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Flight Officer J. B. Ames  

J. B. Ames (aka James B. Ames) born 29 August 1923 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Frona Alma Carr(b.1899 Erath County, Texas-d.1970 Ranger, Texas) Age 24 and James Berton Ames(b.1895 Ranger, Texas-d.1937 Ranger, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and stepsister in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living in US Army tentage as a private with Company M 38th Infantry in Bexar County, Texas. Transfered to the Air Corps 3 July 1940. Flying schools in Waco and then Lubbock, Texas where he married Miss Deane Stevens on 1 January 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer J. B. Ames T-121294 US Army Air Forces 477th Bombardment Squadron 335th Bombardment Group was the pilot of Piper L-4A 42-36650 out of Barksdale Army Airfield, Louisiana on 9 August 1943 with one passenger on a routine flight. When six miles north of the airfield at an altitude of about 800 feet, F/O Ames lost controls and the plane dove straight into the ground killing both occupants but it did not burn. F/O Ames' body was shipped to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.

DNB 9 Aug 1943


Technician Fifth Grade James V. Alvey

James Vestal Alvey born on 19 August 1914 at Carbon, Eastland County, Texas to Lula Beatrice Wyatt(b.1887 Morgan County, Alabama-d.1989 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 27 and John Wesley 'Johnny' Alvey Sr.(b.1880 Bosque County, Texas-d.1975 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 34.

James was born and raised in Eastland County, Texas, his father was in Eastland County, Texas on the 1900 & 1940 censuses and in both WW1 & WW2 drafts. Registered for the draft at Breckenridge, Summit County, Colorado on 16 October 1940 while living at Montezuma, Summit County, Colorado and working at Montana Miners Trust Co., Pennsylvania Mine, Montezuma, Colorado and listed his father, Mr. John Wesley Alvey Rt.4 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James V. Alvey asn-38009787 a single white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a manager with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private in Colorado on 21 October 1941. .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade James V. Alvey 38009787 US Army 1st Battalion 13th Armored Regiment 1st Armored Division. The division was as part of the Allied invasion of Northwest Africa, Operation Torch, on 8 November 1942. The division drove on Maknassy on 20 March 1943, and fought the Battle of Djebel Naemia on 22–25 March 1943, and then fought to break through positions barring the road to Gabès between 29 March and 1 April 1943. It followed up on the withdrawing German forces on 6 April 1943 and attacked towards Mateur on 27 April 1943. The Allied counter strike culminated at the Battles of El Guettar and Mateur, where tankers from 13th Armor showed the Germans that they had learned from their early mistakes, and were capable of fighting, and winning against the best. Tec5 Alvey was killed in action on 23 April 1943 in the vicinity of Mateur, Tunisia. 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 1 July 1948. Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA 23 Apr 1943


Staff Sergeant Aaron Anderson  

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Aaron Anderson born on 9 March 1915 at Moline, Lampasas County, Texas to Mary Elizabeth Baker(b.1871 Arkansas-d.1938 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 44 and Hadden Anderson(b.1867 Bell County, Texas-d.1930 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 48.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents, four brothers and two sisters in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and four brothers in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in JP2 Lampasas County, Texas. 1940 census Age 25 living with his brother Ed, sister-in-law Ivera, their son and Ivera's mother in JP2 Lampasas County, Texas. Aaron Anderson asn-20806051 a divorced white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with two years of college education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at the Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. Married Norma Jean Tucker(b.1923 Falls County, Texas-d.1987 Bell County, Texas) on 1 April 1941 in Brown County, Texas. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Aaron Anderson 20806051 142nd Infantry Regiment 36 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. Between 15 November and 31 December 1943, the 36th Division captured Mount Maggiore, Mount Lungo, and the village of San Pietro, Italy despite strong enemy positions and severe winter weather. This was a grueling campaign, in which SSgt Anderson was killed in heroic action against the enemy Axis forces on 18 December 1943 in the vicinity of San Pietro, 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. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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KIA 18 Dec 1943


Ensign James C. Anderson  

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James Calhoun Anderson born 8 November 1911 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Maude Calhoun(b.1888 Texas-d.1961 Cisco, Texas) Age 23 and James T. Anderson(b.1884 Rising Star, Texas-d.1955 Cisco, Texas) Age 27.

1920 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 18 living with his parents and siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, unemployed. Graduated from Southern Methodist University and lawyered with his cousin in Fort Worth. 1935 living in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas. 1940 census Age 28 living as a boarder in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, private practice lawyer. Registered for the draft at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and working at James & Conner in the Waggoner Bldg and listed his mother, Mrs. Maude Anderson of 300 W.5th St., Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James C. Anderson entered as an Ensign into the US Navy at Fort Worth in August 1942. Trained at Treasure Island near San Francisco and listed his father, Mr. James T. Anderson, 300 W. 5th St., Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Navy] Ensign James C. Anderson O-141509 US Navy SS George Thatcher. At 20.04 hours on 1 November 1942 the George Thatcher (Master Henry Olin Billings) on her maiden voyage was torpedoed by U-126 about 100 miles off the west coast of Africa, while proceeding under escort by two Free French corvettes at 8.2 knots. Ens Anderson date of loss 1 November 1942 missing later declared dead, 2 November 1943. He is remembered on the Talbets of the Missing in the  North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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KIA MIA 1 Nov 1942


Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Roy L. Ayers  

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Roy Lee Ayers born on 13 December 1921 at Eastland County, Texas to Mae Blackburn(b.1886 Texas-d.1969 Cisco, Texas) Age 35 and E E Ayers(b.1883 Emory, Texas-d.1952 Cisco, Texas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and a sister in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living at and working at hotel as bellman in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas with three years of high school education. Enlisted in the US Navy on 7 June 1940 at Dallas, Texas and listed his father, Mr. E. E. Ayers, 1010 E. 10th St., Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Naval Air Station, San Diego, California. January 1941 transferred to the USS Yorktown. February 1941 tranferred to the Torpedo Squadron Five for duty. .

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[Navy] Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Roy L. Ayers 3562902 US Navy Torpedo Squadron Four USS Yorktown CV-5, Marshall-Gilbert raids, location Marshall Islands. Aircraft from Task Force 17, commanded by Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher and centered on the carrier USS Yorktown, attacked Jaluit, Mili, and Makin (Butaritari) islands on 1 February 1942. The Yorktown aircraft inflicted moderate damage to the Japanese naval installations on the islands and destroyed three aircraft. Seven Yorktown aircraft were lost, 4 TBD Devastators, 3 SBD Dauntlesses. Petty Officer Ayers, aboard one of the aircraft, was missing, date of loss 1 February 1942 later declared dead 26 November 1945. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 1 Feb 1942


Second Lieutenant William C. Baker

William John Baker (aka William Charles Baker) born 11 September 1918 in Michigan to Lillian L.(b.1898 Tennessee-d. ) Age 20 and William J. Baker(b.1893 England-d. ) Age 26.

1920 census (William J) Age 1 living with his parents in Ann Arbor, Washtenaw County, Michigan. 1930 census (William J) Age 11 living with his parents and three siblings in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan. 1935 living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census (William J) Age 21 living with his wife Helen (Helen Best) and working as a warehouseman of oilfield supplies in JP2 Shackelford County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Albany, Shackelford County, Texas on 16 October 1940 (started to register as William John Baker and signed the card as W. J. Baker, but changed the middle name to Charles) and listed his wife as next of kin, Mrs. William John Baker. William C. Baker asn-17073756 a married white male born Michigan in 1918 residing in Hamilton County, Illinois working as a warehouseman of oilfield supplies with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at St. Louis, Missouri on 20 July 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant William C. Baker O-685189 US Army Air Forces a flying instructor aboard AT-10BH 42-2103  with aviation cadet Archie Pack out of Ellington Airfield, Houston, Texas on 25 Feb 1944 on a routine training mission crashed at 38 miles northeast of Ellington Airfield near Raywood, Liberty County, Texas killing both occupants. 2Lt Baker's remains were shipped to Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and interred in the Oakwood Cemetery.

DNB 25 Feb 1944


Private First Class John H. Barbee  

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John Henry Barbee born on 5 November 1921 at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas to Euna Estelle Pulley(b.1898 Eastland County, Texas-d.1970 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23 and Joseph Hayden 'Hade' Barbee(b.1894 Oklahoma-d.1986 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents, a brother and a sister in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at RFD2 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at RFD2 Gorman, Texas for himself and listed his father, Mr. J.H. Barbee, as his next of kin contact. John H. Barbee asn-38228328 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland 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 12 September 1942. Married Miss Verna Louise Anderson(b.1923 Washington-d.1989 Washington) on 27 October 1944 in Pierce County, Washington and they had a daughter Joan L. Barbee. .

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[Army] Private First Class John H. Barbee 38228328 60th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division. At the end of January 1945 the 9th drove across the Roer to the Rhine River, crossing it at Remagen, Germany on 7 March 1945. They then helped with the sealing and clearing of the Rhur Pocket as well as engaging in the Harz Mountains. On 26 March 1945, Pfc Barbee was riding in a jeep which drove over an anti-tank mine and he was killed in the explosion. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

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KIA 26 Mch 1945


Staff Sergeant Oscar C. Barnhill  

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Oscar Clinton Barnhill born 6 June 1918 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Mary Jeane Hibbert(b.1891 Cisco, Texas-d.1987 Cisco, Texas) Age 27 and Samuel Oscar Barnhill(b.1897 Baird, Texas-d.1973 Cisco, Texas) Age 21.

1920 census Age 1 living with his parents and a brother in Moran, Shackelford County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and four siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living as a lodger and working as a waiter in a cafe in Midland, JP1 Midland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin, an aviation student at Cisco Junior College. Married between 1940 and 1942, Miss Dan W. maiden-name unknown. Oscar C. Barnhill asn-38135277 a married white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a waiter with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private in Abilene, Texas on 5 August 1942.

[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Oscar C. Barnhill 38135277 US Army Air Forces 720th Bombardment Squadron 450th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was a gunner aboard B-24H 42-78185 out of Manduria Airfield, Italy on 5 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to target the marshalling yards at Ploesti, Romania. [MACR 3951 ] About ten minutes before reaching the target the B-24 was attacked by a flight of enemey fighter planes which set the flight deck and bomb bays on fire. Two of the crew were able to bailout and survived while the remainder of the crew were killed in the aerial explosion of the B-24. SSgt Barnhill's remains were buried in a temporary grave there until after the war and then repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.

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KIA 5 Apr 1944


Private James C. Bentley

James Carter Bentley born 3 October 1924 Putnam, Callahan County, Texas to Bertha Viola Reid (b. 1897 Putman, Texas - d. 1992 Cross Plains, Texas) age 27 and Steward Bentley (b. 1898 Texas - d. 1973 Cross Plains, Texas) age 26.

1930 Census Age 5 living in Callahan County, Texas with parents, one brother and two sisters. 1935 living in Callahan County, Texas. 1940 Census Age 15 living in Callahan County, Texas with parents and two sister. Graduate of Scranton High School. Registered for the draft in Baird, Callahan County, Texas on 11 December 1942 and listed his father, Stewart Bentley of Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James married Miss Billie Joyce Brasher on 24 April 1943 in Callahan County, Texas, had one son. Enlistment date 13 September 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private James C. Bentley 38635002 US Army 382nd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division was in battle against enemy Japanese forces on Okinawa Island, Japan on 10 May 1945 when he was killed in action. Pvt Bentley was buried in a temporary grave somewhere in the south Pacific and was repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Scranton Cemetery at Scranton, Eastland County, Texas on 6 May 1949.

KIA 10 May 1945


Private First Class Jesse W. Bisbee  

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Jesse Walter Bisbee born on 22 November 1918 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Annie Effie Connell(b.1881 Edwards County, Texas-d.1954 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 37 and Elmer Myron Bisbee(b.1885 Erie County, Pennsylvania-d.1966 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 33. (Birth year was 1918 on Texas Birth Certificate, and he stated 1919 on his draft card).

1930 census Age 11 living with his parents, two brothers and a sister in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at CCC Camp, San Antonio, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Rt.4 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and working at the Civilian Conservation Corps Co. 3804, Camp MA-4-T in San Antonio and listed his mother, Mrs. Anne E. Bisbee Rt.4 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Jesse W. Bisbee asn-18007497 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a cook with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Dallas, Texas on 20 November 1940. .

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[Army] Private First Class Jesse W. Bisbee 18007497 US Army Company E 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division. The men of the 502nd moved north with the rest of the 101st to take hold of defensive positions on 'The Island', southwest of Arnhem. It was here that the 101st would fight some of its toughest battles during its time in the Netherlands. The 502nd was in reserve near Dodewaard, where action was limited to patrolling. Some losses were sustained there, mainly from landmines such as the German mercury tilt and Riegle mines. Pfc Bisbee was killed in action on 24 October 1944 southwest of Arnhem, Netherlands. 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 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 24 Oct 1944


Private First Class John L. Bow

John Lee Bow born 17 April 1924 in Frankell, Stephens County, Texas to Leona Verna Philo (b. 1903 Portage, Wood County, Ohio - d. 1977 Mclean, Gray County, Texas) Age 21 and Leo Taylor Bow (1891 Burksville, Kentucky - d. 1961 Waco, McClennan County, Texas) Age 33.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP8 Stephens County, Texas with his parents and he is listed as an adopted son. 1935 living in JP8 Stephens County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP8 Stephens County, Texas with his parents. Graduated from the Caddo High School class of 1940. Graduated from the John Tarleton Agriculturial College class of 1942. Registered for the draft at Amarillo, Texas for the Local Board at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt.3 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and working at the Pantex Plant in Amarillo and listed his father, Mr. Leo T. Bow, Route 3 Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Entered the University of Texas in September 1942. John L. Bow asn-18232707 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Stephens County, Texas working with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Reserve as a private at Austin, Texas on 11 December 1942. Activated for Army service in the late spring of 1943. Received specialized training for the Corps of Engineers at the University of Arkansas and the Texas Technological College of Lubbock, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class John L. Bow 18232707 US Army 12th Armored Division. The division was attached to the Third Army under General George S. Patton, Jr., on 17 March 1945 through its crossing of the Rhine on 28 March 1945. The soldiers were ordered to remove their identifying unit insignias and vehicle markings were painted over, disguising the fact that Patton had an additional tank division under his command. Thus the 12th was given the nickname the "Mystery Division". The attack resumed on 18 March 1945. In a quick drive to the Rhine, Ludwigshafen fell on 21 March 1945. Pfc Bow was killed in action on 19 March 1945 in the vicinity of Ludwigshafen, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on Saturday 27 December 1948.

KIA 19 Mch 1945


Second Lieutenant Ralph R. Boyvey

Ralph Raymond Boyvey born on 17 July 1914 at Anthon, Woodbury County, Iowa to Hulda Sofia Sandberg(b.1874 Sweden-d.1936 Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa) Age 40 and Melech Ele Boyvey(b.1876 Iowa-d.1946 Iowa) Age 38.

1920 census Age 5 living with his parents, two sisters and two brothers in Kedron Township, Woodbury County, Iowa. 1925 Iowa census Age 10 living with his parents, a brother and three sisters in Boone, Boone County, Iowa. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and a sister in Des Moines Township, Boone County, Iowa. Graduated fron the Boone High School and worked as an aircraft mechanic at the Des Moines airport where he was first trained as a pilot. Trained and Instructed at the Uvalde, Texas Flight School. Registered for the draft at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 412 Gholson Hotel Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and working at Ranger Flying Service and listed his sister, Mrs. Edward E. Mack 2876 Clyborne Ave., Chicago, Illinois, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Mary Rose O'Neil(b.1920 Fort Worth, Texas-d.2012 Austin, Texas) at Eastland County in 1941. Enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in June 1942 and listed his wife, Mrs. Mary Boyvey 928 Vitalions, Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Lt and Mrs. Boyvey had a son James Lee Boyvey(b.1942 Texas-d.1965 Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas in auto crash). .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Ralph R. Boyvey US Army Air Forces 51st Ferry Squadron 1st Operational Training Unit Rosecrans Field, also called St. Joseph Army Air Field, at Rosecrans Memorial Airport. The Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command took over the field on July 6, 1942. It became the home for the 1st Operational Training Unit. 2Lt Boyvey was aboard the B-25D 41-29837  out of Rosecrans Airfield on 15 February 1943 on a routine training mission. Instructor in-charge Captain Patrick O'Drago reported they were on instrument approach to the Columbia airport when 18 miles northwest of the airport engine failure caused the plane to crash. Five of the six aboard were able to bail out to safety, but 2Lt Boyvey perished in the crash and burned one mile west of Harrisburgh, Missouri. 2Lt Boyvey's body was shipped to Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa and interred in the Glendale Cemetery on Friday 19 February 1943.

DNB 15 Feb 1943


Staff Sergeant Harold D. Bray  

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Harold David Bray born on 12 October 1916 at Gibtown, Jack County, Texas to Nellie Whitaker(b.1887 Boonesville, Wise County, Texas-d.1968 Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas) Age 29 and Samuel David Bray(b.1884 Madison County, Georgia-d.1970 Perrin, Jack County, Texas) Age 32.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents, a brother and a sister in JP2 Jack County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents , a brother and a sister in JP2 Jack County, Texas. 1935 living in Perrin, JP2 Jack County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and a brother in Perrin, JP2 Jack County, Texas, working in the NYA school project as a painter. Married Miss Maydell Mace on 18 September 1940 at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, and they had two children. Harold D. Bray asn-20806020 a married white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a welder with four years of high school education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a corporal at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940, listed his wife, Mrs. May D. Bray 919 Blackwell Rd, Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in Camp Bowie at Brownwood, Texas and in Louisiana before going overseas in April 1943. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Harold D. Bray 20806020 US Army Company I 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. Between 15 November and 31 December 1943, the 36th Division captured Mount Maggiore, Mount Lungo, and the village of San Pietro, Italy despite strong enemy positions and severe winter weather. This was a grueling campaign. Hospitalized for a combat injury in February 1944, due to a fall. The division arrived by sea at the Anzio beachhead on 22 May 1944, to take part in Operation Diadem, with the breakout from the beachhead commencing the following day. It drove north to capture Velletri on 1 June 1944. The drive in which SSgt Bray was killed in heroic action against the enemy German forces on 31 May 1944 in the vicinity of Velletri, 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 Perrin Memorial Garden at Perrin, Jack County, Texas on 22 August 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 31 May 1944


Private Billy J. Brown

Billy Jordan Brown born on 5 June 1923 at Wayland, Stephens County, Texas to Lettie A. Hodges(b.1889 Stephens County, Texas-d.1959 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 34 and Edgar 'Buck' Brown(b.1884 Robertson County, Texas-d.1957 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 39.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and two sisters in JP1 Stephens County, Texas. 1935 living in Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents in Wayland, JP5 Stephens County, Texas. Graduated from the Colony High School class of 1941. Registered for the draft at Tarrant County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 1829 Sixth Ave. Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas and working at Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in Fort Worth and listed his brother, Eddie Brown 1106 W. Richmond Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Billy J. Brown asn-38685855 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Tarrant County, Texas working as a machinist with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 25 April 1944. .

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[Army] Private Billy J. Brown 38685855 US Army Company B 304th Infantry Regiment 76th Infantry Division. The 304th Infantry plus a Division Headquarters party sailed on the SS Brazil. The 304th reached Southampton, England on 4 December 1944, where it received additional training. It landed at Le Havre, France, 12 January 1945, and proceeded to the Limesy concentration area. The 76th Division moved to Beine east of Reims and then to Champlon, Belgium, 23 January 1945, to prepare for combat. Relieving the 87th Division in defensive positions along the Sauer and Moselle Rivers in the vicinity of Echternach, Luxembourg, 25 January 1945, the 76th sent out patrols and crossed the Sauer, 7 February 1945, and breached the Siegfried Line in a heavy assault. Pvt Brown was killed in action on 7 February 1945 in the vicinity of Newel, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 23 April 1949.

KIA 7 Feb 1945


Corporal Ocie E. Brown  

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Ocie Edward Brown born on 17 May 1915 at Scranton, Eastland County, Texas to Beulah Viola Anglin(b.1877 Comanche County, Texas-d.1971 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36 and David Franklin Brown(b.1877 Tennessee-d.1945 Eastland County, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents, four brothers and two sisters in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 14 living with his parents, one brother and two sisters in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Monahans, Ward County, Texas for the local board of Lea County, New Mexico on 16 October 1940 while living at Box 294 Jal, Lea County, New Mexico and working at The Texas Oil Company in Midland, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Beulah Anglin Brown Route.4 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Ocie E. Brown asn-38012542 a married white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Lea County, New Mexico working in production of petroleum with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Santa Fe, New Mexico on 3 April 1941. .

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[Army] Corporal Ocie E. Brown 38012542 US Army Battery H 200th Coast Artillery Regiment Coast Artillery Corps. Following infantry training, he was deployed to the Philippine Islands, and based at Fort Stotsenburg, Luzon Island. He served as a member of Battery H in the 200th Coastal Artillery Regiment , the harbor defenses of Manila and Subic Bays. His unit participated in the battle of the Philippines, the conquest of the Philippine Islands by the Imperial Japanese army and naval forces 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942. While retreating to the Bataan peninsula, he was captured on 9 April 1942 during the ensuing Battle of Bataan. As a prisoner, his captors subjected him to participate in the "Bataan Death March", incarcerated at the prisoner of war camp O'Donnell, Luzon Island. Pfc Brown was reported as dead on 1 June 1942, most likely from starvation and disentery. 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 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

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Private First Class Morace C. Browning

Morace Comer Browning born on 21 July 1918 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Jewell Barton (b. 1900 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1984 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 18 and Horace Allen Browning (b. 1898 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1974 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 20.

1920 census Age 1 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and his maternal grandfather. 1930 census Age 11 living in Lemoore, Kings County, California with his parents and a brother. He was graduated from Selma Union High School class of 1936. Selma is in Fresno County, California being north of Los Angeles. He attended the Compton Junior College 1936 to 1937 where he met Fae Bynum. He married Miss Fae E. Bynum on 13 October 1938 in Compton, California. 1940 census Age 21 living in Downey, Los Angeles County, California with his wife and their 4 month old son Allen, and working at an automobile factory as an assemblyman with one year of college education. At the age of 22, he registered for the selective service draft in Compton, California on 16 October 1940 while residing at 1623 Marcelle Street, Compton, Los Angeles County, California while working at General Motors in South Gate, California and listed his mother, Mrs. Jewel Browning at same address as his next of kin contact. At the age of 25, Morace C. Browning asn-39590167 a married white male born 1918 in Texas residing in Los Angeles County, California working as a farm hand with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft MacArthur, San Pedro, California on 17 June 1944. Possibly received his basic training at Fort Bragg, NC before he was sent to Europe as replacement for the 60th Infantry Battalion about January 1945. .

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[Army] Private First Class Morace C. Browning 39590167 US Army 60th Infantry Battalion 9th Armored Division. After over two years of training throughout the country the 9th Armored Division, now commanded by Major General John W. Leonard, reached the United Kingdom in September 1944. When the Germans launched their winter offensive on 16 December 1944, the 9th, with no real combat experience, suddenly found itself engaged in heavy fighting. The Division saw its severest action at St. Vith, Echternach, and Bastogne, Belgium, its units fighting in widely separated areas. Its stand at Bastogne held off the Germans long enough to enable the 101st Airborne Division to dig in for a defense of the city. After a rest period in January 1945, the Division prepared to drive across the Roer River. The offensive was launched on 28 February 1945 and the 9th crossed the Roer to Rheinbach, Germany sending patrols into Remagen. On his first day in battle, Pfc Browning was killed in action 1 March 1945 in the vicinity east of the Roer River and Soller, Germany. His remains were recovered and reinterred in the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial at Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liège, Belgium.

KIA 1 Mch 1945


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Leland H. Bryan  

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Leland Howard Bryan born on 10 March 1922 at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Zesta Alberta Hampton(b.1895 Boone County, Arkansas-d.1968 Gorman, Texas) Age 28 and William Howard Bryan(b.1893 Hamilton County, Texas-d.1961 Gorman, Texas) Age 29.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and two brothers in Graham, Young County, Texas. Lived in north Comanche County and rode the school bus to the Gorman school. Enlisted in the US Navy on 10 April 1940 and listed his Mother, Mrs. Ersta Pittman, Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Leland H. Bryan 3562694 US Navy USS Arizona BB-39, location Hawaiian Islands, was moored at Battleship Row berth F 7 in Pearl Harbor with USS Vestal AR-4 alongside. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Arizona  was targeted by Japanese aircraft. Arizona's crew totaled 1,512. Shortly after 08:00 7 December 1941, a B5N1 Kate from Kaga at high altitude dropped a bomb that hit the side of the no. 4 turret and glanced off into the deck below, starting a small fire but causing minimal damage. At 08:06 7 December 1941, an armor piercing bomb dropped by a B5N1 Kate from Hiryu hit between and to port of gun turrets no. 1 and no. 2. The bomb exploded and detonated the forward ammunition magazine causing an explosion that destroyed the forward part of the vessel. In total, 1,177 of Arizona's crew died, approximately half of the lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu making the Arizona the largest loss of life. Petty Officer Bryan is remembered in the USS Arizona Memorial and the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 7 Dec 1941


Staff Sergeant Charlie G. Buntin  

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Charlie Grady Buntin born 3 September 1917 in Graham, Young County, Texas to Sallie Bell Lee (b. 1890 Erath County, Texas - d. 1934 Eastland County, Texas) Age 27 and John Walter Buntin (b. 1882 Mississippi - d. 1940 Eastland County, Texas) Age 35. He goes by his middle name, Grady Buntin.

1920 Census age 2 living in JP1 Young County, Texas with his parents and four brothers. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP8 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers, two sisters and grandmother Mary Lee. Attended Alameda High School. 1935 living in Olden, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 23 living in JP8 Eastland County, Texas with his father, two brothers and a sister, working as a cook for the CCC project. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.3 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at Alton Watson Trucking and listed his sister, Mrs. S. T. Capers Box 220 Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Charlie G. Buntin asn-38036347 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 21 January 1941. Married Eva Merl Skiles on 1 April 1942, and they had a daughter Pamela Marie Buntin(b.1943 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas-d.1993 Tamaqua, Pennsylvania). [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Charlie G. Buntin 38036347 US Army Headquarters Company 36th Infantry Division. The 36th Division landed in French North Africa on 13 April 1943. In mid-November 1943, captured Mount Maggiore, Mount Lungo, and the village of San Pietro despite strong enemy positions and severe winter weather. This grueling campaign against the Bernhardt Line was marked by futile attempts to establish a secure bridgehead across the Gari River, erroneously identified as the Rapido on 1 January to 8 February 1944. The division attacked across the Gari River on 20 January but was harshly repulsed by the 15th Panzergrenadier Division, and the 141st and 143rd Infantry Regiments were virtually destroyed and the attack was stopped on 22 January 1944. Before the fight was stopped, SSgt Buntin was killed in action on 22 January 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 Alameda Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 15 March 1949.

KIA 22 Jan 1944


Staff Sergeant J. W. Burns  

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J. W. Burns born 9 April 1923 in Acme, Hardeman County, Texas to Olive Hester McMinn (b. 1896 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1989 Snyder, Scurry County Texas) age 26 and William Raymond Burns (b. 1890 Logansport, DeSota Parish, Louisiana - d. 1972 Snyder, Scurry County, Texas) age 32.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP2 Stephens County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in Rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and a sister. Graduate of Olden High School. Registered for the draft at Brown County, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Box 10 Olden, Eastland County, Texas and working at Camp Bowie in Brownwood for C.H. Ruebeck Company and listed his father, W. R. Burns Box 10 Olden, Texas, as his next of kin contact. He attended Abilene Christian College in the fall of 1942. J. W. Burns asn-38370385 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas in 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant J. W. Burns 38370385 US Army Company C 58th Armored Infantry Battalion 8th Armored Division. On 27 February 1945, 58th AIB mounted an offensive attack from the Maas River, north of Maastrich, Netherlands. SSgt Burns was killed in action 27 February 1945 during an ambush by some concealed German troops. His platoon had walked into a trap. He was shot in the back by one of the Germans. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were reinterred in the  Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands on 20 January 1949.

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KIA 27 Feb 1945


Private Claude P. Butler

Claude Parmley Butler born on 18 March 1910 at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Nancy Cordelia 'Nannie' McGlothin(b.1877 Arkansas-d.1953 Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas) Age 33 and Henry David Butler(b.1866 Mississippi-d.1926 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 44.

1930 census Age 20 living on Pecan Street with his mother and a brother in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, working as a laborer on a pipe line. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Married Miss Edna Emma Helmke(b.1912 Texas-d.1991 Guadalupe County, Texas), they had a son Jimmie Claude Butler(b.1939 Bexar County-d.2013 Bexar County). 1940 census Age 30 living at 504 Arthur St. with his wife Edna and his son Jimmie in Area E, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas, working as a wholesale grocery truck driver. Registered for the draft at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 504 Arthur San Antonio, Texas and working at Bird & Shankle Corp. 931 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas and listed his brother-in-law, Mr. Werner Gerhardt 805 Essex San Antonio, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Claude P. Butler asn-38561358 a married white male born Texas in 1910 residing in Bexar County, Texas working as a public servant policeman with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 6 January 1944. .

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[Army] Private Claude P. Butler 38561358 US Army Infantry. He received 17 weeks of training at Camp Wolters, Mineral Wells, Texas before being sent overseas. He was wounded in action in a battle in France and he died of his wounds on 14 September 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 Mission Burial Park South at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 18 April 1949.

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Technician Fifth Grade Sidney W. Claborn  

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Sidney Ward Claborn born 28 June 1919 in Okra, Eastland County, Texas to Lessie James House (b. 1887 Sabastian County, Arkansas - d. 1976 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) age 31 and Otho Marvin Claborn (b. 1878 Byrdstown, Pickett County, Tennessee-d. 1957 Okra, Eastland County, Texas) age 40.

1920 census Age 9 months living with his parents, four brothers and a sister in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, four sisters and a brother in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Attended Okra High School for two years. 1935 living in JP2 Rusk County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his brother A. Clyde and his brother's wife Austice and three cousins in JP2 Rusk County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Okra, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Okra, Eastland County, Texas and working for himself and listed his father, Mr. Otho Marvin Claborn Okra, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Sidney W. Claborn asn-38131920 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 9 April 1942. Married Violette Hansen (b. 1922 Wisconsin - d. 2005 Perris, Riverside County, California) on 24 August 1943 in California, they had a daughter Sandra Lee Claborn. Trained in Camp Howze, Texas and in California.

[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Sidney W. Claborn 38131920 Hq Company 2nd Battalion 410th Infantry Regiment 103rd Infantry Division. The division arrived at Marseilles, France, 20 October 1944. The 103d's offensive began, 15 March 1945. Crossing the Moder and Zintzel rivers and taking Muehlhausen against sharp opposition, the division moved over the Lauter river and penetrated the defenses of the Siegfried Line. Cpl Claborn was killed in action on 17 March 1945 in the vicinity of Muehlhausen, 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.

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KIA 17 Mch 1945


Second Lieutenant Earnest C. Cleveland  

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Earnest Clyde Cleveland born on 21 June 1924 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Lou Ella Parmer(b.1891 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas-d.1967 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 33 and Grover Stewart Cleveland(b.1888 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas-d.1962 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents, one sister and seven brothers in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents and six brothers in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 1230 Proctor, Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas and working at Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Texas and listed his father, Mr Grover S. Cleveland Rt.1 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Accepted appointed to Second Lieutenant on 4 December 1943 US Marine Corps Reserve. Assigned to the Aviation Casual Company, Marine Barracks, Naval Air Station, Jacksonville, Florida in January 1944, also trained at Corpus Christi and San Diego.

[Marines] Second Lieutenant Earnest C. Cleveland O-32794 US Marine Corps Reserve Air Regiment Squadron 3, Marine Fleet Air West, Fleet Marine Force, Marine Corps Air Depot, Miramar, San Diego, California. He was at his hometown, Cisco, Texas, possibly on a furlough or a ferrying mission, flying an air plane of unknown type seven miles north of Cisco and crashed into the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Eastland County Coroner at 3:40 p.m. on 2 March 1944. 2Lt Cleveland was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on 5 March 1944.

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Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class Petty Officer Audrey A. Coats

Audrey Allen Coats born on 11 May 1924 at Moran, Shackelford County, Texas to Carolina Isabella 'Belle' Yeager(b.1894 Eastland County, Texas-d.1926 Moran, Texas) Age 30 and Harris Allen Coats(b.1887 Bosque County, Texas-d.1970 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 37.

1930 census Age 5 living with his father and step-mother, five siblings and three step-siblings in JP3 Shackelford County, Texas. 1935 living in Shackelford County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his maternal grandmother, Vinetta G. Yeager, in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at RFD.1 Cisco and unemployed there and listed his father, H. A. Coats RFD.1 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy on 18 November 1942 at Dallas, Texasand listed his father, Mr. Harris A. Coats Rt.1 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and Transferred fron the Receiving Ship, San Pedro, California to the USS Feland on 21 June 1943. .

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[Navy] Motor Machinist’s Mate Second Class Petty Officer Audrey Allen Coats US Navy USS Feland APA-11, location in the southwest Pacific. The USS Feland was a Doyen-class attack transport which served in WW2 transporting equipment and soldiers between ports such as Leyte, Philippines and Papua New Guinea. Somewhere in this area of the southwest Pacific, and according to the USS Feland's muster roll for November 1944, Petty Officer Coats died on 26 November 1944 "On account of drowning (not misconduct)". He was buried in a temporary grave in the Philippines until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Moran Cemetery at Moran, Shackelford County, Texas on Thursday 8 July 1948.

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KIA 26 Nov 1944


Captain Ernest S. Cole

Ernest Stephen Cole born 12 January 1909 in Boggy Depot, Atoka County, Oklahoma to Indianola White (b. 1884 Virginia - d. 1969 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 25 and Edward E. Cole (b. 1881 Sherman, Grayson County, Texas - d. 1930 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma) Age 28.

1910 Census age 1 living in Ward 2 Atoka County, Oklahoma with his parents. 1920 Census age 10 living in Atoka County, Oklahoma with his parents, a sister and a brother. Graduated from Atoka High School class of 1926. Attended Oklahoma University as a pre-medical student in 1927 to 1930. 1930 Census age 22 living in Atoka County, Oklahoma with his parents, a brother and a sister. Married Miss Josephine E. Porter at Norman, Oklahoma on 14 January 1932. Attended Tulane Medical School beginning in 1933. Registered for the draft at Atoka, Oklahoma for the local board of Harris County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 1128 Commerce Bldg. Houston, Texas and working for H. J. Porter at same address, Houston, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. E. E. Cole of Atoka, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact (14 February 1942 his home address on the draft card was changed to 8604 Meadow Brook Drive, Dallas, Texas). He had oil & gas business in Texas, and had close friends and ties to Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Army at Dallas, Texas in 1941. His first Army camp was Camp Suton, North Carolina where he served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps. [nba] .

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[Army] Captain Ernest S. Cole O-471887 US Army Company I 3rd Battalion 302nd Ordnance Regiment Ordnance Corps. He shipped out to North Africa on 2 February 1943 and was promoted to Captain enroute. He was in the ETO for six months when he became ill and was hospitalized. He died of his disease on 27 October 1943 in a hospital in French Morocco after a six week fight. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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DNB 27 Oct 1943


Staff Sergeant Howard C. Colley  

Howard Clay Colley born 26 June 1920 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Elsie Mae Maitlen (b. 1896 Burlington, Kansas - d. 1983 Grand Prairie, Dallas County, Texas) Age 24 and Clyde Roscoe Colley (b. 1880 Henrietta, Clay County, Texas - d. 1942 Eastland County, Texas) Age 40.

Attended Morton Valley High School in Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Married Rachael Ellen Martin (b. 1919 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1994 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) on 21 December 1938 in Stephens County, Texas, they had a son Patrick Howard Colley. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers, a sister and his wife Rachel, working as the cook in a cafe. He is also listed in the home of his father-in-law age 20 with his wife Rachel. Registered for the draft at Albany, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Box 695 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and working as a laborer at the Texas Highway Department in Shackelford County, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Rachel Ellen Colley of Eastland, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Howard C. Colley asn-18079671 a married white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a cook with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 10 February 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Howard C. Colley 18079671 US Army 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division. After Bastogne, 502nd PIR  "the Deuce" traveled to the 7th Army front with the rest of the 101st Airborne in mid January. After holding a line along the Moder River for over a month, they took boxcars to Mourmelon le Petit, France. SSgt Colley died of a non-battle event on 31 January 1945 in the vicinity of the Moder River in Alsace-Lorraine, 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 Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 14 November 1948. Purple Heart with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

DNB 31 Jan 1945


Corporal Morgan E. Copeland  

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Morgan Eugene Copeland born 1922 in Eastland County, Texas to Minnie Mae Bryson (b. 1881 Denver, Colorado - d. 1967 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 41 and William Homer Copeland (b. 1873 Whitesboro, Grayson County, Texas - d. 1926 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 48.

1920 Census his parents and four siblings are living in JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Odessa, JP4 Ector County, Texas in the home of his brother-in-law T. Van Barnes and wife Lorine, a nephew, and with his mother Minnie. Joined the Eastland County National Guard. Morgan E. Copeland asn-20806059 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education was activated from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. [nba] .

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[Army] Corporal Morgan E. Copeland 20806059 US Army Company I 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. Cpl Copeland was killed in action on 13 September 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, 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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KIA 13 Sep 1943


Flight Officer George W. Cox

George Wilburn Cox born 21 May 1920 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Mattie Adaline Stroud(b.1892 Illinois-d.1985 Eastland, Texas) Age 28 and Walter Olonzo Cox(b.1888 Blum, Texas-d.1978 Ranger, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and four siblings in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and two brothers in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Entered the National Guard in August 1939. George W. Cox asn-20806061 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas unemployed enlisted from the national guard into the US Army Infantry as a private in Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer George W. Cox T-060862 US Army Air Forces 349th Bombardment Squadron 100th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot on B-17F 42-30038  'Bar Fly' out of Thorpe Abbotts Airfield, England on 25 June 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target in Bremen, Germany with an approach from the North Sea. [MACR 270 ] Before the formation reached the target, Bar Fly disappeared in the overcast exact cause unknown but one report has it shot down by enemy aircraft. Four crewmen bailed out before the B-17 ditched or crashed into the North Sea north of Wangerooge Island, six crewmen were killed. F/O Cox's date and place of death is disputed by his relatives in this report . His remains are buried in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

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Sergeant Kermit E. Craig  

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Kermit Elmer Craig born on 6 May 1914 at Emblem, Hopkins County, Texas to Beulah Mary Robison(b.1892 Hopkins County, Texas-d.1947 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22 and Jessie Elmer Craig(b.1892 Hopkins County, Texas-d.1955 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and three siblings in JP3 Nolan County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 11 July 1938 at Dallas, Texas and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jess E. Craig, Rt. 2, Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Transferred to the 6th Marines from 1938 to 1939. Served with the 4th Marines in China from 1940 to 1941 and then sent to Ft Mills, Corregidor, P.I. in 1942. .

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[Marines] Sergeant Kermit E. Craig 266290 US Marine Corps Company E 2nd Battalion 4th Marines Regiment. Sgt Craig was on duty at Fort Mills, Corregidor, Philippines when the enemy Japanese overwhelmed the US forces and obtained a surrender 6 May 1942. He was taken prisoner and placed in a POW Camp, where he suffered many abuses for over two years. His captors decided, in October 1944, to move many POWs from the Philipines to mainland Japan or China. Sgt Craig was one of the POWs loaded onto the Arisan Maru  'Hell Ship' headed for a POW camp in China or Japan, but it was sunk by a US submarine on 24 October 1944. Sgt Craig 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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KIA MIA 24 Oct 1944


First Sergeant Steven A. Custer  

Steven Alexander Custer born on 29 January 1905 at Barksdale, Edwards County, Texas to Annie Effie Connell(b.1881 Edwards County, Texas-d.1954 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 24 and William Claborn Custer(b.1875 Bandera County, Texas-d.1911 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon) Age 30.

1910 census Age 5 living with his parents, three brothers and a sister in Portland Ward 2, Multnomah County, Oregon. His father died in an accident and so his mother Annie moved the family to Texas in 1911 settling in Eastland County. Attended Scranton's grammar school. He joined the Army in 1920 but was discharged soon after for being under age. In 1921 he joined the Marines and was trained at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He served as a guard and clerk in several states of the USA and in the Philippines, China, Guam and Haiti. Married Mrs. Pauline Mady 'Polly' (Jones) Steed(b.1906 Arkansas-d.1990 Conway, Faulkner County, Arkansas) in Little Rock, Arkansas on 5 February 1940, they had a son Carl Steven Custer. The attack on Pearl Harbor led to Custer's promotion to Staff Sergeant and assignment to Headquarters and Service Company, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, and he listed his wife, Mrs. Steven A. Custer, Camp Wood, Texas, as his next of kin contact. As a senior NCO in the Intelligence Section, Custer reached the rank of First Sergeant in the Spring of 1942.

[Marines] First Sergeant Steven A. Custer 177949 US Marine Corps Division Headquarters Company, 1st Marine Division, Col Goettge patrol, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. The ill-fated patrol  resulted in the deaths of almost every Marine in the patrol by the Japanese. It was one of the Pacific War’s earliest atrocities involving Americans. 1Sgt Custer was killed on 13 August 1942 at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. He, along with others of the patrol, was listed as missing because their bodies were not found by comrades. The War Dept issued a finding of death, 14 August 1943, one year and one day after the atrocity declaring them dead. 1Sgt Custer 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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Private First Class John C. Day

John Cefus Day born on 2 November 1923 in Snyder, Scurry County, Texas to Nellie G. Hopper(b.1904 Georgia-d.1990 Texas) Age 20 and R Virgil Day(b.1900 Texas-d.1930 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and 4 siblings in JP1 Taylor County, Texas. 1935 living at Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas in same house as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 15 living with his mother Nellie, his step-father G W Weatherbee, a sister Nettie and twin brothers Durant & Deward at Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on 30 July 1942 while living at 1005 W. Weatherford, Fort Worth and working for Asher Rhone 2300 block Jacksboro Hwy, Fort Worth, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. G.W. Weatherby of Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 13 August 1943 at Dallas, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Virginia M. Day, c/o Mrs. Nellie G. Weatherby, Rt. 2, Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego, California then assigned to the 1st Armored Amphibious Battalion, Camp Pendleton, San Diego, California for training.

[Marines] Private First Class John C. Day 874281 US Marine Corps Company C 2nd Amphibious Track Battalion Pacific Fleet Marine Force. Missing in action as a result of enemy kamakaze aircraft crash diving on ship [USS Hinsdale APA-120] of which he was a passenger while participating in an operation against the enemy Japanese at Okinawa Gunto, Ryukyu Islands area on 1 April 1945. He is remembered in the Courts of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 1 Apr 1945


Sergeant Raymond W. Dillard  

Raymond Watson Dillard born 28 April 1919 in De Leon, Comanche County, Texas to Maggie Florence Holmes (b. 1896 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1944 Eastland County, Texas) Age 23 and Avery Lee Dillard (b. 1891 DeLeon, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1958 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas).

1920 Census age 9 months living in JP5 Comanche County, Texas with his parents, a sister and a brother. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP5 Coleman County, Texas with his parents and a brother. Attended Pioneer High School. Registered for the draft at Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas and working at Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas for the Government and listed his father, Mr. Avery Lee Dillard of Pioneer, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Mary Marshall of Pioneer. Raymond W. Dillard asn-38514500 a married white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a truck driver with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 10 June 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Raymond W. Dillard 38514500 US Army Company A 158th Infantry Regiment 40th Infantry Division. The 40th was relieved of missions on New Britain on 27 November 1944 by the Australian 5th Division, and began training for the Luzon landing. Sailing from Borgen Bay on 9 December 1944, the division made an assault landing at Lingayen, Luzon, under command of XIV Corps, on 9 January 1945. Seizing Lingayen airfield, the division occupied Bolinao Peninsula and San Miguel, and advanced toward Manila. Sgt Dillard was killed in action on 17 January 1945 on Luzon Island, Philippine Islands. He 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 23 February 1949.

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Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Aaron W. Dobbs  

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Aaron Wallace Dobbs born on 28 February 1926 at Texas to Iva Lee 'Ivy' Nixon(b.1908 Texas-d.1991 Ector County, Texas) Age 17 and Aaron Ellis Dobbs(b.1898 Brady, Texas-d.1964 Ranger, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 3 living with his parents and siblings in JP2 San Saba County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 13 living with his parents and siblings in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 26 February 1944 in Houston, Texas and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Ellis Dobbs, Gen. Gel., Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and at Pearl Harbor. On 30 July 1944, while at Pearl Harbor he was transferred to the USS Enterprise. .

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[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Aaron W. Dobbs 5772612 US Navy USS Enterprise CVN-6, 3rd and 5th Fleet Raids in support of Okinawa Gunto Operations. On 12 May 1945 Enterprise launched a night strike against Kyushu, Japan targeting air fields and port facilities. Two days later, however, inbound Kamikazes once more began filling the fleet's radar screens shortly after sunrise. One of the planes penetrated the destroyer screen, hopping from cloud to cloud, carefully avoiding the anti-aircraft barrage and patrolling fighters. Shortly before 0700, the bomber dove on Enterprise, flipped over and plunged through Enterprise's flight deck just aft of the forward elevator. The explosion sent the 15 ton elevator rocketing 400 feet into the air, wounding 72 men and killing 12. Though the Big E never left her station or lost speed, her fighting efficiency was compromised, and on 16 May 1945, she withdrew from combat. The last carrier struck by a Kamikaze, she would not return to war. PO Dobbs was killed in the explosion of 14 May 1945 and was buried at sea. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing and Buried at Sea in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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Private Daniel L. Dunaway

Daniel Luther Dunaway Jr. born 29 March 1922 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Lilly Lucretin 'Crete' Stephens (b. 1887 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1962 Houston, Harris County, Texas) Age 35 and Daniel Luther Dunaway Sr. (b. 1885 Falkville, Morgan County, Alabama - d. 1966 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 37.

1930 Census age 8 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and six sisters. 1935 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Registered for the draft at Pecos, Reeves County, Texas for the local board at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt.4 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas with mail address of Gen. Del. Pecos, Texas and working at Pecos for F. M. Reeves & Sons, Inc. and listed his father, D. L. Dunaway Rt.4 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Daniel L. Dunaway asn-38232332 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a farmer with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 19 November 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Daniel L. Dunaway 38232332 US Army Company C 36th Engineer Combat Regiment Corps of Engineers in the US Fifth Army. The 36th Engrs were part of the Allied amphibious landing known as Operation Shingle 22 January 1944 beginning the Battle of Anzio. The operation was opposed by German forces in the area of Anzio and Nettuno, Italy. While the Allies consolidated, the German commander in the Italian theatre, moved every unit he could spare into a defensive ring around the beachhead. His artillery units had a clear view of every Allied position, and they pounded them for over thirty days. Pvt Dunaway was killed in action on 2 March 1944 in the vicinity of Nettuno, 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 Dothan Cemetery at Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 15 August 1948.

KIA 2 Mch 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Walton A. Erwin

Walton Aluard Erwin born on 27 June 1921 at Nimrod, Eastland County, Texas to Bertha Darden(b.1880 Fannin County, Texas-d.1970 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 41 and George Rushing Erwin(b.1880 Weatherford, Parker County, Texas-d.1957 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 41.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas. 1935 living in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents in San Angelo, JP1 Tom Green County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 27 November 1940 at Dallas, Texas as an appretice seaman and listed his father, Mr. George Rushing Erwin, 1008 Orient St., San Angelo, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at San Diego, California and was transferred to the USS Arizona 25 January 1941.

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Walton A. Erwin 3564336 US Navy USS Arizona BB-39, location Hawaiian Islands, was moored at Battleship Row berth F 7 in Pearl Harbor with USS Vestal AR-4 alongside. During the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Arizona↗ was targeted by Japanese aircraft. Arizona's crew totaled 1,512. Shortly after 08:00 7 December 1941, a B5N1 Kate from Kaga at high altitude dropped a bomb that hit the side of the no. 4 turret and glanced off into the deck below, starting a small fire but causing minimal damage. At 08:06 7 December 1941, an armor piercing bomb dropped by a B5N1 Kate from Hiryu hit between and to port of gun turrets no. 1 and no. 2. The bomb exploded and detonated the forward ammunition magazine causing an explosion that destroyed the forward part of the vessel. In total, 1,177 of Arizona's crew died, approximately half of the lives lost during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Oahu making the Arizona the largest loss of life. Petty Officer Erwin was killed and is remembered in the USS Arizona Memorial and the Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 7 Dec 1941


Second Lieutenant Merlin L. Eubank

Merlin LeRoy Eubank born 11 March 1912 in Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana to Cecile Vivian Losure (b. 1893 Van Buren, Grant County, Indiana - d. 1961 Marion, Grant County, Indiana) age 18 and Henry Harrison Eubank (b. 1891 Huntington County, Indiana - d. 1960 Marion, Grant County, Indiana) age 21.

1920 Census age 7 living in Bridgeport, Lawrence County, Illinois with his parents and a sister. Attended Breckenridge schools and graduated from Eastland High School. 1935 living in Rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 28 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.2 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his father, Mr. Henry H. Eubank RFD.2 Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Merlin L. Eubank asn-18037662 a single white male born Indiana in 1912 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a truck driver with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 21 October 1940. Trained at Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas. Married Edith M. Fields (b. 1910 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1984 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) on 25 December 1941 in Stephens County, Texas. Received his commission to 2nd Leiutenant at Ft Benning, Georgia. [nba] .

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[Army] Second Lieutenant Merlin L. Eubank O-1310828 US Army Company F 27th Infantry Regiment 25th Infantry Division. The division landed in the San Fabian area of Luzon on 11 January 1945 to enter the struggle for the liberation of the Philippines. It drove across the Luzon Central Plain, meeting the enemy at Binalonan, 17 January 1945. Moving through the rice paddies, the 25th occupied Umingan, Lupao, and San Jose and destroyed a great part of the Japanese armor on Luzon. On 21 February 1945, the division began operations in the Caraballo Mountains. It fought its way along Highway No. 5 (now AH26 in Google map), taking Digdig, Putlan, and Capintalan against fierce Japanese counterattacks enroute to Balete Pass. 2Lt Eubank was seriously wounded in action on 18 March 1945, reportedly by machine gun fire, in the vicinity of Capintalan, Philippines. He died of the wounds in a field hospital later the same day. 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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DOW 18 Mch 1945


Fireman Second Class Petty Officer Arnold N. Evans

Arnold Napoleon Evans born on 16 September 1920 at Texas to Lena Mae Curtis(b.1901 Texas-d.1997 Grady County, Oklahoma) Age 19 and Jim Bob Evans(b.1896 Alabama-d.1980 Grady County, Oklahoma) Age 24.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and two brothers in JP1 Dimmit County, Texas. 1935 living in Rising Star, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and two brothers in Rising Star, JP7 Eastland County, Texas, working as a laborer in a CCC Camp. Enlisted in the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 17 April 1940, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Evans P.O.Box 54, Rising Star, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the US Naval Training Station in San Diego, California. On 3 July 1940 Apprentice Seaman Evans was assigned to the USS Saratoga. The date was not found when he was transferred to the USS Pillsbury and he listed his mother, Mrs. Lena Mae Hall, Box 189, Chickasha, Oklahoma, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Navy] Fireman Second Class Petty Officer Arnold N. Evans 3562725 US Navy USS Pillsbury DD-214, location Netherlands East Indies. I was surprised to learn that he had to be diciplined just prior to his death from his only muster roll record for the USS Pillsbury that I found. The USS Pillsbury was sunk by Japanese cruisers on 1 March 1942 and all aboard were lost at sea. The US Navy kept the missing status for the Pillsbury and her crew until 2 November 1945. PO Evans 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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KIA MIA 1 Mar 1942


Staff Sergeant William C. Falkner

William Carroll Falkner born 14 January 1920 in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas to Macy Laura Rowan (b. 1899 Killeen, Bell County, Texas - d. 1967 Baird, Callahan County, Texas) Age 21 and Henry Valentine Falkner (b. 1894 Union Parish, Louisiana - d. 1967 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas) Age 26.

1920 census taken 3 February 1920 at Arden, Irion County, Texas has his parents, a brother and grandfather Carrol listed but William is not listed even though his birth was before the census date. 1930 Census age 10 living in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census JP2 age 20 living in Fort Hancock, JP2 Hudspeth County, Texas with Jose Jurado and family as a nephew, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Rt.2 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas and working as a farmer for Henry V. Falkner Rt.2 Rising Star, Texas and listed his mother, Macy Laura Falkner Rt.2 Rising Star, Texas, as his next of kin contact (On the draft card, printing his name, the 'e' in his Last name was made incomplete, and therefore it appears to be an 'o', leaving the mistaken Last name to be Falknor. That is why the Army enlistment and other records have his surname as William C. Falknor). William C. Falknor asn-38081983 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 2 February 1942.

[Army] Staff Sergeant William C. Falknor 38081983 US Army 21st Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division. For the recapture of Leyte, the 21st Regiment became a separate regimental combat team (RCT). It was given the task of securing the Panaon Straits, located at the southern tip of Leyte. Capture of the straits would enable Naval forces to move to the western side of the island. The regiment captured the northern coast of Panaon Island and the southern shore of Leyte an hour before the main landings farther to the north on 20 October 1944. The 24th Division met heavy Japanese resistance during its landings, and the 21st was returned to control of the division on 30 October 1944. On 5 November 1944, the regiment replaced the 34th Infantry Regiment at Breakneck Ridge↗, west of Pinamopoan on Leyte's northern shores. Japanese troops in the area were dug in and offered fierce resistance to the regiment's advance. On 8 November 1944, the regiment attacked the ridge but the attack was hampered by a typhoon. After four days of heavy fighting and casualties, the regiment secured Breakneck Ridge. The capture of the ridge ended the last significant Japanese resistance on Leyte. SSgt Falknor was killed in action on 9 November 1944 at Breakneck Ridge, Leyte Island, 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 9 Nov 1944


Private First Class William R. Flippin  

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William Robert Flippin born 17 November 1924 in Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas to Phenia Mae Tabor (b. 1905 Lott, Falls County, Texas - d. 1969 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 19 and Jesse William Flippin (b. 1899 Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1965 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP 4 Limestone County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. Attended grammar school in Coolidge, Limestone County, Texas. 1935 living in Rural Limestone County Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP7 Limestone County, Texas with his parents, two sisters and grandmother Genevia Flippen. Registered for the draft at Cross Plains, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 28 December 1942 while living at Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas mail address Rt.2 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas and working 'at home with father and mother on a farm' Rt.2 Rising Star, and listed his father, Jessie William Flippin Rt.2 Rising Star, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Roxie Lee Partee (b. 1927 Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas - d. 2019 Denver City, Yoakum County, Texas) in Brown County, Texas on 21 October 1943, they had a son William R Flippin Jr born in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. William R. Flippin asn-38631945 a married white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Eastland 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 July 1944. Trained in Camp Wolters, Texas.

[Army] Private First Class William R. Flippin 38631945 US Army Company I 383rd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division. The 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. 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 Nishibaru, 17–23 April, and after advancing slightly against extremely determined resistance, was relieved on 30 April by the 77th Infantry Division. The division trained and rested 1–9 May, and then returned to the offensive, 10 May 1945, attacking and capturing Conical-Sugar Hill Ridge, 21 May 1945, thus breaking the right flank of the Shuri defenses. Heavy rains the following week slowed down the advance. Pfc Flippin was killed in action on 24 May 1945 at Okinawa, Japan. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Pioneer Cemetery at Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas on 24 March 1949.

KIA 24 May 1945


Aviation Cadet James M. Flournoy, Jr.  

James Monroe Flournoy, Jr. born 12 April 1924 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Mozelle Hooks(b.1900 Texas-d.1968 Cisco, Texas) Age 23 and James Monroe Flournoy(b.1886 Alabama-d.1971 Abilene, Texas) Age 37.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Amarillo, Potter County, Texas on 30 June 1942, listed Mrs. F.M. Hooks of Cisco, Texas as next of kin contact. Entered the Enlisted Reserve Corps in December 1942. James (Kames) M. Flournoy asn-18242155 a single white male born Texas 1924 residing in Potter County, Texas working as a printer with four years of high school education enlisted from ERC into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 22 Feb 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet James M. Flournoy, Jr. 18242155 US Army Air Forces an aviation cadet in class 44-F at Moore Airfield, Mission, Texas was piloting AT-6B 41-17138  on 15 June 1944 on a routine flying mission and the plane crashed near Linares , Nuevo Leon, Mexico, reason unknown. AvC Flournoy was killed as in version one, his parachute failed to open, possibly due to his low altitude when bailing out, and in version two his body was found inside the plane. His body was retrieved by ambulance from Moore Airfield. AvC Flournoy is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, Texas.

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DNB 15 Jun 1944


Sergeant Harvey L. Fonville  

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Harvey Layfette Fonville born 14 June 1924 near Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas to Elsie Ann Wooton (b. 1899 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1979 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25 and Joseph Henry Fonville (b. 1893 Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1975 Eastland County, Texas) Age 31.

1930 Census age 5 living in JP8 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in JP7 Erath County, Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP7 Erath County, Texas with his parents and a sister. Graduate of Ranger High School. Registered for the draft at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Gen. Del. Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and working at farming for J. H. Fonville and listed his father, J. H. Fonville Gen. Del. Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Harvey L. Fonville asn-38535916 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 27 October 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Harvey L. Fonville 38535916 US Army Company F 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. In late January 1945, the division was defending the Foret de Domaniale area. Moving to the Netherlands to hold a defensive line along the Roer River on 22 February 1945, the division attacked across the Roer River on 23 February 1945 to pierce the Siegfried Line. Sgt Fonville was killed in a heroic action on 23 February 1945 in the vicinity of Effeld, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 14 November 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 23 Feb 1945


Staff Sergeant Vernon L. Foster  

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Vernon Lee Foster born 22 May 1921 in Flatwood, Eastland County, Texas to Minnie Lee Reese (b. 1886 Bethpage, Tennessee - d. 1969 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 35 and John Dee Foster (b. 1877 Brazos County, Texas - d. 1931 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 44.

1930 Census age 8 living in JP5 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers, a sister and grandmother Aletha Foster. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. Attended Carbon High School. Vernon L. Foster asn-06955466 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 6 March 1940. 1940 Census age 18 living in Area D, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas at Ft Sam Houston, with Company I, 23rd Infantry as a soldier. Married Miss Dorothy Dee Krejci (b. 1924 Rural Colorado County, Texas - d. 2008 Harris County, Texas) on 6 June 1942 in Guadalupe County, Texas, they had a daughter Bonnie Gene Foster born in Lavaca County, Texas. Shipped out to England in October 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Vernon L. Foster 6955466 US Army 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River on 10 June 1944, the division liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192 , a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lo. After three weeks of fortifying the position and by order of Commanding General Walter M. Robertson, the order was given to take Hill 192. On 11 July 1944 under the command of Col. Ralph Wise Zwicker the 38th IR and with the 9th IR and the 23rd IR by his side the battle began at 5:45am. Using an artillery concept from World War I (rolling barrage) and with the support of 25,000 rounds of HE/WP that were fired by 8 artillery battalions, the hill was taken. SSgt Foster was killed in a heroic action on 13 July 1944 in the vicinity of Saint-Lo, 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 15 January 1948. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 13 Jul 1944


Corporal Franklin C. Frasier

Franklin C. 'Spot' Frasier born 25 August 1919 in Michigan to Abigail Bertha Campain (b. 1893 Marion, Michigan - d. 1983 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 26 and Franklin Bonaparte Frasier (b. 1870 Venice, Shiawassee County, Michigan - d. 1949 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 49.

1920 Census age 5 months living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1930 Census age 10 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census age 20 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister, working as an oil co. laborer. Franklin C. Frasier asn-20806067 a single white male born Michigan in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with four years of high school education was activated from the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. [nba] .

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[Army] Corporal Franklin C. Frasier 20806067 US Army Company I 142nd Infantry Regiment 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. Cpl Frasier was killed in action on 13 September 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 13 Sep 1943


Private Fred Gonzales

Fred Gonzales born on 2 July 1911 at Thurber, Erath County, Texas to Rosa Ramirez(b.1890 Mexico-d. ) Age 21 and Frank Gonzales(b.1889 Thurber, Erath County, Texas-d. ) Age 22.

Registered for the draft at Gratiot County, Michigan on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.1 Alma, Gratiot County, Michigan and working at the Michigan Sugar Co. in Alma and listed his sister, Miss Pauline Gonzales Box 594 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Fred Gonzales asn-38132218 a widowed other/white male born Texas in 1911 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 May 1942, and listed his mother, Mrs. Rosa R. Gonzales 711 South Rusk St., Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Army] Private Fred Gonzales 38132218 US Army 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. After training in 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 St. Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River, the Division liberated Trevieres, 10 June 1944, and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192 , the key enemy strongpoint on the road to St. Lo. With the hill taken 11 July 1944, the Division went on the defensive. Pvt Gonzales was killed in action on 11 July 1944 in the vicinity of Hill 192, 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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KIA 11 Jul 1944


Private First Class James A. Gordon

James Arthur Gordon born 28 August 1922 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Elberta H. Ellis (b. 1889 Texas - d. 1942 Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas) Age 33 and George Rittner Gordon (b. 1886 Tom Green County, Texas - d. 1948 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36.

1930 Census age 7 living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census age 17 living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, and working as a cafe cook. Registered for the draft at Amarillo, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 606 Lake Drive, Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and working at Amarillo, Texas for Lydick Roofing Co. and listed his coach, S. D. Rattan Route.5, Abilene, Texas, as his next of kin contact. James A. Gordon asn-38232342 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a roofer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 19 November 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class James A. Gordon 38232342 US Army 309th Engineer Combat Battalion 84th Infantry Division. The 84th Infantry Division  was ordered into active military service on 15 October 1942, at Camp Howze, Texas, about 60 miles north of Dallas. On 7 February, the division assumed responsibility for the Roer River zone, between Linnich and Himmerich (near Heinsberg), and trained for the river crossing. On 23 February 1945, the second day of Operation Grenade, the division cut across the Roer, took Boisheim and Dülken. Pfc Gordon was killed in action on 23 February 1945 in the vicinity of Linnich, 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 Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 23 Feb 1945


Private Marion Graham Jr.

Marion Graham Jr. born 1 October 1918 in Merkel, Taylor County, Texas to Millie Edith Gold (b. 1894 Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas - d. 1979 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) age 23 and Marion Graham (b. 1892 Strawn, Palo Pinto County, Texas - d. 1977 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) age 26.

Attended Clyde Schools. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP5 Callahan County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. Graduated Ranger High School. 1935 living in JP6 Stephens County, Texas. Married Miss Nancy Lucille McNabb (b.1920 Texas - d.2009 Texas) on 25 March 1938 in Jackson County, Oklahoma, they had a daughter Nancy Nell Graham born in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 21 living in JP6 Stephens County, Texas with his wife Lucile in the home of her parents Clark & Myrtle McNabb, and with other in laws, working as a ranchhand. Registered for the draft at Stephens County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD3 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and not working and listed his wife, Mrs. Nancy Lucille Graham RFD3 Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Marion Graham Jr. asn-38687885 a married white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas in May 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Marion Graham Jr. 38687885 US Army 28th Infantry Regiment 8th Infantry Division. The 8th 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, and the division drove across France to Luxembourg, moved to the Hürtgen Forest, 20 November, cleared Hürtgen on the 28th and Brandenberg, 3 December, and pushed on to the Roer. Pvt Graham was killed in action in 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 24 Dec 1944


Technical Sergeant Frank A. Gray  

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Frank Anthony Gray born 21 October 1915 in Comanche, Commanche County, Texas to Mabel Anthony(b.1891 Comanche, Texas-d.1927 Comanche, Texas) Age 24 and B F Gray(b.1887 Burnet, Texas-d.1923 Comanche, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 14 living with his foster parents (Capers) in Pct5 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living with in Pct5 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 24 living with his cousins (Capers) in Pct5 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed Henry Lonie Capers, cousin, as his next of kin. Frank A. Gray asn-18083659 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a theater manager with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps in Dallas, Texas on 20 March 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Technical Sergeant Frank A. Gray 18083659 US Army Air Corps China-Burma-India theater possibly with the 5th Liaison Squadron of the 10th Air Force piloting a small airplane like the Stinson L-5 Sentinel on 5 August 1944 and was on a medical mission to transport a wounded soldier to a hospital. For some unknown reasons he was statused as missing after takeoff but later he was statused as killed in action and later still as died non-battle. TSgt Gray's remains were buried in India or in Australia until after the war and was repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery in Comanche, Comanche County, Texas on 27 May 1948.

DNB 5 Aug 1944


Private George W. Greenwood  

George Weldon Greenwood born 2 August 1920 in Carbon, Eastland County, Texas to Dorthea Anna 'Dora' Fickel (b. 1885 Saarbruecken, Germany - d. 1964 Snyder, Scurry County, Texas) Age 35 and Thomas Jefferson Greenwood (b. 1880 Mineola, Wood County, Texas - d.1964 Comanche, Comanche County, Texas) Age 40.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and four sisters. Attended Carbon Schools. 1935 living in Carbon, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Kickapoo Township, Leavenworth County, Kansas with the Guard and Service Co., US Army as a private. George W. Greenwood asn-06931952 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Quartermaster Corps as a private at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas on 17 May 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Private George W. Greenwood 6931952 US Army Quartermaster Corps was captured by the Japanese forces 7 May 1942 and sent to a Prisoner Camp on Luzon Island, Philippines. In 1944, Pvt Greenwood 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. Pvt Greenwood was statused as missing, and his remains are non-recoverable. Pvt Greenwood is remembered on the Walls of the Missing at the  Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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POW KIA MIA 7 Sep 1944


Fireman First Class Petty Officer Utah W. Grice  

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Utah Wayne Grice born on 31 December 1917 at Eastland County, Texas to Maggie McKinley(b.1893 Mena, Polk County, Arkansas-d.1978 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas) Age 24 and James Clinton Grice(b.1881 Corsicanna, Navarro County, Texas-d.1966 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and three sisters in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. Attended Gorman High School. 1935 living in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with his parents in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas, working as a laborer at the Ball Park for the NYA Project. Enlisted in the US Navy on 19 August 1940 and later listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Grice, Gen. Del., Monahans, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained at the Naval Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. Assigned as S2C Grice on the USS Jarvis for duty on 28 October 1940.

[Navy] Fireman First Class Petty Officer Utah W. Grice 3563360 US Navy USS Jarvis DD-393, location Solomon Islands near Savo Island, missing, date of loss August 9, 1942. Japanese D3A Val dive bombers of the 25th Air Flotilla from Rabaul which attacked the destroyer near Cape Esperance. A hit from one of their torpedoes caused the USS Jarvis↙ to split in two and within minutes she sank, taking to the bottom her entire crew of 233. PO Grice and the entire crew were later declared dead, 12 July 1945. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

KIA MIA 9 Aug 1942


Staff Sergeant William B. Hagin

William Bryan Hagin born 5 October 1919 in Staff, Eastland County, Texas to Estalena Etta Gibbs(b.1878 Georgia-d.1974 Arizona) Age 41 and Henry Lee Hagin(b.1873 Georgia-d.1928 Arizona) Age 46.

1930 census Age 10 living with his mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, and three siblings in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona. 1935 living in Phoenix, SD2 Maricopa County, Arizona. 1940 census Age 20 living with his mother in Phoenix, SD2 Maricopa County, Arizona. Registered for the draft at San Diego, California on 16 October 1940 while living there and working for Consolidated Aircraft Company and listed his mother of Phoenix as his next of kin contact. William B. Hagin asn-39849407 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Maricopa County, Arizona working in an aircraft factory with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Phoenix, Arizona on 21 August 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant William B. Hagin 39849407 US Army Air Forces 322nd Bombardment Squadron 91st Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the right waist gunner aboard B-17 41-24453  'Mizpah-The Bearded Beauty' out of Bassingbourn Airfield, England on 17 August 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Schweinfurt, Germany. [MACR 275 ] The B-17 was shot down on Schweinfurt raid by Hptm(Capt) Gunther Specht, and crashed near Mayen, 15 miles west of Coblenz, Germany. Of the ten man crew, five crewmen were KIA, and five were POW. SSgt Hagin was killed and buried in a temporary grave there, after the war his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery at Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

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KIA 17 Aug 1943


Sergeant Thomas W. Hale  

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Thomas Weldon Hale born 2 October 1921 in Lorenzo, Crosby County, Texas to Virgie Mae Huckabay (b. 1892 Texas - d. 1981 Azle, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 29 and Thomas Effert Hale (b. 1888 Howard County, Arkansas - d. 1956 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 33.

1930 Census age 8 living in JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rural Crosby County, Texas. Joined the Army National Guard in Ranger, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and a sister, he was a new worker. Class of 1940 Ranger High School. Thomas W. Hale asn-20806068 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas being a student with three years of high school education was activated with the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Thomas W. Hale 20806068 US Army Company I 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. Sgt Hale was killed in action on 15 September 1943 in the vicinity of Salerno, 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 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 15 Sep 1943


Gunner's Mate Second Class Petty Officer William E. Haltom

William Everett Haltom born on 21 July 1912 at Latexo, Houston County, Texas to Willie Laticia Carter(b.1891 Anderson County, Texas-d.1944 Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas) Age 20 and William Brazier Haltom(b.1885 Elkhart, Anderson County, Texas-d.1961 Midland, Midland County, Texas) Age 27.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and siblings in Hearne, Robertson County, Texas. 1930 census Age 17 living with his parents and siblings in Gordon, Palo Pinto County, Texas. Married Miss Lillian Opal Johnson on 3 October 1931 at Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. 1940 census Age 27 living with his wife, two daughters and in-laws at Cheneyville, Police Jury Ward 3, Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Registered for the draft at Natchitoches, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana on 16 October 1940 while living there and working at Texas & Pacific Railway as a section foreman and listed his wife, Mrs. W. E. Haltom Box 237 RFD.2 Natchitoches, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy on 8 December 1942 in Dallas, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Lillian O. Haltom, Paramount Hotel, Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and in Bremerton, Washinton. Transferred to the USS Johnston on 27 October 1943.

[Navy] Gunner's Mate Second Class Petty Officer William E. Haltom 3571162 US Navy USS Johnston DD-557, location Philippine Sea. The USS Johnston was giving the Japanese all hell in the Battle of Samar on 25 October 1944 to protect the landings at Leyte. The Johnston could not hold on against a larger force and was finally sunk. From Johnston's complement of 327 officers and men, only 141 were saved. PO Haltom 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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KIA MIA 25 Oct 1944


Private First Class Joseph H. Harrison  

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Joseph Homer Harrison Jr. born on 3 February 1919 at Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas to Mattie Belle Blackwell(b.1880 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas-d.1955 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 39 and Joseph Homer Harrison(b.1882 Eagleville, Missouri-d.1954 Missouri) Age 37.

1920 census Age 10 months living with his parents, twin brother Edward and a sister Pauline in Waco Ward 2, McLennan County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his divorced mother, his sister Pauline and her husband Barton Eppler and their son in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his mother and grandmother Rantie Blackwell in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas, working as an attendant at a gasoline filling station. Registered for the draft at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Gorman and working for R.C. Mehaffey and listed his mother, Mrs. Belle Harrison of Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Learned to fly at the Ranger Flying School in 1941 and spent several months with the Royal Canadian Air Force before returning to Texas. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 5 January 1942 at Dallas, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Belle Harrison of Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot, Camp San Luis Obispo, California and volunteered for the Marine Raiders. .

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[Marines] Private First Class Joseph H. Harrison 348009 US Marine Corps Company C 2nd Marine Raider Battalion 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The Raiders were given the best of the Marines' equipment, and were handpicked from available volunteers. Bonfires lit the beaches of Aola Bay on Guadalcanal’s northeast shore as two companies of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion  splashed ashore before dawn on November 4, 1942. Carlson’s 2nd Raiders were to secure the beachhead for the arrival of naval construction workers and army garrison troops, then leave aboard supply and transport ships. But as the battalion was setting foot on the island, Japanese destroyers landed 1,500 reinforcements halfway between Lunga Point and Aola, and the 2nd Raiders’ mission took a sharp turn. Pfc Harrison was killed in action on 11 November 1942 at Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands, and his remains never recovered. He 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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KIA MIA 11 Nov 1942


Private Archie H. Hazard  

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Archie Houston Hazard born 22 February 1921 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Opal Pearl Cruce (b. 1902 Granbury, Hood County, Texas - d. 1988 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) Age 19 and Conrad Philip Hazard (b. 1891 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1962 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 29.

1930 Census age 2 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Attended Ranger High School. 1940 Census age 19 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, and not working. Registered for the draft at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at 121 Bowie St. Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and not working and listed his mother, Mrs. C. P. Hazard 121 Bowie St. Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Archie H. Hazard asn-18110542 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a tinsmith with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 October 1942. Trained at Dallas, Texas and at Randolph Field, Texas. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Private Archie H. Hazard 18110542 US Army Air Forces 32nd Flying Training Wing Perrin Field, Texas. He was aboard as radio operator/engineer in the Vultee BT-13A Valiant 41-10921  out of Perrin Field, Texas, piloted by Lt. Zweck on 23 June 1943 on a routine cross county training flight with two other aircraft. Lt. Zweck collided mid-air with one of the other aircraft and while on landing approach about one mile northwest of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, he crashed into the ground killing himself and Pvt Hazard, both the other aircraft landed safely. Pvt Hazard's body was shipped to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas for interment in the Evergreen Cemetery. (His mother enlisted in the US Army Women's Army Corps at Dallas, Texas on 14 December 1943, six months after his death).

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Private Samuel E. Henson

Samuel Eugene Henson born 19 June 1922 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Mamie Hooser (b. 1886 Fairland, Burnet County, Texas - d. 1976 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) 36 and King H. Henson (b. 1883 Texas - d. 1955 Galveston, Galveston County, Texas) Age 39. (He gave his DOB as 19 June 1923 on his draft card).

1930 Census age 7 living in JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and four sisters. 1935 living same place. 1940 Census age 16 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 700 S. Austin St., Ranger, Texas and working at Edwin George Jr., Highway 80, Ranger, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. K. H. Henson 700 S. Austin St., Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Samuel E. Henson asn-38371858 a white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland 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 5 February 1943. Married Julia Mozell Bridgewater (b. 1924 Meeks, Bell County, Texas - d. 1985 Little Rock, Arkansas). [nba]

[Army] Private Samuel E. Henson 38371858 US Army 315th Infantry Regiment 78th Infantry Division. The division arrived in Liverpool on 17 April 1944 and began training in amphibious operations. After training in the United Kingdom, the 79th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, Normandy, 12–14 June 1944 and entered combat 19 June 1944, with an attack on the high ground west and northwest of Valognes and high ground south of Cherbourg, then continued southward. It held a defensive line at the Ollonde River until 2 July 1944 and then returned to the offensive, taking La Haye du Puits in house-to-house fighting, 8 July 1944. Pvt Henson was killed in action on 16 July 1944 in the vicinity of Créances, Normandy, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 16 Jul 1944


Corporal Harrison J. Hodnett  

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Harrison Jack Hodnett born 1922 in Eastland County, Texas to Eunice Annie Nix(b.1895 Texas-d.1975 Rising Star, Texas) Age 27 and Ira Elmore Hodnett(b.1889 Rising Star, Texas-d.1968 Rising Star, Texas) Age 33.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and one brother in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and three siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Harrison J. Hodnett asn-18064131 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Dallas, Texas on 16 December 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Corporal Harrison J. Hodnett 18064131 US Army Air Forces 379th Bombardment Squadron 310th Bombardment Group 12th Air Force was the bombardier on B-25C 41-13046 out of Berteaux Airfield, 16 km south of Telerghma, Aleria on 22 January 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target El Aounia Airdrome, Tunis, Tunisia. [MACR 2638 ] Leaving the target the B-25 was at 200 feet when it was hit by ground fire and set the plane ablaze causing it to crash, explode and burn ferociously. The pilot managed to gain altitude at 1000 feet and ordered the crew to bail out, but only two survived the bail out of the five crewmen. Cpl Hodnett was in the plane when it crashed and his remains unrecoverable. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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KIA MIA 22 Jan 1943


Staff Sergeant Burk B. Hunt  

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Burk Burnett Hunt born 6 June 1920 in Eastland County, Texas to Lillie Swan(b. 1885 Jones County, Texas - d. 1937 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 35 and Quiller Ralph Hunt (b. 1873 Palo Pinto County, Texas - d. 1936 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 47.

1930 Census age 10 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1935 living same place. Graduate of Ranger High School. Married Bulah Mae 'Dorothy' Barker (b. 1921 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1998 Seguin, Guadalupe County, Texas), they had A son Howard Ray Hunt (b.1940 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas-d. 2014 Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Taxas). 1940 Census age 20 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County Texas with his wife Bulah Mae and his son Howard. Burk B. Hunt asn-20806023 a married white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with two years of high school education activated with the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a Corporal at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas and in Louisiana. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Burk B. Hunt 20806023 US Army Company I 142nd Infantry Regiment 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. Between 15 November and 31 December 1943, the 36th Division captured Mount Maggiore, Mount Lungo, and the village of San Pietro, Italy despite strong enemy positions and severe winter weather. This was a grueling campaign. On 3 December 1943, Sgt Hunt’s unit was in action against German forces near Monte Cassino, Italy. Sgt Hunt’s courageous actions and extraordinary heroism that day earned him, at the cost of his life, the U.S. Army's second highest award for valor. 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 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Distinguished Service Cross and Purple Heart.

KIA 3 Dec 1943


Technical Sergeant Marvin L. Ivie  

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Marvin Leslie Ivie born 9 January 1922 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Edna Viola Frye (b. 1888 Waller County, Texas - d. 1961 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 34 and Rev. William Reuben Ivie (b. 1884 Arkansas - d. 1972 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 38.

1930 Census age 8 living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas with his parents and five brothers. 1935 living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and three brothers, working as a newspaper delivery boy. Graduate of Cisco High School class of 1940. Registered for the draft at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 603 W. 12th St. Cisco, Texas and working at Nance Motor Co. 109 W. 7th St. Cisco, Texas and listed his father, W. R. Ivie 1101 W. 16th St. Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Bobbie Lee Cooper (b. 1925 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) in Dawson County, Texas on 19 October 1942. Marvin L. Ivie asn-18123459 a married white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland 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 1943. Trained in Oakland, California. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Technical Sergeant Marvin L. Ivie 18123459 US Army Air Forces 827th Bombardment Squadron 484th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force. SSgt Ivie was a gunner/engineer aboard the B-24H 41-29513 out of Toretta, Italy on 10 May 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target near Wiener Neustadt, Austria. [MACR 4711 ] The B-24 was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft artillery before bombs away and was seen to crash two miles southwest of the target near Sankt Margarethen. Eight of the crewmen were killed in the crash and two were taken captive. Of the eight dead, their remains were interred on 12 May 1944 in the Community Cemetery of Sankt Margarethen, Austria and in 1950 repatriated to America. TSgt Ivie's remains are comigled with seven other crewmen and buried in the same grave, a group burial 1260 GB-720, in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery at Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri on 4 May 1950.

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KIA 10 May 1944


Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Jackson

Joseph Andrew Jackson born 10 August 1917 in Groveton, Trinity County, Texas to Eunice Delian Reynolds (b. 1887 Texas - d. 1932 Eastland County, Texas) age 31 and Robert Quincy Jackson (b. 1881 Madisonville, Madison County, Texas - d. 1959 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) age 35.

1920 Census age 2 living in JP8 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his brother Robert, working as an auto mechanic. Joseph A. Jackson asn-18020914 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as an auto mechanic with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Quartermaster Corps as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 4 September 1940. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Joseph A. Jackson 18020914 US Army Quartermaster Corps stationed at Fort Hood, Texas. He was dead on arrival at the Fort Hood station hospital following a motorcycle accident 10 miles east of Temple, Bell County, Texas on 19 August 1942, this is according to his Texas Death Certificate. SSgt Jackson's body was sent to Eastland, Texas for burial in the Eastland City Cemetery on Saturday 22 August 1942.

DNB 19 Aug 1942


Staff Sergeant Dennis D. King

Dennis Denver King born 13 February 1922 in Bellville, Austin County, Texas to Annie Muery(b.1893 Austin County, Texas-d.1988 Texas) Age 29 and Davis Preston King(b.1894 Austin County, Texas-d.1982 Arlington, Texas) Age 30.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three brothers in Pct 1 Austin County, Texas. 1935 living in Bellville, Austin County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and three brothers in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Abilene, Texas on 30 June 1942 and employed at Quartermaster Corps Camp Barkeley, Taylor County, Texas and listed his father in Cisco, Texas as his next of kin. Dennis D. King asn-18110508 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas and working as a clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Abilene, Texas on 30 September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Dennis D. King 18110508 US Army Air Forces 744th Bombardment Squadron 456th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the top turret gunner in B-24H 42-52276 out of Stornara Airfield, Foggia, Italy on 2 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Steyr, Austria. [MACR 3365 ] About five minutes after leaving the target, the B-24 was attacked by enemy fighter aircraft and SSgt King was killed inside the top turret before the plane went down and crashed about 20 miles west of the target at Pettenbach. He was buried there in a temporary grave and repatriated to Texas in 1949 and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on 10 July 1949.

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KIA 2 Apr 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Frank A. Kitchens

Frank Archie Kitchens born on 11 December 1920 at Thurber, Erath County, Texas to Laura Ancil Boney(b.1889 Texas-d.1921 Thurber, Erath County, Texas) Age 31 and James Isaac Preston Kitchens(b.1886 Bell County, Texas-d.1967 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California) Age 34.

1935 Age 14 living in Strawn, JP3 Palo Pinto County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his father and a sister at Strawn, JP3 Palo Pinto County, Texas, no occupation. Registered for the draft at Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California on 15 February 1942 while living at 10712 S. Inglewood Ave. in Inglewood, California and working at the North American Aviation in Inglewood, California and listed his father, J. P. Kitchens of Strawn, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Frank was inducted into the US Navy at Abilene, Texas on 17 February 1943 and was sent to the Naval Training Station in Bremerton, Washington. S1c(SV V6) Kitchens was assigned to the USS Neches from the Receiving Station PSNY Bremerton for duty on 8 June 1943. S1c(SV V6) Kitchens was transferred from Neches to the Receiving Station San Diego for assignment by Comfairwestcoast. S1c Kitchens was assigned to the Carrier Aircraft Service Unit V-6 aboard the Liscome Bay on 28 September 1943. .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Frank A. Kitchens 8413241 US Navy Carrier Aircraft Service Unit V-6 USS Liscome Bay CVE-56 Gilbert Islands operation, on 24 November 1943 at 0510 hours the aircraft carrier was torpedoed by enemy Japanese submarine I-175 causing massive internal explosions. At 0533 hours the Liscome Bay listed to starboard and sank claiming 642 sailors including 58 from Texas . S1c Kitchens was missing due to hostile enemy action that day, the War Dept later declared a finding of death on 25 November 1944. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. He also has a cenotaph in the Tudor Cemetery, Eastland County, Texas where his mother is buried.

KIA MIA 24 NOV 1943


Sergeant Leonard P. Lambert, Jr.

Leonard Preston Lambert, Jr. born 16 May 1925 in Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas to Winnie Davis Giesecke(b.1901 Hico, Texas-d.1993 Mineral Wells, Texas) Age 24 and Leonard Preston Lambert(b.1899 Erath County, Texas-d.1991 Mineral Wells, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 4 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct1, Stephens County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct1 Stephens County, Texas. 1940 census Age 14 living with his parents and two siblings in Breckenridge, Pct1 Stephens County, Texas. Leonard P Lambert, Jr asn-18202589 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Eastland County, Texas unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Abilene, Texas on 2 November 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant Leonard P. Lambert, Jr. 18202589 US Army Air Forces 68th Bombardment Squadron 44th Bombardment Group was the Engineer on B-24H 41-29418  out of Shipdham Airfield, England on 21 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to target in Germany but the B-24 crashed during the flight formation assembly. "It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart." The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mills . Sgt Lambert's body was recovered and interred in the  Cambridge American Cemetery at Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England.

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KIA 21 Apr 1944


Staff Sergeant Murry C. Laster

Murry Calvin Laster Jr. born on 31 August 1920 at Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee to Madeline Mosley(b.1897 Llano County, Texas-d.1958 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas) Age 23 and Murry Calvin Laster(b.1890 Obion County, Tennessee-d.1974 Shelby County, Tennessee) Age 30.

1930 census Age 9 living with his father, an aunt and a brother in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. 1935 living in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. 1940 census Age 19 living at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Marion County, Indiana as a soldier Private with the 11th Infantry 5th Division, and having four years of high school. Murry C. Laster asn-07082042 a single white male born Tennessee in 1920 residing in Shelby County, Tennessee working with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Memphis, Tennessee on 30 March 1940. Trained at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana and at Biggs Army Airfield on Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Murry C. Laster 7082042 US Army Air Forces 459th Bombardment Squadron 330th Bombardment Group was the Armorer/Gunner aboard the B-24D 42-40420 out of Biggs Field, Texas on 3 December 1943 on a routine high altitude training mission piloted by Ralph C. Johnston. At an altitude of 22,000 feet and 58 miles east of Biggs Field, Texas and 12 miles west southwest of Dell City, Hudspeth County, Texas, SSgt Laster's oxygen failed and he died of asphyxiation, due to acute anoxemia, deemed accidental death. His body was shipped to Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee for burial in the Forest Hill Cemetery Midtown on 5 December 1943.

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Seaman First Class Petty Officer Roy R. Little

Roy Robley Little born on 7 September 1921 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Frances Roena Huestis(b.1897 Texas-d.1994 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas) Age 24 and Robert Roy Little(b.1893 Texas-d.1923 Buffalo Gap, Taylor County, Texas) Age 27.

1930 census Age 8 living with his mother and step-father A.V. Ashburn in Moran, Shackelford County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 12 December 1939 at Dallas, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Frances Little, Box 389, Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and at Bremerton, Washington. Transferred from Bremerton to the USS Virginia on 24 February 1940 as an Apprentice Seaman. Transferred from the USS Virginia to Bremerton on 6 December 1940 as Seaman First Class for duty in the Monssen detail. Upon the commissioning of the USS Monssen, he was aboard as a Seaman First Class for duty on 14 March 1941. .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Roy R. Little US Navy USS Monssen DD-436, location Solomon Islands. Shortly, after 0140, 13 November 1942, they sighted the enemy fleet, under Vice Admiral Abe, 3 miles north of Kukum. The enemy was headed toward Henderson Field to bombard it and cripple Allied air operations long enough to sneak in 11 of their transports, then en route to relieve their beleaguered comrades fighting on the island. Battle was given at 0150. At about 0220 Monssen, forced to rely on radio information and optics, was spotlighted, hit by some 37 shells, and reduced to a burning hulk. Twenty minutes later, completely immobilized in all departments, the ship was ordered abandoned. PO Little was killed in action on 13 November 1942 and was missing. He was later declared dead by the War Dept's FOD, finding of death, on 14 November 1943. He 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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KIA MIA 13 Nov 1942


Electrician's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Otis C. Lomax Jr.

Otis Cody Lomax Jr. born on 28 April 1921 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Neva Berta Everett(b.1899 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas-d.1972 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22 and Otis Cody Lomax Sr.(b.1887 Clark County, Arkansas-d.1971 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 34.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents, a brother and a sister in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Graduated from Cisco High School class of 1939. Enlisted in the US Navy at Dallas, Texas on 6 September 1939. Trained in California before being assigned as an apprentice seaman on the USS Lexington CV-16 and survived the Jap attack on Pearl Harbor. Served on the USS Dolphin SS-169 and finally on the USS Cabrilla SS-288. .

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[Navy] Electrician's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Otis C. Lomax Jr. US Navy USS Cabrilla SS-288. At the end of July 1943, the USS Cabrilla sailed from Naval Base, New London, Connecticut toward the Panama Canal Zone. While enroute in the North Atlantic, PO Lomax was on watch 12 August 1943 and he was killed by an accidental gunshot. The Navy's muster report does not explain how the accident happened, or who was holding the gun. Interestingly, he received an increase in rating to EM1 on 1 July 1943, but reduced back to EM2 on 1 August 1944 by an Article 24 Summary courts-martial, eleven days before the accident. PO Lomax's body was put off and buried on 14 August 1943 at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Cristobal, Canal Zone. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 25 April 1948.

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DNB 12 Aug 1943


Private First Class Rex Mangum  

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Rex Mangum born 11 June 1919 in Carbon, Eastland County, Texas to Minnie Pearl Franklin(b.1892 Texas-d.1971 Eastland, Texas) Age 27 and Franklin Morris Mangum(b.1882 Mississippi-d.1958 Gorman, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 6 months living with his parents and three brothers in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and four siblings in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and three siblings in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 while unemployed and listed his mother as next of kin. Married Miss Charlie Faye Harlow in Abilene, Texas on 11 June 1941, had one child. Rex Mangum asn-38514495 a married white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with 2 years of high school education and inducted from civilian life into the US Army as a private in Abilene, Texas on 10 June 1943.

[AirCorps] Private First Class Rex Mangum 38514495 US Army Air Forces 61st Bombardment Squadron 39th Bombardment Group out of the Smoky Hill AAF, Kansas died of a non-battle incident on 29 July 1944. His remains are interred in the Murray Memorial Cemetery at Carbon, Eastland County, Texas.

DNB 29 Jul 1944


First Lieutenant Willard G. McCanlies  

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Willard Garth McCanlies born 30 April 1915 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Josie Louisa Bryan(b.1888 Weatherford, Texas-d.1976 Cisco, Texas) Age 27 and Shelby Hale McCanlies(b.1887 Eastland, Texas-d.1974 Cisco, Texas) Age 28.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and five siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 14 living with his parents and seven siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Berkeley, California on 16 October 1940 while working at Peralta Hospital in Oakland, California and listed his mother in Cisco, Texas as next of kin. Willard G. McCanlies asn-38096240 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Eastland County, Texas working in a filling station with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 21 February 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Willard G. McCanlies O-736780 US Army Air Forces 514th Bombardment Squadron 376th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the navigator on B-24D 42-72896 out of San Pancrazio Airfield, Italy on 12 February 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target in Genzano di Roma, Italy. [MACR 2388 ] The B-24 pilot had feathered engine four before the bomb run but made the bombs drop at the target through flak. They made the turn toward home slower than the formation due the lack of power, might have been hit by flak and lost altitude. The flight lost sight of them going down over the Tyrrhenian Sea at 40 miles southwest of Salerno, Italy. The entire crew was lost at sea and their status remains MIA. 1Lt McCanlies is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Lazio, Italy.

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Staff Sergeant George L. McCleskey  

George Lauderdale 'Dale' McCleskey born 9 June 1920 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Julia Lea Beaty (b. 1887 Clarksville, Red River County, Texas - d. 1963 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 33 and George Arthur McCleskey (b. 1885 Manchester, Red River County, Texas - d. 1956 Paris, Lamar County, Texas) Age 35.

1930 Census age 10 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a sister, a niece and a nephew. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his mother, working as a carpenter in the W.P.A. George L. McCleskey asn-20806041 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with two years of high school education was activated with the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Married Miss Bonnie Wayne Dunaway (b. 1920 Dotham, Eastland County, Texas - d. 2005 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) in July 1941 at Eastland County, Texas, they had a daughter Georgia Kaye McCleskey (b.1943 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas-d.1997 Harris County, Texas). [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant George L. McCleskey 20806041 US Army Company I 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. Between 15 November and 31 December 1943, the 36th Division captured Mount Maggiore, Mount Lungo, and the village of San Pietro, Italy despite strong enemy positions and severe winter weather. This was a grueling campaign. SSgt McCleskey was killed in action on 2 February 1944 in the vicinity of Cassino, 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 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on 17 October 1948.

KIA 2 Feb 1944


Private J. B. McCleskey  

James Benson McCleskey born on 16 January 1923 at Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas to Nannie Hillard Wheeler(b.1901 Polk County, Texas-d.1945 Stanislaus County, California) Age 22 and Henry Hiram McCleskey(b.1898 Eastland County, Texas-d.1977 Eastland County, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents, a brother, two sisters and an uncle in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents, a brother and three sisters in JP1 Eastland County, Texas, working as a laborer in a dairy. Registered for the draft, using initials only, at Stanislaus County, California on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt.4 Box 2640 Modesto, Stanislaus County, California and working at same as above for Walter McCleskey and listed his father, Henry H. McCleskey Rt.4 Box 2640 Modesto, California, as his next of kin contact. J B McCleskey asn-39727409 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in San Bernardino County, California working as a farmhand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Los Angeles, California on 21 March 1944. Trained in Camp Roberts, California and in Atlanta, Georgia.

[Army] Private J B McCleskey 39727409 US Army 513th Parachute Infantry Regiment 17th Airborne Division. The 513th PIR was not sent overseas until after the D-Day landings, which took place on 6 June 1944, and was still in training in England during Operation Market Garden in September 1944. During the crisis of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, the 17th Division was flown into Reims, France and moved by truck into southern Belgium. In January 1945, the 513th Parachute Infantry was sent into the assault on Flamierge, Belgium. During this fight, Pvt McCleskey was killed in action on 7 January 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

KIA 7 Jan 1945


Flight Officer Royce L. McCleskey  

Royce L. McCleskey (aka Roy Louis Jr.) born 5 November 1923 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Josephine Bishop(b.1898 Ranger, Texas-d.1973 Ranger, Texas) Age 25 and Roy Louis McCleskey(b.1896 Gatesville, Texas-d.1964 Ranger, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 6 (Roy Jr.) living with his father and step-mother in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 (Roy Jr.) living with his father and step-mother, and one brother in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Married Miss Merline Miller in Stephens County, Texas on 3 May 1941, had one son born in 1943. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 30 June, 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. Royce L. McCleskey asn-18110591 a married white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a truck driver with 4 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Abilene, Texas on 17 October 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer Royce L. McCleskey T-127231 US Army Air Forces 345th Fighter Squadron 350th Fighter Group 12th Air Force was piloting a P-47D 44-33553 out of the Pisa Airfield, Italy on 22 April 1945 on a combat armed reconnaissance mission to Ostiglia, Italy. [MACR 14063 ] F/O McCleskey was shot down by anti-aircraft fire while passing north of San Benedetto, Italy and was killed. His remains were buried there until after the war when he was repatriated to Texas in 1949 and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

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KIA 22 Apr 1945


Second Lieutenant Billy M. McGough

Billy Monroe McGough born on 19 April 1922 at Eastland County, Texas to Effie Hagar(b.1904 Haskell County, Texas-d.1996 Eastland County, Texas) Age 18 and Carl Bryce McGough(b.1902 Eastland County, Texas-d.1985 Eastland County, Texas) Age 20.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents in JP2 Fisher County, Texas. 1935 living in Hamlin, JP5 Jones County, Texas. Graduated from Hamlin High School in 1938. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents in Hamlin, JP5 Jones County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Lubbock, Texas for the local board of Jones County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Box 72 Hamlin, Jones County, Texas and unemployed and listed his father, Mr. C. B. McGough Box 72 Hamlin, Texas, as his next of kin contact (presently in the US Navy Air Corps Reserve). Graduated from Texas A&M and received a 2nd Lieutenant commission in the US Marine Air Corps. .

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[Marines] Second Lieutenant Billy M. McGough O-24968 US Marine Air Corps Marine Scout Bombing Squadron 332, Marine Aircraft Group 33, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina. 2Lt McGough was the pilot of an aircraft (possibly the Douglas SBD Dauntless, a scout dive bomber) out of Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina on 17 September 1943 on a routine training mission along with Sergeant Edmund L. Cassou in the back seat. The aircraft crashed in the early morning at White Oak, Carteret County, North Carolina near the Bogue Airfield, about 18 miles southwest of Cherry Point, killing both Marines. 2Lt McGough's body was shipped to Eastland, Eastland County, Texas where buried in the Eastland City Cemetery on Thursday 23 September 1943.

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Private First Class Ralph McKinley  

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Ralph McKinley born 11 April 1922 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Jessie Ann Bacon (b. 1886 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas - d. 1969 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas) Age 36 and Homer Cowen McKinley (b. 1894 Loudon, Loudon County, Tennessee - d. 1965 Belton, Bell County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 Census age 8 living in Big Spring, Howard County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. Attended Ranger schools. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Joined the Army National Guard. 1940 Census age 17 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters, working as a truck driver. Ralph McKinley asn-20806042 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education was activated with the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a Private 1st Class at Ranger, Texas on 25 November 1940. Trained at Camp Bowie, Brownwood, Texas and in Louisiana. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Ralph McKinley 20806042 US Army Company I 142nd Infantry Regiment 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. Pfc McKinley was killed in action on 9 September 1943 on the beachhead of the Salerno, Italy landing. 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 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on Tuesday 24 August 1948.

KIA 9 Sep 1943


Private Eddie L. McMullen

Eddie Lee McMullen born on 28 February 1921 at Henderson County, Texas to Gertrude Norris(b.1902 Vernon Parish, Louisiana-d.1986 Tarrant County, Texas) Age 19 and Curtis Elmore McMullen(b.1890 Louisiana-d. Vernon Parish, Louisiana) Age 31.

1930 census Age 9 living with his mother and stepfather, a sister and an uncle in Athens, Henderson County, Texas. 1935 living in Athens, Henderson County, Texas. Eddie L. McMullen asn-6267920 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Henderson County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas in 1940. 1940 census Age 19 living with the E Company 23d Infantry US Army in Ft Sam Houston, Area D, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas as a soldier. Married Miss Martha Jane Pugh(b.1921 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas-d.1992 Kerr County, Texas lastname Ritchie), they had a child. .

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[Army] Private Eddie L. McMullen 6267920 US Army 18th Infantry Regiment 1st Infantry Division. Departed the New York Port of Embarkation on 1 August 1942, arrived in Beaminster in south-west England about a week later, and departed 22 October 1942 for the combat amphibious assault of North Africa. The 1st Infantry Division was in combat in the Tunisian Campaign from 21 January 1943 to 9 May 1943, helping secure Tunisia. Pvt McMullen was killed in action 25 March 1943 in the vicinity of Tunis, Tunisia. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial at Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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First Lieutenant Bobby C. Miller

Bobby Carl Miller born 3 November 1912 in Norton, Runnels County, Texas to Littie Lee Williams (b. 1893 Hill County, Texas - d. 1989 Conroe, Montgomery County, Texas) Age 19 and Marvin Estin Miller (b. 1889 Lee County, Texas - d. 1972 Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas) Age 23.

1920 Census age 7 living in Runnels County, Texas with his parents. Graduate of Winters High School. 1930 Census age 17 living in Winters, Runnels County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister, working as a tailor. 1935 living in Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas. Married Dollie Cooper (b.1911 Pineland, Sabine County, Texas - d.2004 Brown County, Texas) on 15 June 1935 in Tom Green County, Texas, they had a son Robert Michael Miller(b.1940 Winters, Runnels County, Texas-d.2009 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas). 1940 Census age 27 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his wife Dollie. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 701 W. Doummer Eastland, Texas and working at W.P.A. in Eastland and listed his father, Mr. M. E. Miller 315 Palm Abilene, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Bobby C. Miller asn-38228352 a married white male born Texas in 1912 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a manager with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 12 September 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] First Lieutenant Bobby C. Miller O-1314174 US Army Company F 331st Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division. The division, taking part in the Allied invasion of Normandy, landed at Omaha Beach, 18 June 1944. Moving to the Hurtgen Forest December 1944, the 83rd Division thrust forward from Gressenich to the west bank of the Roer. 1Lt Miller was killed in action on 10 December 1944 in the vicinity of Gey, Hürtgen Forest, 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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Private Harry L. Milstead

Harry L. Milstead born 16 March 1920 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Omar Lee Collins (b. 1885 Bremond, Robertson County, Texas - d. 1944 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 35 and James Sanford Milstead (b. 1978 Thornton, Limestone County, Texas - d. 1956 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona) Age 42.

1930 Census age 9 living in JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Married Cecelia Rosemary Wich (b.1920 St Louis, St Louis County, Missouri-d.2000 Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona) on 16 December 1939 at Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, they had a daughter Rose Mary. 1940 Census age 22 living in Phoenix, SD2 Maricopa County, Arizona with his wife Cecelia, working as a truck driver for retail citrus growers. Harry L. Milstead asn-20846702 a married white male born Texas in 1918 with a grammar school education was activated with the National Guard into the US Army Infantry as a private at Phoenix, Arizona on 16 September 1940. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Harry L. Milstead 20846702 US Army Company K 158th Infantry Regiment 45th Infantry Division. At the outbreak of World War II, the unit was ordered into Federal service on 16 September 1940 and started training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. The regiment then moved to Camp Barkeley, Texas in February 1941 and conducted maneuvers in Louisiana. After the United States declared war on 8 December 1941, the unit was detached from the 45th Division and was sent to Panama to reinforce the defenses of the Panama Canal Zone arriving 2 January 1942. Pvt Milstead served in Australia, and in the jungles of New Guinea. 158th Regiment was redesignated the 158th Regimental Combat Team in December 1943 in Papua, New Guinea. Pvt Milstead died of wounds on 24 June 1944 which he received in action on Papua, New Guinea. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Bullock Cemetery at Bullock, Eastland County, Texas on 24 February 1949. Purple Heart with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.

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Second Lieutenant Fred G. Montgomery  

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Fred Garlan Montgomery born 4 June 1917 in Greenback, Loudon County, Tennessee to Mayme Henry(b.1890 Brick Mill, Tennessee-d.1958 Fort Worth, Texas) Age 27 and Samuel Oscar Montgomery(b.1895 London, Tennessee-d.1971 Tarrant County, Texas) Age 22.

1920 census Age 2 5/12 living with his parents and one sister in JP1 Brooks County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and one sister in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with his parents and one sister in JP2 Eastland County, Texas, working as an auto parts salesman. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin, and he was working for himself in Ranger, Texas. Fred G. Montgomery asn-18075139 a single white male born Tennessee in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a clerk with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Lubbock, Texas on 19 March 1942.

[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Fred G. Montgomery O-672850 US Army Air Forces 550th Bombardment Squadron 385th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot of B-17F 42-30254 daparting Gander Airport, Newfoundland on 20 June 1943 on a ferrying mission to a new station in England with a full crew of ten airmen. [MACR 3 ] Before reaching the transatlantic destination of Prestwick Airfield, Scotland the B-17 disappeared without any distress call. The crew was statused as missing until the search was abondoned 25 June 1943 and the plane was declared lost at sea on 21 June 1943. 2Lt Montgomery is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  East Coast Memorial in Manhattan, New York.

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Sergeant Pleas E. Moore, Jr.

Pleas Earley Moore, Jr. born 14 October 1922 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Cleo Patra Sanders(b.1898 Cleburne, Texas-1984 Colorado) Age 23 and Pleasant Earley Moore(b.1897 Glen Rose, Texas-d.1989 Tarrant County, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and two siblings in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and three siblings in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. Pleas E. Moore, Jr. asn-18110333 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas working for Mongomery Ward with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Abilene, Texas on 11 September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant Pleas E. Moore, Jr. 18110333 US Army Air Forces 71st Air Base Squadron was the radio operator in the A-20C Havoc out of Gander Airfield, Newfoundland, Canada on 27 October 1943 on a "not-so-routine" training mission with pilot Major Sobey F. Allen and two more crewmen. They were involved in a midair collision  very close to the airfield and crashed into the ground killing all four aboard. Sgt Moore was buried there at the post cemetery until 1948 when his remains were repatriated to Texas and reinterred in the Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas on 20 January 1948.

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Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Odus D. Moorman  

Odus Dean Moorman Sr. born on 4 September 1908 near Sipe Springs, Comanche County, Texas to Dona May Burkhart(b.1889 Valley Mills, Bosque County, Texas-d.1977 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 19 and Odus Findley Moorman(b.1885 Texas-d.1914 Comanche County, Texas) Age 23.

1910 census Age 1 year & 7 months living with his parents and a sister in JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1920 census Age 11 living with his grandparents Moorman, his mother and a brother in JP6 Comanche County, Texas. Graduated from Gorman High School. Married Miss Harriett M Sowers(b.1909 Knox County, Tennessee-d.1996 Chaves County, New Mexico). 1930 census Age 21 living with his wife Harriett in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas, working as manager of an ice company. 1935 living in rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 31 living with his wife Harriett, a son Odus Jr., a niece and his mother in Graham, JP1 Young County, Texas, working as a grocery store clerk. Registered for the draft at Graham, Young County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 922 Virginia, Graham, Texas and working at Morton Grocery 517 Elm, Graham, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Harriett Montgomery Moorman 922 Virginia, Graham, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Odus D. Moorman nsn-9387397 a married white male born Texas in 1908 residing in Young County, Texas working as a clerk with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas in 1944, listed his wife, Mrs. Harriett S. Moorman 922 Virginia, Graham, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at Naval Recruit Station in San Diego, California and then assigned as S2 to the USS Louisville for duty on 8 December 1944, received from Naval Station, Manus Island, Admiralty Islands. .

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[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer Odus D. Moorman 9387397 US Navy USS Louisville CA-28. By the new year, 1945, Louisville was headed towards Lingayen Gulf. While en route on 5–6 January, two kamikazes headed for and scored on her. The first kamikaze on 5 January 1945 hit the No. 2 main battery 8-inch 55 caliber gun knocking it completely out of commission killing one man with seventeen injured-burned including the Captain. The second kamikaze on 6 January 1945 hit the starboard side signal bridge. Forty-two crewmen were killed and 125 or more men were wounded. Bridge knocked out of commission at the time forced switch of control to battery #2 by second smoke stack. Despite extensive damage, the cruiser shelled the beaches and shot down several enemy planes before withdrawing on 9 January 1945 and proceeding to Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs. PO Moorman was missing in a heroic action 6 January 1945 during the explosion and fire. He was declared dead by the Navy in August 1945. By a record snafu, he was listed as buried at sea, therefore he is not on any MIA list. He was awarded posthumously the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. He 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.

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Second Lieutenant Edwin G. Morrow  

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Edwin Glenn Morrow Sr. born on 19 September 1912 at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas to Stella Elvira Collie(b.1884 Texas-d.1974 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 28 and Theodore Franklin Morrow(b.1876 Bosque County, Texas-d.1952 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 36.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and a sister in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. Graduated from Gorman High School class of 1929. Entered the Texas Tech. College at Lubbock and completed three semesters. 1930 census Age 17 living with his parents and a sister in Gorman, Eastland County, Texas. Completed four years of learning at the University of Texas in Austin. 1935 living in Travis County, Texas. Married Alvarine Mozelle Smith(b.1913 Stephens County, Texas-d.2001 Sonoma County, California) on 17 April 1937 at Travis County, Texas. 1940 census Age 27 living as a lodger in home of Clara Baten in Ward 1, Beaumont, JP1 Jefferson County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas for the local board of Jefferson County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 327 3rd St. Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas and working at Texas Unemployment Commission in Beaumont and listed his wife, Mrs. E.G. Morrow 327 3rd St. Beaumont, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Edwin G. Morrow asn-38164188 a married white male born Texas in 1912 residing in Jefferson County, Texas working as an insurance salesman with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Houston, Texas on 29 June 1942. Commissioned 2nd Leiutenant at Ft Benneing, Georgia in February 1943. .

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[Army] Second Lieutenant Edwin G. Morrow O-1309798 US Army Company L 22nd Infantry Regiment 4th Infantry Division. The 4th Infantry Division sailed to England where it arrived on 26 January 1944. Division assaulted the northern coast of German-held France during the Normandy landings, landing at Utah Beach, 6 June 1944. The 22nd Regiment was attached to 83d Infantry Division between 3–7 December 1944, and then returned to 4th Infantry Division in Luxembourg on 12 December 1944. The 22d then moved to Belgium on 28 January 1945, and re-entered Germany on 7 February 1945. Halted at the Prüm River by heavy enemy resistance. 2Lt Morrow was killed in action on 9 February 1945 in the vivinity of Prum, 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 Gorman Cemetery at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas on 1 May 1949.

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Private Raymond A. Murphy

Raymond Andrew Murphy born 23 October 1908 Cameron, Milam County, Texas to Alice Pearl Whitmire (b. 1886 Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas - d. 1975 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23 and Cornelius De Vore Murphy (b. 1878 Georgetown, Williamson County, Texas - d. 1963 Marble Falls, Burnet County, Texas) Age 32.

1910 Census age 1 living in JP1 Milam County, Texas in the home of his maternal grandparents J. M. Dowdy and wife Hester, his mother and brother. 1920 Census age 12 living in Rusk County, Texas with his mother and step-father Burton Crabtree and a brother. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Married Mildred Augusta Covington Almire (b. 1917 Pecan Gap, Fannin County, Texas - d. 1976 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) on 3 July 1937 at Upton County, Texas. 1940 Census age 32 living in CP4 Upton County, Texas with his wife Mildred, working as an oil field roustabout. Registered for the draft at McCamey, Upton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at General Delivery McCamey, Texas, and being unemployed and listed his wife, Mrs. Mildred Augusta Murphy General Delivery McCamey, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Raymond A. Murphy asn-38213390 a married white male born Texas in 1908 residing in Upton County, Texas working in the oil fields with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 11 September 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Raymond A. Murphy 38213390 US Army, organization unknown. He died on 11 November 1942 in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida of a non-battle event, but no details of his death could be found. Pvt Murphy's body was shipped to Ranger, Eastland County, Texas for burial in the Evergreen Cemetery.

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Signalman Third Class Petty Officer Elmon T. Murray  

Elmon Truett Murray born on 9 October 1922 near Carbon, Eastland County, Texas to Myrtle 'Mertie' Cavanaugh(b.1893 Arkansas-d.1983 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 29 and Elmon Ethel Murray(b.1884 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas-d.1952 Eastland County, Texas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and siblings in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and siblings in Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt.2 Gorman and working at Gorman for C.C. McFadden and listed his father, E.E. Murray Rt.2 Gorman, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy on 11 September 1942 at Dallas, Texas and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmon E. Murray, Rt. 2, Carbon, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and on 14 May 1943 was transferred to the Combat Sub Division 22 for duty with the relief crew as a Seaman First Class. His rating was changed on 1 September 1943 to Signalman Third Class. On 21 October 1943, he was transferred from CSD-22 relief crew to the USS Sculpin.

[Navy] Signalman Third Class Petty Officer Elmon T. Murray 3568396 US Navy USS Sculpin SS-191. The Sculpin lost in a fight  with the Japanese destroyer IJN Yamagumo on 19 November 1943. Some of Sculpin's crew were killed in action, some drowned and were missing in action, and 42 were taken prisoner. PO Murray was listed as missing November 19, 1943, but may have been lost at sea as a POW on 4 December 1943 in the sinking of IJN Chuyo by USS Sailfish SS-192. PO Murray is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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Private John R. K. Murray  

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John R. K. Murray born 28 June 1917 in Lakeside, Los Angeles County, California to Alma Murilla Martin (b. 1886 Coryell County, Texas - d.1950 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 31 and Wilton Woodford Murray (b. 1879 Kemper County, Mississippi - d.1917 San Diego, San Diego County, California) Age 38.

1920 Census age 3 living in San Diego County, California with his mother, four brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP5 Eastland County, Texas with his mother, two brothers, a sister and a nephew. 1935 living in Olden, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 23 (absent) living in Olden, JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his mother, a brother and a nephew, working as a map checker for the C.C.C. Registered for the draft at Olden, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Olden, Eastland County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his mother, Mrs. Alma Myrilla Murray of Olden, Texas, as his next of kin contact. John R. K.(initials only) Murray asn-18037835 a single white male born California in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a draftsman with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 5 November 1940. [nba] .

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[Army] Private John R. K. Murray 18037835 US Army 23rd Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River on 10 June 1944, the division liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192 , a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lo. After three weeks of fortifying the position and by order of Commanding General Walter M. Robertson, the order was given to take Hill 192. On 11 July 1944 under the command of Col. Ralph Wise Zwicker the 38th IR and with the 9th IR and the 23rd IR by his side the battle began at 5:45am. Using an artillery concept from World War I (rolling barrage) and with the support of 25,000 rounds of HE/WP that were fired by 8 artillery battalions, the hill was taken. Pvt Murray died of wounds on 25 July 1944 that he received in heroic action in the vicinity of Saint-Lo, 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 Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 3 February 1948. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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Private Albert Nantz  

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Albert Nantz born 18 December 1917 near Perrin, Jack County, Texas to Sussen 'Suse' Ingle (b. 1876 Hyden, Harlan County, Kentucky - d. 1954 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) Age 42 and Dan N. Nantz (b. 1870 Hyden, Harlan County, Kentucky - d. 1945 Palo Pinto County, Texas) Age 48. (From his Texas Birth Certificate).

1920 Census age 2 living in Jack County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and four sisters. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents, a brother and a sister in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Attended Ranger schools. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas as the head of household with his sister Pearl and a nephew, working as a filling station attendant. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RFD.2 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas with DOB listed as 22 December 1918 and working for himself a mile & a half east of Eastland and listed his sister, Mrs. Pearl McNurlen RFD.2 Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact, signed 'AB Nantz' (a note on back states "No middle name or initial signed AB for Albert"). Albert Nantz asn-38081429 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 23 November 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Albert Nantz 38081429 US Army Company G 47th Infantry Regiment 9th Infantry Division. He was part of the North Africa and the Sicilian campaigns in 1943. After being sent to England for further training, the 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 defenses. Then south where Pvt Nantz was killed in action on 17 June 1944 in the vicinity of Barneville-Carteret, 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 Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas on Thursday 3 June 1948.

KIA 17 Jun 1944


Corporal Elisha D. Nash  

Elisha David Nash born 20 March 1920 in Walnut Springs, Bosque County, Texas to Fannie Elizabeth McCoy(b.1887 Texas-d.1972 Eastland, Texas) Age 33 and Joseph McDonald Nash(b.1862 Wise, Texas-d.1935 Eastland, Texas) Age 58.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and two siblings in Glen Rose, Somervell County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his mother and two brothers in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 1 July 1941 and listed his mother as next of kin. Married Miss Freida Marilynn Burke, and had one child. Elisha D. Nash asn-38513995 a married white male born Texas 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a clerk with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private in Abilene, Texas on 20 May 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Corporal Elisha D. Nash 38513995 US Army Air Forces 394th Bombardment Squadron 5th Bombardment Group 13th Air Force was the radio operator/tail gunner on a heavy bomber, probably a B-24, out of home base in New Guinea on 23 February 1945 on a combat bombing mission to an unspecified target, probably in Japan, and he was severely injured during the mission but they made it back home. Cpl Nash died of his injuries the next day on 24 February 1945 and was buried in a temporary grave in New Guinea. His remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Eastland City Cemetery in Eastland, Texas.

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First Lieutenant Scott H. Neal

Scott Hodges Neal born 13 October 1917 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Lula May Hodges(b.1882 Lott, Texas-d.1966 Dallas, Texas) Age 35 and Levi Leon Neal(b.1880 Birdville, Tarrant County, Texas-d.1950 Ranger, Texas) Age 37.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and one sister, a grandmother and an uncle in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and one sister in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with his parents and one sister in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940. Scott H Neal asn-18034399 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a doorman at a movie theater with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 25 April 1941. Married Miss Grace Maurice Croom in Arizona on 15 December 1941. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Scott H. Neal O-431148 US Army Air Corps 21st Bombardment Squadron 30th Bombardment Group was the co-pilot on the B-24D 41-1105 out of the Fort Glenn Airfield, Umnak Island, Alaska on 22 July 1942 on a combat bombing mission to the Japanese held Kiska Island and the aircraft did not return home and radio contact was lost. [MACR ] The B-24 and crew were statused as missing and have not been recovered. 1Lt Neal is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 22 July 1942


Private First Class Elbert R. Nelson Jr.  

Elbert Raymond Nelson Jr. born on 1 February 1922 at Crockett, Houston County, Texas to Rosa Lee Clark(b.1884 Madison County, Texas-d.1971 North Richland Hills, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 38 and Elbert Raymond Nelson(b.1886 East Texas-d.1947 McKinney, Collin County, Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in JP4 Hill County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and a brother in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas, working as a laborer on a paving project. Registered for the draft in Bell County, Texas for the local board at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and working at Camp Hood, Killeen, Texas for Morgan Construction Co. and listed his father, E. R. Nelson of Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Georgia Dean Steele(b.1928 Texas-d.1983 Granbury, Hood County, Texas), they had a son. Elbert R. Nelson Jr. asn-38230253 a married white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Taylor County, Texas working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 16 October 1942. .

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[Army] Private First Class Elbert R. Nelson Jr. 38230253 US Army Company L 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, cutting across the Merderet River to take Pont l'Abbe in heavy fighting. Pfc Nelson was killed in action on 16 June 1944 in northwest 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 Flatwood Cemetery at Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 23 January 1949.

KIA 16 Jun 1944


Sergeant Thomas A. Nunn, Jr.

Thomas Aaron Nunn, Jr. born 14 August 1916 in Carlisle, Bernalillo County, New Mexico to Laura Pearl Mullins(b.1887 Thrifty, Brown County, Texas-d.1929 York, Arizona) Age 29 and Thomas Aaron Nunn(b.1884 Sweetwater, Texas-d.1970 Coleman, Texas) Age 32.

1920 census Age 3 (Bud Jr.) living with his parents and four siblings in Duncan, Greenlee County, Arizona. 1930 census Age 13 (Buddy) living with his father and siblings, grandparents, aunt and cousins in Duncan, Greenlee County, Arizona. When living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas, he registered for the draft in Breckenridge, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father in Nimrod, Eastland County, Texas as his next of kin. Thomas A. Nunn, Jr. asn-38371018 a single white male born New Mexico in 1916 residing in Eastland County, Texas and working as a farmer with one year of college education enlisted from the National Guard into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 11 February 1943.

[AirCorps] Sergeant Thomas A. Nunn, Jr. 38371018 US Army Air Forces 783rd Bombardment Squadron 465th Bombardment Group was the flight engineer on the B-24H 42-52464 out of Pantanella Airfield, Italy on 20 October 1944 on a combat bombing mission to target the marshalling yards at Prien, Grmany. [MACR 9337 ] The B-24 was having mechanical problems enroute to the target and the trouble was bad enough for the pilot to leave the formation, jettison the bomb load, and turn back. The B-24 was last seen at 34 miles east of Venice, Italy over the northern Adriatic Sea, 45.29N 13.0E, it did not return to base and was statused as missing . After one year the status of the crew was changed to KIA MIA with a FOD of 21 October 1945. Sgt Nunn and the rest of the crew are remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Sicily-Rome American Cemetery in Nettuno, Lazio, Italy.

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KIA MIA 20 Oct 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer John B. O'Neill  

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John Bernard O'Neill born on 29 January 1915 at Eastland County, Texas to Lena Schumacher(b.1882 Kerr County, Texas-d.1973 Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma) Age 33 and John Beasley O'Neill(b.1873 Leesville, Gonzales County, Texas-d.1959 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 42. (I did not find proof of his birth place or the death place).

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and siblings in Hewett, Carter County, Oklahoma. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents and siblings in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Age 25 living in the Harlem State Prison Farm, JP4 Fort Bend County, Texas, as a prisoner. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at 118 E. Burkett St., Eastland, Texas and being unemployed and listed his father, Mr. John Beasley O'Neill of Eastland, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy on 18 November 1942 in Dallas, Texas and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. O'Neill, 113 Lyman St., Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer John B. O'Neill 3569135 US Navy location at an undisclosed port in the southwest Pacific. He is listed in the US Navy Combat Casualties Book as killed in action on 25 December 1943, no ship or location. I found nothing in newspapers about his death or burial, and very little on the internet. The Navy muster logs only show his travel to an undisclosed port arriving 14 July 1943. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas.

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KIA 25 Dec 1943


Private Jodie L. Parsons  

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Jodie Lee Parsons born 22 April 1925 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Martha Armintia Kuydendall (b. 1905 Texas - d. 1993 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 20 and Joseph Daniel Parsons (b. 1899 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1973 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 Census age 4 living in Glendale, Maricopa County, Arizona with his parents and a sister. 1935 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 15 living in JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. Attended Eastland High School. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 23 April 1943 while living at Box 296 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and working at his father's farm and listed his father, Mr. Joe Parsons Box 296 Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Jofie [sic] L. Parsons asn-38534416 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Eastland 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 24 September 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Jodie L. Parsons 38534416 US Army Company D 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment 82nd Airborne Division. On 2 August 1944 the division became part of the First Allied Airborne Army. In September 1944, the 82nd began planning for Operation Market Garden in the Netherlands. On 17 September 1944, the 'All American' Division conducted its fourth (and final) combat jump of World War II. Fighting off German counterattacks, the division captured its objectives between Grave, and Nijmegen. The Market Garden bulge was held in a defensive operation for several weeks until the 82nd was relieved. Pvt Parsons died of wounds on 28 October 1944 that he had received in action in the vicinity of Nijmegen, Netherlands. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Sunday 6 February 1949.

DOW 28 Oct 1944


Electrician's Mate First Class Petty Officer Woodrow D. Patterson  

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Woodrow David Patterson born on 10 December 1915 at Petrolia, Clay County, Texas to Mollie Lee Triplett(b.1883 Tennessee-d. ) Age 33 and Robert Belfield Patterson(b.1874 Tennessee-d.1953 Texas) Age 42.

1920 census Age 4 living with his parents and siblings in Petrolia, Clay County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and siblings in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 11 June 1938 in Dallas, Texas, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Belfield Patterson, 408 Shawn Rd., Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained in California and transferred to the USS Canopus on 18 December 1940 for duty as EM1.

[Navy] Electrician's Mate First Class Petty Officer Woodrow D. Patterson 3558741 US Navy USS Canopus AS-34, location Mariveles Bay, Bataan, Philippines. 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, she was backed off into deep water under her own power and the crew scuttled the ship and abandoned ship. Of the Canopus' crew, 221 were evacuated to Corregidor on 28 February 1942 and served with the Marines' 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalions on beach defenses. The final 327 crewmen were also evacuated to Corregidor and served in the 4th Marine Regiment's 4th Battalion Reserves-Provisional which fought during the final battle for the island fortress. Nearly all Canopus crewmen were captured at the fall of Corregidor and spent the rest of the war in Japanese prisoner of war camps in the Philippines and the Asian mainland. Some of the captured crew did not survive, but were killed on 24 October 1944 in the sinking of IJN Arisan Maru  by USS Shark SS-314. PO Patterson 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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KIA MIA 24 Oct 1944


Captain William J. Peters, Jr.

William John Peters, Jr. born 19 June 1921 in Caddo, Bryan County, Oklahoma to Gussie Virginia Hull(b.1899 Oklahoma-d.1983 Okla) Age 22 and William John Peters(b.1893 Sweet Home, Texas-d.1955 Fort Worth, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. William J. Peters, Jr. asn-18065518 a single white male born Oklahoma in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas and 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 10 November 1941. Married Miss Oneida Mae Lewis (remarried-Hansen 1919 Ok-2011 Ks) in Brazoria County, Texas on 5 August 1942 and had one daughter. .

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[AirCorps] Captain William J. Peters, Jr. O-662488 US Army Air Forces 823rd Bombardment Squadron 38th Bombardment Group 5th Air Force was the pilot of B-25J 43-36036 out of Pitu Airfield , Pitoe, Morotai, Morotai Island on 10 November 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Ormoc Bay, Leyte Island, Philippines. [MACR 10669 ] The B-25 was hit by anti-aircraft fire leaving the target and crashed into the Ormoc Bay, all of the crew were killed but they were statused as missing for one year then statused KIA MIA with FOD (Finding Of Death, by law) of 11 November 1945. Capt Peters and his five crew are remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

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KIA MIA 10 Nov 1944


Corporal Guy Pledger Jr.  

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Guy Pledger Jr. born on 9 August 1922 at Olden, Eastland County, Texas to Rubye Mae Groves(b.1901 Texas-d.1981 Eastland County, Texas) Age 22 and Guy Pledger(b.1897 Texas-d.1966 Nueces County, Texas) Age 26. His dob per the Texas Birth Index and the draft registration card.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Attended Eastland and Ranger High Schools. Married Miss Druanne Nicholson(b.1923 Oklahoma-d.2006 Stephenville, Texas) on 27 August 1941 at Stephens County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Nueces County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at 1220 Antelope, Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas and working as Civil Service at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Druanne Pledger 1220 Antelope, Corpus Christi, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Guy Pledger Jr. asn-18197757 a married white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Nueces County, Texas working as a repairman with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 12 October 1942. Shipped out to Italy 11 October 1944. .

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[AirCorps] Corporal Guy Pledger Jr. 18197757 US Army Air Forces 741st Bombardment Squadron 455th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force. He was a gunner aboard B-24G 42-78397 out of San Giovanni Airfield, Italy on 17 November 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target at Gyor, Hungary. The B-24 suffered hits from anti-aircraft artillery over the target and was cripling toward home when it crashed into the Adriatic Sea. Some survived and some were killed. Cpl Pledger was killed and his body was recovered. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Thursday 30 June 1949.

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First Lieutenant Eldon A. Plumlee

Eldon Auline Plumlee born 29 February 1920 in Gap, Comanche County, Texas to Zola Lou Buzbee(b.1900 Pioneer, Eastland County, Texas-d.1967 Abilene, Texas) Age 20 and Isaac Council Plumlee(b.1893 Durant, Oklahoma-d.1960 Fort Worth, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and three siblings in Pioneer, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Pioneer, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and three siblings in Pioneer, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in McCamey, Upton County, Texas on 1 July 1941, working for Shell Pipeline Company, and listed his father, in Wink, Winkler County, Texas, as next of kin. Eldon A. Plumlee asn-18015900 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Upton County, Texas working as semiskilled labor with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 18 December 1941. Married Miss Anna Lucile Webb at Upton County, Texas on 5 November 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Eldon A. Plumlee O-662490 US Army Air Forces 448th Bombardment Squadron 321st Bombardment Group 12th Air Force was killed in a jeep accident on 2 April 1943 in Tunisia, possibly Souk-el-Arba, Tunisia on station. 1Lt Plumlee's remains were buried there in a temporary grave and was repatriated to Texas in 1948 and reinterred in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Abilene, Texas. In 1999 his remains were moved to the Pioneer Cemetery in Eastland County, Texas.

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Private First Class Floyd B. Porter  

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Floyd Bowen Porter born 24 August 1923 in Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas to Viola Mildred Bowen (b. 1898 Wailing, Hill County, Texas - d. 1964 Lampasas County, Texas) age 23 and Floyd Benjamin Porter (b. 1901 Comanche County, Texas - d. 1965 Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas) age 21 .

1930 Census age 6 living in JP3 Lampasas County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 Living in Rural Eastland County, Texas. Attended Gorman High School. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP5 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. Registered for the draft at Lampasas, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 29 June 1942 while living at Rt.2 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at his father's farm near Gorman and listed his father, F. B. Porter Rt.2 Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Floyd B. Porter asn-38635046 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Eastland 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 13 September 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Floyd B. Porter 38635046 US Army Company L 383rd Infantry Regiment 96th Infantry Division. The 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. The offensive was resumed, 30 May 1945, against weakening enemy resistance and Japanese north of Yonabaru-Shuri-Naha Road area were cleared out. Resistance stiffened again, 3 June 1945, and Laura Hill was taken, 14 June 1945, only after a bloody fight; the last important Japanese defense position, the Yuza-Dake, Yaeju-Dake Hill mass, was secured by 17 June, and on 22 June 1945 all resistance was declared at an end. Many of the landmark names and other locations of the massive engagement have been changed by modern Japanese. Pfc Porter was killed in a heroic action on 15 June 1945 on Okinawa, Japan in the vicinity of the Yuza-Dake, Yaeju-Dake Hill. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Oakland Cemetery near Gorman, Eastland County, Texas on 17 March 1949. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 15 Jun 1945


Private Herman L. Post Jr.

Herman Loyd Post Jr. born on 8 February 1921 at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Verna S.(b.1902 Texas-d. Texas) Age 19 and Herman Loyd Post(b.1895 Washington County, Pennsylvania-d.1979 Lubbock, Lubbock County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and a sister in Monahans, JP2 Ward County, Texas, working as a sales clerk at a grocery store. Registered for the draft at Dallas, Dallas County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at 5201 Live Oak, Dallas, Texas with mail address of 608 Spring Road, Ranger, Texas and being a student and listed his mother, Mrs. H. L. Post of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Herman L. Post Jr. asn-18109858 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a sales clerk with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 6 May 1942. (His parents divorced before 1947. His father married Joe Adelle Carter and they had a son Joe Carter Post (b.1948 Lubbock, Texas). His mother married Mr. W. Roberts in Tom Green County, Texas on 21 July 1947. .

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[Army] Private Herman L. Post Jr. 18109858 US Army 175th Infantry Regiment 29th Infantry Division. D-Day of Operation Neptune, the cross-channel invasion of Normandy, finally came on 6 June 1944. Neptune was the assault phase of the larger Operation Overlord, codename for the Allied campaign to liberate France from the Germans. The 29th Infantry Division had landed in Normandy by 7 June 1944. By 9 June 1944, Omaha Beach was secure and the division occupied Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy, France. Pvt Post 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 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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Private First Class Truman C. Powers

Truman Columbus Powers born 2 March 1915 Stephens County, Texas to Ada Isbell Hager (b. 1879 Travis County, Texas - d. 1967 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 35 and William Andrew Powers (b. 1877 Pulaski County, Arkansas - d. 1954 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 37. (Gave DOB 2 March 1915 on his draft card).

1920 Census age 6 living in JP5 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, two sisters and two brothers. Attended Kokomo School. 1930 Census age 16 living in JP5 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a sister, a brother and a niece. Married Maybeline Gene Underwood (b. 1916 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1972 Andrews, Andrews County, Texas). 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 23 living on Lake Road in JP1 Eastland County, Texas with his wife Mabeline and three daughters, and working as a laborer at the rock crusher. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at half a mile north of the Eastland Airport, Eastland County, Texas and working for H. E. Newton Trucker De Leon, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Truman Columbus Powers at same address, as his next of kin contact. Truman C. Powers asn-38537991 a married white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Taylor County, Texas working in a cleaners with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 26 November 1943. Trained at Camp Wolters, Texas and Camp Wheeler, Georgia. Shipped out to England in June 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Truman C. Powers 38537991 US Army Company F 117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division. Landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France on 11 June 1944. Reached a point 2 miles south of St. Vith, Belgium on 26 January 1945, before leaving the battle and moving to an assembly area near Lierneux on 27 January, and to another near Aachen to prepare for attack deeper into the western edge of Germany at the Roer River. The Roer was crossed on 23 February 1945, near Jülich. Pfc Powers was killed in action on 26 February 1945 in the vicinity of Jülich, 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 Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Wednesday 30 March 1949.

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Second Lieutenant William A. Prange

William Arthur Prange born 5 December 1921 in Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas County, Arkansas to Helen Ida Steyer(b.1885 Wisconsin-d.1973 Cisco, Texas) Age 36 and William John Prange(b.1885 Nebraska-d.1980 Cisco, Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Garland, Arkansas County, Arkansas. 1935 living in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and seven siblings in JP6 Eastland County, Texas. William A. Prange asn-19129460 a single white male born Arkansas in 1921 residing in Los Angeles County, California working as a clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private in Los Angeles, California on 2 September 1942. Married Miss Hazel Verna Mehorter at Los Angeles, California on 6 September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant William A. Prange O-764441 US Army Air Forces 605th Bombardment Squadron 399th Bombardment Group 4th Air Force was a student pilot aboard the B-24J 42-73390  out of March Airfield, California on 1 February 1944 on a local training mission. After the B-24 had taken off it developed engine trouble and the commander pilot was making a forced landing at March Airfield when it crashed and burned. 2Lt Prange and three other crew were killed. 2Lt Prange's body was taken and interred in the Inglewood Park Cemetery at Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California.

DNB 1 Feb 1944


First Lieutenant Weldon C. Randall

Weldon C. Randall born 2 February 1916 in Stoneburg, Montague County, Texas to Grace Jewel Bragg(b.1897 Texas-d.1982 Eastland, Texas) Age 19 and William Dickerson Randall(aka Willie Randell, b.1896 Texas-d.1918 Stoneburg, Montague, Texas) Age 20.

1920 census Age 3 living with his maternal grandparents in JP2 Childress County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living as a ward in the IOOF Home in Pct1 Navarro County, Texas. 1935 living in Hot Springs, New Mexico. 1937 a student in Austin, Texas. 1940 census Age 24 single living in barracks of US Army Air Corps at Chanute Field, Champaign County, Illinois, while his mother and step-father, John D. Browning, lived in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Married after April 1940. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Weldon C. Randall O-429288 476th Bombardment Squadron 335th Bombardment Group was the bombardier-navigation instructor aboard B-26B 41-18115  out of Barksdale Airfield, Louisiana on 15 January 1943 on a routine training mission. Immediately after takeoff the B-26 crashed and burned killing all but two of the crew. 1Lt Randall's body was sent to San Antonio, Texas and interred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery on 20 January 1943.

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Aviation Metalsmith First Class Petty Officer Barton J. Rasmussen

Barton Jones Rasmussen born on 6 June 1924 at Des Moines, Union County, New Mexico to Maggie Belle Jones(b.1884 Erath County, Texas-d.1972 Stephens County, Texas) Age 40 and Charles Oats 'Chuck' Rasmussen(b.1882 Terrell County, Texas-d.1961 Stephens County, Texas) Age 42.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and siblings in JP8 Stephens County, Texas. 1935 living in Frankell, JP8 Stephens County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents in Frankell, JP8 Stephens County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy at age 17 in 1941 and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Rasmussen, Rt.3, Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. Trained in California. Transferred on 7 January 1942 from the Naval Air Station, Alemeda, California to the USS Wharton AP-7 as a passenger Seaman Second Class with the destination Pearl Harbor, arriving 18 January 1942.

[Navy] Aviation Metalsmith First Class Petty Officer Barton J. Rasmussen 3566122 US Navy, location Philippine Sea, missing, date of loss 19 March 1945. The War Dept issued a FOD, finding of death, one year plus one day after the date of loss, delaring him dead on 20 March 1946. No information found in newspapers. A possibile find is that a US Navy R4D-6 50770  was reported as missing on a flight from Morotai II to Samar, Philippines 19 March 1945, with 17 missing. PO Rasmussen 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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KIA MIA 19 Mch 1945


First Lieutenant Clark F. Roberds  

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Clark Frederic Roberds on 8 October 1916 in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas to Eleanor Clark(b.1886 Eastland County, Texas-d.1972 Cisco, Texas) Age 30 and Frederick White Roberds(b.1886 Mississippi-d.1967 Abilene, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and a sister in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and a sister in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. Attended Howard Payne College, Brownwood, Texas and Texas University Law School. 1940 census Age 23 single roomer working as a lawyer living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 working as a lawyer in Cisco, Texas and listed his father as next of kin. Clark F. Roberds asn-38033312 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a lawyer with four years of college education was inducted into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Kelly Field, Texas on 11 November 1941. Married Miss Frances Ellis of Brownwood, Texas in 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Clark F. Roberds O-661565 US Army Air Forces TSP Service was the pilot of B-26B 41-18030 out of Atkinson Airfield, Guyana on 25 March 1943 on a routine shuttle mission to Belem Airfield, Brazil. [MACR 15507 ] The B-26 did not arrive at the destination and the searches did not find it, the plane and crew were statused as missing in Guyana . After one year plus one day the status was changed to FOD, finding of death, DNB and missing. 1Lt Roberds is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  East Coast Memorial site in Manhattan, New York.

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DNB MIA 25 Mar 1943


Private First Class Floyd L. Rogers

Floyd Lafayette Rogers born 29 November 1919 in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas to Anna Belle Boyd (b. 1899 Utica, Hinds County, Mississippi - d. 1956 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) age 20 and Joseph Lafayette Rogers (b. 1890 Marion County, Arkansas - d. 1963 Dallas, Dallas County, Texas) age 28.

1920 Census age 4 months living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas with his parents. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1935 living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census (absent) age 20 living in JP7 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and two sisters, working as a laborer for the C.C.C. at the Sheller House. Floyd L. Rogers asn-18038434 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a landscaping laborer with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 15 January 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Floyd L. Rogers 18038434 US Army Company C 38th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. The 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Attacking across the Aure River on 10 June 1944, the division liberated Trévières and proceeded to assault and secure Hill 192 , a key enemy strong point on the road to Saint-Lo. After three weeks of fortifying the position and by order of Commanding General Walter M. Robertson, the order was given to take Hill 192. On 11 July 1944 under the command of Col. Ralph Wise Zwicker the 38th IR and with the 9th IR and the 23rd IR by his side the battle began at 5:45am. Using an artillery concept from World War I (rolling barrage) and with the support of 25,000 rounds of HE/WP that were fired by 8 artillery battalions, the hill was taken. Pfc Rogers was killed in a courageous action with gallantry on 12 July 1944 in the vicinity of Saint-Lo, 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 Rising Star Cemetery at Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas on 18 December 1947. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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Staff Sergeant Lester A. Rose

Lester Arthur Rose born 9 December 1918 in Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado to Emma Arnold (b.1876 Missouri - d. 1950 Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado) and Columbus Joshua Rose Jr. (b. 1877 West Liberty, Boone County, Iowa - d. 1958 Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado).

1920 Census age 1 living in Eads, JP6 Kiowa County, Colorado with his parents, Aunt, Uncle and great Aunt. 1930 Census age 11 living in Eads, JP6 Kiowa County, Colorado with his parents. 1935 living in Eads, JP6 Kiowa County, Colorado. Attended Colorado State College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts. 1940 Census age 21 living in Eads, JP6 Kiowa County, Colorado with his parents, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado on 16 October 1940 while living at Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado and working for father in Eads and listed his father, Mr. Columbus Rose of Eads, Colorado as his next of kin contact. Lester A. Rose asn-38103580 a single white male born Colorado in 1918 residing in Kiowa County, Colorado working with a college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Colorado. Married Juanita Louise Daniels (b. 1920 De Leon, Comanche County, Texas - d. 1997 Quinlan, Hunt County, Texas) of Ranger, Texas in 1943 and they had a son Lester Arthur Rose Jr.(b. 15 November 1944 Eastland County, Texas-d.2009 Douglas County, Missouri). [nba]

[Army] Staff Sergeant Lester A. Rose 38103580 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, cutting across the Merderet River to take Pont l'Abbe in heavy fighting. SSgt Rose was killed in action on 11 June 1944 in northwest 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.

KIA 11 Jun 1944


Private First Class Orval L. Russell

Orval Lee Russell born 5 December 1925 in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Lola Dell Wolfe (b. 1896 Wichita County, Kansas - d. 1985 Cross Plains, Callahan County, Texas) age 30 and Charles Grimes Russell (b. 1893 Perrin, Clinton County, Missouri - d. 1940 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas) age 32.

1930 Census age 4 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. Attended Ranger High School, active in football and made the Honor Roll in 1941. Orval L. Russell asn-18243046 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 2 August 1943. [nba]

[Army] Private First Class Orval L. Russell 18243046 US Army 399th Infantry Regiment 100th Infantry Division. From late 1943 to early 1944, the division trained in the mountains of Tennessee and was subsequently sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for further training. The division sailed to Europe on 6 October 1944 and arrived at Marseille, France on 20 October 1944. In December 1944, the division went on the offensive in the vicinity of Bitche, France. The division occupied the nearby areas of Wingen and Lemberg after fierce fighting on 6–10 December 1944. Pfc Russell was killed in action on 9 December 1944 in the vicinity of Lemberg, 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 16 December 1948.

KIA 9 Dec 1944


Technical Sergeant Carl Sanders

Carl Sanders born 24 July 1920 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Myrtle Olive Newman (b. 1901 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1987 Tom Green County, Texas) Age 19 and Chester Frank Sanders (b. 1896 Black Rock, Arkansas - d. 1954 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 24.

1920 census his parents and a sister, Leona age 10 months, are living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 Census age 9 living in JP4 Concho County, Texas with his parents, a brother and four sisters. 1935 living in Rural McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP3 Brown County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living at Box 168 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and working at N.Y.A. Pinre St. Ranger, Texas and listed his father, C. S. Sanders, Ebony, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Carl Sanders asn-38230229 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a tinsmith with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 16 October 1942. Married Donna Jacqueline 'Jackie' Huffman (b.1918 Hasse, Comanche County, Texas - d.1974 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas). Trained in infantry warfare at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and went overseas to the European Theater in October 1944. [nba] .

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[Army] Technical Sergeant Carl Sanders 38230229 US Army (Infantry Regiment and Infantry Division not found). He had been on the Siegfried Line, known in Germany as the Westwall a defensive line, about two weeks when he was killed on 25 February 1945. In charge of a patrol, he was returning from a scouting expidition when he stepped on a wire which exploded a mine. He was buried in a temporary grave in Belgium 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 16 June 1948.

KIA 25 Feb 1945


Private First Class Charlie B. De Los Santos  

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Charlie Belicaria De Los Santos born 28 November 1919 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Angelita Conterras Guajardo (b. 1887 Laredo, Webb County, Texas - d. 1981 Santa Clara County, California) Age 32 and Earnest De Los Santos (b. 1877 Matamoros, Mexico - d. 1939 Tornillo, El Paso County, Texas) Age 42.

Attended Eastland Schools. Registered for the draft at Springville, Apache County, Arizona for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and working at U.S. Government Camp F-54-A in Springville, Arizona and listed his mother, Mrs. Angelita De Los Santos of Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Charlie B. De Los Santos asn-38099826 a single others male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a welder with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 18 March 1942. Married Refugio Cuca Martines, and they had a son Charlie Belisar De Los Santos (b.1944 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas). [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Charlie B. De Los Santos 38099826 US Army 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. Pfc De Los Santos was killed in action on 11 June 1944 in the vicinity of Pont l'Abbe, 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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KIA 11 Jun 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Richard E. Scott

Richard Ellsworth Scott born on 27 March 1921 at Summit County, Ohio to Amy Virginia Young(b.1900 Clay County, West Virginia-d.1975 Millersburg, Holmes County, Ohio) Age 21 and Chester Ellsworth Scott(b.1897 Eastland County, Texas-d.1979 Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio) Age 24.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and siblings in Springfield, Summit County, Ohio. 1935 living in Stow, Summit County, Ohio. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and siblings in Stow, Summit County, Ohio. Enlisted in the US Navy in 1941 and listed his father, Mr. Chester Ellsworth Scott, Rt.1, Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Richard E. Scott 2833450 US Navy USS Truxton DD-229, location Newfoundland, missing, date of loss 18 February 1942. On Christmas Day 1941, Truxtun departed Boston, Massachusetts in the screen of Convoy HX-168. She arrived at Reykjavík on 13 January 1942 and, six days later, headed back to Argentia with Convoy ON-57. At 0410 on 18 February while acting as escort to USS Pollux in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, Truxtun ran aground in a howling gale between the outport communities of Lawn and St. Lawrence, near Chambers Cove. Under extremely violent and freezing sea conditions she broke up almost immediately after grounding and, in spite of the heroic efforts of the local populace, lost 110 members of her crew to the elements. PO Scott is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the  East Coast Memorial at Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York.

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First Lieutenant Joe E. Sheridan Jr.

Joseph Edward 'Joe' Sheridan Jr. born 21 November 1919 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Mattie Beulah Pate (b. 1894 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1975 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25 and Joseph Edward 'Joe' Sheridan Sr. (b. 1885 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1952 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 34.

1920 (11 March 1920) Census age 3 months living in Nimrod, JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and three sisters. 1935 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas. Graduated Rising Star High School class of 1937. 1940 Census age 20 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living at Rt.2 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and working at 10 miles south of Cisco, Eastland County, Texas for himself and listed his father, Joe E. Sheridan Sr. Rt.2 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Joe E. Sheridan Jr. asn-38099824 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in Eastland 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 18 March 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] First Lieutenant Joe E. Sheridan Jr. O-887660 US Army 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. Sergeant Sheridan was wounded in action on 11 June 1944 and he was awarded the Purple Heart. He was field commisioned as Second Lieutenant in Belgium on 17 October 1944, and awarded the Silver Star on 6 December 1944 for his gallantry in action. On 6 December 1944, the division pushed across the Saar River and established a bridgehead north of Saarlouis, Germany 6–18 December 1944, but with the outbreak of Gerd von Rundstedt's drive, the Battle of the Bulge, 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 by the 94th Infantry Division. It drove across the Our River, near Oberhausen, 29 January 1945, to establish and expand a bridgehead. 1Lt Sheridan was killed in action on 29 January 1945 in the vicinity of Oberhausen, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred next to his brother in the  Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg. Silver Star and Purple Heart with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

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KIA 29 Jan 1945


Sergeant Walter M. Sheridan

Walter Myrle Sheridan born 9 June 1914 Eastland County, Texas to Mattie Beulah Pate (b. 1894 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1975 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 20 and Joseph Edward Sheridan Sr. (b. 1885 Eastland County, Texas - d. 1952 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 29.

1920 Census age 5 living in Nimrod, JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. 1930 Census age 15 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and three sisters. 1935 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 Census age 25 living in JP4 Eastland County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Nimrod, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Rt.2 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and working at same for himself and listed his father, Mr. Joe Edward Sheridan Rt.2 Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Walter M. Sheridan asn-38029365 a single white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Eastland 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 Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 18 March 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Walter M. Sheridan 38029365 US Army 6th Armored Infantry Regiment 1st Armored Division. On 11 May 1942, the 1st Armored Division left the U.S. and five days later were training in Northern Ireland. On 29 October 1942, Old Ironsides moved to England to depart for North Africa. The 1st Armored Division's first contact with an enemy was as part of the Allied invasion of North Africa, Operation Torch, 8 November 1942. The Allies received unexpected resistance from Vichy-French units. Old Ironsides then advanced toward Tunisia. In January 1943, Old Ironsides, as part of II Corps, received the mission of defending central Tunisia against an Axis counterattack. After three months, the Allies could finally claim victory in North Africa. Sgt Sheridan died of wounds on 25 March 1943 that he received in action in Tunisia. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred next to his brother in the  Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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DOW 25 Mch 1943


Staff Sergeant Winfred B. Shirley  

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Winfred Berle Shirley born 2 March 1917 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Artis Mae Clark(b.1894 Tennessee-d.1984 Cisco, Texas) Age 22 and John Eli Shirley(b.1888 Mississippi-d.1953 Cisco, Texas) Age 29. (Texas birth certificate named Winfred Merle Shirley).

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and two siblings and grandfather in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and one sister in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Cisco, Texas on 16 October 1940 working for self as truck contractor and listed his mother as next of kin contact. Winfred B. Shirley asn-18039906 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working in trucking with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 15 January 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Winfred B. Shirley 18039906 364th Bombardment Squadron 305th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the left waist gunner aboard B-17F 41-24588  out of Chelveston Airfield, England on 8 March 1943 on a combat bombing mission to target the marshalling yards in Rennes, France. [MACR 15718 ] The B-17 bombed the target and was hit by anti-aircraft flak and enemy fighter planes and was headed home when the pilot had to ditch in the English Channel ten miles south of Selsey Bill, the B-17 and crew were statused as missing, one year and one day after the crash on 9 March 1944 they were statused as FOD, finding of death. SSgt Shirley's remains have not been recovered and he is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Cambridge American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

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KIA MIA 8 Mar 1943


Private Ruby R. Shoemaker

Ruby Roe Shoemaker born 21 November 1912 in Dublin, Erath County, Texas to Lucretia Adelaide Brasell(b.1882 Texas-d.1964 Odessa, Texas) Age 30 and Stephen Edgar Shoemaker(b.1882 Erath County, Texas-d.1921 Dunn, Scurry County, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and four siblings in JP8 Erath County, Texas. 1930 census Age 17 living with his mother and two siblings in Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Breckenridge, Stephens County, Texas. 1940 census Age 27 living with his mother and two siblings and working in the oilfields in JP3 Jack County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at RR2 Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas being unemployed and listed his mother at the same address as next of kin contact. Married and wife's name Ethel L. Shoemaker. .

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[AirCorps] Private Ruby R. Shoemaker 38369097 US Army Air Forces 853rd Engineers Battalion, Aviation was a passenger aboard the HMT Rohna, a British transport ship carrying American soldiers on 26 November 1943 when she was hit  by a German missile off Algeria and sunk, 1,138 men were killed including 1,015 American troops. Pvt Nobles is still MIA and remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial Tablets of the Missing in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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KIA MIA 27 Nov 1943


Private First Class Curtis Short  

Curtis Short born on 20 January 1921 at 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.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three brothers in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his grandmother Mary Short, an aunt and two cousins in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas, working as a grocery store delivery boy. Married Dola Belle Haynes Watson(b.1919 Lingleville, Erath County, Texas-d.2001 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) on 17 January 1942. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 23 March 1942 while living at Gen. Del. Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at Gorman, Texas for T.L. Jay and listed his wife, Mrs. Curtis Short of Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Curtis Short asn-38133839 a married white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a sales clerk with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 30 June 1942. . His brother Clenon's home of record was in Comanche County, Texas.

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[Army] Private First Class Curtis Short 38133839 Company G 330 Infantry Regiment 83rd Infantry Division. On 17 January 1945, Company G with five tanks attempted to outflank the enemy positions by moving northeast out of Sterpigny on a trail. This force was held up by machine gun fire and infantry from both the left and right in the woods just to their front. No further progress was made. Pfc Short died of wounds on 17 January 1945 he received in action northeast of Sterpigny, 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 De Leon Cemetery at De Leon, Comanche County, Texas on 21 April 1948.

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Second Lieutenant Jack D. Sikes  

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Jack Day Sikes born 20 December 1920 in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Montie Iona Day(b.1892 Eastland, Texas-d.1990 Brownwood, Texas) Age 28 and Ruel Eddington Sikes(b.1885 Tanglewood, Texas-d.1949 Cisco, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and two siblings in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and three siblings in Ward 14 Fort Worth, JP1 Tarrant County, Texas. Jack D. Sikes asn-18065668 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas attending college with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Dallas, Texas on 27 September 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Jack D. Sikes O-724564 US Army Air Corps 703rd School Squadron was piloting a Vultee BT-13A 41-10972  out of the bomber school at Blytheville Airfield, Arkansas on 20 September 1942 on a routine navigation training mission. 2Lt Sikes and radioman Pfc Charles Hiltz were both killed instantly when the BT-13 suddenly took a nose dive into the mountain near Monteagle, Tennessee. 2Lt Sikes' body was shipped to Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and interred in the Eastland City Cemetery on 23 September 1942.

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Private D. L. Simpson

D. L. Simpson born on 2 February 1923 at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas to Hattie Caldona Jones(b.1899 Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas-d.1974 Fontana, San Bernardino, California) Age 24 and Clarence David Simpson(b.1894 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas-d.1969 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 29.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and three sisters in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents, three sisters and three cousins in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Registered (D. L. "initials only" Simpson) for the draft at Bell County, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas and working at Camp Hood, Killeen, Bell County, Texas for H.B. Zachary and listed his father, C.D. Simpson of Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. D. L. Simpson asn-38370404 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Eastland County, Texas working in construction with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas about 1943. (He may have married Miss Rosalee Ella Morris(b.1924 Palo Pinto County, Texas-d.1992 Erath County, Texas but unconfirmed).

[Army] Private D. L. Simpson 38370404 US Army 172nd Infantry Regiment 43rd Infantry Division. On 9 January 1945, the 43rd Division made an assault landing in the San Fabian area, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon. Under enemy Japanese fire, the 43rd Division secured the beachhead and fought into the Lingayen Plain by 12 February 1945. Pvt Simpson was killed in action on 25 January 1945 near the Lingayen Plain, Luzon, Philippines. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the  Manila American Cemetery McKinley Road, Fort Bonifacio 1634 Philippines.

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KIA 25 Jan 1945


Corporal Kenneth L. Sisson

Kenneth Lorenza Sisson born on 9 May 1921 at Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee to Martha Cavender(b.1903 Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee-d.1967 Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee) Age 18 and Richard Sisson(b.1876 Georgia-d.1928-1947) Age 45. (Birth year varies from 1919 to 1921).

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents in Sixes, Cherokee County, Georgia. 1935 living in Bessemer City, Gaston County, North Carolina. Kenneth L. Sisson asn-07001692 enlisted 8 December 1939 in Gaston County, N.C. and sent to Fort Bragg. 1940 census Age 18 living at Fort Bragg, Manchester, Cumberland County, North Carolina. Discharged by a "Section 8 " on 30 November 1940 from the 36th Field Artillery Regiment at Fort Bragg, N.C. Registered for the draft (DOB 9 May 1920 Telloco Plane, Tenn.) at Cumberland, Gaston County, North Carolina on 4 December 1940 while living at Bessemer City, Gaston County, N.C. and unemployed at same and listed his mother, Mrs. Martha Sisson Bessemer City, Gaston County, N.C., as his next of kin contact (Card was 'cancelled too young for ...'). Kenneth L. Sisson asn-18038643 a single white male born Tennessee in 1919 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a truck driver with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Coast Artillery Corps Philippine Department as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 4 February 1941. .

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[Army] Corporal Kenneth L. Sisson asn-18038643 US Army Coast Artillery Corps 60th Artillery Regiment Philippine Department. Assigned to Ft Mills, Corregador, Philippines. Captured by the Japs at the fall of Corregador in May 1942. Imprisoned at Cabanatuan POW Camp on Luzon Island. Cpl Sisson was killed by firing squad after digging his own grave inside the camp. The murderous Jap officers did not report his death properly or made no report at all so the US War Dept listed him as missing. His grave was discovered after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Knoxville National Cemetery at Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee on 23 April 1949.

KIA POW 19 Jun 1942


First Lieutenant Leonard W. Skiles

Leonard Winfield Skiles born on 25 October 1914 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Mattie Elizabeth Meek(b.1894 Gibson County, Tennessee-d.1981 Ruston, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana) Age 20 and Inman Harrison Skiles(b.1891 Gibson County, Tennessee-d.1964 Cisco, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23.

1920 census Age 5 living with his parents and a sister at Abilene, JP1 Taylor County, Texas. 1930 census Age 15 living with his parents, two sisters and two brothers at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Married Miss Mattie Opal Brashears(b.1916 Eastland County, Texas-d.1965 Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida) in 1938 at Eastland County, Texas and they had a daughter Goldia Elizabeth Skiles(b.1939 Howard County, Texas). 1940 census Age 25 living with his wife and daughter, and a brother in Ward A Deming, JP1 Luna County, New Mexico, working as a warehouse manager for a wholesale oil company. Leonard W. Skiles asn-20842450 a married white male born Texas in 1914 residing in Luna County, New Mexico working as a bookkeeper with four years of high school education was activated from the National Guard into the US Army Coast Artillery Corps as a Sergeant at Deming Army Airfield, New Mexico on 6 January 1941. Trained at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas with the 200th Coast Artillery Regiment. He was promoted to 1st Lieutenant and assigned to Headquarters of the 515th Coast Artillery Regiment. Shipped out to Philippines in August 1941. .

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[Army] First Lieutenant Leonard W. Skiles O-419678 US Army 515th Coast Artillery Regiment Coast Artillery Corps. He was deployed to the Philippine Islands, and based at Fort Stotsenburg, Luzon Island. He served as a member of the Headquarters in the 515th Coastal Artillery Regiment , the harbor defenses of Manila and Subic Bays. His unit participated in the battle of the Philippines, the conquest of the Philippine Islands by the Imperial Japanese army and naval forces 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942. While retreating to the Bataan peninsula, he was captured on 9 April 1942 during the ensuing Battle of Bataan. As a prisoner, his captors subjected him to participate in the "Bataan Death March", incarcerated at the prisoner of war camp Davao, Mindanao Island. 1Lt Skiles was reported as dying on 8 December 1942, most likely from starvation and throat pharyngitis. 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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Technician Fifth Grade Ray J. Stephenson

Ray Jerome Stephenson born on 11 February 1918 at Eastland County, Texas to Effie Cora Bishop(b.1880 Eastland County, Texas-d.1967 Andrews, Andrews County, Texas) Age 38 and Henry Jerome Stephenson(b.1870 Mississippi-d.1938 Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas) Age 48.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents, four sisters and four brothers in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents, three sisters and two brothers in JP3 Martin County, Texas. 1935 living in Bogata, Red River County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living as a lodger in Clarksville City, JP1 Red River County, Texas, working as a repairman in a shoe store. Registered for the draft at Stanton, Martin County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Martin County with mail address of Box 35 Patricia, Dawson County, Texas and working for T. D. Stephenson in Martin County and listed his brother, Mr. Thomas Dorsey Stephenson Box 64 Patricia, Dawson County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Ray J. Stephenson asn-38065568 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in Dawson County, Texas working as a mechanic with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 26 February 1941. Trained with the infantry at Ft Bliss, Texas.

[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Ray J. Stephenson 38065568 US Army 636th Tank Destroyer Battalion. 636th was activated on 15 December 1941, at Camp Bowie, Brown County, Texas. While with his unit and involved in training manuvers in Camp Blanding, Clay County, Florida he was involved in a non-battle event and died on 17 May 1942. Could be an accident, disease, homocide or suicide, but no details were found. His body was shipped to Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas and interred in the Rising Star Cemetery.

DNB 17 May 1942


Staff Sergeant George N. Strawn  

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George Norman Strawn born on 6 July 1922 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Meda Beatrice Spoon(b.1891 Morristown, Tennessee-d.1963 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 31 and Ira DeLafayette Strawn(b.1890 Thurber, Erath County, Texas-d.1969 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 32.

His parents were married 30 July 1916 in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas and lived at East 16th and Beech in Cisco. 1930 census Age 7 living with his parents, three brothers and a sister in JP2 Stephens County, Texas. 1935 living in Mid Kansas, JP2 Stephens County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and two brothers in Mid Kansas, JP2 Stephens County, Texas. Attended Eliasville High School in Young County, Texas. George N Strawn asn-18020510 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Stephens County, Texas working in a bakery with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Fort Worth, Texas on 6 August 1940. He trained at Ft Ringgold, Texas. .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant George N. Strawn 18020510 US Army 12th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division. Arrived in Australia 24 July 1943, continued its training at Strathpine, Queensland, until 26 July 1943, then moved to New Guinea to stage for the Admiralties campaign 22–27 February 1944. The division experienced its first combat in the Admiralty Islands, units landing at Los Negros on 29 February 1944. Momote airstrip was secured against great odds. Attacks by Japanese were thrown back, and the enemy force surrounded by the end of March. SSgt Strawn was killed in a gallant action on 13 March 1944 at Los Negros Island , Manus, Papua New Guinea and his body was not 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. Silver Star, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.

KIA MIA 13 Mch 1944


Staff Sergeant Wallace B. Suarez  

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Wallace Benavides Suarez born 21 July 1913 in Rockdale, Milam County, Texas to Josefa Francisca Benavides(b.1889 Mexico-d.1979 Mexico City) Age 24 and Guillermo Suarez(b.1891 Cameron, Texas-d.unknown) Age 22.

1930 census Age 17 (Nellace) living with his mother (widow) and three siblings in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother of Eastland as next of kin contact. Wallace B. Suarez asn-38136450 a single white male born Texas in 1913 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a waiter with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 5 September 1942.

[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Wallace B. Suarez 38136450 US Army Air Forces 64th Bombardment Squadron 43rd Bombardment Group was the tail gunner on board B-24D 42-40667 'Frisky' out of Nadzab Airfield, Papua New Guinea on 2 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target (no details found) and on take-off a left main tire blew, the gear collapsed and disintegrated, causing engine and aircraft to catch fire. The plane crashed, broke in two and was consumed by flames. SSgt Suarez was trapped in the tail and killed in the resulting explosion, the rest of the crew had escaped to safety. SSgt Suarez's remains are listed MIA and non-recoverable, he is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Manila American Cemetery in Manila, Philippines.

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KIA MIA 2 Apr 1944


Captain Karl Tanner

Karl Tanner born on 15 May 1910 at Mexico City, Mexico to Bertha May Alter(b.1890 Iowa-d.1954 Texas) Age 20 and Kenneth Boyd Tanner  (b.1883 Kaukauna, Wisconsin-d.1965 Texas) Age 27. (DOB & POB from draft card) Different on the record here .

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1920 census Age 9 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 19 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 29 living alone in Amarillo, JP1 Potter County, Texas, working as an insurance claim adjuster. Registered for the draft at Galveston, Texas for the local board in Dallas County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Box 2759 Dallas, Texas and working at Dallas for Employer's Casualty & Texas Employers Assoc., Interurban Bldg, Dallas, Texas and listed his employer, Mr. L. A. Guthrie of Dallas, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Karl Tanner asn-38035669 a single white male born Mexico in 1910 residing in Dallas County, Texas working as an insurance salesman with a post-graduate education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Dallas, Texas on 14 January 1941. Received an honorable discharge from the Army so he could be enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 11 January 1942 at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and listed his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth B. Tanner, Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot in San Diego and at Camp Pendleton in San Diego. Received his commission to Second Lieutenant about November 1942 while in the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. Received his commission to First Lieutenant about October 1943 while in the 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, in the field. Shipped out to the south Pacific. .

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[Marines] Captain Karl Tanner O-16663 Hq Company 1st Battalion 28th Marines Regiment 5th Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The first portions of the 28th Marines landed on Iwo Jima at Green Beach just after 0900 on 19 February 1945, thus began the Battle of Iwo Jima . The 1st and 2nd Battalion, 28th Marines were first ashore and suffered heavy casualties. The battles raged on through March 1945 with huge losses for both sides, begging the question "was it worth it?". Capt (then 1Lt) Tanner was killed on 9 March 1945 during an aggressive heroic action on Iwo Jima which earned him a Navy Cross and rating of Captain (posthumously). He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were reinterred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii on 1 February 1949. Navy Cross and Purple Heart.

KIA 9 March 1945


Flight Sergeant Pilot Kenneth Boyd Tanner Jr.

Kenneth Boyd Tanner Jr. born on 27 July 1917 at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas to Bertha May Alter(b.1890 Iowa-d.1954 Texas) Age 28 and Kenneth Boyd Tanner  (b.1883 Kaukauna, Wisconsin-d.1965 Texas) Age 34.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents, a sister and a brother in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. Attended Eastland grammar school. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Graduated from Eastland High School class of 1935. Attended Pre-Med school at University of Texas from 1935 to 1939. 1940 census Age 22 living with his parents in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas, working as an insurance adjuster with four years of college education. Enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force on 3 June 1941 in Windsor, Canada. Shipped out to overseas duty about April 1942 as a Flight Sergeant Pilot. .

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[RCAF] Flight Sergeant Pilot Kenneth Boyd Tanner Jr. R-98436 Royal Canadian Air Force 23rd Operational Training Unit, attached to 106th Squadron. Wellington bomber aircraft was lost at night to enemy action over Germany on 16 September 1942, all five on board were lost. Flight Sergeant Pilot Tanner was buried at Krefeld, exhumed, and reburied in the Reichswald  Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Germany.

KIA 16 Sep 1942


First Lieutenant Kessler O. Thomas

Kessler Oliver Thomas born 10 November 1917 in Thurber, Erath County, Texas to Blanche Isabelle Kessler(b.1892 Thurber, Texas-d.1958 Cisco, Texas) Age 25 and Thomas Oliver Thomas(b.1887 Wales-d.1972 Dallas, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents in JP7 Erath County, Texas. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and one brother in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Married Miss Auraline P. Pittman of Scranton, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with his parents and one brother in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brownwood, Texas for the Eastland County, Texas draft board on 16 October 1940 while working at Camp Bowie and listed his wife, Avralie of Cisco, Texas, as next of kin contact. Kessler O. Thomas asn-18110484 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as an engineer with three years of college education enlisted from the Enlisted Reserve Corps into the US Army Air Corps at Miami Beach, Florida on 28 February 1943. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Kessler O. Thomas O-830579 US Army Air Forces 505th Fighter Squadron 339th Fighter Group 8th Air Force was piloting a P-51D 44-14776  out of the Fowlmere Airfield, England on 6 February 1945 on a combat mission (target unknown) was wounded and on his return crash landed at Menley Farm, Puckeridge, East Hertfordshire, England due to his wounded condition. 1Lt Thomas' body was buried in a temporary grave there in England until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Oakwood Cemetery at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 6 Feb 1945


Seaman First Class Petty Officer John F. Tollerson Jr.  

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John Freeman Tollerson Jr. born on 25 March 1922 at Cisco, Eastland County, Texas to Minta L(b.1902 Texas-d.1995 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 19 and John Freeman Tollerson(b.1898 Limestone County, Texas-d.1978 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Pioneer, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and siblings in Pioneer, JP7 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Borger, Hutchinson County, Texas for the local board at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Borger and working at Phillips, Hutchinson County, Texas and listed his father, John Tollerson, Box463, Pioneer, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Veda Mae Matthews(b.1923 Seymour, Baylor County, Texas-d.2007 Comal County, Texas) on 16 November 1942 in Nueces County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 10 October 1942 in Dallas, Texas and later listed his wife, Mrs. Veda Mae Tollerson, Rt.2, Rising Star, Texas, as his next of kin contact. On 14 August 1943, S2 Tollerson was first assigned for duty to the USS Columbia from the Naval Station at Noumea, New Caledonia. He was rated as S1 on 1 December 1944 while still on duty with USS Columbia. .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer John F. Tollerson Jr. 3568476 US Navy USS Columbia, location Philippine Islands, Lingayen Gulf Landings, missing, date of loss 6 January 1945. On 1 January 1945, Columbia sailed for the landings in Lingayen Gulf and on 6 January, as pre-invasion bombardments were getting underway, Japanese kamikaze attacks began. Columbia suffered a near miss by a kamikaze and was then struck on her port quarter by a second. The plane and its bomb penetrated two decks before exploding, killing 13 and wounding 44 men, putting her aft turrets out of action, and setting the ship afire. Prompt flooding of two magazines prevented further explosions, and impressive damage control measures enabled Columbia to complete her bombardment with her two operative forward turrets, and remain in action to give close support to underwater demolition teams. PO Tollerson 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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KIA MIA 6 Jan 1945


Corporal Jack Trantham

Jack Trantham born on 21 June 1918 at Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas to Edith Eleanor Batten(b.1876 Jacksonville, Cherokee, Texas-d.1971 Ranger, Eastland, Texas) Age 42 and Sidney Johnson Trantham(b.1868 Missouri-d.1944 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 50.

The family moved from Jacksonville to Eastland before 1928. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and a brother in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Eastland and working at the Ligon Service Station on the corner of Main and Daugherty and listed his mother, Mrs. S. J. Trantham 406 S. Seaman St., Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 4 January 1942 at Dallas, Texas and listed his mother, Mrs. Edith Trantham, 406 S. Seaman St., Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at the Marine Recruit Depot, San Diego, California. He was promoted to Private First Class and assigned to the 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion, Marine Corps Base, San Diego.

[Marines] Corporal Jack Trantham 347999 US Marine Corps Company A 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force, equipped with the Landing Vehicle Tracked-1 (LVT-1). In 1942, the Battalion set sail from San Diego, CA with the 2nd Marine Division to meet the Japanese tide sweeping across the South Pacific. Elements of the 2nd Amphibian Tractor Battalion participated in the assault on Tarawa. The Battle of Tarawa  November 20-23, 1943, the U.S. began its Central Pacific Campaign against Japan by seizing the heavily fortified, Japanese-held island of Betio in the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands. The 18,000 U.S. Marines sent to tiny Betio were expected to easily secure it; however, problems quickly arose. Low tides prevented some LVT-1s from clearing the coral reefs that ringed the island. Japanese coastal guns pounded the snagged vessels. Cpl Trantham was killed in action 20 November 1943, during the landing at Betio. His body was not recovered from the sea, but accounted for as buried at sea. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing and Buried at Sea in the  Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA BAS 20 Nov 1943


Private First Class Winfred E. Treadway  

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Winfred Eugene Treadway born on 24 June 1922 at Mitchell County, Texas to Eva Neoma Burleson(b.1902 Marion County, Alabama-d.1988 Taylor County, Texas) Age 20 and Oscar Jennings Treadway(b.1901 Eastland County, Texas-d. Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and two brothers in Coleman, Coleman County, Texas. 1935 living in Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents, two brothers and two sisters in JP5 Eastland County, Texas. Married Miss Nora Murlene Parker(b.1923 Eastland County, Texas-d.2009 Snyder, Texas) of Gorman in 1941 and they had one child, Nolan Lee Treadway(b.1942 Eastland County, Texas-d.2017 Snyder, Texas). Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at RFD1 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at Gorman for Ernest Daniels and listed his father, O.T. Treadway RFD1 Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Winfred E. Treadway asn-38232329 a seperated white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Eastland County, Texas working in construction with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 19 November 1942. .

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[Army] Private First Class Winfred E. Treadway 38232329 US Army 115th Infantry Regiment 29th Infantry Division. Landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France D-Day plus 1 on 7 June 1944. The 115th IR's participation in the Normandy Campaign continued until it was over on 24 July 1944. Pfc Treadway was killed in action on 12 July 1944 in the vicinity of Isigny-sur-Mer, Normandy, 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 Simpson Cemetery at Kokomo, Eastland County, Texas on 26 May 1948.

KIA 12 Jul 1944


Sergeant Joseph W. Tucker  

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Joseph William Tucker born on 12 January 1917 at Duster, Comanche County, Texas to Grace Isabelle Farley(b.1880 Arkansas-d.1959 Stephenville, Erath County, Texas) Age 37 and Joseph Louis Tucker(b.1874 Colorado-d.1951 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 43.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents, three sisters and two brothers in JP5 Comanche County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in JP4 Lynn County, Texas. 1935 living in rural, Eastland County, Texas. Joseph William Tucker mcsn-251908 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas working with some high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Marine Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 12 March 1936, and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph L. Tucker, Hilburn, Eastland County, Texas as his next of kin contacts. Trained at Marine Bases in Parris Island, South Carolina and San Diego, California. He served in China from 1936 to 1939 and in the southwest Pacific Theater. .

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[Marines] Sergeant Joseph W. Tucker 251908 US Marine Corps Company E 2nd Battalion 22nd Marines Regiment 1st Provisional Marine Brigade Fleet Marine Force. On 21 July 1944, the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade assaulted and landed south of the Orote Peninsula on Guam, the largest island of the Mariana Islands. The 3rd Marine Division landed north of the peninsula. The 1st Battalion, 22nd Marines landed on Beach Yellow 1 which was just north of the City of Agat, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Marines came ashore on Yellow 2, and the 3rd Battalion, 22nd Marines held in reserve landed on Yellow 1. Sgt Tucker was killed in action on 21 July 1944 at the beachhead during the initial assault on Guam. 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 22 May 1948.

KIA 21 Jul 1944


Staff Sergeant Melbourne E. Tucker  

Melbourne Elix Tucker born on 30 November 1922 at Sidney, Comanche County, Texas to Maggie Florence Stephens(b.1902 Pittsburg, Camp County, Texas-d.1972 Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 19 and George Christopher Tucker(b.1896 Wise County, Texas-d.1969 Arlington, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and a sister in JP8 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas. Graduated from the Gorman High School. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents, two brothers and a sister in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Belton, Bell County, Texas for the local board of Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at Camp Hood, Killeen, Texas for Central Contracting Company and listed his mother, Mrs George C. Tucker, Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Melbourne E. Tucker asn-18208684 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Dallas County, Texas working as a skilled mechanic with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Shreveport, Louisiana on 28 October 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Melbourne E. Tucker 18208684 US Army Air Forces 570th Bombardment Squadron 390th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force. He was the radio operator aboard the B-17 44-8225 'Hard To Get' out of Framlingham Airfield, England on 30 November 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target Synthetic Oil Plant at Merseburg, Germany. Over the target a dreaded barrage of flak commenced. SSgt Tucker was at his radio operator position when he was struck in the juglar by a shrapnel of flak and bledout. He was dead, killed in action, before the B-17 arrived at home base. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Shannon Rose Hill Memorial Park at Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas on 23 July 1948.

KIA 30 Nov 1944


Private First Class Charles B. Turner  

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Charles Benjamin Turner born on 9 November 1924 at Bell County, Texas to Effie Leoda Medart(b.1887 Coryell County, Texas-d.1980 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 37 and Arthur Newton Turner(b.1885 Grimes County, Texas-d.1966 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 39.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents, six sisters and two brothers in JP6 Comanche County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Comanche County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents, four sisters and a brother in Gorman, JP5 Eastland County, Texas as renters of William V Whatley. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 26 December 1942 while living at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas and working at Denver City, Texas for B.L. Leathers and listed his father, A.N. Turner of Gorman, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Charles B. Turner asn-38513032 a single white male born Texas in 1924 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a filling station attendant with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 13 April 1943. Shipped out to New Caldonia, where the Americal Division was formed, in October 1943. .

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[Army] Private First Class Charles B. Turner 38513032 US Army Company M 164th Infantry Regiment Americal Division. On 8 January 1945, the first units of the Americal Division left Bougainville, heading for the Philippine Islands. Americans had already established strong points in the Philippines in the campaign to recapture the islands. The Americal was now being attached to X Corps on the island of Leyte. Their mission on Leyte and Samar was to take part in cleaning out remaining Japanese forces on those islands. Pfc Turner was killed in action on 10 February 1945 on the island of Leyte, Philippines. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Gorman Cemetery at Gorman, Eastland County, Texas on 26 September 1948. (Reburial date taken from the Texas death certificate).

KIA 10 Feb 1945


Private George W. Turner  

George Wayne Turner born on 24 October 1923 near Mangum, Eastland County, Texas to Flora Eugenia Richardson(b.1889 Wilson County, Texas-d.1989 Texas) Age 34 and George Washington Turner(b.1888 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas-d.1959 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 35.

1935 living in rural Cameron County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents, a sister Ina and a nephew Kenneth at JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt2 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas and working at Eastland for J.O. Earnest and listed his father, G.W. Turner Rt2 Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. George W. Turner asn-38371866 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in Eastland County, Texas enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Turner Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained at Camp Campbell, Kentucky to August 1944.

[Army] Private George W. Turner 38371866 US Army 104th Infantry Regiment 26th Infantry Division. The 26th 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. Reaching Maginot fortifications, 5 December 1944, it regrouped, entering Saareguemines 8 December 1944. Rest at Metz, France was interrupted by the Von Rundstedt offensive and Pvt Turner was killed in action on 13 December 1944 in the vicinity of Metz, 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 Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 13 Dec 1944


Gunner's Mate Third Class Petty Officer Carl E. Van Geem  

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Carl Edward Van Geem born on 6 August 1921 at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Nina Lorena Butler(b.1896 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas-d.1952 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25 and William Lee Van Geem(b.1886 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas-d.1966 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and siblings in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 8 October 1940 in Dallas, Texas and listed his father, Mr. William Lee Van Geem, 810 W. Moss, Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Trained then assigned to USS Kennison and on 4 December 1940 S2 Van Geem was transferred to the USS Brooklyn for duty. On 10 February 1942 S1 Van Geem was transferred to the Receiving Ship in New York City and the USS Juneau detail. On 14 February 1942 S1 Van Geem was transferred to the USS Juneau upon commissioning for duty from the R/S NYC. On 1 July 1942 he received the rating of GM3 aboard the USS Juneau.

[Navy] Gunner's Mate Third Class Petty Officer Carl E. Van Geem 3563741 US Navy USS Juneau CL-52, location Solomon Islands, missing, date of loss November 13, 1942, killed in action, body not recovered. USS Juneau  (Capt. Lyman Knute Swenson, USN) was sunk by torpedoes off Guadalcanal. PO Van Geem 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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KIA MIA 13 Nov 1942


First Lieutenant Cecil Walters  

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Cecil Walters born 19 August 1920 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to Willie Singleton Carr(b.1887 Texas-d.1981 Eastland, Texas) Age 33 and Willie W. Walters(b.1889 San Antonio, Texas-d.1976 Eastland, Texas) Age 31.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and three siblings in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and a sister in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Cecil Walters asn-18039076 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a tailor with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 23 January 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Cecil Walters O-664094 338th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot of B-17F 42-30370  out of Snetterton Heath Airfield, England on 29 July 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Warnemunde, Germany and the bombs were dropped and the B-17 formation headed home. 1Lt Walters' B-17F collided in midair with B-17F 42-5908 on return from the target and crashed into the North Sea 3 miles off Cromer , England. [MACR 144 ] All eleven aboard 1Lt Walters' B-17F were statused as missing, and one year plus one day their status was changed to FOD (Finding Of Death). 1Lt Walters is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the  Cambridge American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

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KIA MIA 29 Jul 1943


Technician Fifth Grade John W. Watson  

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John William Watson born on 10 September 1921 at Texas to parents unknown. Guardians were aunt Ruby Ellie (Whitley) and uncle Verne Watson Peterson of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

1930 census Age 8 (Billie Watson) living with his uncle V W and aunt Ellie R Peterson as a nephew in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas at 227 Lakeside Drive. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his uncle Vern and aunt Ruby Peterson as a lodger in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas on Victory Road, working as a laborer for the NYA Project. John W. Watson asn-18005396 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working in manufacture of automobiles with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Dallas, Texas on 17 July 1940. His sister, Mary Webb of Abilene, Taylor County, Texas was likely his next of kin contact. Reported to have married Anna Bell Knight. .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade John W. Watson 18005396 US Army Troop A 2nd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron 2nd Mechanized Cavalry Group. In July 1944, the 2nd MCG landed in Normandy as part of General Patton's Third Army. Their early assignments during the Battle of Normandy included rear area security, attempting to disrupt the activities of German infiltrators. They were then attached to General Troy Middleton's VIII Corps during Operation Cobra, and served as a flank security and reconnaissance element for the 4th Armored Division. The cavalry scouts performed such daring reconnaissance missions that their German foes gave them the nickname, "Ghosts of Patton's Army." In August, the 2nd MCG conducted recon of the city of Nantes and aggressively used its light armor and firepower to probe the edges of the Wehrmacht's defense. Corporal Watson was killed in action on 5 August 1944 in the vicinity of Nantes, 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 10 December 1948.

KIA 5 Aug 1944


Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Weaver

Joseph Pickens Weaver born 24 May 1921 in Avery, Red River County, Texas to Annie Barrie(b.1898 Texas-d.1982 Eastland County, Texas) Age 23 and Elisha Pickens Weaver(b.1897 Ardmore, Oklahoma-d.1960 Ranger, Texas) Age 24.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents, grandmother and four siblings in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and four siblings in Ranger, JP2 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 16 February 1942 and listed his mother as next of kin contact. Joseph P. Weaver asn-18079799 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a clerk with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 7 April 1942.

[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Joseph P. Weaver 18079799 US Army Air Forces 573rd Bombardment Squadron 391st Bombardment Group 9th Air Force was the radio operator-gunner on B-26B 42-95834 out of Matching Essex Airfield, England on 13 August 1944 on a combat bombing mission to a target at Cherisy, France. [MACR 7649 ] During the bomb drop over the target, Cherisy Railroad Bridge, the intense flak from the German anti-aircraft artillery hit B-26B 42-95800 and caused it to collide into the fusalage of SSgt Weaver's aircraft causing both to go down and crash in flames. SSgt Weaver's remains were buried in a temporary grave in France until after the war then repatriated in 1949 to America and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

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KIA 13 Aug 1944


Chief Carpenter’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Gerland G. Webb

Gerland George Webb born on 12 February 1909 in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas to Margaret Ann Pilcher(b.1879 Denton, Denton County, Texas-d.1960 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 30 and James Spencer Webb(b.1873 Denton, Denton County, Texas-d.1910 Denton County, Texas) Age 36.

1910 census Age 1 living with his parents and siblings in Dallas Ward 9, Dallas County, Texas. 1920 living with his widowed mother and siblings in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. 1935 living in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. Married Mosell Huber on 15 June 1935 in Shackelford County, Texas. 1940 census Age 31 living with his wife and children in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas, and working as a laborer for WPA. Registered for the draft at Eastland County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Eastland and working at Eastland for himself and listed his wife, Mrs. Mosell Huber Webb of the Chastain Adn, Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Reenlisted (from the Naval reserves) in the US Navy on 17 December 1941 at Dallas, Texas and listed his wife, Mrs. Mosell Huber Webb, 101 Ammerman St., Eastland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. After his basic training, CM2 Webb was assigned for duty to the USS Impulse upon commissioning on 16 March 1942 at Royal Albert Docks, London, England. After duty on USS Impulse, CM1 Webb was assigned for duty to the USS Strickland upon commissioning on 10 January 1944 at Receiving Station in Orange, Texas. On 27 July 1944 he was transferred to the US Navy Hospital, New York, NY for medical treatment. .

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[Navy] Chief Carpenter’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Gerland G. Webb 3556948 US Navy, Naval Operating Base, Okinawa, Okinawa Gunto operations, 3 May 1945, killed in combat. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on Tuesday 8 March 1949.

KIA 3 May 1945


Steward's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Billy B. Weeks

Billy Bruce Weeks born on 4 December 1924 at Lubbock County, Texas to Celia Clay(b.1897 Fayette County, Texas-d.1938 Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas) Age 26 and Alexander Weeks(b.1896 Cass County, Texas-d.1939 Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and siblings in JP2 Lubbock County, Texas. 1935 living in Slaton, Lubbock County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his uncle Henry Harrison and family, and with his siblings in Cisco, JP6 Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Bastrop County, Texas on 11 December 1942 while living at Bastrop and working at the Bastrop Cafe and listed his boss, Lottie Mae Bookman of Bastrop, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Navy on 22 October 1943 at San Francisco, California and listed his sister, Miss Estelle Weeks, P.O. Box 504, Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contact. On 20 January 1944, STM2 Weeks boarded the USS Cheleb for tranportation to the Naval Station, Pearl Harbor, arriving on 31 January 1944. 0n 2 February 1944, STM2 Weeks was first assigned to the USS LST-179 at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii for duty.

[Navy] Steward's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Billy B. Weeks 8872392 US Navy USS LST-179, location Hawaiian Islands, missing, date of loss 21 May 1944. The LST-179 was gutted by fire and sunk at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 21 May 1944. Sunk at West Loch, Pearl Harbor when mortar ammunition that was being loaded aboard LST 353 exploded. PO Weeks is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii.

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KIA MIA 21 May 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Billy L. Westfall

Billy Lewis Westfall born on 3 July 1921 at Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas to Ida Louise Wehres(b.1892 Texas-d.1987 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 29 and Albert Roy Westfall(b.1890 Mount Enterprise, Rusk County, Texas-d.1988 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas) Age 31.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Wichita Falls, Wichita County, Texas. 1935 living in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and siblings in Cisco, Eastland County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 13 August 1940 in Dallas, Texas and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Roy Westfall, 1003 W. 9th St., Cisco, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. On 17 April 1941 S2 Westfall transferred from the USS Arizona to the USS Tennessee. On 20 April 1941 he was transferred from USS Tennessee to the USS Henderson. On 15 May 1942, S2 Westfall transferred from the Henderson to the USS Asheville. On 1 September 1941 S2 Westfall received a change of rating to S1 aboard the USS Asheville. .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Billy L. Westfall 3563336 US Navy USS Asheville PG-21, location Indian Ocean, Philippine Islands Campaign/Java Defense, missing, date of loss 3 March 1942, missing, later declared dead, 25 November 1945. USS Asheville, Lieutenant Jacob W. Britt in command, cleared Tjilatjap a little before 1500 on 1 March 1942, bound for Fremantle. In the late afternoon on 2 March 1942, she was seen by the Australian corvette Bendigo, heading for Australia. At 0615, Tulsa sighted a ship, and identified her as Asheville, probably the last time the latter was in sight of friendly forces. During the forenoon watch on 3 March 1942, Asheville radioed "being attacked," some 350 miles south of Java. The minesweeper Whippoorwill heard the initial distress call and turned toward the reported position some 100 miles away. When a second report specified that the ship was being attacked by a surface vessel, however, Whippoorwill's captain, Lieutenant Commander Charles R. Ferriter, reasoning correctly that "any surface vessel that could successfully attack the Asheville would be too much" for his own command, ordered the minesweeper to resume her voyage to Australia. PO Westfall 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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KIA MIA 3 Mch 1942


Private Calvin E. Whitley  

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Calvin Eugene Whitley born on 3 June 1917 at Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto County, Texas to Emma Mahala Shields(b.1882 Palo Pinto County, Texas-d.1918 Palo Pinto County, Texas) Age 35 and Daniel Ralph Whitley(b.1871 Alabama-d.1952 Palo Pinto County, Texas) Age 46.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents, two sisters and a brother in JP6 Stephens County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents, four brothers and a sister in JP5 Palo Pinto County, Texas. Attended Ranger High School. Brother of Mrs. V W Peterson (Ruby Ellie Whitley) of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico on 16 October 1940 while living at Box 1021 Clovis, Curry County, New Mexico and working at Civilian Conservation Corps of New Mexico and listed his brother, Mr. Bruce Whitley Box 1021 Clovis, New Mexico, as his next of kin contact. Calvin E. Whitley asn-38012256 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Curry County, New Mexico working with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Santa Fe, New Mexico on 25 March 1941. Trained at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas.

[Army] Private Calvin E. Whitley 38012256 US Army 200th Coast Artillery Regiment Coast Artillery Corps. Following infantry training, he was deployed to the Philippine Islands, and based at Fort Stotsenburg, Luzon Island. He served as a member of Battery A in the 200th Coastal Artillery Regiment , the harbor defenses of Manila and Subic Bays. His unit participated in the battle of the Philippines, the conquest of the Philippine Islands by the Imperial Japanese army and naval forces 8 December 1941 to 6 May 1942. While retreating to the Bataan peninsula, he was captured on 9 April 1942 during the ensuing Battle of Bataan. As a prisoner, his captors subjected him to participate in the "Bataan Death March", incarcerated at the prisoner of war camp #1 Cabanatuan, Luzon Island. Pvt Whitley was reported missing on 3 June 1942 and his remains were not recovered after the war. 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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Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Woodrow Williamson

Woodrow Williamson born on 3 August 1916 at Eastland County, Texas to Permelia Agnes Cain(b.1874 Wayne County, Kentucky-d.1957 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 42 and John Henry Dee Markes Williamson(b.1875 Texas-d.1944 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 41.

1930 census Age 13 living with his parents, three brothers and two sisters in JP5 Lubbock County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Hamilton County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and two sisters in JP4 Hamilton County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Fort Worth, Texas for the local board of Hamilton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Rt.1 Ireland, Hamilton County, Texas and working at father's farm and listed his father, Mr. Mark Williamson Rt.1 Ireland, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Woodrow Williamson nsn-6166132 a single white male born Texas in 1916 residing in Hamilton County, Texas working as a farmhand with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Navy as an apprentice seaman at Dallas, Texas on 9 May 1942. Married Miss Anna Mae Sharp of Olden, Eastland County, Texas in Nueces County, Texas on 17 February 1943. .

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[Navy] Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Woodrow Williamson 6166132 US Navy Naval Air Station, Beeville, Nueces County, Texas. PO Williamson died on 10 October 1943 of an acute appendicitis in the Naval Hospital in Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas. His body was shipped to Eastland, Texas for burial in the Eastland City Cemetery at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas on 12 October 1943.

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Private First Class Frank D. Wittie  

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Frank Delco Wittie born on 21 September 1920 at Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas to Lillie Mae Huff(b.1895 Coryell County, Texas-d.1959 Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas) Age 25 and John Elmer Wittie(b.1894 Crawford, McLennan County, Texas-d.1948 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 26.

1935 living in Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and siblings in JP5 Comanche County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 5 February 1942 at Dallas, Texas. Trained at the Recruit Depot, San Diego, California and Camp Elliott in San Diego. Reported in an ancestry tree that he married Elsie M. Black, no details found, although, he was shown to be married on the Texas death certificate. Trained at Camp Pendleton, California and listed his mother, Mrs. Lillie Wittie, Desdemona, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Marines] Private First Class Frank D. Wittie 373829 G Company 2nd Battalion 23rd Marines Regiment 4th Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The 23rd Marines landed under heavy fire at Saipan's Blue Beach on 15 June 1944. This was the most difficult storm landing in regimental history, many Marines were seriously wounded in the first minutes ashore. Pfc Wittie was killed in action during the landing. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Desdemona Cemetery at Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas on 23 June 1948.

KIA 15 Jun 1944


Private J. B. Wittie  

J. B. Wittie born on 25 July 1917 at Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas to Lillie Mae Huff(b.1895 Coryell County, Texas-d.1959 Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas) Age 22 and John Elmer Wittie(b.1894 Crawford, McLennan County, Texas-d.1948 Gorman, Eastland County, Texas) Age 23.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents, grandmother and a brother in JP1 Coryell County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Coryell County, Texas. Married Miss Claudia Gertrude Giddens on 15 October 1938 in Coryell County, Texas. 1940 census Age 22 living with his wife at home of father-in-law Claude Giddens, mother-in-law Hattie, and a brother-in-law, working as a ranchhand. Registered for the draft at Gatesville, Coryell County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living at Purmela and working at T.C. Giddens Stock Farm and listed his wife, Claudio Gertrude Wittie of Purmela, Texas, as his next of kin contact. J. B. Wittie asn-38628023 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Coryell County, Texas working as a ranchhand with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Texas on 13 January 1944. .

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[Army] Private J. B. Wittie 38628023 US Army Company A 119th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division. The division landed at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France about 11 June 1944. They fought the enemy German forces across France, Belgium and Holland. Moving into Germany and taking up positions along the Wurm River, the 30th Division launched its attack on the heavily defended city of Aachen on 2 October 1944, and succeeded in contacting the 1st Division on 16 October 1944, resulting in the encirclement and takeover of Aachen. Pvt Wittie was killed in action on 10 October 1944 in the vicinity of Aachen, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1947 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Desdemona Cemetery at Desdemona, Eastland County, Texas on 10 November 1947.

KIA 10 Oct 1944


Private First Class Robert V. Wynne  

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Robert Vardy Wynne born on 18 August 1925 at Eastland, Eastland County, Texas to Winnie Louise Addington(b.1891 Parker County, Texas-d.1983 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 34 and Ras Fontaine Wynne(b.1887 Huntsville, Walker County, Texas-d.1945 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 38.

1935 living in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 14 living with his parents and a sister in Eastland, JP1 Eastland County, Texas. Attended the University of Texas at Austin. Robert V. Wynne asn-18233174 a single white male born Texas in 1925 residing in Travis County, Texas being a student with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 3 August 1943. .

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[Army] Private First Class Robert V. Wynne 18233174 US Army Company B 44th Infantry Battalion 6th Armored Division. Pfc Wynne was wounded in action in January 1945. The 6th reached the Rhine River at Worms on 21 March 1945, and set up a counterreconnaissance screen along its west bank. The 6th crossed the Rhine at Oppenheim on 25 March 1945, drove on to Frankfurt, crossed the Main, captured Bad Nauheim, and continued to advance eastward, and surrounded and captured Mühlhausen on 4–5 April. In their path was Oberdoria, where Pfc Wynne was killed  in action on 4 April 1945 by an enemy German sniper while he was crossing a street in Oberdoria, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

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KIA 4 Apr 1945


Corporal Paul H. Young

Paul Hogan Young born on 24 November 1920 at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas to Gertrude Allie Copeland(b.1890 Bastrop County, Texas-d.1970 Eastland, Eastland County, Texas) Age 30 and Joel M. Young(b.1884 Palo Pinto County, Texas-d.1958 Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico) Age 36.

1930 census Age 9 living with his father and siblings in JP2 Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and a nephew in Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico. Registered for the draft at Lovington, Lea County, New Mexico on 16 February 1942 while living at Lovington and not working and listed his father, Mr. Joel Young Box 637, Lovington, New Mexico, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps on 19 February 1942 in Oklahoma. Trained at the Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Transferred July 1942 to the Weapons Company 6th Marines at Camp Elliott, San Diego. Transferred January 1943 to the Weapons Company 6th Marines 2nd Division FMF duty in the field, listed his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Mitchell, Rt. 3, Ranger, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Marines] Corporal Paul H. Young 360635 US Marine Corps Weapons Company 6th Marines Regiment 2nd Marine Division Fleet Marine Force. The 6th Marines landed under heavy fire at Saipan's Red Beach on 15 June 1944. This was the most difficult storm landing in regimental history, two of three battalion commanders were seriously wounded in the first minutes ashore. Early the next morning, the 6th Marines repulsed several tank-supported counterattacks that saved the beachhead. Cpl Young was wounded during the landing, possibly taken to a hospital ship off shore. He died of the wounds on 20 June 1944 and was buried at sea. Posthumously awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic courageous actions. He is remembered in the Courts of the Missing and Buried at Sea at the Honolulu Memorial at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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DOW BAS 20 Jun 1944