1944 - Heavy Toll in Lives Cost of War to this Community
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Heavy Toll In Lives Cost Of War to This Community 36 Months

Daily Sun Staff

What has three years of war cost Navarro County? Not in money and materials, but in blood and tears! There have been 80 service men killed, 117 wounded, 32 missing and 45 prisoners of War. These boys have paid the price!
This does not include the sleepless nights, heartache and fearful days spent by the wives, mothers and relatives awaiting messages of loved ones, dreading the ring of the telephone and fearing the knock at the door.
This does not begin to tell or portray the anguish and sorrow of the telegrams from the war and navy departments.
“We regret to inform you that…..,” telling of the death, wounding, missing or capturing of a husband, father, or maybe a youngster out of high school only a few months—old enough to die for Freedom, yet not old enough to vote—that the totalitarian threat to civilization may be crushed.
And yet, America, Texas and Navarro county were most fortunate than most of our Allies—particularly Britain, Russia, France, China, Netherlands, Poland, Belgium, Denmark and others—our land have not been under the Nazi or Jap domination and occupation—we have not been subjected to bombing and the robot menace slaying of hostages in reprisals, machine-gunning of innocent civilians.
(The names and figures included in this resume of the losses in blood and lives of Navarro countians up to this third anniversary of the treacherous attack at Pearl Harbor by Japan, plunging Americans into war with the Axis nations, are only those as carried in reports published from time to time in this newspaper. Some of the information necessarily is incomplete and there is the liklihood there are many casualties involving Navarro countians that have not been reported to this newspaper. Any relative with additional information not contained herein is invited and requested to report the same as in that manner a more complete record of Navarro countians will result.)

Slain Or Died In Service

First Lieut. Thomas E. Brown, Jr., 26, formerly of Richland, died in Fort Benning, Ga., June 20, 1943, buried at Richland.

S-Sgt. Scott Bowden, 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Bowden, Rice 1 (Tupelo) missing in action, Sept. 9, 1943, serial gunner on Mitchell bomber, North Africa Theatre, completed 48 missions, graduate of Rice high school. He entered service August 5, 1941. Sgt. Bowden was killed in action, Sept. 9, 1943.

George H. Bennett, killed March 14, 1942, at San Diego Bay plane crash. Husband of WAC Judith Polk Bennett of Corsicana. Buried here.
First Lt. Elliott H. Beale, air officer , 12th F. A., Second Div., killed in action, June 11, 1944, in France, liaison officer with Division since June 1943. Entered service in November, 1940. Wife resides here.

James Norman Brinkley, seaman, 2-C, U. S. Navy, killed in action, according to message, Nov. 5, 1942. Son of James W. Brinkley, Corsicana.

First Lt. James H. Brantley, 26, bomber pilot killed in action over England, Aug. 6, 1944. Survived by wife, two children, San Antonio, parents, A. L. Brantley, Galveston, and Mrs. Jesse L. Watkins, New Haven, Conn.; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. F. Marr, Corsicana and Mrs. J. H. Brantley, Nacogdoches.

S-Sgt. Bill Baldwin, 30, U. S. Army, infantry, died June 21, 1944, of wounds received June 19, in action in France. He is the son of W. I. Baldwin, Richland Route 1.

Capt. Clarence Coleman, negro, Coast Artillery, South Pacific, died, son of Will Coleman, 818 East 8th Ave., Corsicana, telegram, March 2, 1944.

Major Andrew L. Chilton, 25, Ft. Worth, USAAF England, killed in action over Germany, May 21, 1944. Wife, Jane Jester Chilton, Corsicana; Air Medal. P-38 Lightning group operations officer. Graduate of University of Texas. One year old daughter, Mary Chilton, Corsicana, parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Chilton, Fort Worth.

Sgt. William Carl Chapman, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Chapman, Blooming Grove, accidentally killed with pistol, Ventura, Calif., March, 1942.

James Chaney, killed France, June 21, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Chaney, Spring Hill.

S-Sgt. James A. Coleman, killed in action, Italy, June 9, 1944. Wife resides in Fort Worth; son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Coleman, Streetman.

S-Sgt. William Neal Davis, 35, Kilgore, reared at Richland, killed in action in France, July 26, 1944. Wife resides in Dallas, mother, Mrs. Maggie Davis, Richland.

Sgt. Arthur Coy Dewey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur A. Dewey, 1222, West 12 1-2 Ave., Corsicana, killed in action, North Africa, May 6, 1942. One of first American soldiers to land in North Africa.

Pvt. Juan P. Dimas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Dimas, Chatfield, killed in action, South Pacific, April 7, 1944.

Pfc. Frank DeLaerus, killed in action Feb. 24, 1944, in Italy; sister, Mrs. Lina Ramirez, Corsicana.

Pvt. Lee A. Denbow, 36, killed in action, France, July 4, 1955. Wife, Mrs. Lucile H. Denbow, 1701 1-2, Maplewood, Corsicana.

Collie Frost, negro, killed in action somewhere in North Africa, July 28, 1944. Son of Wiley Frost, Blooming Grove.

S-Sgt. Denton Farmer, 29, infantry, killed in action in France, June 12, 1944. Son of Mrs. Tommie Farmer, Purdon, entered service, March 1942, overseas, April, 1944. Worked at American Well and Prospecting Company, Wife Joyce Farmer, Abilene.

Cpl. John D. Fields, 27, killed in action, North African theatre, Sept. 15, 1943. Salerno beachhead, bazooka gun operator. Wife, Faye Garvin Fields, a son, parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Fields, Frost. Member 132 Field Artillery, 36th. Division when mobilized, November 1940.

Eddie Ferguson, U. S. Army, prisoner of war, died in Japanese prison, war department telegram July 9, 1943, revealed to father, Arthur Ferguson, Angus Route 1.

Pvt. Lou W. French, 21, infantry, seriously wounded in France, June 16, 1944, while in action. Telegram received July 24, 1944, that he had died of wounds. Son of Mrs. Annie L. French, 410 West Tenth avenue, Corsicana. Graduated from Corsicana High School, and entered service in October 1942. He had been overseas six months. Two brothers in armed forces.

Ship Cook 1-C James Johnson Goodman, 23, U. S. Navy, killed by land mine, Sept. 8, 1944, according to information to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Goodman, Albany, formerly of Frost. Goodman was born at Frost and graduated from Mertens High School. He had served four years in Navy.

Capt. James R. Gilcrease, Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Gilcrease, 2012 West Third avenue Corsicana killed near Chicago, May 21, 1943, when army bomber crashed into illuminating gas tank. A 1938 graduate of CHS, he received his commission and wings in 1940. Surviving are his wife, young son and parents.

S-2C Norman Barney Godwin, 17, U. S. Navy, died of wounds in line of duty, telegram to mother, Mrs. Maudie White, Corsicana, July 28, 1944, revealed. Born and reared at Blooming Grove.

A-C J. D. Gilliam, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alton N. Justiss, Corsicana, killed in plane crash near Houston, July 21, 1842, while on a mission out of Lake Charles training.

Pfc. Elmer N. Griffin, infantry, died of wounds, Oct. 30, 1943, in Pacific area, Son of Robert M. Griffin, Purdon. First report was that he was seriously wounded and also missing since August 15 while being evacuated for medical treatment.

Paul Harshaw, Dallas, formerly of Corsicana, killed in plane crash, Las Vegas, Nev., March 25, 1942. Buried here.

Sgt. Charles Lynn Haywood, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Haywood, Streetman Rt., killed in action in France, word received Aug. 30, 1944. Enlisted October, 1940. Wife and baby in Kansas City.

S-Sgt. Billy D. Hurley, 23, radio operator and gunner on B-24 Army Air Forces, killed near Boise, Idaho, Dec. 26, 1942. Body buried here. C. H. S. and Hillsboro Junior College ex-student. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Hurley of Corsicana.

Sgt. Vernon H. Hartley, U. S. Army Air base, accidentally killed October 31, 1943. Funeral at Blooming Grove. Reared in State Home. Wife resides at Denton. (A brother, Curran A. Hartley prisoner of war of Japs.)

Percy N. Kelly, U. S. Navy, missing in action, Nov. 30, 1942 and message, Dec. 18, 1943 said the Navy presumed him to be dead. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. N. Kelly, Corsicana.

Everett Keathley, son of Mrs. Zack Keathley, Frost, killed in Action, Sept. 10, 1944, in Italy. Decorated for bravery at Anzio Beach. Graduate of Teague High School. Father is O. O. Long, of Roane.

Pvt. Wilham Lendon, Long. U. S. Army Ferry Command, lost life, Feb. 3, 1943. He had previously been reported missing in action in the North Atlantic area. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Long of Fort Worth, formerly of Corsicana.

Pvt. Perry Wayne Layfield, infantry, killed in action, according to telegram received by parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bunk Layfield, Kerens. Reported March 9, 1944.

Charles Eugene Lewis, 19, seaman second class, U. S. Coast Guard, killed accidentally, April 17, 1943, while rolling a baseball field. He died in a U. S. Marine hospital, Norfolk, Va., and was buried at Dawson. He is the son of Mrs. C. W. Lewis of Oklahoma City.

Pvt. Joseph W. Lusk, killed in action, reported July 1. 1944, to sister Ruby Lusk, 509 North Fifth street, Corsicana.

Pfc. Vincent Martinez, son of Pablo Martinez, South Fourteenth street, Corsicana, killed in action, reported Aug. 28, 1944.

Cpl. John W. Matlock, Jr., army, Camp Polk, La., found dead. Son of Dr. and Mrs. J. W. Matlock, Frost.

Lieut. John P. McKinney, 24, U. S. Air Forces, killed in accident, April 26, 1943, at Barksdale Field, Shreveport, La., when medium bomber crashed at take off. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. P. P. McKinney of Corsicana. A graduate of Corsicana 1937, he was commissioned at Ellington Field McKinney attended Texas A. M. College.

Pvt. James T. McCulloch, 19, Waco, reared at Dawson, killed in action, Aug. 7, 1944, in France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Zola D. McCulloch, Waco, he is also survived by a brother, three sisters, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Hampton, Waco, and Mrs. Jim Prater, Dawson.

First Lieut. Ashbell G. McClung, 23, killed in action, Dec. 8, 1943, with the 36th Division in Italy. Son of Mrs. Hazel McClung of Kerens, he graduated from Kerens High and attended Texas A. and M. College and Texas Tech.

Flight Officer Richard R. Massengale, 21, died in North Africa area, Sept. 26, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Massengale, Blooming Grove.

Cpl. Georgia L. McCafferty, missing at Corregidor, in 1942, and a telegram to his mother, Mrs. Agnes McCafferty, 812 West Eleventh avenue, May 25, 1944, from the war department stated that government presumed her son to be dead. The Purple Heart decoration was awarded posthumously.

Pfc. James B. McMillan, 19, U. S. Marine, killed in action, Jan. 2, 1944, in Southwest Pacific area, according to message to mother, Mrs. Alma Womack, 501 North Commerce street, Corsicana. Pvt. McMillan enlisted Oct. 20, 1942, and went overseas in June 1943.

Sgt. Theo Masters, Jr., 23, killed in action, June 13, 1944, in France. Wife, Inez, and little daughter reside with her father, Frank Chapman, Corsicana fireman. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Theo Masters, Sr., of Hubbard.

Robert Henry May, U. S. Navy, died at San Diego, Calif., April 9, 1944. Funeral was held here. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. May of Navarro.

Pvt. Wilmer H. Brinkley, 19, U. S. Infantry, died in France, August 15, two days after being wounded, according to telegram received by parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Brinkley, Corsicana 2. He attended Powell High school. Entering the service, Aug. 11, 1943, he went overseas in February, 1944.

S-Sgt. Gorman L. O’Daniel, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. G. O’Daniel, Petty’s Chapel, Corsicana Route 5, “missing in action since Dec. 12, 1943, and telegram of February 4, 1944, stated he was killed in action in Italy. He was wounded Sept. 25, 1943, in Italy, but returned to active duty with the 36th Division later in the year. he enlisted, Jan. 31, 1941.

Pvt. Weldon Perkins, 21, Army, died Sept. 23, from wounds received in action in Italy. Husband of Laura D. Perkins, Blooming Grove. Son of Mrs. T. R. Perkins, near Italy, Texas. Entered service, Dec. 4, 1942. A brother, Pvt. Orby Perkins, Italy, Texas, wounded in the Salerno battle in Italy.

S-Sgt. Robert J. Page, Jr., 80 Service Squadron, Luke Field, Phoenix, Ariz., died natural causes, November 11, 1942. Funeral held at Blooming Grove with burial at Dresden cemetery.

Pfc. Alton Ray Pierce, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Pierce, Powell 1, killed in action, August 6, in France. Entered services, February 10, 1942. Surviving are parents and four brothers.

Flight Officer John Ralph (Red) Hewitt, 26, slain in action over Madgeburg, Germany, Sept. 12, 1944, relatives were advised. Graduate of Blooming Grove High School, he was employed in the AAA offices before enlisting in the Air Forces prior to Pearl Harbor. Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Lennie V. Donnell, Fort Worth; aunt, Mrs. Rubye Ellis, Blooming Grove, with whom he resided; grandmother, Mrs. J. O. McSpadden, Sr., Blooming Grove, and three brothers. He received Air Medal and other decorations.

Pfc. Samuel Thomas Bridges, Marine, 22 killed in action, July 28, 1944, on Guam. Enlisted Jan. 22, 1942, and went overseas, January 1943. Surviving are parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. T. Bridges, Corsicana; three brothers, two sisters, two half-sisters and five half-brothers.

S-Sgt. Tom Conn, 26, killed in action, Sept. 2, 1944, in France. He was in infantry. Landed Cherbourg, June. 7. Wife, six-months-old daughter, Corsicana; father, Jack Conn, Wortham.

Pfc. John C. Harris, 18, U. S. Marine, killed in action, Sept. 21, 1944, somewhere in Pacific, son of Mr. and Mrs. Cooper Harris, Streetman. Enlisted, Dec. 31, 1943.

V. E. (Tiny) Johnson, 25, U. S. Navy, killed in action, South Pacific, reported Nov. 13, 1944. Reared in State Home. Worked in Cotton Mills.

Pvt. Lionel Marlow, 21, U. S. infantry, killed in action, Sept. 30, in France. Wife, son, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Marlow, Electra. Attended Corsicana High.

Sgt. David C. McNeel, Marine, killed in action, Sept. 16, 1944, in Pacific. Wife at Alburquerque, father, C. H. McNeel, Emhouse.

Capt. Gulick Robinson, 23, killed in action, August 2, over France near Metz. Pilot of P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane stationed in England. Had completed 75 combat missions. Former football star at Corsicana High and Hillsboro Junior College, spent year on patrol duty in Panama Canal Zone. Wife is in Hillsboro. Mother, Mrs. Nettie Sutton, resided in Paris.

Bailey B. Ragsdale, Lieut. U. S. Army, graduate of State Home here, Legislator and politician. Killed in action, June 3, 1944, in Italy. Wife and 13-year-old daughter resides in Austin.

Charles A. Roberts, 39, petty officer, second class, U. S. Navy, killed while working on ship at Norfolk, Va. Wife resides at Fresno, Calif.; mother, Mrs. Lizzie Roberts, Corsicana.

Leroy Reese, former Corsicanan, 36th division, killed in action in Italy, reported here Dec. 29, 1943, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Reese, Itasca, brother of Mrs. H. D. Bunch of Corsicana. Wife and small baby survive.

Pfc. Richard F. Harris, Marines, killed in action early in November, 1944, in Pacific Theatre of operations. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur K. Harris, Winkler. Entered service, Sept. 1942, and had been overseas two years.

Pvt. Roy M. Smith, army, killed in Southwest Pacific, reported here Feb. 28, 1943. Son of Mrs. Altha Smith, Corsicana.

Pfc. J. P. Shields, 36, Eureka, killed in action on Los Negros Islands, Admiralty group, March 21, 1944. Brother of Mrs. Effie Bonner and Mrs. Louis Weaver, both of Corsicana; Mrs. Luther Greer, Eureka; Tom Shields, Corsicana; Will Shields, Navarro and Lloyd Shields, Houston.

Cpl. Claude Thomas Thompson, 21, killed in Louisiana while on maneuvers when tank broke through bridge. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Thompson.

S-Sgt. Louis W. Tirado, 36th, Division, Purple Heart, missing in action in France, Sept. 20, 1944, and Nov. 10, message to step-mother, Mrs. Louis Tirado, 706 North Thirteenth St., Corsicana, killed in action, Sept. 20, 1944.

T-Sgt. Jesse V. Warner, infantry, seriously wounded in France, June 6, 1944. D-Day; wounded Sept. 1, 1944, and was killed in action, Sept. 11, 1944, in Belgium. Attended Hubbard High School, . Enlisted, Oct. 21, 1935. Brother of Mrs. Lorene Woods, 405 South Twenty-Third and One-Half street, Corsicana.

Victor Ed Watts, U. S. Navy, Arizona battleship, was killed in action at Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, according to information received Dec. 22, 1931, by his parents, Mrs. and Mrs. T. T. Watts, Corsicana. Graduate of Corsicana High School, 1936. Watts as the first casualty reported from Navarro county in World War II.

Pfc. Homer L. Wood, 24, antitank company, missing in action since May 7, 1942, after fall of Corregidor, presumed to be dead, according to letter from the war department to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dewey H. Wood, 214 East First avenue, Corsicana.

Orland Watson, 23, native of Barry, resident of Dallas, killed in action, March 29, 1944, over Germany. He was an aerial gunner, Flying Fortress, based in England. Had been in England only three weeks when slain. Son of Mrs. Willie Watson, Dallas, and nephew of Mrs. G. F. Gay, 1213 West Fourteenth avenue, Corsicana.

T-Sgt. Claud Willis, 23, infantry, Second Division, Third Army, killed in action, August 31, 1944 in France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Willis. Entered service, Oct. 17, 1940, and went overseas, November 1943.

Loyce George Young, Marine killed in action, announced Dec. 24, 1942. Son of F. G. Young, 213 North Twelfth street, Corsicana.

Pvt. William H. York, 33, infantry, killed in action, June 28, 1944, in France. Son of Mrs. Ada York, Purdon.

Odell Dean, signalman, 3-C, U. S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. B. Dean, Dawson, missing in action, March 12, 1943. Later said by Navy presumed to be dead.

Sgt. William D. Loftis, 20, U. S. Army Air Forces, tail gunner, B-17 Flying Fortress, killed in action over Germany, October y, 1944, message from adjutant general’s department to parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Loftis, Pursley, formerly of Corsicana, revealed. Graduate of Corsicana High School, he entered the air forces, February 1943, and went overseas, August 1, 1944.

Sgt. Finis D. Murphy, 24, infantry, killed in action in Pacific, according to information received from General Douglas MacArthur, but time and other details were not revealed. He was reared in Corsicana. Surviving are five brothers, Troy L. Murphy, Corsicana; Curtis Murphy, Houston; Durwood and Eldon Murphy, both of Galveston; Sgt. Northam Murphy, Pacific area; and a sister, Mrs. Tom Adgate, Galveston. He had been overseas 18 months.

Prisoners of Germans

Pvt. Joe A. Borsellino, U. S. Army, North Africa, reported missing in action, April 1, 1943, and prisoner of Germans, May 12, 1943. Wife resides in Fort Worth. Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Borsellino, Corsicana.

First Lt. Robert Noel Ballew, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Ballew of Frost, missing after his Thunderbolt escorted a Flying Fortress over Europe. Enlisted in Canadian Air Forces in 1941 and transferred to American Air Force. Was awarded Air Medal and an Oak Leaf Cluster. Lt. Ballew was reported a prisoner of the Germans, April 25, 1944. The officer formerly was employed in the display advertising department of the Dallas Morning News.

Lt. Preston E. Conner, missing in action over Austria, Feb. 22, 1944; son of N. P. Conner, Dallas, formerly of Corsicana. Lt. Conner resided with aunt, Mrs. P. A. Simpson, prisoner of war of Germans, telegram April 20, 1944.

Harold Carter, pharmacists mate, USN, prisoner of Germans, held in France, telegram, June 30, 1942. Wife resides in Corsicana.

Homer L. Davis, infantry, prisoner of Germans, Dec. 10, 1943. Missing in action Sept. 13, 1943; parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Davis, Dawson.

T-Sgt. Walter Farmer, 20, Air Forces, stationed in England, missing March 20, over Germany, later prisoner of war of German government. Received decorations. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Farmer, 817 West Park avenue, Corsicana. (Later promoted to staff sergeant.)

Lt. Morris Lee Floyd, missing in action, May 29, 1943, and was wounded, later a prisoner of Germans. Lt. Floyd, the son of Mrs. J. B. Floyd of Kerens, was a navigator of a Flying Fortress B-17.

M-Sgt. James T. Foster, 36th, Division, Italy, wounded twice in action, received Purple Heart Decoration, telegram to wife, Mrs. Glenna Foster, missing in action since June 26, 1944, later through International Red Cross, prisoner of German Government.

T-Sgt. William P. (Jack) Howard, son of Mrs. C. D. Howard, 110 South 20th, St., prisoner of Germans, according to information received May 20, 1944. Had completed 15 missions. Wife resided in San Antonio.

T-Sgt. Grady Hawgley, crew chief, B-17, Flying Fortress, missing in action somewhere in Europe, Sept. 6, 1943, later reported prisoner of Germans. Stationed in England. Wife, Fayrene Hawgley, resides at Kerens and was presented Air Medal in ceremonies at Corsicana Field in January, 1944.

Cpl. Woodrow Kelly, medical corps, prisoner of war of the Germans, January, 1944. Awarded Gold Star, Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster decorations. Brother of Odell Kelly, Brushy Prairie community.

Sgt. Sam Moore, Jr., chief turret gunner, bomber, missing over Germany in March, 1944, and April 19, 1944, reported prisoner of war. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore, Frost. Graduate of Frost High School in 1942 and formerly was captain of football team.

S-St. Coy Martin, prisoner of Germans, reported April 27, 1943, after being shot down, Feb. 4, 1943. Graduate of State Home. Mother, Mrs. Mattie McCaslin, resides at Archer City.

S-Sgt. Leamon E. McCulloch, waist gunner on B-17 bomber, prisoner of war of Germans, May 19, 1944, after being reported missing in action over Poland in April.

Lt. W. H. Power, prisoner of Germans, after missing in action from June 13, 1943. Navigator in flying forces of U. S. Stationed in England. Lt. Power had made many flights over France and Germany. Wife is the former Christine Neese of Corsicana.

Lt. James P. Roberts, March 9, 1944, reported prisoner of Germans. Missing in action over France, Feb. 4, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roberts, Chatfield.

Capt. Randolph Robinson, 40, U. S. prisoner of Germans since Sept. 14, 1943. Local National Guard officer and was in Fifth Army, being captured at Salerno Beachhead. Son of Mrs. S. A. Robinson of Eureka.

First Lieut. Dan Story, Air Corps, missing, March 1, 1943, Middle East Command, reported prisoner of Italians, March 13, 1943, father, S. P. Story, received DFC and Air Medal decorations at Corsicana Field, June 19, 1943. Later was transferred to German prison camp when Italy got out of war.

Van Simmons, navigator on Flying Fortress, missing in action, April 17, 1943, flying over Germany and was reported prisoner of war, July 17, 1943. Air Medal and two Oak Leaf Clusters awarded to father, J. W. Simmons, of Kerens at Corsicana Field, Jan. 17, 1944.

Sgt. Lawson L. Wade, 31, 614 West Fourth avenue, 36th Division, missing in action since Sept. 14, 1943 and Nov. 30, 1943, reported prisoner of the Germans.

First Lieut. Charles A. Whitlock, Jr., reported prisoner of war, Nov. 11, 1943, after being reported missing in action since Aug. 16, 1943.

S-Sgt. Tom B. Wheeler, Flying Fortress, missing in action over Germany, Oct. 18, 1943, and Jan. 21, 1943, prisoner of war. Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Wheeler, Tupelo.

Prisoners of Japanese

Eldred L. Costlow, FA, USA prisoner of war, Japanese, Java, in 1942. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Costlow, 629 North Main St. Reported missing in action, June 1942 and prisoner in January, 1943. Wrote doing all right in prison camp, Aug. 7, 1944.

Pvt. Raymond C. Carrizales, prisoner of Japs; mother, Mrs. Santos Carrizales, Richland. Report, May 26, 1943.

Pvt. Tom S. Chandler, Air Corps, prisoner of Japanese, Phillippines, son of Mrs. Ethel Chandler, Streetman, reported Jan. 23, 1943.

Harvey Crenshaw, prisoner of Japs, Philippines, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Crenshaw, Corsicana; notification, Feb. 19, 1943.

Eddie L. Donaho, Army, prisoner of Japs; son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Donaho, Corsicana, Route 3; volunteered for Philippines, November 1941, prisoner in Java, notification, January, 1943, after missing in June 1942.

Norman Lee Gilbreath, 21, USA, missing in Philippines, June 7, 1942, Prisoner of war, Feb. 8, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Floyd Gilbreath, Corsicana, Route 1.

Hugh Garland, U. S. A. missing in action, Java, June 11, 1942. Later prisoner of war of Japanese government and moved to Japan, May 1943. Son of Supt. And Mrs. H. A. Garland, Mildred.

Pvt. James E. Hinkle, Marines, 1-c, prisoner of Japs, Shanghai, July 4, 1942. October 16, 1942, letter at interment camp in Central China.

Cpl. Curren A. Hartley, army, prisoner of war, Japanese, Philippines, Feb. 8, 1943. Brother of Joedean Hartley of Denton, formerly of State Home.

Jack Kenner, army, missing in action Java early in 1942. Reported prisoner of Japs May 6, 1943. Son of Mrs. Louis Hollan of El Paso, formerly of Corsicana.

Capt. Harry Katz, army, prisoner of war of Japs, according to message, July 1, 1943. Brother of Mrs. Leon Daniels, Corsicana.

Ronald N. Moses, son of Mrs. Alma Steele of Corsicana, reported prisoner of war of Japanese in Java, Jun. 28, 1943. He left Corsicana with National Guard unit, Nov. 1940, and later transferred to Pacific duty.

Dayton Mayo, army, missing in action, reported prisoner of Japanese, Jan. 29, 1943. Inducted with National Guard unit, Nov. 1940.

Sgt. James B. Morris, 28, U. S. Army 7 years, captured by Japs on Corregidor, May 7, 1942. Broadcast to brother, J. L. Morris, 604 East Second avenue, Corsicana, June 27, 1944.

Vernon Fate Puckett, chief machinist mate, U. S. Navy, Manila, missing, according to report May 9, 1942. Reported prisoner of war of Japanese, March 8, 1943, in Philippines, and on Aug. 20, 1943, card written in Camp No. 1, Philippines stating he was uninjured and well.

Pvt. Hurshel Reeves, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Reeves, Frost, missing in action in Philippines message reported Aug. 18, 1942, Bataan, April 19, 1943, message from war department that he was prisoner of war of Japanese. Enlisted May 11, 1941.

Billy J. Sawyer, army, Philippines, missing in action, reported, June 28, 1942, and mother, Mrs. Dona Sawyer, Dawson, advised son prisoner of Japanese, March 12, 1943.

Lieut. Commander Jerry A. Steward, 49, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Steward, Sr., Steward’s Mill, Freestone county, missing in action, Manila Area, June 1942. May 20, 1943, advised Commander Steward was prisoner of Japs. Received Navy Cross award for bravery in Philippine Islands.

Pfc. William E. Schultz, 27, son of Mrs. Gertrude Lee Fuller, 800 South Main Street, Corsicana, prisoner of war of Japs in the Philippines, reported Jan. 29, 1943. He had been reported missing in action May 7, 1942. Born at Mertens and attended Frost High School.

Dewey Lee Spruiell, army Japanese prisoner in Camp No. 2 Philippines reported Sept. 24, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch Spruiell and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Spruiell, Dawson.

Pvt. William Thomas, son of Mrs. Floda Smith, Kerens, reported prisoner of Japan in war department announcement, July 9, 1943.

Lieut. W. M. Taylor, Jr., missing in action, Philippines, July 20, 1942. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Taylor, Corsicana, May 26, 1943, telegram from war department prisoner of Japanese. Letter in November, 1944, Lt. Taylor either drowned or recaptured by Japs after freighter sunk by Americans as prisoner of war being shipped from Philippines.

Prisoner of Italians

Cpl. Edmon L. Hardy, army, prisoner of Italians, July 19, 1943. Son of Mrs. Betty A. Hardy, Richland, Rt. 1. (Probably turned over to or taken by Germans.)

Missing in Action

Lt. Lynn Bostick, 23, missing in action European Theatre, April 19, 1944, flying first mission as co-pilot. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Bostick, Dallas, formerly of Corsicana. Football star at SMU. Primary training at Corsicana Field Class 43-I.

Johnny Lois Burgett, USN, son of Mrs. J. C. Carver, Pursley, missing in action, since October 1942, message April 27, 1943, stated. Saw service in Nicaragua and at Pearl Harbor. His rating was that of chief machinist mate.

James Capps, infantry, missing in action, July 23, 1944, returned to active duty, July 30, according to wife’s telegram, war department.

Lt. Bob Campbell, China-Burma-India area, missing in action Feb. 24, returned and missing and returned second time.

Pfc. Luther English, USA missing in action, North Africa, area (including Sicilian campaign), son of Mrs. Millie English, Wortham, Aug. 25, 1943.

Joe D. Freeland, Jr., T-Sgt., son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Freeland, Sr., Dawson, missing over Germany since Feb. 21, 1944.

Capt. J. R. Griffin, Jr., Air Forces, Australia, missing, April 13, 1942, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Griffin, Blooming Grove.

Sgt. Lloyd M. Gabriel, native Navarro countian, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Gabriel, Sr., Groesbeck, missing in action over Germany since Jan. 30, 1944. Turret gunner in England.

Lt. Meredith Hart, reported missing over Italy since June 4, 1944, according to report to wife, Miss Helen Haste of Corsicana, now of San Antonio.

Sgt. R. M. Jennings, Jr., Navarro, missing in action since June 13, 1943. Was tail gunner on bombing plane. Volunteered for air forces, July, 1942, and had been overseas several months in the European theatre when he was missed.

First Lieut. Roy J. Moore, holder of Distinguished Flying Cross, missing in action, Southwest Pacific, since May 22, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy M. Moore, 1203 West 13th, avenue, Corsicana, and husband of Mrs. Janis Moore, Los Angeles, Calif. Graduate of Corsicana High School, he enlisted as an aviation cadet while a senior in the Law School of the University of Texas. Hit a Jap 5000-ton transport and other ships, March 3, 1943.

Taylor McCulloch, army, missing in action in Italy, according to report of Nov. 6, 1943. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. McCulloch, Navarro Mills.

Robert Porter Mangum, mess attendant first class, U. S. Navy, missing, according to message to father, Eldridge Mangum, Kerens, Sept. 18, 1942.

Lieut. James Moore, 26, Army, co-pilot, bomber, stationed in England, missing over Germany since May 8, 1944. Graduate of Baylor in 1939 and ex-student of the University of Texas. Lieut. Moore is the husband of Mrs. Dean Moore of Milford and Frost, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. E. Moore of Frost.

Pfc. Winston Oliver, Wortham, missing in action in Mediterranean area, reported Nov. 22, 1943. Son of Ed Oliver of Wortham.

Sgt. Pace P. Payne, missing in action, New Guinea since June 26, 1942. Volunteered April 22, 1943, and was tail gunner on plane. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Payne, Corsicana 5.

Leonard M. Power, U. S. Army, son of Mrs. Belle Schitosky, 1716 North Beaton street, Corsicana, missing in Philippines, reported in story, Aug. 22, 1942. Enlisted in 1938.

Billy Gene Payne, U. S. Navy, missing in action Southwest Pacific since Nov. 24, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Payne of Pursley.

Cpl. Jimmy Doyle Carroll, missing in action in France, learned here Oct. 13, 1944. Former captain of Blooming Grove football team, highest scholastic average of senior boys in 1941. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Carroll of Ellis county, formerly of Blooming Grove.

Hershel A. Daniel, 19, S-2c, U. S. Navy, missing in Pacific area, gunner on Navy bombing plane, date not mentioned in telegram to parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Daniel, Corsicana, Oct. 14, 1944. Graduate of Corsicana High 1942. Wife resides in Corsicana.

Lieut. Wm.. B. Robeson, U. S. Air troop carrying transport pilot, missing in Latin-America, May 1943, found and rescued next month.

S-Sgt. Dewey L. Rhoads, 20, Air Forces, left waist gunner, Fortress Picadilly Ann, missing over France since June 19, 1944. Awarded second Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal decoration. Son of Mrs. Ruth Rhoads, 623 North Beaton street, Corsicana.

Pfc. James C. Richards, 23, infantry, missing in France since Sept. 21, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dave M. Richards, Emhouse, Overseas, June 10, 1944.

Pfc. George Berton Sartor, 25, previously reported missing in action in Italy, June 14, 1944, returned to duty with his outfit, June 27, according to information received by wife, Lorene Sartor.

John C. Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stevenson, Frost Route 1, reported missing prior to March 24, 1944. One of seven in draft age.

Sgt. Robert Lynn Stevenson, 21, gunner on a Flying Fortress, AAF stationed in England, missing reported March 13, 1943. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Stevenson, Frost, Route 1. One of seven brothers in the draft.

Pfc. W. O. Venable, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Venable, Corsicana Route 1, reported missing in action over France since June 19, 1944. Native of Ellis county.

Lawrence Elmer Warner, s-1c, Navy, missing in action, Nov. 8, 1944, telegram to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Warner, 2013 West Thirteenth avenue, Corsicana. Age 24, wife, Atherine Warner, resides here.

Lt. M. Y. Wilson, Jr., Hamlin, formerly of Corsicana, missing in action over Germany since April 11, 1944. Wife resides in Chickasaw.

S-Sgt. Joe Williams, 1939 Corsicana High graduate, missing over Germany since April 11. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Williams, Waxahachie, formerly of Corsicana. Member of a bomber crew based in England.

Pvt. Oscar O. McCrory, 34, U. S. Army, infantry, missing in action since Nov. 14, 1944, in Germany, according to war department message to his wife, Mrs. Pearl L. McCrory, Corsicana, Route 4. Formerly employed at the American Well and Prospecting Company, he entered the armed forces, February 16, 1944, and went overseas, Sept. 19, 1944. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. L. McCrory, reside at Zion’s Rest. He is the father of four children, Jean, aged 12 years; Mary Sue, 9, Jackie, 6; and Claudie Wayne, 4.

S-Sgt. Raymond W. Myrick, U. S. Army, Infantry, missing in action since Nov. 19, 1944, in Germany, according to telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Myrick of Corsicana, from the war department. He had been in armed forces the past 18 months and overseas since October. He formerly was employed at the Oil City Iron Works.

Wounded In Action

Sgt. Greely Aston, 112 North 14th St., Corsicana, wounded in Italy, recuperated in North Africa hospital.

S-Sgt. Oliver E. Allen, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Allen, Emhouse-Corsicana, wounded in Central Pacific area.

Pvt. James H. Baldwin, 22, U. S. Army, wounded at Cassino, April 9, 1944, veteran North Africa and Sicilian campaigns. Husband of Mrs. Pauline Baldwin, Corsicana Route 1; son of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Baldwin, Richland Route 1. A brother, Floyd H. Baldwin, U. S. Air Forces, station in New Guinea.

T-5 William B. Berry, son of Mrs. Letha Berry, Wortham Route 1, slightly wounded.

Benjamin L. R. Beeman, Kerens, Texas, USNR, wounded in legs while landing troops at Bougainville and returned to San Diego Naval Hospital.

Pvt. John W. Bates, U. S. Army, son of C. W. Bates, Emhouse wounded in Mediterranean area.

William T. Berry, USMCR, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Berry, Dawson, flesh wound in chest, Feb. 18, 1944.

Billy Prince Berry, Cpl. U. S. Marines, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Berry, Kerens, recuperating in rest camp from slight hip injury received in Saipan battle.

S-Sgt. Paul Bell 3rd Armored Division, wounded in France, June 30, 1944, Purple Heart, wife, Helen Bell, Frost, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Bell, Corsicana 4.

Pvt. James H. Carroll, 20, U. S. Army infantry, wounded in Action, Italy, May 22, 1944. Graduate of Blooming Grove High, football star, son of Mr. and Mrs. Tom Carroll, Richland 1.

First Lt. Bruce Carlton Cagle, 28, U. S. Army infantry, wounded in action in France, advices July 7 and 15, wounded second time in France. Purple Heart award. Mobilized, November, 1940.

Sgt. Troy Cooley, wounded in Mediterranean Area early in 1944. Husband of Mrs. Lucile Cooley, 1113 West 14th avenue, Corsicana, back in states.

Ensign Washburn Crawford, U. S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Crawford, Kerens, wounded in leg in Italy early in March 1944. He was a skipper of a ship.

Sanford L. Chambers, wounded in action, Mediterranean area, announced Jan. 27, 1944; wife, Mrs. Melba F. Chambers, Kerens.

Sgt. Brooks, Costlow, wounded, found in ward of hospital in Australia by his sister, Emma Costlow, also of Corsicana. He had been wounded in combat.

Pfc. James N. Crawford, U. S. infantry, wounded in France, July 12. Landed June 6 D-Day—son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Crawford, Corsicana 3. Received Purple Heart and sent to Hospital in England, learned Sept. 7, 1944.

Troy E. Dixon, chief petty officer, U. S. Navy, entered from Kerens, wounded, reported Oct. 29, 1942.

Edmond (Si) Deming, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Deming, Corsicana, both legs and hand injured in jeep accident. Reported on March 29, 1944.

Alvin N. Dillard, wounded in action France, June 14, 1944. Son of Mrs. Maggie M. Dillard.

Maurice Davis, 23, infantry, seriously wounded France, July 31, hospital in France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Davis, 1116 West 11th avenue, Corsicana.

Sgt. James C. Allsup, wife, Mrs. Marjorie Allsup, 2312 West Fourth avenue, wounded in European area.

Sgt. Walter M. Almond, wounded in European Theatre, wife Mrs. Josephine Almond, Dawson, Route 2.

Cpl. Ed Ellington, paratrooper, 16th, Division, 5th Army, Italy, wounded June 25 in spine. Hospitalized in Naples. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E. Ellington, Chatfield.

Tech. Sgt. Leonard A. Elkins, infantry, seriously wounded in France, June 14, 1944, son of Mrs. Nola Elkins, Corsicana. Arrived in McCloskey Hospital, Temple, Aug. 30, 1944, wounded by 88 shrapnel in foxhole holding defensive position. Wounds in right shoulder and hand.

Hubert Milan Ashcraft, U. S. Army 7 years, wounded in action, July 15 in France and returned to McCloskey General Hospital, Temple, Aug. 31, 1944. Overseas 11 months in Ireland, England and France. Wife resides at Cannel City, Ky.

Homer Fullerton, Jr., army, wounded in action, July 31, in France, son of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Fullerton, Sr., Streetman. Hospitalized in England.

Lt. Wm. B. Frost, infantry, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. M. Frost, Wortham, Route 1, slightly wounded in action, May 26, 1943, in North American area. Athlete. Graduate of Wortham High School.

Pvt. Marshal Franks, 23, infantry, wounded in France, June 23, 1944, message to parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Franks, Rice.

Lt. James R. Goolsby, wounded in action, North Africa, message July 23, 1943, son of James O. Goolsby, Wortham.

Pvt. Alfred J. Griffin, son of Mrs. Rhoda Griffin, Blooming Grove, wounded twice—June 13, and Aug. 10, 1944. He joined army in October, 1940 and went overseas to England, November 1943.

Eugene Gable, U. S. Marine, accidently shot in shoulder at rifle practice, San Diego, Calif.; paralyzed. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Gable, Dawson.

T-Sgt. Hall W. Grimmett, wounded Mediterranean area, son of Joe N. Grimmett, Corsicana, Route 1, March 13, 1944, and the second time wounded in Italy, May 29, 1944.

Pvt. Ruben F. Green, wounded in action Mediterranean area. Mother, Mrs. Martha Green, Kerens.

Sgt. Chas. D. Borsellino, 5th Army, 36th Division; wounded in both feet. In hospital, Sept. 23, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul B. Borsellino of Corsicana.

Pvt. Billy V. Calame, 21, 29th Infantry Division, wounded near St. Lo, France, July 12, by mortar fragment that killed two and wounded three soldiers. Landed on D-Day. Entered armed forces Oct. 20, 1943 and went overseas April 6, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Calame of Wortham. Brought home to McCloskey General Hospital in Temple.

T-5 Nel Holloway, 29, half-track driver with Seventh Armored Division; wounded in action Sept. 11 in France. Entered service February 1942 and went overseas June 1944. Wife resides in Corsicana.

Capt. W. W. Hamilton, 26, Gen. Stillwell’s Chinese-American tank forces, seriously wounded in action May 12, 1944. Wife Patricia McGlothlin Hamilton, and son of W. M. Hamilton, are in Corsicana. Parents are Mayor and Mrs. W. B. Hamilton of Wichita Falls. Now in hospital in El Paso.

S-Sgt. Mose Herman, wounded in action in Italy, early in 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Butler of Corsicana.

Sgt. Altus M. Horn, son of Ellis M. Horn of Dawson, wounded in action in North Africa, learned here June 17, 1943. Received Purple Heart and Military Merit decorations.

Leon Howard, army, slightly wounded in Italy. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen Howard of Corsicana. Wound received late in 1943.

Sgt. Roy Hodge, son of Mrs. Eva Hodge Angus, reported wounded in action in the Mediterranean area, Jan. 4, 1943.

Sgt. Joseph HIghnote, wounded in right side in France, according to letter written Aug. 24 from a hospital in England.

S-Sgt. Haywood E. Howard, 23, infantry, wounded in action, Sept. 12, in France. Entered army Sept. 12, in France. Entered army Sept. 8, 1943, and overseas March 3, 1944. Attended Mildred High school. Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Howard, Corsicana 5.

Sgt. Henry E. Jackson, wounded in action, Mediterranean, according to information obtained July 24, 1944. Wife, Mrs. Thelma Jackson, resides in Corsicana.

Robert Jackson, U. S. army, wounded in France in September, 1944, according to telegram to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Willie Johnson, Emhouse.

Pfc. Sam A. Johnston, infantry, slightly wounded in France Aug. 5, 1944, and awarded Purple Heart decoration. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Johnston, Corsicana, formerly of Mildred.

Pfc. Albert W. Johnston, army infantry, seriously wounded in action August 7, in France. Recuperated in hospital in England. Sent Purple Heart to his mother, sept. 7, 1944. Attended Mildred school. Son of Mr. and Mrs. S. A. Johnston, South Thirteenth street, Corsicana.

Warrant Officer Albert V. Kirkland, wounded slightly in action in Italy, according to word to wife from war department revealed Jan. 3, 1944.

Carter Kirven, U. S. Navy, wounded Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, 1941. Later was discharged from navy and entered civil service job with navy on Pacific Coast.

Sgt. Billy Levine broke leg jumping in foxhole to escape falling bombs, reported May 6, 1944. Returned to McCloskey Hospital in Temple. Served with the army in Italy.

Theo Montfort, 21, airplane gunner, son of Mrs. Bertha Montfort, Corsicana wounded over Holland in June 1944.

Pfc. Bob R. McDonald, infantry, 38th Division, seriously wounded in Italy Dec. 11, 1943. Was inducted Feb. 28, 1941. Son of A. M. McDonald, 512 North Commerce Corsicana.

Sgt. William Lynn Matthews, Dawson, received seven wounds in the body when hand grenade exploded in France according to message received by his mother, Mrs. Clay Matthews. Reported recuperating in hospital in England Sept. 8, 1944.

Capt. David McElwrath, 4th Division field artillery, wounded in the leg in France, according to July 20, 1844 report; recuperated in England and returned to outfit. He is husband of Essie Elizabeth Slaughter McElwrath of Corsicana.

Pvt. Wiley McClain, army, slightly injured in France, July 29, 1944, according to report to brother, S. C. McClain, Dawson. He had been in army four years.

Pfc. Durand O. Mann, lost three fingers of right hand, Nov. 30, 1942, when he fell between freight cars en route to bus station to return to post at Muskogee, Okla.

Lieut. Gordon A. MacInnes, chaplain, U. S. Navy, escort carrier, Block Island, sunk in Atlantic and chaplain hurt. Resigned as pastor of Third Avenue Presbyterian church here to enter services.

Pvt. Robert E. McCleary, 24, field artillery, 36th Division, wounded twice, Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster, reported Sept. 6, 1944. He is son of Mrs. Earl McCleary of Kerens. Prior to being mobilized he attended Kerens schools. He saw action with the 36th in North Africa, Italy and France.

Pfc. John Milton Miller, 21, field artillery wounded in February, 1944. Purple Heart. He was in the National Guard before it was mobilized November 1940. He landed at Salerno. Miller is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Miller, 1912 West First avenue, Corsicana.

Sgt. Doyle C. Moore, 27, infantry, wounded Aug. 26, 1944, in France and returned to hospital in England. He has received Purple Heart. Rangers Badge and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Sgt. Moore, the son of Buford Moore, Corsicana t, landed on Chergourg, D-Day. He entered the armed forces, November 1941, and went overseas September, 1943. His outfit was at the front in France 67 days.

John L. McAfee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leroy McAfee of Corsicana, was wounded in action, July 28, 1943, in North African area and received Purple Heart decoration, later being returned to the states after the Sicilian campaign.

Cpl. Eugene Nutt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jake Nutt, critically injured in accident at Camp Edwards, Mass., early in February 1943. Later was discharged from service after losing eyesight in the explosion at Camp Edwards. Cpl. Nutt was with the National Guard when it was federalized in November 1940.

Pfc. Daniel B. Nevill, wounded in Mediterranean area, reported June 26, 1944. Son of Mrs. Ora E. Nevill of Corsicana.

James M. Pike, U. S. Army, slightly wounded in action in Italy, reported Jan. 7, 1944. War department telegram to mother, Mrs. Nellie M. Pike.

S-Sgt. James C. Perkins, medical corps, seriously injured, February 5, 1944, at Bougainville Island. Brother to Lester Moland of Blooming Grove.

Pvt. George S. Peden, 30, infantry, seriously wounded in action, July 13, 1944, in France. Enlisted May 18, 1942 and went overseas in February, 1944. Son of Jim Peden of Barry and brother of Mary I. Peden, Barry, Route 2.

Tech. 5th Grade Eulin Parker, wounded in action in Italy, reported here May 10, 1955. Son of Mrs. Ida Parker, Dawson, Route 2.

Pfc. Frank M. Powell, 21, U. S. Marines, wounded in action, Nov. 23, 1943, in Southwest Pacific, according to information received by parents, Mr. and Mrs. b. A. Powell, 319 West Tenth avenue.

Pfc. Earl C. Pryor, 22, 36th infantry, wounded in action learned here Aug. 12, 1944. Awarded Purple Heart and Combat Infantry Badge. Son of W. W. Pryor, Enlisted in army, October 1940. He was reared at Pursley.

Sgt. Buford L. Benfield, Corsicana, wounded in action in European area, according to Associated Press reports. His wife, Ellen I. Benfield, resides at 713 West Eleventh avenue, Corsicana.

Sgt. Dilbert C. Cox, 24, army, wounded Sept. 11, 1944, in France. Wife resides at Richland.

Pvt. Joseph H. Cooper, Dawson, wounded in action in European Theatre, reported Nov. 1, 1944. No details or relatives given notice.

Pfc. Will R. Fulton, 21, seriously wounded in France, Oct. 26, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Fulton, Blooming Grove.

Pfc. Ira T. Fuller, wounded in action, European Theatre, Associated Press list. Son of Mrs. Anna Fuller, 1507 West Twelfth avenue, Corsicana, Texas.

Major Jack Griffin U. S. Air Forces, seriously wounded in action, Sept. 11, 1944, over Germany. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Griffin, Blooming Grove. Returned home for re-assignment in October on leave.

Pfc. Billy D. Gorden, 18, Marine wounded on Palau Island, and brought to Oakland hospital. Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. L. Gorden, Corsicana, Route 1.

Sgt. Olin L. C. Graves, U. S. Army, son of Lester M. Graves, Frost 2, awarded Purple Heart decoration for wounds on Petell Islands in Palau Group. Reported Nov. 18. Details and extent of wounds not revealed. Decorated in New Caledonia hospital.

Pfc. Kelton Harris, husband of Lottie Harris, wounded in European Theatre, newspaper release. Worked at filling station here. Wife is in Dallas.

Sgt. Roy Miller, 31, infantry. Wounded in action Oct. 20, 1944 in the Philippine invasion, war department advised his wife, Mrs. Flora Miller, 1538 West Third avenue. Entered service in June, 1941.

Pfc. Leroy Reed, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Reed, Kerens was wounded in Italy and received Purple Heart, according to announcement Jan. 30, 1944.

S-Sgt. Carmen D. Roxburgh, wounded in Mediterranean area, reported March 8, 1944. Grandson of George Roxburgh, Corsicana.

Pfc. Homer L. Reeve sounded in action, Mediterranean area, reported Jan. 29, 1944. Sister, Mrs. J. L. Parrish, resides at Rice, Route 1.

Lt. Chris L. Roper, wounded in both legs, shrapnel, in France, announced Aug. 1, 1944. Brother of Mrs. A. E. Garland. Wife resides in Dallas. Formerly attended SMU and worked at K. Wolens.

1-C Gunner’s Mate Vernard J. Roe, wounded, reported May 3, 1944. Recovered and back on duty with U. S. Navy. Son of Constable and Mrs. T. J. Roe of Corsicana. Assigned to shore duty in November 1944.

Cpl. Lee A. Robinson, 34d Armored Tank Division; wounded Sept. 1, 1944, shrapnel in hip in France, and hospitalized. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Robinson, 1605 West Seventh avenue, Corsicana.

S-Sgt. Andrew Lee Steele, son of Mrs. Effie Steele, Streetman Route 1; had been wounded twice in Italy and the Purple Heart decoration was sent to his mother, March 24, 1944.

Pfc. Clifton M. Sharrer, 26th Division; wounded in leg May 14, 1944, in Italy. Wife resides at Overton. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. Sharrer, Kerens. He was with Kerens National Guard when it was mobilized November 1940.

Major Richard D. Salter, wounded in action Oct. 16, 1942. Hit Jap cruiser at Kiska. Later missing in Asiatic area and arrived home safely April 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Salter, Corsicana and Emhouse.

Pfc. Eugene Sheppard, Marine; wounded learned here March 17, 1944. Nephew of Mrs. Laura Hampton, 118 South Twenty-Sixth street, Corsicana.

Pvt. Alvis D. Sykes, wounded in Mediterranean area. Reported here Dec. 7, 1943. Wife, Mrs. Sylvia G. Sykes, resides on Corsicana route 4.

S-Sgt, Billy W. Starnes, 26, seriously wounded in action Aug. 6, 1944, on Guam Island. Infantry. Graduate 1935 of Corsicana High. Served three years in cavalry, 1936-1939, and re-enlisted in 1939. Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Starnes, 312 North Ninth street, Corsicana.

Cpl. J. Howard Shivers, 36th Division; wounded in left leg by machine gun in Italy, reported March 1, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Shivers.

Pfc. Gideon Taylor, Marines; wounded in Solomon Islands area in head, losing sight of one eye. Reported Nov. 28, 1942. Wife resides with parents, County Commissioner and Mrs. Jim Taylor, near Corsicana, while Taylor overseas. Arrived home April 6, 1943, from hospital with honorable discharge and returned to work for Humble Oil and Refining Company in East Texas.

Vernon Webb Turner, radioman, 1-C U. S. Navy, wounded; reported Nov. 1, 1943. Son of Vernon Orville Webb, Streetman.

First Lieut. James. B. Teer, wounded, European area. Son of Mrs. Ellen Teer, Dawson, Reported Sept. 11, 1944.

S-Sgt. William Z. Vargo, seriously wounded in action Oct. 31, 1944, in France. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Vargo, Corsicana, Route 2. In army four years, overseas for second time in July.

Pfc. Bennie F. Vaughn, 24, son of Mrs. Ettie F. White, Athens; seriously wounded in Italy June 6, 1944. Member of Athens National Guard unit mobilized November, 1940 with 36th Division. Native of Navarro county.

Pfc. Hersell Wilson, husband of Mrs. H. T. Wilson, 1312 West Tenth avenue, wounded in action and recuperated in English hospital. Reported July t, 1943, awarded Purple Heart.

Pvt. John L. Woodland, seriously wounded March 9, 1944 in action in Italy. Son of Mrs. Etta Woodland of Blooming Grove. Awarded Purple Heart.

Pvt. Troy K. Williams, wounded in North Africa. Brother of Mrs. J. T. Andrews, Kerens, Route 2.

Pfc. Albert D. Watkins, Barry; wounded in Italy reported Oct. 27, 1943. Husband of Lillian D. Watkins, Barry.

Sgt. Clifton O. Whitley, wounded in Mediterranean area; announced Nov. 29, 1943. Son of Mrs. Alice Whitley, Corsicana, Route 5.

Lieut. George A. Watkins, critically injured Jan. 29, 1944, when B-24 plane crashed at Colorado Springs, Colo. Five crewmen killed and three injured. Son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Watkins, Emhouse.

Alfred Willoughby, wounded in Mediterranean area; announced Feb. 28, 1944. Son of Mrs. Leta Willoughby.

S-Sgt. Lloyd R. Williams, 1937 graduate of State Home here; received Purple Heart; announced Oct. 18, 1943. Student in Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, when mobilized November 1940. July 27, 1944, wounded in foot in Italy with 36th Division and promoted on battlefield from technical sergeant to second lieutenant for leadership shown.

Pfc. Cecil L. Williamson, awarded Bronze Medal for gallantry in action ; announced October 28, 1944. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Williamson, 816 South Eighteenth and One-Half street, Corsicana.

S-Sgt. Charles Hodge, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Hodge, Eureka; slightly wounded in action in Holland, Nov. 3, 1944, according to war department.

S-Sgt. Jack White, awarded Silver Star for gallantry in action, August 20, 1944, in France and Purple Heart for wounds received in action Sept. 20, 1944 in Germany; message to parents Mr. and Mrs. Joe White revealed. Enlisting in January 1940, he has 28 months overseas duty, including the North African, French, Belgium and German drives. He is in an English hospital suffering from shrapnel wounds in the leg and foot.

Pfc. Harold E. Cagle, 22, army; wounded in South Pacific area, May 28, 1944. Awarded Purple Heart decoration. Wife and 10 months old son reside at Dawson. He is the son of the late Leon Cagle of Corsicana.

Cpl. Glen Franks, 24, U. S. army; wounded in action during invasion of Philippines according to information from war department received by his wife, Mrs. Audie Franks, 308 Blevins, Fort Worth. Entered armed forces Oct. 31, 1942. He is the son of Mrs. M. D. Clarkston, 616 North Fourteenth street, Corsicana, and had been overseas four months.

Lieut. Wade Blackford, U. S. infantry, 90th Division. Patton’s Third Army, wounded according to information, revealed Nov. 28, 1944, to his wife, Virginia Wright Blackford, Corsicana. His home is in Arlington, Va. The officer had been overseas since June, 1955. The time and extent of the wounds received by Lt. Blackford were not revealed in the message.

Billy Joe Smith, U. S. Marines, is recuperating in a navy hospital somewhere in the South Pacific, from his second wounding, according to information from the navy to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe T. S. Smith, Corsicana, revealed Dec. 1, 1944. He has been overseas 10 months.

Pvt. Kenneth L. Blacklidge, U. S. Marines; wounded according to navy notification to parents, Mr. and Mrs. Richmond L. Blacklidge of Richland; revealed Dec. 2, 1944. Time and extent of wounds not stated.

Sgt. Johnny Chirafis, U. S. army, has received the Purple Heart decoration for wounds received in action in Italy, according to information received here recently by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Steve Chirafis. Details and the time of the wounds were not revealed in the announcement.

Pvt. Charles Henry Harrison, 20, U. S. Army, Infantry, 79th Division, was wounded in action Nov. 14, 1944, in France according to a government telegram and letter received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Harrison of Corsicana. A shrapnel wound was received in the hip. A 1941 Corsicana High graduate. Harrison entered the armed forces March 29, 1944 and went overseas Sept. 14, 1944.

Steve Thompson of Corbet, U. S. armed forces, has been wounded in action in Germany, according to information received by his wife of Corbet, it was revealed Tuesday, Dec. 5, 1944. He is the first Corbet boy wounded in the present war.

Pfc. Jack Holloway, 19, U. S. Army was seriously wounded in action Nov. 19, 1944, in France, according to a war department telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Mittie Holloway, 817 South Eighteenth and One-Half street, Corsicana. He had been in the armed forces two years and went overseas in September 1944. He attended State Home school.



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