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Pfc Vernon Siler

Pfc Vernon Siler, son of Mrs. Florence Siler, Corsicana, was born Jan. 29, 1913.  Received his education in Texarcana Public Schools.  His wife is Mrs. Ola Derr Siler of Corsicana.  Volunteered for service October 4, 1942, at Dallas, Texas.  Assigned to Army Air Corps.  Trained at A.M. School, Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, Texas.  He was awarded American Defense Service Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal.  Received discharge January 31, 1946.

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2nd Lt. Bennie Eugene Siler

2nd Lt. Bennie Eugene Siler, Corsicana, was born Oct. 30, 1924.  Attended Texarkana and Corsicana Public Schools. Volunteered for Army Air Corps at Dallas Jan. 29, 1943.  Received basic training at Sheppard Field, and wings at Lubbock Army Air Field.  Served overseas from Dec., 1944, to Mar., 1945, in pacific area.  Awarded Presidential Citation, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart.  Lost his life in the line of duty off French Indo-China Mar 18, 1945.

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S/Sgt. Alton L. Sawyers

S/Sgt. Alton L. Sawyers, husband of Mrs. Edna Mae Sawyers of Dawson, Texas, was born June 20, 1924.  Entered service Dec. 18, 1943, at Fairfield, Texas.  Assigned to Army Infantry.  Trained at Camp Blanding, Fla.  Served overseas from Sept., 1944, to Dec., 1945, in European Theater.  Wounded Jan. 18, 1945.  Received Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Unit Badge, E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal wit 3 Bronze Stars for Ardennes, Rhineland and C. Europe, Victory Ribbon.  Was discharged Dec 24, 1945.

S/Sgt. Melvin Wylie

S/Sgt. Melvin Wylie, brother of Mrs. Edna Mae Sawyers of Dawson, Texas, was born Nov. 26, 1923.  His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Wylie, Rt. 2, Dawson, Texas.  Attended school in Waco.  Entered service Oct. 23, 1944, at Corsicana, Texas.  Assigned to Army, Infantry.  Trained at Camp Sibert, Alabama.  Received American Defense, World War II Victory, and Good Conduct Medal.  Was discharged June 7, 1946.  Re-enlisted the same day and assigned to attend Provost Marshall School.

2nd Lt. Edward Nathaniel Conner

2nd Lt. Edward Nathaniel Conner, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Conner of Roane, was born Sept 21, 1917.  He is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Simpson, Corsicana.  Attended N.T.S.T. College, Denton.  Volunteered August 17, 1943.  Assinged to Army Air Corps.  Trained at Kelly Field, Foster Field, and Selman Field.  Received American Defense and World War II Vicory Medal.  Was discharged November 17, 1945.  Prior to military service, he was a teacher and librarian.  His wife, Jimmie G. Conner, lives at Longview.

1st Lt. Preston E. Conner

1st Lt. Preston E. Conner, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. P. Conner of Roane, born Nov. 20, 1920, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. Simpson, Corsicana.  Volunteered for Army Air Corps, Jan 6, 1941.  Overseas Nov., 1943, to June, 1945, in N. Africa and E.T.O.  Wounded over Germany.  In P.O.W. Camp Stalag Luft I, Barth, Germany, Feb., 1944, to May, 1945.  Awarded E.T.O., 4 Bronze Stars for Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Air Off. of Europe and Balkans; Purple Heart; Air Medal, 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; D.F.C. Now with A.A.F. Married Novelle Holder of Ft. Worth.

Cpl. Paul Courtney Wilson

Cpl. Paul Courtney Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Wilson, 1716 Woodlawn, Corsicana, was born August 14, 1922.  Attended Corsicana Public School.  Entered service Sept 14, 1942, at San Diego, Calif.  Assigned to Marines, 816th Platoon.  Trained at Camp Joseph H. Pendleton, Oceanside California.  Served overseas from Feb., 1943, to Nov., 1945, in Pacific (Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Vella La Vella, and Guam).  Received Citation Nov. 20, 1943, on Purnata Island.

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S/Sgt  William D. Allen

S/Sgt  William D. Allen, son of Mrs. Jessie E. Allen, 518 N. 15th St., Corsicana, born Oct. 27, 1912.  Attended Corsicana Grammar and High Schools;  entered the service on March 12, 1942, at Camp Wolters, Texas; was assigned to the Army Air Force; trained at New England Aircraft School, Boston, Mass.; served in the United States 16 months, and overseas from July 17, 1943, to Oct. 1, 1945, in Normandy; N. France; Ardennes; Rhineland; C. Europe; Air Offensive, Europe; and England.  Awarded: EAME Medal, 6 Bronze Stars; Distinguished Unit Badge GO 19 Hq. IX AF Jan. 29, 1945; Good Conduct.  Was honorably discharged Oct. 9, 1945.

SK 3/c Bobby L. Butler

SK 3/c Bobby L. Butler, born Dec. 24, 1924, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Butler, 510 N. 25th St., Corsicana, husband of Lila Butler, 627 1/2 W. 3rd Ave., Corsicana, attended R. E. Lee Grammar and Jr. High, and Corsicana High Schools; volunteered for service June 23, 1943, at Dallas.  He was assigned to U.S. Navy, Communications Branch; trained at N.A.S., Corpus Christi, Camp Peary, Va., Navy Rec. Sta., Philadelphia, Pa.  Served in the U.S. 19 months, overseas 14 months, aboard USS Shelby (APA-105) in battle of Okinawa; S. Pacific area; Philippines; carried troops to Japanese mainland.  Awarded Battle Stars for P.I. and Okinawa, and Pres. U. Citation.  Discharged March, 1946.

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1st Sgt. Troy Cooley

1st Sgt. Troy Cooley, born Aug. 30, 1912, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Cooley, Corsicana, husband of Lucille Cooley, 1113 W. 14th Ave., Corsicana.  Attended Wm. B. Travis Grammar and Corsicana High Schools, volunteered for service on Sept. 16, 1940, and was assigned to the Army, 36th Div.; trained at Camps Bowie, Texas, Blanding Fla., and Edwards, Mass.  Transferred overseas for 17 months, in campaigns of N. Africa, Italy, S. France, Naples-Foggia, and Rome-Arno.  He was twice wounded, Awarded EAME, 3 Stars, American Def., Good Con., Purple Heart, 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star Medal.  Was discharged May, 1945.

Maj. Clarence W. Evans

Maj. Clarence W. Evans, born May 20, 1908, son of W. W. Evans, 708 W 1st Ave., Corsicana, Texas, husband of Enola Smalling, 3415 Johnette, Shrevesport, La., attended Texas A&M College; entered the service Sept. 25, 1941, assigned to Army 3360 Signal Bn.; trained at Fort Monmouth, N.J.; served in the U.S. 3 years and 8 months, and over seas 9 months, in India-Burma Theater, Philippine Theater, and C. Pacific Theater; participated in C. Burma Campaign.  Served as N. Comm. of 3360th Sig. Bn., Army Comm.  Served for 1 year in India.  He was Com. O. of the India-Burma-Thailand Region of A.C.S., being responsible for Instal. and Maint.  Was discharged March, 1946.

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Capt. Riley E. Fletcher

Capt. Riley E. Fletcher, son of Rev. and Mrs. R. J. Fletcher, 706 W. 4th Ave. Corsicana, born Nov 29, 1912, at Eddy, attended Wichita Falls, Texas, High School; entered the Army on March 12, 1942, assigned to the Army Field Art.; trained at Field Art. Replacement Training C., Camp Roberts, California, Field Art. School Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.  Served 2 years in the United States, and overseas 20 months; participated in operations in Maffin Bay-Sarmi (Dutch New Guinea), Leyte and Luzon as Bty. Officer in Btry. A., 983rd Field Arty. Bn. Served as Supply Officer and Com. Service Bty., 983rd Fld. Arty. Bn. during Mindanao Oper.  Was discharged Jan, 1946.

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Pfc. Charles H. Harrison

Pfc. Charles H. Harrison, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Harrison, 1609 W. 7th Ave, Corsicana, born Jan. 6, 1924, husband of Evelyn Harrison, W. 7th Ave., Corsicana, attended Corsicana High School; entered the service on March 29, 1944, assigned to the Army, 79th Div.; and trained at Camp Hood, Texas.  Served in the United States for 6 months and overseas 9 months in Alsace-Loraine, France.  He received the following awards: E.T.O. Ribbon, 1 Star; Purple Heart (He was wounded on Nov. 18th, 1944); Combat Inf. Badge; Good Conduct Medal; and Victory Ribbon, World War II.  He transferred to 8th Army Air Corps, April 15, 1945.  Was discharged May 8, 1946.

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