BULLET-FAST P-38s PROVE THEMSELVES ROUTING JAP ZEROS
(Caption under picture) - Second Lt. Ralph C. Bills, aged 22, U.S. Airforce, bagged a Jap Zero plane in fighting in the New Guinea area ...
Lt. Bills is a native of Navarro County, a son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. (Pete) Bills of Spring Hill. He is a graduate of Dawson High School
and Texas A and M College and was with the State AAA offices in Bryan two years before joining the air force in November, 1941.
OAK LEAF CLUSTERS - First Lieut. Ralph Carmack Bills of Dawson has been
awarded Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of an additional award of the air medal by Lieut. General George C. Kenny, commander of the Allied air forces in
the Southwest Pacific, according to a press dispatch of Thursday.
Lieut. Bills won his decoration for meritorious achievement while
participating in an aerial flight over Hans Bay, New Guinea in April,
1943. He had previously been cited and decorated for shooting down
several Japanese planes late in 1942.
A graduate of Dawson high school and Texas A. and M. College, Lieut. Bills
is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bills of Spring Hill.
WOUNDED MARINE ANXIOUS TO GIVE BLOOD FOR OTHERS
PFC WM. T. BERRY
PEARL HARBOR, T. H., "When that bullet hit me it felt as if a bunch
of bumblebees had been turned loose in my chest," reported Marine
Private First Class William T. Berry, back from the Marshalls and now
recovering in a Naval hospital here.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry L. Berry of 207 Byine street, Houston, Texas,
and formerly of Dawson, Texas, the young Leatherneck was a member of an
aviation ground crew which landed in an amphibian tractor with the third
wave. "Enemy sniper and machine gun fire was heavy as we crawled up
the beach," he related. "I was about ten yards from the
water when a bullet plowed into the side of my chest. It went right
through and hit the Marine next to me. I was lucky. The slug
just missed my heart, but the other Marine was killed instantly."
A corpsman helped the young Texan to an aid station where he received
several pints of blood plasma. "That's wonderful stuff",
he grinned. "IT saved my life. I'm donating a pint of my
blood as soon as I can. They're welcome to all they want out of
Private First Class Perry originally is from Dawson where he attended
Dawson high and won letters in football and basket ball.
Wood, Edgar - Sgt
VETERAN 50 MISSIONS
Staff Sgt Edgar Wood, 20, U. S. Army Air Force, tail gunner on a B-24
Fifteenth Air Force stationed in Italy, has completed 50 missions over
enemy occupied territory and is now en route home, according to
information received by his mother, Mrs. E. D. Wood, 600 North Commerce
street. Sgt. Wood has been decorated with the Air Medal with three
Oak Leaf Clusters for "meritorious achievements in aerial flight
while participating in sustained operational activities against the
enemy". A 1941 graduate of the State Home high school he
entered the service in Nov. 1942, and has been overseas since May 1944.
Woodrow W. - Staff Sergeant
With the 37th Infantry Division Somewhere in the Southwest Pacific Area -
Awarded the Silver Star for"gallantry in action" on Hill 129,
Bougainville Island, Staff Sergeant, Woodrow W. Baldwin, 28, Richland,
Texas, is congratulated after being decorated by Major General Robert S.
Beighter, 37th Division Commander, as Colonel John D. Frederick , veteran
Infantry officer, looks on. Baldwin is an assistant Infantry platoon
KILLED MANY JAPS - Staff Sgt.
Woodrow W. Baldwin, U. S. Army, played an important part in the repulses
of a Jap offence on Bouganville Island. He was prominent in two
actions and personally accounted for the death of a large number of Japs.
The son of William I. Baldwin, Richland, he enlisted in the regular army
April 3, 1940. Sgt. Baldwin went overseas May 1943, serving in the
New Hebrides and Guadalcanal before landing last November with the 37th
Infantry Division, first army unite to invade Bouganville. He wears
the Good Conduct Medal and the Combat Infantrymen Badge.
Odis W. - Staff Sergeant
AWARDED PURPLE HEART
Staff Sgt. Odis W. Bullock, 27, now serving somewhere in Italy with the
Fifth Army, has been awarded the Purple Heart Decoration, combat badge,
good conduct medal, campaign ribbons, and battle stars, according to
information received by his mother, Mrs. J. E. Bullock, 302 West Fourth
avenue. Entering the service Sept. 1942, he has been overseas since Dec.
1945, he has been overseas since Dec 1943. Sgt. Bullock was wounded
in the hand. He attended Richland high school. A brother
Travis Bullock, is serving with the Navy.
Peden, George S. - Pvt.
WOUNDED IN ACTION
Pvt. George S. Peden, 30, infantry U.S. Army, was seriously wounded in
action in France on July 13, according to a message from the War
Department received by his sister, Miss Mary I. Peden, Route 2, Barry.
Pvt Peden is the son of Jim Peden of the Barry community. He
enlisted in May 18, 1942 and had been overseas about six months.
Haywood E. - Staff Sgt.
WOUNDED IN ACTION
Staff Sgt. Haywood E. Howard, 23, U. S. Army, Infantry, was seriously
wounded in action in France Sept. 12, according to a telegram from the war
department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Howard.
Corsicana, Route No. 5. Entering the service Sept 8, 1943, he has
been overseas since March 1944. Sgt. Howard attended the Mildred
high school and prior to entering the service was employed at Freeport.
Charles Frank. - Staff Sgt.
S-SGT. STOCKARD DECORATED AFTER SIXTY MISSIONS
Staff Sergeant Charles F. Stockard, Purdon, Texas is now entering his
second year of flying bombing missions to enemy targets in Continental
Europe from a Ninth Air Force bomber base in England. One year ago,
Sergeant Stockard, engineer-gunner on his Marauder bomber, flew his first
bombardment mission to an enemy objective. Since then he has flown
on 60 pre-invasion missions to targets in Holland, Belgium, and
France. He took part in the recent bombardments which severed
important transportation links in Northern and Central France.
For his part in the aerial bombardment, he has been awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross, Army Air Force's highest award, and the Air
Medal with two Silver Oak Leaf Clusters. He was also recently
commended by Air Chief Marshal Sir Trafford Leigh Mallory of the Allied
Expeditionary Air Force for "skilled and determined effort against
difficult and well defended targets."
VETERAN OF 76 MISSIONS
Staff Sgt. Charles F. Stockard, 20, recently stationed with the 9th Air
Force somewhere in England, has arrived home on furlough and is
visiting his father, Jim Stockard, Purdon. A gunner on a B-26
Bomber, "Shooting In," Sgt. Stockard is a veteran of 76 missions
over enemy territory. He says he will never forget the two missions
he completed on D-Day. He has been decorated with the Distinguished
Flying Cross and Air Medal. A nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Taylor,
Corsicana, he is a graduate of the Purdon high school.
Frederick, Jackie D.
BOMBARDIER - Aviation Cadet Jackie D. Frederick, son of Mrs. Madge Howard
of Dawson, was graduated from the Bombardier School, Deming Army Air
Field, Deming, N. M., on August 21, and was presented with the coveted
silver wings, symbolic of the aeronautical rating of a bombardier, and
commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Army of the United States. Lt.
Frederick attended the John Tarleton Agricultural College at Stephenville.
Prior to his advanced training at Deming Army Air Field, he completed an
intensive preflight course at Santa Ana, California.
IN MERCHANT MARINE
Claude Slaughter, Jr., 16, U. S. Merchant Marine, recently visited his
parents Mr. and Mrs. Claud Slaughter, Sr., 411 West Eleventh avenue, on
his return from a trip to England. Previous to entering the
service five months ago he attended Junior High school. He
rejoined his ship at Galveston.
BOMBER PILOT - Airplane commander of a four-motored Liberator bomber, 1st
Lt. Lowell K. Davis, of Purdon, Texas is receiving the second Army Air
Force training at Harvard, Nebraska, which will prepare him for over seas
service as a member of a heavy bombardment combat team. Lieutenant
Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Davis of Purdon, is a graduate of Purdon
High School, John Tarleton College and Texas A. and M. College.
He entered the service at Dallas on March 15, 1941. Lieutenant Davis
received his flying training at Hemet, Mather Field and Moffett Field,
California, and Albuquerque. New Mexico. The pilot is learning
additional heavy bombardment combat techniques as leader of his B-24 crew.
LOWELL K. DAVIS, PURDON PILOT, IS
MADE AAF CAPTAIN
15th AAF In Italy, Aug 16, - Lowell K. Davis, 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.
C. Davis of Purdon, Tex., flight leader in a heavy bomber squadron, was
recently promoted to the grade of captain.
Captain Davis has piloted his B-24 Liberator "The Guardian
Angel" on 26 missions, fighting his way through flak and Nazi
fighters to hit such vital targets as oil refineries at Ploesti, Rumania
and aircraft factories at Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
He won his wings at Mather Field, Calif., in November 1941. Captain
Davis is a graduate of Purdon high school and Texas A. and M. College
class of '40 and has been in the Air Forces since March 1941.
John Max - Cpl
PROMOTED - Cpl John Max Burns, U.S. Army Air Forces, stationed somewhere
in England, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant, according to
information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Burns, Pursley.
Sgt Burns enlisted in the Air Corps in September 1942.
Geral Eldred. - PFC & Pratt - Pvt.
IN NORTH AFRICA
Pfc Geral E. Tanner, and Pvt. Pratt, both of Corsicana, are pictured above
with two Arab boys in Morocco. North Africa. Mobilized with the
National Guard in Nov. 1940, they received training at Camp Bowie, Texas,
Camp Blanding, Fla., and Camp Edwards, Mass. Tanner writes his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Tanner, Purdon, that he is getting along fine
but has not seen his brother, Tech Sgt. Vastine B. Tanner, who has been in
North Africa since November. They passed within 200 yards of each
other in different outfits but failed to meet, he writes. He said
prisoners captured seemed very happy and there was no need of guards to
hold them. Tanner said the prisoners had been told that New York was
being bombed every night.
Joe D. Jr. - Tech Sgt.
MISSING - Tech. Sgt. Joe D. Freeland, Jr. U.S. Army Air Forces, Dawson,
has been missing in action since February 25, according to information
received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Freeland. Graduate from
the Dawson high school in June, 1941, he immediately enlisted in the Air
Corps. Completing gunnery training at Pyote Army Air Base, he received his
wings at Dyersburg, Tenn. In foreign service since October, 1943,
Sgt. Freeland was stationed with the Fifteenth Air Force in Italy.
T-Sgt. Freeland To
Be Buried In Dawson Friday
James E. - Pvt.
WOUNDED - Pvt. James E. Baldwin, 22, U. S. Army, was wounded in action in
Italy April 9, according to a telegram from the War Department received by
his wife, Mrs. Pauline Baldwin, Corsicana, Route No. 1. He entered
the service January 29, 1943 and has been overseas since May 1943. A
veteran of the North African, Sicilian and Italian campaigns he was
wounded at Cassino. A brother, Pvt. Lloyd H. Baldwin, U. S. Army Air
Forces is stationed in New Guinea. They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs.
Jesse Baldwin, Richland, Route No. 1. The father served 14 months
overseas during World War One.
AWARDED PURPLE HEART
Pvt. James E. Baldwin, 22, U.S. Army engineers, is now in France according
to information received by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Baldwin. A veteran
of the African, Sicilian and Italian campaign, he was wounded in the
fighting in Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart Decoration.
Entering the service January 22, 1942, Pvt. Baldwin has been overseas 16
months. He has never seen his year-old daughter Marylin Louise.
GUARDIAN OF BEACHES
With the Fifth Army, Italy - On duty with a beach patrol unit near the
Fifth Army front in Italy, Private James E. Baldwin, 182 North Main
street, Corsicana, Texas, removes barbed wire entanglements installed on
the beach by the Germans.
Clarence J. - Major
MAJ. C. J. ADAMS AWARDED SECOND OAK LEAF CLUSTER
An Eighth air force bomber station, England - Major Clarence J. Adams, 29,
of Port Neches and Corsicana, Texas has been awarded the Second Oak Leaf
Cluster to the Air Medal Equivalent to the third award of the medal, for
"courage, coolness and skill" displayed on bombing attacks over
Germany. The flyer is a command pilot and squadron commander in the
Eighth Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress group commanded by Colonel Frank P.
Bostrom of Bangor Maine.
Major Adams is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Adams of 109 Marion St., Port
Neches, and his wife Sarah C. Adams lives at 502 West Fourth Avenue,
Corsicana. Prior to entering the army air forces in January, 1942,
he was the owner of Lacks Auto Supply Co. in Port Neches. The pilot
is a graduate of Baylor University and is a member of Delta Sigma Pi and
Pi Gamma Mu fraternities.
DFC RECEIVED BY MAJOR C. J. ADAMS, FORTRESS PILOT - An Eighth Air Force
Bomber Station, England - Pictured above after receiving the Distinguished
Flying Cross is Major Clarence J. Adams, 29, of Port Neches and Corsicana,
Texas., squadron officer in the 490th bomb group a B-17 Flying Fortress
unit of the Eighth Air Force, commanded by Colonel Frank P. Bostrom of
Major Adams received the award while serving as lead pilot on heavy
bombardment attacks against targets in France and Germany. Brest,
France and Berlin, Germany were two of his most successful missions.
The citation read:
"Major Adams demonstrated outstanding airmanship while commanding his
formations in successful attacks against Brest, France and Berlin, Germany
despite the dangers of adverse weather on one mission and heavy
anti-aircraft fire on each occasion."
The airman has flown over twenty combat missions. Among them have
been several attacks on chemical plants at Ludwigshaven, Marshalling Yards
at Hamburg and oil refineries at Misburg..
Besides the Distinguished Flying Cross, Major Adams holds the air medal
with two Oak Leaf Clusters. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. P.
Adams of 109 Marion street. Port Neches, and his wife, Sarah, lives
at 502 West Fourth Avenue Corsicana. Prior to entering the army air
forces in January 1942, he owned the Lacks Auto Supply Store in Port
The 490th Bomb group is a unit of the Third Bombardment Division, the
Division cited by the President for its historic England Africa shuttle
bombing of Messerscmitt aircraft plants at Regensburg, Germany.
Charles Devore Martin, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Martin, 1716 Sycamore,
has completed one of the most intensive courses in the Army Air Forces
Training Command and has received his wings as a glider pilot and
appointment as a flight officer at the "Home of the Winged
Commandos" at SPAAF, Lubbock. Flight Officer Martin is a
graduate of the Corsicana high school, attended A. and M. College and
Texas Tech. His wife is the former Miss Dorothy Louise McCarter of
Corsicana. They have one child.
William S - Pvt
IN ENGLAND - Pvt. William S. McCulloch, 24, U. S. Army, infantry, is now
stationed somewhere in England, according to information recently received
by his wife. Entering the service April 24, 1944, he trained
at Camp Hood Ft. George G. Mead, Maryland, and was in New York prior to
leaving for his overseas assignment. Pvt. McCulloch had previously
been employed by the American Well and Prospecting Company.
His wife and two sons, Jerry and James, reside at 414 North Twenty-First
LOCAL MEN INSTRUCTORS CORSICANA FIELD
Four Corsicana fliers are civilian pilot instructors at Corsicana Air
Activities of Texas. Army Air Forces primary school. The
are pictured above Carl W. Ashworth, 29, 1541 Fourth Avenue, son of Mr.
and Mrs. W. W. Ashworth, Angus; William R. Binford, 29, son of Mrs. W. W.
Binford, 403 West Fourth Avenue; Harry U. Bruton, 1410 West Fourth Avenue;
Gerald O. McClung, 32, son of Dr. and Mrs. J. E. McClung. Ashworth,
Binford and McClung are graduates of the Corsicana high school. The
instructors have been flying from two to ten years.
Corsicana Air Activities
Leonard A. - Staff Sgt.
MAKES RECORD - Staff Sgt. Leonard A. Elkins, U.S. Army, with eighteen
months service, has made an excellent record. Now stationed with the
Weapon Platoon, rifle company, 90th infantry division in California, he
not only holds a good conduct medal but has qualified as an expert with a
rifle, carbine, pistol, machine gun and other weapons requiring high
technical skill. A graduate of Corsicana high school, he is the son
of the late H. K. and Nola Elkins, 1220 West Twelfth and a Half Avenue.
WOUNDED IN ACTION - Tech. Sgt.
Leonard A. Elkins, U. S. Army, infantry, was seriously wounded in action
in France June 14, according to a telegram from the War Department
received by his mother, Mrs. Nola Elkins, 1220 West Twelfth and a half
avenue. Sgt. Elkins has been in the service for two and a half years
and overseas for six months. He attended Corsicana high school.
GUNNERY GRADUATE - A graduate this week of the Harlingen flexible gunnery
school who qualified as an expert aerial triggerman after six weeks of
intensive training and now wears the silver wings of a
Gunner-Technician-Sergeant is Paul L. Knight, son of Mrs. Fannie Knight,
Navarro. He was promoted to sergeant and received his diploma and
wings at brief exercises held here and unless held over to serve as an
instructor, will depart immediately to join a combat crew aboard a U.S.
S. E. Jr.
SHIP SURVIVOR - S. E. White, Jr., fireman, 1-c son of Mr. and Mrs. S. E.
White Sr., returns to San Francisco for reassignment in the U.S. Navy
after a 20 day leave spent with his parents at Navarro. A graduate
of Navarro High School in 1941, White has served 15 months of which were
in the Pacific area with headquarters at Pearl Harbor. He has been
with the Naval air transport service, boat engine maintenance. White
was on the SS Henry Bergh that was sunk May 31, 1944, on the rocks off
Fatallones Islands, 30 miles from San Francisco. The Victory Ship
had 1,500 crewmen, navy personnel and others en route home, many from the
naval battles in various Pacific theaters. No one was lost in the
crash and the attendant several house before all were finally rescued by
John L - Lietu.
IN SOUTH PACIFIC - Coast Gurad Lieut. John L. Murchison of 212 North
Thirtieth Street, Corsicana, Texas is pictured aboard a Coast Guard-manned
vessel, on which he serves as executive officer somewhere in the South
Pacific. His ship is aiding in the island hopping advances against
the Japs. A graduate of the University of Texas, Lieut. Murchison
previously served aboard a cutter in the North Atlantic. His wife is
the former Helen Holmes of Corsicana. They have a three-year-old
son, John Jr.
Curtis Jones - Fireman First Class
IN SOUTH PACIFIC - Fireman First Class Curtis Jones Blackmon, 20, U.S.
Navy is now stationed somewhere in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations
and is getting along fine, according to information received by his
parents Mr. and Mrs. Sam Blackmon, Corsicana. Prior to
entering the service February 10, 1944, he attended the Corsicana high
school. He has been overseas since April 1944.
George - Pfc
IN THE ARMY - Pfc George Peacock, 21, U.S. Army is now stationed at Camp
Claiborne, La., for training. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. G. H.
Peacock, Powell. His wife, the former Miss Virginia Walker resides
in Corsicana. Prior to entering the service Dec. 14, 1942, he
attended Phillip's Chapel school.
Arnold C.- First Lieu.
WINGS PRESENTED - First Lieu- Arnold C. Falk, 212 Thirteenth street,
student officer Class 44-G, has completed training at Lubbock Army Air
Field, the twin-engine "Bobcat" base, and was presented with
silver wings at graduation ceremonies held August 4.
Sam G., Jr. - Staff Sgt
OVERSEAS - Staff Sgt. Sam G. Moore, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Sam G. Moore
of Frost, writes that he is in Italy and is the best of health. He
seems to be going places and seeing things. One day he ate breakfast
in North Africa, dinner in Sicily and supper in Italy. He is a first
engineer on a Flying Fortress. In Tunis he saw Herber Gallmar's and
Charles Hearn's names in a state book, both are in the 36th division, and
are from Italy, Texas. Sgt. Moore is a 1941-42 graduate of the Frost
high school and enlisted in the Air Corps November 29, 1942. He
received his training at Amarillo Army Air Field, Amarillo; Consolidated
Aircraft Factory, Burbank, Calif.; Las Vegas Army Air Field, Las Vegas,
Nevada; Walla Walla Army Air Base, Walla Walla, Wash., and at Herrington
Kansas. He has been overseas since December 1943.
Frost Turret Gunner Missing Over Reich
Sgt. Sam Moore, Jr., bomber upper turret chief gunner, U. S. Army Air Forces. is
missing in action according to a telegram received
Friday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Moore of Frost. The message said he was
missing over Germany.
Sgt. Moore, former well - known football player and captain of the Frost High
School team, graduated from Frost High School in 1942.
Bobby Lee - Seaman 2-c
COMPLETED RADIO SCHOOL - Bobby Lee Butler, seaman, 2-c, Corpus Christi
Naval Base, has finished the radio school and is now engaged in radio work
in the general office of the main naval base. Seaman Butler, son of
Mr. and Mrs. Burleigh Butler of Corsicana, finished Corsicana High School
in May 1943, and entered the U.S. Navy June 24. Due to his high
grades in the radio school, Seaman Butler had an opportunity of being an
instructor in the school, but choose the post in the general office.
He is a grandson of Sam H. Butler of Corsicana.
Wilmer (Pete) Cpl.
STATIONED NEAR BOSTON
Cpl. Wilmer (Pete) Moore entered the armed service at Camp Wolters from
which he was sent to Camp Stewart, Ga., and placed in the cost artillery
anti-aircraft corps. From there he was transferred to his present
station near Boston, Mass. Cpl. Moore recently married Miss Mazel English
of Corsicana, who is now with him. Before entering the service, he
was in the Wolens Stores, and Mrs. Moore worked for the Interstate
COMMISSIONED - Aviation Cadet John R. Hewitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Linnie
Donnell, 2512 Chestnut street, Fort Worth, was graduated from Deming, N.
M. Army Air Field, "border Bombardier school" of the Army Air
Force Flying Training Command February 5, and commissioned a second
lieutenant. Lieut. Hewitt attended the Blooming Grove high school.
[note. killed in action]
John R. Hewitt Is Missing In Action
Flight Officer John R.
Hewitt, nephew of Mrs. Ruby Ellis of Blooming Grove, has been reported missing
in action over Germany since Sept. 12 according to a telegram received by Mrs.
Ellis Tuesday from Adjutant General Utio. F.O. Hewitt graduated from Blooming
Grove High School in
KILLED IN ACTION - RAID OVER GERMANY
Flight Officer John Ralph (Red) Hewitt, 26, of Blooming Grove, was killed in action, Sept.
12, 1944, during a B-17 raid over Madgeberg Germany according to a message received during
the week-end by his aunt, Mrs. Ruby Ellis of Blooming Grove, with whom he resided before
going to the Army.
A previous message had advised relatives he was
missing in action Sept. 12. A bombardier of a B-17 bomber, he had received the Air
Medal decoration and other honors. The information related during the week-end by
the war department came from the International Red Cross. A graduate of Blooming
Grove high school, he was employed at the AAA offices at the courthouse prior to his
enlistment in the Air Forces before Pearl Harbor. Survivors include his mother Mrs.
Lennie V. Donnell, Fort Worth; aunt Mrs. Ellis, Blooming Grove; grandmother, Mrs. J. O.
McSpadden, Sr. Blooming Grove; uncle, J. O. McSpadden, Jr., Corsicana; two brothers,
Charles Hewitt artillery, U. S. Army, England, and Billy Hewitt, U. S. Army; a half
brother in Fort Worth, and other relatives.
The Corsicana Daily Sun - Friday, September 29, 1944
Submitted by Diane Richards
Henry F. - Pvt.
IN ENGLAND - Pvt Henry F. Terry, 19, U. S. Army, ordinance, is now
stationed somewhere in England. The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Terry,
Corsicana, Route 4, he entered the service in April 1943, and has been
overseas since September 1943. He attended the Zions Rest School.
Andrew L. - Major
DECORATED - Major Andrew L. Chilton, 25, Fort Worth, P-38 Lightning Group
operations officer, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious service
in aerial flight in the completion of ten operational sorties or the
equivalent thereof, over enemy occupied Europe." Stationed at
an Eighth AAF Fighter Station, England, Major Chilton's wife, Jane Jester
Chilton and daughter Mary reside in Corsicana.
Tom S. - Pvt.
PRISONER OF JAPS - Pvt. Tom S. Chandler, U. S. Army Air Forces ground
crew, is a prisoner of war of the Japanese government and is being held at
Philippine Army Prison Camp No. 1. according to information on a postal
card received by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Chandler, Streetman, Route No. 1.
This is the first direct word the mother has received from her son since
he has been a prisoner. Answers to printed questions on the card
were type written and said: "I am interned at the Philippine Military
Prison Camp No. 1, My health is good. I am not under treatment.
Please let the folks know I am well. Please see that sister and the
girls are taken care of. Please give my regards to J. K. Webb."
The card bore the signature of Chandler in his own handwriting.
Chandler entered the service in October 1940 and prior to sailing for
foreign duty November 1941, he was stationed at Hamilton Field, Calif.
A native of Navarro county, he was a member of the Streetman high school
graduating class of 1938, and a member of the high school football team.
Doyle C. - Sgt.
AWARDED PURPLE HEART - Sgt. Doyle C. Moore, 27, U. S. Army, Infantry,
wounded in action in France August 25, and now in a hospital in
England, has been awarded the Purple Heart Decoration,according to
information received by his father Buford Moore, Corsicana.
Route No. 3. Taking part in the initial landings on the Cherbourg
Peninsular D-Day, Sgt. Moore entered the service in November 1941 and has
been overseas since September 1943. He has also been awarded the
Rangers Badge and the Combat Infantryman's Badge. At one time his
outfit was at the front in France for 67 days without rest. Sgt.
Moore writes his relatives that he is getting along fine and expected to
rejoin his company soon.
Alvin E. (Jack) - Pvt. / Sgt.
GREETINGS FROM INDIA - Pvt. Alvin E. Petty, 20, U. S. Army Air Forces, now
stationed in India sends Season's Greetings to his mother, Mrs. Levie, 408
West Tenth Avenue, in the form of an attractive V-mail Christmas card.
Decorated with characters incident to the season with the inscription
"Seasons Greetings - The United States Army Forces - China - Burma -
India" - THe card also carried a Christmas verse. Prior to
entering the service two years ago, Pvt. Petty worked in Corsicana as a
PROMOTED - Recently promoted to
the rank of sergeant, A. E. (Jack) Petty, 20, U. S. Army Air Forces, is
now serving somewhere in India, and has been overseas for two years.
The above picture was taken in India. The son of Mrs. A. E. Petty,
408 West Tenth avenue. Sgt. Petty attended the Corsicana public
schools. In a recent letter he expressed appreciation to his friends
for the Christmas packages and letters he received.
Jack W. - Pfc.
IN ENGLAND - Pfc. Jack W. Burns, U. S. Army, has arrived safely somewhere
in England according to information received by his parents. Mr. and
Mrs. John W. Burns, 1216 West Twelfth avenue. In a recent letter he
told of the customs of the country saying "everything is very
different from Corsicana but every effort is being made to make the Yanks
feel at home." The soldier reports the U. S. soldiers anxious
"to do their part in helping to get the job done by taking a crack at
the enemy." He also urged everyone having a relative or friend
overseas to write regularly as the soldiers are very much disappointed
when they do not hear from home.
RECEIVES WINGS - Eugene E. Rice, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene C. Rice,
Corsicana, received his silver wings recently when he graduated as a
second lieutenant from the Marfa, Texas, AAF Advanced Two-Engine Pilot
School, it was announced by Col. Donald B. Phillips, commanding officer.
The new pilot, completed a course in training in twin-engine aircraft.
He was assigned here from Marana Basic Flying School Marana,
Arizona. A former student of Corsicana Senior High School, he
graduated in 1940. The Pilot School at Marfa is a station of the AAF
Training Command history's largest educational system.
Jackson L. - Cpl.
OVERSEAS - Now located on the India-Burma battle front in an airborne
battery, Cpl. Jackson L. Taylor was a member of the Texas National Guard
here and went to Camp Bowie in Brownwood with the 36th Division when it
was federalized. He was selected as one of the best cannoneers in
the division and was on convoy duty in South American waters for almost a
year. Then he was returned to a year. Then he was returned to
Camp Stewart, Georgia, before being sent to the India-Burma front.
Cpl. Taylor was in the distribution department of the K. Wolens Stores before the war began.
Charles M. - Pvt. 1st Class
RIFLE RANGE COACH - Private First Class Charles M. Thornell of Corsicana,
takes time out from his duties to practice what he teaches Leatherneck recruits at the Marine Corps base, San Diego, Calif. Private First Class, Thornell's wife, Mrs. Juanita Thornell, lives at 520 West Fifth Avenue.