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Private First Class Reyes R. Alvarado

Reyes Ruiz Alvarado born on 24 April 1922 at Atascosa, Bexar County, Texas to Hylaria Ruiz(b.1892 Texas-d.1974 San Antonio, Texas) Age 30 and Santos Luna Alvarado(b.1887 Texas-d.1971 San Antonio, Texas) Age 35.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents, five brothers, two sisters and grandmother Ruiz in JP8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents, four brothers and four sisters in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Rt1 Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas and working at Rochelle for Sam Strigler and listed his father, Santos Alvarado P.O.Box 733 Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Reyes R. Alvarado asn-38231150 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 28 October 1942.

[Army] Private First Class Reyes R. Alvarado 38231150 US Army Company B 362nd Infantry Regiment 91st Infantry Division. The 91st Infantry Division arrived in North Africa, 18 April to 10 May 1944, and trained intensively at Arzew and Renan, French Morocco. Leaving by units, the entire Division was in Italy, 19 June 1944. Moving through rocky escarpments and other natural barriers as well as heavy opposition, the 91st occupied Livergnano, 13 October 1944. The offensive continued until the 91st assumed defensive positions below Pianoro. Pfc Alvarado was killed in action on 18 October 1944 in the vicinity of Pianoro, Italy when he caught a shell fragment from the enemy artillery shelling. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on 30 June 1949.

KIA 18 Oct 1944


First Lieutenant James L. Anderson

James Lee Anderson born 23 December 1921 in Lonoke County, Arkansas to Janie K. Benson(b.1889 Arkansas-d.1930 California) Age 32 and Oscar Russell Anderson(b.24 Feb 1894 Arkansas-d.8 Oct 1967 Hughson, California) Age 28.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and siblings in Tulare, Tulare County, California. 1935 living in Lindsay, Tulare County, California. 1940 census Age 18 living in US Army quarters as a private with the 76th Field Artillery in Monterey, Monterey County, California. Married Miss Bernice Lorene Ewing (b.1919 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas-d.1972). .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant James L. Anderson O-525844 US Army Air Forces 9th Troop Carrier Squadron 63rd Troop Carrier Group was the pilot of the C-47 41-18637 which took off from Grenada AAF, Grenada Mississippi on 21 October 1943 at 19:15 on a night-time cross-country navigation mission. While on finals back at Grenada AAF around 22:40, both engines reportedly cut. The airplane struck two large trees, shearing off the wings and stabilizers. It crashed into the wood and caught fire one-half mile southwest of Grenada airfield. All five onboard were killed. 1Lt Anderson's remains were shipped to Brady, Texas and interred in the Live Oak Cemetery, Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 21 Oct 1943


Seaman Second Class Petty Officer O. W. Arthur

Odis White Arthur Jr. born 15 January 1923 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Carrie Bell Cornelius (b. 1890 Coleman County, Texas - d. 1972 Abernathy, Hale County, Texas) age 33 and Odis White Arthur (b. 1887 Clark County, Georgia - d. 1958 Abernathy, Hale County, Texas) age 36.

1930 Census age 7 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. Married Miss Myra Emalyn Sparks and they have one daughter Janice. Registered for the draft at Dallas, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working there at the North American Aviation Plant and listed his wife, Mrs O W Arthur of same address in Dallas, as his next of kin contact. He joined the US Navy in 1942 and listed his wife, Mrs. Mary Emalyn Arthur, Box 44, Brady, Texas as next of kin. [nba] .

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[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer O. W. Arthur 8413241 US Navy Composite Squadron 39 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 . S2c Arthur 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.

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KIA MIA 24 November 1943


Private First Class Durward Barnes

Durward Barnes born 13 December 1915 in Farmers Valley, Wilbarger County, Texas to Emma Lou Culpepper (b. 1891 Savor, Fannin County, Texas - d. 1949 Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana) Age 23 and Johnathan 'John' Eleazar Barnes (b. 1882 Ranger, Eastland County, Texas - d. 1942 Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas) Age 33.

1920 Census age 4 living in JP2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1930 Census age 14 living in Pct2 Eastland County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. Graduated from Ranger High School and Ranger Junior College. 1935 living in Ranger, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 24 living in JP2 Yoakum County, Texas with James R Coburn as a lodger and working for an oil well supplier as a warehouseman. Registered for the draft at Denver City, Yoakum County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there for Oil Well Supply Company and listed his mother, Mrs John Barnes of Ranger, Eastland County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Durward Barnes asn-38067910 a single white male born Texas in 1915 residing in Eastland County, Texas working as a warehouseman with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas on 24 May 1941. Trained at Fort Riley, Kansas, Camp Muroc, California, Camp Wolters and Fort Bliss, Texas before going overseas in the summer of 1944. His mother had moved from Corpus Christi up to Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Durward Barnes 38067910 US Army Armored Battalion of the First Army was fighting the enemy German forces near Bonn, Germany with his tank unit when he was killed in action on 15 April 1945. He was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Evergreen Cemetery at Ranger, Eastland County, Texas.

KIA 15 Apr 1945


Technical Sergeant William P. Barnett Jr.

William Page Barnett, Jr. born 16 January 1906 in Hamilton County, Texas to Addie Belle Parkhill(b.1888 Hunt County, Texas-d.1972 Dublin, Erath County, Texas) Age 16 and William Page Barnett(b.1884 Texas-d.1961 Texas) Age 21.

1910 census Age 4 living with his parents and one sister and his great-grandfather in JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1920 census Age 14 living with his parents and two siblings in JP3 Erath County, Texas. Married Miss Fairris Shelton in Hamilton, Hamilton County, Texas on 15 December 1929. 1930 census Age 24 living with his wife Farris in JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1935 living with his wife in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. 1940 census Age 34 living with his wife in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Carlton, JP8 Hamilton County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his wife Farris as next of kin. William P. Barnett Jr. asn-38231130 a married white male born 1906 in Texas and residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a stock clerk with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army at Abilene, Texas on 28 October 1942. .

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[Army] Technical Sergeant William P. Barnett Jr. 38231130 US Army 872nd Airborne Engineers. The 872nd Airborne Engineers were sent in from Nadzab, New Guinea in September 1943 to Gusap, New Guinea to develop an all-weather airfield, including complete servicing and repair facilities and runways to handle 200 transports daily. TSgt Barnett died in New Guinea on 6 October 1943 as a non-battle casualty the exact cause not found, reported as an accident. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the New Dublin Cemetery (now the Live Oak Cemetery) at Dublin, Erath County, Texas on 1 July 1948.

DNB 6 Oct 1943


Aviation Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Guy S. Beckham  

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Guy Samuel Beckham born 20 June 1920 in Voca, McCulloch County, Texas to Mary Jewell Schafer (b. 1899 Voca, McCulloch County, Texas - d. 1997 McCulloch county, Texas) and Samuel Tracy Beckham (b. 1901 Mexia, Limestone County, Texas - d. 1977 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas).

1930 Census age 9 living in Pct1 Limestone County, Texas with his parents, two brothers, an aunt and her three children. 1935 living in Camp San Saba, JP6 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in Camp San Saba, JP6 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers, working as a ranch hand. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 1 July 1941 while living in Camp San Saba, McCulloch County, Texas and being unemployed and listed his father of Camp San Saba as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Navy] Aviation Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Guy S. Beckham 6173029 US Navy Composite Squadron 39 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 . ARM3 Beckham 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.

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KIA MIA 24 Nov 1943


First Lieutenant Houston L. Braly Jr.  

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Houston Lee Braly, Jr. born 29 January 1922 in Mount Sharp, Hays County, Texas to Vonna Violet Quick(b.1899 Hays County, Texas-d.1982 Brady, Texas) Age 22 and Houston Lee Braly, Sr.(b.1896 Milam County, Texas-d.1988 Brady, Texas) Age 25.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin, he was unemployed residing in Dodge. Houston L. Braly, Jr asn-18082860 a single white male born 1922 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas and attending college one year enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Dallas, Texas on 15 June 1942. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Houston L. Braly, Jr. O-756462 US Army Air Forces 383rd Fighter Squadron 364th Fighter Group 8th Air Force piloting a P-51D 44-13797 out of Honington Air Field, England on 2 August 1944 on a combat strafing mission in the area northeast of Paris, France. [MACR 8672 ] 1Lt Braly strafed a camouflaged train on a siding, on his fourth pass, out of ammo and following the flight leader, who still had ammo, 1Lt Braly flew through a massive explosion from the train, which ripped off his aircraft's wings and tail. He crash landed in a garden in the front of a house, setting it afire. His remains were buried in the Remy cemetery by locals, and repatriated to Texas in 1948. His remains were reinterred at the Resthaven Cemetery, Brady, Texas on 31 October 1948.

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KIA 2 Aug 1944


Aviation Cadet George H. Brewer

George H. Brewer born 8 July 1924 in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Kathryn K.(b.1893 Pennsylvania-d.1969 Pennsylvania) Age 32 and Charles G Brewer(b.1893 Pennsylvania-d.1974 Pennsylvania) Age 31.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents in Williamsport, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. 1935 living in Williamsport, Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents in Williamsport, Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania. Registered for the draft in Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania on 14 December 1942 working for Sears and Roebuck and listed his father as next of kin.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet George H. Brewer 33507669 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 44-C Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 May 1944 on a routine training flight to the White Auxiliary Field 12 miles west of Curtis Field. During a practice landing the plane crashed and burned killing AvC Brewer, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Brewer's remains were shipped to Williamsport City, Lycoming, Pennsylvania and interred in the Wildwood Cemetery.

DNB 30 May 1944


Aviation Cadet Paul W. Brown

Paul Woodard Brown born 4 October 1922 in Chandler, Oklahoma to Oren Esma Woodard(b.1894 Missouri-d.1972 Missouri) Age 28 and Brown(b. -d. ) Age.

1935 living in Archie, Austin Township, Cass, Missouri. 1940 census Age 17 living with his mother and one half-brother in Archie, Austin Township, Cass, Missouri. Paul W. Brown asn-17015569 a single white male born 1922 in Oklahoma residing in Cass County, Missouri unemployed with 4 years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Jefferson Barracks Missouri on 29 October 1940.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Paul W. Brown 17015569 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was in a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1942 on a routine training flight with another trainee aboard, which one was the pilot is unknown, when the plane crashed and burned two miles east of Fife, Texas killing AvC Brown and AvC Johnson, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Brown's remains were shipped to Austin, Cass County, Missouri and interred in the Austin Cemetery.

DNB 16 Oct 1942


Staff Sergeant Herman E. Burk  

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Albert Scott Burk born 9 February 1920 in Brownwood, Brown County, Texas to Lillie Mae Graham (b.1890 Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1985 Burnet, Burnet County, Texas) age 30 and Charlie Lee Burk (b. 1881 Montague County, Texas - d. 1948 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 39. (His name was 'Albert Scott Burk' on his original birth certificate, subsequent birth certificate has his name 'Herman Elbert Burk').

1930 Census age 10 living in Pct2 San Saba County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Herman E. Burk asn-18031009 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in Polk County, Oregon working as a mechanic with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Austin, Texas on 6 August 1940. Shipped out for overseas duty 24 October 1943 when his mother was living in Burnet, Texas and his father was living in Brady, Texas. [nba]

[Army] Staff Sergeant Herman E. Burk 18031009 US Army 9th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division, the 'Indianhead' division, landed on Omaha Beach on 7 June 1944, and broke out of Normandy to secure the road to St. Lo, France, with this accomplished the 2nd Division went on the defense 11 June 1944. During this defensive posture near St. Lo, France is when SSgt Burk was critically wounded by the enemy German forces and subsequently died of the wounds on 24 June 1944. His mother, living in Burnet, Texas, was notified of his death. He was buried in a temporary grave there near St. Lo. As per his father's request, he was living in Brady, Texas at the time, his remains were reinterred after the war in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France.

DOW 24 Jun 1944


Private First Class Al B. Carroll  

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Al Bernard Carroll born 6 January 1924 in Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas to Johnnie Brown Hampton (b. 1890 Greenville, Hunt County, Texas - d. 1964 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 34 and Oscar Wilbur Carroll (b. 1887 Washington County, Texas - d. 1973 Coleman, Coleman County, Texas) age 37.

1930 Census age 6 living in Pct4 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census age 16 living in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Lohn and being unemployed and listed his father of Lohn as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Margaret Aleene Gainer (b. 1924 Eden, Texas - d. 2015 Dallas, Texas) in 1942 at Texas City, Galveston County, Texas and they had a daughter born 1943 in McCulloch County, Texas. Al B. Carroll asn-38371974 a married white male born Texas in 1924 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farmer enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 3 March 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Al B. Carroll 38371974 US Army Company F 164th Infantry Regiment Americal Division in action at Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on Tuesday 18 January 1944. On that date, as the point, defending his platoon's right flank, Private First Class Carroll suffered painful wounds in his shoulder. When the platoon leader gave him permission to retire for medical treatment, Private First Class Carroll bravely refused, knowing that the fire-power of his automatic weapon would give his platoon the time needed to prove its defense. Disregarding his wounds he continued firing effectively until he was mortally wounded by Japanese enemy machine-gun fire. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Lohn Cemetery at Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas on Thursday 1 July 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 18 Jan 1944


Private Eva P. Castleman

Eva Phelyx Castleman born 7 January 1917 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Eva Josephine Hallford (b. 1886 Missouri - d. 1940 Menard, Menard County, Texas) Age 31 and Phelyx Sanderson Castleman (b. 1882 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas - d, 1963 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas) Age 35.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas in the home of his uncle Perry Castleman, aunt and their children, and his parents and a brother. 1930 Census age 13 living in McCulloch County, Texas in the home of his grandmother Annie Hallford, his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in rural McCulloch County, Texas. Married Miss Dorothy Mae Monk (b. 1921 Brady, Texas - d. 1993 California) having two children, Charles Nelson Castleman (b. 1938 McCulloch County, Texas - d. 1980 California) and Peggy Jo Castleman (b. 1944 McCulloch County, Texas - d. 1991 California). 1940 Census age 22 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his wife Dorothy and son Charles, and working for road construction as a laborer. Registered for the draft at Menard, Menard County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there and listed his wife of Menard as his next of kin contact. Eva P. Castleman asn-38676344 a married white male born Texas in 1917 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a laborer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 29 April 1944. [nba]

[Army] Private Eva P. Castleman 38676344 US Army 357th Infantry Regiment 90th Infantry Division shifted to the scene of the Ardennes, Luxembourg struggle, also known as the 'Battle of the Bulge', on 5 January 1945 it began an offensive drive. Pvt Castleman was killed in action on Thursday 11 January 1945 near Sonlez, Luxembourg and was buried in a temporary grave. After the war his remains were reinterred in the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial at Hamm, Canton de Luxembourg, Luxembourg, Luxembourg.

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KIA 11 Jan 1945


Aviation Instructor Richard W. Clark

Richard Wayne Clark born 21 November 1912 in Trowbridge, Ottawa County, Ohio to Matilda Helen Lipstraw(b.1888 Ohio-d.1977 California) Age 24 and Wayne Newton Clark(b.1890 Ohio-d.1969 California) Age 22.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and one sister in Ward 4 Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. 1930 census Age 17 living with his parents and two siblings in Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio. 1935 living in same place as 1940 census. 1940 census Age 27 living with his parents and one brother in Ward 15 Toledo City, Lucas County, Ohio and working as an aviation instructor.

[AirCorps] Aviation Instructor Richard W. Clark (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 28 February 1942 on a routine training flight with an instructor trainee aboard, when the plane crashed and burned nine miles east of Curtis Field, killing AvI Clark trying to parachute too late details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Clark's remains were shipped to Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio and interred in the Toledo Memorial Park cemetery.

DNB 28 Feb 1942


Staff Sergeant Montell Coker

Montell Coker born 4 February 1919 in Mart, McLennan County, Texas to Zilpha Baker(b.1882 Bell County, Texas-d.1953 Limestone County, Texas) Age 37 and Richard Key Coker(b.1880 Hill County, Texas-d.1960 McLennan County, Texas) Age 39.

1920 census Age 11mo. living with his parents and three siblings and a grandfather in Cotton Wood, Limestone County, Texas. 1930 census Age 11 living with his parents and three siblings in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and siblings in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his parents and one sister in Precinct 3, Hardeman County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Hardeman County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father, living in Chillicothe, as next of kin. Montell Coker asn-18157086 a single white male born 1919 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as farm laborer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private in San Antonio, Texas on 24 September 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Montell Coker 18157086 US Army Air Forces Central Flying Training Command was flight engineer aboard AT-23B 41-35821 on a routine training flight on 12 May 1944 out of Laughlin Air Field, Del Rio, Texas. SSgt Coker's aircraft was involved in a midair collision with another AT-23B causing it to explode in air. All crewmen in both planes were killed. SSgt Coker's remains were shipped to Waco, Texas and interred in the Rosemound Cemetery.

DNB 12 May 1944


Aviation Instructor Daniel R. Conway

Daniel Richard Conway born 9 April 1917 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio to Margaret Mary Nelson(b.1894 Missouri-d.1948 New York) Age 23 and Timothy J. Conway(b.1892 Ohio-d.1965 Ohio) Age 25.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and two siblings in Cleveland Ward 1, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and seven siblings in Lakewood, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. 1935 living in Shaker Heights, Ohio. 1940 census Age 23 living in US Army quarters as an aviation cadet in Kelly Field, Bexar County, Texas. Married Miss Catherine Johnson of Fort Worth in Fort Worth, Texas on 26 July 1941.

[AirCorps] Aviation Instructor Daniel Richard Conway (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 15 September 1941 on a routine training flight with an aviation trainee aboard, when the plane crashed and burned twelve miles southwest of Curtis Field, killing AvC Smith instantly and mortally injuring AvI Conway, he died in the Brady hospital, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Conway's remains were shipped to Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio and interred in the Calvary Cemetery.

DNB 15 Sep 1941


First Lieutenant Carlton H. Crawford  

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Carlton Hord Crawford born 23 August 1921 in Mills County, Texas to Mandy Lee Smith(b.1902 Mills County, Texas-d.1976 San Antonio, Texas) Age 19 and Joshua Perry Crawford(b.1893 San Saba County, Texas-d.1979 Kerrville, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings as lodgers in Sam Greer's house in Precinct 2, Glasscock County, Texas. 1935 living in rural Brown County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and two siblings in Voca, Justice Precinct 2, McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin. Carlton H. Crawford asn-18154709 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas and a student with two years of college education enlisted from reserves into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 6 February 1943. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Carlton H. Crawford O-702771 US Army Air Forces 330th Troop Carrier Squadron 513th Troop Carrier Group China Theater, piloting a C-47 transport aircraft out of the Shanghai Airport, China on 26 January 1946 on a routine transport mission to Nanjing, China and attempting a landing in bad weather. The C-47 aircraft crashed into a mountain northeast of Nanjing and burned, all four crewmwn were killed. 1Lt Crawford's remains were buried over there and repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred at the Resthaven Cemetery in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 26 Jan 1946


Aviation Cadet William R. Curl

William Richard Curl born 5 May 1920 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio to Esther Myers(b.1897 Ohio-d.1971 Ohio) Age 23 and William Curl(b.1891 Ohio-d.1969 Ohio) Age 29.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and three brothers in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio. 1935 living in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and three brothers in Ward 2 Youngstown City, Mahoning County, Ohio. William R. Curl asn-15126521 a single white male born Ohio in 1920 residing in Mahoning County, Ohio and working as a machinists with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Columbus, Ohio on 13 November 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet William R. Curl 15126521 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-D Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 18 January 1944 on a routine training flight with an aviation instructor in the rear seat, while their plane was on the runway another BT-13A landed on top of them at Curtis Field, killing AvC Curl instantly but not injuring the others, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Curl's remains were shipped to Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio and the King Funeral Home for interment.

DNB 18 Jan 1944


Private Antonio De Hoyos  

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Antonio De Hoyos born 27 November 1909 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. His parents and siblings born in Mexico crossed into Texas from Mexico in 1908.

1920 census Age 11 living with his mother and four brothers in San Antonio Ward 4, Bexar County, Texas. 1930 census Age 20 living with his uncle and aunt Sandoval, his sister and three cousins, working as a farm hand in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas. 1940 census Age 32 living with Acevados as a lodger in AD17 Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working in Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas for Oscar Byman and listed his uncle, Mr Jose De Hoyos of Melvin, as his next of kin contact. Antonio De Hoyos asn-38025480 a single other male born Texas in 1909 residing in McCulloch 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 13 January 1941. Trained at Camp Bowie with the 36th Division and shipped out to North Africa on 6 September 1942.

[Army] Private Antonio De Hoyos 38025480 Company E 2nd Battalion 141st Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division in the Battle of San Pietro, a major engagement from 8 to 17 December 1943, in the Italian Campaign of World War II involving Allied forces attacking from the south against heavily fortified positions of the German 'Winter Line' in and around the town of San Pietro Infine, just south of Monte Cassino about halfway between Naples and Rome. Pvt De Hoyos was killed in action against the enemy German forces on 15 December 1943 in the vicinity of San Pietro Infine, Italy. He was buried there in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Monday 18 October 1948.

KIA 15 Dec 1943


Corporal Raymon A. Dimas

Raymon Almanzo Dimas born on 15 April 1918 at San Carlos, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico to Urbana Almanzo(b.1885 Mexico-d.1979 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 33 and Bartolo Dimas(b.1881 Mexico-d.) Age 37.

1930 census Age 12 living with his parents, four sisters, a brother and a nephew in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 21 living with his mother, three sisters, a brother and a nephew in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas, working as a sheep shearer. Raymon A. Dimas asn-18013188 a single other male born Texas in 1918 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farmhand with a grammar school education volunteer enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Infantry as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 11 October 1940. .

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[Army] Corporal Raymon A. Dimas 18013188 US Army Anti-Tank Company 9th Infantry Regiment 2nd Infantry Division. After training in Northern Ireland and Wales from October 1943 to June 1944, the 2nd Infantry Division crossed the channel to land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1 (7 June 1944) near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer. Pfc Dimas was wounded in action on 14 July 1944 and returned to the line 18 July 1944. After exploiting the Saint-Lo breakout, the 2nd Division then advanced across the Vire to take Tinchebray on 15 August 1944. Cpl Dimas was killed in action on 4 August 1944 in the vicinity of Vire, 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 Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Friday 13 February 1948. Purple Heart with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.

KIA 4 Aug 1944


Aviation Cadet Robert A. Dinger

Robert August Dinger born 21 January 1923 in Pawhauska, Osage County, Oklahoma to Fannie Ethel Davis(b.1903 Missouri-d.1997 Oklahoma) Age 20 and Walter R. Dinger(b.1900 Kansas-d.1988 Oklahoma) Age 23.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and one sister in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 1935 living in Area B Tulsa City, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and one sister in Area B Tulsa City, Tulsa County, Oklahoma. Registered for the draft in Tulsa, Oklahoma on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother as next of kin, working as an engineer in Nome, Alaska.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Robert A. Dinger 38468815 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-D Pilot Training Class was piloting a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 3 September 1943 on a routine training flight and a mile and one-half west of Curtis Field the aircraft went into a spin and AvC Dinger bailed out but not in time, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Dinger's remains were shipped to Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma and interred in the Rose Hill Memorial Park cemetery.

DNB 3 Sep 1943


Seaman First Class Petty Officer William C. Dunn  

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William Curt Dunn born 10 September 1920 in May, Brown County, Texas to Mavis Brewer (b. 1895 May, Brown County, Texas - d. 1970 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas) Age 25 and Thomas Leon Dunn (b. 1892 May, Brown County, Texas - d. 1938 Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 census age 9 living in JP5 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and four brothers. 1935 living same house. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP5 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and a sister, working on their farm. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living in Mercury, Texas and being unemployed and listed his mother, Mrs T L Dunn of Mercury, as his next of kin contact. Joined the US Coast Guard on 1 October 1942, trained at Terminal Island, California and sailed to the south Pacific 12 September 1944. [nba]

[CoastGuard] Seaman First Class Petty Officer William C. Dunn US Coast Guard USS Serpens (AK-97)-manned cargo freighter sunk by explosion of undetermined origin off Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands on 29 January 1945. This was the single greatest Coast Guard loss of life in history, 250. The USS Serpens Memorial is located in Arlington National Cemetery where the remains of the men were reburied in 1949. (In 1948 a Navy Board of Inquiry determined that the personel killed on the USS Serpens were not qualified to receive the Purple Heart since the explosion was not due to enemy action, Died Non-Battle).

DNB 29 Jan 1945


Aviation Cadet Henry R. Durand

Henry Reno Durand born 29 December 1920 in Biddeford, York County, Maine to Celia May Simpson(b.1900 Biddeford, Maine-d.1960 Maine) Age 20 and Henry Durand aka Andre Durant(b.1898 Biddeford, Maine-d.1952 Maine) Age 22.

Married with two children per the Brady Standard-Herald 3 May 1944. He entered the US Army from York County, Maine.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Henry R. Durand 31323385 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-D Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 29 April 1944 on a routine training flight and five miles north of Curtis Field the aircraft went into a spin and AvC Durand was not able to bailout in time, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Durand's remains were shipped to Old Orchard Beach, York County, Maine and interred in the Saint Ignatius Cemetery.

DNB 29 Apr 1944


Aviation Cadet Sergeant Odell N. Edmonds

Odell Norris Edmonds born 1 February 1922 in Union, Newton County, Mississippi to Elsie Norris(b.1898 Mississippi-d.1971 Mississippi) Age 25 and John Byron Edmonds(b.1887 Mississippi-d.1935 Mississippi) Age 35.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and four siblings in Decatur, Newton County, Mississippi. 1935 living in Decatur, Beat1 Newton County, Mississippi. 1940 census Age 18 living with his mother and three siblings in Decatur, Beat1 Newton County, Mississippi.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Sergeant Odell Norris Edmonds 14017135 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 10 October 1942 on a routine cross-country training flight and six miles northwest of Valley Spring, Llano County, Texas (68 mi SE of Curtis Fld) the aircraft crashed, killing Sgt Edmonds instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Sgt Edmonds' remains were shipped to Newton, Newton County, Mississippi and interred in the Masonic Cemetery.

DNB 10 Oct 1942


Second Lieutenant William T. Engdahl, Jr.  

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William Theodore Engdahl, Jr. born 21 June 1924 in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas to Pattie Mae Cole(b.1903 Fannin County, Texas-d.1984 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 21 and William Theodore Engdahl(b.1900 McCulloch County, Texas-d.1972 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 24.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and two brothers in Precinct 1, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Rochelle, Justice Precinct 7, McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 15 living with his parents and three siblings in Rochelle, Justice Precinct 7, McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in San Antonio, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his mother, residing at Brady, Texas, as his next of kin. William T. Engdahl Jr. asn-18200293 a single white male born 1924 in Texas residing in McCulloch County, Texas working in a filling station with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 2 November 1942.

[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant William T. Engdahl Jr O-773595 US Army Air Forces Flying Training Command was possibly assigned a base in Oregon because he died in a non-battle casualty situation in Deschutes County, Oregon on 4 November 1944, but no details have been found. 2Lt Engdahl is interred in the Rochelle Cemetery in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 4 Nov 1944


Private First Class Harvey O. Ewing

Harvey Olin Ewing born 10 November 1909 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Cynthia Julia Oatman (b. 1870 Llano, Llano County, Texas - d. 1951 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas) Age 39 and Harvey William Ewing (b. 1838 Pennsylvania - d. 1915 Calf Creek, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 71.

1910 Census age 5 months living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother, a half-sister and grandfather Oatman. 1920 Census age 12 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and a brother. 1930 Census age 20 living in Pct6 McCulloch County, Texas with his brother Charles as head, his mother and brother H George, working at their farm. 1935 living Rural McCulloch County, Texas. Married Una Naomia Copeland (b. 1918 Malakoff, Henderson County, Texas - d. 1937 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) on 15 December 1934. 1940 census age 31 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother, a brother and his son Billy, working at their farm. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there for the Mann Brothers Ranch and listed Mr. James T. Mann, a friend in Brady, as his contact person. Harvey O. Ewing asn-38099957 a widowed white male born Texas in 1909 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working a farm with one year of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Camp Wolters, Texas on 19 March 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Harvey O. Ewing 38099957 US Army 359th Infantry Regiment 90th Infantry Division. During a counterattack 12 November 1944, in the vicinity of Metz, France, Private First Class Ewing advanced through intense hostile fire in an exposed position from which he could bring the most effective automatic rifle fire upon the enemy German force. At the risk of his life, he maintained his dangerous position and continued his fire until he was killed by shell burst. Pfc Ewing was buried in a temporary grave near Metz, France. After the war his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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KIA 12 Nov 1944


Sergeant Samuel B. Fike  

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Samuel Brown Fike born 17 January 1921 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas to Susie Ovie Haywood (b. 1890 Cass County, Texas - d. 1930 Placid, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 30 and Eugene Fike (b. 1894 Alabama- d. 1924 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 26.

1930 Census age 9 living in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother, stepfather W H Wakefield, and four siblings. 1935 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census age 19 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his uncle Thomas and aunt Bessie Penn and their two children, working as a laborer for the public school. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living there and working for the Pepsi-Cola Company and listed his uncle, H. S. Haywood of Abilene, as his next of kin contact. Samuel B. Fike asn-38229970 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in Taylor County, Texas working in a food plant with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 13 October 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Sergeant Samuel B. Fike 38229970 21st Infantry Regiment 24th Infantry Division was fighting enemy Japanese forces on Leyte Island, Philippines when he was killed in action on 10 November 1944. Sgt Fike's body was buried in a temporary grave in the Philippines until 1949 when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Abilene Municipal Cemetery at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on Thursday 28 July 1949.

KIA 10 Nov 1944


Seaman Second Class Petty Officer James C. Fisher  

James Charles Fisher born 23 October 1923 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Lois Mae Rogers (b. 1907 Hext, Menard County, Texas - d. 1943 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 17 and James Elmer Fisher (b. 1901 Ingram, Kerr County, Texas - d. 1982 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) age 22.

1930 Census age 5 living in Brady, McCulloch County Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census age 16 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, four sisters and a brother. Joined the US Navy, when he was eighteen, on 28 May 1942 and listed his parents of Brady, Texas as his next of kin contact.

[Navy] Seaman Second Class Petty Officer James C. Fisher 6166348 US Navy Reserve SS El Lago (merchant ship) was aboard El Lago as an armed guard with a convoy in the North Atlantic Ocean off Newfoundland on 11 October 1942 when they were hit by a torpedo from a German U-boat and sunk. The crewmen were listed as missing for over a year and declared dead on 28 October 1943. S2c Fisher is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial at Coton, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England.

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KIA MIA 11 Oct 1942


Aviation Cadet Jack H. Fletcher

Jack Hughes Fletcher born 15 September 1917 in Coahoma County, Mississippi to Lilly Dickey(b.1890 -d.Feb1978 Coahoma, Mississippi) Age 26 and Maurice Warren Fletcher(b.1883 Tennessee-d.Aug1966 Coahoma, Mississippi) Age 34.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and one brother and an uncle in Beat 4, Coahoma County, Mississippi. 1930 census Age 12 living with his parents and one brother in Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi. Registered for the draft in Starkville, Oktibbeha County, Mississippi on 16 October 1940 while attending State College and listed his mother, Lillian Fletcher, as next of kin. Jack H. Fletcher asn-14042974 a single white male born 1917 in Mississippi residing in Coahoma County, Mississippi and attending college with 4 years of education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an Aviation Cadet at Jackson, Mississippi on 31 May 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Jack H. Fletcher 14042974 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-15 training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 20 October 1941 on a routine training flight just after takeoff the aircraft crashed a quarter mile east of the runway mortally injuring him, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Fletcher' remains were shipped to Clarksdale, Coahoma County, Mississippi and interred in the Oakridge Cemetery.

DNB 20 Oct 1941


Second Lieutenant Barry C. Francks, Jr.  

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Barry Church Francks, Jr. born 3 January 1920 in Marlin, Falls County, Texas to Mabelle Wilson(b.1896 Calvert, Texas-d.1968 San Angelo, Texas) Age 22 and Barry C. Francks(b.1895 Marlin, Texas-d.1963 Abilene, Texas) Age 24.

1920 census Age 11mo. living with his parents, grandmother, and an aunt in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and a brother in Pct1 Falls County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and a brother in Marlin, Falls County, Texas. 1940 census Age 20 12 May 1940 living with his parents and a brother in Brady, Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas, 7 May 1940 living in US Army quarters in Dallas, JP1 Dallas County, Texas as flying cadet. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Barry Church Francks, Jr. O-402594 US Army Air Corps Flying Training Command Instructor was in a Trainer AT-6A Texan two-seater aircraft with Aviation Cadet Joseph C. Foley out of Kelly Airfield Auxiliary #2, Bexar County, Texas on a routine formation training mission on 16 September 1941. After takeoff and at low altitude 2Lt Francks' aircraft was rammed by Lt R. E. Halley's plane about 2 miles east of the airfield. 2Lt Francks and AvC Foley bailed out but their parachutes did not open and fell to their deaths, Lt Halley bailed out and landed safely. 2Lt Francks' remains were interred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 16 Sep 1941


Private First Class Juan S. Gloria

Juan Sanchez Gloria born on 24 June 1923 at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Julia Sanchez(b.1890 Mexico-d.1937 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 33 and Martin Ortiz Gloria(b.1884 Mexico-d.1958 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 40.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents, three brothers and three sisters in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his father, a brother and a sister in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 July 1942 while living at Brady and working for Henry Johensen of Brady and listed his father, Martin Gloria of Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Army] Private First Class Juan S. Gloria 38370038 US Army Company A 307th Infantry Regiment 77th Infantry Division. The regiment fought on Okinawa from 27 April though 27 June 1945. Pfc Gloria was awarded the Bronze Star for a heroic combat action against the enemy Japanese forces, but no details were found. He was killed in action on 23 May 1945 on the island of Okinawa, Japan. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii on 8 March 1949. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 23 May 1945


Private First Class Pablo Gonzales

Pablo 'Paul' Gonzales born on 7 June 1924 at Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas to Petra De Leon(b.1907 Del Rio, Texas-d.1966 Brownwood, Texas) Age 17 and Ascencion Gonzales(b.1905 Texas-d.1988 Brownwood, Texas) Age 19.

1930 census Age 5 living with his parents and two brothers in JP3 Concho County, Texas. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents, four brothers and four sisters in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas, working as a farmhand. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Melvin and working at unemployed and listed his father, Ascencion Gonzales at Gen.Del. Melvin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Pablo Gonzales asn-38370826 born Texas 1924 residing in McCulloch County, Texas enlisted in the US Army between August 1942 and August 1945, and listed his father, Ascencion Gonzales at Gen.Del. Melvin, Texas, as his next of kin contact.

[Army] Private First Class Pablo Gonzales 38370826 US Army. He was wounded in combat and died of the wounds, details unknown. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Melvin Cemetery at Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas.

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Private Edgar F. Gray  

Edgar Franklin Gray born 22 April 1913 in Carrizozo, Lincoln County, New Mexico to Minnie Ethel Young (b. 1889 Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas - d. 1969 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 24 and Fred Devalcut Gray (b. 1887 Weatherford, Parker County, Texas - d. 1973 Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas) Age 26.

1920 census age 6 living in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. His parents divorced before 1930. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas same house as 1940 census. Married Miss Opal Lee Brewer (b. 1917 New Mexico - d. 1988 Texas) and had three children, Frankcene Gray (b. 1936 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas d. 1978 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas), Sheila Racene Gray (b. 1938 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas d. 1995 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas), Barbara Gray (unknown dates). 1940 census age 26 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother, his brother, his wife and his three children, working as a mechanic in a garage. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and being unemployed and listed a friend, Mr. Leo Irish, as his contact person. Lived in Ballinger, Texas for a short time. Edgar F. Gray asn-38132307 a married white male born New Mexico in 1913 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a mechanic with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 7 May 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Edgar F. Gray 38132307 133rd Infantry Regiment 34th Infantry Division landed Anzio, Italy 22 January 1944 and fought the enemy German Axis all the way to Rome, Italy. Pvt Gray was killed in action on 3 June 1944 the day before the division entered Rome. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Wednesday 21 July 1948.

KIA 3 Jun 1944


Corporal Elton J. Hall

Elton Jackson Hall born 21 December 1919 in Doole, McCulloch County, Texas to Carrie Agness Ince (b. 1880 Hill County, Texas - d. 1967 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 39 and Andrew 'Andy' Jackson Hall (b. 1880 Alabama - d. 1944 San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas) Age 39.

1920 Census age 12 days living in Melvin, JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his grandfather Ince, his parents, three brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 10 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 20 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and a brother, working in construction away from home. Elton J. Hall asn-18048100 a single white male born Texas in 1919 residing in cCulloch County, Texas working as a farmer with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Cavalry as a private at Fort Sam Houston, Texas on 2 January 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Corporal Elton J. Hall 18048100 US Army 5th Cavalry Regiment 1st Cavalry Division landed on Los Negros 29 February 1944. The initial landings caught the Japanese off guard, facing the opposite direction. But the Japanese fought back with a fury and vicious night fighting typified the next five days. Cpl Hall was killed in action 2 March 1944 during the battle for Los Negros of the Amiralty Group. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were not able to be identified. Cpl Hall is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines. Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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KIA MIA 2 Mch 1944


Private Harrison B. Hardin  

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Harrison Brady Hardin born on 4 November 1920 at Little Rock, Pulaksi County, Arkansas to Ora Malinda Stewart(b.1884 Texas-d.1925 Dallas, Texas) Age 36 and Albert Harrison Hardin(b.1887 Louisiana-d.1930 Dallas, Texas) Age 33.

1930 census Age 9 living with his father, two sisters and a housekeeper in Dallas, Dallas County, Texas. 1935 living in Little Rock, Pulaksi County, Arkansas. Enlisted in the US Army and listed his foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert B Hardin of Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas, as his next of kin contacts. 1940 census Age 19 living at Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas, a soldier in the US Army 2nd Signal Company. Assigned to 504th PIB at Fort Benning, Georgia in 1941 for parachute training. Shipped out to England in June 1942. Went to North Afica campaign as 509th PIB in November 1942.

[Army] Private Harrison B. Hardin 6283524 US Army 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. The next trial by fire for the 509th was an amphibious assault with the Rangers at Anzio, Italy, on 21 January 1944. Though initially caught off-guard, the Germans reacted to the Allied landings with brutal counterattacks. At Carano, the outnumbered and overwhelmed Geronimos staved off a German advance with continuous fire and, eventually, hand-to-hand combat. Despite being overrun and incurring heavy casualties, the 509th helped to prevent the enemy from overwhelming the Allied beachhead. For its actions at Carano, the 509th earned a Presidential Unit Citation, the first awarded to an airborne unit. Pvt Hardin was killed in action on 29 February 1944 in the vicinity of Carano, 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 29 Feb 1944


Private First Class Arvid J. Hermanson  

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Arvid Alfred John Hermanson born 4 January 1922 in McCulloch County, Texas to Elsie Adinia Young (b. 1901 Austin, Travis County, Texas - d. 1982 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 21 and Swen Gustaf Hermanson (b. 1894 Forserum, Sweden - d 1980 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 28.

1930 Census age 8 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working on his father's farm and listed his father of Route 1, Brady, Texas as his next of kin contact. Arvid J. Hermanson asn-38232757 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farm hand with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 27 November 1942. [nba]

[Army] Private First Class Arvid J. Hermanson 38232757 44th Engineer Combat Battalion. On 17 December 1944, the VIII Corps commander ordered his 44th Engineer Combat Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Clarion J. Kjeldseth to drop its road maintenance, sawmilling, and quarrying operations and help defend the town of Wiltz in Luxembourg. The 600 men of the 44th joined a ragtag force consisting of some crippled tanks, assault guns, artillery, and divisional headquarters troops. Somewhere in the vicinity of Wiltz, Luxembourg, on 22 December 1944, Pfc Hermanson was killed in action while fighting against the enemy German forces. He was buried in a temporary grave there and after the war his remains were reinterred in the Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial at Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium.

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KIA 22 Dec 1944


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Eugene H. Hoover  

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Eugene Harrol Hoover born 18 December 1925 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Ada Mae Bridges (b. 1880 Belton, Bell County, Texas - d. 1969 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 45 and Christoph H. Hoover (b. 1866 Burnet County, Texas - d. 1932 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 59.

1930 Census age 4 living in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. 1935 living same house. 1940 census age 14 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and an older brother. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 18 December 1943 while living there and being unemployed listed his mother of Brady as his next of kin contact. Inducted into the US Navy from civilian life on 21 February 1944 and sent to basic training at San Diego, California. [nba] .

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[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Eugene Harrol Hoover US Navy Reserve Los Alamitos Naval Air Station, Orange County, California. He was a pedestrian that was struck by an automobile and killed at Bellflower Blvd and Carson Street, Bellflower-Lakewood District, Los Angeles County, California on 11 August 1944 and was DOA at the US Naval Hospital, Los Alamitos Naval Air Station, Orange County, California. The accident occurred about four and a half miles northwest of the Naval Base. There was an autopsey and an inquest before his body could be shipped home on 15 August 1944. S1c Hoover was interred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 11 Aug 1944


Private Walter E. Ince  

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Walter Edgar Ince born 19 January 1924 in Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas to Lela Henrietta Willborn(b.1904 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas-d.1980 DeLeon, Texas) Age 20 and Floyd Campbell Ince(b.1897 Texas-d.1991 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 27.

1935 living in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his father in Lohn, JP4 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed O. M. Poe, Waldrip, Texas, as next of kin. Married Miss Dorothy Marie Poe in McCulloch County, Texas in 1942, daughter born November 1942 in McCulloch County, Texas. Walter E. Ince asn-38370809 a married white male born Texas in 1924 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farmer with two years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as Private in Abilene, Texas on 8 February 1943.

[Army] Walter E. Ince 38370809 US Army 103rd Infantry Division Camp Howze, Cooke County, Texas. On 5 June 1943 he was with three other soldiers from the area in an automobile accident over twenty miles west of Brady, Texas in Concho County and AvC McKenna and Pvt Ince were fatally injured, Pvt Ince died 7 June 1943 in the Brady Hospital, details (with year 1942 incorrect) found at the Heart of Texas Museum in AvC McKenna's article. Pvt Ince was interred in the Lohn Cemetery at Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 7 Jun 1943


Aviation Cadet Private First Class Allen L. Johnson

Allen LeRoy Johnson born 18 November 1920 in Marion, Grant County, Indiana to Drucilla Rosia Murphy(b.1902 Indiana-d.1990 Indiana) Age 18 and Sylvester Cleo Johnson(b.1899 Indiana-d.1970 Indiana) Age 21.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and two siblings in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1935 living in Marion, Grant County, Indiana. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and two sisters in Ward 1, Marion, Center Township, Grant County, Indiana. Allen L. Johnson asn-15063189 a single white male born 1920 in Indiana residing in Grant County, Indiana unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in Ft Benjamin Harrison, Indiana on 10 July 1941.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Private First Class Allen L. Johnson 15063189 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was one of two students in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1942 on a routine training flight and two miles east of Fife, North McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Johnson and AvC Brown instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Johnson's remains were shipped to Marion, Grant County, Indiana and interred in the Estates of Serenity cemetery.

DNB 16 Oct 1942


Seaman First Class Petty Officer Elmo Johnson

Elmo Johnson born on 20 August 1925 at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Beulah May Champion(b.1900 Brownwood, Brown County, Texas-d.1935 Brady, Texas) Age 24 and W E Johnson(b.1879 Belton, Texas-d.unknown) Age 47.

1930 census Age 4 living with his grandparents G.F. and Idella Hale Champion, and a brother George F. in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in in the Methodist Orphanage Home at Waco, McLennan County, Texas. 1940 census Age 14 living with his 12 year old brother George Frank in the Methodist Orphanage Home at Waco, McLennan County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Navy on 30 November 1942 in Dallas, Texas and listed his grandfather, Mr. G.F. Champion of Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. On 1 September 1944 received a rating of S1 while on duty with USS Belleau Wood.

[Navy] Seaman First Class Petty Officer Elmo Johnson 3571735 US Navy USS Belleau Wood CVL-24, Leyte Operation. On 30 October 1944, while Belleau Wood was patrolling with her task group east of Leyte, Philippines she shot down a Japanese kamikaze plane which fell on her flight deck aft, causing fires which set off ammunition. Before the fire could be brought under control, 92 men had either died or were missing. Petty Officer Elmo Johnson was killed in the action against an enemy Japanese aircraft on 30 October 1944 and was statused as missing. 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 30 Oct 1944


Private First Class Robert W. Johnson, Jr.

Robert Wesley Johnson, Jr. born 13 November 1925 near Jeddo, Bastrop County, Texas to Lula Whitehead (b. 1908 Rockwood, Texas - d. 1932 Bastrop County, Texas) age 17 and Robert Wesley Johnson (b. 1903 Lometa, Lampasas County, Texas - d. 1977 Belton, Bell County, Texas) age 22.

1930 Census age 4 living in JP4 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1935 living in Rural McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 14 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his father and stepmother, a brother and two sisters. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps and listed his father, Mr. Robert Wesley Johnson, Sr., Pear Valley RFD, Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Marines] Private First Class Robert W. Johnson, Jr. 546977 US Marine Corps Supply & Support Company 1st Service Battalion 1st Marine Division Fareast Marine Force. While he was acting as a Stretcher Bearer during action against enemy Japanese forces at Peleliu, Palau Islands, on 20 September 1944 he repeatedly exposed himself to withering, intense rifle and machine-gun fire to carry his wounded comrades from the battle area and voluntarily led evacuation parties across fire-swept ridges back to the front lines until he was mortally wounded by a bursting hostile mortar shell while preparing to evacuate additional casualties. Pfc Johnson was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains werw repatriated to America and reinterred in the Delhi Cemetery at Delhi, Caldwell County, Texas on Friday 22 October 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

KIA 20 Sep 1944


First Lieutenant Albert P. Jones  

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Albert Pershing Jones born 17 March 1918 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Mary Emma Stiles (b. 1882 Hamilton County, Texas - d. 1963 Baytown, Harris County, Texas) age 36 and Dr. William Charles Jones, DDS (b. 1882 Coryell County, Texas - d. 1957 Baytown, Harris County, Texas) age 36.

1920 Census age 1 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1930 census age 12 living in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census age 22 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, has five years of college and he's absent from home. Married Miss Mary Elizabeth Blount (b. 1921 Minnesota - d. 2005 Houston, Harris County, Texas) in 1941 and they had a daughter Barbara Jean Jones (b. 1944 - d. 1998 Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas). He completed all of the schooling required and was licensed as a Doctor of Dental Surgery before entering the US Army Medical Corps as a Second Lieutenant on 23 April 1943. Trained at Camp Barkeley and Camp Swift. [nba] .

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[Army] First Lieutenant Albert P. Jones, DDS, O-1774997 US Army Medical Corps. He was stationed at Camp Swift, Bastrop County, Texas which is about thirty highway miles east of downtown Austin, Travis County, Texas. On a Friday 12 November 1943 he was involved in an automobile accident in Austin in which he suffered what would become a fatal head injury. He died in the Brackenridge Hospital, Austin, Texas on Sunday 14 November 1943. His body was shipped to Brady, McCulloch County, Texas and interred in the Live Oak Cemetery on Tuesday 16 November 1943.

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Aviation Cadet Private First Class Lewis J. Kastelic

Lewis J. Kastelic born 24 August 1922 in Pennsylvania to Katarina Kozjan(b.1886 Austria-d.1951 ) Age 36 and Anton M. Kastelic(b.1885 Austria-d.1961 ) Age 37.

1935 living in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and three siblings in Swatara Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. Lewis J. Kastelic asn-13047230 a single white male born 1922 in Pennsylvania residing in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and working in a metal shop with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on 2 January 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Private First Class Lewis J. Kastelic 13047230 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-K Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 13 September 1942 on a routine cross-country training flight to Westbrook, Mitchell County, Texas when 20 miles southeast of Big Spring, in Howard County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Kastelic instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Kastelic's remains were shipped to Harrisburg, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania and interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery.

DNB 13 Sep 1942


Flight Officer Howard L. Kilmer  

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Howard Leroy Kilmer born 19 Jan 1923 in McCulloch County, Texas to Ethel Blanche Sansom(b.1902 Texas-d.1984 Brady, Texas) Age 21 and William Newman Kilmer(b.1891 Texas-d.1970 Brady, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct5 McCulloch County, Texas. Howard L. Kilmer asn-18040860 a single white male born Texas in 1923 residing in McCulloch County, Texas unemployed with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Dallas, Texas on 18 June 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Flight Officer Howard L. Kilmer T-060141 US Army Air Forces 349th Bombardment Squadron 100th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot of B-17G 42-31731 on 6 March 1944 out of Thorpe Abbotts Air Field, England on a combat bombing mission to Berlin, Germany. [MACR 3019 ] The B-17 was shot down by enemy fighters and crashed at Uptloh, near Quackenbruck, Germany. F/O Kilmer and eight other crew were killed and one was captured. F/O Kilmer's remains were buried there until 1949 and then repatriated to America and reinterred at the Placid Cemetery in McCulloch County, Texas.

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Second Lieutenant Leonard W. Kirk  

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Leonard W. Kirk born 1920 in McCulloch County, Texas to Nannie Lee Woodard(b.1891 Alabama-d.1984 Texas) Age 30 and Leonard Lawson Kirk(b.1891 Texas-d.1957 Texas) Age 30.

1930 census Age 9 living with his mother(divorced) and one sister in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his mother in grandmother's house in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Leonard W Kirk asn-18057458 a single white male born Texas in 1920 residing in McCulloch County, Texas and working as a cashier with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as aviation cadet at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 12 November 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Leonard W. Kirk O-661496 US Army Air Forces 359th Bombardment Squadron 303rd Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the co-pilot on the B-17F 41-24608 on 3 January 1943 out of Molesworth Airfield, England on a combat bombing mission to target U-boat pens at Saint Nazaire, France. [MACR 15720 ] 2Lt Kirk's B-17 was shot down by anti-aircraft flak and crashed into the Bay of Biscay . 2Lt Kirk and six other crew were KIA and not recovered. He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery in Coton, Cambridgeshire, England.

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Staff Sergeant Vernon E. Lane

Vernon E. Lane born 16 January 1922 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Zela Juanita Yarborough(b.1907 Voca, Texas-d.1973 Llano County, Texas) Age 15 and Johnny James Lane(b.1904 Krebs, Oklahoma-d.1944 McCamey, Texas) Age 18.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and one brother in Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Voca, Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and three brothers in Voca, Pct2 McCulloch County, Texas. Vernon E. Lane asn-18056700 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in Tom Green Count, Texas working as a student with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 2 August 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Vernon E. Lane 18056700 US Army Air Forces 69th Service Squadron 63rd Service Group was wounded by enemy bombing of his location and he sustained what turned out to be a fatal injury to one leg by bomb fragments. The severely injured leg was amputated in the hospital at Papua-New Guinea, but SSgt Lane died there on 13 October 1943. His remains were buried there or in Australia until after the war when he was repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred at the Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas.

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Private Charlie W. Lee  

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Charlie William Lee born 22 October 1916 in Santa Anna, Coleman County, Texas to Willa Erma Gilmore (b. 1885 Coleman County, Texas - d. 1969 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 31 and William Lee (b. 1880 Alabama - d. 1962 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 36.

1920 Census age 3 living in Quemodo, Socorro County, New Mexico with his parents, two brothers and two sisters. 1930 Census age 13 living in Pct3 Concho County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and three sisters. 1935 living in Mercury, McCulloch County, Texas. Joined the US Army on 15 September 1935 at Fort Sam Houston, Texas and served in the Panama Canal Zone. 1940 Census age 23 living in Area D, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas as a US Army Soldier at Fort Sam Houston with Battery G 15th Field Artillery. Shipped overseas to England in November 1943 with the paratroopers and more training there for the invasion. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Charlie W. Lee 6261262 US Army 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division made their first jump into Normandy in the early morning hours of D-Day 6 June 1944. The 501st was going to be dropped to the North and the East of Carantan. The task of both battalions was the control of the road junction at La Barquette and the destruction of bridges crossing the Douve River while the 3rd battalion stayed in reserve there. A few hours before the jump, a combination of clouds and anti-aircraft artillery resulted in a dispersion of the C-47 formation. Consequently, the men were seriously scattered, landing far from their Drop Zone and were mixed with men of other units. Therefore they had to fight to regroup and to make a success of their mission. Surprisingly, this chaos also confused a lot of the Germans. The success of the mission depended upon the courage and the initiative of each paratrooper, each one having to evaluate his own situation at landing and to decide how to carry out his mission in the best possible way. Pvt Lee was wounded during the initial action against the enemy German forces and died on 13 June 1944 of the wounds he received during the mission. He was buried in a temporary grave and after the war 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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DOW 13 Jun 1944


Aviation Cadet Private First Class Everall H. Lemley

Everall Harold Lemley born 8 February 1920 in West Virginia to Della Labeatrice Gates(b.1893 West Virginia-d.1927 West Virginia) Age 27 and Grover Cleveland Lemley(b.1892 West Virginia-d.1975 West Virginia) Age 28.

1930 census Age 10 living with his father and step-mother and three siblings in Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio. 1935 living in Columbus, Franklin, Ohio. 1940 census Age 20 living with his father and step-mother and five siblings in Williams Magisterial District, Wood County, West Virginia. Two years a cadet in the US Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. 1940-1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Private First Class Everall H. Lemley 13047230 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-I Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 26 May 1943 on a routine training flight and one and a half miles southwest of Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Lemley and AvI McLaurin instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pfc Lemley's remains were shipped to Parkersburg, Wood County, West Virginia and interred in the Parkersburg Memorial Gardens cemetery.

DNB 26 May 1943


Private First Class Lawrence C. Lewis  

Lawrence Cameron Lewis born 25 December 1923 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas to Clemmie Addeline Crouch (b. 1901 Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas - d. 1972 Odessa, Ector County, Texas) age 22 and Lawrence Frederick Lewis (b. 1894 Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas - d. 1962 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 28.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two sisters and a brother. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two sisters and a brother. Registered for the draft at Corpus Christi, Nueces County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working there and listed his father of Brady, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Enlisted into the US Marine Corps on 16 January 1943 and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence F. Lewis, 303 W. White St., Brady, Texas as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Marines] Private First Class Lawrence C. Lewis 820430 Company H 3rd Battalion 26th Marines Regiment 5th Marine Division Fareast Marine Force landed on Iwo Jima on 19 February 1945, southeast of Mount Suribachi. The division sustained heavy initial losses, and Pfc Lewis was wounded in action by the enemy Japanese forces during the initial landing and he died of the wounds on 22 February 1945. Pfc Lewis was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Wednesday 5 May 1948.

DOW 22 Feb 1945


Private First Class Manuel Lira

Manuel Lira born 24 September 1921 in Hondo, Medina County, Texas to Petra Rosas (b.1900 Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico - d. 1982 Brady McCulloch County, Texas) Age 21 and Margarito M. Lira (b. 1887 Potosi, Mexico - d. 1962 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 34.

1930 Census age 8 living in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas with his uncle Espiridion and aunt Gregoria, five cousins, his parents and two siblings. 1935 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 19 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, three sisters and a brother. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 February 1942 while living near there and working a farm and registered his father of Brady as his next of kin contact. Manuel Lira asn-38231167 a single mexican male born Texas in 1921 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a laborer with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 28 October 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Manuel Lira 38231167 US Army 12th Engineers Battalion 8th Infantry Division fought through the Hurtgen Forest Battle, Belgium into Germany during the six month winter of 1944-45, and probably the fierest and most costly battle in the European Theater. Pfc Lira and the 12th Engineers pushed on to the Roer River in Germany, west of Duren, Germany. That river was crossed on February 23, 1945 but without Pfc Lira, who had been killed in action on the 22nd of February 1945. Pfc Lira was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Wednesday 10 December 1947.

KIA 22 Feb 1945


Private First Class Edwin W. Lloyd  

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Edwin Walter Lloyd born 26 November 1923 in Doole, McCulloch County, Texas to Nona Alma Jones (b. 1905 Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas - d. 2001 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 17 and Thomas William Lloyd (b. 1903 Menard County, Texas - d. 1963 Midland, Midland County, Texas) age 21.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP8 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. 1935 living in JP8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census 16 living in JP8 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living and working in Waldrip, McCulloch County, Texas and listed his father of Waldrip as his next of kin contact. At the age of 19 he was inducted into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 15 February 1943. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Edwin W. Lloyd 38370820 US Army Company I 351st Infantry Regiment 88th Infantry Division. The 88th attacked to the northwest, with their orders being to cut Highway 6 then head eastward towards Rome, Italy. Highway 6 was cut on 2 June 1944, and by 3 June 1944, the Blue Devils were just 4,000 yards from their objective. There was a brutal battle on the outskirts of Rome as the soldiers of the 88th ran into strong German resistance. Still, on 4 June 1944, the Eternal City fell to the Allies. Everyone wanted to be first into Rome, but at 1530, on 4 June 1944, the all-draftee 88th became the first division to enter the city. The happiness and celebration that followed the entry into Rome soon gave way to the reality of war. The 88th received its new orders to follow the Germans north. They were involved in some brief but intense fighting at Monterosi, battling German tanks and hoping to buy time for the main body of troops who were blasting Nazi soldiers fleeing north by Highway 2. Pfc Lloyd was killed in action on 6 June 1944 in the area between North Rome and South Monterosi, Italy. He was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

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Apprentice Seaman Wesley Simpson Martin Jr.

Wesley Simpson Martin Jr. born on 17 October 1925 in Barkertown, Grundy County,Tennessee to Edna Dunnam (b.26 Jan 1908 -d.8 Oct 1983 Bell County, Texas) Age 17 and Wesley Simpson Martin Sr. (b.18 Oct 1904 Texas -d.20 Aug 1972 Andrews, Andrews County, Texas) Age 21.

1930 census Age 4 living in McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and step-father Allen Cunningham. 1935 living in Blanco County, Texas. 1940 census Age 14 living in Kendall County, Texas with his mother, step-father A.M. Cunningham, and a brother. It is apparent that he attended several Texas schools and it remains unknown if he graduated high school. He registered for the WW2 draft at Alpine, Brewster County, Texas on 18 October 1943 while residing at Alpine and working for Ray Willoughby at Alpine and listing his mother, Mrs. A.M. Cunningham of Alpine, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Wesley Simpson Martin Jr. nsn-8426944 enlisted in the US Navy on 19 January 1944 and was sent to boot camp at the Naval Training Camp, San Diego, California. .

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[Navy] Apprentice Seaman Wesley Simpson Martin Jr. 8426944 U.S. Navy, Naval Training Camp, San Diego, California. He became ill shortly after arriving in San Diego and soon was admitted into the camp's hospital. After several weeks of fighting the disease he died of bronchial pneumonia on 17 February 1944 in the Naval Hospital, San Diego, California. His body was shipped to Brady, McCulloch County, Texas and buried in the Live Oak Cemetery on Thursday 24 February 1944.

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Technical Sergeant Jesse G. McCoy  

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Jesse Granville McCoy born 25 August 1923 in Calf Creek, McCulloch County, Texas to Manerva Malinda Attaway(b.1888 Texas-d.1978 Texas) Age 35 and James Arthur McCoy(b.1887 Texas-d.1955 Calf Creek, Texas) Age 36.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and six siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct1 McCulloch County, Texas. Enlisted for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. Married Miss Lois Oleta Sharp 19 December 1943 and they have one son. .

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[AirCorps] Technical Sergeant Jesse G. McCoy 38370030 US Army Air Forces 547th Bombardment Squadron 384th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the top turret gunner in the B-17G 43-38800 on 30 November 1944 out of Grafton Underwood Airfield, England on a combat bombing mission to the target in Zeitz, Germany. [MACR 11111 ] The bomber was over the target and hit by anti-aircraft flak causing internal and external fires, in the smoke and panic four crewmen bailed out, but the plane did make it back home with five crewmen. TSgt McCoy was probably shot by enemy forces while descending in his parachute and landing 2Km southwest of Meuselwitz, Germany, he was statused as MIA and the Germans never confirmed his status leading to a Finding Of Death one year later. His grave was found in Meuselwitz and in 1949 repatriated to America and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery in Brady, Texas.

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Aviation Cadet James A. McKenna

James Aloysius McKenna, Jr. born 22 December 1923 New York to Mildred C.(b.1897 New York-d. New York) Age 26 and James A. McKenna Sr.(b.1887 New York-d. New York) Age 36.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and one brother in Assembly District 1, New York City, Queens County, New York. 1935 living in New York City, Queens County, New York. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and one brother in 3042 23d St., Assembly District 1, New York City, Queens County, New York. James A. McKenna asn-12087410 a single white male born 1923 in New York residing in Queens County, New York and working as a shipping and receiving clerk with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private in New York City, New York on 11 July 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet James A. McKenna 12087410 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment Pilot Training Class was a student pilot in training at Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas. On 5 June 1943 he was with three other soldiers from the area in an automobile accident over twenty miles west of Brady, Texas in Concho County and AvC McKenna and Pvt Ince were fatally injured, AvC McKenna died 5 June 1943 in the Brady Hospital, details (with year incorrect) found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC McKenna's remains were shipped to Astoria, Queens County, New York and interred in the Calvary Cemetery.

DNB 5 Jun 1943


Aviation Instructor Marion E. McLaurin

Marion Eugene McLaurin born 21 November 1916 in Lincoln County, Mississippi to Mary Kate Sasser(b.1888 Mississippi-d.1970 Louisiana) Age 33 and John C. McLaurin(b.1887 Mississippi-d.1968 Louisiana) Age 34.

1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two brothers in Police Jury Ward 5, De Soto Parish, Louisiana. 1935 living in Mansfield, Police Jury Ward 4, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. 1940 census Age 23 living as a lodger in Mansfield, Police Jury Ward 4, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana working as a grocery salesman.

[AirCorps] Aviation Instructor Marion E. McLaurin (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-I Pilot Training Class was the instructor pilot with a student pilot in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 26 May 1943 on a routine training flight and one and a half miles southwest of Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing Pfc Lemley and AvI McLaurin instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI McLaurin's remains were shipped to Mansfield, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana and interred in the Highland Cemetery.

DNB 26 May 1943


Aviation Instructor Jessie E. Medley

Jessie Ellis Medley born 13 August 1910 in Weinert, Haskell County, Texas to Annie Mae Edwards(b.1883 Benton County, Arkansas-d.1959 Haskell, Texas) Age 27 and Jessie Wiley Medley(b.1880 Missouri-d.1933 Haskell County, Texas) Age 30.

1920 census Age 9 living with his parents and three siblings in Haskell, Haskell County, Texas. 1935 living in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe, New Mexico. Married Miss Velma Louise Gibson 1 June 1936. 1940 census Age 29 living with his wife Velma in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico as owner of a drug store and cafe. Registered for the draft in Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico on 16 October 1940 and listed his wife as next of kin. Volunteered as Instructor with US Army Air Corps July 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Instructor Jessie E. Medley (civilian) US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was the instructor pilot with a student pilot in a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 11 May 1943 on a routine training flight and two miles west of White Auxiliary Field, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing AvC Wardell and AvI Medley instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvI Medley's remains were shipped to Santa Rosa, Guadalupe County, New Mexico and interred in the Evergreen Cemetery.

DNB 11 May 1943


Major Arthur L. Moseley  

Arthur Lee Moseley born 23 January 1917 in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas to Martha 'Mattie' Jermima Scales (b. 1884 Texas - d. 1948 McCulloch County, Texas) age 33 and Arthur Combs Moseley (b. 1881 Adairville, Kentucky - d. 1947 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 36.

1930 Census age 13 living in JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1935 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census JP7 age 23 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living in Rochelle and working in Brady at the county cotton oil mill and listed his father of Rochelle as his next of kin contact. Arthur L. Moseley asn-38033347 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a bookkeeper with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 11 July 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Major Arthur L. Moseley O-1310750 US Army 11th Airborne Division. ["MAJ Art Mosley, the Hero of Leyte. While the 511th Parachute Infantry Regiment was fighting on Leyte in December of 1944, monsoon rains prevented larger aircraft from resupplying the starving paratroopers in the mountains. Despite the dangers to himself, pilot MAJ Arthur "Art" Lee Mosley of Rochelle, Texas, loaded his Stinson L-5 Sentinel Piper Cub with ammunition and rations and headed into the cloud-covered mountains. Using only basic instruments, Mosley flew several "resupply missions" a day on what became known as The Mosley Milk Run while the enemy fired at him from below. When Art, or "Phone Glider 3", flew over friendly units, he would ask what the paratroopers needed, then his spotter in the backseat would push supplies out of the plane. It was a life-saving campaign that kept the 511th PIR fighting, and alive. As F-511's LT Ralph Ermatinger noted, "(Art) Moseley became an instant hero to the troops. His name was known to every man." Later, when the 11th Airborne was fighting to retake Nielson Field outside Manila, Luzon, on February 16, 1945 MAJ Moseley hiked to a nearby hill to call in effective airstrikes on enemy defenses from P-38s overhead. Suddenly, a surprise artillery burst landed on Moseley's position. CPL Reginald Lynn of the 511th's Signals rushed down the hill to find Art on his back. The Angels' savior on Leyte was dead. He was 28. "Where's Moseley?" a gruff voice barked. Shaken, CPL Lynn replied that Arthur was dead, then realized that he was speaking to GEN Albert Pierson, the division commander's Chief of Staff. "He was my best friend," a pained Pierson whispered quietly. Mosley's death was a blow to the entire division and his loss was felt by all." by Jeremy C. Holm, submitted by Kyle Moseley]. On 15 February 1945, the 1st Battalion of the 187th Parachute Infantry Regiment, alongside other American units, launched an attack on Mabato Point, Luzon , Philippines. This was an extremely heavily fortified position featuring the same defensive measures as the Genko Line, and it would take six days of hard fighting, multiple airstrikes, and the frequent use of napalm and heavy artillery, before the point was secured. Fort McKinley was finally taken, 17 February 1945. Maj Moseley was killed in action on 16 February 1945 helping to take Fort McKinley from the enemy Japanese forces. He was buried there in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Rochelle Cemetery at Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas on Sunday 31 October 1948. Silver Star and Purple Hearts.

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Staff Sergeant Edward H. Nance, Jr.  

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Edward Hollie Nance, Jr. born 6 January 1921 in Doole, McCulloch County, Texas to Annie Pearl Windham(b.1900 Brown County, Texas-d.1956 San Angelo, Texas) Age 21 and Edd Hollie Nance(b.1900 Runnels County, Texas-d.1978 San Angelo, Texas) Age 21.

1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and two sisters in Pct8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct8 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 19 living with his parents and three siblings and a grandfather in Cottonwood, JP3 Callahan County, Texas. Edward H. Nance, Jr. asn-18025469 a single white male born Texas in 1921 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as farm labor with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas on 15 May 1941. .

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[AirCorps] Staff Sergeant Edward H. Nance, Jr. 18025469 US Army Air Corps 60th Troop Carrier Squadron 63rd Troop Carrier Group was the flight engineer on a DC-3 42-47379 out of South Plains Army Air Field, Lubbock, Texas on 16 December 1942 towing a CG-4A glider being ferried with destination Victorville Air Force Station, California. When on the night time take-off at Blythe Airfield , California the DC-3 collided with the unmanned cargo glider and eight Army airmen were killed in the crash, including SSgt Nance. His remains were shipped to Texas and interred in the Pear Valley Cemetery, McCulloch County, Texas.

DNB 16 Dec 1942


Private T. J. Nobles

T. J. Nobles born 9 November 1922 in Scurry County, Texas to Violet Lucile Mosely(b.1903 Texas-d.1985 Brady, Texas) Age 19 and Ellis Leo Nobles(b.1902 Texas-d.1978 Brady, Texas) Age 20.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and four siblings in Pct 4 Burnet County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and five siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father in San Angelo, Texas as next of kin.

[AirCorps] Private T. J. Nobles 38370823 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.

KIA MIA 27 Nov 1943


1st Sergeant Ernest F. Norman

Ernest Fredrick Norman, Jr. born 16 April 1914 in Pecan Gap, Delta County, Texas to Virdie Belgium 'Bell' Sissel (b. 1892 Klondike, Texas - d. 1971 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 22 and Ernest Fredrick Norman (b. 1886 Tennessee - d. 1972 Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama) Age 28.

1920 Census age 5 living in CD2 Lawrence County, Tennessee with his parents and two brothers. Did not find him in the 1930 census. Married Mary Esterlene Mitchell (b. 1915 Normangee, Madison County, Texas - d. 2005 Jacksonville, Cherokee County, Texas). 1935 living in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Army 1n 1939. 1940 Census age 25 living in Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas with the 2nd Signal Company as a US Army Soldier. 1940 census his wife was living in San Antonio and his parents were living in rural McCulloch County, Texas. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] 1st Sergeant Ernest F. Norman 6289084 US Army Air Forces Signal Corps Air Service stationed at the US Army Pocatello Aifield in Power County, Idaho, about seven miles northwest of Pocatello, Bannock County, Idaho. He had an appendectomy done in the Pocatello Air Base Hospital. 1Sgt Norman died on 24 October 1943 in the base hospital from complications arising out of the operation. His body was shipped by railway to Brady, McCulloch County, Texas and interred in the Melvin Cemetery at Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas.

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Technical Sergeant Willie J. Norman

Willie James Norman born on 26 May 1923 at Lawrenceburg, Lawrence County, Tennessee to Virdie Belgium 'Bell' Sissel(b.1892 Klondike, Delta County, Texas-d.1971 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 31 and Ernest Fredrick Norman(b.1886 Tennessee-d.1972 Decatur, Morgan County, Alabama) Age 37.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and two brothers in JP2 Hopkins County, Texas. 1935 living in rural McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his parents and a brother in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Stephenville, Erath County, Texas for the draft board in McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living at Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas and being a student at John Tarleton College in Stephenville and listed his mother, Mrs. V.B. Norman of Melvin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Willie J. Norman asn-18214548 a single white male born Tennessee in 1923 residing in McCulloch County, Texas being a student with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Stephenville, Texas on 14 November 1942. While he was stationed at Camp Howze, Texas he married Miss Vera Fern Ammons in Glen Rose, Texas on 23 June 1944, she was in Tarleton College class of 1942 where they first met. .

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[Army] Technical Sergeant Willie J. Norman US Army Rifle Company E 2nd Battalion 411th Infantry Regiment 103rd Infantry Division. Sgt Norman was wounded on 4 January 1945 and was in a hospital in France for several weeks before he returned to his outfit. As German resistance disintegrated, the 103d reached the Upper Rhine Valley, 23 March 1945, and engaged in mopping up operations in the plain west of the River Rhine. In April 1945, it resumed the offensive. According to the morning report of the 411th IR, TSgt Willie J. Norman was seriously wounded in action on 17 April 1945. He was promoted to T/Sgt just 6 days earlier. He died of the wounds on 18 April 1945 in the vicinity of Darmstadt, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when his remains were reinterred in the Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France. Silver Star, Purple Heart with One Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster and the French Croix De Guerre with Silver Star.

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DOW 18 Apr 1945


First Lieutenant George C. Parker  

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George Coleman Parker born 14 October 1921 in Placid, McCulloch County, Texas to Ida Samford(b.1890 Brown County, Texas-d.1984 Placid, Texas) Age 31 and George Calvin Parker(b.1877 Arkansas-d.1950 Placid, Texas) Age 44.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and seven siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and five siblings in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 February 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. George C. Parker asn-18103606 a single (widower) white male born Texas in 1921 residing in McCulloch County, Texas being unemployed with two years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a private at San Antonio, Texas on 18 March 1942.

[AirCorps] First Lieutenant George C. Parker O-672401 US Army Air Forces 413th Bombardment Squadron 96th Bombardment Group 8th Air Force was the pilot of B-17 42-3261 out of Snetterton Heath Airfield, England on 13 December 1943 on a combat bombing mission to target near Hamburg, Germany. [MACR 1655 illegible] 1Lt Parker's B-17 was shot down by anti-aircraft flak and crashed near Pulverweg, Germany, but seven crew were able to bailout and be captured. 1Lt Parker and two others were killed. 1Lt Parker's remains were repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Placid Cemetery in McCulloch County, Texas.

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Aviation Cadet Donald T. Paul

Donald Theodore Paul born 22 July 1919 in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa to Bertha Mabel Wilbur(b.1885 Iowa-d.1965 California) Age 34 and Henri D. Paul(b.1876 Illinois-d.1934 Iowa) Age 43.

1925 Iowa census Age 5 living with his parents and three siblings in Black Hawk Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. 1930 census Age 10 living with his parents and four siblings and grandmother in Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa. 1940 census Age 20 living with his parents and two sisters in Ward 2, Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls Township, Black Hawk County, Iowa. Registered for the draft in Black Hawk County, Iowa on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother as next of kin. Married Miss Thelma Alice Gorman in 1941. Donald T. Paul asn-17119322 a married, with one child, white male born 1919 in Iowa residing in Black Hawk County, Iowa working as a routeman with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as Private at Des Moines, Iowa on 9 September 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Donald T. Paul 17119322 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 September 1943 on a routine training flight and after flying 22 miles northwest of the airfield near Lohn, Texas he crashed and was killed, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Paul's remains were shipped to Cedar Falls, Black Hawk County, Iowa and interred in the Fairview Cemetery.

DNB 30 Sep 1943


Technician Third Grade Herman M. Plumlee

Herman Mitchell Plumlee born 4 November 1913 in Sadler, Grayson County, Texas to Bertha Virginia Russell (b. 1889 Nashville, Tennessee - d. 1971 Haskell, Haskell County, Texas) age 23 and Odus Lee Plumlee (b. 1887 Tennessee - d. 1965 Stamford, Jones County, Texas) age 25.

1920 Census age 7 living in Pct2 Jones County, Texas with his parents and two sisters. 1930 Census age 17 living in Pct7 Jones County, Texas with his parents and siblings. 1935 living in Stamford, Jones County, Texas. 1940 Census age 27 living in JP1 Mason County, Texas with his wife Ruby, a waitress, and he was working in a filling station. Registered for the draft at Mason, Mason County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living there and working for Mrs B C Broad in San Antonio, and listed his wife, Mrs Ruby Edna Plumlee of Mason, as his next of kin contact. Entered the US Army on 22 December 1942. He went overseas to the European Theater in February 1944 while his wife resided in Brady, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Third Grade Herman M. Plumlee 38361670 US Army 3530th Ordnance Auto Maintenance Company was stationed somewhere in France when he was killed on 3 September 1944 in a non-battle event in the line of duty. He was buried in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were reinterred in the Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial at Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France.

DNB 3 Sep 1944


First Lieutenant Vernon J. Reed

Vernon J Reed born 5 Oct 1920 in Little Valley, Cattaraugus County, New York to Harriet E(b.1894 New York-d. ) Age 27 and Percy E 'Jack' Reed(b.1896 New York-d. ) Age 24.

1925 NY census Age 4 living with his parents in Collins, Erie County, New York. 1930 census Age 9 living with his parents and a brother in Ward 4 Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania. 1935 living in Ward 4 Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania. 1940 census Age 19 and a soldier with A Company 9th Infantry living in Ft Sam Houston, Area D San Antonio, JP1 Bexar County, Texas. Graduated at Williams AAF, Arizona on 5 September 1942. Married Miss Dorothy Simms in Boise, Idaho on 18 Sep 1942 while at a B-17 training base. .

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[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Vernon J. Reed O-729563 US Army Air Forces 342nd Bombardment Squadron 97th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the bonbardier on B-17F 42-2982 (aka 42-5133) out of Chateaudun-du-Rhumel Airfield, Algeria on 17 April 1943 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Palermo, Italy on the island of Sicily. [MACR 16527 ] Before reaching the target the B-17 was shot down and crashed into the sea. All of the crew was statused as MIA, and one year later statused as FOD. 1Lt Reed is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia.

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KIA MIA 17 Apr 1943


Second Lieutenant William R. Roberts, Jr.

William Riley Roberts, Jr. born 28 March 1917 in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas to Vera Arabelle White(b.1898 Brown County, Texas-d.1975 Brady, Texas) Age 19 and William Riley Roberts(b.1898 Texas-d.1960 Brady, Texas) Age 19.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and siblings in JP7 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1935 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and siblings in Rising Star, Eastland County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Eastland, Texas on 16 October 1940 and listed his mother, in Rising Star, as next of kin. William R Roberts Jr asn-18065694 a single white male born Texas in 1917 residing in Eastland County, Texas and a student in Texas A&M college with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Dallas, Texas on 2 November 1941. Married Miss Margaret Juanelle Sparks on 2 May 1943. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant William R Roberts Jr O-547750 US Army Air Forces 758th Bombardment Squadron 459th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the bombardier on B-24H 41-29501 out of Giulia Airfield, Italy on 25 April 1944 on a combat bombing mission to an enemy target but they crashed on takeoff and the entire crew was killed. 2Lt Roberts' remains were buried there and in 1949 were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Texas on 24 March 1949.

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KIA 25 Apr 1944


Captain Glen C. Roloson

Glen C. Roloson born on 3 September 1918 in DeKalb County, Missouri to Dottie A. Bobbit (b.~1901 DeKalb County, Missouri-d. ) Age 17 and Ruby Roscoe Roloson (b.9 Dec 1896 DeKalb County, Missouri-d.21 Mar 1962 • Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California) Age 22.

1930 census Age 11 living with father Ruby Roloson 33, step-mother Vera Roloson 24 and a sister Verna 9 and a brother Cleo B. 7 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. He attended Brady grade school and was active in the Boy Scouts Troop 24. 1935 Age 16 living in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. He gradusted from Brady High School and attended the Texas A&M College, class of 1941, before moving to California. 1940 census Age 21 living with brother Cleo 18 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. Glen C. Roloson asn-19038466 a single white male born Missouri 1919 residing in DeKalb County, Missouri with 2 years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at March Field, Riverside, California on 23 November 1940. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant Glen C. Roloson asn-O421320 on 11 July 1941 at Kelly Field, Texas as a bomber pilot. 2Lt. Glen C. Roloson was a co-pilot on a reserve crew aboard the USS Hornet in April 1942 during in the Doolittle raid of Japan. He was promoted to Captain on 10 February 1943 while the operations officer in the North Africa theater of operations. .

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[AirCorps] Captain Glen C. Roloson O-421320 U.S. Army Air Forces, 37th Bombardment Squadron, 17th Bombardment Group. The details surrounding his death are very sketchy. The report made to his parents just said "your son...died April 2, 1943 in the North Africa area as result of an airplane accident." The accident was classified as a "non-battle event." Nothing has been found in news or on the internet of any airplane accident on 2 April 1943. So, it cannot be said what place or country where the accident happened or whether he was the pilot or a passenger. The 37th Bomb Sq, which he was commander of, was located in Algeria at the time. His remains were buried there in North Africa until May 1948 when repatriated to America via the US Army Transport Barney Kirschbaum. From New York City, his remains where shipped to Los Angeles, California and interred in the Glen Haven Memorial Park on Thursday 17 June 1948. His father was buried in the same cemetery in 1962, but both were later, possibly 1990s, removed and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas.

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DNB 2 Apr 1943


Staff Sergeant Charlie P. Roper  

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Charlie Paul Roper born 2 January 1918 in Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas to Pearl Rice (b. 1882 Spicewood, Texas - d. 1936 Bowser, San Saba County, Texas) Age 34 and Charlie Metts Roper (b. 1871 Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas - d. 1920 Bowser, San Saba County, Texas) age 46. (His birth certificate name was changed by affidavit in 1943 but the location remained the same).

1920 Census age 2 living in JP2 San Saba County, Texas with his parents and five siblings. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and two sisters. 1935 Living Rural San Saba County, Texas. 1940 Census age 22 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas as a lodger in the home of Darell D Davenport and working as a truck driver with three years of high school. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working in Rochelle for D D Davenport and listed his sister, Mrs Homer Helms of Rotan, Fisher County, Texas, as his next of kin contact. Charlie P. Roper asn-38028806 a single white male born Texas in 1918 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a truck driver with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 2 March 1941. Married to Miss Thelma Lee Brown at Houston on 1 March 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Staff Sergeant Charlie P. Roper 38028806 US Army Infantry 16th Army Corps stationed at Fort Riley, Kansas was one of three soldiers killed in an automobile accident near Belvue, Kansas on 6 April 1944. His body was taken to a funeral home in Junction City, Kansas and then shipped to Richland Springs, Texas and interred in the Varga Chapel Cemetery at Bowser, San Saba County, Texas.

DNB 6 Apr 1944


Aviation Cadet Glenn M. Rotegard

Glenn Merlin Rotegard born 21 February 1918 in Hilger, Fergus County, Montana to Lena Marie(b.1890 Minnesota-d.1994 Minnesota) Age 28 and Olaf C Rotegard(b.1892 Minnesota-d.1964 Minnesota) Age 26.

1930 census (Glenwood) Age 12 living with his parents and two siblings in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota. 1935 living in same house as in the 1940 census. 1940 census (Glenwood) Age 22 living with his parents and two siblings in Ward 12, Minneapolis, Minneapolis City, Hennepin County, Minnesota working as a shipping clerk. Glenn Merlin Rotegard registered for the draft in Hennepin County, Minnesota on 16 October 1940 and listed his father as next of kin, was a student at University of Minnesota. Glenn M. Rotegard asn-17114406 a single white male born 1918 in Montana residing in Hennepin County, Minnesota working as a salesman with 4 years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 9 September 1942.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Glenn M. Rotegard 17114406 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 44-A Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 3 August 1943 on a routine training flight and crashed at the White Auxiliary Field, 12 miles west of Curtis Field in McCulloch County, Texas, killing AvC Rotegard but uninjured AvI Olson, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Rotegard's remains were shipped to Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota and interred in the Ft Snelling National Cemetery.

DNB 3 Aug 1943


Aviation Cadet Houston W. Savage

Houston Wilson Savage born 1 December 1921 in Olivia, Calhoun County, Texas to Cora Maude Hart(b.1880 Texas-d.1959 Texas) Age 41 and Joseph Johnson Savage(b.1875 Texas-d.1942 Texas) Age 46.

1930 census Age 8 living with his parents and three siblings in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. 1935 living in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. 1940 census Age 18 living with his parents and 2 nieces and 1 nephew in Pct 3 Calhoun County, Texas. Houston W. Savage asn-18056677 a single white male born 1921 in Texas residing in Calhoun County, Texas working at a petroleum plant with four years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as a Private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 31 July 1941.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Private Houston W. Savage 18056677 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 42-A Pilot Training Class was piloting a Vultee BT-15 training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 17 January 1942 on a routine training flight and while approaching Curtis Airfield to land, the aircraft crashed and burned, killing AvC Savage instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Pvt Savage's remains were shipped to Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas and interred in the Palacios Cemetery.

DNB 17 Jan 1942


Sergeant James H. Segrest

James Herman Segrest born 17 May 1923 in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas to Sarah Frances Matlock(b.1890 San Saba County, Texas=d.1931 Brady, Texas) Age 33 and James David Segrest(b.1885 Lee County, Texas-1966 Brown County, Texas) Age 38.

1930 census Age 6 living with his parents and five siblings in Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Rochelle, Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 16 living with his father [mother passed 1931] and two siblings in Rochelle, Pct7 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1942 and listed his father as next of kin. .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant James H. Segrest 38370014 US Army Air Forces 9th Bombardment Squadron 7th Bombardment Group 10th Air Force was the gunner/photographer on B-24J 42-73311 out of Pandaveswar, India on 21 January 1945 on a combat bombing mission to a target on Ramree Island, Burma. The B-24 crashed and burned just one mile after takeoff killing all of the crew members. Sgt Swgrest's remains were buried there until after the war then repatriated to Texas and reinterred in the Rochelle Cemetery in Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas on 27 May 1948.

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DNB 17 Jan 1942


Sergeant William G. Sessions

William Geene Sessions born 21 August 1923 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Ethel Inez Irvine (b. 1901 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas - d. 1990 McCulloch County, Texas) age 22 and Thomas 'Tom' Allen Sessions (b. 1899 Marlin, Falls County, Texas - d. 1970 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) age 24.

1930 Census age 6 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents. 1935 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 16 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents. Graduated from Brady High School. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 30 June 1943 while living and working there and listed his father of Brady as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[AirCorps] Sergeant William G. Sessions 38370006 US Army Air Forces 513th Bombardment Squadron 376th Bombardment Group 15th Air Force was the nose gunner aboad the B-24H 42-52547 out of San Pancrazio Airfield, Italy on 24 June 1944 on a combat bombing mission to the target at Ploesti, Romania of oil refineries. [MACR 7130 ] The B-24 had dropped the bombs over the target and was on the way home when enemy German fighters intercepted the formation and the B-24 was shot, killing one gunner, Sgt Kenneth Henry, and disabling an engine. The plane lost speed and altitude and about thirty minutes from the Albanian coast the pilot gave the order to bail-out. All nine remaining crewmen bailed out safely, and eight were captured near Prilep, Yugoslavia, now North Macedonia. Sgt Sessions was not seen by the crew after bailing out and was not accounted for by the enemy. He was statused as missing for one year plus one day and then the War Dept issued a finding of death, FOD, on 25 June 1945. After the war his remains were located and identified and repatriated to America in 1949 and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Friday 2 December 1949.

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KIA 24 Jun 1944


First Lieutenant Jackman M. Shattuck

Jackman Morrill Shattuck born 25 August 1916 in Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts to Gretchen Richardson(b.1889 Roxbury, Mass-d.1985 ) Age 27 and Edmund J. Shattuck(b.1887 Norwood, Mass-d.1962 ) Age 29.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and one brother in Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and one brother in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. Jackman M. Shattuck asn-11030939 a single white male born 1916 in Massachusetts residing in Norfolk County, Massachusetts being a college student with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in Boston, Massachusetts on 14 July 1941. Married.

[AirCorps] First Lieutenant Jackman M. Shattuck O-436541 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment Pilot Training Class Instrument Instructor was sent 28 May 1943 to retrieve a training aircraft out of a cultivated field where a cadet had downed it two miles west of Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas. 1Lt Shattuck, alone in the plane, attemped to takeoff but crashed into a tree sustaining fatal injuries, dying on 30 May 1943 in the Brady, Texas Hospital, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. 1Lt Shattuck's remains were shipped to Norwood, Norfolk County, Massachusetts and interred in the Highland Cemetery.

DNB 30 May 1943


Aviation Cadet Dale N. Smith

Dale Newton Smith born 3 November 1916 in Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa to Mary Fredricka Henriksen(b.1897 Iowa-d.1984 Iowa) Age 19 and Edward Lee Smith(b.1895 Iowa-d.1977 Iowa) Age 21.

1920 census Age 3 living with his parents and one brother in Fullers house in Marion Ward 1, Linn County, Iowa. 1925 Iowa census living with his divorced mother and one brother in Fullers house in Linn, Linn County, Iowa. 1930 census Age 13 living with his divorced mother and one brother in Marion, Linn County, Iowa. Graduated Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in June 1938, worked for the Federal Land Bank in Omaha, Nebraska February 1939 to April 1941. Registered for the draft in Douglas County, Nebraska for the Linn County, Iowa board on 16 October 1940, listed his mother, Mary Fredricka Blake, as next of kin. Dale N. Smith asn-17030442 a single white male born 1916 in Iowa residing in Douglas County, Nebraska working as an accountant with four years of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Omaha, Nebraska on 26 April 1941.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet Dale N. Smith 17030442 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 41-B Pilot Training Class was in a Vultee BT-13A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 15 September 1941 on a routine training flight with an aviation instructor aboard, when the plane crashed and burned twelve miles southwest of Curtis Field, killing AvC Smith instantly and fatally injuring AvI Conway, Conway died in the Brady hospital, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Smith's remains were shipped to Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa and interred in the Riverside Cemetery.

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Private Silvestre Solis

Silvestre Solis born 31 December 1916 in San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas to Flavia Moralez (b. 1885 New Braunfels, Comel County, Texas - d. 1949 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) and Pablo Vidal Solis (b. 1875 Texas - d. 1963 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas).

1930 Census age 15 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and four sisters. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 14 November 1940 while living and working there and listed his father of Brady as his next of kin contact. Married Miss Cristina Valdez at Brady in 1941 they had a son born in 1942. Silvestre Solis asn-38232781 a married other male born Texas in 1916 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working in an agricultural occupation with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 27 November 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Silvestre Solis 38232781 US Army Company C 236th Engineer Combat Battalion assigned to the Ledo Road Project in District 4 which was the most southern district of the project at the China end of the road. The road would connect Ledo, Assam, India railhead to the Burma Road at Kunming, Yunnan, China, for a supply route into China for the Allies against the enemy Japanese. Pvt Solis was wounded and died of the wounds on 27 June 1944 in a field hospital and buried in a temporary grave in India. His remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Resthaven Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Thursday 27 May 1948.

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Second Lieutenant Raymond T. Sparks

Raymond Thomas Sparks born 9 January 1913 at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Edna Stowe(b.1892 Texas-d.1946 Seattle, Washington) Age 21 and Robert Thomas 'Bob' Sparks(b.1882 Brady, Texas-d.1966 Eden, Texas) Age 31.

1920 census Age 7 living with his parents and a brother in JP1 Eastland County, Texas. 1930 census age 17 living with his parents and a brother in Melvin, JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Melvin, JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. Enlisted in the US Marine Corps as a private msn-239629 and listed his wife, Mrs. Tatiana H. Sparks of Eden, Texas, as his next of kin contact. .

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[Marines] Second Lieutenant Raymond T. Sparks O-010461 US Marine Corps Hq Company 3rd Battalion 4th Marines Regiment was captured by the Japanese after the fall of Corregidor, Philippine Islands, on 6 May 1942, and was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity. He was killed on 14 July 1945 in a tunnel collapse during shelling at the Sendai POW camp 5B-Kamaishi, Iwate. As he was a Private First Class when captured, he was apparently given promotion to Second Lieutenant posthumously, and the Purple Heart with a Gold Star. His remains were recovered after the war and reinterred in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial at Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines.

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Second Lieutenant Hulen L. Stromquist  

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Hulen LeRoy Stromquist born 15 February 1922 in Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas to Alma Dorotea Thornquist (b. 1889 Lund, Travis County, Texas - d. 1979 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) and Paul Edgar Stromquist (b. 1889 Travis County, Texas - d. 1939 Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas).

1930 Census age 8 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother, a sister and two aunts. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 18 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas in the home of Aunt Alice Thornquist, with his mother and a brother, and away at college working as a waiter in a cafe. Played football for Abilene Christian College 1940 to 1942. Registered for the draft at Abilene, Taylor County, Texas on 30 June 1942 while living there and attending Abilene Christian College and listed his mother, Mrs T E Hellenguard of El Paso, as his next of kin contact. Graduated from Abilene Christian College in January 1943. Became engaged to Miss Nellie Merle Bennett on 14 January 1944. Joined the US Marine Corps on 25 January 1943 and listed his mother, Mrs T E Hellenguard of 3811 Memphis, El Paso, Texas as his next of kin contact. He shipped out for the southwest Pacific in February 1944. [nba] .

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[Marines] Second Lieutenant Hulen L. Stromquist O-23703 US Marine Corps Battery A 1st Battalion 10th Marines Regiment 2nd Marine Division Fareast Marine Force landed on the northwest end of Tinian Island on 25 July 1944, one day after the 4th Marine Division landed. By 29 July 1944, the Americans had captured half the island. 2Lt Stromquist was wounded in action against the enemy Japanese forces on 29 July 1944 by a sniper. He died of the wounds on 31 July 1944 aboard a hospital ship. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Melvin Cemetery at Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas on Tuesday 22 June 1948. Silver Star and Purple Heart.

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Shipfitter Second Class Petty Officer Gust J. Swenning  

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Gust Albert Swenning, Jr. born 2 August 1917 in Manor, Travis County, Texas to Alfredia Sharlato Kraft (b. 1879 Hulu-Barkeryd , Sweden - d. 1937 Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas) and Gust Albert Swening (b. 1876 Navara, Dalstorp, Sweden - d. 1937 Melvin, McCulloch County, Texas).

1920 Census age 2 living in JP2 Travis County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and three brothers. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. In 1937, April his father hung himself, then in September his mother died of heart failure. Gust Junior Swenning joined the US Navy on 8 September 1938 and listed his brother, Mr. LaRue Gideon Swenning, Rt. 1, Melvin, Texas, as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Navy] Shipfitter Second Class Petty Officer Gust J. Swenning 3561076 US Navy USS New Orleans CA-32 at the Battle of Tassafaronga, on the night of 30 November 1942, engaging a Japanese destroyer-transport force, when the flagship USS Minneapolis CA-36 was hit by two torpedoes. New Orleans , next astern, was forced to sheer away to avoid collision, and ran into the track of a torpedo which ripped off her bow. Bumping down the ship's port side, the severed bow punched several holes in New Orleans' hull. A fifth of her length gone, slowed to 2 knots and blazing forward, the ship fought for survival. SF2 Swenning unhesitatingly dove through the oil and water in a flooded compartment to close a watertight door. On 1 December 1942, he gallantly gave his life to save the ship and shipmates. His body was recovered and buried in a temporary grave at Guadalcanal. SF2 Swenning's remains were repatriated to America in 1948 and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Wednesday 17 March 1948. Navy Cross.

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Private Leslie E. Terry  

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Leslie Eugene Terry born 5 October 1909 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Daisy Myrtle Grumbles (b. 1888 San Saba County, Texas - d. 1956 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 21 and Clyde Earldon Terry (b. 1885 San Saba County, Texas - d. 1966 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 24.

1910 Census age 7 months living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents. 1920 Census age 10 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and two sisters. Attended Brady High School and Howard Payne College. 1930 Census age 20 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and three sisters. 1935 living in Rural McCulloch County, Texas. Married Miss Roberta Rye Sapp (b. 1914 Bastrop, Bastrop County, Texas - d. 6 Oct 1957 Bastrop, Bastrop County, Texas) in 1940, they had a son Edwin Eugene Terry born 1944 in Bastrop County, Texas. 1940 Census age 30 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his wife Roberta age 25. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and teaching in Rochelle and listed his wife as his next of kin contact. Inducted into the US Army on 7 February 1944 while teaching in Mozelle, Coleman County, Texas. [nba] .

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[Army] Private Leslie E. Terry 38561751 US Army 337th Infantry Regiment 85th Infantry Division was fighting the enemy German forces in northern Italy in the vicinity of Firenzuola, Tuscany, Italy when he was killed in action by small arms fire on 20 October 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1948 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery at San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas on Wednesday 1 December 1948.

KIA 20 Oct 1944


Private First Class Daniel R. Villanueva

Daniel Reza Villanueva born 3 January 1917 in Lohn, McCulloch County, Texas to Maria Reza (b. 1882 Mexico - d. 1945 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 36 and Guillermo Z. Villanueva (b. 1879 Mexico - d. 1948 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 39.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP4 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, two brothers and a sister. 1930 Census age 12 living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, four brothers and a sister. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there and listed his father of Brady as his next of kin contact. Daniel R. Villanueva asn-38025476 a single other male born Texas in 1917 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a farm hand with three years of high school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Ft Sam Houston, Texas on 13 January 1941. [nba] .

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[Army] Private First Class Daniel R. Villanueva 38025476 US Army 141st Infantry Regiment 36th Infantry Division was serving in Tunis, North Africa and he was seriously injured in an accident, no details, on 25 September 1943 which probably sent him to the Army field hospital. Pfc Villanueva died on 26 September 1943 from the injuries he received in the accident. He was buried there in a temporary grave and after the war his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Friday 15 July 1949.

DNB 26 Sep 1943


Aviation Cadet William H. Wardell

William Henry Wardell born 28 March 1917 in Leadville, Lake County, Colorado to Hazel Clyde Glover(b.1898 Colorado-d.1992 Sonoma County, California) Age 19 and Henry Sutcliffe Wardell(b.1894 Colorado-d.1942 Alameda County, California) Age 22.

1920 census Age 2 living with his parents and one sister in grandmother's house in Leadville Ward 2, Lake County, Colorado. 1930 census Age 13 living with his parents and two sisters in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California. 1935 living in the same place as the 1940 census. 1940 census Age 23 living with his parents and two sisters in West Point Judicial Township, Calaveras County, California. William H. Wardell asn-39082853 a single white male born 1917 in Colorado residing in Calaveras County, California working as a miner with 4 years of high school education was drafted into the US Army Air Corps as a Private at Presidio of Monterey, California on 13 October 1941.

[AirCorps] Aviation Cadet William H. Wardell 39082853 US Army Air Forces 2548th AAF Base Unit 317th AAF Flight Training Detachment 43-A Pilot Training Class was the student pilot with an instructor pilot in a Fairchild PT-19A training aircraft out of Curtis Field, McCulloch County, Texas on 11 May 1943 on a routine training flight and two miles west of White Auxiliary Field, McCulloch County, Texas the aircraft crashed, killing AvC Wardell and AvI Medley instantly, details found at the Heart of Texas Museum. AvC Wardell's remains, it is suggested, were shipped to Alameda County, California where his mother lived in Alemeda city, but the burial cemetery is unknown. His Texas death certificate only states that his remains were removed at Brady. There is a FaG memorial for him at Live Oak Cemetery, Brady, Texas, but no grave marker is shown.

DNB 11 May 1943


Technician Fifth Grade Meredith B. Weeks

Meredith Bryant Weeks born 17 March 1919 in Morgan, Bosque County, Texas to Myrtle Dean Womack (b. 1895 Morgan, Bosque County, Texas - d. 1982 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas) and Truman Howard Weeks (b. 1892 Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas - d. 1960 Brady, McCulloch County, Texas).

1920 Census age 9 months living in JP4 Morgan County, Texas with his parents and a sister. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP1 Throckmorton County, Texas with his parents, three brothers, three sisters and grandparents. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 21 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, six brothers, a sister and a grandmother, working as a buckway shovel operator for a tank construction company. Registered for the draft at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there for Jack Weeks and listed his mother, Mrs Myrtle Lee Weeks of Brady, as his next of kin contact. Married to Mrs Nila Weeks. Meredith B. Weeks asn-38132385 a married white male born Texas in 1919 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working as a shovel operator with a grammar school education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army as a private at Abilene, Texas on 7 May 1942. [nba] .

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[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Meredith B. Weeks 38132385 US Army 117th Infantry Regiment 30th Infantry Division landed at Omaha Beach, France on 11 June 1944. About fifty miles south of Omaha Beach the 30th Division relieved the 1st Infantry Division near Mortain on 6 August 1944. Tec5 Weeks was killed in action against the enemy German forces in the vicinity of Mortain, France on 7 August 1944. He was buried in a temporary grave there until after the war when in 1949 his remains were repatriated to America and reinterred in the Live Oak Cemetery at Brady, McCulloch County, Texas on Sunday 1 May 1949.

KIA 7 Aug 1944


Captain Marl A. Westerman

Marl Avant Westerman born 23 February 1916 in Valley Spring, Llano County, Texas to Nellie Mae Koger (b. 1888 Valley Spring, Llano County, Texas - d. 1979 Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas) Age 28 and Fenley Harold Westerman (b. 1883 Pontotoc, Mason County, Texas - d. 1959 Temple, Bell County, Texas) Age 33.

1920 Census age 3 living in JP4 Llano County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1930 Census age 14 living in JP4 Llano County, Texas with his parents and a brother. 1935 living Rural Llano County, Texas. Graduated 1939 from Texas A&M College, College Station, Texas with military rank of Infantry Captain per the yearbook. 1940 Census age 24 living in Melvin, JP3 McCulloch County, Texas as a lodger in the home of Leland Stewart, working as a public school teacher. While teaching Vocational Agriculture in Melvin, he was activated as Second Lieutenant in the US Army in March 1941. Married Miss Allena Wilbanks Kinney (b. 1917 Texas - d. 1996 Harris County, Texas) on 21 December 1941 in Crockett County, Texas. Shipped out to Iceland 9 August 1942 with the 759th Tank Battalion. [nba] .

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[Army] Captain Marl A. Westerman O-380658 US Army 759th Tank Battalion was landed in Normandy on 16 June 1944. The 759th was attached to the 2nd Infantry Division and fought in the Saint Lo area. Capt Westerman was killed in action against the enemy German forces on 19 June 1944 in the vicinity of Saint Lo, Normandy, France. He was buried in a temporary grave there and after the war 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 19 Jun 1944


Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Harvey F. Whitaker, Jr.

Harvey Franklin Whitaker, Jr. born 15 April 1922 in McCulloch County, Texas to Beulah Oma Alfred (b. 1892 Lone Oak, Texas - d. 1970 Abilene, Taylor County, Texas) Age 30 and Harvey Franklin Whitaker (b. 1880 Crab Orchard, Kentucky - d. 1953 Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas) Age 42.

1930 Census age 8 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, three brothers and two sisters. 1935 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 Census age 17 living in Rochelle, JP7 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents and two brothers. Enlisted in the US Navy and listed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Franklin Whitaker, Box 35, Rochelle, Texas, as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Navy] Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class Petty Officer Harvey F. Whitaker, Jr. 6162516 US Navy Composite Squadron 39 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 . AMM2 Whitaker 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.

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KIA MIA 24 Nov 1943


Second Lieutenant Burl T. Wiley, Jr.

Burl Tankersley Wiley, Jr. born 13 August 1922 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Annie Lee Keyser(b.1893 Erath County, Texas-d.1981 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 29 and Burl Tankersley Wiley(b.1890 Lampasas County, Texas-d.1980 McCulloch County, Texas) Age 32.

1930 census Age 7 living with his parents and a sister in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census Age 17 living with his parents and a sister and grandfather in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. Registered for the draft at Brady, Texas on 30 June 1942 employed at the Brady Aviation School and listed his father as next of kin. Burl T Wiley Jr asn-18095319 a single white male born Texas in 1922 residing in McCulloch County, Texas working at Brady Aviation School with one year of college education enlisted from civilian life into the US Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet at Curtis Field, Brady, Texas on 31 October 1942. .

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[AirCorps] Second Lieutenant Burl T. Wiley, Jr. O-772623 US Army Air Forces 28th Bombardment Squadron 19th Bombardment Group was the pilot on B-29 42-24873 out of a Guam Airfield on 3 May 1945 on a combat bombing mission to the target in Japan where the B-29 was hit by flak and lost fuel. They ditched 80 miles off shore in Shimonoseki Strait, Japan. 2Lt Wiley and five crew were killed, five were rescued by a US Navy submarine. 2Lt Wiley and the other five lost crewmen are still missing. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial in Hawaii.

KIA MIA 3 May 1945


Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Floyd E. Worthington  

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Floyd Eddie Worthington born 13 February 1921 in Moline, Lampasas County, Texas to Ida Elizabeth Barrett (b. 1887 Evant, Coryell County, Texas - d. 1974 Rotan, Fisher County, Texas) age 33 and Joseph Samuel Worthington (b. 1879 Spencer, Van Buren County, Tennessee - d. 1923 Texas) age 41.

1930 Census age 9 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother, two brothers, and uncle Edgar Moses' family. 1935 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas. 1940 census age 19 living in Brady, JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his mother and two brothers. Floyd Edward joined the US Navy on 13 January 1942 and listed his mother, Mrs. Ida E. Worthington, Brady, Texas as his next of kin contact. [nba] .

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[Navy] Radioman Third Class Petty Officer Floyd E. Worthington 6161885 US Navy USS Rowan DD-405, Salerno Landings, September 11, 1943, location Tyrrhenian Sea. Shortly after midnight, German E-boats attacked. Rowan pursued and fired; then, as her quarry pulled away, ceased firing and changed course to rejoin the convoy. Within 5 minutes a new contact was made, range less than 3,000 yards. Again she changed course, to avoid torpedoes and bring her guns into position. As the range decreased to 2,000 yards, Rowan was hit by a torpedo. She sank in less than a minute, taking 202 of her 273 officers and men with her. RM3 Worthington was statused as missing for one year plus one day then declared dead, 12 September 1944, FOD by the War Dept. His mother, Mrs. Ida E. Worthington Polk, Box 331, Rotan, Texas was notified. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing in the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial at Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy.

KIA MIA 11 Sep 1943


Technician Fifth Grade Carl E. Young  

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Carl Emil Young born 8 February 1919 in Brady, McCulloch County, Texas to Edith Augusta Helge (b. 1899 Travis County, Texas - d. 1969 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 19 and Knut Emil Young (b. 1896 Travis County, Texas - d. 1991 San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas) Age 22.

1920 Census age 11 months living in JP1 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents. 1930 Census age 11 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas with his parents, a brother and a sister. 1935 living in JP3 McCulloch County, Texas. Married Miss Emma Mae Williams (b.1919 Rochelle, McCulloch County, Texas - d.1967 Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas) they had a daughter, Barbara Ann Young (b.1938 Texas-d.1999 Bedford, Tarrant County, Texas). 1940 Census age 21 living in San Angelo, JP1 Tom Green County, Texas with his parents, a brother, his wife Emma and his daughter Barbara, working as a carpenter. Registered for the draft at San Angelo, Tom Green County, Texas on 16 October 1940 while living and working there at the Texas Trading Company for himself and listed his wife of San Angelo as his next of kin contact. Entered the US Army on 24 April 1944 and trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Shipped out to the European Theater on 2 November 1944. [nba]

[Army] Technician Fifth Grade Carl E. Young 38697998 US Army B Company 138th Engineer Combat Battalion 1147th Engineer Combat Group crane operator, met death in the line of duty on 8 May 1945, killed by a falling crane at Autobahn bridge site across the Leine River in Wunstorf, Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany. He was buried in a temporary grave until after the war and then his remains were reinterred in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial at Margraten, Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands.

DNB 8 May 1945