Oliver E. - Lieut.
VETERAN PILOT OF C-47 IN ETO HERE TO SPEND HOLIDAYS
Lieut. Oliver E. Crespo, 26, U. S. Army Air Forces, C-47 pilot, veteran of
19 months overseas service, has arrived in Corsicana from the European
Theater of Operations on a 25 day leave and will spend the holidays with
his wife, Mrs. Mary E. Crespo, 418 West Fifth avenue.
Receiving his primary training at Corsicana Field, a member of class 43-a,
arriving here in July 1942, Lieut. Crespo went overseas May 7, 1943.
He has participated in the Sicilian, Italian, French and Holland
WAVED AT PILOTS
"When we carried the paratroopers into Holland the people in the
fields and villages were waving a greeting to us - we were flying very low
and could se them clearly," the officer stated adding "these
people made a deep impression on me - they were really glad to see us.
Zollie T. - Pvt.
IN FRANCE - Pvt. Zollie T. Holt, age 37, U. S. Army infantry, is somewhere
in France, according to a letter received by his wife. Entering the
Army, April 6, 1944, Pvt. Holt trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson,
Arkansas; Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, and was in New York before
leaving for his overseas assignment. Prior to entering the armed
forces, Pvt. Holt was an employee of the Corsicana Cotton Mills for more
than 19 years. His wife and two sons, Jack and Zollie, Jr.
reside at 718 South Main Street.
Clifford Alton - 2nd Lt.
MARINE OFFICER - Clifford Alton Frost, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charley C.
Frost, Wortham, Route 1. has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the
U.S. Marine Corps and assigned to active duty. He is taking his
operational training in Hollywood, Fla., after graduating from an advanced
flight training school at Pensacola, Fla. Lt. Frost graduated from
Wortham High School and attended the University of Georgia, Athens,
G. - Sgt.
WITH 36th IN FRANCE - Sgt. T. G. Haynes, 31, is with the 36th Division
fighting in France, according to information received by his wife, Mrs.
Thelma Haynes, 923 West Fifteenth avenue. Entering the service in
February 1941, Sgt. Haynes has been overseas since April 1943. He
landed on the beaches at Salerno Sept 9, 1943 and participated in the
Italian campaign. He took part in the initial landings in Southern
France August 15, 1944. Prior to enlistment he was employed at the
Vaughn Service station.
Buddy Dorwyn - Pfc.
WOUNDED IN ACTION - Pfc. Buddy Dorwyn Carroll, 19, U.S. Army, Infantry,
was slightly wounded in action, Dec. 15, in Germany, according to a war
department telegram received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Carroll of
Angus. A graduate of Richland High School in 1942, Pvt. Carroll
entered the armed forces April 6, 1944, and arrived overseas in October.
A brother, Pvt. Loyd H. Carroll is stationed with the U.S. Army Air Forces
at Larado Texas.
COMMISSIONED - Avery T. Jackson, son of Lt. Col. and Mrs. John J. Garner,
617 South Eighteenth Street, Corsicana, has successfully completed his
flight training at the Army Air Forces Pilot School, Luke Field Arizona.
At graduation, ceremonies August 30, he received the Army Air Corps silver
wings and a second lieutenant's commission in the Army Air Corps. Reserve.
He received his preflight training at Santa Ana, Calif., and pilot
training with Army Flying Units at Oxnard and Lemoore Fields Calif.
He attended Texas A & M College and Corsicana High School.
Emery Green - Lieut.
SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE - Lieut. Emery Green Holloway, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs.
E. C. Holloway, 1033 West Sixth Avenue, is serving with the U.S. Army
somewhere in France. Lieut. Holloway trained with a Tank Destroyer
division at Camp Hood but was transferred to a supply division when he
went overseas. He served in North Africa before going to France.
He is a graduate of the Corsicana High school and attended Hillsboro
Junior College before entering the armed services. He has been
overseas 14 months.
Erwin F. - Lt.
RECEIVES WINGS - Lt. Erwin F. Bohmfalls, 20, has completed the advanced
pilot course of the Army Air Force Training Command and was given his
wings and commissioned a second lieutenant at graduation exercises held
recently at La Junta Army Air Field Colo. He was trained to pilot
the Mitchell two-engine bombers. He is the son of Rev. and Mrs. E.
F. Bohmfalk, 304 North Fifteenth street. Rev. Bohmfalk is the pastor
of the First Methodist Church.
Dan Lee - S-1-C
OVERSEAS - Dan Lee Hopwood, S-1-C, 19, enclosed the above photograph of
himself taken in North Africa in a recent letter to his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. E. M. Hopwood, Corsicana. Seaman Hopwood was employed by Western
Union before joining the Navy in December, 1942. He has been
in North Africa one year this month. Two brothers, Pvt. Roy Hopwood,
is seeing action the Italian theater, and S. Sgt. E. M. Hopwood, Jr., is
stationed in England.
Clyde - T-Sgt.
IN ENGLAND - T-Sgt Clyde Bickerstaff, U. S. Army Air Forces, radio-gunner,
is now stationed in England according to information received by his
mother, Mrs. Lula Bickerstaff of Dallas, formerly of Corsicana. Sgt.
Bickerstaff was heard in a broadcast from England last Sunday. The
radio-gunner was a reporter with the Corsicana Daily Sun when he enlisted
in the armed forces several years ago.
John A. - Pfc.
ARRIVES IN FRANCE - Pfc. John A. Phinny, 33, U. S. Army, infantry, has
arrived safely over seas and is now serving in France according to
information received by his wife, Mrs. J. A. Phinny, 929 North Thirteenth
street. He entered the service December 3, 1942. Phinny
writes that he hopes to see his two brothers, Sgt. Hugh S. Phinny and Pvt.
Luther R. Phinny also with the combat troops in France.
Buel H. - Pfc.
IN ENGLAND - Pfc. Buel H. Caton with the U. S. Army Engineers, has arrived
safely in England, according to a letter received from him by his family
here. Pvt. Caton entered the armed services Feb 22, 1944, and took
his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas and Camp McCoy, Wis., and in New
York. He wrote that he was getting along fine. His wife
and four children and his father, T. B. Caton reside here.
Thomas M. - Pfc.
RETURNS FROM ALEUTIANS - Pfc. Thomas M. Spencer, 24, U. S. Army,Infantry,
veteran of 28 months service in the Aleutians, is now home on a 21 day
furlough visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Spencer, 319 West Tenth
avenue. Entering the service Feb. 11, 1942, Spencer went overseas
May 11, 1942. He attended the Hillsboro high school. At the
completion of his furlough he will report to Camp Swift for reassignment.
Marion - Pfc.
WOUNDED - Pfc. Marion Franks, 24, one of those who landed in France on
D-Day, was wounded in the right arm and hand July 28, and is now home with
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Franks, Rice, on a 30-day furlough from
McCloskey General Hospital, Temple. Before entering the armed forces
Pvt. Franks was employed in the Goldman store here. After being
wounded he was sent to England in October and to the States Oct.18,
arriving at McCloskey October 23. Joining the army February 10,1940, he
was at Camp Bullis, Texas; Fort Douglas, Utah, where he trained as a
mountain trooper; Fort Benning, Ga.; and received training with airborne
troops at Fort Sam Houston. He served at Camp McCoy, Wis., in the
winter of 1942 and took Ranger training in 1943, sailing for overseas
where he was a military police five months in Ireland, and then invasion
training in South Wales. He was among those hitting the French coast
in June. His hand and fingers were paralyzed but are responding to
treatment Nerves in the arm where spliced by the medical authorities.
IN SOUTHERN ITALY - Sgt. Tom Lynch, 21, U. S. Army Air Forces,
armored-gunner on a B-24, Fifteenth Air Corps, is now stationed in
Southern Italy where he has completed seven missions over enemy occupied
territory, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Sam Young, Barry. Entering the service February 1942, he has been
overseas since August 1944. Sgt. Lynch completed basic at San
Antonio, attended armor school at Denver, Colo., and won his gunnery wings
at Laredo. He completed his crew training at Walla Walla, Wash.
A graduate of the Barry high school he also attended the Hillsboro Junior
- Staff Sgt.
DECORATED - Staff Sgt. Jack White, U. S. Army, has been awarded the Silver
Star for gallantry in action in France August 20, and the Purple Heart
Decoration for wounds received in action in Germany September 20 according
to information received from the war department by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. Joe White, Richland. He was hit in the leg and foot by shrapnel
and is making normal improvement, according to the latest information
received from a hospital in England where he was sent. A veteran of
28 months overseas service, Sgt. White participated in the invasion of
North Africa, France, Belgium and Germany. He volunteered for
service in January 1940. A brother, Pvt. J. D. White is with the
United States Marine Corps.
Felix R. - Pfc.
IN NORTH AFRICA - Pfc. Felix R. Jackson, U. S. Army, stationed in North
Africa, has recently been promoted to the rank of corporal, according to
information received recently. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. D.
Jackson, Mildred, and is a graduate of the Mildred high school.
Enlisting in the Army in December 1941 he has been in North Africa since
Feb. 1, 1943. In letters to his parents he says he is getting along
fine and enjoys reading the Semi-Weekly Light. An older brother,
Staff Sgt. Wm. C. Jackson, USMC, stationed at San Diego, Calif., is now at
home on furlough.
William Jr. - 1st Lt.
RECEIVES AWARD - First Lieut. William Croft, Jr., 23, now stationed
somewhere in England was recently awarded the Air Medal for
"meritorious achievement" while participating in combat
missions, according to information received by his mother, Mrs. Alma
Croft, 329 South Thirty-first street. A 1939 graduate of the
Corsicana high school he received his wings Jan. 4, 1943 at Williams
Field, Ariz. He has been overseas for the past three months and is
first pilot on a B-24.
DECORATED - First Lieut. William
Croft, Jr., 24, U. S. Army Air Forces, B-24, pilot has completed in excess
of 35 missions over enemy occupied continental Europe and has been
decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal with Oak Leaf
Clusters, according to a letter dated July 8, from somewhere in England,
received by his mother, Mrs. Alma Croft, 329 South Thirty-first street.
He has been overseas since January 1, 1944. A 1939 graduate of the
Corsicana high school, Lieut. Croft received his wings at Williams Field,
Ariz. January 4, 1943.
Richard L. - Capt.
DECORATED AFTER COMPLETING 101 MISSIONS AGAINST JAPS IN PACIFIC THEATRE OF
Marine Corps Air Depot. Miramar, California, May 9 - Marine Captain
Richard L. Hobbs, 24, fighter pilot, whose parents are Mr. and Mrs. S. L.
Hobbs, of Rice Texas, recently arrived here after completing 101 missions
against Japanese forces in the South Pacific.
AWARDED AIR MEDAL
Captain Hobbs was awarded the Air Medal for his exploits in the
Bougainville campaign, during which he strafed an enemy destroyer and
strategic gun positions at Kahili. He completed three tours of
combat duty while overseas with the well-known "Flying Deuces"
Marine fighter squadron. He was a first lieutenant when awarded the
Air Medal and has since been promoted to captain. Operating from
Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, which he had previously assisted in
wrestling from the JAPS, he got his only Zero February 13, over Rabaul,
while flying with the escort for dive and torpedo bombers.
"After the bombers had completed their mission, we were returning to
our rendezvous when I spotted a Zero glued to the tail of a Corsair,"
said Captain Hobbs in describing the aerial battle.
"Immediately, I pressed the attack and squeezed off a long burst that
ripped into the Zero's wingroots and cock-pit. The pilot probably
was hit because the plane nosed over and crashed into the water."
During a fighter sweep over Raubaul, Captain Hobbs had a taste of near
disaster when his plane was so badly riddled by enemy bullets that he was
obliged to withdraw from the aerial battle.
"The Jap pilots gave a good account of themselves that day," he
said. "My plane was pierced throughout the fuselage and
wings by 20-mm. shells and smaller stuff. Luckily, I eluded them by
hiding in a heavy cloud bank. I managed to fly the crippled plane
home even though the instrument panel was shot up."
Captain Hobbs revealed that his most recent encounter with the enemy
occurred during the Japanese thrust at Empress Augusta Bay on March 8.
He was in his plane, preparing to take off on a dawn patrol, when the
first enemy shell plowed into the runway, sending shrapnel into the left
wing and fuselage.
"I left the cockpit in a hurry," he said, "and jumped into
a nearby hole, remaining there while 28 shells exploded on or near the
airfield." Captain Hobbs, a Texas A and M. College graduate,
won his wings and was commissioned at Corpus Christi, in December
1942. He was promoted to his present rank last January.
Marlin H. - Master Sgt.
IN FRANCE - Master Sergeant Marlin H. Rutherford, 30, U. S. Army ordnance,
is now in France with the invasion army according to a letter recently
received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Rutherford, 1802 West Second
avenue. He says that he is feeling fine and that "we are still
keeping them rollin'." Sgt. Rutherford has been in ordinance since
March 1941, and has been overseas for the past 19 months with a heavy
automatic maintenance company as general supervisor of mechanics. He
has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal and certificate for meritorious
conduct, fidelity, and efficiency in exact performance of duty in the
military service of the United States Army while at War.
James Frank - Major
IN SICILY INVASION - Major J. F. Lumsden, U. S. Air Forces, Corsicana,
participated in the invasion of Sicily, according to letters received by
relatives here. "It was quite a show, came through O.K., and
now that Italy is about to fold up, maybe I can see Europe or at least
Rome." the Major writes. Lumsden was with the American Air
Lines flying a passenger plane from New York to Boston when he re-entered
the service. He received his wings at Kelly Field, attended
Rice Institute and Centenary and is a graduate of Corsicana High School.
He is a nephew of Lowry and Boyce Martin.
Frank - Lieut. Col.
DECORATED IN FRENCH INVASION - Frank Lumsden, U.S. Army, headquarters,
troop carrier group, stationed somewhere in England, has been awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross "in recognition of heroism and
extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the
enemy on the nights of 5 and 6 June, 1944, and during the daylight hours
of 6 and 7 June 1944," according to a copy of the citation received
by an uncle, Boyce Martin, Corsicana.
Col. Lumsden was reared in Corsicana and was a captain and star athlete at
Corsicana High School, later attending college. He has been in the
U. S. Army Airforces for several years and prior to being recalled to
active duty, was a pilot on a civilian airlines route several years.
The citation further stated:
"During the initial phase of military operations in Northern France,
XXXXXX served with unusual distinction as troop carrier aerial leaders.
The courage skill and technical proficiency displayed ***** brilliant
leadership of fleets of unarmed and unarmored troop carrier aircraft at
minimum altitudes and air speeds, over water, through unfavorable weather
conditions, and into the face of determined enemy opposition where no
evasive action was possible, resulted in the effective and eminently
successful dispatch of airborne troops and equipment upon critical
pin-point, objectives effectively to discharge missions of importance to
the opening phase of military operations on the continent.'
Col. Lumsden has been overseas 15 months.
The citation was issued by command of Lieutenant General Brereton.
William C., Jr.
WEST POINT GRADUATE - Among the cadets graduating from the United States
Military Academy this June is William C. McGlothlin, Jr., son of Mrs Roma
D. McGlothlin of Corsicana. Receiving his appointment to West
Point from Representative Luther A. Johnson, Sixth Texas District.
William graduated from Kemper Military School, Boonville, Mo. During his
first class year here, he was made a cadet lieutenant. He turned out
for football and was captain of the Army Boxing team that won the Eastern
Intercollegiate Boxing Tournament this year. When graduated, he will
be commissioned in the Air Corps.
John C. - 1st Lt.
SIMCIK IS CAPTIVE - First Lt. John C. Simcik, 23, who was reported missing
in action Aug 28 in France, now is a prisoner of the German Government,
his parents Mr. and Mrs. John C. Simcik, of 916 North Twenty Seventh
street, were informed Nov. 30. Lieutenant Simcik, who was with the
army engineers, entered the service in March, 1942, and had been overseas
since March, 1944. He is a graduate of Waco High School.
M'GILL ON SPECIAL WAR MISSION WITH AMERICAN RED CROSS
William L. McGill above, is now on leave of absence in order to undertake
a special war mission for the American Red Cross. He has been
assigned to overseas duty.
In an announcement issued at Austin recently, Governor Coke Stevenson
said: "The American Red Cross has asked the State of Texas to release
the services of Mr. McGill in order that he may be sent on an important
war assignment. This is the type of request which can hardly be
refused, although for the time involved, the state will be deprived of the
services of a most valuable public service."
"As Mr. McGill goes on duty, it will be source of pride to the state
to have him carry the formal title of State Defense Coordinator for Texas
- on leave for this particular purpose - and there fore, I shall not
designate anyone to succeed him," the governor said.
In a letter to the board and the president of the University of Texas,
Governor Stevenson said: "I take this opportunity to congratulate the
University on the significant contribution which it has made to the state
and to the nation's war effort in providing Mr. McGill's services."
It was also announced that at McGill's request the leave of absence from
the University had been approved by the Department of Journalism by
President Homer P. Rainey and by the University Board of Regents.
ON SPECIAL DUTY
The University of Texas assigned McGill to duty in the Executive
Department of the state on February 1, 1940, as a representative of the
institution in a statewide resources program.
McGill is a graduate of the Corsicana high school and the University of
Texas. His mother, Mrs. J. W. McGill 1451 West Second avenue
Corsicana, is now temporarily residing at Austin.
Aubrey C. - T-Sgt.
CEREMONY MARKED RECENT AWARD OF AIR DECORATION
In an impressive review ceremony conducted at the Chatham Army Air Field,
Savannah, Georgia, the Commanding General of the First Bomber Command,
Brigadier General Caleb V. Haynes, presented Technical Sgt. Aubrey C.
Tomlin of Emhouse, Texas with a bronze Oak-Leaf Cluster in lieu of an
additional Air Medal. The citation for this award spoke of
"participation in aerial flights on combat operational missions which
were of a hazardous nature. Flights in which enemy opposition was
encountered or during which an area was traversed where enemy anti air
craft fire was effective or where enemy fighter patrols were habitually
encountered. Previous recognition that he has received makes his
record one for emulation; his accomplishments are a credit to himself and
the Army Air Force."
A veteran of twenty-five heavy bomber strike sorties in the South West
Pacific Theatre, Sergeant Tomlin's outfit was stationed at Henderson Field
on Guadalcanal in the Solomons. Operating from this base,
Tomlin in his capacity as aerial radio operator and gunner, made several
bombing attacks on Japanese installations at such points as Velia Lavella,
Bougainville, Burks, and Nauru.
Prior to entering the armed services, Sergeant Tomlin attended Baylor
University, Waco, Texas.
George Jr. - Staff Sgt.
GEORGE LEONARD FORTRESS GUNNER, BACK FROM ITALY
Staff Sgt. George Leonard, Jr., 421 West Collin street, has recently flown
his 50th mission as a waist gunner in a 15th Air Force Flying Fortress
Squadron operating from an advanced base in Italy and has arrived in the
United States, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and
Mrs. George Leonard, Sr.
Entering the service in September 1942, Sgt. Leonard received his gunner's
wings at Kingman Ariz. going overseas in May 1944. He has
participated in aerial attacks on enemy installations in Germany, France,
Austria, Italy and the Balkan countries.
Sgt. Leonard has been authorized to wear the Good Conduct Medal, the
European-African and Middle Eastern Theatre of Operations Campaign Ribbon
with two Battle Stars and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
His wife, Sgt. Jerry Leonard, WAC, is now stationed at Ft. DeMoines, Iowa.
Previous to entering the service he was employed by the North American
Aviation Co., in California.
Vernon L. - Sgt.
WACO SERGEANT MISSING
Sgt. Vernon L. Smith, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Smith, of 1405 North
Thirteenth street and husband of the former Miss Doris Mitchell, who
resides with her parents at 2807 Speight avenue, were informed Nov. 30, by
the war department that Sgt. Smith has been missing in action over Germany
since Nov. 16. He has been in the army air corps since his
graduation from Baylor university on May 9, 1942. He has served as a
radio gunner on a B-24 in Italy since Sept. 17, 1944.
James Mack - Pfc.
PFC. PITTILLO WOUNDED
Pfc. James Mack Pittillo, 20, was slightly wounded in France Nov. 16, his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Mack Pittillo, of 2605 Colonial avenue, were
informed by the war department Thursday. Private Pittillo is a
graduate of Waco High school and a former student of Baylor university.
He entered the service in May 1942, and was stationed at the University of
Nebraska with the ASTP for nine months as an interpreter, before going
overseas in September of this year. He is now serving with the
Seventh Army in France.
Frank - T-5
T-5 Frank Herrera, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Florentino
Y. Herrera, 406 North Fifth street has been missing in action since
November 10 in France, a telegram from the war department informed his
parents. Herrera is in a medical detachment and has been overseas
since April 25, 1944.
Otho - Pvt.
IN ENGLAND - Pvt. Otho Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Williams,
Corsicana, Route 3, has landed safely in England, according to a message
received by his parents. Pvt. Williams entered the service April 6,
1944 and trained at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Ark.; Camp George G. Mead,
Md., and Camp Pritchett, Va., before going overseas. Before entering
the services he was employed by a roofing company in Houston. His
wife and two sons, Chester and Jerry Dan, reside at 621 South Fourteenth
street, Corsicana. He attended Corsicana High School.
COMMISSIONED -- George A. Watkins, son of Mr. and Mrs George W. Watkins of
Corsicana, Texas, received his wings recently when he graduated as a
second lieutenant from the Marfa AAF Pilot School, it was announced by
Col. Donald B. Phillips, commanding officer. Lieutenant Watkins was
commissioned upon completion of his course in training in twin-engine
planes. He was assigned here from Polaris Flight Academy, Lancaster,
California. Lieutenant Watkins graduated from Emhouse high school in 1939.
INJURED IN CRASH - Second Lieut.
George A. Watkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. George W. Watkins, Emhouse, was one
of three seriously injured when a B-24 Liberator Bomber crashed while
attempting an emergency landing near Colorado Springs Saturday night.
Five of the eight man crew were killed. A
1939 graduate of the
Emhouse high school, Lieut. Watkins recently received his wings and was
commissioned at the Marfa AAF Pilot School.
SUB VET OF TWO WARS - John Claud Willis, 50, petty officer, first class,
USN, recently visited relatives in Corsicana and neighboring communities
on furlough from his duties as an instructor in New London, Connecticut,
submarine base and school. After serving four years on a submarine
during the time of World War I, he was recalled two years ago by the Navy
from his job with an oil company in California. Willis formerly
resided in Corsicana. He wears Asiatic and African campaigns, a
victory, life-saving, and expert rifleman bars. He visited his
sisters, Mrs. W. E. Watwood, Corsicana; Mrs. A. Howard, Ennis, and Mrs. E.
L. Martin. Angus and brothers H. A. Willis, Mexia, and Scott Willis,
Wm. W. - Capt.
BADLY BURNED - Capt. Wm. W. Hamilton, 26, tank forces, seriously burned
and wounded May 12, while fighting with Gen. Joe Stilwell's Chinese
American forces in North Burma is now getting along fine at a general
hospital in India according to a letter received from her husband by Mrs.
Patricia McGlothlin Hamilton. The letter was dated May 16. The
captain said that the nurse was writing the letter he was getting along
fine and there was nothing to worry about. The officer has been
overseas for the past eight months serving in the China-Burma-India
theater of operations.
PROMOTED - Richard Collins, 18, U. S. Navy, has been advanced to petty
officer third class, according to information received by his parents, Mr.
and Mrs. J. W. Collins, Gainesville. He has been in the Navy over a
year and is a radar man aboard ship in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
His parents, before their marriage, were residents of the Navarro
Houston (Chuck) - Sgt.
MARINE HOME - Sgt. Houston (Chuck) Bunch, United States Marine Air Corps.
has returned to the States after overseas duty, according to a telegram
and telephone message received by his wife here. Sgt. Bunch entering
the services in March, 1942, and has been overseas for the past 26 months.
He will be home on furlough within a few days.
PROMOTED - Cpl. Houston Bunch, U.
S. Marine Air Corps. has recently been promoted to the rank of sergeant,
according to information received here. After completing special
training at A. and M. College, Sgt. Bunch was sent to Hawaii where he has
been stationed since September 1942. His wife, the former Miss Allie
Mae Shipp resides in Corsicana. He is the son of Charles Bunch,
Oglesby, Texas. Sgt. Bunch attended the Corsicana high school prior to his
entering the service in March 1942.
Jack D. - Pvt.
OVERSEAS - Pvt. Jack D. Howard, U. S. Army Medical Corps, has written his
parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Howard, Corsicana, that he has arrived safely
in England and is doing fine. Prior to entering the service
April 23, 1943, he attended the Corsicana schools and was employed at the
Corsicana Cotton Mills. Pvt. Howard entered training at Camp Barkeley but
was stationed at Camp Bowie before leaving for overseas duty. In his
letter the soldier expressed much pleasure at meeting another Corsicana
boy, Lynn Moses. Pvt. Howard's wife and baby son, Jackie Gene, are making
their home at Kerens with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Tapley, for the
Roy M. - Pvt.
Pvt. Roy M. Hopwood, 26, with the 36th Division, has been overseas over
two years and has participated in all of the campaigns in which this
famous division made history. The son of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hopwood,
1101 North Commerce street, he was a member of a local.
National Guard Unit when mobilized and federalized in Nov. 1940. He
attended the Corsicana high school and prior to enlistment was in the
employ of the Thomas Electric Company. Two brothers in the service
are: Cpl E. M. Hopwood, QMC, now serving in France, and Dan Lee Hopweed,
s-1-c, U. S. Navy, in North Africa.
Murray W. - Tech. Sgt.
DECORATED - Tech. Sgt. Murray W. Holditch, 20, U. S. Army Air Forces, has
been awarded the Air Medal for exceptionally meritorious achievement
during bombing missions over Germany and occupied Europe according to
information received from an Eighth AAF bomber station somewhere in
England. Top turret gunner on a Flying Fortress, he is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. F. T. Holditch, Blooming Grove. Prior to entering the
service Sgt. Holditch was employed as a ship yard worker.
Aubrey Lee, Col.
NOMINATED GENERAL - Col. Aubrey Lee Moore, 42, U. S. Army Air Forces, of
Hubbard was nominated Friday by President Roosevelt to be a brigadier
general, according to Associated Press dispatches from Washington. A
native of Emmett, Navarro county, General Moore graduated from Hubbard
High and Texas A. & M. College. He entered the U. S. Army Air
Forces in 1926 and at the present time is overseas, stationed at Calcutta,
India. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Moore of Hubbard.
General Moore frequently visits friends and relatives in Corsicana.
His wife resides at Hillsboro.
DECORATED - Brig. Gen. Aubry L. Moore recently awarded the
Distinguished Flying Cross, in a simple ceremony at Headquarters of the
10th USAAF, is pictured above as Major General Howard C. Davidson,
commanding general of the Tenth, presents the award. Gen.
Moore, chief of staff, is a native of Navarro County being born at
Emmett. A graduate of A. & M. College, he received his
wings and commission as a second lieutenant in 1928.
General Moore Is Now Commander Goodfellow Field
SAN ANGELO. Jan.
14—(AP)—In a colorful ceremony participated in by Maj. Gen. James P.
Hodges, commanding the flying division air training command at Randolph
Field, Gen. Aubry L. Moore, native of Emmett, Navarro county, recently
of Williams Field, assumed command Tuesday of Goodfellow Field here.
He succeeds Col. John E. Gullette, commanding officer since July, 1946.
The field was
recently reactivated and 90 officers and 475 enlisted men already have
The Corsicana Daily Sun -
Wednesday, January 14, 1948
Jesse Albert - Pvt.
ARRIVED OVERSEAS - Pvt. Jesse Albert Gorman, U. S. Army Infantry has
arrived safely overseas and is now somewhere in France according to
letters received by his wife, Mrs. Juanita Gorman of Corsicana. A
letter was received last week telling of arriving in England and this week
another letter said he was somewhere in France. A machinist at the
American Well and Prospecting Company before entering the armed Forces
March 6, 1944, Pvt. Gorman at one time was a barber. His wife and
two small children reside here while his mother, Mrs. R. M. Gorman is a
resident of Roane.
WOUNDED IN ACTION - Pfc. Jessie A. Gorman, 28, U. S. Army, infantry, was
seriously wounded in action in Germany December 21, according to
information from the war department received by his wife, Mrs. Juanita
Gorman, 124 Maie Avenue. Prior to entering the service March 6,
1944, he was employed at the American Well and Prospecting Company.
His mother, Mrs. R. M. Gorman, is a resident of Roane, where he attended
John Watts Jr.
J. W. Frederick, Jr.
J. W. Frederick, Jr. F1/C, son of Mr. and Mrs. Watts Frederick, is now
one of Uncle Sam's Seabees. He joined the Seabees in July, and was
stationed at Camp Peary, Virginia for several months. He is now
stationed at Fort Hueneme, California. J. W. graduated from Blooming
Grove High school last May and was an honor student.
Grove Times - December 24, 1941
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