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Taylor, Bobbie C. - Pfc.

OVERSEAS - Pfc. Bobbie C. Taylor, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Taylor, Route 1, Corsicana, is stationed somewhere in New Guinea where he has participated in the fighting in that theatre of operation for the past 18 months.  Pfc. Taylor entered the service of the Army Air Corps on November 1942, and received his basic training at Camp Joseph T. Roberson, Arkansas, then final training at Camp Warner Robins Field, Georgia, before leaving for overseas duty in May 1943.  He is a graduate of the Bryan high school.

See Also: Obituary; WWII Biography


King, Edgar Tyson - S-Sgt.

IN FRANCE - S-Sgt. Edgar Tyson King, U. S. Army, writes his wife here that his is now in France.  Sgt. King enlisted in the armed services Pearl Harbor and for the past four years has been stationed in various camps in the United States.  He has been overseas about two months.  He attended Corsicana high school.  His wife and daughter are residing here.


Blood, David A; Soape, Thomas R.

RECEIVE SILVER WINGS - Three Corsicana men were commissioned second lieutenants in the U. S. Army Air Forces, and awarded silver wings Tuesday when graduation ceremonies were held at eleven AAF Training Command advanced schools in this state and Oklahoma.  They are David A. Blood, Route No. 3, and Bennie E. Siler, both bomber pilots, completing training at Lubbock, and Thomas R. Soape, 912 South Fifteenth Street, fighter pilot, graduating from Moore Field, Mission.  In this class largest ever produced by the Central Flying Training Command, Texans far outnumbered representatives from any other one state with 470.


Siler, Bennie Eugene
Oct 30, 1924 - Mar 28, 1945

RECEIVE SILVER WINGS - Three Corsicana men were commissioned second lieutenants in the U. S. Army Air Forces, and awarded silver wings Tuesday when graduation ceremonies were held at eleven AAF Training Command advanced schools in this state and Oklahoma.  They are David A. Blood, Route No. 3, and Bennie E. Siler, both bomber pilots, completing training at Lubbock, and Thomas R. Soape, 912 South Fifteenth Street, fighter pilot, graduating from Moore Field, Mission.  In this class largest ever produced by the Central Flying Training Command, Texans far outnumbered representatives from any other one state with 470.

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Corsicana Officer Killed In Action Indo-China Area
Second Lieut. Bennie E. Siler, 20 U.S. Army Air Forces, was killed in action in French Indo-China, March 28, according to a war department telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Florence Silver, Zion's Rest, during the week-end. Lieut. Stiler was the co-pilot of a four-motored bomber. A graduate of Corsicana High School in 1943, Lieut. Siler received his wings and commission at Lubbock in February 1944, and went oversees last December. Prior to entering the armed forces in 1943, the flying of fleer was employed at the P. and S. Pharmacy.
Surviving are his wife of Ashland, Va.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Siler; Zion's Rest: Three brothers, Pfc. Vernon Siler, Mechanic U.S.A.A.F., Tucson, Ariz.; Capt. J. B. Siler, infantry U.S. Army, Aleutian Islands and Rollie Silver. Texarkana; five sisters, Mrs. J. W. Stubbs, Zion's Rest; Mrs. Ethel Ownes, Bellflower, Calif.; Mrs. Maurine La??? Richalnd; Mrs. Edna Earl Sarron, Pampa, and Mrs. Ollie Collins, Corsicana, and other relatives.
[clipping scan is difficult to read so parts of this exerpt could be transcribed incorrectly]

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Williams, Louis A. - S-Sgt.


COMPLETES MISSIONS - S-Sgt. Louis A. Williams, 20, is home from England on furlough after completing the required number of bombing missions over Germany and German occupied countries.  Sgt. Williams, the son of Dr. Joe B. Williams and Mrs. C. L. Williams of Corsicana, was a waist gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress.  He is a graduate of Corsicana High School.


Ballentine, Ralph M. - Pvt.


CAMP MATTHEWS - San Diego, Calif., May 8 (spl) Marine-Private Ralph M. Ballentine, age 35, husband of Mrs. Lorena Smith Ballentine employed at State Orphans Home, Corsicana, Texas practices with dummy ammunition speed up his rifle loading technique. Private Ballentine is temporarily stationed at this Marine Corps rifle instruction camp where he will receive part of his recruit training.


Bradley, Bartin Otis - Sgt.


OVERSEAS - Sgt. Barton Otis Bradley, U. S. Army, has landed safely overseas, according to a cablegram received by his sister, Mrs. W. H. Steely.  Sgt. Bradley was a member of the National Guard unit here when it was federalized in 1940 and trained at Camp Bowie at Brownwood.  He was later made Military Police instructor at Battle Creek, Michigan, and was stationed there for some time before being sent to a replacement center.


Dysinger, L. S. - Capt.


MEET THE MAJOR - Capt. L. S. Dysinger, U. S. Army Air Forces, commanding officer at Corsicana Field since Feb 1943, has been promoted to the rank of major, it was announced today by Lieut. Louis R. Renfrow, public relations officer.  Major Dysinger has been at the local field since February 14, 1942, with the exception of three months when he was on detached service ferrying planes to South America.  A graduate of San Jose State College, Major Dysinger makes his home at Palo Alto, Calif.


Brown, Travis M., - Cpl.


HOME FROM OVERSEAS - Cpl. Travis M. Brown, 12th Air Force, is home after 26 months overseas duty in England, North Africa and Italy, having been awarded three bronze stars for participation in major battles and also the good conduct ribbon.  He is spending part of his furlough in Corsicana.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Brown of Mineola, Cpl. Brown is the brother of J. A. Brown of Corsicana.


Gray, Hubert - Sgt.


OVERSEAS VETERAN - Technical Sgt. Hubert Gray, U. S. Army Signal Corps, veteran of four major operations in Sicily and Italy, arrived in Corsicana Tuesday.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Gray, 511 South Elizabeth street, he has been in the service three years and has served overseas two years and three months.  A graduate of the Emhouse high school he has lived in Corsicana most of his life.  Sgt. Gray was a member of the first contingent of U.S. troops to land in Ireland.


Buck, Raymond C. - T-Sgt.


HE KEEPS 'EM FLYING - Tech Sgt. Raymond C. Buck, formerly of Corsicana and son of the late Mrs. Florence Buck, is busy somewhere in the South Pacific keeping combat plane engines in shape.  He is repair chief of his crew in the Air Service Command, 13th AAF.  Two brothers, Sgt. Roy H. Buck and Pfc. R. Leon Buck are stationed at Camp Barkeley and Midland, respectively.  Recently Raymond saw his young 17 year-old nephew, Raye Buck Glasgow, U. S. Navy in his vicinity. Raye, also of Corsicana and son of Mrs. Ruby B. Glasgow, Dallas, is in the submarine service of the Navy.


Wilson, Lonnie - Pvt.


SOMEWHERE IN INDIA - Pvt. Lonnie Wilson, 26, U. S. Army is shown above in a picture taken somewhere in India.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. M. F. Wilson, Corsicana, route three, he entered the service in November 1940 and has been overseas two years.  He is a graduate of the Pickett school.


Cook, Preston K. - Pfc.


AERIAL GUNNER - Pfc. Preston K. Cook has completed training at the Harlingen Army Air Field and has received his wings as an aerial gunner in the U. S. Army Air Forces.   He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvah R. Cook, Corsicana route No. 3.


Rogers, Drew E. & Rodgers, James 

*Rogers/Rodgers as appears exactly in article
BROTHERS IN NAVY - Drew E. Rogers, 27, seaman second class, and James Rogers, 19, seaman second class, sons of Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Rodgers, 612 East Third Avenue, Corsicana, are serving in the United States Navy.  Drew now stationed at San Francisco, Calif., entered the service March 19.  He attended the Roane school and was working at Victoria when he joined.  James now stationed at Corpus Christi, attended Powell high school and was working in a shipyard in Washington state when he entered the service March 23.


Derden, Archie B. - Pvt.

OVERSEAS - Pvt. Archie B. Derden, 20, son of Mrs. Archie Derden, 1517 West Eleventh avenue is now stationed somewhere in New Guinea where he has participated in the fighting in that theatre of operations.  A member of a Glider Airborne Division, Pvt. Derden took his basic training at Camp Mackall, N. C. and final training at Camp Polk, La., before going overseas in April 1944.  Prior to entering the service Feb 1943 he attended the Navarro school.


Hagler, J. R. - Ph-M, 1-c

VISITED PARENTS - J. R. Hagler, Ph-M, 1-c, USN, accompanied by his wife from Washington, spent the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Hagler, Eureka.  This is the first Christmas Hagler has spent at home in four years.  While on a two year's tour of duty in the Bermuda Islands he received his present rating  and was transferred to Washington, D. C., to take up deep sea diving.  After completion of the diving course, Hagler and one other were selected to stay in the Nation's Capital.


Wright, Leonard H. - Sgt.

SERVED IN ICELAND - Sgt. Lennard H. Wright, U. S. Army, has reported for duty at Ft. McClellan, Ala., following a 20-day furlough spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Wright, Morton, Texas, and with friends and relatives in Corsicana and vicinity. He has just returned from a fourteen months tour of duty in Iceland.  For a number of years, Sgt. Wright made his home with Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Ware of Corsicana.


Bowden, Scott - S-Sgt.

MISSING IN ACTION - Staff Sgt. Scott Bowden, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Bowden, Tupelo, has been missing in action in the North African theatre of war since September 9, according to a telegram received by his parents from the War Department.  A graduate of the Rice high school, Sgt. Bowden, an aerial gunner on a Mitchell bomber, has been in the service since Aug 1, 1941.  A recent letter received from him by relatives told of completing his 48th mission.  He received his training at Kelly Field and the Harlingen gunnery school.


Howell, J. C. - Cpl. - IN IRELAND

IN IRELAND - Cpl. J. C. Howell, 24, U. S. Army, is shown above in a picture taken recently in Northern Ireland, where he is now stationed.  The son of Mrs. Deane Tackett, 804 East Thirteenth Avenue, Cpl.  Howell volunteered for service in November, 1940, and has been overseas since November 1943.  He writes that hi is in the best of health, weighing 212 pounds and that the "chow" is fine."  He says the country is "beautiful and the weather wonderful."


Keller, Jake B. - Pvt.

INVASION VETERAN - Pvt. Jake B. Keller, 22, U. S. Army, 90th Division was a member of the American forces storming the Normandy beaches D-Day.  He participated in the capture of Le Mans and several thousand German prisoners.  The son of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Keller, Powell route one, he entered the service in November 1942 and has been overseas since April 1944.  He attended the Roane high school.


Holloway, Morris Alton

COMPLETES BASIC - Aviation Student Morris Alton Holloway, 23, has just completed his basic flying training at the Merced Army Air Field, Calif., according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Holloway, Corsicana route five.  He is now at the Pecos army advanced flying school where he will take the final steps toward attainment of his silver pilot wings.  He is a graduate of the Powell high school.

Notes: Obituary


Haney, Richard P. - First Lieut.

BOMBER ACE - First Lieut. Richard P. Haney, above, was listed among ten officers and enlisted men, members of bombing crews that shot down five or more enemy planes in the Southwest Pacific area.  He is the son of John D. Haney of Corsicana and Mrs. Mary Haney of Dallas.  He graduated from Randolph Field with a large class in 1940 and has been in the Pacific area for some time.

Notes: Obituary


Richards, James C. - Pfc.

MISSING IN ACTION - Pfc. James C. Richards, 23, U. S. Army, infantry, has been missing in action in France since September 21, according to a message from the war department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave M. Richards. Emhouse.  A graduate of the Emhouse high school he entered the service Feb 10, 1942, and has been overseas since June 1944.


Roberts, Narlen R. - Pfc. [ View Article ]

U.S. MARINE - Pfc. Narlen R. Roberts, U. S. Marine Corps, writes his mother, Mrs. Ressie Howard, 703 East Tenth Avenue, Corsicana, that his is somewhere in Pacific theatre of war and that his is getting along fine and enjoying excellent health.  Entering the service Mach 13, 1941, he sailed for overseas duty February 18, 1943.  Roberts attended school in Dawson. [pg 402]


Fessmire, Durward W. - Lt.

BOMBARDIER - Lt. Durward W. Fessmire, who formerly lived at Corsicana, is a bombardier in the Army Air Forces and is completing the final stage of his overseas training at the Army Air Base, Great Falls, Montana.  He has been in the Army since May 1930.  He attended Cordell high school in Oklahoma before entering the service.


Tirado, W. Louis - Pvt. / Sgt.

WITH THE 36th - Pvt. Louis Tirado, Corsicana, and Cpl. Euel Fulka, Temple, are now in the thick of the fighting in Italy, with the 36th Division.  This picture was taken at a little Italian town last Oct.  In a recent letter to friends here Pvt. Tirado said he had been in combat for the past thirty days and had not had time to clean up or shave.

MISSING IN ACTION - Staff Sgt. Louis W. Tirado, veteran of the 36th Division, awarded the Purple Heart decoration, is now reported missing in action in France since September 22, according to a message from the war department received by Anita R. Garcia, Kerens Route two.  The son of the late Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Tirado, former Corsicana residents, Sgt. Tirado entered the service January 29, 1941, and has been overseas with the 36th Division, infantry, since April 1943.


Brister, Ermel - Sgt. & Brister, Elbert L. - Pvt.

BROTHERS IN SERVICE - Sgt. Ermel H. Brister, 24, U. S. Army Air Forces, bombardier and Pvt. Elbert L. Brister, 18, U. S. Marine Corps, are the sons of Mrs. W. F. Brister, 704 West First Avenue.  Ermel is a veteran of seven years service and has been in the Pacific Theatre of Operations for the past two and a half years.  He has participated in many of the major battles of that area.  He is a graduate of the Powell high school.  Elbert, a graduate of the Richland high school, has been in the service since March 29, 1944.  Home on furlough July 14, he was stationed at Camp Pendleton, Ocean Side Calif.


Brietz, Wm. K

VISITING PARENTS - Wm. K. (Putz) Brietz, 18, U. S. Navy, is at home on furlough visiting his parents Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Brietz.  Enlisting in Naval Aviation in March 1943, he was called to active duty July 1, and sent to Tulane University, New Orleans, for special training.  Brietz is now awaiting orders to report to a Navy Prep Flight School.   A 1943 graduate of the Corsicana high school, he was a member of the Tiger football team in '41 and '42 playing backfield positions.


Blumrosen, J. R. - Pfc.

SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND - Pfc. J. R. Blumrosen, 19, U. S. Army, has arrived safely somewhere in  England, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mose Blumrose, 1902 West Seventh avenue.  A graduate of the Corsicana high school, he entered the service in April 1943.  He attended Texas A & M College and the United States Military Academy.  He writes his parents that he is getting along fine.


Nokes, Virgil. B.  & McMullan, Robert B.

RECEIVE SILVER WINGS - Virgil B. Nokes of Corsicana and Robert B. McMullan of Rice received their silver wings and second lieutenants commissions in the Army Air Corps Reserve June 22, after completing their flight training at the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School, Luke Field, Ariz.  Both are graduates of Corsicana High School.   Lieut. Nokes is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Nokes and Lieut. McMullan is the son of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. McMullan, route 1, Rice.


Vest, Eathel & Henry

MEET IN PACIFIC - Serving aboard a Coast Guard-manned LST in the Pacific Coast Guardsman Eathel Vest,a veteran of the Saipan landings recently met his brother Henry whom he hadn't seen since late in 1943.  Henry joined the Navy six months ago.  The brothers' parents are Mr. and Mrs. H. R. Vest of Corsicana, Texas.


Cagle, Harold E. - Pfc.

DECORATED - The Purple Heart Decoration awarded Pfc. Harold E. Cagle, 22, U. S. Army, wounded in action May 28, in the South Pacific Theatre of Operations has been received by his wife, who with their 10 months old son, Ronnie, reside at Dawson.  He is the son of the late Leon Cagle, Corsicana.  A veteran of 11 months overseas, he was employed at Houston when he entered the service and received basic training at Camp Hood.


Ward, Thomas W. - Capt.

PROMOTED - Capt. Thomas W. Ward, U. S. Army, now stationed at Camp Greuber, Okla., with a tank destroyer unit, was a private in Battery D, Texas National Guard when mobilized in November 1940.  He finished officers candidate school at Ft. Sill, Okla., August 1942, with a second lieutenant's commission.  He was promoted to first lieutenant February, 1943, and to a captaincy November 5, 1943.  A graduate of the Corsicana high school, he was a grocery clerk prior to entering the service. Capt. Ward's wife resides at Muskogee, Okla., and his mother, Mrs. M. L. Ward, lives at McGee, Miss.


Haney, John D., Jr.

COMMISSIONED - John D. Haney, Jr., 28, son of J. D. Haney of 224 East Fifth Avenue, Corsicana, was a member of the 29th class of aviation cadets to graduate from the Columbus Army Air Field near Columbus Army Air Field near Columbus, Mississippi, on Nov. 20.   He received the silver wings of a Flying Officer and commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.  Lt. Haney entered pilot training in November 1943, and attended flying schools at Camden, S. C., Sumter, S. C., and Albany, Ga., before his graduation at the advanced flying school near Columbus, Mississippi.


Milburn, Cullom F.

NAVAL AVIATOR - Cullom F. Milburn, 19, brother of Claude L, Milburn of 1803 Woodlawn, Corsicana, won his Navy "Wings of Gold" and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve this week following completion of the prescribed flight training course at the Naval Air Training Center, Pensacola., Fla., the "Annapolis of the Air."   Having been designated a Naval Aviator, Ensign Milburn will go on active duty at one of the Navy's air operational training centers before being assigned to a combat zone.


Berryhill, Thurmon Wallace - Pfc.

AERIAL GUNNER - Pfc. Thurmon Wallace Berryhill was graduated last week from the Army Air Forces Flexible Gunnery School, Laredo Army Air Field, Laredo, and is now qualified to take his place as a member of a bomber combat crew.  Along with his diploma, he received a pair of Aerial Gunner's silver wings and a promotion in grade.  His wife, Mrs. Dora M. Berryhill resides at 321 West Seventh avenue, Corsicana.


Weidmann, Adolph W.

COMMISSIONED - Adolph W. Weidmann, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. Weidmann, of 1520 West Fifth Avenue, Corsicana, has successfully completed his flight training at the Army Air Forces Pilot School, Luke Field, Arizona.  At graduation ceremonies August 30, he receives 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 Flying Units at Thunderbird Field, Arizona and Gardner Field, Calif.  He attended Corsicana high school and University of Texas.


Foster, James T. - M-Sgt.

PRISONER OF WAR - M-Sgt. James T. Foster, missing in action in Italy since June 25, is a prisoner of war of the German Government, according to a telegram received Friday morning by his wife, Mrs. Glenda L. Foster, from U[?], the adjutant.  The telegram credited the information to the International Red Cross.  Sgt. Foster, Headquarters Battery 132nd. Field Artillery, 36th. Division, was in the National Guard a number of years before being federalized in November, 1940.  He had been wounded on two occasions in the Italian campaign, receiving the Purple Heart decoration following his first wound.

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MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM M-SGT. FOSTER, PRISONER OF WAR

A message from Master Sergeant James T. Foster, 36th Division, Fifth Army, captured in Italy June 26, and now a prisoner of war of the German government was received by his wife, Mrs. Glenna Foster, Thursday afternoon.

The telegram received Thursday afternoon by Mrs. Foster was signed by Larch, provost marshal general, and stated that a message directed to her had been intercepted from an enemy propaganda broadcast. The message included a statement that he was feeling fine, urged his wife not to worry about him and that he would write later. The telegram also said that the message supplemented the previous official report received from the International Red Cross.

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Williamson, Cecil L. - Pfc.

WOUNDED IN ACTION - Pfc. Cecil L. Williamson, 20, U. S. Army, Infantry, was wounded in action in France July 27, according to a telegram from the war department received by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Williamson, 816, South Eighteenth and a Half street.  A graduate of the Corsicana high school he entered the service July 7, 1943, and has been overseas since January 1944.  He was recently awarded the Expert Infantryman's Badge and is entitled to wear the coveted blue rifle badge as a result of his passing a series of tough Infantry tests.  The badge has been received by his parents here.


Redden, John B. - Pvt.

RECEIVES PROMOTION - Pvt. John B. Redden U. S. Army, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Redden, has recently been promoted to the rank of private first class.  He is now stationed at Ft. Riley, Kans.  Upon entering the service he received his training in mechanized cavalry qualifying as an expert with pistol and machine gun and marksman with rifle.   Redden has now been transferred to the horse cavalry.  Prior to entering the service he was employed by the Barq Bottling Company.  His wife and son plan to join him soon.


Gilcrease, Melvin - S-Sgt. & Gilcrease, Norman - Sgt.

GILCREASE BROTHERS IN ACTION - S-Sgt. Melvin Gilcrease, Battery "A" 133rd F. A. Bn, 36th Division, now in Italy, Fifth Army, has received a soldier's award.  The citation said he displayed heroism not involved in conflict when on Aug. 18, 1942, he fought a train gasoline blaze, stopped the train, saving valuable government and railroad property and receiving burns on his hands, arms and chest.  He is a Powell High graduate.  Sgt. Norman Gilcrease, infantry, has been in Australia and New Guinea the past 18 months, having enlisted in February, 1942.  They are the sons of Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Gilcrease of the Roane Community.


Ratliff, John - Cpl. & Ratliff, J. A.

AERIAL GUNNERS - Cpl. John Reed and Cpl. J. A. Ratliff were graduated last week from the Army Airforces Flexible Gunnery School, Laredo Army Air Field, member of the AAF Training Command.  They are now qualified to take their places as members of a bomber combat crew.  Along with their diplomas they received a pair of Aerial Gunner's silver wings and promotion in grade at brief graduation exercises.  Cpl. Reed's wife, Mrs. John Reed resides at 208 East Fifteenth Avenue and Cpl Ratliff's father, J. A. Ratliff, resides at 729 East Tenth Avenue.


Inmon, Jasper A., Jr.

OUTSTANDING - Chosen as outstanding enlisted man at Frederick Army Air Field Okla., for the month of February was Sgt. Jasper A. Inmon, Jr. Kerens, Texas.  A military guard, Sgt. Inmon is posted at the main gate where his cheerful disposition as he examines passes and handles traffic has gained him the reputation of one of the best liked enlisted men on the field and led to his award of the plaque from Col. R. B. Davenport, commanding officer, during a pilot graduation ceremony March 12.


Hickson, Richard Dewey.

RECEIVES WINGS - Richard D. Hickson, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Hickson, Corsicana, Route No. 4, was a member of the class of sergeant technicians graduated this week from the Harlingen Army Air Field.  Sgt. Hickson received silver gunner's wings along with a diploma and sergeant's chevrons after completing the six-week aerial gunnery course.

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Barnes, James W. - S-Sgt.

SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND - Staff Sgt. James W. Barnes, U. S. Army, Cavalry, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Barnes, 814 West Eleventh Avenue, has arrived safely somewhere in England, according to information received by relatives and friends.  Sgt. Barnes has been in the service four years.  Prior to reporting for overseas duty he was stationed at Camp Maxey, Texas.


Whitener, Ralph E. - Pvt.

IN ITALY - Pvt. Ralph E. Whitener, 22, U. S. Army, is now stationed somewhere in Italy according to a letter received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Witener, Frost, Texas, Route 1.  He entered the Army April 24, 1944, receiving his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas, Fort George G. Meade, Md., and New York.  He writes he is O.K. and doing fine.


Bostwick, Howard E. - Pfc.

PARATROOPER - Pfc. Howard E. Bostwick, 20, recently completed his paratroop training and has won his wings, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Bostwick, 625 South Fifteenth street.  Following an exhibition by his class numbering 146 scheduled at MacArthur Field, New York, for a bond rally Nov. 7, he is expected to receive a 15 day furlough.


Seale, Maxie Ben - Lt.

GETS SILVER WINGS - Lt. Maxie Ben Seale was a member of the 43-F class of aviation cadets to graduate from the Army Air Forces Advanced Flying School at George Army Air Field, Lawrenceville, Ill., June 30.  He received the silver wings of a flying officer and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.  Lieut. Seale is the son of County Commissioner and Mrs. L. M. Seale of Kerens.


Bonner, Olan C. - Sgt.

PROMOTED - Sgt. Olan C. Bonner, 29, U. S. Army Air Forces, has recently been promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant, according t information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Bonner, Angus.  Entering the service in January 1942, he has been overseas since September of the same year and has been serving in Egypt, Tunisa, Malta, Italy, Corsica and for the past three months has again been stationed in Italy.  He is a graduate of the Emhouse high school.


Coley, Truman F., Second Lt.

WINS WINGS - Second Lieut. Truman F. Coley, 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. F. Coley, Sr., Corsicana, Route No. 1 was a member of 1944's first class of combat navigators to be graduated from the hugh AAF  navigation training base at the Hondo Army Air Field where he received his wings.  Almost every section of the nation was represented in this class.


Scroggins, Kenneth C.

AERIAL GUNNER - Cpl. Kenneth C. Scroggins, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Horace S. Scroggins, 400 West Tenth avenue, recently graduated from the Davis-Monthan Field Tucson, Ariz., as an aerial gunner on a B-24 and qualified for immediate combat duty.  A graduate of the Corsicana high school, he entered the service in June 1943.

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Flanagan, Clifton E. - Pvt.

SENDS GREETINGS - Pvt. Clifton E. Flanagan, U. S. Army, has sent Season's Greetings to his wife, Mrs. Helen Flanagan, 801 South Ninth street, from Kodiak, Alaska.  He has been in the service since November 10, 1942.

Obituary


Sharpley, Loyd - Cpl.

MARINE PROMOTED - Loyd Sharpley, U. S. Marines, Camp Elliott, San Diego, Calif., recently was promoted to the rank of corporal.  Corporal Sharpley, son of Mr. and Mrs.   Will Sharpley, 1109 West Seventh Avenue, enlisted in April 1942.  A graduate of Corsicana High School, Sharpley was employed at Houston before enlisting.


Milligan, Alfred D.

PILOT - Flight Officer Alfred D. Milligan, 26, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Milligan, Streetman, was a member of the class of pilots recently graduated at the AAF Training Station, Ellington Field.  He attended Cumberland University in Tennessee, and Trinity University, Texas.  He is a member of Sigma Alpa Epsilon social fraternity.


Remonte, John M.

GETS SILVER WINGS - John M. Remonte, 801 North Beaton street, recently graduated from the Blackland Army Air Field, Waco, advanced twin engine training.  Ceremonies were held on the flight line where he received the silver pilot wings of the Army Air Forces.   He attended the Corpus Christi Junior College prior to entering the service as an aviation cadet.


Phinney, Edwin T.

GETS SILVER WINGS - Edwin T. Phinney, s-1-c is home on a 21 day leave following 16 months active duty in the South Pacific in the U. S. Navy.  He attended Mexia High School.   Seaman Phinney, the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Phinney, 625 West Fourth avenue, entered the Navy, June 2, 1943.  He returned to San Francisco Jan. 2


Barr, John L.

PARATROOPER - Pvt. John L. Barr, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Barr, Barry Route No. 1, has won the right to wear the world-famous Wings and Boots of the United States Volunteer Paratrooper.  World War II's most feared warrior.  He recently made his fifth and qualifying night jump, which completed his four weeks training at Fort Benning Ga.


Payne, Chas. F. - Pvt.

AT RADAR SCHOOL - Pvt. Chas. F. Payne 20, former KAND announcer, recently visited relatives in Corsicana en route from Camp Davis, N. C., to Ft. Bliss where he is now attending a radar school.  The son of Mrs. B. F. Payne, Emhouse, Pvt. Payne is a graduate of the Emhouse high school.


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