The Fighting Men of Texas
Navarro County, Texas Extracts
Robert Suttle Taylor
Lt. Robert Suttle Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Taylor, Sr.,
Corsicana, was born June 8, 1913. Attended Corsicana Public
Schools and Texas A. & M., College Station. Volunteered May,
1943, at Dallas. Assigned to Army, Communications. Trained at
Fort Monmouth, N.J. Served overseas from Feb., 1944, in
European Theater, with Hq. Co., 3118 Signal Sr. Bn., Supreme Hq.
Allied E.F. Received American Defense Service Ribbon and
Victory Medal. Was discharged March, 1946.
Mate 3/c Francis Marion Taylor
Mate 3/c Francis Marion Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Taylor,
Sr., of Corsicana. was born Aug 11, 1909. He attended
Corsicana Public Schools. Entered service Dec 13, 1943, at Dallas.
Assigned to USNR, and trained at San Diego, Calif. Served
overseas from Feb., 1944 to Aug., 1945, in South Pacific-Saipan,
Tinian, Peleliu, and Okinawa. Received American Defense
Services Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal. He was
discharged November 6, 1945.
John Bill Swink
Bill Swink was born Oct 13, 1919. Parents are Mr. and Mrs. W.
M. Taylor, Sr., of 1445 W 2nd St. Corsicana. Attended
Corsicana Public Schools. Entered service mar. 12, 1942.
Assigned to Army Air Corps. Trained at Luke Field, Ariz.; Camp
Maxey, Texas; Ft. Sill, Okla, Served 3 years, Air Corps, Luke
Field, Phoenix, Ariz.; 9 months, Infantry, Camp Maxey, Paris, Texas;
5 months in Field Artillery, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. Received his
discharge January 12, 1946.
William Nathan Tackitt
William Nathan Tackitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam Tackitt, Rt. 3,
Wortham, was born July 30, 1923. Received his education in
Wortham Public Schools. Volunteered August 14, 1941 in
Corsicana. Assigned to Army Air Corps. Trained at
Sheppard Field, Texas. Served over seas from March, 1945, to
July, 1945, in Trinidad (BWI), Italy, battles of N. Apennines, Po
Valley and C. Europe. Received American Defense Service
Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal. He was
discharged October 1, 1945. His wife, Bettie Ruth Tackitt,
resides in Wortham.
James Tinkle West
James Tinkle West, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. West of Corsicana, was
born Aug. 25, 1915. Attended Texas A. & M. College.
Volunteered Feb. 4, 1946, at Corsicana. Assigned to A.A.F. Flying
Cadets, Class 43B. Served Gulf Coast Training Command - A.A.F.
Eliminated from air cadets due to flight injuries. Returned to
ranks. Received sharpshooter-Pistol-Expert Carbine-Marksman-Sbu
Machine Gun-Medals, Air Crew member Wings, and Link Trainer
Instructor Badge. Was discharged Oct. 19, 1944.
J. C. Puckett
Cpl J. C.
Puckett, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Puckett of Corsicana, was born
Feb. 3, 1924. Attended public school in Corsicana.
Entered service January, 1942, at Dallas. Assigned to 4th
Marine Division, 21st Prov. Co. Trained in N.C. and San Diego,
Calif. Served 32 months overseas in South Pacific Area.
Received Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon and
World War II Victory Medal. He was discharged January 29,
Otho W. Williams
W. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Williams of Corsicana, was
born August 8, 1917. Received his education in Corsicana
Public Schools. Entered service April 8, 1944, at Dallas.
Assigned to Army, 78th Division, trained at Camp Robinson, Ark.
Served overseas from Oct. 14, 1944, to Apr., 1944, in European area
participating in action in the campaigns of Rhineland and Ardennes.
Wounded Feb. 6, 1944. Received Infantryman Badge. Was
discharged Oct. 27, 1945.
Ben T. Delahay, Jr.
2nd Lt. Ben T. Delahay, Jr.,
son of Mr. and Mrs. B. T. Delahay, Sr., of Corsicana, was born May
6, 1918. On Nov. 20, 1940, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps, for
one year's service, which lengthened to 5 years. Trained at
Dodd Field, Ft. Sam Houston, and Randolph Field, where he served 21
months as aeroplane mechanic and training flight dispatcher in the
44th School Sqdn. He attended T.D. O.C.S. at Camp Hood, and
later by request was transfered to the 96th infantry, 381st Regt.
From Aug., 1944, to March, 1945, he served overseas in Hawaii and
the Philippines, taking part in the first invasion on Letye, after
which he was hospitalized and returned to the States, and released
from active duty, Sept., 1945. He is now studying law at
Harvard University. Awarded Comb. Inf. Badge, Phil. Lib., 2
William A. Delahay
Lt. Col. William A. Delahay,
elder brother of Ben Delahay, Jr., enlisted in the Army Air Corps in
July 1940, at Dallas. He entered Flying School at Tulsa,
Okla., and from there went to Randolph Field. He was graduated
as a 2nd Lt. from Kelly Field. He served in the U.S.A. until
Nov., 1942, when he took 15 B-24 crews via South America, Ascension
Is., Central Africa and the Middle East, to India, where they joined
the 7th Bomb. Group. He flew the "Rangoon Rambler", which was
exhibited in Dallas, to India, and made his first 12 missions in it.
He has a total of 480 combat hours in 57 missions during 26 months,
in Burma and surrounding places. In June, 1946, he was listed
to sail from N.Y. for Germany. Decorated with D.F.C., Oak Leaf
Clusters, Air Medal, Oak Leaf Clusters.
James N. Brinkley
2/c James N. Brinkley, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Brinkley,
Corsicana, Texas, was born November 1, 1918. Received his
education in Dallas Schools. Volunteered for service, July 6,
1940, at Dallas, and was assigned to Navy. Trained at San
Diego Naval Training Base. Served overseas from October, 1940,
to October, 1942, in Pacific Area aboard U.S.S. Boise participating
in Battles of Coral Sea and Solomon Islands. He served at
Pearl Harbor, Dutch East Indies, Bombay, India and Solomons Islands.
Seaman Brinkley paid the Supreme Sacrifice October 12, 1942, in
action at Sea. The Purple Heart was awarded.
Lawson L. Wade
Lawson L. Wade, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Brinkiley, Corsicana,
tesas was born Aug. 25, 1914. Received his education in Dallas
Public Schools. Was a member of national Guard 4 years before
he volunteered Nov. 24, 1940, and was assigned to Army, 36th
Division. Trained at Camp Bowie, Texas, and served overseas
from April, 1943, to June, 1945, in E.A.M.E. Theater, participating
in battles of Salerno, Italy. Sgt. Wade was reported missing
in action September 13, 1943, but was a POW of Germans for 19 mo.
Good Conduct Medal, American Defense, World War II Victory Medal,
and Area Ribbon with 1 Battle Star. He returned to the States
June 11, 1945, and was discharged September 14, 1945.
William B. Estes
Ensign W. B. Estes, born Sept. 26, 1925, in Texas, son of Mr. and
Mrs. A. M. Estes, 641 West Collin St., Corsicana, educated at Sam
Houston Grammar, Corsicana High School, and University of Texass,
Austin; he volunteered for service on November 5, 1942, at Austin,
Texas, and was assigned to the United States navy, R.O.T.C. Branch,
trained at the united States Navy V-12 Unit, at Austin, Texas.
He served in the United States from July 1, 1943, to November 26,
1944, and overseas from November 27, 1944, to June 28, 1946, in
Asiatic-Pacific. Ensign W. B. Estes was honorably discharged
on the 11th of August, 1946.
Andrew F. Huff
Ens. Andrew F. Huff,
son of Mrs. Beula Huff, Box 863, Corsicana, Texas. Born
October 7, 1924, educated at Robert E. Lee Grammar, and Corsicana
High School, and the University of Texas, Austin. He
volunteered for service on November 20, 1942, at Austin, Texas,
trained at N.R.O.T.C., University of Texas, served in the United
States 3 years and 2 months, and overseas 3 months, in Asiatic South
Pacific Area. He was awarded: American Campaign Ribbon,
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon, and World War II Victory Medal;
commissioned Ensign U.S.N.R. on Feb. 20, 1945. At present he
is with U.S.S. Cone (DD-866).
Pfc Zollie F. Holt, born April 2, 1908,
husband of Effie M. Holt, 2518 Park Row, Corsicana, attended
Corsicana High School, entered the service on April 6, 1944,
assigned to the Army Inf., trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark.,
and Fort Meade, Md. Overseas in England, France, Belgium,
Germany, and Luxembourg in battles of: Ardennes, Huertgen Forest and
Belgian Bulge. He was killed in action in Butzenbach, Germany,
near Aachen, Belgium, Jan. 24, 1945. Pfc Holt received the
following awards: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal, and Presidential
Citation. Besides his wife, he left two sons.
Remus L. Jones
Capt. Remus L. Jones, born Sept.
8, 1914, son of Mrs. P. S. Travis, Rt. 2, Corinth St., Denton,
husband of Winifred Jones, 1311 Solano St., San Antonio, attended
Corsicana High School and Business College. Joined National
Guard Feb. 11, 1931, and volunteered for service Nov. 25, 1940; was
assigned to the Army 36th Div.; trained at Camp Bowie; served in the
United States 32 months; overseas 28 months; in France, Germany, and
Austria. Battles: S. France, Rhineland, Naples-Foggia,
RomeArno, and C. Europe. Awards: Bronze Star Medal, American
Def., E.A.M.E. Medal, 5 Stars, Division Commendation, and Victory
Medal. Capt. Jones was honorably discharged Nov. 3, 1945.
CHS Class of 1934
John C. Willis
of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Willis, Corsicana, Texas. T/Sgt. John C. Willis
was born Feb. 3, 1921. Volunteered for service Oct. 17, 1940,
at Corsicana, assigned to Army, 2nd Division. He served
overseas in the European Theater, and paid the Supreme Sacrifice at
Brest, France, Aug. 31, 1944. Was awarded American Theater
Ribbon, European Theater Ribbon, Combat Inf. Badge, Good Conduct
Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon and Purple Heart.
Scott H. Willis, Jr.
of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Willis, Corsicana, Texas. Sgt. Scott H. Willis, Jr.,
was born June 16, 1919. Volunteered for service Oct. 22, 1939,
at Corsicana, assigned to Army, 3rd Div. Trained at Ft.
Crockett, Texas; Camp Davis, N.C.; Camp Haan, Calif.; Camp Hood,
Texas. Served overseas in Hawaiian Islands, France, Austria
and Germany, and received American Theater Ribbon, American Defense
Service Ribbon, European Theater Ribon, Asiatic Theater Ribbon, Good
Conduct and Victory Medals. Was Discharged Dec. 3, 1945.
Howard E. Willis
of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Willis, Corsicana, Texas. S/Sgt Howard E. Willis.
Was born Dec. 12, 1923. Entered service Oct. 15, 1943, at
Corsicana, assigned to Army, 24th Div., and trained at Camp Fannin.
Served overseas in New Guinea, P. Is., and Japan. Wounded May
5, 1944. Received Combat Inf. Badge, Purple Heart, Asiatic
Theater, Philippine Liberation, Victory and Good Conduct Medals,
Arrowhead, 5 Campaign Stars. Discharged Jan. 17, 1946.
Harvey J. Ferguson
Harvey J. Ferguson, husband of Sue Carroll Ferguson, Corsicana,
Texas, was born April 9, 1924. Received his education in the
public schools of Brownwood, Texas. Volunteered for service
August 6, 1942, at San Antonio, and was assigned to Army Air Corps.
Trained at Randolph and Kelly Fields, Texas, St. Joseph. Mo., Barry
Field, Tenn., and was commissioned July 9, 1945. Served
overseas from April, 1945, to March, 1946, in all theaters.
Principal overseas duty was in Italy, Africa, and Iran. Lt.
Ferguson returned to the States March 17, 1946, and is now serving
1455th AAF Base Unit, Great Falls, Mont. His parents, Mr. and
Mrs. R. H. Ferguson, reside at 1800 Ave. D, Brownwood, Texas.
Walter V. Knight
Pfc. Walter V. Knight,
born Nov. 9, 1909, son of George G. Knight, Route 1, Corsicana,
married Margie M. Pope, 312 N. 12th St., Corsicana. He
attended Corbet Grammar and High Schools, entered the service on
Nov. 29, 1943, at Camp Wolters, was assigned to the Army 514th F. A.
Bn., trained at Ft. Lewis, Wash., and Ft. Bragg, N.C., served in the
U.S., 10 months, and overseas 11 months, in France, Belgium,
Luxembourg, Germany, Rhineland, Ardennes, C. Europe, and N. France.
Awards: E.T.O. Medal, 4 stars, Occupation Ribbon, Victory, and Good
Conduct. He served as wire and telephone man, also operated
switch board, and was honorably discharged Oct. 27, 1945.
Navarro County TXGenWeb
Edward L. Williams & Barbara