↗ American Cemetery at Florence, Città Metropolitana di Firenze, Toscana, Italy.

KIA MIA 22 Jul 1944


Private O. B. Littleton US Army

O. B. Littleton born 25 October 1913 in Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas to Hettie Grace Edgar (b. 1884 Wieland, Texas - d. 1960 Sand Diego, California) age 29 and Mack Theopolus Littleton (b. 1881 Texas - d. 1952 San Diego, California) age 34.

1920 Census age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents and sister. 1930 Census age 16 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 25 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas with his parents in the home of his grandmother Missouri Littleton. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working at Winchell, Brown County, Texas and listed his mother of Winchell as his next of kin contact. O. B. Littleton asn-38125495 a single white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a laborer with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Camp Wolters, Texas on 23 March 1942. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private O. B. Littleton 38125495 US Army Infantry soldier was fighting the Krauts in France when he was killed in action on 14 July 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there in France until after the war. Pvt Littleton's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Cox Cemetery at Milburn, McCulloch County, Texas on 25 April 1948.

KIA 14 Jul 1944


Technical Sergeant Eugene D. Locklin US Marine Corps

Eugene Debb Locklin born 10 February 1908 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas to Caroline 'Callie' Jane King (b.1878 Hood County, Texas - d.1966 Fort Worth, Texas) age 30 and George Washington Locklin (b.1874 Grayson County, Texas - d.1932 Jones County, Texas) age 34.

1910 Census age 2 living in Farmersville, Collin County, Texas with parents and five brothers. 1920 Census age 12 living in JP1 Denton County, Texas with parents, eight brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 22 living in Pct6 Bexar County, Texas with 39th Squadron at Kelly Field as a US Army soldier. Shortly after his father died in 1932 in Avoca, Jones County, Texas, his mother and brother Fred moved to Bangs, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in Luke Field, Hawaii. 1940 Census age 32 living in Marine Base, San Diego County, California with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Group as a US Marine aircraft mechanic. His next of kin contact was Mrs. Margaret A. Locklin, 4328 Oregon Street, San Diego, California. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Technical Sergeant Eugene D. Locklin 255655 US Marine Corps 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing was an aircraft mechanic on Wake Island on 8 December 1941 when the Japanese began the Battle of Wake Island by a bombing and strafing raid. The battle lasted fifteen days, the Marines surrendered on 23 December 1941, and then the atrocities↗ by the Japanese began. I don't know how or when TSgt Locklin died, but he is remembered in a mass grave memorial at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

KIA 8 Dec 1941


Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer Frank L. Lucas, Jr. US Navy

Frank Lamer Lucas, Jr. born 2 March 1924 in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas to Leah Etta Crenshaw (b. 1897 Lott, Texas - d. 1985 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27 and Frank Lamer Lucas (b. 1894 Rockdale, Texas - d. 1952 Hereford, Texas) Age 30.

1930 Census age 6 living in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Hereford, Pct2 Deaf Smith County, Texas with his parents. Registered for the draft in Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working there and listed his father of Hereford as his next of kin contact. Enlisted 20 March 1943 in the US Navy Twenty Sixth Replacement Draft and trained at San Diego, California in the hospital corps. His wife(married 15 December 1944 twelve days before going overseas), Mrs. Martha Louise Black Lucas, 4259 35th St., San Diego, California was his as his next of kin contact. His maternal grandmother, Florence Priest Crenshaw, was a resident of Brownwood, Texas during WWII as were other relatives, including the owners of Coggin Avenue Drug. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Pharmacist's Mate 1st Class Petty Officer Frank L. Lucas, Jr. 8408836 US Navy Reserve Hospital Corps in the combat action with the 22nd Marine Regiment 6th Marines during the Okinawa Gunto operations, 15 May 1945, was killed in action. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and in 1949 repatriated to America. Phm1 Lucas' remains were reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 22 March 1949.

KIA 15 Mar 1945


Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer James R. Lynch, Jr. US Navy

James Robert Lynch, Jr. born 25 October 1917 in Watson, Comanche County, Texas to Celeste Small (b. 1887 Owens, Texas - d. 1980 Brownwood, Texas) Age 30 and James Robert Lynch (b. 1886 Ft McKavett, Texas - d. 1946 Watson, Texas) Age 31.

1920 Census age 2 living in JP7 Comanche County, Texas with parents and grandparents. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP7 Comanche County, Texas with parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with parents, a brother and sister. Joined the US Navy in August 1940 and listed his father, Mr. James Robert Lynch, Sr., General Delivery, Blanket, Brown County, Texas as next of kin contact. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Gunner's Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer James R. Lynch, Jr. 3563429 US Navy USS Arizona BB-39 Pearl Harbor Hawaiian Islands was killed and statused as missing 7 December 1941. GM3 Lynch is remembered in the USS Arizona Memorial and the Honolulu Memorial↗ at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

KIA MIA 7 Dec 1941


Lieutenant Junior Grade Jack D. Madison US Navy

Jack Douglas Madison (aka Frank Madison Jr) born 6 August 1921 in Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas to Johnnie May Moore (b. 1903 Brown County, Texas - d. 1994 Abilene, Texas) age 18 and Frank Herman Madison (b. 1900 Rising Star, Texas - d. 1983 Brownwood, Texas) age 21.

1930 Census age 10 living in Graham, Carter County, Oklahoma with his parents. 1935 living in Kilgore, Rusk County, Texas. 1940 (a snafu on the census left him off, he was attending Victoria Junior College, Victoria County, Texas and listed home as Vanderbilt, Jackson County, Texas) age 20 living in Pct3 Jackson County, Texas with his parents and baby sister. Enlisted in the US Navy and was stationed at Corpus Christi Naval Air Station to get his wings during 1942, then to NAS Beaufort, South Carolina. Married Miss Helen Christine Harrell of Moultrie, Georgia on 1 May 1943 in Beaufort, South Carolina per Lutheran Church Records. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Lieutenant Junior Grade Jack D. Madison O-130089 US Navy USS Princeton CVL-23 Fighter Squadron VF-23 was piloting a Grumman Hellcat on the afternoon of 5 November 1943 on an combat escort mission against Japanese forces on New Britain Island when he did not return to home base. His status remained as missing until the War Dept issued a FOD, Finding of Death, dated 11 January 1946 and declared him dead. Lt(jg) Madison is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery in Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA MIA 5 Nov 1943


Sargeant Darold E. Marshall US Army Air Forces

Darold Edward Marshall born 21 March 1921 in Coryell County, Texas to Viola Lamb(b.abt1902 Texas-d.unk Texas) Age 18 and William Henry Marshall(b.1899 McGregor, Texas-d.1960 Temple, Texas) Age 22.

1935 living in the same place as per the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 19 living with his father and two siblings at Ward 2 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Marguerite Frances Long in Brown County, Texas on 28 June 1940. At Age 20 (dob on card 21 March 1920 off by one year) he registered for the WWII draft in Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 listing his wife as next of kin. Birth of his daughter Darla Kay Marshall in Brown County, Texas on 5 November 1942. Darold E. Marshall asn-18202810 a married white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a salesman with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Abilene, Texas on 12 December 1942.

Sergeant Darold E. Marshall 18202810 US Army Air Forces 450th Bombardment Squadron 322nd Bombardment Group the radio operator/gunner onboard B-26G 44-68100 on a combat bombing mission 14 March 1945 in Germany near Bonefeld when anti-aircraft flak struck the aircraft cockpit and caused it to crash. [MACR 13096a b c d] The co-pilot bailed out and was the only survivor, one other bailed out but his parachute didn't open, five were statused Killed In Action. Sgt Marshall's remains are buried in the Netherlands↗ American Cemetery, Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands.

KIA 14 Mar 1945


Sergeant Jack W. Massey US Army

Jack Wellington Massey born 18 November 1921 in Blanco, Blanco County, Texas to Johnnie Alora Franklin (b. 1896 Weesatche, Texas - d. 1997 Austin, Texas) age 25 and Ira Massey (b. 1889 Bastrop County, Texas - d. 1974 Austin, Texas) age 32.

1930 Census age 8 living in Blanco County, Texas with parents and three brothers. 1935 living in Hidalgo County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Hidalgo County, Texas with parents, four brothers and a sister. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living there and being a student at Howard Payne College and listed his mother of Weslaco, Texas as his next of kin contact. Jack W. Massey asn-18110202 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas being a student at HPC with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 14 August 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Jack W. Massey 18110202 US Army 4th Armored Division was fighting enemy German forces near Bad Kreuznach, Germany on 18 March 1945 when he was killed in action. He was buried in a temporary grave in France. Sgt Massey's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred↙ in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 26 May 1948. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 18 Mch 1945


Private J. B. Mayfield US Army

Johnny Billy Mayfield born 21 Jan 1919 in Emory, Texas to Susan 'Sudie' Steward (b. 1898 Emory, Texas - d. 1984 Dallas, Texas) Age 21 and Bradford C. 'BC' Mayfield (b. 1892 Dublin, Texas - d. 1943 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1930 Census age 11 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with parents and two brothers. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there and listed his father of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Marie Isabell Sharrock on 20 September 1941 in Brownwood, Texas. J. B. Mayfield asn-38133319 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Brown County, Texas working in construction with a grammar school education inducted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on Tuesday 9 June 1942. [nba]

Private J. B. Mayfield 38133319 US Army 6th Engineer Special Brigade Headquarters Company and the Brigade was assigned to the defense of the West Coast of the Cotentin Peninsula, France on 30 November 1944. Pvt Mayfield died on that date of a non-battle event, includes disease, accidents, suicide, etc. His Texas death certificate issued for his reinterment states Belgium as place of death. Pvt Mayfield's remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reintered in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 18 June 1949.

DNB 30 Nov 1944


Carpenter's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer Loyd W. McCaslin US Navy

Loyd Wilson McCaslin born 11 May 1914 in Luther, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma to Nellie Susan Attebery (b. 1892 Kansas - d. 1982 Drumright, Oklahoma) Age 22 and William Jackson McCaslin (b. 1885 DeLeon, Texas - d. 1969 Cushing, Oklahoma) Age 29.

1920 Census age 5 living in Tohee, Lincoln County, Oklahoma with parents, one brother, one sister and grandparents J. W. and Mary McCaslin. 1930 Census age 15 living in Wellston, Lincoln County, Oklahoma with parents, four brothers and four sisters. 1935 living in rural Lincoln County, Oklahoma. 1940 Census age 25 living in Weleetka, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma at the Oriental Hotel working as pipeliner in the oil field. Registered for the draft at Okemah, Okfuskee County, Oklahoma on 16 October 1940 while living and working in Weleetka and listed his father of Weleetka as his next of kin contact. Joined the US Navy about October 1941 and trained at Davisville, Rhode Island Seabees and San Diego, California. Married Jennie Margaret Pederson of Oregon on 6 October 1942 in Los Angeles, California. He shipped out to the South Pacific on 25 December 1942, and listed his wife, Mrs. Jennie McCaslin of 1306 Coggin Avenue, Brownwood, Texas, as his next of kin contact. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Carpenter's Mate 2nd Class Petty Officer Loyd W. McCaslin 6335897 US Navy Construction Battalion 40 Eastern New Guinea operations was killed in action on 4 March 1944 on one of the Admiralty islands (aka Manus islands). He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and in 1948 repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fairlawn Cemetery at Cushing, Payne County, Oklahoma.

KIA 4 Mch 1944


2nd Lieutenant William B. McChristy US Army Air Forces

William Baten McChristy born 24 February 1924 in Imperial County, California to Mattie Maye White(b.1902 Texas-d.1986 California) Age 22 and Baten Bryan McChristy(b.1897 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas-d.1988 California) Age 27.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and older sister in San Diego, San Diego County, California. 1935 living in the same place as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and older sister in CD3 San Diego, San Diego County, California. At Age 18 residing in San Diego, California and working for the Naval Fuel Depot there registered for the draft on 30 June 1942. William B. Mcchristy asn-19151113 a single white male born 1924 residing in San Diego County, California working as a clerk with two years of college education enlisted from the reserve corps into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Santa Ana, California on 18 March 1943.

2nd Lieutenant William B. McChristy O-763258 US Army Air Forces 440th Base Unit Santa Maria Army Air Field, Santa Maria, California pilot on a training mission in a P-38F 41-7520↗ took off 22 June 1944 and one mile south east of base he stalled and went into a spin and crashed, killed instantly. His remains buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, San Diego, San Diego County, California.

DNB 22 Jun 1944


2nd Lieutenant Jake E. McCulley US Army Air Corps

Elias Jacobus McCulley born 28 February 1916 in Blanket, Brown County, Texas to Linnie Parson(b.1887-d.1972) Age 28 and Thomas McCulley(b.1884-d.1978) Age 31.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and siblings in JP3, Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 14 living with his parents and one sister at Blanket, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas attending Daniel Baker College. Graduated DBC in 1937. 1 April 1940 census Age 24 living as a hotel lodger and a school teacher in Ozona, JP1, Crockett County, Texas. Jake E. McCulley asn-18020959 a single white male born 1916 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working as a school teacher with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Fort Worth, Texas on 7 September 1940. 2Lt McCulley, fighter pilot, was sent to the Philippines in June 1941.

2nd Lieutenant Jake E. McCulley O-413533 US Army Air Corps was captured by the Japanese during the fall of Corregidor, Philippines on 7 May 1942 and he died in the Japanese POW camp Cabanatuan of disease on 13 November 1942. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949. His remains were reinterred in the Blanket Cemetery, Blanket, Brown County, Texas on 6 May 1949.

POW DNB 13 Nov 1942


Private Glen C. McDearmon US Marine Corps

Glen Coy McDearmon born 17 March 1926 in Cedar Bayou, Harris County, Texas to Leatha Eugena McCoy (b. 1900 Indian Creek, Texas - d. 1998 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26 and Virgel Hansford McDearmon (b. 1901 Texas - d. 1928 Houston, Texas) Age 26.

1930 Census age 4 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas with his mother, two sisters and brother Ray. 1935 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas with stepfather William Philen and his mother, and siblings. Graduate of Bangs High School. Registered for the draft at Galveston, Galveston County, Texas on 17 March 1944 while living and working there for the Galveston Wharf Company and listed his mother, Mrs. W. J. Philen of Bangs, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Joined the US Marine Corps in 1944 and trained at Marine Base, Oceanside, California. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private Glen C. McDearmon 991013 US Marine Corps Company E 2nd Battalion 5th Marines 1st Marine Division Fleet Marine Force on the island of Okinawa, Japan fighting the enemy Japanese forces 7 May 1945 was killed in action. Pvt McDearmon was buried in a temporary grave there until 1949 when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Indian Creek Cemetery at Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas on 22 Feb 1949.

KIA 7 May 1945


Staff Sergeant Charles D. McGinley US Army Air Forces

Charles Dean McGinley born 16 September 1921 in Wingate, Taylor County, Texas to Nora Kathleen Dean(b.1899 Texas-d.1992 ) Age 22 and Charles Clifford McGinley(b.1899 Texas-d.1975 ) Age 22.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents at Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas per the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and one sister at Monahans, JP2 Ward County, Texas. Charles D. McGinley asn-38121285 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Ward County, Texas working as a cook with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Fort Bliss El Paso, Texas on 9 June 1942. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Charles D. McGinley 38121285 US Army Air Forces 75th Bombardment Squadron 42nd Bombardment Group was the flight engineer/gunner aboard B-25H 43-4512↗ on a combat bombing mission 28 April 1944 from Green Island, Australia to targets at New Ireland Island, Papua, New Guinea and was hit by ground anti-aircraft fire which severely damaged the B-25. [MACR 4366] They ended up crashing in Katherine Harbor on the south west coast of New Ireland Island, all the crew were lost, statused Killed In Action, Missing. Remembered on the walls of the missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

KIA MIA 28 Apr 1944


Sergeant Malcom R. McInnis US Army Air Forces

Malcom R. McInnis born 18 January 1926 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Mary T. Buster (b. 1891 Washington County, Texas - d. 1980 Austin, Texas) Age 34 and Palmer C. McInnis (b. 1888 Llano, Texas - d. 1952 Brownwood, Texas) Age 37.

1930 Census age 4 living in Junction, Kimble County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Ward 1 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and three sisters. The family moved to Austin, Texas. Joined the US Army Air Forces and reported to Sheppard Field, Texas on 1 February 1944, and was sent to England in September of 1944 as a B-17 gunner. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Sergeant Malcom R. McInnis 18175715 US Army Air Forces 563rd Bombardment Squadron 388th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the tail gunner aboard the B-17G 44-6626↗ out of Knettishall Airfield, England on 26 November 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Hamm, Germany. [MACR 11207a↙ b↙ c↙] The B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft flak seconds before bombs away and it exploded at 15,000 feet in the air. Five crewmen bailed out in time, but the other four were killed in the explosion and the B-17 crashed at Hessen, Germany. Sgt McInnis was buried in the Hessen Cemetery in grave number 1 on 29 November 1944. After the war his remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

KIA 26 Nov 1944


Sergeant Jack N. McKnight US Army Air Forces

Jack Norman McKnight born 29 March 1925 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas to Ruth Ann Fields(b.1893 Texas-d.1939 Brown County, Texas) Age 32 and Wiley Audie McKnight(b.1893 Texas-d.1966 Brown County, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and five siblings in Pct 6 Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in the same house as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 15 living with his father (mother died in 1939) and four siblings in Pct 6 Brown County, Texas. At Age 17(18 written on card) he registered for the draft on 29 March 1942 at Bangs, Brown County, Texas while residing there and working for the Brownwood Coca-Cola Bottling Company as a routeman, listing W. A. McKnight as next of kin. Jack N. Mc Knight asn-38514358 a single white male born 1925 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working as a routeman with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army in Abilene, taylor County, Texas on 7 June 1943. Newspaper↙.

Sergeant Jack N. McKnight 38514358 US Army Air Forces 559th Bombardment Squadron 387th Bombardment Group Medium was killed at Advance Landing Ground A-71, Chastres, France on 9 December 1944 when the B-26C #42-107844 he was a crew member and tail gunner on, returning from an operational mission crashed at the East-West runway and immediately burst into flames. [MACR 15296] Firemen, police, and medical personnel quickly responded to the crashed B-26 in an effort to aid & rescue the crew and to contain the fire as best as they could. Two members of the crew were quickly removed from the B-26 by medical personnel and put in an ambulance as others continued to try and control the fire. When an attempt was made to rescue a third crew member the bomb load on the B-26 exploded. This explosion killed the entire crew of the B-26 and many of the ground crew attempting to save them. Sgt McKnight was buried in a temporary grave there and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred 24 November 1948 in the Bangs Cemetery, Bangs, Brown County, Texas.

KIA 9 Dec 1944


Private 1st Class Henry B. McLaughlin US Army

Henry Burman McLaughlin born 28 January 1920 in Blanket, Brown County, Texas to Tabitha Janie Goates (b. 1896 Brown County, Texas - d. 1985 Brown County, Texas) age 23 and Samuel Clem McLaughlin (b. 1894 Calhoun County, Iowa - d. 1925 Eastland, Texas) age 25.

1930 Census age 10 living in Brown County, Texas in the home of Grandparents A. J. Goats and wife, his mother, two brothers and sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Brown County, Texas with his mother, two brothers and sister. Married Miss Fay Doris Boyd on 29 June 1940 in Brown County, Texas, they had one son, Robert Perry McLaughlin. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living in Brown County and working at Camp Bowie and listed his mother of Brown County, Texas as his next of kin contact. Entered the US Army in 1944 and trained at Camp Wolters, Texas.

Private 1st Class Henry B. McLaughlin 38688385 US Army 311th Engineer Combat Battalion 86th↙ Infantry Division was on the Leyte Island in the Philippines during the post-war occupation and policing duty. Pvt McLaughlin died in a non-battle event on 28 February 1946 and was buried there in a temporary grave. His remains were reinterred in the Manila↙ American Cemetery in Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

DNB 28 Feb 1946


Private 1st Class Herron M. McLean US Army Air Forces

Herron McDaniel McLean born 30 November 1915 in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas to Clara Louise Davis (b. 1887 Texas - d. 1979 Wichita Falls, Texas) Age 28 and Samuel Franklin McLean (b. 1882 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1964 Brownwood, Texas) Age 33.

1920 Census age 4 living in Lampasas County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1930 Census age 14 living in Lampasas County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in rural Lampasas County, Texas. Graduated from Lometa High School and moved to Brownwood and attended Howard Payne College from 1935 to 1937. 1940 Census age 24 living in Ward1 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters, and working in a retail drugstore as the soda dispenser (aka soda jerker). Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there at the Renfro Drug Store on Fisk Avenue and listed his mother of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Herron M. McLean asn-38228032 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Brown County, Texas working as an airplane mechanic with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 September 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Herron M. McLean 38228032 US Army Air Forces Engineer's Specialized Training Unit Terre Haute, Indiana attending Rose Polytechnic Institute when he drowned on 31 July 1943, no details of his death were published. Pfc McLean's body was shipped to Brownwood, Texas and interred in the Greenleaf Cemetery on 5 August 1943.

DNB 31 Jul 1943


Staff Sergeant Layton M. McMillan US Army Air Forces

Layton Martin McMillan born 11 November 1922 in Rockwood, Coleman County, Texas to Lillie Mae Williams(b.1905 Texas-d.1994 Texas) Age 17 and John Martin McMillan(b.1892 Arkansas-d.1962 Texas) Age 30.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct8 McCulloch County, Texas. At Age 19 and residing at Rt1 May, Brown County, Texas and working for Rex Kitchens at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas he registered for the draft on 30 June 1942 and listed J. M. McMillan of May, Texas as his contact person. Layton M Mc Millan asn-18215839 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a farm laborer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 1 November 1942. Trained at Amarillo AAF, Texas technical school and completed aircraft maintenance coures in May 1943. Newspaper↙.

Staff Sergeant Layton M. McMillan 18215839 US Army Air Forces 333rd Bombardment Squadron 94th Bombardment Group a crew member of B-17G 42-97476 'Shackeroo' as flight engineer/top turret gunner on a combat bombing mission at Brunswick, Germany when the bomber was shot down and crashed and burned twelve miles southwest of Brunswick on 23 March 1944. Sgt McMillan and six other crewmen were killed in the crash while three were captured. [MACR 3536] He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949 and reinterred in the Cross Plains Memorial Park, Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas.

KIA 23 Mar 1944


1st Lieutenant Joe S. McSpadden US Army Air Forces

Joe Stanley McSpadden born 6 August 1921 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Emma Agusta Becknell(b.1901 -d.1984 ) Age 20 and Percy S. McSpadden(b.1898 -d.1950 ) Age 23.

1930 census (Jake S) Age 8 living with his parents and one brother in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in the same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census (Joe) Age 18 living with his parents in Ward 4, Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. At Age 20 he was residing in Brownwood and registered for the draft there on 16 February 1942. Joe S Mc Spadden asn-18083920 a single white male born in Texas 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a sales clerk with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 7 April 1942. Married Miss Mary Helen Lockhart in Brown County, Texas on 3 September 1943. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Joe S. McSpadden O-753232 US Army Air Forces 871st Bombardment Squadron 497th Bombardment Group was Commander of Superfortress B-29 44-69899 on a combat bombing mission departing Saipan, Mariana Islands to a target at Kure, Honshu, Japan on 5 May 1945 and was attacked by enemy fighter(s) setting engines 3 & 4 ablaze, dropped the bombs but soon it lost half the wing and only four crew bailed out and survived the crash and burn, 2Lt McSpadden, 2Lt Foley, SSgt Sparks, and SSgt Flanagan were captured. [MACR 14365a b c d] All were statused as Missing In Action. 2Lt McSpadden was promoted to 1Lt effective 14 May 1945. All were officially statused Finding of Death on 6 May 1946. After the war during the Yokahama Trials the grusome details of these four POW's deaths came to light, they were killed [murdered] along with 10 other POW airmen and some were beheaded on 15 August 1945 and buried in a secret common grave after the announced surrender by Japan on the same day. 1Lt McSpadden's remains were recovered after the war and repatriated in 1949 to Texas where they were reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 15 September 1949.

POW KIA 15 Aug 1945


First Sergeant Roland E. McWilliams US Army

Roland Elwood McWilliams born 9 August 1916 in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas to Ella Mae Woods(b.1886 Texas-d.1982 San Angelo, Texas) Age 29 and Richmond Earl McWilliams(b.1883 Texas-d.1949 San Angelo, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census (Elwood) Age 3 living with his parents and six siblings in JP1 Runnels County, Texas. 1930 census (Elwood) Age 13 living with his parents and seven siblings in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas. 1935 living in Midland, Midland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living as a lodger at Hotel McDonald in Sonora, JP1 Sutton, Texas working for a retail lumber company as a bookkeeper. Registered for the draft at Sonora, Sutton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there for a lumber company and listed his mother, Mrs. Ella McWilliams of Austin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Roland E. Mc Williams asn-20804866 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Sutton County, Texas working as a bookkeeper with two years of college education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ballinger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Ballinger's Company C was activated to train at Camp Bowie, Texas. Married Miss Maryeva Lois Hair of Brownwood, Texas about 1941. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

First Sergeant Roland E. McWilliams 20804866 Company C 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division, the 36th Division was in the battle for the Cassino heights of Italy between 12 January and 12 February 1944. This battle is when 1Sgt McWilliams was killed in action while fighting the enemy German forces. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then reinterred in the Sicily-Rome↗ American Cemetery at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 4 Feb 1944


1st Lieutenant Lloyd C. Miller US Army Air Forces

Lloyd Christian Miller born on 11 March 1917 in Matador, Motley County, Texas to Annie Damron(b.22 Mar 1876 Jack County, Texas-d.7 May 1951 Dallas, Texas) Age 41 and John Victor Watt Miller(b.2 Sep 1863 North Carolina-d.21 Oct 1933 Wichita Falls, Texas) Age 54.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and seven older siblings in JP2, Motley County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two older siblings in Plainview, Hale County, Texas. Attended Hardin Junior College in Wichita Falls, Texas about 1938. 1940 census Age 24 living as a lodger in Pct 2 Pampa, Gray County, Texas working as a wholesale grocery cashier. At Age 23 registered for the draft in Pampa, Gray County, Texas on 16 October 1940, listing his mother as next of kin, and while working as a grocery cashier. Lloyd C. Miller asn-18065736 a single white male born 1917 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as an actor with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Dallas, Texas on 18 August 1941. Trained at Cal-Aero Academy, California, and commissioned at Stockton Field, California. He went to the Pacific Theater of Operations in July 1942. Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Lloyd C. Miller O-442215 US Army Air Forces 90th Bombardment Squadron 3rd Bombardment Group Light co-pilot of B-25 41-29706 on a transport mission from Charters Towers Field, Australia to Port Moresby Field, New Guinea crashed into the Coral Sea during bad weather about seventy miles north of Osprey Reef. The pilot, 1Lt D. K. Emerson, attempted to fly below a rain squall and caught a wing on the water, killing all eleven on board on 20 December 1942 [MACR-16248]. Statused Missing In Action. A year later all were officially statused Finding of Death. Lost at sea but remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery, Philippines.

DNB MIA 20 Dec 1942


Commander John Anderson Moore, U.S. Navy

Born as Arvin A Moore on 12 Jan 1910 in Brownwood Texas to Bertha Jane Callison (1889-1958) and Wiley Letcher Moore(1882-1963) (married 21 February 1909 in Brownwood Texas). A search for birth certificate at the Brown County Texas courthouse in July 2019 and nothing was found there for Jones or Moore.

On the 1910 census for Brownwood ward 3, Brown county, Texas Arvin A Moore(grandson Age 0) is living in the home of his maternal grandparents Thomas M Callison and Francis E Callison with his mother Bertha C Moore(age 21 divorced) and father W Letcher Moore(age 27) and three uncles.
On the 1920 census for Lowell, Cochise county, Arizona finds that Arvin A Moore is now John Jones Jr. and is living with mother Bertha Jones(age 32) and father J J Jones(age 44) and sister Frances Jones(age 5).
On the 1930 census for Yuma, Yuma county, Arizona finds J J Jones is now divorced. On the census for Warren, Cochise county, Arizona Bertha Jones(age41 divorced) is the head of house and with daughter Frances Jones(age 15) and son Guilford Jones(age 9). Midshipman John A Moore(age 20) is reported on the 1930 census for US Naval Academy, Maryland (where he graduated in 1932).
John A Moore married Virginia May Shaw(age 21) on 19 December 1932 in Los Angeles, California. Virginia reported her father as John Shaw and mother as Elizabeth O. and John reported his father as A Moore and mother as Bertha Callison.
On the 1940 census for Newport ward 3, Newport county, Rhode Island, found Lieutenant John A Moore(age 30 married) with wife Virginia(age 28 born Tenn) and daughter Shawla A(age 6 born California). John and Virginia reported that they were living in Honolulu, Hawaii and Shawla was living in California on 1 April 1935.

Commander John A Moore, CO of USS Grayback (SS-208)↗ submarine, was killed in action on 27 February 1944 in the South China Sea when Japanese aircraft attacked and sank the sub. Awarded the Navy Cross with two gold stars. USS Grayback found 2019↘.

KIA MIA 27 Feb 1944


Private 1st Class Chester V. Morey US Army

Chester Vaughn Morey born 24 March 1918 in Palisade, Hitchcock County, Nebraska to Edith L. Woods (b, 1891 Otoe County, Nebraska - d. 1974 Weld County, Colorado) Age 27 and Guy Monroe Morey (b. 1886 Wilber Saline County, Nebraska - d. 1974 Weld County, Colorado) Age 32.

1930 Census age 12 living in Weld County, Colorado with parents, two brothers and a sister. Attended high school in Kersey, Colorado. 1935 living in rural Weld County, Colorado. 1940 Census age 22 living in Pct6 Weld County, Colorado with parents, a brother and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Platteville, Weld County, Colorado on 16 October 1940 while living and working there and listed his father of Platteville as his next of kin contact. Chester V. Morey asn-38005975 a single white male born Nebraska in 1918 residing in Weld County, Colorado working as a farm hand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Colorado on 22 January 1941. While stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas he met Miss Frances Arlene Bedell of Bangs, Brown County, Texas and married her on 7 October 1942 at Sidney, Nebraska. [nba] Newspaper↙

Private 1st Class Chester V. Morey 38005975 US Army 157th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division was part of the second landing at Salerno, Italy against stiff resistance by the enemy German forces which began on 10 September 1943. Pfc Morey was killed in action on 13 September 1943 during the landing assault near Salerno. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then reinterred in the Sicily-Rome↗ American Cemetery at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

KIA 13 Sep 1943


2nd Lieutenant Earl A. Morgan, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Earl Ambrose Morgan, Jr. born 13 March 1924 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Ruth Mamie Thomas(b.1902 Brown County, Texas-d.1972 Grayson County, Texas) Age 21 and Earl Ambrose Morgan(b.1897 Texas-d.1969 Grayson County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and siblings at Ward 1 Marlin, Falls County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and siblings in Bangs, Brown County, Texas. Age 18 at WWII draft registration in Bangs, Brown, Texas on 30 Jun 1942, attending Howard Payne College and working as a carpenter for a contractor. Earl A. Morgan, Jr. asn-38372692 enlisted into US Army Air Forces 30 March 1943. Qualified for aviation cadet school and completed Basic Flying Training course in Marana Field Tucson, Arizona March 1944. Received his commission at Williams Field, Chandler, Arizona in May 1944. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Earl A. Morgan, Jr. O-779544 US Army Air Forces Squadron T 433rd Base Unit Chico Army Air Field, Butte County, California, but his last mission was out of Daggett Army Air Field, San Bernardino County, California in a P-38L 44-25637 on a gunnery training mission collided midair with another P-38 piloted by Lt. Morgesen twenty two miles northwest of Barstow, San Bernardino County, California and both were killed on 19 February 1945. Statused as Died Non-Battle. Earl A. Morgan, Jr.'s remains were shipped to Bangs, Brown County, Texas and buried in the Bangs Cemetery.

DNB 19 Feb 1945


Private Robert L. Morris US Army

Robert Lionell Morris born 14 April 1923 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Janie Gertrude Holland (b. 1897 Elmendorf, Texas - d. 1957 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26 and Heston Ruel Morris Sr. (b. 1896 Sidney, Texas - d. 1952 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1930 Census age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Brown County, Texas with parents and one sister. Three years education at Howard Payne College. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 living there and being unemployed and listed his father of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Robert L. Morris asn-38370266 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a sales clerk with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 26 January 1943. [nba]

Private Robert L. Morris 38370266 US Army unit unknown, trained at the Infantry Replacement Camp Howze, Texas, possibly with the 103rd Infantry Division. He was fighting the enemy German forces somewhere in Germany and he was wounded in action in 1945. Pvt Morris died of the wounds he received in action on 24 February 1945, and was buried in a temporary grave. His remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 25 July 1949.

DOW 24 Feb 1945


Staff Sergeant Robert N. Morris US Army

Robert Newton Morris born 6 July 1922 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Claudia Estelle Staggs (b. 1883 Brown County - d. 1963 Brownwood, Texas) age 39 and Samuel Ernest Morris (b. 1879 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1954 Brownwood, Texas) age 43.

1930 Census age 7 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. 1935 living in Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents and a brother. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living there and working at Camp Bowie and listed his father of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Robert N. Morris asn-38229712 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a retail manager with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 9 October 1942. [nba]

Staff Sergeant Robert N. Morris 38229712 US Army 383rd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division was a participant in the initial assault landing of the 96th division on the beaches of Leyte Island, Phillipines 20 October 1944. His company was fighting the enemy Japanese forces between Dulag and Tanauan when he was killed in action on 26 October 1944. SSgt Morris was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Manila↗ American Cemetery at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA 26 Oct 1944


Private Stanley A. Mullins US Army

Stanley Arthur Mullins born 1 May 1918 Temple, Bell County, Texas to Pearl Minnie Kennedy (b. 1897 Bell County, Texas - d. 1994 Round Rock, Texas) age 21 and Fred Wright Mullins (b. 1891 Bell County Texas - d. 1953 Temple, Texas) age 26.

1920 Census age 1 year and 10 months living in Bell County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1930 Census age 12 living in Eastland County, Texas with stepfather James Colburn and his mother, three brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Ward 1 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Lois Robbins on 19 July 1938 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas, they had daughter Neta Joyce Mullins b.1940, daughter Delores Nell Mullins b.1942, and son Ronald Stanley Mullins b.1944. 1940 Census age 21 living in Ward 1 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas with his wife Lois and working as a laborer in a wrecking yard. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and working at Camp Bowie for a contractor and listed his father-in-law, Mr. J. F. Robbins of Brownwood, as his next of kin contact. [nba]

Private Stanley A. Mullins 38688388 Company D Heavy Machine Gunner 1st Battalion 330th Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division joined his unit from a Replacement Battalion on 16 December 1944. He was severely wounded in action while fighting the enemy German forces at Brand, east of Aachen, Germany on 24 December 1944 and evacuated to the 96th Evacuation Hospital where he died two days later. This Evacuation Hospital was stationed in Brand at that time. Pvt Mullins was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle↗ American Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

DOW 26 Dec 1944


Staff Sergeant Howard G. Myers US Army

Howard Garnette Myers born 10 June 1918 in Danville, Danville City, Virginia to Lillian Fowler (b. 1899 Virginia - d. 1984 Virginia) Age 19 and Charles Howard Myers (b. 1894 Pittsylvania, Virginia - d. 1951 Virginia) Age 24.

1920 Census age 2 living in Danville Ward 6, Danville City, Virginia with his parents in home of Elliott Fowler, his grandfather. 1930 Census age 11 living in Danville Ward 6, Danville City, Virginia with parents in home of Daisy Fowler, his grandmother. 1935 living in Ward5 Danville, Danville City, Virginia. 1940 Census Age 21 living in Ward5 Danville, Danville City, Virginia with his parents. Registered for the draft at Danville, Danville City, Virginia on 16 October 1940 while living living and working there and listed his father as his next of kin contact. Married Mrs Edith Lucile McGarrity of Route 4 Brownwood, Texas on 7 November 1942 while stationed at Camp Bowie, Brown County, Texas. [nba]

Staff Sergeant Howard G. Myers 20380919 US Army Company C 745th Tank Battalion was in support of different Infantry Regiments during 1944 and 1945. It is reported that SSgt Myers and his company were fighting enemy German forces near Uerdingen, Germany and the Rhine when he was killed in action on 26 February 1945. SSgt Myers was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle↗ American Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

KIA 26 Feb 1945


Sergeant D. W. Neal US Army

D. W. Neal born 18 December 1922 Lampasas County, Texas to Ronda Glover (b. 1897 Pottsville, Texas - d 1938 Lometa, Texas) and David Williamson Neal Jr. (b. 1890 Lampasas County, Texas - d.1954 Girvin, Texas).

1930 Census age 7 living in Crockett County, Texas with parents and two sisters. D. W. Neal asn-18038592 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Brown County, Texas unemployed with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private for the Philippine Deptartment at Fort Worth, Texas on 28 January 1941. [nba]

Sergeant D. W. Neal 18038592 US Army Company I 31st Infantry Regiment Philippine Corps was there when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese on 9 April 1942 and became a prisoner of the enemy Japanese forces. He was a POW participant in the Bataan Death March atrocity. Sgt Neal died on 18 June 1942 after the Bataan Death March in the Japanese POW Camp 4 O'Donnell, at Capas, Tarlac, Luzon Philippines (source↗). The 5 May 1942 date of death was presumed. Sgt Neal was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Lometa Cemetery at Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas.

DNB 18 Jun 1942


Corporal Carmon D. Neill US Army

Carmon Douglas Neill born 13 February 1923 in Caddo County, Oklahoma to Lola Augusta Burnett(b.1902 Arkansas-d.1975 California) Age 21 and Gordon Mathews Neill(b.1901 Mills County, Texas-d.1959 Brownwood, Texas) Age 22.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and one brother at Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas. 1935 living in the same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and two younger brothers at JP1, Brown County, Texas. Carmon D. Neill asn-20804374 a single white male born in Oklahoma in 1922 working as an actor with three years of high school education enlisted from the National Guard being a Private 1st Class into the US Army Army infantry at Camp Bowie Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940.

Corporal Carmon D. Neill 20804374 US Army Company A, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas was killed in a automobile accident in Coleman County County, Texas on 19 October 1941. He was buried in the North Brown Cemetery, Mills County, Texas on 20 October 1941 with military honors.

DNB 19 Oct 1941


1st Lieutenant Robert G. Nevans US Army Air Forces

Robert G. Nevans born at Dallas, Texas in 1920 to Nena Inez Funderburk(b.1902 Texas-d.1931 Brownwood, Texas) Age 18 and Forest Mills Nevans, Sr.(b.1896 Texas-d.1950 Nevada) Age 24.

1930 census Age 6 living with parents in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. 1935 living in the same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census (Bobbie) Age 16 living with his maternal grandparents in Ward 2 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Robert G. Nevans asn-20804169 a single white male born in Texas in 1920 working as an actor with four years of high school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Army infantry at Camp Bowie Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940 (band member and student at Howard Payne College, moved into Camp Bowie 14 December 1940).

1st Lieutenant Robert G. Nevans O-750668 US Army Air Forces 36th Fighter Squadron 8th Fighter Group went missing on 17 October 1944 in the Philippines and statused killed in action. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing at the Manila↗ American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

KIA MIA 17 Oct 1944


Private Johnie E. Newton US Army

Johnie Elonzo Newton born 9 October 1921 in Haskell County, Texas to Melissa McCloud (b. 1891 Milam County, Texas - d. 1974 Brownwood, Texas) and William Myrtle "Myrt" Newton (b. 1883 Lone Mountain, Texas - d. 1986 Brownwood, Texas).

1935 living in Ward 1 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Ward 1 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with his parents, eight siblings and two nieces. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living in Bangs, Texas and listed his father of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Johnie E. Newton asn-38134135 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working in construction trade with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 8 July 1942. [nba]

Private Johnie E. Newton 38134135 US Army 325th Glider Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Infantry Division was fighting the enemy German forces at Vaux-Chavanne, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge when he was killed in action on 26 December 1944. He was also battling the coldest winter there in twenty years, and plus the fact that their hot Christmas turkey meal came too late for him to enjoy. Pvt Newton was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America in 1947 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 19 November 1947.

KIA 26 Dec 1944


Technical Sergeant Harry S. Parks US Army Air Forces

Harry Sherwood Parks born 3 July 1916 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Hulda Lee Bauman(b. 1889 Mason County, Texas-d. 1972 Brownwood, Texas) Age 26 and Robert Lake Parks(b.1889 Brown County, Texas-d. 1981 Brownwood, Texas) Age 27.

1920 census Age 3 living with parents and one brother in Brownwood Ward 4, Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with parents and one brother in Brownwood Ward 4, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in same house as in 1940 census. 1940 census Age 23 living with parents and others in Brownwood Ward 4, Brown County, Texas. Harry S. Parks asn-38034106 a single white male born 1916 in Texas working as a stenographer with 4 years of high school education residing in Bexar County, Texas was inducted into the US Army Air Corps at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas on 2 October 1941.

Technical Sergeant Harry Sherwood Parks 38034106 US Army Air Forces 814th Bombardment Squadron (Pathfinder) 482nd Bombardment Group 8th Air Force stationed at Alconbury, Cambridgeshire, England was the radio operator ↗ aboard B-24H Liberator #42-7672 which crashed for unknown reasons near Shingay, Cambridgeshire, England on 23 January 1944 while on routine night training flight, all aboard were killed, status Died Non-Battle. Buried in a grave with two comrades in the Cambridge↗ American Cemetery, Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

DNB 23 Jan 1944


Private Fred H. Parrish US Army

Fred Hommom Parrish born 10 January 1914 in Aleman, Hamilton County, Texas to Ida Mae Mayberry (b. 1890 Statesville, North Carolina - d. 1970 Killeen, Texas) Age 24 and William Jerry Parrish (b. 1885 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1962 Copperas Cove, Texas) Age 29.

1920 Census age 6 living in Hamilton County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. 1930 Census age 16 living in Hamilton County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Rural Hamilton County, Texas. Married to Miss Frances Marie Pylant on 12 September 1936. 1940 Census age 26 living in Bosque County, Texas with wife Frances. Registered for the draft at Clifton, Bosque County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working at Cranfills Gap, Texas and listed his wife as his next of kin contact. Fred H. Parrish asn-38286776 a married white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Brown County, Texas unemployed with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 23 November 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private Fred H. Parrish 38286776 US Army Quartermaster Corps was in training at Fort F. E. Warren, Wyoming. It was the training center for up to 20,000 of the Quartermaster Corps. More than 280 wooden buildings were constructed without insulation and interior walls to temporarily house the increased number of troops. In the harsh Wyoming winter, waking up in these barracks often meant shaking snow from one's blanket before heading for the just-as-cold communal showers. Pvt Parrish was there in the winter of 1942-1943 and trying to adapt to these harsh conditions, but he died of pneumonia on 7 January 1943. His body was shipped to Iredell, Bosque County, Texas and interred in the Mitchell Cemetery there.

DNB 7 Jan 1943


Private James E. Pate US Army

James Edward Pate born 3 June 1924 in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi to Lena Mae Pounders (b. 1900 Galveston, Texas - d. 1975 Port Arthur, Texas) Age 24 and Marvin Stephen Pate (b. 1895 Tremont, Mississippi - d. 1973 Sweetwater, Texas) Age 29.

1930 Census age 5 living in Lowndes County, Mississippi with parents and four sisters. 1935 living in Rural Lowndes County, Mississippi. 1940 Census age 15 living in Cherokee County, Texas with grandmother Dona M. Pounders. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working there for Magnolia Oil Company, Filling Station at 1617 Fisk and Brady Hiway and listed his father of Brownwood as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Ola Mae Mann on 14 July 1942 in Brown County, Texas, they had a daughter Virginia Sue born in November 1942 in Brown County, Texas. James E. Pate asn-38370239 a married white male born in Mississippi in 1924 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a manager with 2 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 26 January 1943. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private James E. Pate 38370239 US Army 146th Engineer Combat Regiment Camp Swift, Bastrop County, Texas was engaged in demolition paractice four miles from the main camp on 30 March 1943 when something went wrong. There was an accidental premature explosion during the training and Pvt Pate and seven other soldiers were killed instantly, and ten more soldiers were wounded. His body was shipped to Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and interred in the Greenleaf Cemetery there on Friday 2 April 1943.

DNB 30 Mar 1943


Private 1st Class Cyrus M. Phillips US Army

Cyrus Moore Phillips born 3 February 1920 in Clyde, Callahan County, Texas to Jim Annie Moore (b. 1892 Comanche, Texas - d. 1979 Midland, Texas) age 27 and Clifford McKinnley Phillips (b. 1896 Adamsville, Tennessee - d. 1975 Rockdale, Texas) age 23.

1930 Census age 10 living in Pct1 Comanche County, Texas with parents, brother Cyril and sister Mary. 1935 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas with parents, sisters Mary and Jimmie Lee. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas (Fluvanna, Pct1 Scurry County, Texas penciled in at address) and working at Camp Bowie in Brown County, Texas for Cement Construction Company and listed his father of Sipe Springs as his next of kin contact. Cyrus M. Phillips asn-38132448 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Scurry County, Texas working as a farm hand with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 8 May 1942. Married Miss Lola Mae Fish of Owens, Brown County, Texas. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Cyrus M. Phillips 38132448 US Army Company C 1st Battalion 337th Infantry Regiment 85th Infantry Division V Army was on the offensive against enemy German forces south of the objective, Hill 578 Monterenzio, in the vicinity of La Villa, Italy when he was killed in action on 9 October 1944. Pfc Phillips was buried there in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Rock Church Cemetery north of Blanket, Brown County, Texas on 8 December 1948.

KIA 9 Oct 1944


Private Glen B. Pierce US Marine Corps

Glen Burton Pierce born 16 July 1926 in Mullin, Mills County, Texas to Frances Sara Hanks (b. 1881 Milam County, Texas - d. 1966 Stephenville, Texas) age 45 and Jesse Malcom Pierce (b. 1876 Illinois - d. unknown) age 50.

1930 Census age 3 living in Pct4 Brown County, Texas with his mother (widow), three brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Ward2 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 13 living in Ward2 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas with his mother and a brother. Attended Brownwood High School. Glen B. Pierce msn-454754 enlisted in the US Marine Corps at Dallas, Texas on 2 September 1942 and listed his mother of Odessa, Texas as his next of kin contact. He trained at Marine Base San Diego, California. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private Glen B. Pierce 454754 US Marine Corps Company E 2nd Battalion 2nd Marines Regiment 2nd Marine Division was a rifleman in the assault on Red Beach 2, Betio, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands on 20 November 1943 when he was killed in action during a fierce battle with the enemy Japanese forces defending their positions. He was buried there in a temporary grave, but after the war neither his grave or his remains could be identified thus he was statused as missing. Pvt Pierce is remembered in the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu↙ Memorial in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

KIA MIA 20 Nov 1943


Private L. J. Pittman, Jr. US Army

L. J. Pittman, Jr. born 28 November 1918 in Youngsport, Bell County, Texas to Rosa Mae Cosper (b. 1891 Youngsport, Texas - d. 1967 Victoria, Texas) Age 27 and L. J. Pittman, Sr. (b. 1891 Bell County, Texas - d. 1980 Bell County, Texas) Age 27.

1920 Census age 11 months living in Bell County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1930 Census age 11 living in Bell County, Texas with parents, three brothers and four sisters. 1935 living in Ward4 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Farrar Dean Williams of Brownwood in 1939. 1940 Census age 21 living in Ward4 Brownwood, JP1 Brown County, Texas with his wife Farrar, and working as a taxi driver. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there and listed his wife as his next of kin contact. A son Larry Jay Pittman born 1941 in Brooks County, Texas. L. J. Pittman, Jr. asn-38636424 a married white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a manager with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 13 October 1944. [nba]

Private L. J. Pittman, Jr. 38636424 US Army was killed in action 4 Jun 1945 on the island of Okinawa, Japan by the enemy Japanese forces toward the end of the Battle of Okinawa. The 82 day long battle was the biggest and deadliest battle in the Pacific Theater. Pvt Pittman was buried there in a temporary grave and after the war in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 17 February 1949.

KIA 4 Jun 1945


Corporal Clarence B. Powell, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Clarence Brooks Powell, Jr. born 30 October 1921 in Johnson County, Texas to Annice Green(b.1897-d.1988) and Clarence Brooks Powell(b.1893 La.-d.1968 Tx.)

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three sisters at Pct4, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in same place as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 18 living with parents and four sisters at Zephyr, JP4, Brown County, Texas. Clarence B. Powell, Jr. asn-18040778 a single white male born in Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a farm hand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 12 June 1941. Trained at Moore Field, Hidalgo County, Texas. Married Miss Dorothy Young of McAllen, Texas on 17 November 1942, they lived in Arizona before he was sent overseas. Newspaper↙.

Corporal Clarence B. Powell, Jr. 18040778 US Army Air Forces drowned when the B-17 bomber he was aboard, out of Whitehorse AAF YT, crashed into an inaccessable lake in the Yukon Territory, Canada on 16 October 1943, all aboard drowned. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas on 1 December 1944. His remains were reinterred in the Roselawn Cemetery, McAllen, Hidalgo County, Texas on 3 December 1944.

DNB 16 Oct 1943


Corporal Willard L. Ragsdale US Army

Willard Lewis Ragsdale born 21 December 1916 in Texas to Jennie Smith (b. 1890 Oklahoma - d. 1919 Knox County, Texas) and James William Ragsdale (b. 1889 Marshall County, Alabama - d. 1922 San Juan County, New Mexico)

1920 Census age 3 living in Knox County, Texas with his father and grandmother. 1930 Census age 13 living in Taylor County, Texas with grandmother Sarah Ragsdale. Married Evelyn Frances Lemby, son Willard Lewis Ragsdale Jr born February 1938 Howard County, Texas. 1935 living in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. 1940 Census age 23 living in Taylor, Texas with wife Evelyn age 21 and son Willard age 2. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and working in the Meads Bakery and listed his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Ragsdale of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Willard L. Ragsdale asn-38132720 a divorced white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Taylor County, Texas working as a baker with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 13 May 1942. Married Mildred Irene Smith 18 April 1942 Taylor County, Texas. [nba]

Corporal Willard L. Ragsdale 38132720 US Army Troop D 507th Parachute Infantry was in France fighting the enemy German forces when he was wounded in action, he died of wounds on 16 June 1944 in Normandie, France. Repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Wolf Valley Cemetery in far north Brown County, Texas on 5 June 1949. His grandmother Sarah Bailey Ragsdale was buried in the same cemetery on 9 June 1936, as are numerous other Baileys, the only connection to Brown County, Texas that was found.

DOW 16 Jun 1944


Staff Sergeant William W. Rankin US Army

William Wright Rankin born 9 November 1913 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Fannie Nelson Wright (b. 1882 Belton, Texas - d. 1956 Brownwood, Texas) Age 31 and Robb Royal Rankin (b. 1877 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1946 Brownwood, Texas) Age 36.

1920 Census age 6 living in Belton, Bell County, Texas with his parents, grandfather, an aunt and three siblings. 1930 Census age 16 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers an two sisters. Attended Brownwood High School and Houston Business College. Registered for the draft at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there (a Brownwood Texas address replaced the original Houston address) and working for the Peaslee Gaulbert Corporation and listed his brother, Robb Y. Rankin of Houston as his next of kin contact. William W. Rankin asn-38031852 a divorced white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a bookkeeper with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 8 May 1941. Married Gisele Rolande Charbonneau on 7 Aug 1943 in New York, and shipped out to north Africa in November 1943. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Note↙ Newspaper2↙.

Staff Sergeant William W. Rankin 38031852 US Army Company C 51st Engineer Combat Battalion attached to the 1111th Engineer Group and was a hard-working successful engineer combat battalion that was formed in Texas, and trained in New York, North Africa and England. Landing on Normandy in June 1944, the men had reached Belgium by November. There, they began sawmill operations. Then the Germans struck in the Battle of the Bulge. The 51st, called on to help stop the enemy was alerted on 17 December 1944 at which time Company C was ordered to Trois Ponts, Belgium to prepare two bridges for demolition. SSgt Rankin was killed in action on 20 December 1944 at that event. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle↙ American Cemetery at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

KIA 20 Dec 1944


Private Waymon T. Ray US Army

Waymon Tanner Ray born 5 October 1921 in Kemp, Kaufman County, Texas to Effie Orena Trousdale (b. 1898 Peeltown, Texas - d. 1949 Carlsbad, Texas) Age 23 and Troy Dewboyse Ray (b. 1892 Oklahoma - d. 1975 Kaufman, Texas).

1930 Census age 8 living in Henderson County, Texas with parents and two sisters. 1935 living Rural Tom Green County, Texas, attended Carlsbad Schools. 1940 Census age 18 living in JP2 Brown County, Texas with parents, sister Beatrice and brother in law Berren Lancaster. Waymon T. Ray asn-18005389 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a driver with 2 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Dallas, Texas on 17 July 1940. Married Johnnie Mae Lancaster of May, Texas in 1942 in Brown County, Texas, and had a daughter Donna Lynn Ray in Eastland, Texas. [nba]

Private Waymon T. Ray 18005389 US Army Troop F 5th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division landed on Los Negros 29 February 1944. The initial landings caught the Japanese off guard, facing the opposite direction. But the Japanese fought back with a fury and vicious night fighting typified the next five days. Pvt Ray was killed in action 1 March 1944 during the battle for Los Negros of the Amiralty Group. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Lawnhaven Memorial Gardens in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas.

KIA 1 Mch 1944


Private 1st Class Roy K. Reynolds US Marine Corps

Roy Kenneth Reynolds born 11 June 1926 in May, Brown County, Texas to Jewel Esma Jones (b. 1898 Texas - d. 1987 Gregg County, Texas) Age 28 and Jesse Starlen Reynolds (b. 1896 May, Texas - d. 1967 Longview, Texas) Age 30.

1930 Census age 3 living in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas with parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Dallas, JP1 Dallas County, Texas. 1940 Census age 13 living in Dallas, JP1 Dallas County, Texas with parents, one brother and two sisters. Roy K. Reynolds msn-512662 a single white male born May, Brown County, Texas on 11 June 1926 enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps Reserve at Dallas, Texas on 11 June 1943 and listed his father of Dallas as his next of kin contact. [nba]

Private 1st Class Roy K. Reynolds 512662 US Marine Corps Reserve Hq Company 3rd Battalion 26th Marines Regiment 5th Marine Division landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, southeast of Mount Suribachi. The division sustained heavy initial losses, and Pvt Reynolds was killed in action during the initial landing by the enemy Japanese forces. Pvt Reynolds was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery at Holder, Brown County, Texas on 11 April 1948.

KIA 19 Feb 1945


Private 1st Class John E. Rice US Army

John Ewing Rice born 11 December 1910 in Winchell, Brown County, Texas to Francis Lucretia Davis (b. 1882 Coleman, Texas - d. 1912 Brown County, Texas) Age 28 and Penn Ewing Rice (b. 1880 Polksville, Kentucky - d. 1947 Winchell, Texas) Age 30.

1920 Census age 9 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with father, sister Inez and stepmother to be. Graduate of Winchell High School. 1930 Census age 18 living in Pct5 Brown County, Texas with father and stepmother. 1935 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 29 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas with his father, stepmother and an aunt. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Winchell and working for himself and listed his father of Wnchell as his next of kin contact. John E. Rice asn-38036521 a single white male born Texas in 1910 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farmer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 22 January 1941. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙.

Private 1st Class John E. Rice 38036521 US Army Hq Company 2nd Battalion 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was fighting the enemy German forces near Kitzbuhel, Austria. On 5 May 1945, day before the Germans signed the surrender, Pvt Rice was killed in action performing in a manner which earned him the Silver Star. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Winchell Cemetery at Winchell, Brown County, Texas on 15 December 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 5 May 1945


2nd Lieutenant David N. Riker US Army Air Forces

David Noble Riker born 22 December 1921 in Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois to Lou Ella Bond(b.1899 Illinois-d.1986 Illinois) Age 22 and James Alva Edison Riker(b.1897 Illinois-d.1933 Illinois) Age 24.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and four siblings in Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois. 1935 census Age 13 living with his parents and siblings in Oblong, Crawford County, Illinois. 1940 census Age 18 living in barracks at Fort Logan, Arapahoe County, Colorado as a private in the US Army. Stationed at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. Married Miss Norma Nell Black on 5 September 1942 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

2nd Lieutenant David N. Riker O-686495 766th Bombardment Squadron 461st Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the co-pilot of B-24H 42-52366 out of Torretta, Italy 13 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission target Budapest, Hungary with a crew of twelve total. Witnesses saw them hit by enemy anti-aircraft flak over the target and the plane went out of control and hit another B-24 in the formation. [MACR 3974a b c] 2Lt Riker's plane crashed and burned killing all twelve crew members, the other B-24 went down on a crash landing status unknown. The condition of the remains is not known to this researcher, however all twelve crew member's remains were repatriated to America and interred as a group burial 3574a b, all together, in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on 11 January 1950.

MIA 13 Apr 1944


Corporal Clarence M. Risinger US Army

Clarence M. Risinger born 4 March 1922 in Grimes County, Texas to Edna M. Hughes (b. 1899 Bryan, Texas - d. 1976 Brownwood, Texas) Age 23 and Sherman Oscar Risinger (b. 1892 Brazos County, Texas - d. 1947 Brownwood, Texas) Age 30.

1930 Census age 8 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas with parents, four sisters and a brother. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Army Reserve as a private 31 July 1939. 1940 Census age 18 living in Zephyr, JP4 Brown County, Texas with parents, two brothers and three sisters. Clarence M. Risinger asn-18005730 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Brown County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from enlisted reserve into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Dallas, Texas on 1 August 1940. Married Miss Moncil Hawkins on 6 May 1941 in Grayson County, Texas. Shipped overseas, south Pacific, in August 1943. [nba] Newspaper↙

Corporal Clarence M. Risinger 18005730 Troop F 12th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division, beginning about 9 March 1944 the 12th and the 5th Regiments began working their way south of Papitalai Mission, Los Negros through the rough hills and dense jungles in hand to hand combat with the remaining Japanese soldiers. Tanks sometimes would give welcome support, but mostly the Troopers had to do the dangerous job with small arms and grenades. On 18 March 1944 Cpl Risinger was killed in action during this clean up operation. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and his remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 11 July 1948.

KIA 18 Mch 1944


2nd Lieutenant James P. Roberts US Army Air Forces

James P. Roberts born 22 March 1920 in Columbus, Hickman County, Kentucky to Sarah Irice Peck (1890 Arlington, Kentucky - d. 1972 Columbus, Kentucky) Age 30 and Harry White Roberts Sr. (b. 1890 Columbus, Kentucky - d. 1966 Columbus, Kentucky) Age 30.

1930 Census age 10 living in Akron, Summit County, Ohio with parents, an aunt and brother Harry. 1935 living in Rural Henry County, Kentucky. 1940 Census age 20 living in Akron City, Summit County, Ohio as a lodger in the home of Burt and Hollie Hill, and working as a mental hospital attendant. James P. Roberts asn-18038729 a single white male born Kentucky in 1920 residing in Hickman County, Kentucky being a college student (at TCU Fort Worth) with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Fort Worth, Texas on 10 February 1941. Married Miss Betty Lee Boyd (b. 1921 Fort Worth, Texas - d. 2014 Fort Worth, Texas) on 2 October 1941 at Fort Worth, Texas, her mother, Ivie Priscilla (Lee) Boyd was born in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. [nba]

2nd Lieutenant James P. Roberts O-426978 US Army Air Forces 20th Troop Carrier Squadron 6th Air Force Caribbean Air Command was the co-pilot aboard the Douglas C-39 38-524↗ out of Losey Army Airfield at Juana Diaz, Puerto Rico on 1 October 1942 on a routine transport mission to San Juan, Puerto Rico. The C-39 crashed into the mountains 15 miles northwest of Coamo, Puerto Rico killing all 22 people aboard. 2Lt Roberts was buried there in a temporary grave until after the war and in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Columbus City Cemetery at Columbus, Hickman County, Kentucky on 5 May 1948.

DNB 1 Oct 1942




Shipfitter 2nd Class Petty Officer Garthia D. Rodgers US Navy

Garthia Dalmon Rodgers born 12 September 1919 in Oklahoma to Mary Effie Rodgers (b. 1889 - d. 1967 San Angelo, Texas) Age 30 and William Stephen Rodgers (b. 1879 Texas - d. 1969 Imperial, California) Age 40.

1920 Census (listed as Rodney) age 4 months living in Blocker, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma with parents, one brother and three sisters. 1930 Census (listed as Garthia M-female) age 10 living in Brown County Texas with parents, one brother and four sisters. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census (listed as Garthia D-male) age 20 living in Imperial California with his mother Mary and sister Wanda, his father William is living in home of sister Odessa and husband Alfred Watkins close by, on the same census sheet. Enlisted in the US Navy at San Diego about 14 July 1940 and listed his mother, Mrs. Mary Effie Rodgers, War House Project Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas as his next of kin contact. [nba]

Shipfitter 2nd Class Petty Officer Garthia D. Rodgers 3813536 US Navy USS Rowan DD-405. On 9 September 1943 Rowan entered the Gulf of Salerno in the screen of the Southern Attack Force. That day and the next as the assault force and supplies were landed at Paestum, she screened the transports and freighters. Late on the night of the 10th, she headed back to Oran with the emptied ships. Shortly after midnight, German E-boats attacked. Rowan pursued and fired, then, as her quarry pulled away, ceased firing and changed course to rejoin the convoy. Within 5 minutes a new contact was made, range less than 3,000 yards. Again she changed course, to avoid torpedoes and bring her guns into position. As the range decreased to 2,000 yards, Rowan was hit by a torpedo by a German E-boat, 11 September 1943. She sank in less than a minute, taking 202 of her 273 officers and men with her in the Tyrrhenian Sea. SF2 Rodgers and the others unrecovered were statused as missing until the War Dept issued a FOD, finding of death, of 12 September 1944. SF2 Rodgers is remembered in the Tablets of the Missing at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

KIA MIA 11 Sep 1943


Lieutenant Colonel Churchill L. Scott, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Churchill Lasalle Scott Jr. born 29 January 1915 at Dallas, Dallas County, Texas to Cherry Isabell Cunningham(b.1895-d.1984) Age 20 and Churchill Lasalle Scott(b.1887-d.1973) Age 28.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and two brothers in Mabank, Kaufman County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and three brothers in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Attended Howard Payne College and entered the Air Corps pilot training school at Randolph Field, Texas in 1935. Married Miss Mada Sparks on 28 November 1937 in Brown County, Texas, there are three children. Served in England and European Theater of Operations.

Lieutenant Colonel Churchill L. Scott (O-357187) US Army Air Forces Chief of Staff 13th Combat Bomb Wing 8th Air Force. Flying in the tail gunner position of B-17F 42-30194 for this flight only. Lt Col Scott was killed in action↗ by enemy fighter attack on the B-17F of 335th Bomb Squadron which was shot down three miles south of Lommel, Belgium on 12 August 1943 [MACR-253]. Buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949 and his remains reinterred at the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Texas on 27 August 1949, a double funeral and burial with his brother James F. Scott. Air Medal and Purple Heart.

KIA 12 Aug 1943


Lieutenant Colonel Jack P. Scott US Army Air Forces

John Percy Scott born 6 June 1909 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Grace R Spangenberg(b.1884 SD-d.1951 Galveston, Tx) Age 25 and Stephen P Scott(b.1876 Tenn-d.1924 Galveston, Tx) Age 33.

1910 census Age 0 living with parents and one brother in maternal grandfather's Plaza hotel(manager) at Brownwood Ward 2, Brown County, Texas. 1920 census Age 11 living with parents and one brother and his maternal grandparents in their hotel in Galveston Ward 4, Galveston County, Texas. 1930 census Age 20 student living with his mother(widowed) and brother, brother's wife, and his maternal grandfather(widowed) in Galveston, Galveston County, Texas. Graduated University of Texas Medical School 1935, 1st Lieutenant Medical Reserves US Army 31 May 1935. 1935 living at Chicago, Illinois. Married Mildred R. Topfler. Active duty 1 November 1936 and Captain 1 November 1939. 1940 census Age 30 Captain in US Gov't living with wife Mildred Age 28 in Area D, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas.

Lieutenant Colonel Jack P. Scott O-21021 US Army Air Forces Northern Air Service Area Command India, former Flight Surgeon, died in a plane crash in India on 4 March 1945. Buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949. He was reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 11 April 1949.

DNB 4 Mar 1945


1st Lieutenant James F. Scott US Army Air Forces

James Frederick Scott born 8 August 1920 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Cherrie Isabell Cunningham(b.1895-d.1984) Age 25 and Churchill Lasalle Scott(b.1887-d.1973) Age 33.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and three brothers in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in same house as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and two brothers in Ward 2 Brownwood, JP1, Brown County, Texas. James F Scott asn-20804371 a single white male born 1920 in Texas and residing in Brown County, Texas working as an usher with two years of college education enlisted into the US Army National Guard at Camp Bowie Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940. Graduated Howard Payne College and entered the Air Corps pilot training school at Kelley Field in 1942. Served in England and European Theater of Operations.

1st Lieutenant James F. Scott O-694188 US Army Air Forces 334th Fighter Squadron 4th Fighter Group 8th Air Force was killed when his P-51B 43-7150 crashed↗ near Le Mans, France on 8 June 1944. His P-51 was hit by other P-51 while in a diving turn to bomb an enemy target [MACR 5605]. Buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949 and his remains reinterred at the Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood, Texas on 27 August 1949, a double funeral and burial with his brother Churchill L. Scott. Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart.

KIA 8 Jun 1944


Private W. H. Selvidge US Army

William Henry Selvidge born 27 October 1922 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Willie Lee Ervin (b. 1898 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas - d. 1996 Brownwood, Texas) age 24 and Dudley J. Selvidge (b. 1895 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1974 Brownwood, Texas) age 26.

1930 Census age 7 living in Erath County, Texas with parents. 1935 living in Hobbs, Lea County, New Mexico. 1940 Census age 17 living in Lea County, New Mexico with parents. Registered for the draft at San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo County, California on 29 May 1941 while living there and being a student and listing his mother, Mrs Willie Selvidge of Star Auto Camp, San Luis Obispo, as his next of kin contact. W. H. Selvidge asn-39160106 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in San Luis Obispo County, California working as an architect with two years of high school education enlisted into the US Army as a private at Los Angeles, California on 18 June 1941. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private W. H. Selvidge 39160106 US Army Company C 1st Battalion 106th Infantry Regiment. The 1st and 3rd Battalions of the 106th Infantry Regiment were sent to capture the island of Eniwetok in the Marshall Islands on 19 February 1944. The 1st Battalion made a beach assault against weak Japanese resistance, but became bogged down inland where enemy resistance increased in intensity. Pvt Selvidge was killed in action 19 February 1944 and buried in a temporary grave. His remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Greenleaf Cemetery at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas.

KIA 19 Feb 1944


Private Jeff J. Siegfried US Army

Jefferson Jacob Siegfried born 7 April 1913 in Kiowa County, Oklahoma to Ada Griggs (b. 1886 Arkansas - d. 1970 Dumas, Texas) Age 27 and Friedrick Siegfried (b. 1887 Russia - d. 1917 Enid, Oklahoma) Age 26.

1920 Census age 6 living in Comanche County, Oklahoma in home of step-father Claud R Wilks, with his mother and two brothers. 1930 Census age 16 living in Burnet County, Texas with his mother, step-father, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in JP5 Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Novella Sudie Hinshaw(b.1916 Texas-d.1985 Roanoke, Texas). A son Roy Rodney Siegfried(b.1935 Melburn, Texas-d.1984 Lake Worth, Texas). 1940 Census age 26 living in Winchell, JP5 Brown County, Texas with his wife and son Rodney. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Winchell and working at Camp Bowie and listed his wife, Mrs. Novella Siegfried of Winchell, as his next of kin contact. Jeff J. Siegfried asn-38681713 a married white male born Oklahoma in 1913 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a truck driver with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 9 March 1944. [nba]

Private Jeff J. Siegfried 38681713 US Army 377th Infantry Regiment 95th Infantry Division. From Metz, France the division pushed north toward the Saar River in Germany on 25 November 1944 and entered Germany on the 28th with the objective a Saar River bridge. Pvt Siegfried was killed in action on 28 November 1944 by the enemy German forces in the vicinity of Saarburg, Germany, and was buried in a temporary grave. His remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Winchell Cemetery at Winchell, Brown County, Texas on 2 February 1949.

KIA 28 Nov 1944


Private 1st Class Elvin E. Simpson US Marine Corps

Elvin Eugene Simpson born 24 May 1923 in Leander, Williamson County, Texas to Elvie Very Simpson (b. 1905 Leander, Texas - d. 1996 Georgetown, Texas) age 17 and Denton Elvin Simpson (b. 1902 Texas - d. 1981 Austin, Texas) age 21.

1930 Census age 6 living in Williamson County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in San Marcos, Hays County, Texas. 1937 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas while his father was attending Howard Payne College and was the pastor of the Belle Plain Baptist Church, for two or three years. 1940 Census age 16 living in Tom Green County, Texas with parents, two brothers and two sisters. Elvin E. Simpson msn-347993 born Texas in 1923 enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps as a private in about 1942. [nba] Newspaper↙.

Private 1st Class Elvin E. Simpson 347993 Hq Company 1st Battalion 4th Marines Regiment 1st Marine was on the island of Guadalcanal in the British Solomon Islands south Pacific when he died on 20 February 1944 of a non-battle event. His family says he was poisoned, and the Marines report only says he died an accidental death. Pfc Simpson was buried in a Guadalcanal cemetery and in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii Territory on 28 February 1949.

DNB 20 Feb 1944


Private Edrow F. Singletary US Army

Edrow Ford Singletary born 10 February 1918 in Cochise County, Arizona to Ada Lucinda Banks (b. 1886 Summitville, Tennessee - d. 1967 Bell Gardens, California) Age 32 and Clarence Preston Singletary (b. 1878 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1952 Bell Gardens, California) Age 40.

1920 Census age 1 living in Cochise County, Arizona with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 12 living in Floyd County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and one sister. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Owens, Brown County, Texas and working on his father's farm and listed his father of Owens as his next of kin contact. Edrow F. Singletary asn-38029417 a single white male corn Arizona in 1918 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm hand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 18 March 1941. [nba]

Private Edrow F. Singletary 38029417 US Army 192nd Tank Battalion. The unit left San Francisco in October 1941, arriving in the Philippines on 20 November 1941. On 22 December 1941, the 192nd Tank Battalion became the first American tank unit to engage enemy armor in tank to tank combat during World War II. The unit withdrew to the Bataan Peninsula as part of the general retreat, and ceased to exist on 9 April 1942 when the last surviving American and Philippine forces on the Bataan Peninsula surrendered. Pvt Singletary and the other men were marched over 60 miles in 110-degree heat with no water to POW Camp O’Donnell in six days, it is now called the Bataan Death March. On the Death March, the men suffered brutal treatment from their Japanese captors. If a man would fall out of the column, he was either struck with a bayonet or shot. Pvt. Singletary survived the Death March to POW Camp O’Donnell. He was later one of 100 POWs selected for a POW labor detail and was transferred to POW Camp Olivas, San Fernando, Philippines. Camp Olivas was an old Philippine military training barracks. The labor detail involved gathering up scrap metal around the Bataan Peninsula. All the scrap metal was then loaded on ships bound for Japan to be recycled into war materials. On 22 May 1942, Pvt. Singletary died from mistreatment at the hands of his captors, malaria and dysentery. The soldier was buried in an unmarked grave without his clothing or identification surrounded by 14 other POWs who died there. In 1945, after the liberation of the Philippines by Gen. Douglas MacArthur, the grave of Pvt Singletary and the other men were exhumed by the US Army and transferred to Manila but the men could not be identified. In 1948, the Army hired an anthropologist to try and make identifications of the 'Unknown' men. Through dental records and known information in Pvt Singletary's service records, he was identified and buried in the Manila↗ American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines. (adapted from a story↗ of a pow like him [drj])

DNB 22 May 1942


Master Sergeant Harmon L. Small US Army Air Forces

Harmon Lee Small born 27 July 1921 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Ida P. Connaway(b.1881 Miss-d.1935 Tex) Age 40 and Ben Franklin Small(b.1877 Miss-d.1950 Tex) Age 44.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and one sister in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with father only in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Harmon L. Small asn-18037795 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm laborer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Fort Worth, Texas on 2 November 1940. Newspaper↙.

Master Sergeant Harmon L. Small 18037795 721st Bomber Squadron 450th Bomber Group Heavy assistant gunner aboard B-24H 42-95385 'Hi-Pockets' on a combat mission 13 June 1944 with Munich Germany as the target, the bomber was hit by anti-aircraft flak on exiting the target and crashed and burned near Traunstein, Germany[according to German witnesses]. All crewmen successfully bailed out and were captured and sent to Stalag Luft 4 [MACR 6311]. M/S Small was in "The Death March↗" during the winter and reportedly died in a hospital at New Brandenburg from double pneumonia, while a POW on 9 March 1945. He was buried there in a temorary grave and repatriated to Texas and reinterred at the Indian Creek Cemetery, Brown County, Texas.

POW DOI 9 March 1945


Pharmacist's Mate First Class Petty Officer Robert G. Smith US Navy

Robert Glenn Smith born 24 November 1921 in Brownwood, Brown County,Texas to Floy Jane Greenstreet (b. 1887 Lipan, Texas - d. 1971 Brownwood, Texas) age 34 and William Clarence Smith (b. 1885 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1948 Brownwood, Texas) age 36.

1930 Census age 8 living in Brown County, Texas with parents, one brother and a sister. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Attended Brownwood High School. 1940 Census age 18 living at US Naval Base and Hospital, San Diego, San Diego County, California as an apprentice seaman. Robert G. Smith nsn-3600971 a single white male born Brownwood, Texas in 1921 residing in Brownwood, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 9 December 1939 and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C. Smith, 1408 Vine Street, Brownwood, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in the Naval Hospital Corps at three Naval Bases in California before going overseas to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, where he was 7 December 1941 during the surprise Japanese attack and he was wounded. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙ Newspaper3↙.

Pharmacist's Mate First Class Petty Officer Robert G. Smith 3600971 US Navy Reserve Hospital Corpsman with the 2nd Marines Regiment 2nd Marine Division in the assault on Red Beach 2, Betio, Tarawa Atoll, British Gilbert Islands on 20 November 1943. He volunteered to drive a 'duck' (an amphibious tractor) during the fierce battle with the enemy Japanese forces defending their positions. Phm1c Smith was killed in action. He was buried there in a temporary grave, but after the war neither his grave or his remains could be identified thus he was statused as missing. Phm1c Smith is remembered in the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu↙ Memorial in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA MIA 20 Nov 1943


1st Lieutenant James E. Stanley US Army

James Earl Stanley born 1 October 1913 in Zephyr, Brown County, Texas to Mira Jane Horner (b. 1880 Arkansas - d. 1927 Zephyr, Texas) Age 33 and Marion Thompson Stanley (b. 1878 Arkansas - d. 1927 Zephyr, Texas) Age 35.

1920 Census age 6 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 16 living in Brown County, Texas with grandparents Lile and Ella Horner. Graduated from Brownwood High School in 1931. 1935 living in Rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 26 living in Pecos County, Texas as a lodger in the home of Mark Reeves and wife. Registered for the draft at Fort Stockton, Pecos County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and working there for Mark Reeves and listed his brother, Mr. Lonnie Dean Stanley of Blanket, Brown County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James E. Stanley asn-38036554 a single white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm hand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 22 January 1941 (He was in the 36th Infantry Division until August 1942). Married Miss Minnie Ruth Pointer of Mercury, Texas (b.1921 McCulloch County, Texas-d.2008 Conroe, Texas) on 28 May 1942 in Bradford, Florida. [nba] Newspaper1↙ Newspaper2↙ Newspaper3↙.

1st Lieutenant James E. Stanley O-1298946 US Army 179th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division landed at Anzio, Italy 22 January 1944. For four months the 45th Division stood it's ground against violent assualts from the enemy German defenders. It went on the offensive attack 23 May 1944 and headed north toward the objective of Rome. 1Lt Stanley was killed in action on 31 May 1944 during the battle for Rome, Italy and buried in a temporary grave there. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 13 August 1948. Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

KIA 31 May 1944


2nd Lieutenant Virgle Lee Stephens US Army Air Forces

Virgle Lee Stephens born 23 May 1916 in Personville, Limestone County, Texas to Minerva Lansford(b.1900 Limestone County, Texas-d.1979 Tarrant County, Texas) Age 16 and Robert Luther Stephens(b.1894 Alabama-d.1960 Limestone County, Texas) Age 21.

1920 census Lee Age 3 is living with his parents in JP3, Limestone County, Texas. 1930 census Lee Age 14 is living with his father and step-mother Lisa and brother Queston and step-sister Hazel in JP2, Limestone County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as the 1930 census. 1936 moved to Brownwood to attend Daniel Baker College and work at the Lyric theater. 1940 census Age 23 living alone in Brownwood, Texas working as a bookkeeper for the Lyric theatre while attending Daniel Baker College. Summer of 1940 he attended CAA classes for civil pilot license, and married Miss Margaret V. Cole, whom he met at Daniel Baker College, on 11 August 1940 in Brownwood, Texas. Virgle L. Stephens asn-18110551 a married white male born 1916 in Texas residing in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas and working as manager of the Palace theatre with two years of college education enlisted from civil life into the US Army Air Corps Reserves at Abilene, Texas on 8 October 1942. Called up 30 January 1943 went into pilot training and commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Virgle L. Stephens O-2057447 US Army Air Forces 72nd Troop Carrier Squadron 431st Troop Carrier Group died in a plane crash near Paris France on 13 January 1945, statused as Died Non-Battle. Buried in a temporary grave in France and repatriated to Texas in November 1948, reinterred in the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Fort Worth, Texas on 25 Novenber 1948.

DNB 13 Jan 1945


1st Lieutenant Jack R. Stewart US Army

Robert Jack Stewart (named on birth certificate) born 6 December 1914 in Houston, Harris County, Texas to Annie Mary Oubre (b. 1893 Donaldsonville, Louisiana - d. 1986 San Antonio, Texas) age 20 and Robert Littell Stewart (b. 1890 Opelousas, Louisiana - d. 1944 San Antonio, Texas) age 24.

1920 Census age 5 living in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas with his parents and three sisters. 1930 Census age 15 living in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas with parents and three sisters. Graduate of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio and a member of the Army ROTC. 1935 living in San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas. Graduate of St. Mary's University in San Antonio. 1940 Census age 25 living in San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas with his parents and a sister, working as a rodman for a surveyor. As a member of the Texas National Guard serving with the 36th Texas Division, was nationalized 25 November 1940 and trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas as an artillery officer. Married Miss Leota Gwendolyn Kennedy (b.1917 Dublin, Texas-d.2002 Bedford, Texas) on 23 February 1942 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. [nba] Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Jack R. Stewart O-403496 US Army Hq 155th Field Artillery Battalion 36th Infantry Division had moved through France during 1944 and by 1945 had entered Germany where 1Lt Stewart was killed in action on 23 March 1945 by the enemy German forces. He was buried there in a temporary grave until after the war. In 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reburied in the San Fernando Cemetery number 2 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas.

KIA 23 Mch 1945


Private 1st Class V. J. Stockman US Marine Corps

V. J. Stockman born 14 January 1926 in Owens, Brown County, Texas to Addie Jane Bowden (b. 1887 Arkansas - d. 1930 Brown County, Texas) Age 39 and Lee L. Stockman (b. 1897 San Saba County, Texas - d. 1956 Houston, Texas) Age 29.

1930 Census age 4 living in Brown County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. 1935 living in JP3 Brown County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in JP3 Brown County, Texas with his father and three brothers. Registered for the draft at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 14 January 1944 while living there and working in a Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store and listed his father of Houston as his next of kin contact. V. J. Stockman msn-828047 a single white male born Owens, Brown County, Texas on 14 January 1926 enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps Reserve at Houston, Texas in 1944 and listed his father of Houston as his next of kin contact. [nba]

Private 1st Class V. J. Stockman 828047 Company C 1st Battalion 21st Marines Regiment 3rd Marine Division FMF landed on Iwo Jima on 21 February 1945 on the southeast coast. The regiment made it to south of airfield 2 but made little progress 22 February. They continued on attack and by afternoon 23 February they reached airfield 2, and the next day the airfield 2 had been taken from the enemy Japanese forces. The mopping up action proceeded through 25 February 1945 and Pfc Stockman was killed in action during the mop up. Pfc Stockman was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii Territory on 10 January 1949.

KIA 25 Feb 1945


2nd Lieutenant Jack M. Tatum US Army

Jack Maxwell Tatum born 14 September 1918 in Cuero, Dewitt County, Texas to Bessie D. Porter (b. 1885 Brownwood, Texas - d. 1965 Brownwood, Texas) age 33 and Marshall McIlhenny Tatum (b. 1882 Lampasas, Texas - d. 1955 Brownwood, Texas) age 36.

1920 Census age 1 living in Harris County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1930 Census age 11 living in Harris County, Texas with parents and two brothers. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1937 Graduate of Brownwood High School. 1940 Census age 21 living in Wichita County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and sister in law. Jack M. Tatum asn-38132193 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Wichita County, Texas working as a retail manager with two years of college education entered from enlisted reserve into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 4 May 1942. [nba] Newspaper1↙.

2nd Lieutenant Jack M. Tatum O-1296934 US Army 7th Infantry Regiment 3rd Infantry Division. On 10 July 1943, the regiment made an amphibious assault at Licata, Operation Husky, starting the Allied invasion of Sicily. 2Lt Tatum was killed in action at Sicily, Italy on 13 October 1943 and buried in a temporary grave. After the war his remains were reinterred in the Sicily-Rome↙ American Cemetery at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

KIA 13 Oct 1943


2nd Lieutenant Jasper N. Taylor Jr. US Army Air Forces

Jasper Newton Taylor, Jr. born 10 December 1919 in McCrory, Woodruff County, Arkansas to Laura Charlotte Hugg (b. 1893 Arkansas - d. 1970 unk) Age 27 and Jasper Newton Taylor (b. 1883 Arkansas - d. 1972 Gainesville, Texas) Age 36.

1920 Census age 1 month living in Deview, Woodruff County, Arkansas with parents, grandfather and a sister. 1930 Census age 10 living in Limestone County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rusk County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Rusk County, Texas with parents, two brothers and a sister. Attended the Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Henderson, Rusk County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living and working in Selman City, Rusk County, Texas and listed his father of Selman City as his next of kin contact. Jasper N. Taylor Jr. asn-18057381 a single white male born Arkansas in 1919 residing in Rusk County, Texas working as an inspector with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 1 November 1941. [nba] Newspaper↙.

2nd Lieutenant Jasper N. Taylor Jr. O-725553 US Army Air Forces 74th Bombardment Squadron 40th Bombardment Group was a crew member on B-17E 41-9036↗ out of Guatamala City, Guatamala on 28 September 1942 on a routine ferry mission when the pilot, 1Lt August Sieferman, flew the B-17E into the ground or mountain near Fraijanes, Guatamala, cause of the crash not found. 2Lt Taylor is buried in the Corozal American Cemetery at Corozal, Distrito de Panamá, Panamá, Panama.

DNB 28 Sep 1942


Corporal Albert S. Teague Jr. US Army Air Forces

Albert Sidney Teague, Jr. born 20 May 1924 near Zephyr, Brown County, Texas to Nancy Roella Jackson (b. 1896 Italy, Texas - d. 1979 Boerne, Texas) age 27 and Albert Sidney 'Dick' Teague (b. 1892 Brown County, Texas - d. 1955 Texas) age 32.

1930 Census age 5 living in Runnels County, Texas with parents and three brothers. 1935 living in Miles, Runnels County, Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP3 Brown County, Texas with his mother, an aunt and uncle and three brothers. Attended school in Blanket, Brown County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living near Blanket and working as an electrician at Camp Bowie and listed his father of RR1 Blanket as his next of kin contact. Albert S. Teague Jr. asn-18217597 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Brown County, Texas working as an electrician with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 29 November 1942. [nba] Note↙ Newspaper↙ Newspaper↙.

Corporal Albert S. Teague Jr. 18217597 US Army Air Forces was killed in a non-battle event involving a glider on 19 September 1944 at Nadzab, New Guinea. Cpl Teague was buried in a temporary grave. In 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Miles Cemetery at Miles, Runnels County, Texas.

DNB 19 Sep 1944


Technical Sergeant Sam H. Thomas US Army Air Forces

Sam Henry Thomas born 8 May 1924 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Retha Murl Storm(b.1895-d.1990) Age 29 and Samuel B. Thomas(b.1892-d.1967) Age 32.

1930 census Age 5 living with parents and siblings at Ward 2, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at same place as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 15 living with parents and siblings at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Sam H. Thomas asn-18202586 a single white male without dependents born 1924 in Texas and working as a payroll clerk with four years of high school education and residing in Tarrant County, Texas enlisted from civil life into the US Army Air Corps at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 2 November 1942.

Technical Sergeant Sam H. Thomas 18202586 US Army Air Forces 858th Bomber Squadron 492nd Bomber Group Heavy Radio Operator 8th Air Force killed in a B24 Liberator crash and burn, 44-49523 Sidorek crew↗, 17 June 1945 west of Walgrave, England, status Died Non-Battle [with Rex Flowers]. He was buried at the Cambridge↗ American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England. Air Medal with three Bronze Oak Leak Clusters.

DNB 17 Jun 1945


Private Marion F. Thomason US Army

Marion Franklin Thomason born 28 October 1918 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas to Leona(b.1895-d.1942) Age 23 and Henry Franklin Thomason(b.1878-d.1943) Age 39.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents and a brother in Bangs, Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and five siblings in Bangs, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as in the 1940 census. Married Miss Juanell Walker, date unknown but probably in the same year that she died in a auto crash on 23 Dec 1939 5 miles north of Brownwood. 1940 census Age 21 Widowed living with his parents and four siblings in Bangs, JP6, Brown County, Texas. Marion F. Thomason asn-20804432 a single white male without dependents residing in Brown County, Texas born in 1919 and working as a semiskilled construction worker with a four year high school education enlisted from The National Guard into the US Army Infantry at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Margaret Waldrop, date unknown. On furlough with his wife the week of 27 Feb 1944.

Private Marion F. Thomason 20804432 315th Infantry Regiment 79th Infantry Division was killed in action in Germany on 19 December 1944 and his remains have not been identified or located, hence, he is statused KIA MIA. He is remembered at the Epinal↗ American Cemetery Tablets of the Missing in Epinal, France. Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leak Cluster.

KIA MIA 19 Dec 1944


Technical Sergeant Tommy M. Thomson US Army Air Corps

Tommy Moore Thomson born 16 October 1920 in Temple, Bell County, Texas to Gladys Lorene Moore(b.7 Oct 1897 San Saba County Texas-d.28 Nov 1978 Brown County Texas) Age 23 and Seth Ward Thomson(b.26 Jan 1895 Williamson County Texas-d.17 Mar 1992 Brown County Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 9 living with parents and one brother, Billy 3, in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in the same place as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and Billy at Ward 3, Brownwood, JP1, Brown County, Texas. Tommy M. Thomson asn-18083798 a single white male residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a semiskilled oiler of machinery with two years of college education enlisted from civil life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 3 April 1942.

Technical Sergeant Tommy M. Thomson 18083798 US Army Air Corps 344th Bomber Squadron 98th Bomber Group Heavy was killed in action 3 September 1943 during a mission in B-24D 42-40208 that was headed to Sulmona Italy Marshaling yards in support of the Sicily invasion. [MACR 544a b]He was in the top turret gunner position when they were attacked by enemy fighter planes and downed, some of the crew were able to bail out and survive and be captured, T/S Thomson was initially statused as MIA, but the survivors' reports lead to the status Finding Of Death for T/S Thomson. His remains were recovered, date unknown, and interred at the Florence↗ American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. Purple Heart.

KIA 3 Sep 1943


Sergeant Walter F. Timmins, Jr. US Army Air Corps

Walter Franklin Timmins, Jr. born 26 May 1913 in Brown County, Texas to Lena J. Farrar (b.1887 Texas-1975) Age 26 and Walter F. Timmins, Sr. (b.1879 Texas-1952) Age 34.

1920 census Age 6 living with parents and siblings in JP4, Brown County, Texas. 1930 census Age 16 living with parents and siblings in Pct 4, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living in same place as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 26 living with parents in Zephyr, JP4, Brown County, Texas. Walter F. Timmins asn-18020701 a single white male residing in Brown County, Texas working as a farm hand and having a four year high school education enlisted from civil life into the US Army Air Corps at Fort Worth, Texas on 19 August 1940.

Sergeant Walter F. Timmins, Jr. 18020701 US Army Air Corps stationed at Lowry Field, Denver, Colorado, died of complications from appendix surgery on 20 May 1942, status Died Non-Battle during WWII. His remains were shipped to Zephyr, Texas where he was interred at the Zephyr Cemetery.

DNB 20 May 1942


Private Harold H. Townsend US Army

Harold Hal Townsend born 19 October 1920 in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas to Mary Grace Spruill(b.1900 Lampasas County, Texas-d.1987) Age 19 and Brown Low Townsend(b.1892 Belton, Texas-d.1949 Temple, Texas) Age 29.

1930 census Age 9 living with parents and siblings in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas. 1935 living in same place as 1930 census. 1940 census Age 19 living with parents and siblings in Ward 4, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Harold H. Townsend asn-20804433 a single white male born 1920 in Texas residing in Brown County, Texas and working as a telegraph messenger with two years of high school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas on 25 November 1940.

Private Harold H. Townsend 20804433 Company A 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was wounded in action during an assault in France and died of the wounds 1 October 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there and then repatriated to Texas and reinterred at the Greenleaf Cemetery in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 23 June 1948. Purple Heart.

DOW 1 October 1944


Sergeant John A. Townsend, Jr. US Army

John Asbury Townsend, Jr. born (a twin) 11 February 1915 near Holland, Bell County, Texas to Ida Elizabeth(b.1881 Texas-d.1975) Age 33 and John A. Townsend, Sr.(b.1876 Texas-d.June 1940) Age 38.

1920 census Age 5 living with parents and siblings in JP3, Bell County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with parents and siblings in Pct2, Williamson County, Texas. In June 1940 living in Corpus Christi as reported in father's obituary. John A. Townsend a single white male living in Williamson County, Texas and working as a farm hand with one year of high school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry at Belton, Bell County, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Miss Imogene S. Bynum, exact date not found, but she was single and Age 21 working as librarian for the public school in May 1940, they had one child(b.Sep 1943 Brown County, Texas). Private Townsend was stationed at Camp Bowie for over a year about 1941 to 1942. Corporal Townsend was stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida May to September 1942, made Sergeant in July 1942, and stationed at Camp Edwards, Mississippi October to December 1942 as reported in the Bartlet Tribune.

Sergeant John A. Townsend, Jr. 20809123 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division wounded in action during an assault in Italy and died of the wounds 23 September 1943 in a base hospital there. He was interred in the Scily-Rome↗ American Cemetery. Silver Star Medal and Purple heart.

DOW 23 September 1943


Major Orville H. Turner US Army

Orville Henry Turner born 18 October 1890 in Bogata, Red River County, Texas to Mary Jane Morton Turner(b.Sep 1849 Mississippi) Age 40 and William Dunlap Turner(b.Apr 1842 Tenn.) Age 48.

1900 census [Oswald] Age 8 b.Oct 1891, living with parents and brother David in JP4, Wharton County, Texas. 1910 census Age 20 living with parents in JP1, Brown County, Texas. His WWI registration card of 5 June 1917 shows him living in Brown County Texas with address of RR A Brownwood Texas. Born 18 October 1890 in Red River County, Texas. Working as a farm labor for his father. He was tall and slender with dark hair and blue eyes and no scars. Inducted for WWI federal service, while residing in Brownwood, Texas, into the US Army at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas on 25 June 1918. Served with the 165th Depot Brigade at Camp Travis Texas for training until 16 September 1918 and transferred to 159th Depot Brigade at Camp Taylor Kentucky. He did not serve overseas during WWI and was honorably discharged at rank of Private on 20 December 1918 and was 0% disabled. He married Lola English in Brown County, Texas on 8 June 1920. 1930 census Age 39 living with his wife Lola English Turner Age 21 and his mother-in-law Florence English Age 74 in Brownwood, Texas employed as bank teller. 1935 living at same place as 1930 census. 1940 census Age 49 living with wife and her mother in Area F, San Antonio, Pct 1, Bexar County, Texas proprietor of a cafe.

Major Orville Henry Turner O-151995 US Army Field Artillery, Camp Hood, Texas died 20 February 1945 in Temple, Texas hospital due injuries received in an automobile accident near McGregor, Texas, status Died Non-Battle. His remains were shipped to Brownwood, Texas where he was buried in the Greenleaf Cemetery.

DNB 20 Feb 1945


1st Lieutenant Francis M. Veatch, Jr. US Army Air Forces

Francis M. Veatch, Jr. born 22 February 1918 in Lawrence, Kansas to Vera A Veatch(b.1892 Kansas-1939 Kansas City) Age 27 and Francis Montgomery Veatch (b. 17 Jan 1891 Illinois-1969 Kansas City, Missouri) Age 27.

1920 census Age 2 living with parents in Lincoln ward 6, Lancaster, Nebraska. 1930 census Age 12 living with parents and brother Thomas A. in Ward 8, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri. Francis Montgomery Veatch, Jr., a single white male Age 22 born on 22 February 1918 in Lawrence, Kansas, being 5'8" 147 lb.s with blonde hair and blue eyes, and residing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania registered for the draft in 1940.

1st Lieutenant Francis Montgomery 'Monty' Veatch, Jr. O-445253 525th Squadron 86th Fighter Bomber Group 12th Air Force, his Apache A36 shot down by flak, Killed In Action and Missing in Italy 26 May 1944. [MACR DNE] He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Sicily-Rome↗ American Cemetery, Italy.

KIA MIA 26 May 1944


Technician 5th Grade Albert M. Vega US Army

Alberto M. Vega born 2 November 1916 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas to Maria Rogriguez Vega(Maria Moreno on Albert's dc)(b.1894 Mexico) and Julian Vega(b.1884 Mexico).

1920 census Age 2 living with parents in JP8, Bexar County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with step-father Unberto Guerra and mother Maria Morens-Guerra and siblings in San Antonio, Texas. 1935 in the same house as 1940 census. April 1940 census Age 23 living with mother Maria Vega(divorced) and brother Charles and sister Olivia in Area D, San Antonio, JP1, Bexar County, Texas. Albert M Vega asn-18011922 a single white male born 1916 in Texas, with a grammar school education, unemployed and residing in Bexar County, Texas enlisted from civilian life in the US Army Calvary QMC Philippine Department on 16 August 1940 at Fort Sam Houston, Bexar County, Texas.

T/5 Albert M Vega asn-18011922 Troop B 5th Cavalry Regiment 1st Calvary Division Died Non-Battle while on active duty 14 June 1945 in Luzon Island, Philippines. Buried in a temporary grave there and repatriated to Texas and reinterred at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery Section T Lot 44 on 8 November 1948.

DNB 14 June 1945


Private Wilburn L. Watson US Army

Wilburn Lee Watson was born on 5 September 1921 in Coleman County Texas to Pearl Mae Morgan Watson (5 Sep 1901 Royse City, Rockwall County, Texas-4 Aug 1971 Big Spring Texas) Age 20 and Jesse Lee Watson (2 Feb 1901 Coleman County Texas-3 Feb 1964 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 20. His mother remarried Floyd E. Tatum. His father remarried to Patsy A.(1940 census), and then Olive I. Kinsel.

1930 census Age 7 he was living with his parents, two sisters, and grandfather in JP1, Coleman County Texas. 1935 living same place as 1930 census Coleman County. Apr 1940 census Age 18 he was living with his grandfather, his father, and step-mother Patsy A. in JP2, Brown County, Texas. Wilburn Lee Watson 20804671 a single white male, born in Texas in 1920, residing in Brown County Texas, working as a truck driver, having 2years of high school education, and at 6'2" tall at 162 lb.s, enlisted in the US Army National Guard Infantry at Coleman Texas on 25 Nov 1940.

Private Wilburn Lee Watson 20804671 Company B 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was wounded in action and died of the wounds 20 September 1943 on or near Salerno Beach, Italy. Purple Heart. He was buried in a temporary grave there until he was repatriated to Texas in July 1948 and reinterred in the Coleman City Cemetery, Coleman County, Texas on 29 July 1948.

DOW 20 September 1943


Private John S. Weyerts US Army

John Sylvester Weyerts was born on October 3, 1913, in or near Alpine, Brewster County, Texas, to Rebecca Josephine 'Josie' Dunbar, Age 17, and Frederick 'Fritz' E Weyerts, Age 21.

1920 census Age 6 living with parents in JP1, Brewster County, Texas. 1930 census Age 16 living with parents in Alpine, Brewster County, Texas. 1935 census Age 21 living in Rural, Brewster County, Texas. Met June Pugh (b.1917 Brown County Texas-d.2005) at Sul Ross College in Alpine Texas. Married June Irene Pugh on 3 Aug 1935 at Alpine, Brewster County, Texas. Apr 1940 census Age 26 living with wife June Age 23 and two children in Presidio County, Texas. John Sylvester Weyerts, white male Age 27, dob 3 Oct 1913 pob Alpine, Brewster, Texas, residing in Sanderson, Terrell, Texas, working for Kevc Merc Co., having a light complexion with hazel color eyes and brown hair and weighing 140lb.s at 5'7" tall, and no next of kin given, registered for the draft on 16 Oct 1940 at Sanderson, Terrell, Texas. John S Weyerts asn-38579024, married white male, born 1913 in Texas, residing in Brewster County Texas, with 3 yesrs of college education, working as a clerk, enlisted at Ft Bliss El Paso Texas on 12 Jan 1944. June Weyerts, widow of John S, lived in Brownwood in 1947 and San Angelo in 1950, then remarried name Livingston.

Private John S Weyerts 38579024 Company L 320th Infantry Regiment 35th Infantry Division killed in action 3 January 1945 in Luxembourg. Buried in a temporary grave there and repatriated to Texas about 1949 and reinterred in the Elm Grove Cemetery at Alpine Texas. Purple Heart.

KIA 3 January 1945


2nd Lieutenant Lyons K. Wilcox US Marine Corps

Lyons Keller Wilcox was born on July 4, 1921, in McAlester, Oklahoma, to Nora Louise Lyon Wilcox(1897-1980), Age 23, and James Franklin Keller Wilcox(1896-1973), Age 24.

Lyons Keller Wilcox lived in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, in 1930, with his parents. Same place Sapulpa, Oklahoma, in 1935. Lyons Keller Wilcox lived in Sapulpa, Oklahoma, on April 1, 1940. Reportedly married Doris Jones about 1940, but this has not been sourced, her living in Brownwood is the only connection to HOT Brown County HR. Enlisted in US Marine Corps in 1940 at unknown location. The Basic School Rank MOS Private 1st Class 0100-Basic MOS, The Basic School - Quantico Company Platoon/OCS Class 1940-1941, Naval Aviation Schools Command (NASC), Pensacola, Fla, Rank MOS Second Lieutenant 7599-Flight Student 1941 - 1942, Service 1942 to 1943 VMF-222 (Flying Deuces) Rank MOS Second Lieutenant 7598-Basic Fixed-Wing Pilot.

2nd Lieutenant Lyons K. Wilcox USMC was killed on 30 January 1943 (official) in the crash of his North American SNJ-3 Texan Bu. No. 26456 en route from North Island NAS to USMCAS Santa Barbara. Reported as missing 21 Jan 1943 and his wife notified, Mrs. Lyons K. Wilcox, 1608 Vincent St., Brownwood, Texas. The accident occurred in bad weather and the wreckage remained undiscovered until 27 March 1945, in the rugged mountains of Ventura County California. Status Died Non-Battle, accident. 2nd Lieutenant Lyons K. Wilcox USMC remains are buried in Rose Hill Memorial Park at Tulsa, Oklahoma.

DNB 30 January 1943 O.


Petty Officer 2d Class David A. Wilkinson US Navy Reserve

David Andy Wilkinson was born on 27 January 1925, in Brownwood, Texas, to Orris Hearn Ingham Wilkinson (10 May 1904-25 Oct 2000), Age 20, and Claude Smallman Wilkinson (5 Jan 1894-17 Jun 1969), Age 31.

David Andy Wilkinson lived in Brownwood, Texas, in 1930 through 1940 with his parents per the federal census. Enlisted in 1943 and trained at San Diego California. Men and Wowen in WWII of Brown County.

David Andy Wilkinson died on March 19, 1945, when he was 20 years old.
WILKINSON, David A, Aviation Radio Technician Second Class, 8405806, USNR, from Texas, Fighting Squadron 5 (USS Franklin CV-13), 3rd and 5th Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation Japan, date of loss March 19, 1945 (pm), (CasCode6321) killed, body not recovered, dd March 19, 1945. Parents notified, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Smallwood Wilkinson, Rt. 1, Brownwood, Texas.
Honolulu↗ Memorial Courts of the Missing - David A. Wilkinson Avn Radio Technician 2c USNR Texas. Purple Heart.

KIA MIA 19 March 1945


Private 1st Class Charles M. Willis US Army

Charles Marvin Willis (aka Marvin C Willis) born 30 Jan 1920 in San Saba County Texas to Charlie Sanderson Willis 29 Jan 1899 San Saba-23 Jun 1966 Waco and Darla Cates Willis 26 Jan 1897 San Saba-6 Jul 1997 Granbury, Hood.

1920 Age 0 living with parents Charlie 21 and Darla 22 Willis as Charlie Willis Jr. at JP1, San Saba County, Texas amoung other Willis and Cate relatives.
1930 Age 10 living with parents Charlie S 31 and Darla 33 Willis and 3 brothers David N Willis 5, Ward Warren Willis(12 Jun 1928) 2, Eugene Ancell Willis(3 Sep 1921) 8 at Llano, Llano, Texas. 1935 Age 15 living at rural Llano County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with mother Darla Willis and 3 brothers David N Willis, Ward Warren Willis, Eugene Angel Willis at Ward 1 Brownwood, Texas. His parents are divorced and his father living in Lampasas, Texas. Enlistment - Charles Marvin Willis asn-20804254, a single white male, born 1920 in Texas, working as a carpenter's helper in Brownwood Texas having a grammar school education, enlisted into the US Army National Guard Infantry on 25 November 1940 in Camp Bowie Brownwood Texas. [His father Charlie S Willis asn-38145115 a divorced white male with dependents, born 1899 Texas, a salesman in Lampasas Texas, enlisted at Ft Sam Houston Texas on 25 August 1942. Assigned to Medical Department]

PFC Charles Marvin Willis (20804254) with the 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was wounded in action at Casino Italy and died of the wounds 27 January 1944. DC and Newspaper↙.
He was buried in a temporary grave there and repatriated to Texas for reinterrment at Mount Olivet Cemetery Garden of Memories in Fort Worth Texas on 13 July 1949.

DOW 27 January 1944


Corporal Ernest O Winingham US Army Air Corps

Ernest Obra Winingham was born on June 9, 1908, in Jordan, New Mexico to Frances "Fannie" Alma Hill, Age 26, and William Garnett Winingham, Age 32. His mother Frances "Fannie" Alma passed away in 1918 in Montague, Texas, at the Age of 37. His father William Garnett passed away on October 23, 1936, in Montague, Texas, at the Age of 60.

1910 census Age 1 living with parents in Jordan, Quay, New Mexico. 1920 census Age 11 living with father in Justice Precinct 4, Montague, Texas. 1937 City Directory Ernest O Winingham living with wife Helen Winingham at 900 Robertson Ave., Austin, Texas, USA. 1940 census Ernest Willingham [Ernest Winingham] Age 31 Lodger in Lampasas, Texas. Birthplace, New Mexico. Residence in 1935, Austin, Texas. Occupation, Distributor. Ernest O Winingham asn-18198524, a married white male, born 1908 in New Mexico, working as a manager for the 7UP Bottling Company in Brownwood Texas having a 4 year high school education, being 123 lb.s and 5'6", enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps on 20 October 1942 in San Antonio Texas. Newspaper↙.

Corporal Ernest O. Winingham 18198524 US Army Air Forces was a passenger aboard the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers on 26 November 1943 when she was hit↗ by a German missile off Algeria and sunk, 1,138 men were killed including 1,015 American troops. Cpl Winingham is still MIA and remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa↗ American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

KIA MIA 27 Nov 1943


Lieutenant (jg) Jeff Davis Woodson US Navy

Jeff Davis Woodson was born on June 10, 1908 near Altman, Erath County, Texas(town no longer exist but was NW of Hico a few miles), to Edith Beatrice Hooks, Age 20, and William Edward Woodson, Age 30.

In 1910 census he was living with his parents in Hico, Hamilton, Texas. He lived with his parents in Tolar, Hood County, Texas, in 1920. He enlisted in the United States Navy (NSN 346-34-81) on 23 June 1926 at Little Rock, Arkansas. Jeff Davis Woodson lived in Warrington, Escambia County, Florida, in 1930. Jeff Davis Woodson married Joyce M Taylor in San Diego, California, in 1932 (or in Yuma Arizona where the marriage license was issued 17 Sep 1932) when he was 26 years old. They lived in San Diego up until 1940. His Navy bio is available on the findagrave memorial and USS Woodson article. And his connection to Brown County, the only thing learned is that his half brother, Charles C. Woodson for whom the C C Woodson Road was named, bought the Brownwood Daily Bulletin in 1940 and lived here during WWII and until he sold out.

Lieutenant (jg) Jeff Davis Woodson died at sea, while serving as pilot of a carrier-based Navy Torpedo Plane of Torpedo Squadron EIGHT (VT-8), embarked from the U.S.S. HORNET (CV-8), during the "Air Battle of Midway↗," against enemy Japanese forces on 4 June 1942 when he was 33 years old. He is remembered at the Honolulu↗ Memorial, Honolulu County, Hawaii in the Courts of the Missing. Navy Cross Medal and Purple Heart Medal.

KIA MIA 4 June 1942


1st Lieutenant Lewis M. Yarbrough US Army Air Forces

Lewis McKinley Yarbrough was born on 25 September 1921 in Bangs, Brown County, Texas to Hazel Pearl Touchstone, Age 19, and William McKinley Yarbrough, Age 21.

Lewis M Yarbrough lived in Brownwood, Texas, in 1930. He lived in Brownwood, Texas, in 1935. He lived in Houston, Texas, on April 1, 1940. Lewis M Yarbrough enlisted as a Private in the Army Air Corps on April 8, 1942, in Dallas, Texas, during World War II. He was 20 years old, single and 5'10" at 137 lb.s, 1 year of college, working as a bookkeeper, residing in Brown County, Texas Newspaper↙.

1st Lieutenant Lewis M. Yarbrough O-749152 US Army Air Forces 433rd Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, 5th Air Force died on 16 April 1944 when he crashed and burned near Meibu village, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea because of bad weather, on that date he was listed MIA. [MACR 4500a b] He was officially declared dead on February 7, 1946. The type of plane Lewis Yarbrough went down in was a P-38J Lightning 42-104381↗. He is remembered at the Manila↙ American Cemetery in the Tablets of the Missing.

KIA MIA 16 Apr 1944