The Fighting Men of Texas
Navarro County, Texas Extracts
George W. Pope, Jr.
MM 2/C George W. Pope, Jr.,
was born Oct. 12, 1923, son of George W. Pope, Sr., Corsicana,
husband of Frances J. Pope, 4319 Jamaica Street, Dallas, attended
Barry, Texas, High School, and Westminister Jr. College, Tehuacana;
volunteered for service in September, 1942, and was assigned to the
Navy Seabees; trained at Camp Peary, Williamsburg, Va.
Overseas for 26 months, in S. Pacific Theater, Invasion of Rendova,
Sasevelle and Munda, in New Georgia, Invasion of Peleliu, in Western
Carolines. Awards: Unit Citation from Admiral Halsey for Air
Strip Build on Munda. Was discharged Oct. 19, 1945. His
sister, Mrs. T. A. Wafer, lives on Rt. 2, Corsicana.
Derwood Franklin Pratt
Pfc. Derwood Franklin Pratt,
born April 17, 1919, husband of Leoma Pratt, Enid, Okla.
Attend school at Corsicana, Texas. Volunteered Nov. 25, 1940,
assigned to 36th Div. of Army. Served overseas from April 1,
1943, to June 17, 1945, in Battles of Naples-Foggia, Roma-Arno,
Southern France and Rhineland. Awarded Good Conduct, American
Defense Service Medals, E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars
and 2 Arrowheads. Gunner in 133rd Field Art. Bn. Was
discharged June 26, 1945.
||Sgt. Caxton Rufus Bivin
Sgt. Caxton Rufus Bivin,
born Nov. 3, 1919, husband of Myrtle Bivin, Corsicana.
Volunteered Nov 25, 1940, with the National Guard. Assigned to
Army, 36th Division. Served overseas from April 2, 1943, to
July 23, 1945, in Battles of Salerno, Naples-Foggla, Southern
France, Central Europe, Rhineland and Southern Germany.
Awarded E.A.M.E. Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and Bronze
Arrowhead, 36th Div. Commendation, American Defense, Bronze
Star, Good Conduct Medals. Was discharged Aug., 1945.
Odell S. Frazier
Sgt. Odell S.
Frazier, born Aug 8, 1922, husband of Gurlie Frazier, Corsicana.
Volunteered Oct. 18, 1944, assigned to Army Infantry.
Transferred overseas March 15, 1945, to Asiatic-Pacific.
Battles of Cebu, Philippines, and invasion of Japan into Tokyo and
Yokohomaha. Awarded Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Star,
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 1 Battle Star, Good Conduct and
World War II Victory. Currently in Tokyo, Japan, with 12th
Calvary Regt., Medical Det.
James Thomas Foster
James Thomas Foster, husband of Glenna Foster. Volunteered
National Guard July, 1931, and Nov 25, 1940, assigned to Army 36th
Div. Overseas from April 1, 1943, to June 5, 1945.
Algeria, French Morocco, Salerno, Naples-Foggia, Cassino, Anzio
Beachhead, Rome and Central Europe. Wounded 3 times; missing
in action June 25, 1944; reported P.O.W. in Germany. Awarded
African-European Ribbon, 3 Battle Stars; Purple Heart, 2 Oak Leaf
Clusters; American Defense Ribbon. Discharged Aug., 1945.
Re-enlisted and with his wife, Glenna Foster of Corsicana, is
stationed in Korea.
Lt. Bruce Fulton born March 12, 1917, in Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs.
A. S. Fulton of Corsicana. Entered Army Service Forces Nov 23,
1942. Trained at Ft. Sam Houston and AAS OCS, Fargo, N.D.
Served overseas from March 26, 1945, to Sept. 25, 1945, in Southwest
Pacific area and Luzon Campaign. Taught in Montana State
College at Bozeman, Mont., from July, 1943, to 1944. Awarded
American Theater, Southwest Pacific, and Philippine Liberation
Ribbons. Discharged April 1946.
Earl Griffin Gathright
Earl Griffin Gathright was born Jan. 12, 1920, son of Mr. and Mrs.
W. E. Gathright, Corsicana. Attended John Tarleton Agri.
College, Stephenville, Tex. Entered 25th Army Inf. Feb. 12,
1942. Trained at Camp Roberts, Calif. Overseas from July
8, 1942, to Oct. 12, 1945, in Hawaii, New Caledonia, Guadalcanal,
New Georgia, Luzon and New Zealand. Awarded Combat
Infantryman's Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Star,
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 3 Stars. Was discharged
Robert Leroy Hamilton, Jr.
T/Sgt. Robert Leroy Hamilton, Jr., was born Aug. 24,
1911, in Texas, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Hamilton, Sr., 614 W. 7th
St., and husband of Lelia Owen Hamilton, all of Corsicana.
Received education in Corsicana Schools and S.M.U., Dallas, and was
employed by the Magnolia Petroleum Co., in Dallas before he
volunteered February 2, 1942. Was assigned to Army Air Corps,
trained at Ellington Field, Texas. T/Sgt. Hamilton, Jr.
received honorable discharge January 7, 1946.
Walter Wright Hedrick, Jr.
T/Sgt. Walter Wright Hedrick, Jr., born Dec. 16,
1921, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Hedrick, Sr., Corsicana, Tex.
Volunteered Dec. 22, 1941, assigned to Air Corps as crew chief.
Served overseas from Sept., 1942, to Aug. 1945, in Algeria, French
Morocco, Tunisia, Balkans, Rhineland, Rome-Arno, Northern Apennines,
Po Valley and Anti Submarine in American Theater. Awarded
E.A.M.E. Campaign Ribbon with 7 Bronze Stars, American Theater
Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star. Released to inactive status Aug.,
James Loyd Heifner
James Loyd Heifner, born March 31, 1926, is the son of Mr. and Mrs.
Clarence Heifner, 414 South 18th, Corsicana, Texas. Attended
Corsicana High School. Entered service June 21, 1944 at Camp
Wolters, assigned to Army Battery B, 53 Field Artillery.
Trained at Camp Roberts Calif. Transferred overseas January 2,
1945, participated in action in Italy. Awarded E.A.M.E. Ribbon
with 2 battle Stars and World War II Victory Medal. Serving
now with Hqs. and Hqs. Co., 61st Q.M.B.D.
Roy E. Jordan
Pfc Roy E.
Jordan born May 15, 1923, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Jordan,
Corsicana. Attended S.M.U., Dallas. Volunteered for
service in Army 102nd Inf. Div. Sept. 23, 1942. Overseas from
Sept. 12, 1944, to Dec. 23, 1945, in battles of France, Belgium,
Holland and Germany. Wounded Feb. 26, 1945. Awarded
American Theater Campaign Ribbon, E.A.M.E. Campaign Ribbon with 2
Battle Stars, Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct and
Victory Medals, Combat Infantryman's Badge. Discharged Jan 16,
Wesley T. Jordan
WT3/C Wesley T.
Jordan, born Nov. 3, 1926, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Jordan of
Corsicana. Attended Navarro Jr. College, Corsicana.
Volunteered Oct. 21, 1944, for Navy Engineering. Overseas from
July 18, 1945, to June 18, 1946, in American and Asiatic-Pacific
Area aboard U.S.S. Niagara. Prepared for Atomic Bomb test,
left Binini June 8, 1946. Helped land troops and supplies for
Tokyo occupation and troops to Tientsin, China. Awarded
American, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon and Victory Medal.
Was discharged July 2, 1946.
Billie Wayne Hutson
Billie Wayne Hutson was born July 22, 1908, in Miss., son of Mr. and
Mrs. W. E. Hutson of Angus, husband of Estelle Hutson, 609 West 4th
St., Corsicana. Attended school at Corsicana, Texas.
Volunteered November, 1942, at Dallas, was assigned to Navy Seabees.
Trained at Camp Peary, Va., Davisville, R.I., and Camp Parks, Calif.
Served overseas from March, 1944, to Nov., 1945. Served in
Hawaii and Philippine Islands. Received discharge November 2,
Charles Edgar Lawrence
Charles Edgar Lawrence was born March 28, 1917, son of Mr. and Mrs.
D. M. Lawrence of Seagraves. Attended Howard Payne College,
Brownwood. Volunteered Nov. 25, 1940, assigned to Army 36th
Division later transferring to Air Corps. Served overseas from
June 7, 1944, to Oct. 13, 1945, in airborne invasion of France,
Holland and Germany. Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross, Air
Medal and Seven Bronze Battle Stars. Promoted from Pvt. up
through the grades to Captain. Received honorable discharge
late in the summer of 1946.
Rufus Bryant McFarlin
Rufus Bryant McFarlin was born Dec. 12, 1913, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.
V. McFarlin of Richland, and husband of Lorene McFarlin, now of San
Antionio. Volunteered Oct. 10, 1936, and served in Army 2nd,
6th, 7th, 95th, and 97th Inf. Div. Served overseas from March,
1945, to Dec., 1945, in Ruhr Valley, Eastern Germany,
Czechoslovakia, and Japan from Aug. 27 to Nov. 25. Awarded
American Defense Service Ribbon, E.A.M.E. and American Theater
Ribbon. Victory and Good Conduct Medals. Discharged
Rayburn Browning McKee
Rayburn Browning McKee was born April 27, 1918, in Miss., son of
Mrs. Mattie McKee, and husband of Ina Douglas McKee, now of
Corsicana. Attended Belton Public Schools. Entered Navy
Air Corps December 7, 1943, at Mexia, Texas. Trained at Naval
Training Base, San Diego, California. Served in United States
from Dec 7, 1943, to Dec. 13, 1945, and overseas from Feb. 22, 1944,
to June 19, 1945, in Villa-Villa, Russel Islands and Guadalcanal.
Seaman 1/c McKee was discharged Dec., 1945.
Ernest P. French
P. French was born Feb. 20, 1920, son of Mrs. Annie L. French and
husband of Geraldine French, all of Corsicana. Entered Army,
36th Div., Nov 20, 1940, trained at Camp Bowie, Blanding, and
Edwards. Overseas from April 1, 1943, to June 26, 1945, in
Africa, Italy, France, Austria, and Germany. Wounded twice.
Awarded Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster, Soldiers, and American
Defense Service and Good Conduct Medals, Campaign Ribbon and 4
Bronze Stars. Was discharged June, 1945.
Lindsey C. Morgan, Jr.
Lindsey C. Morgan, Jr., born May 1, 1921, is the husband of Evelyn
Morgan, Austin. Volunteered Jan. 15, 1942; assigned to 90th
Bomb Group (H) AAF; trained at Barksdale Field, La. Overseas
from Sept 4, 1942, to May 22, 1945, in Hawaii, Australia, New
Guinea, Philippines, Bismark Archipelago, and Papau. Awarded
Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars, Philippine
Liberation and Good Conduct Medals, and Distinguished Unit Badge.
Was discharged May 30, 1945.
Adams was born February 2, 1927, in Texas, foster son of Mr. and
Mrs. E. C. Raby, Corsicana, Texas, attended school in Corsicana,
Texas. Volunteered for service in Merchant Marines Aug. 2, 1944, at
Dallas, Tex. Served overseas 18 months in Australia, Pearl
Harbor, New Guinea, Okinawa, Saipan, Guam, Cuba, Japan, Panama,
France, Italy, and Spain. Is still serving somewhere with the
Merchant Marines. He left school to serve his country with the
Emmett Wilburn Raby
Emmett Wilburn Raby was born April 8, 1927, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.
C. Raby, and husband of Ann Kenner Raby, all of Corsicana.
Received his education in Corsicana Schools. Volunteered April
5, 1945, at Dallas for Navy Reserves, V-6. Trained at U.S.
Naval Training Center, San Diego, Calif. Served overseas from
Sept 1, 1945, to March 20, 1946, at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Guam,
Saipan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima, Japan, Wake, Tinian, Cuba and Panama.
S1/c Raby is still in the Reserves.
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