The Fighting Men of Texas
Navarro County, Texas Extracts
Rufus H. Holloway
Col R. H. Holloway, born Jan 8, 1917, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N.
Holloway, 1577 W. 3rd Ave., Corsicana, husband of Marjorie Mallory
Holloway formerly of Columbus, Miss. (daughter of Army Officer).
He attended Corsicana High, Texas, A&M, College Sta. and West Point.
Volunteered June 11, 1939, assigned to Coast Art. Corps, 63rd and
4th Reg. After 4 years in above regiment, transferred to AAF,
training at Eastern Flying Com. Overseas 33 months in Panama Canal
Area. Battles and campaigns: Guam, Marianas, eastern Mandates,
Iwo Jima, ground combat, air offensive, Japan. Awards: Air
Medal, Bronze Star, and DEC. At present with Hq. AAF Wash.,
Dan R. Skinner
Roberts, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Skinner, 1415 West 4th Ave.,
Corsicana, Texas was born February 22, 1927, in Purdon, Texas.
Received his education in the public schools of Corsicana and the
University of Texas at Austin and was a student when he volunteered
for service April 14, 1945, at Dallas, Texas and was assigned to
navy, Medical Corps. Received his training at San Diego,
California, U.S. Naval Training Center; U.S. Naval Hospital, Balboa
Park, San Diego, Calif.; and U.S. Naval Hospital, Corpus Christi,
Texas. He enlisted for two additional years service in
February, 1946, and is now serving with the Medical Corps, Co., 36,
U.S.N., New Orleans, La.
||2nd Lt. Hubert G. Travis
2nd Lt. Hubert G. Travis,
son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Travis, Route 3, Corsicana, Texas, was
born November 8, 1918. Received his education in the public
schools of Corsicana. Volunteered for service February 26,
1918, at Ft. McCellan, Alabama, and was assigned to Army Air Corps.
Trained at Missouri State College, Springfield, Mo., and Hondo A.A.F.,
Hondo, Texas. Lt. Travis served in the United States from
February 26, 1944, to the date of his discharge March 7, 1946.
He re-enlisted as Master Sgt. on April 29, 1946. Now stationed
at Evergreen, Ala., in recruiting. His wife, Virginia R.
miller Travis, resides at 1537 Bobolink Dr., Mobile Ala.
||AM 2/C Clarence H. Travis
Clarence H. Travis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harve Travis, Rt. 3,
Corsicana, Texas, was born July 20, 1922. Received his
education in Corsicana Public Schools. Volunteered for service
October 7, 1942, at San Antonio, Texas, and was assigned to Navy,
Air Corps. He trained at U.S.N.T.S., San Diego, Calif., New
Orleans, La., Norfolk, Va., and Norman, Okla. Served overseas
from October 1, 1944, to January 15, 1945, in Hawaii. He
received American Defense Service Ribbon and World War II Victory
Medal. Returned to the States January 15, 1945, and was
discharged from service December 10, 1945. His wife, Mrs.
Pauline Haws Travis, resides at Barry, Texas.
||T/5 Rodney M. Temple
McClellan temple, younger son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Temple of
Corsicana, volunteered for service in the Army on July 22, 1942, at
Harlingen, Texas. He was assigned to the 20th Armored
Division, and trained at Camp Campbell, Ky. In February, 1945,
he was sent overseas, and served in the European Theater of
Operations until August of that year. He was stationed in
Holland and in Germany, and saw action in the battles of the Ruhr
Valley, Munich and Central Germany. His awards are: Combat
Infantry; Good Conduct, and three Clusters. On November 24,
1945, he was granted an honorable discharge from the service.
||T/Sgt. LaMont M. Temple
LaMont M. Temple, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. L. Temple of Corsicana, was
born Jan. 9, 1915, and volunteered for service in the Army Air
Corps, on Christmas day, 1941, at March Field, California. He
was assigned to the 9th Air Force, and trained at Sheppard and
Brandley Air Fields. Previously he has spent five years in the
12th Cavalry, from 1933 to 1938. In March, 1944, he was sent
overseas to Europe, where he served until August, 1945,
participating in the air support of Europe, the Battle of Normandy,
the Battle of Britain, and the campaign of Southern Germany.
He holds the Pre3sidential Unit Citation and the Good Conduct Medal,
and was honorably discharged from service in November, 1945.
||S/Sgt. Pace P.
Pace Perron Payne, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Payne of Corsicana, was
born July 9, 1922, and in April, 1942, he enlisted in the 5th Air
Corps of the Army. He was given training at Camp Wolters,
Sheppard Field, and Harligen Gunnery School, and after seven months'
experience in the United States, he was sent overseas, on the first
of December, 1942, to the Southwest Pacific Battle Area, where he
lost his life in conflict only a few months later. He saw
action in New Guinea and New Britain, and served in 300 hours of
operational flight missions in this part of the world. Four
and a half months after he left the homeland, he was wounded, and
tow months later on June 26, 1943, he passed away. His awards
were the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Air Medal, and the Distinguished
Flying Cross. The fatality took place on the island of new
Britain. He attended the public schools in Corsicana, and was
employed as a defense worker before he volunteered to serve his
Brown Lea Stevenson
1/c Brown Lea Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson, Frost,
was born Mar 27, 1906. His wife is Mary Strain Stevenson of
Electra. Attended Frost Public Schools. Entered service
Dec 28, 1943, at Dallas. Assigned to Army, Eighth Service
Command. Trained at Camp Wolters. Served at Ft. Sam
Houston; Camp John T. Knight, Oakland, Calif.; Camp Haan, Riverside,
Calif.; Turlock, Calif., Vancouver Barracks, Wash. Was
discharged March 15, 1944.
John C. Stevenson
C. Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson, Frost, was born
Apr. 18, 1916. Attended N.T.S.T.C., Denton. Volunteered
Aug 17, 1942. Assigned to A.A.F. Trained as Sheppard
Field; Buckley Field, Colo.; Harlingen, Texas. Served overseas
from Sept., 1943 to Jan., 1944, as gunner on Liberator Bomber in
Pacific. Flew 21 missions. Plane shot down by Japs Jan.
8, 1944, at Kendari, Celebes, crashed and exploded. Crew was
never found or heard from. Eye witness stated possibility of
men being thrown clear.
William Edgar Stevenson
William Edgar Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson, Frost,
was born Sept 10, 1918. Attended Frost High School and
N.T.S.T.C., Denton. Volunteered Apr. 7, 1942. Assigned
to A.A.F. Trained at Harlingen, Texas, and Wendover Field,
Utah. Overseas from Mar., 1944, to Sept, 1944, in European
Theater as radio operator on Liberator Bomber in battles of S.
France, Normandy, and Germany. Received Air Medal with 3
Clusters, D.F.C., American Defense Ribbon. Was discharged
Sept. 18, 1945.
Thomas Fletcher Stevenson
Thomas Fletcher Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson,
Frost, Texas, was born Jan. 24, 1910. Entered service Mar. 5,
1942, at Leavenworth, Kans. Assigned to Army Medical Corps.
Trained at Camp Barkley, Texas. Served overseas from March, 1944, to
Dec., 1945, seeing action in New Guinea and P. Is., and also in the
occupation of Japan. His company, 411 Medical Collecting Co.,
was awarded the Meritorious Service Unit Plaque for outstanding
devotion to duty of exceptionally difficult tasks. Was
discharged Feb 2, 1946.
Robert Lynn Stevenson
Robert Lynn Stevenson, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson, Frost,
was born Feb 10, 1921. Attended N.T.S.T.C., Denton.
Volunteered for Army Air Corps Jan. 1, 1942. Overseas from
Oct., 1942 to Mar., 1943, as aerial gunner on a Flying Fortress,
303rd Bombardment ("Hells Angels") which flew first 200 hours over
France and Germany; also a member of the Yard Bird Crew which fought
off 26 enemy planes. Lost his life returning from a mission to
Lorient, France. Awarded 2 Air Medals, Purple Heart.
George (Buster) I. Warren
S/Sgt George (Buster) I. Warren,
son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Stevenson of Frost, was born March
15, 1908. His wife is Mary Stevenson Warren of Frost, Texas.
Attended Blooming Grove Public School and N.T.S.T.C. Denton.
Volunteered October, 1940 at Corsicana. Assigned Army Air
Forces. Trained at Kelly Field, San Antonio. He was
awarded American Defense Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal and
World War II Victory Medal. Was discharged October 5, 1945.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Warren, live at Blooming Grove.
||Cpl. James Guy Turner
Cpl. James Guy Turner,
son of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Turner, Corsicana, born Apr. 20, 1925.
Volunteered May 19, 1944. Assigned to Army, Airborne, team,
517th Combat (Parachute Inf. known as "Battling Buzzards") which
fought with great valor during Ardennes Campaign. Served
overseas Jan., 1945 to Aug., 1945, in E.A.M.E. Theater.
Received ATO; E.A.M.E. with 3 Bronze Stars (France, Belgium and
Germany); Airborne Combat Inf. Badge; Expert Rifleman's Badge;
Presidential Citation; Purple Heart; Croix de Guierre. Was
discharged Nov., 1945.
||Pvt. Leslie Ray Turner
Pvt. Leslie Ray Turner,
son of Mr. and Mrs. V. W. Turner, Corsicana, born Oct 29, 1923.
Volunteered Feb. 18, 1943. Assigned to Army, 3rd Armored Div.
Served overseas from July to Dec., 1944, in E.A.M.E. Theater.
Participated in Northern France and Rhineland campaigns.
Seriously wounded Dec. 17, 1944, while driving tank in Battle of
Bulge. Was left lying beside his tank and has never been seen
since. Awarded ATO; E.A.M.E. with 2 Bronze Stars; Expert
Rifle Badge; Expert Mechanics Badge; Distinguished Unit Citation;
||S/Sgt Raymond Carl Scott
S/Sgt Raymond Carl Scott,
husband of Mrs. Grace Scott, 1700 N. 15th St., Waco, was born April
13, 1917. Attended Dawson Public Schools. Entered
service Jan 18, 1941, at Fort Worth. Assigned to Army, U.S.
Field Art. Trained at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and Camp McCoy,
Wis. Served eight months overseas in Ireland and England.
Received E.A.M.E., Theater Ribbon, American Defense Service Ribbon,
Good Conduct Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal. Was
discharged December 1, 1944
||S/Sgt. Duran E. Summerall
S/Sgt. Duran E. Summerall
was born June 17, 1918, husband of the former Jimmie Lou Rascoe of
Corsicana. Attended Corsicana Public Schools.
Volunteered Oct 12, 1940. Assigned to Army, 36th Division.
Trained at Camp Bowie, Camp Blanding, and Camp Edwards. Served
overseas from April, 1943, to July, 1945, in invasions of Italy and
S. France and battle of Cassino. Received Pre-Pearl Harbor
Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon with 5 Stars and Arrowhead, American
Defense Ribbon Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal. Was
discharged July 31, 1945.
Joshua P. Rascoe
P. Rascoe, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Rascoe, Sr., of Corsicana, was
born July 6, 1915. Attended Corsicana Public Schools.
Entered service Oct 17, 1942, at Dallas. Assigned to Army,
96th Division. Served overseas from July, 1944, to June, 1945,
in Leyte, Philippine Islands, and Okinawa. Received American
Defense Service Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon 2 Battle Stars, 2
Arrowheads, Good Conduct Medal, Philippine Liberation, Ribbon and
Victory Medal. Was discharged August 23, 1945.
Lee Rasoce, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Rascoe, Sr. of Corsicana, was
born Oct 2, 1918. Attended Corsicana Public Schools. Entered
service June 21, 1944, Assigned to Army 20th Armored Divsion.
Trained at Camp Wolters and Ft. McClellan. Served overseas
from Dec., 1944, to Mar., 1945, in France and Germany. Awarded
E.T.O.I. Battle Star; Combat Badge; Good Conduct; Presidential
Citation; Purple Heart. Paid the Supreme Sacrifice March 31,
1945, while under going treatment for wounds received the day before
||Lt. W. M.
W. M. Taylor, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Taylor of Corsicana,
was born May 21, 1916. Attended Texas A&M. Volunteered
July 8, 1941. Assigned to Army Air Corps. Served
overseas from Sept., 1941. Assigned to Army Air Corps.
Served overseas from Sept 1941, Sept., 1944, on Philippine Islands.
Reported missing May, 1942. P.O.W. at Camp #2, Davao,
Mindanao, Philippines 1942-1944. Lost his life on Japanese
freighter, transferring American prisoners to Japan when it was sunk
Sept. 7, 1944. Purple Heart was awarded.
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