The Fighting Men of Texas
Navarro County, Texas Extracts
||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.
2nd Lt. Bennie Eugene
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.
S/Sgt. Alton L. Sawyers
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, 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
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
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.
William D. Allen
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.
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.
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.
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.
Capt. Riley E.
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.
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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