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Sergeant Waldo B. Adams  

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Waldo Bertrand Adams born 22 June 1913 in Hollis, Harmon County, Oklahoma to Minnie Belle White (b. 1886 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1976 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 27 and Wilburn Bailer Adams (b. 1878 Bell County, Texas - d. 1968 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 35.

1920 Census age 6 living in Beeville, Bee County, Texas with his parents, a brother, a sister and Grandmother Sarah Castleman. 1930 Census age 19 living in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California with Henry and Addie Adams as their nephew, working as a laborer for a hair tonic company. Joined the US Navy in 1935, according to a newspaper article, for a four year enlistment. Married Margaret Rachel Hill Thompson (b. 1909 Bremerton, Kitsap County, Washington) on 30 November 1936 at Los Angeles, California. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 7 September 1939 at Dallas, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Minnie B. Adams, Rt. 1, DeLeon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. [nba] .

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[Marines] Sergeant Waldo B. Adams 234109 US Marine Corps Company I 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines Regiment 3rd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. They deployed to American Samoa on 14 September 1942, and were attached to the 2nd Marine Brigade. The regiment redeployed to New Zealand on 23 May 1943, and were reassigned to the 3rd Marine Division at that time. The regiment fought the enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville and Guam. On 21 July 1944, around 0830, 3rd Battalion hit the Asan beaches on Guam. Landing on the extreme left of the entire 3rd Marine Division, their mission was to take Chonito Cliff and Adelup Point, which marked the left flank of the division. Within minutes the Japanese defenders opened up with mortars and machine guns, hitting many 3rd Battalion Marines coming ashore. On 23 July 1944, 3rd Battalion seized the last ridge leading to the Fonte Plateau, provoking a heavy Japanese counterattack. Sgt Adams was killed in action on 23 July 1944 on Guam Island, Northern Mariana Islands, western Pacific. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 3 May 1948.

KIA 23 Jul 1944


Captain Woodrow R. Allen

Woodrow Radford Allen born on 27 September 1913 at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Maggie Anabelle Clark(b.1878 Montgomery County, Texas-d.1980 Scurry County, Texas) Age 35 and James Henry Allen(b.1872 Georgia-d.1940 Brown County, Texas) Age 41.

1920 census Age 6 living with his parents, three sisters, two brothers and a brother-in-law in JP8 Brown County, Texas. Graduated from the Rising Star High School. 1930 census Age 16 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in JP1 Scurry County, Texas. Graduated from Texas A&M College class of 1938. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at P.O.Box 128 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and working at the Farm Seccurity Administration and listed his mother, Mrs. J. H. Allen RFD.1 Cuthbert, Mitchell County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Geraldine Slider of Comanche, Texas. Woodrow R. Allen was activated from the Officer Reserve Corps as a reserve officer at Snyder, Texas on 30 January 1942, assigned to Camp Barkeley. First Lieutenant in the 357th Infantry Regiment as of April 1942. Captain Allen was assigned to Ft Benning, Georgia in April 1943. Shipped out to England on 25 March 1944. .

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[Army] Captain Woodrow R. Allen O-365316 US Army Company K 357th Infantry Regiment 90th Infantry Division. The 90th Infantry Division landed in England, 5 April 1944, and trained from 10 April to 4 June 1944. First elements of the division saw action on D-Day, 6 June 1944, on Utah Beach, Normandy, France and the remainder entering combat 10 June 1944, cutting across the Merderet River to take Pont l'Abbe in heavy fighting. After defensive action along the river Douve, the division attacked to clear the Foret de Mont-Castre (Hill 122), clearing it by 11 July 1944, in spite of fierce resistance. In this action the Division suffered 5000 killed, wounded, or captured, one of the highest casualty rates suffered in WW II. Capt Allen was killed in a heroic action on 11 July 1944 in the Foret de Mont-Castre, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Ira Cemetery at Ira, Scurry County, Texas on Wednesday 28 April 1948. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 11 Jul 1944


Private Willie D. Armstrong Jr.  

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Willie Dee Armstrong Jr. born 28 October 1922 Muleshoe, Bailey County, Texas to Maggie May Wagnon (b. 1886 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1969 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 36 and Willie Dee Armstrong (b. 1886 Water Valley, Mississippi - d. 1946 Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas) Age 36.

1930 Census age 7 living in JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Sipe Springs and working for his father and listed his father, W.D. Armstrong Rt1 Sipe Springs, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Willie D. Armstrong Jr. asn-38630048 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas on DATE. Married Edna Ruth Wade (b. 1926 Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas - d. 1985 Midland, Midland County, Texas). A son Herbert Lee Armstrong (b.1943 Comanche County, Texas-d.2013 Midland, Midland County, Texas). [nba] .

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[Army] Private Willie D. Armstrong Jr. 38630048 US Army 134th Infantry Regiment 35th Infantry Division. The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England on 25 May 1944 and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy 5–7 July 1944 and entered combat on 11 July 1944, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows north of St. Lo. Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the division attacked across the Moselle on 13 September 1944, captured Nancy on 15 September 1944, secured Chambrey on 1 October 1944, and drove on toward the German border. Pvt Armstrong was killed in action on 13 November 1944 in the vicinity of Zellen, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.

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KIA 13 Nov 1944


Private Orice C. Ash

Orice Cecil Ash born on 22 August 1905 at Manor, Travis County, Texas to Ada Blackshear(b.1883 Eastland County, Texas-d.1939 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22 and William Barnett Ash(b.1874 Texas-d.1940 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 31.

1910 census Age 4 living with his parents, three sisters and a brother in JP5 Scurry County, Texas. 1920 census Age 14 living with his parents, a sister and two brothers in Hamilton County, Texas. About 1926, married 'Sibble Ash'. 1930 census Age 24 living with his wife Sibble in Crane, JP1 Crane County, Texas, working as a butcher in a meat market. 1935 living in rural Lee County, New Mexico. 1940 census Age 35 living as a lodger in Hughey house at JP1 Andrews County, Texas, working as a butcher in a meat market. Registered for the draft at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at General Delivery De Leon, Comanche County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his friend, Mr. Fred O. Jaye of De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact (An address change was noted as Box 1905 Monahans, Ward County, Texas). Orice C. Ash asn-38121300 a married white male born Texas in 1905 residing in Ward County, Texas working as a skilled meatcutter with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 9 June 1942, listed his wife, Mrs. Eva Ash 311 S. Rio Grande St., Monahans, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Army] Private Orice C. Ash 38121300 US Army 12th Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Infantry Division sailed to England where it arrived on 26 January 1944. The 4th Infantry Division assaulted the northern coast of German-held France during the Normandy landings, landing at Utah Beach, 6 June 1944. Relieving the isolated 82nd Airborne Division at Sainte-Mère-Église, the 4th cleared the Cotentin peninsula. Pvt Ash was killed in action on 9 June 1944 in the vicinity of Sainte-Mère-Église, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

KIA 9 Jun 1944


Private Alvie L. Barber

Alvie Lester 'Pete' Barber born 19 July 1917 in Lamar County, Texas to Matilda Martha Ann McFarland (b. 1892 Gibson County, Tennessee - d. 1918 Lamar County, Texas) age 25 and Charlie Andrew Barber (b. 1886 Paris, Lamar County, Texas - d. 1951 Biardstown, Lamar County, Texas) age 31.

1920 Census age 2 living in JP3 Lamar County, Texas with his father, two brothers, a sister and grandparents Alexander and Mary Barber. 1935 Living Rural Delta County, Texas. Married Miss Cleo McKinney (b. 1917 Delta County, Texas - d. 1986 Wise County, Texas) in October 1935 at Lamar County, Texas, they had three sons Harry Lester, Charlie Marvin, Edward Earl and a daughter Elizabeth. 1940 Census age 22 living in JP5 Delta County, Texas with his wife Cleo and two sons, working as a laborer in the W.P.A. Registered for the draft at Delta County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Vasco, Delta County, Texas with a mail address of RFD.1 Lake Creek, Texas and working at the W.P.A. Project at Cooper, Texas and listed his father-in-law, Mr. Kelley Marvin McKinney of Lake Creek (Vasco), Texas, as his next of kin contact. Alvie L. Barber asn-38632233 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Tarrant County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 27 July 1944. His sister, Mrs. Annie Chance, was living in Comanche at the time of his death and that is all I found for connection to Comanche County, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Alvie L. Barber 38632233 US Army Company E 383rd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division. The 96th Division left the Philippines 27 March 1945 for Okinawa, making an assault landing on the island on 1 April 1945. The landing was unopposed and a beachhead was established, between 1 to 3 April 1945. Resistance stiffened considerably as the division advanced to Kakazu Ridge, where fighting was fierce, from 7 to 16 April 1945. The 96th assaulted and cracked the fanatically-defended enemy defense line, Tanabaru to Nishibaru, 17–23 April 1945. Pvt Barber was killed in action on 22 April 1945 in the line Tanabaru to Nishibaru, Okinawa. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Mount Olivet Cemetery at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on Tuesday 15 February 1949.

KIA 22 Apr 1945


Captain Wendell W. Beaty  

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Wendell Wayne Beaty born on 15 December 1921 in Newburg, Comanche County, Texas to Mattie Lee Cunningham(b.1892 Comanche County, Texas-d.1973 Comanche County, Texas) Age 29 and Benjamin Franklin Beaty(b.1888 Tennessee-d.1969 Comanche County, Texas) Age 33.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and siblings in Pct7 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Comanche High School in 1939 and attended Howard Payne College in Brownwood, Texas. Wendell W. Beaty asn-18038876 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Brown County, Texas attending college with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 12 January 1942. He received his wings and 2Lt commission in September 1942. Promoted to 1Lt while at Steeple Morden, England in February 1945. .

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[AirCorps] Captain Wendell W. Beaty O-664498 US Army Air Forces 358th Fighter Squadron 355th Fighter Group 8th Air Force was piloting P-51D 44-15617 Mustang fighter aircraft out of Steeple Morden Airfield, England on 29 March 1945 on a routine aircraft inspection flight test when he crashed the P-51. The crash site is reported to be 115 miles southeast of home base on the coast of France at Calais . He was killed in the line of duty, but the accident was a non-battle event. Capt Beaty was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Newburg Cemetery at Newburg, Comanche County, Texas on 3 June 1949.

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DNB 29 Mch 1945


Corporal Euell H. Belyeu

Euell Hilburn Belyeu born on 17 February 1921 near Proctor, Comanche County, Texas to Nannie Ethel Clements(b.1891 De Leon, Texas-d.1948 Chowchilla, California) Age 30 and James Frank Belyeu(b.1886 Busby, Mississippi-d.1986 Chowchilla, California) Age 35.

1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from De Leon High School. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Moved with his family to Chowchilla, Madera County, California in April 1941. Registered for the draft at Madera, Madera County, California on 15 February 1942 while living at Chowchilla, Madera County, California and working in the Danish Creamery and listed B. P. Handcock of Chowchilla as his person to contact. Euell H. Belyeu asn-39392481 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Madera County, California workingin a dairy factory with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Sacramento, California on 23 July 1942. Sent overseas in June 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Corporal Euell H. Belyeu 39392481 US Army Air Forces 1st Radio Squadron Signal Corps was stationed on Papua New Guinea and was killed on 19 September 1944 in a non-battle event. It was reported that he was in a glider accident, and no other details are found. Cpl Belyeu was buried in an Army cemetery there and after the war his remains were reinterred in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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DNB 19 Sep 1944


Technician Fifth Grade Edwin L. Billman

Edwin Lewis Billman born on 11 March 1912 at Crawford, McLennan County, Texas to Annie Matilda Surley(b.1885 -d.1967 Clifton, Bosque County, Texas) Age 27 and Charles Lewis Billman(b.1884 Texas-d.1970 Clifton, Bosque County, Texas) Age 28.

1920 census Age 8 living with his parents, three brothers and a sister at McLennan County, Texas. 1930 census Age 18 living with his parents, three brothers and three sisters at JP1 Bosque County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Bosque County, Texas. 1940 census Age 27 living with his parents, three brothers and two sisters at Ellis County, Texas, working as a farmhand. His uncle & aunt, Frank Moore & Marie Etta Billman, were living in Comanche County, Texas per the 1940 census, the only connection to Comanche County. Registered for the draft twice, the one at McLennan County, Texas was cancelled, leaving the valid one at Ellis County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at P.O.Box 304 Midlothian, Ellis County, Texas and working as a farmer living at Midlothian, Texas and listed his father, Mr. Charles Lewis Billman P.O.Box 304 Midlothian, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Edwin L. Billman asn-38096042 a single white male born Texas in 1912 residing in Ellis County, Texas working as a farmhand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas in about 1942.

[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Edwin L. Billman 38096042 US Army 18th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron. Trained at Fort Lewis, Camp White, Oregon, and Camp Maxey, Texas, it sailed for Scotland on 27 August 1944, aboard the Queen Elizabeth. The squadron  was fully equipped at Bournemouth England, in September 1944, and landed in France on 26 September 1944. Aside from artillery, high velocity fire from the Siegfried line, buzz bombs, and patrols, things were relatively quiet here until 0515 on 16 December 1944. General Von Rundstedt picked that hour to touch off his winter counter-offensive ad the weight of three infantry and one armored SS division was thrown against the cavalry line. Cpl Billman was killed in action on 17 December 1944 in the vicinity of Manderfield, Belgium. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

KIA 17 Dec 1944


Sergeant Earl V. Bingham  

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Earl Vernon Bingham born 18 August 1923 in Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas to Martha Jane Brumsey (b. 1903 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1972 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 20 and Berry Roland Bingham (b. 1895 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1971 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 28.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with parents, five brothers and four sisters. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Beattie, Comanche County, Texas (mail Rt 2 Comanche, Texas) and working at father's farm and listed his father, B.R. Bingham of Beattie, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Earl V. Bingham asn-38371159 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 15 February 1943. Married Vesta Melrose Hoover (b. 1924 Fisher County, Texas - d. 1972 Ft Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) on 19 August 1943 in Comanche County, Texas. Trained at Camp Mackall, North Carolina. Shipped out from the port of San Francisco for a 28-day voyage to New Guinea on 11 May 1944.

[Army] Sergeant Earl V. Bingham 38371159 US Army 188th Infantry Regiment 11th Airborne Division. The 11th landed on Luzon, 31 January 1945. Two glider combat teams landed amphibiously at a town, Nasugbu, on the west coast of the island of Luzon, south of Manila. The landing was very dangerous. The seas were too calm, and the artillery supporting the 188th could not get ashore to suppress Japanese firepower. When the 2 Battalions of the 188th were organized on the shore, Colonel Soule then ordered them to push to an area, Tagaytay Ridge, to stop the enemy from setting up defensive positions. Sgt Bingham was killed in action on 31 January 1945 in the vicinity of Nasugbu, Luzon, Philippine Islands. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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KIA 31 Jan 1945


Private First Class John B. Blackmon  

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John B. Blackmon born on 9 October 1919 at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Viola May Rush(b.1903 Williamson County, Texas-d.1997 Winters, Runnels County, Texas) Age 16 and Walter Blackmon(b.1886 Gonzales County, Texas-d.1970 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 33.

1920 census Age 3 months living with his parents and a sister in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and a sister in JP2 Comanche County, Texas, not working. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Route 3 Comanche, Texas and working for T.E. Carnes in Gorman, Texas and listed his father, Mr. W. Blackmon Route 3 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. John B. Blackmon asn-20803529 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Gonzales County, Texas working as a farmhand with grammar school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Waelder, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Miss Doris Irene Hancock (b.1925 Dallas, Texas-d.1999 Oregon) of Comanche on 15 November 1941 at Comanche, Texas. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas and in Louisiana before going overseas. .

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[Army] Private First Class John B. Blackmon 20803529 US Army Company L 141st Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division landed on the beach at Paestum, Italy on 9 September 1943 against intense opposition by the enemy Axis forces, starting the battle for Salerno. The 36th pushed north against the enemy German forces, though while advancing it was with thousands of casualties. The Battle of San Pietro was a major engagement from 8–17 December 1943, in the Italian Campaign of World War II involving 36th Division forces attacking from the south against heavily fortified positions of the German "Winter Line" in and around the town of San Pietro Infine, just south of Monte Cassino about halfway between Naples and Rome. Pfc Blackmon was killed in action on 17 December 1943 in the vicinity of San Pietro, Italy. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Northview Cemetery at Winters, Runnels County, Texas on 17 March 1949.

KIA 17 Dec 1943


Flight Officer Joe E. Boswell  

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Joe Edward Boswell born on 14 November 1921 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Clara Nabors(b.1886 Oxford, Mississippi-d.1958 De Leon, Texas) Age 35 and John Thomas Boswell(b.1880 Oxford, Mississippi-d.1927 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 41.

1930 census Age 8 living with his mother and six siblings in Pct5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his mother in Pct5 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated De Leon High School in May 1940 and then went to San Antonio to join up. Joe E. Boswell asn-18025038 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Comanche County, Texas working for a beverage bottler with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Kelly Field, Texas on 8 July 1940. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer Joe E. Boswell US Army Air Forces 328th Bombardment Squadron 93rd Bombardment Group 8th Air Force on temporary duty to the 9th Air force for Operation Tidal Wave. FO Boswell was the co-pilot aboard the B-24D 42-40612  'Euroclydon The Storm' out of Benghazi, Libya on 1 August 1943 on a combat low altitude, 200 feet, bombing mission to the target in Ploiesti, Romania of fuel tanks and refineries. [MACR 6465 ] The B-24 was near the target flying at 200 feet when she was hit by enemy anti-aircraft flak and set ablaze. The pilot tried to climb and give time and altitude for the crew to bail-out but the plane exploded and crashed into a school at Plopu, Romania. Three crewmen did bail and survive, the rest were killed in the fire or crash. FO Boswell's body was identified and buried in the Plopu cemetery. After the war his remains were repatriated to America in 1950 and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 5 June 1950.

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KIA 1 Aug 1943


Technician Fifth Grade Homer C. Brown

Homer Cornealius Brown born 4 June 1918 in Hodge, Jackson Parish, Louisiana to Dicie Elizabeth Oliver (b. 1882 Louisiana - d. 1972 Hodge, Jackson Parish, Louisiana) Age 36 and James Edward Brown (b. 1877 Louisiana - d. 1945 Jackson Parish, Louisiana) Age 41.

1920 Census age 1 living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana with his parents, three sisters, two brothers, aunt and uncle. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP1 Runnels County, Texas with his parents, two sisters, a brother and grandfather. 1935 living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana. 1940 Census age 21 living in Bienville Parish, Louisiana with his parents, a sister, a brother and nephew. Registered for the draft at Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Gen. Delivery Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas and working for Sam Jones, San Angelo Highway, Ballinger, Texas and listed his friend, Mr. Sam Jones Gen.Del. Ballinger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Homer C. Brown asn-38036535 a single white male born Louisiana in 1918 residing in Runnels County, Texas working as a mechanic with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 22 January 1940. Married Miss Corine Jessie Steward (b. 1921 Comanche County, Texas - d. 2003 Temple, Bell County, Texas) on 9 February 1942 at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas, among other camps and shipped overseas in April 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Homer C. Brown 38036535 US Army HQ Company 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion with the 36th Infantry Division. Activated on 15 December 1941, at Camp Bowie, Texas. Arrived at Oran, Algeria, on 13 April 1943. Landed at Paestum, Italy, beginning 13 September 1943. Elements performed artillery missions, guarded Fifth Army CP, and trained British troops on M10 and TD doctrine in October and November 1943. Reentered line in Mignano sector in late November 1943, supporting assault on San Pietro. On the morning of 7 December 1943, plans were completed for supporting the 143rd Infantry in their attack on San Pietro and Mount Sammucro and the attack of the First Italian Motorized Brigade on Mount Lungo. The destroyer companies were given points to register on in support of this operation. Cpl Brown, a motorcycle messenger, was killed in an accident on 7 December 1943 while on duty. His motorcycle skidded on a muddy road and he was ran over by an Army vehicle. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Alexandria National Cemetery at Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana on 28 June 1949.

DNB 7 Dec 1943


Technical Sergeant Hubert B. Buchanan  

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Hubert Bryan Buchanan born 16 February 1915 in Seeley, Imperial County, California to Mamie Amanda Watts(b.1885 Headsville, Texas-d.1967 Mineral Wells, Texas) Age 30 and Fred Herbert Buchanan(b.1883 Burnet, Texas-d.1955 De Leon, Texas) Age 32. He has a twin brother Herbert W. Buchanan.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and five siblings in Miami, Gila County, Arizona. 1930 census Age 15 living with parents and five siblings in JP8 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 25 living with employer, Charlie Atchison Farm, in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and listed his father, Mr. Fred Herbert Buchanan of De Leon Comanche County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Hubert B. Buchanan asn-38036362 a single white male born California in 1915 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farm hand with two years of high school education was enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas on 17 December 1941.

[AirCorps] Technical Sergeant Hubert B. Buchanan 38036362 US Army Air Forces 401st Bombarment Squadron 91st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was a waist gunner aboard B-17F 41-24449  'Short Snorter' out of Bassingboum Airfield, England on 30 December 1942 on a combat bombing mission to the target U-boat pens at Lorient, France. [MACR 3265 ] After leaving the target, the B-17 was attacked by German Fw-190 fighters and was set afire, it exploded at 21,000 feet over the ocean. The B-17 and all of the crewmen were lost in the Bay of Biscay, and statused as missing. The War Dept issued an FOD on 31 December 1943, finding of death, one year plus one day after the crew went MIA and declared them dead. TSgt Buchanan is remembered in the Tablets of the Missing at  Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial in Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France.

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KIA MIA 30 Dec 1942


Private Roy R. Cagle

Roy Raymond Cagle born 14 February 1926 in Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas to Eula Pearl Scott (b. 1897 Oklahoma - d. 1978 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) age 28 and Chester Clardie Cagle (b. 1890 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1966 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) age 36.

1930 Census age 4 living in JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Lipan, Hood County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in JP1 Erath County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 14 February 1944 while living at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas (mail Star Rt Comanche, Texas) and working at being unemployed and listed his father, Chester Cagle of Sidney, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Roy R. Cagle asn-38685917 a single white male born Texas in 1926 residing in Comanche County, Texas being unemployed with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 26 April 1944.

[Army] Private Roy R. Cagle 38685917 US Army Hq 3rd Battalion 222nd Infantry Regiment 42nd Infantry Division. The 222nd Infantry Regiment underwent intense combat training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma and arrived in Marseille, France in November 1944. On 24 December 1944, entered combat in the vicinity of Strasbourg, relieving the 36th Infantry Division of Texas. On 31 December 1944, the Germans launched a major offensive in north-eastern France, called Operation Nordwind, to cut off the American held town of Haguenau, France. Pvt Cagle was killed in action on 7 January 1945 in the vicinity of Haguenau, France, probably in the Forest of Haguenau. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Sipe Springs Cemetery at Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas on 10 June 1949.

KIA 7 Jan 1945


Flight Officer Cullen R. Campbell  

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Cullen Rupert Campbell born 19 September 1911 in Monument, Lea County, New Mexico to Lorenda Sashel Shockley(b.1884 Comanche County, Texas-d.1969 Hamilton County, Texas) Age 26 and Charles James Campbell(b.1879 Comanche County, Texas-d.1961 Hamilton County, Texas) Age 31.

1920 census Age 8 living with his parents and three siblings near Lamkin in JP3 Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 18 living with his parents and three siblings in JP3 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from the Southwest Texas State Teachers College in San Marcos on 19 August 1936. Registered for the draft at Kingsville, Kleberg County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there for the National Youth Administration and listed his father of Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas as his next of kin contact. Cullen R. Campbell asn-38157530 a single white male born New Mexico in 1911 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a teacher with four years of college education inducted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 8 May 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer Cullen R. Campbell T-120889 US Army Air Forces 14th Troop Carrier Squadron 61st Troop Carrier Group stationed at Kairouan, Tunisia was preparing to take part in the invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943 when he was involved in a non-battle event in North Africa that caused his death, as reported by the War Deptartment in 1946. The newspaper story has him as a glider pilot, but details of the event have not been found. FLO Campbell was buried in a temporary grave and after the war was reinterred in the  North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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DNB 10 Jul 1943


Private Alphus L. Caraway  

Alphus Lee Caraway born on Tuesday 15 March 1921 in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Mary Alice King (b. 1892 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1977 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) age 28 and Elmer Lafayette Caraway (b. 1889 Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1985 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) age 31.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, five brothers and a sister. 1935 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Gustine High class of 1939. 1940 Census age 18 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Married Edgilee Hayes (b. 1924 Sweetwater, Nolan County, Texas - d. 2013 Arlington. Tarrant County, Texas) on 26 November 1941 in Erath County, Texas. A Son Donald Lee Caraway born 8 June 1943 in Erath County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at Gustine and working for himself as a farmer and listed his wife, Mrs. Lee Caraway Rt1 Gustine, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Alphus L. Caraway asn-38688936 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 22 June 1944. Trained at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a replacement infantryman. Shipped out to France on 1 December 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Alphus L. Caraway 38688936 US Army Company D 424th Infantry Regiment 106th Infantry Division. The 106th arrived in England, 17 November 1944, and trained for 19 days. Moved to France, 6 December 1944, where the division joined the ongoing Rhineland Campaign. 106th Infantry Division crossed into Belgium on 10 December 1944. Pvt Caraway arrived in Belgium and was assigned to Company D. From 25 December to 9 January 1945, the division received reinforcements and supplies at Anthisnes, Belgium, and returned to the struggle, securing objectives along the Ennal-Logbierme line on 15 January after heavy fighting. Pvt Caraway was killed in action on Friday 12 January 1945 in Belgium. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Dublin, Erath County, Texas on Thursday 15 July 1948.

KIA 12 Jan 1945


Staff Sergeant Virgil V. Carlile  

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Virgil Valentine Carlile born on Monday 14 February 1916 in Fort Chadbourne, Coke County, Texas to Cora Isabell Seay (b. 1883 Dallas County, Texas - d. 1982 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 33 and Lewis Wesley Carlile (b. 1883 Hill County, Texas - d. 1956 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 33.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP3 Coke County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census age 14 living in JP4 Kent County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 24 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his brother Ernest, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at De Leon and working at Sidney as a farmhand and listed his father, Mr. L.W. Carlile Rt1 De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Virgil V. Carlile asn-18037645 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Comanche County, Texas working with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 18 October 1940. Trained at Ft Sam Houston, Texas and other camps beefore shipping out to Northern Ireland in 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Virgil V. Carlile 18037645 US Army 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. Training in Northern Ireland and Wales October 1943 to June 1944. On 7 June 1944 Crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach near St. Laurent-sur-Mer on D plus 1. On 10 June 1944 attacking across the Aure River, the 2nd Division liberated Trevieres and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192, the key enemy strongpoint on the road to St. Lô. SSgt Carlile was killed in action on 27 June 1944 in the vicinity of St. Lo, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

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KIA 27 Jun 1944


Technician Fifth Grade Frank H. Cates

Frank Harold Cates born 8 September 1911 in Energy, Comanche County, Texas to Rosa L. Tate (b. 1871 Alabama - d. 1942 Energy, Comanche County, Texas) Age 40 and George Dow Cates (b. 1865 Missouri - d. 1957 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas) Age 46.

1920 Census age 8 living in JP5 Dallas County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 18 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 28 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with Euel and Annie Eddleman and family as a boarder working on the farm. Registered for the draft at Energy, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Energy and working near Energy as a farmhand for B.O. Caraway and listed his friend, Mr. B.O. Caraway of Energy, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Frank H. Cates asn-38038549 a single white male born Texas in 1911 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a repairman with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 13 February 1941. Trained as a medic in Camp Bowie at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas and other camps before going overseas. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Frank H. Cates 38038549 US Army 111th Medical Battalion 36th Infantry Division. The 36th landed on the beach at Paestum, Italy on 9 September 1943 against intense opposition by the enemy Axis forces, starting the battle for Salerno. The division pushed the enemy German forces further north and on 15 August 1944, as part of the U.S. 6th Army Group, the division made another amphibious assault landing, against light opposition in the Saint-Raphaël-Fréjus area of southern France as part of Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of Southern France. Tec5 Cates was killed in action on 26 August 1944 in the vicinity of Marsanne, France by an enemy artillery shell fragment while assisting wounded comrades. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Rhone American Cemetery and Memorial at Draguignan, Departement du Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France.

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KIA 26 Aug 1944


Private First Class James C. Clayton

James C. Clayton born in 1900 in Ohio.

James C. Clayton asn-06957650 a single white male born Ohio in 1900 residing in Comanche County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Texas on 29 December 1939.

[AirCorps] Private First Class James C. Clayton 06957650 803rd Engineer Battalion Aviation died on 31 July 1942 of disease and malnutrition while a POW of the Japanese Army at POW Camp 1, Cabanatuan, Nueva Province, Luzon, Philippines. Buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were reinterred in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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DNB 31 Jul 1942


Private Freddie L. Cleere

Freddie Lee Cleere born 29 January 1922 in Comanche County, Texas to Beulah Faye Lamberth (b. 1898 Sidney, Comanche County, Texas- d. 1975 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23 and Othah Benjamin Cleere (b. 1897 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1981 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 24.

1930 Census age 8 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Newburg, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Newburg, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, five brothers and three sisters, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt1 Comanche and working at the family farm and listed his father, O.B. Cleere Rt1 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Freddie L. Cleere asn-38230547 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 21 October 1942. Trained in Camp Barkeley near Abilene, Texas and in Louisiana and other camps before going overseas in 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Freddie L. Cleere 38230547 US Army 359th Infantry Regiment 90th Infantry Division. The 90th Infantry Division landed in England, 5 April 1944, and trained from 10 April to 4 June. First elements of the division saw action on D-Day, 6 June 1944, on Utah Beach, Normandy, the remainder entering combat 10 June 1944. Pvt Cleere was wounded in action on 3 July 1944 in Normandy, France and recovered in a hospital in England before returning to duty. The 90th raced across France, through Verdun, 6 September 1944, to participate in the siege of Metz, 14 September-19 November 1944, capturing Maizières-lès-Metz, 30 October 1944, and crossing the Moselle River at Kœnigsmacker, 9 November 1944. Pvt Cleere was killed in action on 9 November 1944 in the vicinity of Kœnigsmacker, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 29 September 1948.

KIA 9 Nov 1944


Private First Class Gladys H. Couch

Gladys Heart 'G.H.' Couch born 26 October 1920 Goree, Knox County, Texas tp Julia Secluraville Lee (b. 1893 Erath County, Texas - d. 1950 Tulia, Swisher County, Texas) age 27 and Erasmus Granich Couch (b. 1876 Pilot Grove, Grayson County, Texas - d. 1928 Texas) age 44.

1935 living in Knox County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Eddy County, New Mexico in the home of Wayne and Viola Coalson, and their sons as a Lodger doing government work. Married Verna Lee Stanley (b. 1924 Spur, Dickens County, Texas - d. 1997 Deleon, Comanche County, Texas) on 9 June 1940 at Erath County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at De Leon and working at Rt1 De Leon for Jud Henson and listed his mother, Mrs. Julia S. Couch of De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Gladys H. Couch asn-18081275 a married white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a truck driver with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 17 April 1942. [nba]

[Army] Private First Class Gladys H. Couch 18081275 US Army 38th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd ID leaves the port of New York towards Belfast on 8 October 1943 and arrived in Northern Ireland nine days later. She then arrives in Wales where she begins her training to fight the Germans in Europe. The 2nd ID landed in Normandy on 7 June 1944 in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer on the beach of Omaha and immediately began the fighting. The division freed the village of Trévières on 10 June 1944 and then the forest of Cerisy, where Pfc Couch was killed by a German sniper on 19 June 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

KIA 19 Jun 1944


Shipfitter Second Class Petty Officer James A. Dickie  

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James Alexander Dickie born on 7 January 1917 at Harrington, Lincoln County, Washington to Nan Annie Dawson(b.1892 Scotland-d.Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25 and William Earl Dickie(b.1894 Canada-d.1978 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23.

1930 census Age 13 living with his parents in Gunter, Grayson County, Texas. 1935 Living in Gunter, Grayson County, Texas. Married Claudie Faye Brownlee Lancaster (b.1914 Deleon, Comanche County, Texas-d.1994 Midland County, Texas) on 31 December 1937 in De Leon, Texas and they had a son Walter Earl Dickie (b.1938 Eastland County, Texas-d.2010 Midland, Midland County, Texas). 1940 Census age 25 living in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his wife, a son and stepdaughter, working as a truck driver. James was, a married white male, at 5'10" 160 lb.s with blue eyes blonde hair and light complexion with a tatoo of 'dagger thru rose' on his right arm and a tatoo of 'L-O-V-E' across four fingers on his left hand the day he registered for selective service. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas and working at De Leon for himself and listed his wife, Mrs. Claudia Faye Dickie, Box 373 De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James A. Dickie nsn-8397211 a married white male born Washington in 1915 residing in Comanche County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman and listed his wife, Mrs. Claudia F. Dickie, Box 373 De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Naval Station in Seattle, Washington. Transferred to the USS Marathon from NS Seattle on 28 October 1944. On 1 January 1945, S1 Dickie received a rating of SF3 while on duty aboard the USS Marathon. [nba] .

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[Navy] Shipfitter Second Class Petty Officer James A. Dickie 8397211 US Navy USS Marathon APA-200 Third Fleet Operations against Japan. Marathon reached Okinawa on 14 July 1945 and proceeded into newly named Buckner Bay, where she discharged passengers and cargo. On 22 July 1945, while at anchor in Buckner Bay Marathon’s hull trembled with a force of a violent explosion. Postwar examination of Japanese records indicates that the explosion, which resulted in extensive damage, was caused by a kaiten, a one-man suicide Japanese submarine. Petty Officer Dickie was killed in the explosion but the ship survived it. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 5 May 1949.

KIA 22 Jul 1945


Fireman Second Class Petty Officer John G. DuPriest  

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John Glenn DuPriest born 10 February 1924 In De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Winnie Maude Lee (b. 1894 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1967 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 29 and John Thomas DuPriest (b. 1881 Tallapoosa County, Alabama - d. 1941 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 43.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. John was, on the day of his draft registration, a single white male at 6'2" 187 lb.s with blue eyes black hair and no listed scars or tatoos. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at RFD 4 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas and working at De Leon as a farmer and listed his mother, Mrs Maud Dupriest, as his next of kin contact. John G. DuPriest nsn-9385171 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmer enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman and listed his mother, Mrs. Maude DuPriest, Rt. 2, DeLeon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Navy] Fireman Second Class Petty Officer John G. DuPriest 9385171 US Navy USS Cooper DD-695, location Philippine Islands, Leyte Operation, missing, date of loss 3 December 1944. On 2 December 1944, Cooper sailed with the destroyers Allen M. Sumner and Moale to destroy shipping in Japanese-held Ormoc Bay. Here the ships engaged two small enemy destroyers and numerous small craft. At about 00:13 on 3 December 1944, Cooper was torpedoed by the Japanese destroyer IJN Take. Reports state that USS Cooper  suffered an explosion on her starboard side, then broke in two, and sank within a minute. The presence of enemy forces prevented rescue of survivors until about 14:00, when two PBY airplanes were able to save 168 of Cooper's crew but 191 were lost in the Battle of Ormoc Bay. Petty Officer DuPriest was statused as missing on 3 December 1944 and his remains have not been recovered. He is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA MIA 3 Dec 1944


Sergeant Charles R. Elliott  

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Charles Ray Elliott born on 13 November 1922 in Okra, Eastland County, Texas to Elizabeth 'Betty' Dunn(b.1886 Texas-d.1931 Comanche County, Texas) Age 36 and William Jasper Elliott(b.1868 -d.1951 ) Age 71.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct6 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Sipe Springs High School in May 1941. Charles R. Elliott asn-18040993 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in Comanche County, Texas working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 27 June 1941. Married Miss Nettie Jo Brasuell in April 1943, she lived in Houston, Texas while Charles was in England. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant Charles R. Elliott 18040993 784th Bombardment Squadron 466th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the left waist gunner aboard the B-24H 41-29364  'Stardust' out of Attlebridge Airfield, England on 27 March 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Biarritz Airfield, France. [MACR 15164 ] The Lt. Prosper Pinto Crew were aboard B-24H 42-52562  when after experiencing engine trouble after takeoff, they attempted to turn around in a thick overcast and return to base. As many aircraft were still climbing out through the fog and cloud, this proved fatal. They collided with the Lt. Robert L. Mogford Crew flying B-24H 41-29364. All 20 men on both planes were KIA. The B-24H 42-52562 came down near Northall Green, Norfolk, England. The B-24H 41-29364 came down near Gressenhall, Dereham, Norfolk, England. Sgt Elliott was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were reinterred in the  Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial at Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England.

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KIA 27 Mch 1944


Private Rieffert R. Evans  

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Rieffert Riley Evans born 16 June 1915 in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Eliza Ann Cowlishaw (b. 1877 Derbyshire, England - d. 1960 Knox City, Knox County, Texas) Age 38 and Carson Jackson Evans (b. 1861 Jackson County, Texas - d. 1931 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 54.

1920 Census age 4 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census age 14 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. Married Dona Carleton (b.1918 Comanche County, Texas-d.1990 Amarillo, Potter County, Texas) on 19 December 1934. A son Kenneth Rieffert Evans(b.1935 Gorman, Comanche County, Texas-d.1939 Gorman, Comanche County, Texas). A son Bobby Gayle Evans(b.1937 Comanche County, Texas-d.2001 Deming, New Mexico). A son Jerry Don Evans(b.1940 Comanche County, Texas). 1935 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 24 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his wife Dona and son Bobby, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD 4 De Leon and working at De Leon for the WBA and listed his wife, Mrs. Reiffert Riley Evans RFD 4, De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Rieffert R. Evans asn-38629268 a married white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as an insurance agent with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 15 January 1944. Trained as an infantryman for European Theater of Operations. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Rieffert R. Evans 38629268 US Army 47th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division. Sent to England for further training, the 9th Division landed on Utah Beach on 10 June 1944 (D plus 4), cut off the Cotentin Peninsula, drove on to Cherbourg and penetrated the port's heavy German defenses. After a brief rest in July 1944, the division took part in the St. Lo break-through and in August helped close the Falaise Gap. Turning east, the 9th crossed the Marne, 28 August, swept through Saarlautern, October 1944. Pvt Evans was killed in action in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany on 26 October 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Taylors Chapel Cemetery at Beattie, Comanche County, Texas on 14 October 1948.

KIA 26 Oct 1944


Second Lieutenant Laverne Farquhar  

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Lila Laverne Farquhar born 28 April 1913 in Harlingen, Cameron County, Texas to Nancy Lydia Carson (b. 1891 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1960 Pineville, McDonald County, Missouri) Age 22 and Frank Archie Farquhar (b. 1887 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1975 Snyder, Scurry County, Texas) Age 26.

1920 Census age 6 living in JP1 Coryell County, Texas with her parents, two brothers and grandfather Carson. 1930 Census age 16 living in JP1 Scurry County, Texas with her parents, three brothers and a sister. Graduated from Fluvanna High School. Graduated from King's Daughters Hospital at Temple, Texas. For five years she was the night nurse supervisor at the hospital in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living Rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census age 30 living in Abilene, JP1 Taylor County, Texas and working as a nurse in the medical clinic. She had worked at Dr. Snow's Medical Clinic at Abilene for five years when she enlisted in the US Army Medical Corps as a Second Lieutenant Nurse in January 1942, and listed her parents, Mr. and Mrs. F.A. Farquhar of Sidney, Comanche County, Texas, as her next of kin contacts. Trained at Camp Barkeley, Texas. Shipped out for North Africa in March 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Second Lieutenant Laverne Farquhar N-734732 US Army Nurse Corps 2nd Auxillary Surgical Group 56th Evacuation Hospital. At 1525 7 February 1944 the enemy fighter-bombers were over again. One plane, under attack by a British Spitfire, jettisoned its load of antipersonnel bombs in an effort to gain attitude. The bombs fell in the area of the 95th Evacuation Hospital, riddling the administration and operating tents. Chief Nurse 1Lt Blanche F. Sigman and two other nurses were standing by the bedside of a patient to whom they had just given blood plasma. All three were killed. A litter bearer carrying a patient into an operating tent sacrificed his life when he shielded the wounded soldier with his own body. In all, twenty-eight hospital personnel and patients were killed and sixty-four wounded, including the commanding officer. X-ray and surgical equipment was damaged. Medical installations continued to be bombed and shelled throughout the period of the beachhead and the hospital area came to be known to front-line troops as Hell's Half Acre. 2Lt Farquhar was listed as killed in action 10 February 1944 in Hell's Half Acre in a very similar event to the one above. She was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 her remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fluvanna Cemetery at Scurry County, Texas on Saturday 21 August 1948.

KIA 10 Feb 1944


Technician Fifth Grade Noel R. Farrell

Noel Randolph Farrell born 31 May 1918 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Mary Elizabeth Jones (b. 1884 Texas - d. 1967 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 33 and Fredrick Ferrell (b. 1883 Mississippi - d. 1919 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 35. (Texas Birth Certificate has surname as Ferrell)

1920 Census age 1 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his mother (widow), three brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his mother Lizzie Melton (widow), a brother and a sister. 1935 living in Salt Lake City, Salt lake County, Utah. 1940 Census age 23 Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee as a guest in the hotel and working as salesman. Noel R. Farrell asn-16000190 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Comanche County, Texas working in a bakery with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Quartermaster Corps as a private at Chicago, Illinois on 7 November 1940, and listed his mother, Mrs. Mary E. Melton of De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Noel R. Farrell 16000190 703rd Ordnance Light Maintenance Company 3rd Infantry Division. Cpl Farrell was killed in a non-battle event on 3 July 1944 in the vicinity of Rome, Italy. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

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DNB 3 Jul 1944


Chief Mate Wilks D. Gamel

Wilks Don Gamel born on 14 April 1908 at Big Spring, Howard County, Texas to Kiziah Arizona 'Kizzie' Martin(b.1879 Texas-d.1962 Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 29 and Wilkes Booth Gamel(b.1871 Texas-d.1945 Legion, Kerr County, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 12 living with his parents, two brothers and a sister at Johnson County, Texas. His parents moved into Comanche County, Texas before 1930 but Don is not listed in the censuses with them. 1930 census of merchant seaman Age 23 living and working as a messman on the SS Greylock at New York City, New York, and listing his next of kin is at Gustine, Texas. Registered for the draft at Nueces County, Texas for the local board of Galveston County, Texas on 17 October 1940 while living at 2302-1/2 Ave E Galveston, Galveston County, Texas and working at Farr Spinning & Operating Co. Wilmington, Delaware and listed his self, Mr. Wilks Don Gamel 2302-1/2 Ave E Galveston, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Lesley Lieb of Houston on 12 Apr 1942 in Harris County. On the SS Patrick J. Hurley, changed his next of kin contact to his wife, Mrs. Wilks D. Gamel, Houston, Texas. >.

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[Merchant Marine] Chief Mate Wilks Don Gamel Z-93193 US Merchant Marine SS Patrick J. Hurley. On the afternoon of 12 September 1942 U-512 fired a torpedo at the Patrick J. Hurley , which was unobserved by the men onboard the ship as it missed, probably running off at a depth of 20 feet. At 10:30 p.m. the submarine began a brutal barrage of 6-inch and armor-piercing shells against the ship, whilst the crew of U-512 began raking the catwalk and decks with machine gun fire to keep the men from manning the ship’s offensive weaponry. The ship was sunk 13 September 1942 but most of the men on board survived in lifeboats, nineteen did not. Chief Mate Gamel was killed in action on 12 September 1942 and lost at sea. He is remembered by his family and here .

KIA MIA 12 Sep 1942


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Stacy G. Gentry Jr.

Stacy George Gentry Jr. born on 31 December 1921 at Comanche County, Texas to Myrtle Lillie Caraway(b.1885 Erath County, Texas-d.1968 Nolan County, Texas) Age 35 and Stacy George Gentry(b.1882 Comanche County, Texas-d.1971 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents, two brothers and a sister at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. 1935 living in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 8 March 1940, and listed his parents as his next of kin contacts. 1940 census Age 18 living as an apprentice seaman at the US Naval Training Station, San Diego, San Diego County, California. On 4 June 1940 he reported aboard USS West Virginia AS for duty, then transferred to USS Portland 30 June 1940. Transferred on 2 November 1940 as S1c to the USS Houston in the south Pacific, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stacy George Gentry Sr., 203 Crane St., Sweetwater, Texas, as his next of kin contacts.

[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Stacy G. Gentry Jr. 3562464 US Navy USS Houston CA-30, location Java, missing, date of loss 1 March 1942. The USS Houston  lost a battle with the Imperial Japanese Navy in what was called the "Battle of Sunda Strait  ". Officially the Allied personnel killed during the battle included 696 members of the crew of Houston. They were statused as missing on 1 March 1945 and not declared dead until 15 December 1945. Petty Officer Gentry is remembered on the Walls of the Missing and Buried at Sea in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA MIA 1 Mch 1942


Private J. W. Goddard

J. W. Goddard born on 2 August 1916 at Cross Cut, Brown County, Texas to Eliza Jane Lewis(b. 1876 Grosvenor, Brown County, Texas-d.1970 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 39 and John William 'Will' Goddard(b.1874 Byrds, Brown County, Texas-d.1932 Hasse, Comanche County, Texas) Age 41. (His original Texas birth certificate had no name given. His draft card and enlistment record had initials only, but aka. John William 'Dude' Goddard).

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents, four sisters and a brother in Myrick, Johnston County, Oklahoma. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and an uncle in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Bryan County, Oklahoma on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.2 Durant, Bryan County, Oklahoma and working at same for himself and listed his brother-in-law, Saul Powell RFD.2 Durant, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact (A note at top of card 'died 1-6-44'). J. W. Goddard asn-38150794 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Bryan County, Oklahoma working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 15 April 1942. .

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[Army] Private J. W. Goddard 38150794 US Army Company G 324th Infantry Regiment 81st Infantry Division. Pvt Goddard was reported AWOL from his assigned station, Fort Lewis, Washington prior to his reporting to Camp Adair, Oregon. He died in a non-battle event, suicide, on 6 January 1944 inside a home he had broken into in Coos County, Oregon. Pvt Goddard's body was removed to Camp Adair hospital for a post mortem. On 12 January 1944, his body was shipped to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas for burial in the Sardis Cemetery.

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Private William L. Gore  

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William Lois Gore born 19 February 1916 in Zephyr, Brown County, Texas to Nora Ellen Carver (b. 1882 Texas - d. 1943 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 34 and William Ross Gore (b. 1878 Henderson County, Texas - d. 1948 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 37. (Birth record and Draft card, which he filled in and signed, has middle name as Lois, and the Texas Death Certificate has middle name Loys).

1930 Census age 14 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and three sisters. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 24 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a sister, working as a truck driver for a retail lumber company. Married Juanita Leona Hunsinger (b.1924 Durant, Oklahoma-d.1999 Deleon, Comanche County, Texas) on 25 May 1940. A daughter Wanda Faye Gore (b.1943). Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940, being 6'1" at 140 lb.s with blue eyes and light brown hair with a light complexion, while living at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and working at Comanche for Higginbotham Bros. Company and listed his father, Mr. William Ross Gore of Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. William L. Gore asn-38630093 a married white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Comanche County, Texas working in aircraft building trade with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 29 January 1944. Trained at Camp Wolters and Camp Howze, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Private William L. Gore 38630093 Company L 333rd Infantry Regiment 84th Infantry Division. Embarked on 20 September 1944 and arrived in the United Kingdom on 1 October 1944 for additional training. The division landed on Omaha Beach, 1–4 November 1944, and moved to the vicinity of Gulpen, the Netherlands, 5–12 November 1944. The division entered combat on 18 November 1944 with an attack on Geilenkirchen, Germany, Operation Clipper as part of the larger offensive in the Roer Valley, north of Aachen. Taking Geilenkirchen on 19 November 1944, the division pushed forward to take Beeck and Lindern in the face of heavy enemy resistance, 29 November 1944. After a short rest, the division returned to the fight, taking Wurm and Mullendorf, 18 December 1944, before moving to Belgium to help stem the German winter offensive, Battle of the Bulge. Battling in snow, sleet, and rain, the division threw off German attacks, recaptured Verdenne, 24–28 December 1944. Pvt Gore was wounded in action on Christmas Day 1944 in the vicinity of Verdenne, Belgium, and he died of the wounds on 26 December 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 16 June 1949.

DOW 26 Dec 1944


Technician Fourth Grade Wayne C. Gossage  

Wayne Cooper Gossage born 5 April 1908 in Proctor, Comanche County, Texas to Janie Ford McClatchy (b. 1872 Clinton, Hinds County, Mississippi - d.1958 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 36 and Thomas Hickman Gossage (1867 Parnell, Wayne County, Kentucky - d. 1939 Proctor, Comanche County, Texas) age 41.

1910 Census age 2 living in JP4 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. 1920 Census age 11 living in Proctor, JP4 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census age 21 living in JP4 Comanche County, Texas with his mother and two brothers, working as a farmhand. Arrived at San Juan, Puerto Rico on 2 March 1937. Registered for the draft at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 1 October 1941 and was 5'11-1/2" 170 lb.s with blue eyes blonde hair and ruddy complexion and has just returned to USA from South America, arrived in USA on 29 September 1941, residing in Maracaibo, Venezuela working there for Caribbean Petroleum Co. and listed his mother, Mrs. J.F. Gossage 1649 Seventeenth St., Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Wayne C. Gossage asn-38243034 a single white male born Texas in 1908 working as a construction foreman with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Houston, Texas on 13 October 1942. Married Dorothy Beatrice Kochanowsky on 5 June 1943 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. Trained at Camp Rucker, Alabama and as a tank mechanic at Fort Knox, Kentucky. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fourth Grade Wayne C. Gossage 38243034 US Army Company B 746th Tank Battalion Medium. Although not one of the three tank battalions that would land with the first assault wave on D-Day, the medium tank companies and the command elements of the battalion nevertheless landed ashore on Utah Beach attached to the 4th Infantry Division before noon of 6 June 1944. The 746th fought the enemy German forces through France and into Belgium  by the end of 1944. The battalion remained in defensive positions to the southeast of Eupen, Belgium throughout the end of December 1944. Sgt Gossage died of an 'embolism of pulmonary artery' while in a Army hospital on 30 December 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave in France until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Forest Park Cemetery at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 13 April 1949.

DNB 30 Dec 1944


Second Lieutenant Thornton F. Guinn

Thornton Foster Guinn born 14 July 1888 in Roodhouse, Greene County, Illinois to Mary Elizabeth Kemp(b.1853 Illinois-d.1927 Comanche, Texas) Age 35 and John Franklin Guinn(b.1840 Missouri-d.1918 Comanche, Texas) Age 48.

1900 census Age 11 living in Scottville Township, Scottville village, Macoupin County, Illinois with his parents and three siblings. Attended De Leon Schools. 1910 census Age 21 living in Estancia, Torrance County, New Mexico as a widowed farmer. Registered for the WWI draft at Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama on 5 June 1917 while living there and working as a clerk for Standard Oil Company and being married. Activated WWI as Second Lieutenant at Huntsville, Alabama on 1 June 1918 and served with 156 Depot Brigade, Camp Lee Virginia and at Camp Jackson South Carolina, honorable discharged 28 February 1919. 1920 census Age 31 living in JP6 Comanche County, Texas with a sister, his mother and his wife Ruth. Married Viven L. Queen of Texas at Wichita Falls in 1927. Living at Camp Normoyle, Bexar County, Texas 8 January 1929 when son John Russell was born. Living at Camp Normoyle, Bexar County, Texas 28 January 1930 when son Harold Ray was born. 1930 census Age 41 living in Camp Normoyle, Pct6 Bexar County, Texas with his wife Viven, and two sons, he is a sergeant in US Army. 1935 living in Fort Brown, Brownsville, JP2 Cameron County, Texas as a soldier in the US Army. 1940 census Age 50 living in Fort Brown, Brownsville, JP2 Cameron County, Texas as a soldier in the US Army.

[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Thornton F. Guinn O-890292 US Army Air Forces HQ Far East Command was stationed at Clark Field, Manila, Philippines when the Japanese attacked and he was taken prisoner after the US surrendered there. He died of disease and starvation in the Japanese POW camp Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Province, Central Luzon, Philippines on 20 October 1942. After the war his remains were identified and repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 9 June 1950.

DNB 20 Oct 1942


Private First Class James J. Haggard  

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James Jackson 'Jack' Haggard born on 14 July 1925 at Comanche County, Texas to Ida Katherine McCrary (b. 1894 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1975 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 31 and George Dudley Haggard (b. 1893 Hazeldell, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1982 Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas) Age 32.

1930 Census age 4 living in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a brother. Graduate of Gustine High School class of 1943. James J. Haggard mcsn-512641 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Comanche County, Texas with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 25 June 1943, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George D. Haggard, Box 453, Gustine, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. [nba] .

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[Marines] Private First Class James J. Haggard 512641 US Marine Corps Company L 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines Regiment 3rd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force, Marianas Islands. On 1 November 1943 the division landed as part of the Battle of Bougainville and fight on the island until their last unit to arrive. The division returned to Guadalcanal in January 1944 to rest, refit, and retrain. The next operation in which the division took part was the Battle of Guam. From 21 July 1944 until the last day of organized fighting the division fought through the jungles on the island of Guam. Pfc Haggard was killed in action on 22 July 1944 at Guam. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas on Saturday 2 April 1949.

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KIA 22 Jul 1944


Electrician’s Mate First Class Petty Officer Alton H. Hall

Alton Henry Hall born 26 August 1914 in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Amanda Emma 'Manda' Woolum (b. 1890 Jackson County, Alabama - d. 1982 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 24 and Henry Augustus Hall (b. 1888 Cherokee County, Alabama - d. 1968 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 26.

1930 Census age 14 living in JP7 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 living in JP7 Comanche County, Texas. Alton H. Hall nsn-3560116 a single white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Comanche County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as a Seaman Apprentice at Dallas, Texas on 13 November 1936, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hall, Rt. 3, Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. On 5 May 1938 S1 Hall was on the USS Tulsa. On 25 November 1939 he was transferred from USS Tulsa to the Naval Receiving Station at Cavite, Philippines by way of the USS Augusta. Serving on the USS Perch as EM2 on 7 December 1940. He was transferred to the USS Canopus for duty as an EM2 on 7 February 1941. On duty as an EM1 aboard the USS Canopus on 31 March 1942. [nba] .

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[Navy] Electrician’s Mate First Class Petty Officer Alton H. Hall 3560116 US Navy USS Canopus AS-9 Manila Bay area, Philippine Islands Campaign. Upon the surrender of Bataan on the night of 8–9 April 1942, Canopus was ordered scuttled in Mariveles Bay, Bataan, to deny her use to the enemy. On 9 April 1942, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the crew scuttled the ship and abandoned ship. EM1 Hall went ashore 10 April 1942 and was taken prisoner by the Japanese. He was sent to the Bilibid POW Camp. On 15 November 1944 he was reported  to be in the Bilibid Hospital when he was moved to Sakura Prison Camp No.24 (Ft. McKinley) where he died on 19 November 1944 in Manila, Philippines. He was buried in a temporary grave near Sakura POW Camp until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 5 January 1949.

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Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Roy D. Hammack

Roy Dawson Hammack born 22 May 1926 in Aleman, Hamilton County, Texas to Vada May Weir (b. 1906 Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1981 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 20 and George Wallace Hammack (b. 1898 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas - d. 1969 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 28.

1930 Census age3 living in Hamilton, JP1 Hamilton County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. 1935 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 13 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and a sister. Roy D. Hammack nsn-3581081 a single white male born Texas in 1926 residing in Comanche County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas on 20 May 1944, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Hammack, Box 576, Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the Naval Training Station, San Diego, California. On 11 August 1944, S2 Hammack was transferred to the USS Bismarck Sea for duty. [nba] .

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[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Roy D. Hammack 3581081 US Navy USS Bismarck Sea CVE-95 location Bonin & Volcano Islands, Iwo Jima Landing and Occupation, 21 February 1945. Bismarck Sea  was hit by Japanese kamakaze planes and sunk. There were 318 sailors lost at sea. Petty Officer Hammack was among the missing and he is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 21 Feb 1945


Second Lieutenant Wayne T. Hardwick  

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Wayne Thomas Hardwick born 18 January 1922 in Blanket, Brown County, Texas to Katie Jane Kelsey(b.1893 Texas-d.1981 Texas) Age 29 and Mahlon A. Hardwick(b.1883 Tennessee-1922 Blanket, Texas) Age 39.

1930 census Age 8 living in Big Spring, Howard, Texas with his mother, four siblings and an uncle and an aunt. Attended Dublin school in 1936. Residing in Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas and graduated from Sidney High School in May 1940. Wayne T. Hardwick asn-18038324 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas being unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 8 January 1941. Married Miss Juanita Joy Peacock(b.1923 Louisiana-d.2008 Louisiana) of West Monroe, Louisiana on 16 October 1943, the same day he won his wings at Selman Field, they had one son Wayne Jr. Arrived in Ridgewell Airfield, England on 26 February 1944. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Wayne T. Hardwick O-814304 533 Bombardment Squadron 381st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the navigator aboard the B-17G 42-97454  out of Ridgewell Airfield, England on 19 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Berlin, Germany. [MACR 4932 n/a] The B-17 was hit by anti-aircraft artillery flak but the pilot was able to keep the plane under control long enough for the entire crew to bail out. The B-17 crashed north east of Berlin near Adlig-Reetz, Germany, but eight of the nine crew survived and were captured by the Germans. 2Lt Hardwick's parachute failed and he fell to his death. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Blanket Cemetery at Blanket, Brown County, Texas on Thursday 9 June 1949.

KIA 19 May 1944


Staff Sergeant Roy N. Harrison

Roy Norman Harrison born 24 November 1916 in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas to Nellie Magdalene Hoak (b. 1890 Shive, Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1986 Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas) Age 26 and Roy Q. Harrison (b. 1888 Lott, Falls County, Texas - d. 1939 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas) Age 28.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP7 Hamilton County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1930 Census age 13 living in JP2 Hamilton County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. Married Dorothy Dale Jones (b. 1917 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1962 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) on 28 December 1935 in Comanche County, Texas. A Son George Roy Harrison(b.1937 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas). 1940 Census age 23 living in Gustine, JP2 Comanche County, Texas in the home of Lizzie Starnes as her nephew with his wife Dorothy and son George, and working as the high school janitor. Divorced. Registered for the draft at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Gustine and working at Gustine ISD and listed his mother, Mrs. Nellie M. Harrison RFD1, Gustine, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Roy N. Harrison asn-38132270 a divorced with dependents white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a janitor with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 6 May 1942. Married Marie Clark George (b.1919 - d.2005) on 22 August 1942 at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. Trained at Camp Wolters, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Roy N. Harrison 38132270 US Army Company E 331st 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 SSgt Harrison was killed in action on 13 January 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Rosemound Cemetery at Commerce, Hunt County, Texas on 14 April 1949.

KIA 13 Jan 1945


Lieutenant Junior Grade Lucille Hendricks  

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Lucille Hendricks born 26 February 1906 in Bremond, Robertson County, Texas to Susan Bell Dillard (b. 1863 Sevier County, Arkansas - d. 1910 Comanche County, Texas) Age 43 and Robert Paris Hendricks (b. 1862 Rapides Parish, Louisiana - d. 1920 Comanche County, Texas) Age 42.

1910 Census age 4 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with her father, a brother, four sisters and grandmother Annie Hendricks. 1920 Census age 13 living in JP5 Robertson County, Texas with her father, stepmother, a sister and a brother. Graduated from De Leon High School class of 1924 and attended Baylor College of Nursing at Dallas, Texas. 1927 Living in Dallas, Texas being a student nurse. Enlisted in the US Navy Nurse Corps on 30 July 1930 at Dallas, Texas, and listed her sister, Mrs. D. L. Terrill of De Leon, Texas, as her next of kin contact. 1935 living at US Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. 1940 Census age 34 living in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania at the US Naval Hospital quarters and working as a Navy registered nurse. Transferred to the recently aquirred Navy Hospital in Norco, California as Chief Nurse on 22 December 1941, and helped set up the hospital. Hendricks was assigned Head Nurse at the Naval Base Hospital in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in March 1944. [nba] .

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[Navy] Lieutenant Junior Grade Lucille Hendricks N-64628 US Navy Nurse Corps, Chief nurse, U.S. Naval Hospital in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. On 23 April 1944, Lt Hendricks died instantly when the plane she and two other nurses were aboard crashed  into a mountain as they were flying to a new hospital on a nearby island. She was buried in a temporary grave in Alaska until after the war when in 1948 her remains were repatriated to Texas and reinterred in the Forest Park Cemetery at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 3 October 1948.

DNB 23 Apr 1944


Private First Class Bobby B. Holmes  

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Bobby Bert Holmes born 29 June 1925 in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Edith Katherine Perry (b. 1906 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1997 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas) age 19 and Fred Bert Holmes (b. 1900 Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas - d. 1966 Houston, Harris County, Texas) age 24.

1930 Census age 4 living in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and aunt Ellen. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas on 29 June 1943 while living at Rt.1 Lubbock and working at Rt.2 Slaton, Texas for Georhe Hilbern and listed his father, Fred Holmes c/o Buffalo Lakes, Rt.1 Lubbock, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Bobby B. Holmes asn-38347575 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Lubbock County, Texas working as a farmhand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Lubbock, Texas on 15 October 1943.

[Army] Private First Class Bobby B. Holmes 38347575 US Army Company F 28th Infantry Regiment 8th Infantry Division. After training in Ireland the 8th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, 4 July 1944, and entered combat on 7 July 1944. The 8th Division turned eastward toward the German border, taking part in the heavy fighting in the Hürtgen Forest in November 1944. The Crozon Peninsula was cleared on 19 September 1944, and the division drove across France to Luxembourg, moved to the Hürtgen Forest, 20 November 1944, cleared Hürtgen on the 28th and Brandenberg, 3 December 1944, and pushed on to the Roer. That river was crossed on 23 February 1945, Duren taken on the 25th and the Erft Canal crossed on the 28th. The 8th Division reached the Rhine near Rodenkirchen, 7 March 1945. Pfc Holmes was wounded in action near Kerpen, Germany by artillery shell fragments to the chest and died of those wounds on 2 March 1945 in a field hospital. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1947 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 13 November 1947.

DOW 2 March 1945


Private First Class James E. Hornsby  

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James Edward 'Jack' Hornsby born 12 January 1924 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Nora Belle Altum (b. 1892 Belton, Bell County, Texas - d. 1966 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) age 32 and Joseph Gordon Hornsby (b. 1891 Elmore County, Alabama - d. 1969 Weatherford, Parker County, Texas) age 33.

1930 Census age 7 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a sister. Graduated from De Leon High School class of 1942. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Route 2 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas and working at De Leon for his father on the farm and listed his father, J.G. Hornsby Route 2 De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James E. Hornsby asn-38687244 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 17 May 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class James E. Hornsby 38687244 US Army 317th Infantry Regiment 80th Infantry Division. After 10 days rest, the division returned to combat on 17 December 1944, moving southeast to take part in an attack on the Siegfried Line at Zweibrücken when the Germans launched their winter offensive in the Ardennes. The 80th was moved northward to Luxembourg and was hurled against the German salient, fighting at Luxembourg and Bastogne. By Christmas Day, despite constant machine gun and mortar fire, men of the 80th were side by side with the tanks of the 4th Armored Division, battering forward through murderous opposition over frozen, snow-covered terrain, to help the 101st Airborne Division, besieged in Bastogne. Pfc Hornsby was killed in action in Luxembourg near Bastogne, Belgium on 24 December 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 20 August 1948.

KIA 24 Dec 1944


Technician Fourth Grade Irving E. Hosmer

Irving Eugene Hosmer born on 16 April 1919 at Searles, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama to Dovie Evalina Humphries(b.1883 Alabama-d.1954 Alabama) Age 36 and Thomas Brady Hosmer(b.1875 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama-d.1937 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama) Age 44.

1920 census Age 8 months living with his parents and two brothers in Pct 11 Brookwood, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, three brothers, a sister-in-law and a niece at Pct 15 Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. 1940 census Age 20 living with his brother T.B., T.B.'s wife and their 3 children, his mother Dovie and his brother James at Pct 24 Reese, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and he has no job listed. Registered for the draft at Seaside, Clatsop County, Oregon for the local board of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama on 16 October 1940 while living at 2600 8th Street, Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama and working at C.C.C. company 6414, Sp-11, Seaside, Oregon and listed his brother, Mr. William Floyd Hosmer 2600 8th Street, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, as his next of kin contact. Irving E. Hosmer asn-34021691 a single white male born Alabama in 1919 residing in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama working as a cook with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Barrancas, Florida on 6 March 1941. Married Miss Shelley Juanita Douglas(b.1922 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas-d.1980 Oklahoma) of Comanche, Texas about 1942. .

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[Army] Technician Fourth Grade Irving E. Hosmer 34021691 US Army 26th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division. The 1st Infantry Division and one regimental combat team from the 29th Infantry Division comprised the first wave of troops that assaulted German Army defenses on Omaha Beach on D-Day. The division had to run 300 yards to get to the bluffs, with some of the division's units suffering 30 percent casualties in the first hour of the assault, and secured Formigny and Caumont in the beachhead by the end of the day. The division moved on through Saint-Lô, France. Sgt Hosmer was wounded in action at the vicinity of Saint-Lô, France and died of the wounds on 8 July 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

DOW 8 Jul 1944


Technician Fourth Grade Glenn Huddleston

Glenn Huddleston born 19 December 1922 in Sabinal, Uvalde County, Texas to Rebecca Isabella 'Belle' Martin (b. 1882 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1958 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 40 and Joseph Channan Huddleston (b. 1878 Overton County, Tennessee - d. 1947 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 44.

1930 Census age 7 living in JP7 Uvalde County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Uvalde, Uvalde County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Army on 2 December 1939 while residing in Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living at US Army Ft Bliss, El Paso County, Texas, training as a medical technician at William Beaumont General Hospital. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fourth Grade Glenn Huddleston 6297032 US Army Medical Detachment 358th Infantry Regiment 90th Infantry Division. The 90th Infantry Division landed in England, 5 April 1944, and trained from 10 April to 4 June 1944. First elements of the division saw action on D-Day, 6 June 1944, on Utah Beach, Normandy, the remainder entering combat 10 June 1944. Sgt Huddleston was awarded the Bronze Star for a heroic action in the line of duty. He was killed in action on 6 December 1944 in the vicinity of Oberlimberg, Germany. Sgt Huddleston was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 6 Dec 1944


Aviation Cadet Joe B. Huddleston  

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Joe Berl Huddleston born 18 May 1920 in Comanche County, Texas to Mary Della Gray (b. 1898 Texas - d. 1984 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 22 and Harry Jennings Huddleston (b. 1897 Johnston County, Arkansas - d. 1985 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 23.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and three sisters. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from De Leon High School class of 1938 then attended John Tarleton Agricultural College, found in the 1940 year book. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three sisters and a brother, absent while attending college. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at RFD2 De Leon and being a student at A&M College, Bryan, Texas and listed his father, H.J. Huddleston Rt.2 De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. When he was a senior at Texas A&M College, he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve as an Aviation Cadet in 1942. [nba] .

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[Navy] Aviation Cadet Joe B. Huddleston US Navy Naval Air Training Center, Perdido Bay, Florida. He was aboard a PBY Seaplane out of Bronson Seaplane Base, at Perdido Bay, Florida, on 11 July 1943 on a routine training mission. The aircraft did not return to home base after the scheduled three hour training flight. No contact of any kind was made with the aircraft after takeoff, and it was listed as missing with five Navy airmen aboard. Searches in the Mobile Bay area and the Gulf of Mexico did not find anything. The Navy issued a FOD, finding of death, two years after the seaplane went missing, on 11 July 1945 and declared the crew dead. AC Huddleston is remembered on a cenotaph memorial marker in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas.

DNB MIA 11 Jul 1943


Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Johnson  

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Joseph John Johnson born on 19 March 1916 at Blanchard, Grady County, Oklahoma to Leona Soward(b.1890 Ardmore, Carter County, Oklahoma-d.1973 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 26 and Lindley Clyde Johnson(b.1886 Arkansas-d.1928 Oklahoma) Age 30.

1920 census Age 3 living in the home of his grandparents Soward, four uncles, his mother and two sisters in Matagorda County, Texas. 1930 census Age 14 living with his mother and step-father, and three sisters in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. Joseph J. Johnson asn-18026132 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1916 residing in Cameron County, Texas working as a carpenter with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Brooks Field, San Antonio, Texas on 16 October 1940. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Joseph J. Johnson 18026132 US Army Air Forces 34th Pursuit Squadron 24th Pursuit Group. He was captured by the Japanese forces 7 May 1942 and sent to a Prisoner Camp on Luzon Island, Philippines. In 1944, SSgt Johnson 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. SSgt Johnson was statused as missing, and his remains are non-recoverable. SSgt Johnson is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

POW KIA MIA 7 Sep 1944


First Lieutenant James O. Jones, Jr.  

James Oliver Jones, Jr. born on 9 March 1919 at Sipe Springs, Commanche County, Texas to Katie Dodd(b.1882 Texas-d.1967 De Leon, Texas) Age 37 and James Oliver Jones(b.1877 Georgia-d.1955 De Leon, Texas) Age 42.

1930 census Age 11 living with his parents, two brothers and five sisters in JP6 Commanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Sipe Springs, Commanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with Mrs Ira Dorton and sons in Abilene, JP1 Taylor County, Texas, working as an attendant at a service station. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and being unemployed and listed his brother, Mr Orus Jones of Abilene, as his next of kin contact. James O. Jones, Jr. asn-18065443 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Commanche County, Texas working as a baggage porter with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 10 November 1941. Shipped overseas in September 1942 as a Second Lieutenant B-17 pilot. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant James O. Jones, Jr. 18065443 US Army Air Forces 367th Bombardment Squadron 306th Bombardment Group Heavy was a waist gunner aboard B-17F 41-24469  out of Thurleight Airfield, England on 3 January 1943 on a combat bombing mission at the target at St. Nazaire, France of the German U-Boat yards there. After making the bomb run on the return flight the plane was forced to land at RAF station at Saint Eval, Wadebridge, Cornwall, England. They took off again on 7 January 1943 to return to Thurleight but the weather closed in and Lt. Brandon, the B-17 pilot, was forced to return to Saint Eval. Brandon made one landing attempt but was forced to overshoot, pulled up and make another attempt. They were never seen or heard of again. An extensive sea search, in which the RAF lost two planes, was conducted to located any trace of plane or crew but was never found. The aircraft and crew were lost in the Celtic Sea near Saint Eval. 1Lt Jones is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France.

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KIA MIA 7 Jan 1943


Sergeant Marvin L. Jones

Marvin Leo Jones born on 29 May 1923 south of Bradshaw, Taylor County, Texas to Emma Hattie Lewallen(b.1895 Williamson County, Texas-d.1972 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 28 and John Thomas Jones Sr.(b.1877 Texas-d.1958 Taylor County, Texas) Age 46.

1930 living in north Brown County, Texas and attended school in May and in Rising Star. 1935 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas, attended Sipe Springs school. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents, three brothers and a sister in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Howard County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 108 North Main St. Big Spring, Howard County, Texas and working there for Charlie Prehas and listed his father, J. T. Jones Star Rt., Sidney, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Marvin L. Jones asn-38341133 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Howard County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Lubbock, Texas on 25 January 1943. He trained at Ft Sill, Oklahoma and at Camp Swift, Texas before going overseas about October 1943. .

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[Army] Sergeant Marvin L. Jones 38341133 US Army Company A 146th Engineer Combat Battalion. The 146th Engineer Combat Battalion was attached to the 1171st Engineer Combat Group, V Corps in England prior to D-Day. They were tapped, along with the 299th Engineer Combat Battalion to provide personnel for the Special Engineer Task Force, formed in March-April 1944 to deal with the shoreline obstacle belt created by the Germans in early 1944. On Omaha Beach they formed joint Army-Navy demolition teams with nineteen Naval Combat Demolition Units. Those teams suffered probably the heaviest casualties of any units on D-Day 6 June 1944. Sgt Jones was killed in action on 6 June 1944 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1947 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Stag Creek Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas on Tuesday 9 December 1947.

KIA 6 Jun 1944


Private First Class Don L. Kinnard

Donald Lee 'Don' Kinnard born 28 May 1924 in Fannin County, Texas to Aretha Lee Taylor (b. 1902 Virginia - d. 1980 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 22 and James Ray Kinnard (b. 1901 Leonard, Fannin County, Texas - d. 1969 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23.

1930 Census age 5 living in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas with his parents and three lodgers. 1935 living in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three sisters and Grandmother Estelle Kinnard. Attended the University of Texas at Austin in September 1941. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Box 295 De Leon, Texas and working at Guinn's Drug Store and listed his mother, Aretha Kinnard, as his next of kin contact. Don Lee Kinnard msn-455048 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Comanche County, Texas with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 19 September 1942, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James R. Kinnard of De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base, San Diego, California. Assigned to Naval Ammunitions Depot Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada about January 1943. [nba] .

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[Marines] Private First Class Don Lee Kinnard 455048 US Marine Corps Guard Company Naval Ammunitions Depot Hawthorne, Mineral County, Nevada. Pfc Kinnard died on 31 July 1943 in the Post Dispensary  of acute appendicitis. His body was shipped to De Leon, Comanche County, Texas with a Marine escort and buried in the De Leon Cemetery on Thursday 5 August 1943.

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DNB 31 Jul 1943


Flight Officer George Kreps

George Spencer Kreps born on 7 May 1922 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Verda Mae Owens(b.1895 Alabama-d.1976 Tennessee) Age 27 and George Spencer Kreps(b.1885 Kansas-d.1921 Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 7 (George Pope) living with his mother and two siblings in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 Wheeler County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his mother and stepfather, Will J Warren, in JP1 Wheeler County, Texas. Graduated from Wheeler High School class of 1940. George Kreps asn-18025011 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Wheeler County, Texas working in a bakery with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Kelly Field, Texas on 3 July 1940. He received his silver wings early in September of 1942, and he married Miss Dorothy Lee Watson of Canadian in September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer George Kreps T-185299 US Army Air Forces was stationed at the Lubbock South Plains Army Flying School. He lost his life Friday night, 12 March 1943, when his C-60A 42-32216  tow plane crashed and burned. Two other occupants of the plane also perished. The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. near where he was stationed at the Lubbock South Plains Army Flying School. The body was accompanied to Shamrock by Lt. McDaniels of Lubbock. Funeral Services were held at the Baptist Church in Shamrock, Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 for Flight Officer George Kreps, and his remains were interred in the Shamrock Cemetery at Shamrock, Wheeler County, Texas on 15 March 1943.

DNB 12 Mch 1943


Master Sergeant Orval R. Lawless

Orval Robert Lawless born on 6 February 1923 in Antlers, Pushmataha County, Oklahoma to Pauline Ethel Eitel(b.1905 Cass County, Texas-d.2001 De Leon, Texas) Age 17 and Tommy Lawless(b.1902 Comanche County, Texas-d.1981 De Leon, Texas) Age 20.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and two brothers in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and three brothers in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Orval R. Lawless asn-18025061 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a filling station attendant with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Kelly Field, Texas. .

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[AirCorps] Master Sergeant Orval R. Lawless 18025061 US Army Air Forces Combat Crew Training Squadron, 233rd Army Air Force Base Unit, Davis-Monthan AAF, Arizona. He was a crew member and a gunner on the TB-29 44-69943  that departed Davis-Monthan Field for a 3,000 mile night cross country navigation flight on the evening of 30 June 1945. The non-stop route was to take the bomber from Tucson to Mobile, Alabama and back. The crew was to fly at 11,000 feet elevation until Pecos, Texas, where they would descend 100 feet per minute until they were 1,000 above the terrain, and continue this altitude until Mobile, Alabama. This would keep them above the 8,700 foot high mountains 100 miles east of El Paso. At 10:40 pm, an American Airlines pilot reported he saw a huge fireball below him and believed it was a large aircraft that had impacted the side of a mountain, 7 miles South of Pine Springs, Culberson County, Texas. MSgt Lawless was interred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 6 July 1945.

DNB 30 Jun 1945


First Lieutenant Augusta J. Lawson

Augusta James Lawson born on 15 June 1917 near Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas to Minnie Jane Carver(b.1895 Chalk Mountain, Erath County, Texas-d.1997 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 22 and Albert Victor Lawson(b.1891 Gentrys Mill, Hamilton County, Texas-d.1973 Big Spring, Howard County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and a sister in JP3 Erath County, Texas. 1935 living in JP3 Erath County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living in the house of Carl Patterson as a roomer in Tract 12, Houston, JP1 Harris County, Texas, working as a bookkeeper at the Cotton Oil Co. Registered for the draft at Erath County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Box 178 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas and working at Consumers Peanut Co. and listed his father, Mr. Albert Vernon Lawson of Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Augusta J. Lawson asn-38029127 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a bookkeeper with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 15 March 1941. No information found concerning his college or early Army service, including his commission.

[Army] First Lieutenant Augusta J. Lawson O-1286667 US Army 382nd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division. The 382nd was ordered into active-duty service on 15 August 1942, the unit was reorganized at Camp Adair, Oregon, for service in World War II. As part of the 96th Infantry Division participation in the Oregon Maneuver combat exercise in the fall of 1943. The division trained in Hawaiian Islands from July to September 1944 for combat with an assault landing in Leyte Gulf, Philippine Islands, on 20 October 1944. According to a niece of 1Lt Lawson , he died on 13 October 1944 aboard the transport ship enroute to the Leyte Gulf and was buried at sea. Since he was buried at sea, he was accounted for by the Army, thus he is not officially listed as missing. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing and Buried at Sea in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Pilot Officer James Robert Lee  

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James Robert Lee born 1920 in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Anna Bell McPherson(b.1897 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas-d.1961 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23 and George Allen Lee(b.1891 Alabama-d.1976 Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 29. (aka Jim Bob Lee).

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and a sister in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas, working at a retail grocery stand as a salesman. He went to England and joined the Royal Air Force in 1939 or 1940. He trained there to become a Pilot Officer and went to Wales, U.K. for more pilot training.

[Royal] Pilot Officer James Robert Lee 112303 Royal Air Force 57th Operational Training Unit RAF Hawarden in Flintshire, Wales. He was piloting a Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 R6686 aircraft out of RAF Hawarden on 8 April 1942 on a routine training mission when his plane was collided mid-air with a Wellington Mk1C L7818 aircraft, the weather was a contributing factor. All six crewmen of the Wellington were killed as was PO Lee, both aircraft crashing in the valley of the Broadwater Stream, near Cold Ashton, Gloucestershire. PO Lee was buried with honors in the St. Peter's Churchyard at Little Rissington, Cotswold District, Gloucestershire, England.

DNB 8 Apr 1942


Private Leroy A. Limmer

Leroy Alfred Limmer born 26 October 1923 in Priddy, Mills County, Texas to Hulda Anna Kelm (b. 1901 Aleman, Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1976 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 22 and Alfred Arthur Limmer (b. 1900 Priddy. Mills County, Texas - d. 1965 Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas).

1930 Census age 6 living in JP5 Mills County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 living in Priddy, JP6 Mills County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Priddy, JP6 Mills County, Texas with his parents and four brothers. Registered for the draft at Goldthwaite, Texas for the local board at Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1942 while living at Route 4 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and working at his father's farm and ranch 5 miles east of Priddy in Comanche County, Texas and listed his father, A. A. Limmer Route 4 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Leroy A. Limmer asn-38685908 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand was inducted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 26 April 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Leroy A. Limmer 38685908 US Army Company A 22nd Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division. The regiment was attached to 83rd Infantry Division between 3–7 December 1944 during the Battle of Hurtgen Forest, east of the Belgian-German border. Private Limmer was killed in action on 4 December 1944 in the Hurtgen Forest of Germany. His remains or the temporary burial location was lost and he was listed as missing and the War Dept issued a FOD, finding of death, one year plus one day since he was statused as missing and declared him dead on 5 December 1945. His remains or the temporary burial location was found sometime after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery near Priddy, Mills County, Texas on 19 June 1949.

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Sergeant Warren P. Little

Warren Paul Little born 16 September 1917 in Clayton, Union County, New Mexico to Effie Louretha Peninger (b. 1894 Texas - d. 1982 Denton, Denton County, Texas) Age 23 and Roy Little (b. 1892 Temple, Carroll County, Georgia - d. 1955 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 25.

1920 Census age 2 living in Patterson, Union County, New Mexico with his parents and a sister. 1930 Census age 12 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a sister and two brothers. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Comanche High School class of 1935. Attended the North Texas State Teachers College in Denton, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and two brothers, reported as absent from home. Married Miss Margaret Eloise Hunt (b. 1920 Kinney County, Texas - d. 2003 Brackettville, Kinney County, Texas) of Brackettville, Texas on 23 July 1940 at Denton County, Texas and they had a son Paul Jr. Registered for the draft at Denton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 918 Oakland, Denton, Texas and working for Homer S. Curtis 102 W. Oak St., Denton, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Warren Paul Little 918 Oakland, Denton, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Warren P. Little asn-38432466 a married white male born New Mexico in 1917 residing in Denton County, Texas working as a cashier with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas in February 1943. Trained at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas. Shipped out from New York to England for overseas duty on 15 November 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Warren P. Little 38432466 US Army Troop C 38th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron Mechanized. On 21 November 1943 the 38th CRS was assigned to the 102nd Cavalry Regiment Mechanized at Exter, England. Following a peiod of training in England it landed in France on 12 June 1944, shortly after the Normandy invasion. The 38th CRS headed for Paris, France. Sergeant Little was wounded in action on 26 July 1944 by enemy mortar shell fragments and evacuated to a squadron medical station and then removed to the rear. He died of the wounds on the next day, 27 July 1944 in an Army Hospital in Normandy, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

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Staff Sergeant William N. Lloyd  

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William Nordell Lloyd born on 7 November 1924 near Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Alta Florence Bayless(b.1907 Taylor County, Texas-d.1989 Comanche, Texas) Age 17 and William Harmon 'Bud' Lloyd(b.1905 Comanche County, Texas-d.1967 Clyde, Texas) Age 19.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and a sister in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents, a brother and two sisters in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Sidney High School class of 1941. Enlisted in the US Army Air Forces on 30 November 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant William N. Lloyd 18217669 US Army Air Forces 338th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the tail gunner aboard the B-17G 42-38062  out of Snetterton Heath Airfield, England on 8 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission at a target in Berlin, Germany. [MACR 4566 ] The B-17 was shot down by enemy aircraft near Ostenholz, Germany and most of the crew bailed out and were captured by the enemy German forces and sent to a Dulag Luft. SSgt Lloyd was a prisoner of the Germans for eleven months and five days from 8 May 1944 until 13 April 1945 when he died while being moved from one prison camp to another, somewhere in the vicinity of Henstedt, Germany. His remains were located, identified and repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 26 June 1949.

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Aviation Metalsmith Third Class Petty Officer Robert L. Loudermilk  

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Robert Larkin Loudermilk born on 10 December 1906 near Downing, Comanche County, Texas to Leurana Akers(b.1884 Mississippi-d.1947 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 22 and Jim Bonner Loudermilk(b.1874 Comanche County, Texas-d.1950 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 32.

1910 census Age 3 living with his parents, four sisters and a brother in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1920 census Age 13 living with his parents, three sisters and two brothers in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 25 October 1926 and served until discharged on 6 November 1939. May have married and divorced in California. 1940 census Age 32 living with his parents, two sisters and two brothers in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Married Ruth James on 22 May 1940 at Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. Reenlisted in the US Navy on 23 February 1942 and was assigned to the Naval Air Station in San Diego. .

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[Navy] Aviation Metalsmith Third Class Petty Officer Robert L. Loudermilk 3556247 US Navy Naval Air Station in San Diego, California. On 9 July 1942, he was standing near the landing strip when the aircraft landing had a tire blowout on touchdown. The plane spun around out of control and before he could get clear Petty Officer Loudermilk was hit and killed. His body was shipped to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas for burial in the Oakwood Cemetery.

DNB 9 Jul 1942


Technician Fifth Grade Joseph B. Lucas

Joseph Bert Lucas born on 21 December 1905 at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Emma Eliza Parker(b.1872 Comanche County, Texas-d.1931 Knox City, Knox County, Texas) Age 33 and Joseph Hezikiah Lucas(b.1871 Vicksburg, Mississippi-d.1942 Comanche County, Texas) Age 34. (His draft card has dob 21 December 1905, while the 1941 Texas Birth Certificate by his father has dob as 31 December 1905).

1910 census Age 4 living with his parents, three sisters and a brother in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. 1920 census Age 14 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Fleming, Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 24 living with his parents in JP1 Knox County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Married Callie Christine Hutchinson(b.1912 Madison County, Kentucky-d.1992 Dallas, Texas) of Munday, Texas on 31 March 1932 at Cotton County, Oklahoma. 1935 living in JP5 Knox County, Texas. 1940 census Age 34 living with his wife in JP5 Knox County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Knox City, Knox County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.2 Knox City, Knox County, Texas and working for Mr. Salem Hutchinson RFD Knox City, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Callie Christine Lucas RFD.2 Knox City, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Joseph B. Lucas asn-38369255 a married white male born Texas in 1905 residing in Knox County, Texas working as a farmer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas about 1942.

[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Joseph B. Lucas 38369255 US Army 520th Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company (Field Artillery). No information was found about his unit or his death. Tec5 Lucas died of a non-battle event on 17 October 1944 while serving in the European Theater. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial at Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France.

DNB 17 Oct 1944


Private Leeroy C. Macon  

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Leeroy Collis Macon born 22 August 1925 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Edward Jernigan (b. 1890 Pontotoc, Pontotoc County, Mississippi - d. 1974 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) age 35 and Lillian Castleberry 'Doc' Macon (b. 1891 Lincoln, Talladega County, Alabama - d. 1957 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) age 35.

1930 Census age 4 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and three sisters. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents. Attended the De Leon High School and was a member of the graduating class of 1943. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 1 December 1942 and listed his father, Mr. Lillian C. Macon, Rt. 3, De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. The newspaper reports that after he graduated high school the Marines activated him in September 1943 and he then was sent to New Zealand for amphibious assault training. [nba] .

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[Marines] Private Leeroy C. Macon 488619 US Marine Corps Company L 3rd Battalion 3rd Marines Regiment 3rd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The regiment redeployed to New Zealand on 23 May 1943, and were reassigned to the 3rd Marine Division at that time. The regiment fought the enemy Japanese forces at Bougainville and Guam. On 21 July 1944, around 0830, 3rd Battalion hit the Asan beaches on Guam. Landing on the extreme left of the entire 3rd Marine Division, their mission was to take Chonito Cliff and Adelup Point, which marked the left flank of the division. Within minutes the Japanese defenders opened up with mortars and machine guns, hitting many 3rd Battalion Marines coming ashore. Pvt Macon was killed in action on 21 July 1944 on Guam Island, Northern Mariana Islands, western Pacific. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949 and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 27 July 1949.

KIA 21 Jul 1944


Private First Class Robert J. Magness  

Robert Joseph 'Joe' Magness born 28 November 1921 in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Annie Maude Biscoe (b. 1879 Smith County, Texas - d. 1962 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 42 and John H. Magness (b. 1872 Marion County, Arkansas - d. 1940 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 49.

1930 Census age 9 living in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his mother and two brothers. Graduated from Comanche High School class of 1940. Robert J. Magness asn-18079434 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a sales clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 29 January 1942. After initial training he shipped overseas in April 1942 to the European Theater of Operations. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Robert J. Magness 18079434 US Army Company C 702nd Military Police Battalion Corps of Military Police. He returned from the ETO in December 1944 and was assigned to Fort Meade, Maryland for duty until his scheduled discharge on 8 September 1945. However, two days before, on 6 September 1945, Pfc Magness and a Sergeant were returning to camp from a shopping trip. Pfc Magness was killed in an auto accident while riding with a civilian who was giving them a ride to Fort Meade. His body was shipped with an escort to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery with military honor on Tuesday 11 September 1945.

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Second Lieutenant Thomas M. Magness

Thomas Maurice Magness born 25 September 1916 in Comanche County, Texas to Roxie A. McInnish (b. 1886 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1943 Ventura, Ventura County, California) Age 30 and Thomas Morgan Magness (b. 1880 McLennan County, Texas - d.1921 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 36.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, five brothers and three sisters. 1930 Census age 13 living in JP1 Stephens County, Texas with his mother, four brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Ventura, Ventura County, California. 1940 Census age 23 living in Santa Barbara County, California as a lodger in the home of Maria Brown Procter. Registered for the draft at Santa Barbara County, California on 16 October 1940 while living at 227 West De La Guerra St., Santa Barbara, California and being a student at Santa Barbara State College and listed his mother, Mrs. Roxie Magness 905 West Walker St., Breckenridge, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Thomas M. Magness asn-19065907 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Ventura County, California being a student with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet at Los Angeles, California on 17 December 1941. Received his wings and commission at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas in the summer of 1942. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Thomas M. Magness O-662580 US Army Air Forces 320th Bombardment Squadron 90th Bombardment Group. He was the co-pilot of B-24D 42-40327  out of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on 20 July 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target near Madang, Papua New Guinea. On the return to home base they were attacked by five Japanese Tonys and the B-24 exploded in mid-air near Bena Bena. Aussie soldiers on the ground went to the crash site and recovered most the dead crew. 2Lt Magness' body was recovered, not sure when, and was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 20 Jul 1943


Staff Sergeant Thomas T. Marshall, Jr.  

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Thomas Troy Marshall, Jr. born on 12 July 1923 at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas to Susan Maude King(b.1894 Alabama-d.1980 Comanche, Texas) Age 29 and Thomas Troy Marshall(b.1896 Karnes County, Texas-d.1969 Comanche, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents, four sisters and two brothers in JP4 Bosque County, Texas. 1935 living in JP4 Bosque County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents, four sisters, an aunt and two brothers in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living there and being unemployed listed his father of Comanche as his next of kin contact. Thomas T. Marshall, Jr. asn-18110297 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Comanche County, Texas working at a radio station with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Brownwood, Texas on 5 September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Thomas T. Marshall, Jr. 18110297 US Army Air Forces 511th Bombardment Squadron 351st Bombardment Group Heavy 8th Air Force was the radio operator on the B-17G 42-31748  out of Polebrook Airfield, England on 13 July 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target in Munich, Germany. [MACR 7504 ] The B-17 was hit by antiaircraft artillery flak near Neuffen, Germany southeast of Stuttgart, Germany. All of the crew were able to bail out and land except SSgt Marshall whose parachute failed and he was killed instantly on impact. He was buried in a temporary grave at Weil im Schonbuch, Germany and after the war his remains were reinterred in the  Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.

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KIA 13 Jul 1944


Second Lieutenant Marney T. Mason Jr.

Marney Trussle Mason Jr. born on 25 September 1918 at Houston, Harris County, Texas to Brooksie Owen(b.1895 Missouri-d.1984 Midland County, Texas) Age 23 and Marney Trussle Mason(b.1887 Sherman, Grayson County, Texas-d.1947 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 31.

1930 census Age 11 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. 1935 living in McCaulley, Fisher County, Texas. Married Miss Kathrine Sue Mottley in Fort Bend County, Texas on 15 September 1938. 1940 census has his parents and two brothers living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas, where his father died in 1947. Registered for the draft at Houston, Harris County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 6612 Travis Street, Houston, Harris County, Texas and working at the Gulf Oil Corp., Gulf Bldg., Houston, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Kathrine Sue Mason same address, as his next of kin contact. Marney T. Mason Jr. asn-18055463 a married white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Harris County, Texas working as a general office clerk with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas on 23 January 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Marney T. Mason Jr. O-663540 US Army Air Forces 786th Bombardment Squadron 466th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force. He was the co-pilot on the B-24H 42-52582  out of Attlebridge Airfield, England on 11 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target at Oschersleben, Germany. [MACR 3845 ] West of the target near Grasdorf, before bombs away, the B-24s were attacked by 13-16 German fighters. 2Lt Mason's plane lost engine 4 in the fight and was last seen in a dive with engine four and the bomb bay doors aflame. Nine of the crew crashed and burned and their remains were scattered about by explosions. The remains found were buried in a grave at the Russian cemetery at Hann-Stroehen, according to a German report. 2Lt Mason's remains, along with the remains of other Americans, were reburied in a group grave number 491 after the war in 1951 in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri on 3 April 1951.

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Private First Class Donald R. Mathews  

Donald Roy Mathews born 2 May 1913 in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Nancy Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Wallace (b. 1870 Bell County, Texas - d. 1963 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 43 and Thomas Weldon Mathews (b. 1893 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1918 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas) Age 50.

1920 Census age 6 living in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas with his mother, three brothers, four sisters, a brother-in-law and a nephew. 1930 Census age 17 living in JP2 Comanche County, Texas with his mother, three brothers, two sisters, Grandfather John Wallace, a widowed sister and her children. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 26 living in JP2 Comanche County, Texas with his mother, two brothers, a widowed sister and her two children, working as a wholesale drug salesman. Registered for the draft at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Gustine and working as a day laborer in Gustine and listed his mother, Mrs. T.W. Matthews of Gustine, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Donald R. Mathews asn-38231672 a single white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 November 1942.

[Army] Private First Class Donald R. Mathews 38231672 US Army Company D 349th Infantry Regiment 88th Infantry Division 5th Army. 88th arrived at Casablanca, French Morocco on 15 December 1943, and moved to Magenta, Algeria, on 28 December for intensive training. Destined to spend the war fighting on the Italian Front, the 88th Division arrived at Naples, Italy on 6 February 1944, and concentrated around Piedimonte d'Alife for combat training. An advance element went into the line before Monte Cassino on 27 February, and the entire division relieved the battered British 46th Infantry Division along the Garigliano River in the Minturno area on 5 March 1944. Pursued the enemy into Rome, being the first unit of the Fifth Army into the city on 4 June 1944. 88th opened its assault on the Gothic Line on 21 September 1944, and advanced rapidly along the Firenzuola-Imola road, taking Mount Battaglia on the 28th. The enemy counterattacked savagely and heavy fighting continued on the line toward the Po Valley through 19 October 1944. Pfc Mathews was killed in action on 19 October 1944 in the vicinity of the Po Valley, Italy. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas on 3 December 1948.

KIA 19 Oct 1944


Captain Darden W. McCollum

Darden Washington McCollum born on 14 May 1919 at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Anna Darden(b.1885 Llano County, Texas-d.1960 Midland, Midland County, Texas) Age 32 and John Wyley 'Burley' McCollum Jr.(b.1883 Comanche County, Texas-d.1954 Midland, Midland County, Texas) Age 35.

1920 census Age 8 months living with his parents and a sister at Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, a sister and four lodgers at McCamey, Upton County, Texas. Graduated from McCamey High School Class of 1934. 1935 living in McCamey, JP4 Upton County, Texas. Graduated from Schriner Institute at Kerrville, Texas in 1937. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents at McCamey, JP4 Upton County, Texas, working as an assistant cashier in a bank. Registered for the draft at McCamey, Upton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Box 1034 McCamey, Upton County, Texas and working at Security State Bank 5th & McKinney, McCamey, Texas and listed his father, Mr. Burley McCollum Box 1034 McCamey, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Darden W. McCollum asn-unknown a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Upton County, Texas working as a bank cashier with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas in March 1941. Married Miss Marye D. Lowe on 9 November 1942 at Lowake, Tom Green County, Texas. Transferred to the Air Corps at Randolph Field, Texas in April 1942. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Captain Darden W. McCollum O-668256 US Army Air Forces 377th Fighter Squadron 362nd Fighter Group 19th Tactical Air Command. He was piloting P-47D 44-32974 out of Etain Airfield, France on 14 March 1945 on a combat close support mission to the area at Koblenz, Germany. [MACR 13107 ] Over the target area, his plane was hit in the engine and fuel tank by anti-aircraft artillery and he went into a dive. His plane crashed and burned while slaming into some buildings at or near Bell, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Tuesday 8 February 1949.

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KIA 14 Mch 1945


Staff Sergeant Glen McGuire

Glen McGuire born on 19 May 1918 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Euphrater 'Frate' Patterson(b.1892 Mississippi-d.1924 Comanche County, Texas) Age 26 and Andrew Jackson McGuire(b.1889 Comanche County, Texas-d.1938 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 28.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents, a brother and a sister at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his father, a sister and step-mother at Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1935 living at Proctor, JP4 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his uncle W.M. Hanson and aunt Ophelia Hanson at Proctor, JP4 Comanche County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Proctor, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Proctor, Comanche County, Texas with mail address of Rt.2 Dublin, Texas with telephone "Proctor-2 longs" and working at his uncle Hanson's farm and listed his uncle, Mr. W. M. Hanson Rt.2 Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Glen McGuire asn-38036578 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Erath County, Texas working as a farmhand with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 22 January 1941. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Glen McGuire 38036578 US Army Company C 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion with the 36th Infantry Division. Just east of the crest of the Vosges Mountain range was the heavily defended town of St. Marie Aux Mines. Nevertheless, the 36th Division attacked and forced the Muerthe River enemy defenses. By 26 November 1944, the 36th had captured Fraise and pushed well beyond it, knowing that the key to the Vosges was St. Marie Aux Mines. By morning of 28 November 1944, the 142nd with the 636th had forced its way through the thickly wooded mountains and captured Chateau Koenigsburg, an old fortress overlooking the Alsatian Plain, the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest of Germany. SSgt McGuire was critically wounded on 28 November 1944 during a heroic action by shrapnel from a nearby exploding artillery shell in the vicinity of Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg, a medieval castle located in the commune of Orschwiller in the Bas-Rhin département of Alsace, France, located in the Vosges mountains just west of Sélestat, situated in a strategic area on a rocky spur overlooking the Upper Rhine Plain. He died of the wounds on 13 December 1944 in a field hospital in France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial at Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France. Posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

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Captain Tull K. McGuire  

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Tull Keifer McGuire born on 31 December 1918 in Comanche County, Texas to Brinda Stark(b.1897 Comanche County, Texas-d.1 Mch 1988 ) Age 22 and Keifer Monroe McGuire(b.1895 Comanche County, Texas-d.1919 Hasse, Texas) Age 24. (existed a difference↙ of opinion as to his date of birth, the date he gave on his draft card is used here)

1920 census Age 1 living with his mother and sister at his grandparents Starks' home and their eight daughters in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his stepfather Northcutt, his mother and siblings in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Graduate of the Gustine High School. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and being a student at Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, Texas, and listed his mother, Mrs Brenda Northcutt of Comanche, as his next of kin contact. Tull K. McGuire asn-18040554 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Comanche County, Texas working in oil field with three years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 2 June 1941. Completed flight training and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant on 9 January 1941. In June 1942, he performed Stearman N2S-4 Kaydet aircraft test flights at the Boeing Factory in Wichita, Kansas. Married Miss Josephine Watson in Springfield, Green County, Missouri on 1 November 1942, they had a daughter, Judith Gale. After multi-engine training, he underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Walker Army Airfield, Kansas. On or about 27 September 1944, he deployed to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations. .

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[AirCorps] Captain Tull K. McGuire O-434166 US Army Air Forces 881st Bombardment Squadron 500th Bombardment Group Very Heavy 20th Air Force stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands. Their deployment route of flight was from Walker AAF to Kearney, Nebraska for out-processing, with a final aircraft check at Mather Field, California then refueling stops at Hickam, Hawaii and Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, and arrival at Isley Field in early October 1944. On 24 November 1944, he participated in the first attack on Japan by B-29 aircraft based in the Mariana Islands, round-trip flight time was approximately 15 hours. On Saturday 10 February 1945, he flew in the left seat as the Airplane Command Pilot aboard a Boeing B-29A 42-93876 Tail Code Z-Square-13. It was one of 120 aircraft launched in a multi-wing group formation to bombard the Nakajima Aircraft Assembly Plant at Ota on the northwest side of Tokyo, Japan. While over the target area, the group was attacked by a band of Nakajima Ki-44 single-engine 'Tojo' fighter planes. [MACR 12058 ] His B-29 aircraft suffered damage to the right wing and the No.3 engine trailed heavy smoke. His aircraft was last sighted by the aircrew of A-Square-43 of the 497th BG at a location about 80 miles east of Tokyo. All eleven crewmen were killed when the B-29 was forced to ditch on the Pacific Ocean. Capt McGuire is remembered in the Courts of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 10 Feb 1945


Private First Class Charlie W. Meissner

Charlie William Meissner born 15 April 1913 in Mills County, Texas to Lydia Augusta Tischler (b. 1883 Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1969 Austin, Travis County, Texas) Age 30 and Hugo Daniel Meissner (b. 1876 Giddings, Lee County, Texas - d. 1957 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 37. In the Baptism record of Priddy, Texas his name is Carl Wilhelm Meissner.

1920 Census age 6 living in JP1 Matagorda County, Texas with his parents, five brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 17 living in JP5 Mills County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living on North Indian Gap Road, JP6 Mills County, Texas. 1940 Census age 27 living on North Indian Gap Road, JP6 Mills County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters, working as a farmhand and absent from the home. Registered for the draft at Mills County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Route 4 Comanche, Texas and working at farming near Priddy, Texas and listed his father, Hugo Meissner Rt.4 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Charlie W. Meissner asn-38370383 a single white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Mills County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas.

[Army] Private First Class Charlie W. Meissner 38370383 US Army Company E 2nd Battalion 377th Infantry Regiment 95th Infantry Division. The 95th Infantry Division arrived in England on 17 August 1944. After receiving additional training, it moved to France one month later on 15 September 1944. The division was sent into combat on 19 October 1944 in the Moselle bridgehead sector east of Moselle and South of Metz and patrolled the Seille near Cheminot, capturing the forts surrounding Metz and repulsing enemy attempts to cross the river. It was during the defense of this town from repeated German attacks that the division received its nickname, "The Iron Men of Metz." On 1 November 1944, elements went over to the offensive, reducing an enemy pocket east of Maizières-lès-Metz. On 8 November 1944, these units crossed the Moselle River and advanced to Bertrange. Against heavy resistance, the 95th captured the forts surrounding Metz and captured the city by 22 November 1944. The division pushed toward the Saar on 25 November 1944 and entered Germany on the 28th. The 95th seized a Saar River bridge on 3 December 1944 and engaged in bitter house-to-house fighting for Saarlouis. Suburbs of the city fell and, although the enemy resisted fiercely, the Saar bridgehead was firmly established by 19 December 1944. Pfc Meissner was killed in a heroic action on 13 December 1944 in the vicinity of Saarlouis, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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KIA 13 Dec 1944


Second Lieutenant Lloyd C. Mercer

Lloyd Curtis Mercer born 14 December 1916 in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Ola Myrtle Clark (b. 1887 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1967 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 30 and Alpheus Pickett Mercer (b. 1881 Robeson County, North Carolina - d. 1944 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) age 34.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 13 living in Tom Green County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in San Angelo, JP1 Tom Green County, Texas. 1940 Census age 23 living in San Angelo, JP1 Tom Green County, Texas with his parents and two lodgers. Registered for the draft at San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 1113 E. Harris San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas and being a college student and listed his sister, Mrs. W. A. Carter of the same address as his next of kin contact. Married Lily Ann Hargrave (b. 1917 Texas - d. 1986 Nueces County, Texas) on 4 October 1941 at Tom Green County, Texas, and they had a son Lloyd Curtis Mercer Jr.(born and died 24 November 1943). Enlisted in the US Army and transferred to the Air Corps as an aviation cadet in 1941. Received his commission and wings on 16 February 1943. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Lloyd C. Mercer O-672162 US Army Air Forces 390th Navigation Training Squadron Navigation School San Marcos Airfield, Texas. He was the pilot of the AT-7 42-56777  out of San Marcos Airfield, Texas on 6 July 1943 on a routine navagation training flight. There were a total of five Second Lieutenants aboard including their instructor and the pilot. The AT-7 aircraft crashed and burned one mile southwest of Creedmoor, Texas in Travis County killing all five officers. 2Lt Mercer's body was sent to San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas and buried in the Fairmount Cemetery on 7 July 1943.

DNB 6 Jul 1943


Private First Class Wade J. Milner

Wade Jones Milner born 23 April 1925 in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Veda Minnie Jones (b. 1897 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1983 Cleburne, Johnson County, Texas) age 28 and Carl William Milner (b. 1895 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1954 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) age 29.

1930 Census age 4 living in JP3 Pecos County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 15 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 23 April 1943 while living at Rt.1 Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas and working at farming near Sipe Springs and listed his father, Carl Milner Rt.1 Sipe Springs, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Wade J. Milner asn-38514779 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Comanche County, Texas working at farming enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas on 6 July 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Wade J. Milner 38514779 US Army Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion 261st Infantry Regiment 65th Infantry Division. The 65th Infantry Division landed at Le Havre, France, 21 January 1945, and proceeded to Camp Lucky Strike, where training continued until 1 March, when the Division moved forward to relieve the 26th Infantry Division. First elements entered the line, 5 March 1945, and the Division as a whole took over aggressive defense of the sector along the Saar, from Orscholz to Wadgassen, on 8 March 1945. On 17 March, the Division attacked across the Saar, crossing the river at Dillingen and captured Saarlautern, 19 March, as Siegfried Line defenses cracked. Capturing Neunkirchen, 21 March 1945, the Division raced to the Rhine, crossed the river at Oppenheim, 30 March, and ran into heavy Germany resistance and counterattacks. Langensalza fell on 5 April 1945, Struth on the 7th. Pfc Milner was killed in action on 7 April 1945 in the vicinity of Struth, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Stag Creek Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas on 4 December 1948.

KIA 7 Apr 1945


Private John D. Milton

John David Milton born on 24 October 1922 at Waco, McLennan County, Texas to Ruth Inez Palmer(b.1900 Comanche County, Texas-d.1965 Lubbock, Texas) Age 22 and Pinkney Harrison 'Pink' Milton(b.1899 Comanche County, Texas-d.1933 Comanche County, Texas) Age 23. (Texas birth index has name of Pinkney Harrison Jr. Milton)

1930 census Age 7 living with his mother and sister in his grandparents Palmer's home in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his mother and an aunt in his grandmother Palmer's home in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. John D. Milton asn-18029873 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as an office clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 19 May 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Private John D. Milton 18029873 US Army Air Forces 7th Material Squadron 5th Air Base Group was stationed at Clark Field, Manila, Philippines when the Japanese attacked and he was taken prisoner after the US surrendered there. He died of disease and starvation in the Japanese POW camp Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija Province, Central Luzon, Philippines on 11 August 1942. His remains have not been found. Pvt Milton is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Aviation Cadet Johnnye B. Moody

Johnnye Bill Moody born on 28 November 1922 at Comanche County, Texas to Roberta Gertrude Harris(b.1893 Comanche County, Texas-d.1978 Burnet, Burnet County, Texas) Age 29 and Joseph Cephus Moody(b.1893 Calhoun County, Alabama-d.1956 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 29.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and a brother in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and a brother in Goldthwaite, JP1 Mills County, Texas. Gradusted Comanche High School class of 1941. Enlisted in the US Navy Reserve at Dallas, Texas on 21 March 1942 as an Aviation Cadet and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Moody of Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. He was engaged to marry Miss Betty Jo Howell of Dublin, Texas. Trained at Baylor University, Waco, Texas and in University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia and arrived back at NAS Dallas in December 1942. .

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[Navy] Aviation Cadet Johnnye B. Moody 5511642 US Navy Reserve Naval Air Station Dallas, Texas. He was killed on 3 April 1943 at the Naval Air Station Dallas, Texas in an aircraft accident. His plane was in collision with another while landing at the airfield and he was killed instantly. AvC Moody's body was shipped to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and buried in the Oakwood Cemetery on 4 April 1943.

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Technician Fourth Grade David E. Moore

David E. Moore born 1920 in Texas to Norma F. and unknown Moore.

David E. Moore asn-18038466 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a cook with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 17 January 1941. .

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[Army] Technician Fourth Grade David E. Moore 18038466 US Army 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop Mechanized 2nd Infantry Division. After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. They fought the enemy German forces across France. The 2nd Division took a brief rest 19–26 September 1944 before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith, Belgium on 29 September 1944. The division entered Germany on 3 October 1944 with the objective to attack and seize the Roer River dams. Sgt Moore was wounded in a heroic action on 7 November 1944 and died of the wounds on 8 November 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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Seaman First Class Petty Officer Jack M. Morgan  

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Jack Morton Morgan born 28 February 1917 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Margaret Viean Morton (b. 1886 Erath County, Texas - d. 1966 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) and George Malcom Morgan (b. 1890 Langston, Jackson County, Alabama - d. 1972 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas).

1920 Census age 3 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and twin brother Charles. 1930 Census age 13 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two uncles. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Jack M. Morgan nsn-3562296 enlisted in the US Navy on 4 April 1940 at Dallas, Texas, and listed his father, Mr. G. M. Morgan, Rt. 2, De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. 1940 Census age 23 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and two brothers, and in the Navy. Trained at the US Naval Training Station in San Diego, California. On 7 June 1940, AS Morgan was transferred to the USS Whitney as a passenger to Pearl Harbor where he would be assigned to the USS Astoria for duty on 22 June 1940. [nba]

[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Jack M. Morgan 3562296 US Navy USS Astoria CA-34, location Solomon Islands. The Astoria was a cruiser along with others in a defensive posture off Savo Island to help protect transport ships and the Marines involved in the Guadalcanal invasion. These US Navy ships were surprised by the Jap Navy in a midnight attack on 8 into 9 August 1942. It was a sea-battle which the US Navy lost, and the sinking of several US ships. S1 Morgan was one of the Astoria's sailors who was wounded in action that night in the 'Battle of Savo Island' and was transferred to the USS President Jackson as a survivor. The President Jackson left the scene where the Astoria was lost and set out to sea. S1 Morgan died of his wounds  later that day, 9 August 1942, and was buried at sea from the USS President Jackson (being buried at sea means that the Navy has him accounted for so his name does not appear on any list of the missing). He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing and Buried at Sea in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Captain Russell A. Morrison  

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Russell Andrew Morrison born on 19 June 1921 at Noble County, Oklahoma to Lorena M. Appleby(b.1899 Iredell, Texas-d.1977 Arlington, Texas) Age 22 and Russell V. Morrison(b.1894 Dallas, Texas-d.1984 Arlington, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings in Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma. 1935 living in rural Noble County, Oklahoma. 1940 census Age 18 living with his father, stepmother and a sister in Billings, Noble County, Oklahoma, working in his father's food store as the produce manager. He was living at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas with his divorced mother at the home of her parents Appleby when he decided to enlist. Russell A. Morrison asn-18037777 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1921 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 31 October 1940. Earned his Second Lieutenant commission and wings at Roswell, New Mexico and in May 1943 was stationed at Kansas City with the Air Transport Command. Shipped out to the southwest Pacific in August of 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Captain Russell A. Morrison O-740880 US Army Air Forces 70th Troop Carrier Squadron 433rd Troop Carrier 5th Air Force was the pilot aboard C-47A 42-92062  out of Cyclops Aerodrome, near Hollandia on 1 October 1944 on a routine transport mission to Finschhaven Airfield, New Guinea. [MACR 9016 ] The next day it was determined that this C-47 had never arrived and was declared missing. Extensive searching by air and land found nothing. All Army crew and passengers were officially declared dead the day of the mission. Capt Morrison is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Roger W. Neel

Roger Wade 'Dub' Neel born 14 November 1920 in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Ethel Elizabeth West (b. 1887 Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi - d. 1949 Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas) Age 33 and George Richard Neel (b. 1881 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1958 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36.

1930 Census age 9 living in Gustine, JP2 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. His family moved to Cross Plains, Texas in 1931. 1935 living in Rural Eastland County, Texas. Graduated from the Cross Plains High School. 1940 Census age 19 living in Gustine, JP2 Comanche County, Texas as a lodger in the home of Elvie Duke, and working as a clerk in a general merchantile. Registered for the draft at Dublin, Erath County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at Dublin and working for Higginbothan Bros. Co. and listed his father, George R, Neel of Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Roger W. Neel nsn-6165339 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Erath County, Texas working as a clerk with a high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas on 28 February 1942. Trained at Naval Hospitals and served overseas at base hospitals and aboard hospital ships. [nba] .

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[Navy] Pharmacist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Roger W. Neel 6165339 US Navy Naval Base Hospital at Houston, Texas. He was assigned to the new Naval Hospital at Houston. While on a trip to a friend's house during a storm, they were involved in an automobile accident on 27 August 1945. PO Neel was a passenger in the vehicle and was thrown from the car causing him serious internal injuries. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital where he died of the injuries on 30 August 1945. His body was shipped to Cross Plains, Texas for a funeral service held on Sunday 2 September 1945 with interment in the Evergreen Cemetery at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas.

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Private Seril Newsom  

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Seril Newsom born 1 April 1921 in Comanche County, Texas to Elizabeth Dora 'Lizzie' McMillan (b. 1881 Henderson County, Texas - d. 1959 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) age 39 and James Hudson Newsom (b. 1886 Rockwall County, Texas - d. 1943 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 35.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at Rt.3 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his sister, Mrs. Drucilla Snow of Rt.3 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Seril Newsom asn-38535935 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 28 October 1943. .

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[Army] Private Seril Newsom 38535935 US Army Company B 9th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division  crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. After exploiting the Saint-Lo breakout, the 2nd Division then advanced across the Vire to take Tinchebray on 15 August 1944. Pvt Newsom was wounded in action on 12 August 1944 in the vicinity of Vire, Normandy, France. He died of the wounds on 14 August 1944 in an Army Field Hospital. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on Wednesday 15 September 1948.

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Private First Class Guy O. Page Jr.

Guy Oran Page Jr. born on 3 September 1907 at Waxahachie, Ellis, Texas to Nova Smith(b.1885 Kentucky-d.1954 Comanche County, Texas) Age 22 and Guy Oran Page(1885 Texas-d.1959 Payne County, Oklahoma) Age 22.

1910 census Age 2 living with his parents at Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. 1920 census Age 12 living with his parents and a brother at Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas. Married Miss Margaret Davidson on 27 December 1926 at Johnson County, Texas. 1930 census Age 23 living with his wife at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, working as a presser in a cleaners shop. 1935 living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. 1940 census Age 31 Divorced living as a boarder at Skid Row's Midnight Mission, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, working as a spotter in a cleanning plant. Registered for the draft at Denver County, Colorado on 16 October 1940 while living at 1633 Market St. Denver, Colorado and working at Colorado & Southern Railroad at Boulder, Colorado and listed his father, Mr. Guy Page Gen.Del. Cushing, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact. Guy O. Page Jr. asn-37344110 a single white male born Texas in 1908 residing in Tom Green County, Texas working with two years of high school education enlisted, as an enlisted man who had been transferred to the Enlisted Reserve Corps, into the US Army for the Hawaiian Department with the Corps of Military Police as a Private First Class at Berwick, Pennsylvania on 15 December 1945 and listed his, mother, Mrs. W. A. Jones Box 532 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Army] Private First Class Guy O. Page Jr. 37344110 US Army 1253rd Combat Engineers Battalion. He was part of the Occupation in Europe. It is reported that he died of a non-battle event, a vehicle accident, in Belgium on 30 August 1946 while on active duty. His body was shipped to America and interred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas in October 1946.

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Private First Class Ira M. Palmer

Ira Martin Palmer born on 24 March 1918 at Henryetta, Okmulgee County, Oklahoma to Martha Jane Bray(b.1892 Kansas-d.1973 ) Age 26 and George W Palmer(b.1886 Mississippi-d.1938 Mayes County, Oklahoma) Age 32.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents, four brothers and three sisters at Okmulgee County, Oklahoma. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents, five brothers and five sisters at Adair, Mayes County, Oklahoma. 1935 living in rural Mayes County, Oklahoma. As a single young man, he moved to Comanche County, Texas in 1936, where is brother and wife lived, and he worked on several farms before leaving for Arizona in 1940. Registered for the draft at Coldwater, Maricopa County, Arizona on 16 October 1940 while living at Avondale, Maricopa County, Arizona and working at Miller & John Lettuce Growers near Glendale, Arizona and listed his mother, Mrs Martha Jane Fulks of Avondale, Arizona, as his next of kin contact. Ira M. Palmer asn-38000359 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1918 residing in Maricopa County, Arizona working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Arizona on 9 January 1941. Trained at Ft Sill, Oklahoma. .

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[Army] Private First Class Ira M. Palmer 38000359 158th Infantry Regiment 40th Infantry Division. The division departed for overseas service on 23 August 1942. The division's first overseas assignment was the defense of the outer Hawaiian Islands, where it arrived in September 1942. Training continued as defensive positions were improved and maintained. In July 1943, the division was concentrated on Oahu, and relieved the 24th Infantry Division of the defense of the North Sector. Relieved of the North Sector in October 1943, the 40th entered upon a period of intensive amphibious and jungle training. On 20 December 1943, the first units left for Guadalcanal, and by mid-January 1944, movement was completed. Pfc Palmer was killed in action on 22 January 1944 on Guadalcanal. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery at Fort Gibson, Muskogee County, Oklahoma on 12 July 1948.

KIA 22 Jan 1944


First Lieutenant Samuel L. Peak

Samuel Lewis Payne born on 5 May 1917 at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas to Elizabeth Ann 'Betty' Burns(b.1885 Center Point, Texas-d.1966 Tarrant, Texas) Age 32 and Samuel Lee Payne(b.1882 Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama-d.1937 Hines, Cook County, Illinois) Age 35. (His bio-father went to Mexico with an oil company and his mother considered him dead I suppose, because the 1920 census taker was told she was a widow. After she married Jeff Peak is when he was named Sam Peak, like on the 1930 census.)

1920 census Age 3 (Sam Payne) living with his mother (widow) and sister in the home of her parents Burns in JP8 Tarrant County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 (Sam Peak) living with his mother, stepfather Peak and two siblings in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from De Leon High School class of 1940. Commissioned a reserve officer in 1940 and was called to active duty in the Quartermaster Corps 25 June 1941. Married Miss Juanita Prince Tarver of Leesville, Louisiana at Montgomery County, Texas in November 1941, whom he met while stationed at Ft Polk, Vernon Parish, Louisiana, they had one daughter. He transferred to the Air Corps and began his aviation training in December 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Samuel L. Peak O-398074 US Army Air Forces 534th Bombardment Squadron 381st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot aboard B-17G 42-97084  out of Ridgewell Airfield, England on 22 June 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Abbeville, France. [MACR 5918 ] Over the target, the B-17 took direct flak hits which knocked out engine 2 & 3, followed by fire and explosions, it crashed a mile west of Epagnette, two miles southeast of Abbeville, France. Of the nine crewmen aboard, eight were killed in the crash and one waist gunner was able to bailout safely. 1Lt Peak was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

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Sergeant James A. Pendleton  

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James Alvie Pendleton born on 19 December 1918 at Alexander, Erath County, Texas to Oma Viola Currier(b.1898 Texas-d.1985 Harris County, Texas) Age 20 and William Otis Pendleton(b.1895 Oklahoma-d.1954 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 23.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents and a sister at Alexander, Erath County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents, a brother, a sister, an uncle and grandmother Currier at JP3 Erath County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his parents and a brother at JP4 Erath County, Texas, working as a filling station salesman. Joined the National Guard 142nd Infantry. Registered for the draft at Erath County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.3 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas and working for E. H. McGehee in Stephenville and listed his father, Mr. Otis Pendleton RFD.3 Stephenville, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James A. Pendleton asn-20805093 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Erath County, Texas working with two years of high school education was avtivated from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Stephenville, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Texas. Married Miss Vivian Keel(b.1925 Howard County, Texas-d.1980 Henderson County, Texas) at the First Baptist Church of Comanche, Texas on 17 April 1942, they had a daughter Glenda Carol. .

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[Army] Sergeant James A. Pendleton 20805093 US Army Company D 142nd Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division. Landed on the beach at Paestum, Italy on 9 September 1943 against intense opposition by the enemy Axis forces, starting the battle for Salerno. The division pushed the enemy German forces further north. On 15 August 1944, as part of the U.S. 6th Army Group, the division made another amphibious assault landing, against light opposition in the Saint-Raphaël-Fréjus area of southern France as part of Operation Dragoon, the Allied invasion of Southern France. A rapid advance opened the Rhone River Valley. Sgt Pendleton was killed in action on 16 August 1944 in the assault at Southern France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the East Memorial Cemetery at Stephenville, Erath County, Texas on Tuesday 20 April 1948.

KIA 16 Aug 1944


Private First Class Loyd A. Plummer

Loyd Alvin Plummer born 6 October 1919 in Mullin, Mills County, Texas to Linnie Evelyn Green (b. 1886 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1965 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 34 and Richard Walter Plummer (b. 1875 Williamson County, Texas - d. 1944 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 43.

1920 Census age 4 months living in JP3 Mills County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP3 Mills County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 20 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD 1 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and working as a self-employed farmer and listed his father, Mr. Walter Richard Plummer RFD 1 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Loyd A. Plummer asn-38047187 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 17 December 1941. Served overseas for thirty-three months. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Loyd A. Plummer 38047187 US Army a driver in Company D 102nd Medical Battalion 27th Infantry Division. On 25 March 1945, the 27th Division  sailed from Espiritu Santo, arriving at Okinawa, 9 April 1945. The Division participated in the XXIV Corps general attack, 19 April 1945, securing a dominating ridge line south of Machinato and Kakazu. Machinato Airfield was captured, 28 April 1945, after a severe struggle. On 1 May 1945, the division was relieved by the 1st Marine Division and attached to the Island Command for garrison duty. Tori Shima was seized, 12 May 1945, without opposition. The 27th attacked from the south end of Ishikawa Isthmus to sweep the northern sector of Okinawa. Pfc Plummer, a driver that evacuates wounded from the front lines, himself was wounded in action by the enemy Japanese forces in May 1945. He died on 14 May 1945 of the wounds. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 18 February 1949.

DOW 16 May 1945


Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Glenn O. Price

Glenn Owen Price born 8 January 1920 in Zephyr, Brown County, Texas to Nellie Viola Wright (b. 1899 Johnson County, Illinois - d. 1966 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 20 and Morrison Candler Price (b. 1900 Indian Creek, Brown County, Texas - d. 1972 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 20.

1920 census Age 1 month (omitted from the census dated 14-17 February 1920) living in JP4 Brown County, Texas with his parents in the home of his father's aunt, Mrs. Minerva W Owen. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP5 Coke County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. 1935 living Rural Coke County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in Sipe Springs, JP6 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother and three sisters, working as a fence builder. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Rt.1 Sidney, Comanche County, Texas and working as a farmer and listed his father, M. C. Price Rt.1 Sidney, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Glenn O. Price nsn-6160830 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas on 14 December 1941, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Morrison C. Price, Rt. 1, Sidney, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Married Miss Juanita Crisp of Rising Star, Texas on 22 June 1943 in Phillips, Hutchinson County, Texas. On 31 July 1944, MOMM2 Price was assigned to the USS Kete upon her commissioning from S/M Maintenance Activity, Manitowac, Wisconsin. [nba] .

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[Navy] Motor Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Glenn O. Price 6160830 US Navy USS Kete SS-369, location Ryukyus Islands, missing, date of loss 31 March 1945. In addition to performing a normal patrol, Kete had orders to submit special weather reports, and to carry out rescue service during an air strike by carrier based planes. On the night of 10 March 1945, Kete reported having sunk three medium sized freighters on the previous night. She reported on the night of 14 March that she had fired four torpedoes which missed a small enemy cable laying vessel, and that she had only three torpedoes remaining aboard. In view of the small number of torpedoes left, Kete was directed to depart her area on 20 March, and proceed to Pearl Harbor for refit, stopping at Midway enroute for fuel. On 19 March 1945, she acknowledged receipt of these orders. On 20 March she sent in a special weather report from position latitude 29°-38'N, longitude 130°-02'E. This was the last message received from her. At normal cruising speed she should have arrived at Midway about 31 March 1945. When she was neither sighted nor heard from by 16 April 1945, she was reported as presumed lost, and a year later, the crew was declared dead on 1 April 1946 by the Navy. PO Price is remembered in the Courts of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 31 Mch 1945


Private Gerald D. Reeves

Gerald Dean Reeves born on 17 September 1919 near Beattie, Comanche County, Texas to Lucy Ellen 'Ellsie' Williams(b.1899 Comanche County, Texas-d.1965 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 20 and A. J. 'Jay' Reeves(b.1892 Comanche County, Texas-d.1966 Baytown, Harris County, Texas) Age 27.

1920 census Age 3 months living with his parents at Beattie, Comanche, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, two sisters and two brothers at JP4 Shackelford County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Taylor County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.5 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas and working for W. E. Jones 843 Elm St., Abilene, Texas and listed his father, Mr. A. J. Reeves RFD.5 Abilene, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Gerald D. Reeves asn-18033922 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Taylor County, Texas working as a farmhand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry for the Philippine Department as a private at Dallas, Texas on 14 March 1941. .

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[Army] Private Gerald D. Reeves 18033922 US Army Anti-Tank Company 31st Infantry Regiment. On 8 December 1941, Japanese planes attacked U.S. military installations in the Philippines. The 31st Infantry  covered the withdrawal of American and Philippine forces to the Bataan Peninsula. Unfortunately, the peninsula had not been provisioned with food and medicine and no help could come in from the outside after much of the Pacific fleet was destroyed at Pearl Harbor and mid-ocean bases at Guam and Wake Island were lost. Surrender of the Bataan Defense Force was on 9 April 1942. Most underwent brutal torture and humiliation on the Bataan Death March and nearly three years of captivity. Pvt Reeves died in the Cabanatuan POW camp due to starvation and disease. The cemetery veteran marker has his death dated 16 June 1942 as does the newspapers, while another record has 24 September 1942. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Stag Creek Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas.

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Private First Class Homer H. Reynolds

Homer Henry Reynolds born on 14 August 1915 at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Sidney George Brown(b.1881 Robertson County, Texas-d.1966 Merkel, Taylor County, Texas) Age 34 and John Wesley 'Wes' Reynolds(b.1878 Texas-d.1957 Taylor County, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents, five sisters and a brother in JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents, two sisters, a nephew and a brother in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas. 1935 living in Merkel, JP5 Taylor County, Texas. 1940 census Age 24 living with his parents and a brother in Merkel, JP5 Taylor County, Texas, working as a laborer for the WPA. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Merkel, Taylor County, Texas and working for Joe Seymore Rt.4 Merkel, Texas and listed his friend, Mr. Raymond Thomas Rt.4 Merkel, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Homer H. Reynolds asn-38039007 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Taylor County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 21 February 1941. Married Mollie Kazar on 21 December 1941 in Taylor County, Texas. .

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[Army] Private First Class Homer H. Reynolds 38039007 US Army 155th Field Artillery Battalion 36th Infantry Division. The division first saw action, in the Italian campaign, on 9 September 1943. It was the first U.S. combat unit to fight on the European continent when it landed by sea at Paestum and fought in the Battle of Salerno against intense German opposition. After assisting the 34th Infantry Division in the attack on Cassino and fighting defensively along the Gari River, the severely depleted 36th withdrew from the line in March 1944, for rest and recreation. Pfc Reynolds was killed in action on 18 March 1944 in the vicinity of Cassino, Italy. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

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Corporal Wilburn R. Richey  

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Wilburn Roy Richey born 13 September 1917 near Carlsbad, Tom Green County, Texas to Hattie Marzie Mayfield (b. 1895 Dublin, Erath County, Texas - d. 1970 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) age 22 and Robert Roy Richey (b. 1892 Emory, Rains County, Texas - d. 1988 Vernon, Wilbarger County, Texas) age 25.

1920 Census age 2 living in JP1 Rains County, Texas with his parents and sister. 1930 Census age 13 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in rural Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from the Comanche High School. 1940 Census age 22 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and four sisters, working as a grocery store salesman. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.4 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and working at Higginbotham Bros. Co. in Comanche, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Hattie Richey RFD.4 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Wilburn R. Richey asn-38072669 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a sales clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 13 February 1942. Trained with the Army Medical Dept. and served at Hawaii for over a year. Assigned to Medical Dept at Biloxi, Mississippi before being shipped overseas in 1944 to England then Germany. [nba] .

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[Army] Corporal Wilburn R. Richey 38072669 US Army Medical Dept 62nd Field Hospital located at Eschweiler, Germany. He was driving a medical evacuation vehicle in the vicinity of Eschweiler when his vehicle hit a land mine. Cpl Richey was killed in action on 13 April 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 4 June 1949.

KIA 13 Apr 1945


Sergeant Dale M. Roberts  

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Dale Michael Roberts born 28 September 1923 in Runnels County, Texas to Edna Elete Windham (b. 1895 Brown County, Texas - d. 1967 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 28 and William Warfield Roberts (b. 1888 Texas - d. 1948 Oklahoma) Age 35.

1930 Census age 6 living in Elida, Roosevelt County, New Mexico with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. Graduated from Sidney High School class of 1940. Dale M. Roberts asn-18038413 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Comanche County, Texas working with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Field Artillery as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 14 January 1941. Married Miss Ruby L. Scott (b. 1924 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1998 Azle, Tarrant, Texas) of Sidney, Texas on Saturday 31 July 1943 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. Trained in Ft Sam Houston, Texas and Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Dale M. Roberts 18038413 US Army Service Battery 38th Field Artillery Battalion 2nd Infantry Division. After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Sgt Roberts was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions in Normandy, France. They fought the enemy German forces across France. The 2nd Division took a brief rest 19–26 September 1944 before moving to defensive positions at St. Vith, Belgium on 29 September 1944. The division entered Germany on 3 October 1944 with the objective to attack and seize the Roer River dams. Sgt Roberts was injured while a passenger in a vehicle accident during a combat mission and died of the injuries on 9 November 1944 in southeastern Belgium. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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First Lieutenant Hulan Robertson  

Hulan Robertson born 7 June 1920 in Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas to Mary Ann Clementine 'Clemmie' Gray (b. 1884 Clay County, Alabama - d. 1850 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 36 and Loomis Robertson (b. 1882 Clay County, Alabama - d. 1958 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) age 38.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP7 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Rural Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Comanche High School class of 1939. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters, working as a farmhand. Attended Howard Payne College. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Texas for the draft board of Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Rt.4 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas with a mailing address of 904 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas and being a student working at Eckert-Fair Construction Co. at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas and listed his father, L. Robertson Rt.4 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Attended John Tarleton Agricultural College in Stephenville, Texas. Hulan Robertson asn-18038947 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Erath 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 17 January 1942. Married Fannie Belle Pledger (b. 1917 Tyler, Smith County, Texas - d. 1978 Los Angeles, California) on 3 October 1942 in Midland, Texas. A son Hulan Pledger Robertson (b. 1944 Tyler, Smith County, Texas). Trained in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and Midland, Texas where he was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 15 October 1942, and Big Spring, Texas. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Hulan Robertson O-666082 US Army Air Forces Central 812th Squadron Bombardier Instructor School Big Spring Army Airfield, Howard County, Texas. He was the bombardier instructor aboard Beechcraft AT-11  Trainer 42-37548 out of Big Spring Army Airfield, Texas on 31 January 1944 on a routine training mission to the Fort Worth Army Airfield, Texas, piloted by 2Lt Lewis M McKenzie. The plane, with four crewmen, crashed into the ground fifteen miles west of the Fort Worth Army Airfield. 2Lt McKenzie was killed instantly while the other three were rendered unconscious with injuries. Lt Everett W Erdoesy regained consciousness and went for help. Lt Erdoesy, Lt Robert J Goethe, and Lt Robertson were taken to and admitted in the Fort Worth Army Airfield Hospital. 1Lt Robertson died there on 5 February 1944. His body was shipped to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas with an Army escort. His funeral with military honors was on 7 February 1944 with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas.

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Second Lieutenant Hulbert H. Robertson  

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Hulbert Hugh Robertson born on 13 June 1920 at Comanche County, Texas to Ilena Louisa White(b.1880 Arkansas-d.1964 Comanche County, Texas) Age 40 and James Michael Robertson(b.1878 Comanche County, Texas-d.1965 Comanche County, Texas) Age 43.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and seven siblings in JP4 Fisher County, Texas. 1935 living in Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Sidney High School class of 1937. Enlisted in the US Army Field Artillery as a private in 1938, transferred to the Air Corps in December 1939. 1940 census Age 21 single living in a barracks at Kelly Field, JP6 Bexar County, Texas, as a US Army Air Corps soldier. Married Miss Velma Ruth Stewart of Wilson, Comanche County, Texas in 1941, they had one child. He attended officer candidate schools at Ft Bliss and Camp Bullis then he was accepted as an aviation cadet in January 1942. Received his 2Lt commission and navigator's wings at Hondo, Texas 17 October 1942, and attended bombardier school at Barksdale Airfield, Louisiana. Shipped out to England in April 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Hulbert H. Robertson O-665939 US Army Air Forces 16th Troop Carrier Squadron 64th Troop Carrier Group was the bombardier-navigator onboard B-26C 41-34765  on 4 June 1944 on a long distance ferrying mission from America. The B-26 aircraft was part of a formation on a delivery flight to RAF Saint Eval in Cornwall, travelling via South America, the Ascension Islands and North Africa, when the formation separated due to poor weather and thick fog. The mountain was shrouded in fog and the B-26 crashed into the mountain near St David's, Pembrokeshire, Wales, all four crewmen were killed. 2Lt Robertson was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial at Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England.

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DNB 4 Jun 1943


Private First Class J. B. Rush

J. B. Rush born 22 November 1923 in Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma to Laura Fay Mantooth (b. 1905 Texas - d. 1992 Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma) Age 18 and James Edward Rush (b. 1901 Bell County, Texas - d. 1976 Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma) Age 22.

Married Ineva Lucille Atkinson (b. 1928 Pawhuska, Oklahoma - d. 2002 Roosevelt, Duchesne County, Utah) on 25 February 1943 at Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma and they had a daughter Rose Mary Rush. Grandfather James Felix Rush (b. 1870 Pickens, Alabama - d. 1953 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas) and Grandmother DaDora Jean McCullough (b. 1976 Tate, Mississippi - d. 1938 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas). Registered for the draft at Burbank, Osage County, Oklahoma on 30 June 1943 while living at 10 miles east of Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma with mail address General Delivery Hominy, Oklahoma and working for A. L. Keeler Rt.3 Ponca City, Oklahoma and listed his father, James Edward Rush General Delivery Hominy, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact. J. B. Rush asn-38470241 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1923 residing in Osage County, Oklahoma working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 15 June 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class J. B. Rush 38470241 US Army Company E 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. The division crossed the Rhine on 21 March 1945 and advanced to Hadamar and Limburg an der Lahn, relieving elements of the 9th Armored Division, 28 March 1945. Advancing rapidly in the wake of the 9th Armored, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the Weser at Veckerhagen, 6–7 April 1945, captured Göttingen 8 April 1945. Pfc Rush was killed in action on 8 April 1945 by machine gun fire in the vicinity of Varlosen, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the A. J. Powell Memorial Cemetery at Hominy, Osage County, Oklahoma on Sunday 30 January 1949. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 8 Apr 1945


Storekeeper First Class Petty Officer Robert L. Sawyer

Robert Lee Sawyer born 12 February 1919 in Knox County, Illinois to Georgia Amanda Allen (b. 1879 Meade County, Kentucky - d. 1965) Age 40 and Thomas Franklin Sawyer (b. 1873 Freestone County, Texas - d. 1944 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 46.

1920 Census age 10 months living in Knox County, Illinois with his parents, a sister and a brother. 1930 Census age 11 living in Kern County, California with his parents and a brother. Attended Edna Hill School. 1935 living in Proctor, JP4 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 21 living in Proctor, JP4 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, working as a farmer. Enlisted in the US Navy on 17 July 1940 at Dallas, Texas, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin Sawyer, Proctor, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the US Navy Recruit Station in San Diego, California. On 19 October 1940 he transferred from the US Naval Training Station San Diego on to the USS Sonoma as an able seaman for duty. By 31 December 1941, he had a rating of SK3c aboard the USS Sonoma, on 31 December 1942, he had a rating of SK2c and on 30 June 1943, he had a rating of SK1c and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Franklin Sawyer, P.O.Box 421 Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. [nba] .

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[Navy] Storekeeper First Class Petty Officer Robert L. Sawyer 3563329 US Navy USS Sonoma ATO-12. On 3 September 1943, Sonoma arrived off Lae, New Guinea, to participate in her first combat operation and, in the afternoon, was straddled by four bombs-near misses-and sprayed by shrapnel during a raid by seven Japanese twin-engine bombers. Later on, she cleared the area for Morobe Bay. Sonoma's scrapes with Japanese air power continued through the month of September as she operated in the vicinity of Lae, Papua New Guinea. She came under attack on 12, 21, and 22 September and assisted in shooting down one Japanese aircraft on 12 September 1943. For the remainder of 1943, she operated in and around Buna Harbor, Papua New Guinea. During an authorized swimming call  on 21 October 1943, Petty Officer Sawyer drowned in the waters of Buna Harbor and was not recovered. He was listed as missing, lost at sea. He is remembered on the Walls of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Corporal Edward H. Scott  

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Edward Hulen Scott born on 13 October 1926 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age to Dovie Alice Colcleasure(b.1904 Comanche County, Texas-d.1999 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 22 and Henry Thomas Scott(b.1903 Comanche County, Texas-d.1974 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 23.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 13 living with his parents, three brothers and two sisters at JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 13 October 1944 while living at Downing, Comanche County, Texas with mail address Rt.1 Comanche, Texas and was unemployed at Comanche and listed his father, H. T. Scott Rt.1 Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Edward H. Scott asn-38643652 a single white male born Texas in 1926 residing in Comanche County, Texas working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 3 February 1944. .

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[AirCorps] Corporal Edward H. Scott 38643652 US Army Air Forces 41st Troop Carrier Squadron 317th Troop Carrier Group. During the occupation of Japan, he was killed in a non-battle event, such as an accident, on 12 April 1946 while on active duty. Cpl Scott was buried in a temporary grave until 1948 when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Downing Cemetery at Downing, Comanche County, Texas on 11 January 1949.

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Sergeant Clenon B. Short  

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Clenon Benjiman Short born 24 October 1918 in Comanche County, Texas to Olive Betty Pittman (b. 1895 Pontotoc County, Mississippi - d. 1974 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23 and James Clay Short (b. 1894 Fannin County, Texas - d. 1974 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 24.

1920 Census age 1 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Texas for the local board of Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.1 Gorman, Texas (address out of post office in Eastland County, while house and farm was in JP5 Comanche County) and working at father's farm and listed his father, Mr. J. Clay Short RFD.1 Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Clenon B. Short asn-38081441 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a farmhand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 23 January 1942. [nba] . His brother Curtis's home of record was in Eastland County, Texas.

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[Army] Sergeant Clenon B. Short 38081441 US Army Hq Company 3rd Battalion 47th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division. He was wounded in action on 1 September 1944 and awarded the Purple Heart. From mid-December 1944 through January 1945, the 9th Division held defensive positions from Kalterherberg to Elsenborn. During the Battle of the Bulge, the 47th Regiment served as a cornerstone of American resistance around Eupen, Belgium. Sgt Short was killed in action on 28 January 1945, possibly in the vicinity of Eupen, Belgium, which is about five miles west of the German border. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 21 April 1948. Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA 28 Jan 1945


Staff Sergeant Clifford B. Sisler

Clifford Branson Sisler born on 21 March 1919 at Oldtown, Allegany County, Maryland to Lillian Blanche Hartsock(b.1890 Allegany County, Maryland-d.1933 Allegany County, Maryland) Age 29 and Branson Lee Sisler(b.1887 Hardy County, West Virginia-d.1980 Allegany County, Maryland) Age 32.

1920 census Age 9 months living with his parents, three brothers and two sisters at Allegany County, Maryland. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents, four brothers, five sisters and a niece at Oldtown, Allegany County, Maryland. Attended Oldtown High School. 1935 living in rural Allegany County, Maryland. Enlisted in the US Army on 4 December 1937 and was a member of the 759th Tank Battalion L.C.H. 9 Reserve as a private. 1940 census Age 21 living with the Machine Gun Troop in Camp Clayton, Monterey, Monterey County, California, as a private in the US Army. Clifford B. Sisler asn-06940332 a single white male born Maryland in 1919 residing in Allegany County, Maryland working as a farmhand with one year of high school education reenlisted from regulars in the US Army as a private at Ft Knox, Kentucky on 4 December 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. Married Miss Ima Gene 'Jean' Stevens(b.1925 Comanche County, Texas-d.1958 Sewickley, Allegheny, Pennsylvania) of Comanche, Comanche County, Texas in about 1942. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Clifford B. Sisler 06940332 US Army 747th Tank Battalion with the 29th Infantry Division. Although not part of the initial assault landings for Operation Overlord on 6 June 1944, the first elements of the 747th Tank Battalion landed on Omaha Beach on D+1, 7 June 1944, at 0700. Two platoons of Company C assisted in taking Vierville-sur-Mer by 1300. By afternoon most of battalion had landed and was attached to the 175th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division for an attack on Isigny-sur-Mer. Isigny was taken by 0300 on 9 June 1944. SSgt Sisler was killed in action on 9 June 1944 in the vicinity of Isigny, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oldtown Veterans Cemetery at Oldtown, Allegany County, Maryland.

KIA 9 Jun 1944


Ensign Robert L. Skinner  

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Robert Lee 'Bob' Skinner born on 27 June 1924 at Healdton, Carter County, Oklahoma to Bessie Huffman(b.1897 Comanche County, Texas-d.1969 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 27 and Lofton Skinner(b.1897 Texas-d.1927 Oklahoma) Age 27.

1935 living in Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his mother, a sister, a brother, a sister-in-law and a nephew at JP1 Dallas County, Texas. Graduated from Comanche High School. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 29 June 1942 while living at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas with mail address of c/o Mrs. C. E. Huffman at Hasse, Texas and was unemployed and listed his mother, Mrs Bessie Skinner of Comanche, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 28 July 1942 and listed his mother, Mrs Bessie Lee Skinner of Dallas, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Received his commission in 16 December 1943, and promoted to Ensign on 14 January 1944 at Pensacola, Florida. .

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[Navy] Ensign Robert L. Skinner O-346815 US Navy Reserve 107th Squadron, Carrier Service Unit 27. He was the pilot of a Navy F4F Wildcat fighter plane out of the Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Charlestown, Rhode Island on 22 September 1944 on a routine training mission. He did not return to his home airfield and was reported as missing. Another Navy aircraft, also out of the same base, crashed at the same time on Long Island about one mile south of MacArthur field. It was learned later that Ens Skinner's aircraft, for unexplained reason, had crashed into Long Island Sound and he had drowned inside the plane. His body was recovered on 22 March 1945 and then shipped to Comanche, Comanche County, Texas and buried in the Sardis Cemetery at Comanche County, Texas on Tuesday 27 March 1945.

DNB 22 Sep 1944


Sergeant William J. Slaughter  

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William James Slaughter born on 18 September 1924 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Bertha Irene Sides(b.1897 Comanche County, Texas-d.1995 Texas) Age 27 and William Payne Slaughter(b.1893 Mississippi-d.1952 Comanche County, Texas) Age 31.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and two siblings in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents and a sister in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from De Leon High School and attended John Tarleton Agricultural College at Stephenville, Texas. William J. Slaughter asn-18214549 a white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Comanche County, Texas with a high school education enlisted from the reserves into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 24 February 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant William J. Slaughter 18214549 US Army Air Forces 612th Bombardment Squadron 401st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the tail gunner aboard B-17G 42-39943  out of Deenethorpe Airfield, England on 7 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Berlin, Germany. [MACR 4587 ] The B-17 was hit by enemy flak over the target area and crashed at Hohnebostel, seven miles southeast of Celle, Germany, killing nine of the crewmen. Sgt Slaughter was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on Tuesday 28 June 1949.

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KIA 7 May 1944


Technician Fourth Grade R. C. Smith

R. C. Smith born on 12 February 1922 at Texarkana, Miller County, Arkansas to Annie Alice McKinney(b.1892 Kentucky-d.1953 Arkansas) Age 30 and R. C. Smith(b.1877 North Carolina-d.1927 Arkansas) Age 45.

1930 census Age 8 living with his mother and five siblings at Garland, Miller County, Arkansas. 1935 living in Garland, Miller County, Arkansas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his mother, step-father Ben Yeager and a brother in Garland, Miller County, Arkansas, working as a farmhand. He was a member of the Arkansas National Guard. R. C. Smith asn-20735579 a single white male born Arkansas in 1922 residing in Miller County, Arkansas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education was activated from the National Guard into the US Army Field Artillery as a private at Texarkana, Arkansas on 6 January 1941. Trained with the artillery at Camp Bowie, Brown County, Texas. Married Miss Lois Ripley of Comanche, Texas at Brown County, Texas on 18 September 1942. .

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[Army] Technician Fourth Grade R. C. Smith 20735579 US Army HQ Battery 422nd Field Artillery Battalion. He was a cook and trained with the 422d Field Artillery at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas until March 1943. He was transferred to Ft Sill, Oklahoma in March 1943. He was killed on 15 March 1943 in a car accident 17 miles south of Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma. Sgt Smith's body was shipped to Rondo, Miller County, Arkansas and buried in the Old Rondo Cemetery.

DNB 15 Mch 1943


Private Flem D. Snider  

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Flem D. 'Guy' Snider born 17 May 1920 in Brown, Jefferson County, Oklahoma to Nancy Ann 'Nannie' Robinson (b. 1887 Springtown, Parker County, Texas - d. 1964 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 33 and Henry Joseph Snider (b. 1876 Bledsoe County, Tennessee - d. 1934 Goree, Knox County, Texas) Age 44.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP4 Knox County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and five sisters. 1935 living in Rural Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in De Leon, JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his mother, three brothers and three sisters, working as a laborer at odd jobs. Registered for the draft at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Rt.1 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas, and reported his DOB as 17 May 1919 Jefferson County, Oklahoma, and being unemployed and listed his mother, Mrs. Nancy N. Snider, De Leon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Beatrice Frank (b.1920 Texas-d.1953 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) in Erath County, Texas on 26 October 1940. Flem D. Snider asn-38688942 a married white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a laborer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 22 June 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Flem D. Snider 38688942 US Army 60th Infantry Battalion 9th Armored Division. The 9th Armored Division landed in Normandy late in September 1944, and first went into the line, 23 October 1944. On 7 March 1945, elements of the 9th Armored found that the Ludendorff Bridge was still standing. When German demolition charges failed to bring the bridge down, they crossed it, disarming and removing the remaining charges, which could have exploded at any time. The Division exploited the bridgehead, moving south and east across the Lahn River toward Limburg, where thousands of Allied prisoners were liberated from Stalag XIIA. Private Snider was killed in action on 17 March 1945 possibly in the vicinity of Limburg, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

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KIA 17 Mch 1945


Private Caston W. Stephens

Caston Willard Stephens born 2 April 1915 in Lee County, Texas to Della Lue Neel (b. 1891 Texas- d. 1918 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona) and Lemuel Franklin Stephens (b. 1890 Goldthwaite, Mills County, Texas - d. 1960 Tahoka, Lynn County, Texas). Paternal grandparents Theodocious Courtney Stephens (b. 1857 Titus County, Texas - d. 1946 Comanche County, Texas) and Dicy Allie Lewis (b. 1867 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1962 Gustine, Comanche County, Texas).

His parents had lived in Texas, New Mexico, and in Arizona where his mother died. 1930 Census age 15 living in Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his grandparents Dicie and Courtney Stephens. Married Eura Geraldine 'Gerri' Thetford (b. 1918 Texas - 2012 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) they had a son Denny Caston Stephens (b.1944 Erath County, Texas-d.2018 Dublin, Erath County, Texas). 1935 living in Rural Comanche County, Texas. 1940 Census age 25 living in JP3 Comanche County, Texas with his wife Geraldine, working as a farmer. Registered for the draft at Lamkin, Comanche County, Texas on 15 February 1943 while living at RFD.1 Carlton, Hamilton County, Texas and working for himself and listed his wife, Mrs. Eura Geraldine Stephens RFD.1 Carlton, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Lived in New Mexico at some time. Caston W. Stephens asn-38630099 a married white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Hamilton County, Texas working as a farmer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Caston W. Stephens 38630099 US Army Company B 320th Infantry Regiment 35th Infantry Division. The 35th Infantry Division arrived in England on 25 May 1944 and received further training. It landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy 5–7 July 1944 and entered combat on 11 July 1944, fighting in the Normandy hedgerows north of St. Lo. While en route to an assembly area, the division was flagged off the road, to secure the Mortain-Avranches corridor and to rescue the 30th Division's "Lost Battalion" August 7–13, 1944. Then racing across France through Orleans and Sens, the division attacked across the Moselle on 13 September 1944, captured Nancy on 15 September 1944, and taking a defensive position on 24 September 1944. Pvt Stephens was killed in action on 24 September 1944 by shrapnel from an exploding artillery shell during an enemy barrage in the vicinity of Fresnes, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.

KIA 24 Sep 1944


Second Lieutenant John G. Striplin  

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John Gyle Striplin born on 26 May 1918 at Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Lola Brown(b.1898 Comanche County, Texas-d.1980 Waco, Texas) Age 20 and James Slaughter Striplin(b.1895 Clay County, Alabama-d.1978 Waco, Texas) Age 23.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents at JP4 Hamilton County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents at JP2 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft for Comanche County, Texas at San Marcos, Hays County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while being a student at Southwest Texas Teacher's College and listed his father of Gustine as his next of kin contact. Graduated from SWTTC in San Marcos, Texas. John G. Striplin asn-18024510 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Comanche County, Texas working as a college instructor with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Randolph Field, Texas on 10 January 1942. Married Miss Patsy Jean Wadley of Smithville, Texas in January 1942 at San Marcos, Texas. He graduated from the Air Corps Tarrant Field Combat Bomber Flying School in December 1942, and went on to Alamogorda Army Air Base, Otero County, New Mexico for bombardment training. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant John G. Striplin O-665734 US Army Air Forces 457th Bombardment Squadron 330th Bombardment Group was the pilot aboard B-24E 42-7018  out of Alamogordo Army Air Base, New Mexico on 5 March 1943 on a routine bomber training mission when the bomber exploded and crashed, fifteen miles west of the airfield. All nine crewmen were killed. The body of 2Lt Striplin was shipped to Gustine, Comanche County, Texas for interment in the Evergreen Cemetery. In 1959 the remains of 2Lt Striplin were disinterred and shipped to San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas for reinterment in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on 16 September 1959.

DNB 5 Mch 1943


Sergeant Gerald W. Sturdivant  

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Gerald Wayland Sturdivant born on 18 Aug 1923 near De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Theo Kathleen Allen(b.1905 Alabama-d.1981 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 18 and Willis Hicks Sturdivant(b.1900 Comanche County, Texas-d.1968 Fort Worth, Texas) Age 23.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and a sister in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents, a brother and a sister in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Desdemona High School class of 1940. Married Miss Avis Vera Forrest of Desdemona in 1942. Registered in De Leon, Texas for the draft board at Stephenville, Erath County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working at Rt.3 Gorman, Erath County, Texas and listing his father of Gorman as his next of kin contact. Gerald W. Sturdivant asn-38370979 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Tarrant 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 Abilene, Texas on 10 February 1943.

[AirCorps] Sergeant Gerald W. Sturdivant 38370979 US Army Air Forces 871st Bombardment Squadron 497th Bombardment Group 20th Air Force was the radio operator-gunner aboard the B-29 42-63413 Dixie Darling out of Isely Airfield, Saipan, Marianas Islands on 18 December 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target Mitsubishi aircraft factory at Nagoya, Japan. [MACR 10657 ] The B-29 was last sighted about half way to the target flying over the Pacific Ocean and never seen again. The aircraft and crew were statused as missing for one year plus one day when the War Dept issued a FOD, finding of death, dated 19 December 1945. Sgt Sturdivant is remembered in the Courts of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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Seaman Second Class Petty Officer James A. Summers

James Alfred Summers born on 6 August 1924 at Denton County, Texas to Mary Eva 'Evie' Low(b.1896 Texas-d.1986 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 28 and John Marvin Summers(b.1889 Mesquite, Dallas County, Texas-d.1966 Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Dallas County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in JP5 Dallas County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Dallas County, Texas on 11 December 1942 while living at four miles east of Hutchins, Dallas County, Texas with a mail address of Rt.1 Seagoville, Dallas County, Texas and working at John M. Summers farm near Seagoville and listed his father, John M. Summers of Seagoville, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 20 January 1943 and listed his father, Mr. J. M. Summers, Rt. 2, Seagoville, Texas, as his next of kin contact. He transferred as S2c for duty aboard USS John Penn on 14 June 1943 from NAB Noumea, New Caledonia. .

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[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer James A. Summers 8391091 US Navy USS John Penn APA-23. On 13 August 1943 John Penn  had just finished unloading a cargo of 155-mm ammunition off Lunga Point, Guadalcanal. At 9:20 p.m. she came under attack by enemy torpedo planes. Three minutes later, when the transport took one of the planes under fire, the plane burst into flames and crashed into her mainmast. About that same instant a torpedo from another plane hit the ship. Despite vigorous efforts to save her, John Penn went down stern first at 9:50 p.m. Petty Officer Summers was killed in action on 13 August 1943 during the Japanese attack on Lunga Point and the John Penn. No details are available as to how and when his body was recovered. He is not listed as being aboard on John Penn's muster roll for 9 August 1943, therefore, he was possibly on shore duty. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Stag Creek Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas.

KIA 13 Aug 1943


Private First Class Pablo A. Trujillo

Pablo Andrade Trujillo born 29 June 1914 in Mexico City, Mexico to mother unknown(b. Mexico-d. Texas) and Antonio Trujillo(b. Mexico-d. Bexar County, Texas).

Registered for the draft at Savage, Montana for the local board of Bexar County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 510 Durango St. San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas and working at Burns, Richland County, Montana for Lars Larsen and listed his father, Mr. Antonio Trujillo 510 Durango St. San Antonio, Texas, as his next of kin contact. He was a part owner, with his brother Daniel, of the Trujillo Boot Shop in Comanche, Texas. Pablo A. Trujillo asn-38363723 a single other male born Mexico in 1914 residing in Bexar County, Texas working as a bootmaker with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at San Antonio, Texas in January 1942. Trained at Camp Robinson near Little Rock, Arkansas, in Maryland and at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Pablo A. Trujillo 38363723 US Army 117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division. Landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, on 11 June 1944, five days after the initial D-Day landings of 6 June 1944, secured the Vire-et-Taute Canal, crossed the Vire River on 7 July 1944. Pfc Trujillo was killed in action on 12 July 1944 possibly in the vicinity of Airel, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 15 April 1949.

KIA 12 Jul 1944


Staff Sergeant James A. VanHooser

James Austin VanHooser born on 30 November 1922 in DeKalb County, Tennessee to Mary Emaline 'Mai' Cantrell (b. 1904 DeKalb County, Tennessee - d. 1989 DeKalb County, Tennessee) Age 18 and Lela Doak 'LD' Van Hooser (b. 1902 DeKalb County, Tennessee - d. 1962 Silkeston, Scott County, Missouri) Age 20.

1930 Census age 7 living in DeKalb County, Tennessee with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in Rural DeKalb County, Tennessee. 1940 Census age 17 living in DeKalb County, Tennessee with his parents and a sister. Registered for the draft (with lastname printed and signed as VanHoosier) at DeKalb County, Tennessee on 30 June 1942 while living at RFD.1 Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee and working at Raymon Jones Company in Smithville, DeKalb County, Tennessee and listed his mother, Mrs. Mai Van Hoosier, RFD.1 Smithville, Tennessee, as his next of kin contact. James A. Van Hooser asn-34526848 a single white male born Tennessee in 1922 residing in Putnam County, Tennessee working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Forrest, Tennessee on 1 October 1943. Married Miss Imogean Douglas (b. 1923 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas - d. 2020 Smithville, Tennessee) on 22 May 1944 at Brownwood, Texas. Trained with the 752nd Field Artillery Battalion at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Trained at Camp Campbell, Kentucky, and prepared to depart for the Western Front in late August 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant James A. Van Hooser 34526848 US Army Company C 101st Infantry Regiment 26th Infantry Division. The 26th ID landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach on 7 September 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart on 12 March 1945 for wounds he received prior to that date. The division's drive to the Rhine River jumped off on 13 March 1945, and carried the division through Merzig 17 March 1945. SSgt Van Hooser was wounded in an heroic and couregeous action while attempting to save the life of a comrade on 16 March 1945 in the vicinity of Brutdorf, Germany and he died of those wounds on 16 March 1945. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism and a second Purple Heart. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Webb Cemetery at Dibrell, Warren County, Tennessee. Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart.

DOW 16 Mch 1945


Coxswain Eldon E. Vinson  

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Eldon E. Vinson born 17 February 1925 in Comanche County, Texas to Ida T. Gilder (b. 1897 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1970 DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas) age 24 and James Arthur Vinson (b. 1895 Henderson, Rusk County, Texas - d. 1970 DeLeon, Comanche county, Texas) age 27.

1930 Census age 5 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1935 living same place. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a brother, two sisters and grandmother Margaret Gilder. Registered for the draft at Comanche County, Texas on 20 February 1943 while living at RFD.3 Dublin, Texas and working at the family farm and listed his father, J. A. Vinson RFD.3 Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Eldon E. Vinson nsn-8406159 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Comanche County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas on 2 July 1943, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Arthur Vinson, Rt. 3, Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. [nba] .

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[Army] Coxswain Eldon E. Vinson 8406159 US Navy Reserve. He took part in the invasion of the Philippines. While serving on Leyte Island, his barge was blown up by the enemy Japanese combat forces. He sustained multiple serious burns in the explosion. On 5 January 1945, he was transferred for treatment from the US Navy Base infirmary at Tacloban, Eastern Visayas, P.I. to the LST-464 for transport to the USS Bountiful hospital ship where he was received on 6 January 1945. The Bountiful transported him for treatment to a hospital in Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, about a seven day voyage, where he died of his injuries on 15 January 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 29 June 1948.

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First Lieutenant Romee S. Walker Jr.  

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Romee Sidney Walker Jr. born 1 January 1919 in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Hubbard Allah Bryson (b. 1898 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1997 Austin, Travis County, Texas) age 20 and Romee Sidney Walker Sr. (b. 1892 Homer, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana - d. 1979 Austin, Travis County, Texas) age 26.

1920 Census age 1 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents and twin sister. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP1 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a sister and a brother. Graduated from the Comanche High School class of 1936. Attended the University of Texas at Austin. Romee S. Walker Jr. asn-18024614 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Travis County, Texas being a student with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Randolph Field, Texas on 26 January 1942. Received his commission and navigator wings at Ellington Field, Texas in the spring of 1943. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Romee S. Walker Jr. US Army Air Forces 492nd Bombardment Squadron 7th Bombardment Group 10th Air Force. 1Lt Walker was usually flying in a B-24 bomber as a navigator bombardier having many missions and awards for his bravery. However, the day he was killed, he and Captain David Brown, piloting, were in a Ryan PT-22 41-5306  two seater, with open cockpits, airplane on a non-combat flight. They crashed and were killed on 29 November 1944 near Panagarh, West Bengal, India. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 8 June 1948.

DNB 29 Nov 1944


Technician Third Grade W. C. Watkins

William Crosby Watkins born 7 July 1920 in Newark, Wise County, Texas to Blair Leeper Porter (b. 1884 Wise County, Texas - d. 1972 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 36 and Henry Edgar Watkins (b. 1886 Colbert County, Alabama - d. 1950 Mansfield, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 34.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP3 Dickens County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and three sisters. 1935 living Rural Kent County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Springtown, JP2 Parker County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters, working as a farmhand. Registered (using initials only and stating that place of birth was Newark, Wise County, Texas) for the draft at Springtown, Parker County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at Springtown, Parker County, Texas and working for J. L. Tidwell at Springtown and listed his mother, Mrs. Blair Watkins of Springtown, Texas, as his next of kin contact. W. C. Watkins asn-18081444 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Parker County, Texas working as a retail manager with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 28 April 1942. Married Sylvia Bell Moore (b.1918 Turkey, Hall County, Texas - d. 1 January 1945 Sidney, Comanche County, Texas) on 26 June 1943 at Comanche County, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Third Grade W. C. Watkins 18081444 US Army Medical Detachment Company F 302nd Infantry Regiment 94th Infantry Division. Fresh for the fight, the 94th shifted to the offensive, 14 January 1945, seizing Tettingen and Butzdorf that day. The following day, the Nennig-Berg-Wies area was wrested from the enemy, severe counterattacks followed, and it was at Nennig that the Germans gave the division its nickname "Roosevelt's Butchers" for stacking the dead in houses and along roads and refusing prisoners, lacking the means to guard and transport them. Butzdorf, Berg, and most of Nennig changed hands several times before being finally secured. On 20 January 1945, an unsuccessful battalion attack against Orscholz, eastern terminus of the switch position, resulted in loss of most of two companies. SSgt Watkins was killed in action on 23 January 1945 in the vicinity of Wochern, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Stag Creek Cemetery at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas on 25 August 1948, there with his wife.

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Private Weldon B. Weaver

Weldon Bailey 'Joe' Weaver born on 14 November 1908 at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Lena Elba Arnold(b.1885 Arkansas-d.1942 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 23 and Frank Greene Weaver(b.1876 Alabama-d.1964 University Park, Dallas County, Texas) Age 32.

1920 census Age 10 living with his parents, three brothers and two sisters in Sidney, Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 21 living with his parents, three brothers and three sisters in JP1 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living at JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Married Miss Imogene McDaniel(b.1917 Comanche County, Texas-d.2003 Los Angeles County, California) on 14 April 1936 at Eastland County, Texas, they had two children. 1940 census Age 31 living with his wife and a son at JP1 Comanche County, Texas, working as an over the road truck driver. Registered for the draft at Brownwood, Texas for the local board of Comanche County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Gen.Del. Sidney, Texas (but moved later and address changed to 132 E. Emeirson Ave. Monterey Park, California) and working at Robert L. McKee Construction Co. at Camp Brownwood, Brownwood, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Lena Elby Weaver of Sidney Star Route, Sidney, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Weldon B. Weaver asn-39717157 a married white male born Texas in 1909 residing in Los Angeles County, California working as a truck driver with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Los Angeles, California on 16 November 1943. .

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[Army] Private Weldon B. Weaver 39717157 US Army 328th Infantry Regiment 26th Infantry Division. Landed in France at Cherbourg and Utah Beach on 7 September 1944, but did not enter combat as a division until a month later. Elements were on patrol duty along the coast from Carteret to Siouville from 13 to 30 September 1944. The 328th Infantry saw action with the 80th Infantry Division from 5 to 15 October 1944. The division was then reassigned to XII Corps of Lieutenant General George S. Patton's U.S. Third Army. On 7 October 1944, the 26th relieved the 4th Armored Division in the Salonnes-Moncourt-Canal du Rhine au Marne sector, and maintained defensive positions. The division launched a limited objective attack on 22 October 1944, in the Moncourt woods. On 8 November 1944, the 26th then went on the offensive, along with first all Black tank Battalion, the 761st, who spearheaded the assault. Pvt Weaver was fatally wounded in action on 8 November 1944 and died of the wounds on 9 November 1944 in the vicinity of Dieuze, France. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.

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Sergeant Bob W. Wetzel

Robert Wayne Wetzel born on 25 February 1921 at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas to Dena May 'Denise' Auvenshine(b.1898 Texas-d.1983 Tom Green County, Texas) Age 23 and Charles Ethan Wetzel Sr.(b.1892 Comanche County, Texas-d.1963 Comanche County, Texas) Age 29. (aka Bobby & Bob, went by Bob in the Army. Texas birth certificate by a 1942 affidavit of George C. Wetzel states Robert Wayne Wetzel born 25 February 1921 at Pct.1 Comanche County, Texas, this is the same as the original 1921 version except not named and in city of Comanche).

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents, two brothers and three sisters at San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. Graduated from Comanche High School. 1935 living in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents, three sisters, a brother and his grandmother Matilda Avenshine at Comanche, JP1 Comanche County, Texas. Married Miss Sarah Louise Brewer of Coleman on 14 June 1941 at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Comanche, Texas for the local draft board of Tom Green County, Texas on 20 February 1942 while living at 18 E. 7th St. San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas (with a later address of 312 N. Colorado, Coleman, Texas) and working at Findlater Hdwe Co. San Angelo and listed his father, C. E. Wetzel 2104 N. Oaks, San Angelo, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Bob W. Wetzel asn-38607162 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Tom Green County, Texas working in a funeral home with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Lubbock, Texas on 10 December 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant Bob W. Wetzel 38607162 US Army Air Forces 561 Bombardment Squadron 388 Bombardment Group 8th Air Force. He was the tail gunner on B-17G 42-97105  'Paper Doll' out of RAF Knettishall, England on 7 April 1945 on a combat bombing mission to the target Kaltenkirohen Airfield, Germany. [MACR 13724 ] The formation was attacked by enemy aircraft north of Hanover. Sgt Wetzel's B-17 was hit by an ME-109 which knocked off the right elevator and also the rudder. Five crewmen were able to parachute to German captivity and four other crewmen were killed in the mid-air collision or in the crash. Sgt Wetzel was most likely killed instantly. The crew were listed as missing until January 1946. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 1 July 1949.

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KIA 7 Apr 1945


First Lieutenant Bob M. White  

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Bob Mike White born on 18 February 1920 near Gustine, Comanche County, Texas to Roberta Ann 'Berta' Smith(b.1884 Ladonia, Texas-d.1972 Gustine, Texas) Age 35 and Guy White(b.1879 Gustine, Texas-d.1955 Gustine, Texas) Age 40.

1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and three sisters in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents in JP2 Comanche County, Texas. Married Miss Billye Jo Holland. Bob M. White asn-18038428 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Comanche County, Texas working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 15 January 1941. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Bob M. White O-523103 US Army Air Forces 330th Bombardment Squadron 93rd Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot aboard B-24J 42-99974  out of Hardwick Airfield, England on 18 March 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target at Friedrichshafen, Germany. [MACR 3532] The B-24 took a direct hit by flak on the return to home base. The pilot gave the order to bailout while he did his best to keep the aircraft under control so the crew could get out safely, but they were captured by the enemy Germans. He was unable to get himself out and so he was killed in the crash at southwest of Abbeville, France. 1Lt White was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

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Staff Sergeant Hassell C. Whitefield

Hassell C. Whitefield born on 13 June 1920 at Snyder, Scurry County, Texas to Gertie Alice Steele(b.1897 Comanche County, Texas-d.1955 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 23 and Phylander J. 'P J' Whitefield(b.1883 Putnam County, Tennessee-d.1962 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 37.

1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, four brothers and two sisters at JP4 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Dublin, Erath County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents, four brothers and a sister at JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Erath County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Dublin, Erath County, Texas and working for Bill Gaines as a truck driver in Dublin and listed his mother, Mrs. P. J. Whitefield of Dublin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Hassell C. Whitefield asn-38098557 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Erath 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 10 March 1942. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Hassell C. Whitefield 38098557 Battery A 344th Field Artillery Battalion 90th Infantry Division. With the outbreak of Gerd von Rundstedt's (Army Group A) drive, the Battle of the Bulge, the 90th withdrew to the west bank on 19 December 1944, and went on the defensive until 5 January 1945, when it shifted to the scene of the Ardennes struggle, having been relieved along the Saar River. SSgt Whitefield was fatally wounded during a heroic action on 17 January 1945 in the town of Oberwampach, Luxembourg. A local child had ran out into the street during an artillery barrage and Whitefield seeing him ran to gather him and get him back into shelter. That is when an artillery explosion nearby sent shrapnel flying and fatally wounding both and the child's mother saw it. SSgt Whitefield was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Hanson Cemetery at Comanche County, Texas on 3 September 1948. Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart.

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Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Williams

Thomas Weaver Williams born on 17 September 1921 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Marguerite Jane 'Maggie' Weaver(b.1889 Pontotoc County, Mississippi-d.1973 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 33 and William Hudson 'Will' Williams(b.1876 Dublin, Erath County, Texas-d.1941 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 46.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in Abilene, Justice Precinct 1, Taylor County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters in Abilene, Justice Precinct 1, Taylor County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at 602 Meander Street, Abilene, Texas and attending University of Texas in Austin and listed his mother, Mrs. W. H. Williams 602 Meander Street, Abilene, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Thomas W. Williams asn-18104430 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Travis County, Texas being a student with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 9 April 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Thomas W. Williams O-802816 US Army Air Forces 99th Bombardment Squadron 9th Bombardment Group. He was the pilot aboard B-17 42-40038  out of Brooksville Army Airfield, Florida on 13 January 1944 on a routine training mission. When his B-17 was 10 miles southwest of Brooksville he was collided headon by B-17 42-31733 and crashing to the ground. Nine airmen total were killed including 2Lt Williams. His body was shipped by train to Abilene, Texas for the funeral on Wednesday 19 January 1944 with burial and military honors in the De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas.

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