World War II Memorial
A Partial List of Union, MS Area Men Lost in Combat
Pictured Left: World War II Veterans Highway; Union, Newton County, Mississippi
George Norfleet Staton, Jr. Pvt Marines, born 5/9/1925 Died 3/7/1945 (KIA) AGE 19 27th Marines, 5th Marine Div, Iwo Jima Union (Member of 1st Baptist Church, Union) (UHS)
William Cooper McMahen USN Electrician's Mate 3 C Born 1919 Died April1942 Combat Age 23 Battle of Coral Sea Union (UHS)
Houston, William Howard USNR Pharmacist's Mate 2 C MIA 7/30/45 (UHS CL OF 40) Enl OCT/42 Served 2 Years before his first ship assignment in Oct 44. The heavy cruiser Indianapolis saw action in the invasion of Iwo Jima and Okinawa and was badly damaged by Kamikaze suicide planes at Okinawa. The ship then returned to the states for repairs. While repairs were being made Houston was able to spend a few days at home before leaving the East Coast on his last mission on July 16 1945. Reported MIA on July 30 1945 when the heavy cruiser Indianapolis enroute to Leyte to join the fleet was sunk by an enemy submarine in Philippine Sea. 875 Out of 1196 men were lost. This ship has been reported to be the last ship sunk in WW2. The Indianapolis had just delivered a cargo of atomic bombs to Guam and was enroute back to the Philippines' without escort when sunk. Howard was the son of M/M W. G. Houston of Union.
Lockley, Dan Henton Sgt/Major 23rd Marines 4TH Marine Div Born 10/13/1919 KIA 2/19/1945 Age 25 Iwo Jima (D-Day) Union (Brother of Moody Lockley, Union) (UHS)
Garrison, Dorris Gwenn USNR Aviation Machinist Mate 2 C KIA 10/24/44 U.S.S. Princeton Sunk in Battle of Leyte Bombed by Japanese Air Force Entered Service. May/1943 (UHS Class of 1943)
Burns, Ufa S, SST USMC Union Combat (UHS)
Brown, Lionell Richard USNR Seaman 2 C NCD Union Enl 08/14/42 Died on Guam 02/46 (UHS)
Hudson, Grady USNR Stewart's Mate 2 C Combat, Union
Bates, Frances Marion (Sam) Cpl USMCR Iwo Jima KIA 03/02/1945 Born 10/23/1923 Age 22 (Brother of Mavis Bates Smith—Mrs Eldrew Smith) Philadelphia (Participated in three battles in the Asiatic-Pacific area)
McNeece, Hughie Floyd (Bob) Army Pvt 1st Infantry Div KIA AGE 26 Born 10/30/1918 Entered Service 4/8/1944 KIA in Germany 11/24/1944 (7 Mo) Buried in Belgium. Later moved to the Military Cemetery Natchez MS (Father of Ann McNeece Rash)
Goss, Howard William USN Watertender 3 C Combat Neshoba
Warren, Coleman Yates USNR Seaman 2C Combat Neshoba
Rhodes, Walter F. Pvt. US Army 2nd Inf. Div. KIA 9/2/1944, Neshoba Born 8/2/1924 Age 20 (in service 9 months) (UHS) Buried St. James Military Cemetery, France
Harrison, James McLaurin USNR Seaman 1C Combat Little Rock
Williams, Hulon 2nd Lt U.S. Army Air Corp Born 12/04/1919 Died 06/24/1942 Age 22 Died in Training Accident Little Rock (Brother to Mrs. Jewel Dunajick)
Bennett, Alan T. S/Sgt U.S. Army Air Corp Born 10/12/1924 KIA 12/19/1943 Age 19 Navigator on B-17 Bomber. Shot while in parachute after bailing out of burning B-17. Given military funeral by German's and buried in Udine, Italy. (Uncle of Dr. Jim Bennett)
Bounds, Carson W. 1st Lt U.S. Army Air Corps KIA 01/30/1943 Born 04/06/1920 Age 22 (Brother-in-law of Therel Nowel) Philadelphia
Vance, Carl I. U. S. Army Pvt KIA 07/03/44 in England Enl 11/11/42 Arrived England 04/44
Buckley, Ross U.S. Army Pfc Born 11/04/20 Enl 01/07/43 Accidental drowning Pacific Area Corps of Engineer's 10/16/43NCD (UHS Cl 40/41) Age 22
Arthur C. (Cobert) Vance Sgt U.S. Army Infantry KIA 04/05/45 n Germany Wounded in Belgium 01/16/45. Rt 2 Union Parents M/M Roy Vance ---Wife: Dean Russell Vance Decatur
** UHS (Union High School)
Newton & Neshoba U. S. Army Casualty List
Neshoba Co, MS
Newton Co, MS
KIA - Killed in action
National D-Day Memorial
"The War Department had confirmed that in all nineteen men from Bedford had been killed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.... No community in the state or in America or indeed in any Allied nation had lost as many sons as Bedford. In a matter of minutes, a couple of German machine gunmen had broken the town's heart." (from "The Bedford Boys" by Alex Kershaw)
The National D-Day Memorial exists to celebrate and honor the valor, fidelity and sacrifice of the Allied Forces on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Physically, morally and intellectually courageous, those soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and merchant seamen kept faith with the Alliance, their homeland, the chain of command, the mission, their units and their fellows. In so doing they necessarily set aside comfort, safety, innocence, youth, blood and even life itself. This monument pays tribute to those who died on D-Day, but also to those who lived to secure the beachhead and carry freedom inland - and to those who transported the ground forces by air and sea, provided their aerial and naval support, and delivered their combat and combat-support services. D-Day's success owes an incalculable debt to the participants. That you yourself are free and here today is but a portion of their rich and enduring legacy. Treasure it. (Entrance plaque at the National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA)
Bedford County, VA lost more boys during the invasion of Normandy than did any other one location in the United States. Nineteen of the boys, member of Company A - 116th Regiment - 29th Division, died during the early hours of D-Day. Three additional boys died later in the campaign. Twenty two boys never returned to their beautiful Bedford County, a place they must have pictured in their mind even as the invasion began. The National D-Day Memorial, sits atop a knoll looking out over their valley, standing forever in watch for the return of Bedford boys who will never be coming home.
Pictured Right: Tidewater Veterans Memorial, Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Union Appeal, November 5, 1942
Private First Class Roy H. White and Walter C. Smith, USMC, both of Union, are more than just buddies at the marine barracks, Pearl Har
bor. Both 23, they grew up on adjoining farms, attended the same school, enlisted together and fought side by side in the battles of Coral Sea, Midway and the Solomon's. The two graduated Beulah Hubbard High School and attended East Central Junior College where both played football.
The Union Appeal, November 19, 1942
Coffee will be rationed from midnight, November 19, on. War book holders of 15 years of age or older will be eligible for one pound of roasted coffee only on stamp no. 27.
"Somewhere in England" is the present address of Private Charles L. Mabry, now fighting with Uncle Sam's defenders. he was educated at County Line High School.
The Union Appeal, November 26, 1942
Captain William L. (Billie) Cole, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cole of Union, received his promotion to captaincy in August and is now serving at Camp A. P. Hill in Richmond, Virginia.
Staff Sergeant V. A. Wolverton, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Wolverton of Union, is now serving with the U. S. Army somewhere in England.
Mr. and Mrs. Nolan James of Union have received word that their son Albert, has landed safely overseas and is doing well.
The Union Appeal, December 10, 1942
W. P. Howle received a telephone call from his son, Bill Owen, informing him that he had arrived safely in San Diego from somewhere in the Pacific war zone and would be home in about ten days. Bill Owen has been in the service about two years and this will be his first trip home. He has been in active combat service on a Flying Fortress for several months.
Pictured Left: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford County, VA
The Union Appeal, December 17, 1942
Corporal Leon Gardner is at home on furlough with his parents, Mr. & Mrs. F. B. Gardner. He recently returned to the states after serving several months in the Pacific war zone.
Last week in Union school we made a special drive on account of Pearl Harbor Day. The amount of stamps and bonds clearly showed that the spirit of the students is 'we will do our part'. They bought $173 in stamps and $400 in bonds.
The Union Appeal, December 31, 1942
Sgt. J. C. Simmons, who was reported missing in action on October 21st when the plane he was in failed to return from a flight over western Europe, is now a prisoner of war in Germany.
The Union Appeal, February 4, 1943
Cpl. Marzine Thrash, USMC and son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Thrash of near Sebastopol, arrived home Saturday. Seventeen months of his service has been spent on Midway Island.
Ladies! Don't throw away your old silk and nylon hose. Take them to the Modern Beauty Shop where they will be collected for the defense of our country.
The Union Appeal, February 25, 1943
Sgt. Carl Rushing, a paratrooper in the U. S. Army, is visiting in Union this week.
The Union Appeal, March 18, 1943
2nd Lieutenant Allen B. Cleveland, formerly of Union, has been promoted to the rank of 1st Lieutenant at Selman Field, Monroe, Louisiana.
The Union Appeal, April 15, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Livingston of Union Rt. 2, received a telegram last Sunday from the war department stating that their son, Corporal Raymond H. Livingston, was wounded in action in North Africa on March 24.
Corporal Maston S. McMahan has been promoted to sergeant. Sergeant McMahan is a member of the Maintenance Company, 41st Armored Regiment, 11th Armored Division. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac H. McMahan of Union.
The Union Appeal, April 22, 1943
William C. Hansford, Seaman First Class, U. S. Naval Hospital, Oakland, California, is spending a 30 days leave with his parents. He was aboard a ship that was shelled by the Japanese and was injured by an exploding shell.
The Union Appeal, May 6, 1943
Sergeant Moody Lockley, of the U. S. Marine Corps, who was stationed on Midway Island when the Japanese tried to take it, was in town this week. He is on furlough and is being transferred to North Carolina.
Elmo Watkins, who is with the Merchant Marines and has recently made a trip to Russia, is spending a ten-day leave with relatives and friends in and around Union.
The Union Appeal, May 13, 1943
Mrs. E. Simmons of Union recently received a letter from her son, Sgt. J. C. Simmons, who is a prisoner of war in Germany.
The Union Appeal, May 20, 1943
Pfc. Clyde Smith and Pfc. Hinton White are spending a few days furlough with their parents here. They joined the Marines about three years ago, and have seen action in battles at Earl Harbor, the Coral Sea, Midway and occupation of the Soloman Islands.
The Union Appeal, June 3, 1943
James Randolph Harris, whose wife, Mrs. Rebecca Hataway Harris, is a resident of Union, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. he will soon take to the field to lead the leathernecks in battle.
M/Sgt. Carl H. Russell and wife visited his sister during the past week. Sgt. Russell and his wife resided at Pearl Harbor during the attack. His wife was sent back to the States while he went on to see service in a number of the islands in the Pacific.
Pictured Right: John Winfield McBeath (U.S. Army Air Force Airborne Engineer Aviation Co. - WWII)
The Union Appeal, July 1, 1943
Guy Lafayette Tucker, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Tucker of Union, won his Navy "Wings of Gold" and was commissioned an Ensign in the Naval Reserve this week following training at the Naval Air Training Center in Pensacola.
Haskell Vance, who is on army maneuvers in Louisiana, has recently been promoted to First Lieutenant. Vance is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Vance of Union.
Carlis E. Pinson, who is in the U. S. Navy and stationed at Bainbridge, Maryland, is spending a furlough here with his wife and other relatives in Union.
The Union Appeal, July 8, 1943
Sgt. Oree Collins, who is stationed at Albany, Georgia, is spending a few days furlough with his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Collins.
Pfc. Virgil Gordon, of Camp Phillips, Kansas, is spending a 12-day furlough with relatives and friends in and around Union.
M/Sgt. Ernest A. Dixon, Jr. who graduated from officers candidate A.A.S. Grinnel, Iowa, has received his commission as Second Lt. in the U. S. Army.
The Union Appeal, July 15, 1943
Shelton D. Blalock, 22, seaman 2/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Blalock, Union, has completed basic training at the Submarine School, New London, Connecticut, for duty with out-going fleet of undersea fighters. Blalock was graduated from County Line High School three years ago, lettering in basketball while there.
Cecil Ingram, Robert Stribling and Ernest Wells, who joined the U.S.Navy recently, have been sent to Great Lakes, Illinois, where they will receive basic training.
The Union Appeal, July 22, 1943
Corporal John Neff Wilson, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Wilson of Little Rock, is serving with Uncle Sam's Army Air Corps somewhere in England.
Pfc. Albert N. James, United States Marine Corps, has been overseas for nine months, serving in the South Pacific.
Jack Howle, Torrence Hunter and Bill Wells left Sunday for Miami Beach, Florida, where they will enter training for Cadelts in the Army Air Corps.
The Union Appeal, August 5, 1943
Captain Brooks C. Vance, formerly of Union, has recently received his commission as captain and is currently serving overseas.
Auxiliary Hazel N. Holder, one of the Union girls who answered Uncle Sam's call with the WACS, has completed five months basic training, and is now stationed at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Union Appeal, August 12, 1943
Two Union boys recently met while they were in London, England. Corporal Ozborn Driskell and Sergeant Rudolph Germany met at an American Red Cross Club.
Robert J. Stribling, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Stribling, has exchanged his civilian clothes for 'Navy Blue'. He reported to Great Lakes, Illinois, where he will begin boot training.
The Union Appeal, August 19, 1943
Private Pete Evans will preach at Rock Branch Baptist Church Sunday. Pete is in the U.S.Army and is stationed at Camp Shelby.
The following letter was received by Mrs. Susie Lockley from her son from who she had not heard from in 17 months. He was taken prisoner while Bataan fell to the Japanese. "I am interned in Osako Umeda Bunto prisoner of war camp. Me health is usual. I am working for my pay."
O. J. Hollingsworth and Willie H. French, who are in the Navy and stationed at the Great Lakes Training Station, are at home on a few days furlough.
The Union Appeal, October 14, 1943
Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, London, England - Mississippi and Arkansas soldiers held their third reunion and dinner overseas at the American Red Cross Mostyn club recently. Present from Union was Corporal William F. Ware.
Private Marshall Lewis, who is stationed at Camp Shelby, spent the weekend with his wife and other friends and relatives in Union.
The Union Appeal, October 21, 1943
Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Buckley received a telegram from the War Department that their son, Ross, died on October 16. Ross was stationed in the South Pacific war zone and was a member of the Army Air Corps.
Pvt. Octavis McElhenney, son of Hez H. McElhenney of Route 2, Union, has reported for training as an airplane mechanic at Gulfport Field.
Sgt. Carl Rushing, who is a paratrooper with the U.S.Army, spent a few days furlough with his mother here last week.
Pictured Left: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
The Union Appeal, November 4, 1943
Tech. Sgt. James O. Gill, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F.A. Gill of Union, Rt. 2, received his training in camps at Florida, Texas and Oklahoma before being sent to foreign service. He currently is somewhere in North Africa.
Mrs. Dan Lockley of Union has received another card from her son, Cpl. Rufus W. Lockley, who is a prisoner of war in Osaka, Japan.
Lt. Wilson Fulton returned to duty this week after spending a few days with relatives and friends in Union and Neshoba.
The Union Appeal - November 25, 1943
Pvt. James H. Hand, son of Mrs. Macie Hand of Union, has landed safely in England.
1st Lt. Carl L. Tucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris L. tucker, Route 2, Union, has been promoted to that rank from 2nd Lt. he is an assistant ordinance officer at Courtland Army Air Field.
S 2/c William J. Gordon has been assigned to the S.S. Hornet, an aircraft carrier, and is sailing somewhere, according to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Gordon of Little Rock.
The Union Appeal - December 2, 1943
Pfc. Dewitt Bradley, who is stationed in New York, spent a few days furlough with his father, J. O. Bradley and other relatives and friends.
The Union Appeal - December 16, 1943
Lt. Earl Lewis, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. S. Lewis of Neshoba, is at home on leave after spending several months in England and North Africa with the U. S. Army Air Forces.
The Union Appeal - December 23, 1943
Sgt. Ralph Charles Gardner, son of Mr. and Mrs. F. B. Gardner, recently enjoyed a ten days furlough at home. He took his basic training in San Diego, California and attended Machinist Mate School USMC, in Norman, Oklahoma. He is now stationed at Edenton, North Carolina as 1st mechanic on a B-25
The Union Appeal - December 9. 1943
Pfc. Gordon Boler and Pfc. Buford Boler, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Ned Boler, of Union, are currently serving their country in the armed services. Buford is with the engineers. Gordon is with the armored infantry.
Eight Union, Mississippi men are new recruits at the U.S.Naval Station in Great Lakes, Illinois. They are John T. Smith, Hadden S. Gipson, W.M.Mowdy, Reginald Thomas, William L. Rigdon, L.V.Comans, Alton H. Cole and Bennie M. Pinter.
Earl Hutson is somewhere in England. He wrote his parents to say he is getting along fine and asked them to say hello to all his Union friends.
The Union Appeal - December 30, 1943
L. V. Comans, S 2/c, of the U. S. Navy, is spending a 12 days furlough with family and friends. He is stationed at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Lt. Colonel Ernest M. Smith, who is stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, was greeting his many friends in Union on Monday this week.
The Union Appeal, January 6, 1944
Ernest A. Dixon, who is stationed at an air base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has been promoted from 2nd Lieutenant to 1st Lieutenant, effective December 24.
T/Sgt. William O. Howle, USMC of Union, has reported to the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School in Athens, Georgia, for three months of schooling. Howle is the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Howle.
The Union Appeal, February 24, 1944
Willie Howard French, S 2/c, who is stationed at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusets, is spending a 15 days furlough with relatives and friends here.
The following boys have passed the Air Corps examination: John Robert Laird, Bill Houston, George Stribling, James Galloway, Gerald Staton and Earl Burns.
The Union Appeal, March 2, 1944
Robert P. Lewis, son of Mr. F. C. Lewis, has reported to Bainbridge Army Air Field as an aviation trainee.
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Crane of Conehatta received a telegram from the War department that their son, Corporal Ernest H. Crain was killed in an airplane crash in Dobodura, New Guinea, on February 17. He had been overseas about two years.
Pictured Right: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
The Union Appeal, March 16, 1944
Word has been received here that Sgt. Charles Houston Freeburgh, son of Mrs. Mae Freeburgh, has been missing in action since February 24th, when he was on a bombing mission over Germany.
Sgt. Alvin C. Johnson has been promoted to his present rank at Camp Blanding, Florida. Sgt. Johnson has many friends all over Newton County, he having made the race for Circuit Clerk of the county last summer.
Major Earl L. Laird of the Field Hospital in Fort Jackson, South Carolina, is spending a few days leave in Union this week.
The Union Appeal, March 23, 1944
Hubert Massengale, ARM 3/c, of the U. S. Navy, who is stationed at Palaxant River, Maryland, is at home on a few days leave with relatives and friends.
Ensign Harold Davidson, wife and daughter spent last weekend in the home of Private Fred Barfoot. They will leave Saturday for Boston where Ensign Davidson will be stationed.
The Union Appeal, March 30, 1944
Private Arnold Nelson, who is stationed at Camp Shelby, came in this week on a short furlough to visit friends in the County Line community.
Union boys meet in San Diego: Sailor Billy R. Winfield, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Winfield of Route 2, Union and Marine Woodrow L. Holley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sim Holley of Route 4, Union, told of how nice it was to meet each other in California. Winfield has been in the Navy for about two years and Holley has been in the service for about 18 months.
The Union Appeal -- April 6, 1944
Pfc. Thurman E. Sharp, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia, spent a few days furlough with his wife and other relatives in Union.
The Union Appeal -- April 13, 1944
Technical Sgt. Thomas Barfoot, who has been in the Marine Corps for two years, and in the South Pacific for 18 months, is at home with his parents on a 30-day leave.
Pfc. Rex Gordon, who is stationed at Pratt Air Force Base, Pratt, Kansas, is spending a ten days furlough with his parents here.
The Union Appeal -- April 20, 1944
Walter D. Adkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Adkins of Duffee, recently graduated from the Aviation Radio School in Jacksonville, Florida. Adkins is now a qualified aviation radioman and will probably see service with a Naval Air Unit.
Former Aviation Cadet Lucien G. Maury of Union was recently graduated from the Army Air Forces Pilot School at Moody Field, Georgia, and commissioned a Second Lieutenant with the rating of Army Pilot.
Staff Sergeant Ethel Coy Lewis of Union was awarded the Soldier's Medal for heroism in rescuing a stunned sailor and aiding several other members of the Navy after a landing barge capsized approximately 200 yards from shore. Sgt. Lewis was waiting for reinforcements at Blue Beach, Media, French Morocco, during the invasion of North Africa. Sgt. Lewis is the son of Mr. W. G. Lewis. He finished high school here and played on the football team.
The Union Appeal - April 27, 1944
Born to Sgt. and Mrs. Charles M. Smith on April 20 an eight pound baby boy named Charles Marcellus, Jr. The proud father is somewhere in England.
Pvt. Wilbert Laysone is now stationed in Italy. He served on the Cassino front and is now on the Anzio beachhead front. Mrs. Laysone is the former Evonne Holder of Union. Pvt. Lasone is serving faithfully at his post of duty, but is hoping to be back with his wife soon, and baby, which he has never seen.
Mrs. Ernest Wells has received a letter from her son Ernest Lee, saying he and James Horton, who are in the Pacific serving in the U. S. Navy, have met. Both boys report liking Navy life fine.
The Union Appeal - May 4, 1944
Private Robert B. Foster, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Foster of Union, has been promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U. S. Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Sgt. Foster has one brother in the Army.
Thomas Graham, S 2/c in the U. S. Navy, who is stationed in San Diego, is spending a few days leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Graham and other relatives here this week.
The Union Appeal - May 11, 1944
James Morris Payne, son of Mrs. Jewell Payne of Union, has arrived safely overseas in England. He was inducted in the Army in August of 1943.
Mrs. Mae Freeburgh received a card from her son, Sgt. Charles H. Freeburgh, who is a prisoner of war in Germany. This was the first direct word she has heard from him since he became a prisoner.
The Union Appeal - May 18, 1944
Private Dee Hanson, who is stationed at Camp Gordon, Georgia, saw his brother, Corporal Carr Hanson, for the first time in four years. The two brothers met while each was on furlough. Cap. Hanson is stationed in New Zealand.
Sgt. Belton Russell of Pittsburgh, California is spending a furlough with his father, Mack Russell of Stratton.
L. J. Horton, Seaman first class of the U.S.Navy, is spending a few days furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Horton.
The Union Appeal - June 1, 1944
Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson is now stationed somewhere in England, according to his wife. Sgt. Johnson has three brothers in the Army, two of them overseas.
Pvt. Hubert S. Ogletree, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Ogletree of Union, is a telephone operator with a 15th AAF bB-24 Liberator group which was recently awarded a Presidential citation for the low level attack on the Ploesti, Rumania oil fields last August.
1st Lieutenant Ernest A. Dixon, who is stationed at Kirkland Field, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is spending a few days furlough with his mother, Mrs. Mable Stamper.
The Union Appeal - June 8, 1944
Private Allan C. Clarke, of Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, spent the weekend here with his wife and parents.
The Union Appeal - July 6, 1944
Pfc. W. L. Johnson of Union, a machine gunner, has been wounded while in action somewhere in France. He has been transferred to England where he is convalescing. Pfc. Johnson spent last Christmas with his family and on Christmas Eve, he married Miss Evelyn Smith.
Sgt. Percy M. Duette of Union was wounded in the invasion of France on June 6. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Duette of Route 4.
Pfc. Morris H. Reagan of Union, who is serving with an AAF B-17 Flying Fortress wing headquarters squadron in Italy, has been awarded the Good Conduct Medal.
R. H. Thompson received a card from his son, Private Robert H. Thompson, that he arrived safely in England from France and is doing fine.
The Union Appeal - July 13, 1944
Mr. & Mrs. Nolan James received a telegram from their son, S-Sgt. Albert James, who recently landed back in the States after nearly two years of service in the South Pacific. He expects to be home on furlough in a short while.
Mr & Mrs. James T. Crane of Lake received a message that their son, 2nd Lieutenant Charles O. Crane has been missing in action since June 23rd over Yugoslavia.
S-Sgt. Bill Owen Howle of the US Marine Air Corps, came in this week on a furlough to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Howle.
Pictured Right: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
The Union Appeal - July 20, 1944
1st Class Boatsman Mate Charles Ray Hunter, son of Erby J. Hunter of Union, writes that he was in the invasion of France and they were having a hot time.
Corporal George Calvert of Camp Shelby is at home with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Calvert, on a 12 days furlough.
Pfc. Noble Germany, who had been stationed in Laredo, Texas, is at home on a few days furlough while being transferred to the First Army Corps in Massachusetts.
The Union Appeal - July 27, 1944
Mrs. S. C. Burns of Union received a telegram Monday that her son, Sgt. Ufa S. Burns of the US Marines, had been killed in action in the South Pacific.
Letters have been received this week from Hack Vance and Ralph Luke by their parents both stating that they were in Army hospitals. It is presumed that they received wounds while in action in France.
Private Clois Watkins, stationed at the San Diego Marine Base, has returned back to base after visiting his relatives and friends in Little Rock.
Loyd O. Vance, who is stationed in the Navy at Camp Perry, Virginia, is at home on a ten-day leave visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Vance.
The Union Appeal - August 3, 1944
Corporal Raymond W. Majure of Union is now serving with the Eastern Command of the U. S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe, somewhere in Russia, with a contingent of picked American troops that now staff U. S. bomber and fighter bases in the Soviet Union.
John Thomas Smith, Seaman 1st/C of the U. S. Navy is now stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. He is the son of Mr. &Mrs. E. M. Smith of Union and a graduate of Beulah Hubbard High School.
Private John C. Richardson, son of Mr. & Mrs. Lee Richardson of Neshoba, has been wounded in action. He has stated that he is doing okay, but that he will have to be in the hospital for a long time.
The Union Appeal - August 10, 1944
Union Brothers in Service
Two Union friends meet in Honolulu: S 1/c Kenneth F. Lewis, son of Mr. & Mrs. C. G. Lewis and S 2/c J. D. Leeke Jr., son of Mr. & Mrs. J. D. Leeke, met recently in Hawaii.
Edwin Fulton, A.M.M. 3/c, who is stationed at Corpus Christi, Texas, came in Saturday on a two weeks leave.
The Union Appeal - August 17, 1944
Pfc. Joe W. Johnson of Little Rock, writes that he is doing fine after his safe arrival in France on D-Day. Pfc. Johnson has three brothers serving their country: Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson, now stationed in England; M/Sgt. Edsel F. Johnson serving in Sardinia; and Pvt. Henry E. Johnson at Camp Blanding, Florida.
Pvt. Carl I. Vance was killed in action in England July 3. He was inducted into the Army November 11, 1942 and sent to England in April of 1944.
Pfc. John Charles of Neshoba was wounded in the battle of Saipan. He was wounded on July 12th and is now in a Navy hospital.
Seaman James McCorkle of the U. S. Navy, has been at home on a few days leave from Camp Wallace, Texas. He left Thursday morning not knowing where he will be stationed next.
S/Sgt. Toxey McMahan came in on a 20 days furlough to visit his parents. He is just back from Africa where he spent 28 months in the U. S. Army.
The Union Appeal - August 31, 1944
Jim Walton & Bill Houston, two of our last years high school graduates, have just finished boot training in the Navy and were back home this week on a few days leave.
A letter was received by Mrs. Velma Addy, mother of Private Gordon Addy from his commanding officer, Captain John W. Blaike of the 7th Infantry. In it, he praises Pvt. Addy for his personal courage and able performance.
Pictured Left: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
The Union Appeal - September 21, 1944
S/Sgt. Elmo M. Winstead, 23, the son of Mr. & Mrs. W. L. Winstead of Union, returned from service outside the continental United States. Winstead, a B-26 engineer gunner, flew 49 missions during 19 months in England, winning the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with seven clusters.
S/Sgt. Percy W. Adams, son of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Adams of Union, is a Liberator gunner in the European theater. He flew on 50 missions and was awarded the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters and a personal citation.
The Union Appeal - September 28, 1944
Pfc. Leo Tomlin was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and the Silver Star for gallant action in the Admiralty Islands during campaign. During a four hour period under heavy Japanese fire he administered first aid to fourteen of his wounded comrades. Pfc. Tomlin is the son of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Crocker of Route 3, Union.
Sgt. Bill Winstead left this week for St. Petersburg, Florida, after spending a ten days furlough with his wife and baby at Little Rock.
The Union Appeal - October 12, 1944
Mr. & Mrs. Bennie Milling received a telegram from the War Department stating that their son, Pvt. Bennie Odell Milling was seriously wounded in action in France on August 13. The last word they received from him that he is now in a hospital in England and will be there for a while. Pvt. Milling has two brothers serving their country: S/Sgt. Embry Bernard Milling and Orem Dollis Milling, MOMM 3/c.
Mr. & Mrs. Ned Boler have received word that their son, Pfc. Gordon Boler has arrived safely in France.
The Union Appeal - October 19, 1944
Gunnery Sgt. C. L. Lundy came in on a furlough to visit his father, J. P. Lundy. He has just returned from the South Pacific, after 27 months overseas. He has been in the Marine Corps seven years, this the first time he has been at home in six years.
Hubert A. Massengale, ARM2/c, has returned to Patuxent River, Maryland, Naval Air Station, where he is stationed, after spending a leave with his parents and friends around Union.
The Union Appeal - October 26, 1944
The Bronze Star has been awarded Staff Sergeant Toxey McMahan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac McMahan, Rt. 4, Union. The award was made for participation in action in Africa where McMahan's bomber group helped Montgomery's 8th Army blast the Nazis out of Tripoli, Bengasi and Torbuk.
Lt. Bruner A. Lewis, son of Mr. G. W. Lewis of Union, is home from the Aleutians, in the Pacific, where he had been stationed the last two years.
The Union Appeal - November 2, 1944
Marine Pfc. John Charles Richardson, 21 year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richardson of Union, has been awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received on Saipan when he was slashed by a Jap officer's saber as he lay asleep in a foxhole. Richardson had spent 27 days routing Japs from caves and pillboxes on Saipan before he became a casualty.
The Army-Navy "E" award was formally presented to the management and employees of the Lebanon Shirt Co. here last Friday, when several representatives of the War Department, town officials and members of the surrounding community were present.
The Union Appeal - November 9, 1944
Mr. & Mrs. Walter F. Vance of Conehatta have been notified that their son, Pvt. Royce Vance, 19, was wounded in action in Italy on October 4th. He has two older brothers in service, Cpl. Walter Lloyd Vance in the Pacific and Sgt. James Melborn Vance in France.
S-Sgt. Ethel C. Lewis of the Army Air Corps in Pratt, Kansas, and Lt. Breuner Lewis of the U. S. Army, who was stationed in the Aleutian Islands, were home on a recent furlough with their father, G. W. Lewis.
The Union Appeal - November 16, 1944
The Engineering Group of which T-Sgt. Herbert E. Worthen of Union is a member, has been commended for the reconstruction of a railroad bridge in France, while under fire from German artillery for 16 days. Sgt. Worthen is the son of Mrs. G. S. Worthen.
Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Garrison of Union, Route 2, have been officially notified that their youngest son, Dorris Gwin Garrison, disappeared in a naval battle on October 24 and his fate is still unknown. Garrison served aboard the USS Princeton, which was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of Leyte.
The Union Appeal - November 23, 1944
Hit by shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell during fighting on the Siegfried Line in Germany, Pvt. Arthur D. Belk, 19, of Route 1, Union, is recovering from wounds of the right foot at a United States Army General hospital in England. Pvt. Belt has been awarded the Purple Heart.
Pfc. John W. McBeath of Neshoba recently completed two years of overseas service with a veteran airborne aviation engineer company in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations.
Pictured Right: John W. McBeath (middle back row) somewhere in Northern Africa
Dennis Herrington, who is in the Marine Corps, is at home on furlough. His son, Corporal Kenneth Herrington, is also at home on a furlough from the Army.
The Union Appeal - November 30, 1944
Born to Pfc. and Mrs. Allan Clarke on November 25 a fine baby boy weighing eight pounds, named Allan Cameron Clarke. Pfc. Clarke is in Holland with the U. S. Army.
Mr. G. W. Foster received a telegram from the War Department that his son, Sgt. Charles E. Foster, was wounded in Germany. He is now in a hospital in England.
The Union Appeal - December 14, 1944
Corporal Frank Pinson of Fort Pueblo, Colorado is spending a 15 day furlough with friends and relatives in Union and Little Rock.
The Union Appeal - December 21, 1944
Sgt. & Mrs. V. O. Collins came in last week from Turner Field, Albany, Georgia, to spend the holidays with the home folks.
Private Harold Germany, wife and daughter are visiting his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Germany of Union, Route 1. Pvt. Germany is stationed at Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The Union Appeal - December 29, 1944
Miss Juanita McElhenney recently received a telegram from her brother, Pvt. William J. McElhenney, 19, stating that he had arrived safely in England with the 291st Infantry. James is the oldest son of Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McElhenney of Decatur.
Haward Amis, of the U. S. Navy, who recently returned from action in the Pacific, is spending a few days leave with relatives and friends in the Greenfield community. He was on one of the destroyers that were sunk in the naval battles of the Philippines.
The Union Appeal - January 4, 1945
Charles Raymond Viverette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Viverette of Union, received his silver wings when he graduated as a second Lieutenant from Marfa Army Air Field.
Charles Ray Hunter, B. M. 2/c, of the U. S. Navy, son of Mr. Irby Hunter, came in this week on a 33 days leave. Charles Ray has seen some action several times but says he has been lucky so far.
The Union Appeal - January 11, 1945
Little Rock -- Pvt. Henry E. Johnson, one of this community's finest citizens was killed in the Battle of France on November 25. An infantryman with General Patton's Third Army, he met his death on the battlefront near Nancy. He is survived by three brothers: Sgt. A. C. Johnson, who is serving in France; Pfc. Joe Johnson with a chemical warfare unit in France since D-Day; and Master Sgt. Edsel F. Johnson Army Air Corps, who has been overseas since the invasion of North Africa.
According to a letter received here by Mr. H. L. Laird, Major Earl L. Laird was taken prisoner by the Germans in their big drive in December for two days, along with his hospital staff. Friends are now glad to know he is safely back on the American side.
Hit in both legs by shrapnel from a German artillery shell during heavy fighting near Aachen, Germany, Sgt. Charles E. Foster of Union is now recovering at an Army Hospital in England. Sgt. Foster, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Foster, has been awarded the Purple Heart.
The Union Appeal - January 18, 1945
Morris Reagan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Reagan, came in this week on a furlough after spending many months in Africa and Italy with the 15th Air Force.
James Lamar Harrison, A.O.M. 2/c of the U. S. Navy and wife recently returned to Los Angeles, California, after spending a ten days leave with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Harrison of Neshoba and Mrs. J. J. Caraway of Hickory.
Pfc. William E. Stribling is spending a 15 days furlough with his wife and baby here in the home of O. A. Stribling.
Pictured Right: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
The Union Appeal - February 1, 1945
Pvt. William Rainer and his elder brother, Pfc. Charles H. Rainer, of Union, are both members of the armed forces. William, 19, is fighting in Italy. Charles, 22, is now on duty at Barksdale Field in Louisiana. Both men are graduates of Beulah Hubbard High School.
Willie H. French, AOM 3/c U.S.N.A.A.F., who is stationed at Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, is at home on a 16 days leave, is visiting relatives near Union.
The Union Appeal - January 25, 1945
Lt. Bruce Cleveland, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Cleveland of Union, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Mrs. Ibra Cleveland has two sons, Cpl. Durwood Cleveland and Pvt. George "Hap" Cleveland, besides her son-in-law, Sgt. James . Cook, in the service. Durwood has seen action since June of 1944, serving in France. Hap has been serving in Italy since December of 1944 and Cook has been serving as an aerial gunner on bombing raids over Germany.
Lt. Wilson Fulton, son of Mid Fulton of Neshoba, has returned to the United States, having been injured while on duty with the Marines in the Pacific area.
The Union Appeal - February 8, 1945
W. A. Coursey of Decatur received a message from the War Department Tuesday that his son, W. A. Coursey, Jr. was killed in action in France on January 18.
Lt. Colonel Glenn D. Walker, husband of Mrs. Margaret Walker of Union, has been awarded a silver Star for gallantry in action. Walker is a battalion commander with the 3th Infantry Division.
Pvt. Charles L. Mabry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Mabry, came in Tuesday on a furlough. He spent nearly three years in Europe and North Africa with the U. S. Army.
The Union Appeal - February 23, 1945
Melburn R. Russell, S 1/c of Union, Route 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Russell and William C. Adams, S 1/c of Lawrence, son of Mrs. Opal Adams, met recently in the Philippines. These two boys attended school together at Conehatta High School.
John Blanton received the sad news that his nephew, Roy Blanton, was killed in action in Germany on January 2.
Mrs. O. G. Walters of Union, Route 2, received a letter from her husband, Pvt. O. G. Walters, announcing his safe arrival in the Philippines. He is a member of the 655th Field Artillery Battalion.
The Union Appeal - March 1, 1945
Roy L. Dorman, son of Mr. and Mrs. U. G. Dorman of Union, has been promoted to the rank of Captain. He is presently fighting in the Philippines with the 472nd Field Artillery. He hoped to meet his brother-in-law, Sgt. Ernest C. Huddleston, who is with the famous 43rd division on Luzon. He also has a brother and another brother-in=law, Sgt. William E. Dorman and Pfc. Victor L. Huddleston who are on combat duty in the South Pacific.
Stafford Bankston, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clay Bankston, came in today on a furlough to visit his wife and parents. He has just returned from the battle front in Europe.
The Union Appeal - March 15, 1945
Pfc. Onree Heflin came in this week on a 30-day furlough. He just recently returned from the battlefield of Europe where he was wounded. Pfc. Heflin is the son of Mr. B. M. Heflin of Union.
Tommie Jim Walton, S 1/c, of the U.S.Navy came in last week on a 23-days leave to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Walton.
Mrs. Glenn Walker left the past weekend to be with her husband, Lt. Colonel Glenn Walker, who is recuperating from war wounds at a government hospital in Topeka, Kansas.
The Union Appeal - March 22, 1945
Sergeant William Denver Wilson of Union is making it possible for the giant B-29 super fortresses to strike regularly at the hear of Japan's war industry.
Missing since November 23, 1944, Sgt. Charles D. Williams of Little Rock is now known to be a prisoner of war of the Germans. His nephew, Lt. Billy Williams, lost his life in March 1943, while bombing Rotterdam. His brother-in-law, Pvt. Herman Smith, is now fighting in Belgium.
Pfc. Glenn White came in Monday from Europe on a 30 days furlough. Glenn has been in the Army for five years and has served 34 months overseas. He has been wounded twice and had frost bitten feet.
The Union Appeal - March 29, 1945
Mrs. Bessie Lockley of Union received a telegram from the War Department that her son, Sgt. Major Dan H. Lockley, 25, was killed in action February 19 on Iwo Jima. Dan was a member of the 4th Marine Division.
Pfc. Wesley E. Dempsey, the husband of Norma S. Dempsey of Decatur, has been awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in action against the enemy. Pfc. Dempsey is now fighting in Germany with the 84th Infantry Division.
Mrs. Mildred Boler received word that her husband, Pfc. Gordon Boler, was slightly wounded in Germany on March 6. Gordon is the son of Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Boler.
The Union Appeal - April 5, 1945
Private William H. Rainer of Union, the son of Mrs. Lorada Rainer, is serving in an infantry unit that utilized every conceivable means of winter warfare in combating the Germans on the Fifth Army mountain front during the winter just ended. He is presently serving in Italy. Rainer is a rifleman serving in the 337th Regiment of the 85th Custer Division.
Mrs. Ludie Williams came in last week and subscribed The Appeal to be sent to her nephew, S/Sgt. Bill Williams, who has been stationed overseas for some 25 months, serving in Sicily, Italy and France.
Mr. Dennis A. Herrington, who has the unique distinction of having been honorably discharged from both World War I and II, is now liviing with his family in Union. Mr. Herrington was recently discharged from the Marine Corps after three years of service.
The Union Appeal - April 12, 1945
S/Sgt. Charley B. Barnes, 28, of Union, is in Rome on rest leave there. Overseas 19 months, Sgt. Barnes is with the 12th AAF and was employed at Peoples Bank as a teller before entering the Army in December of 1942.
Pvt. Selby H. McMahan, the oldest son of Mr. & Mrs. I. H. McMahan of Union, is now serving his country in Germany. He has been overseas since November of 1944. Pvt. McMahan has two brothers in service, Sgt. Maston H. McMahan also in Germany and Sgt. Toxey H. McMahan, who served 28 months overseas but is now based in Kansas.
Mrs. Selby Heflin of the city received a letter from her brother, Pfc. John Morgan, stating that he is a German prisoner. This is the first news from her brother since the War Deparment reported him missing in action since December 19. Pfc. Morgan was attached to the 22nd Signal Unit of the First Army until he was taken prisoner in Luxemburg.
The Union Appeal - April 19, 1945
Mrs. Howard Turner has received word that her husband, Pfc. Tommie H. Turner, is in a U. S. hospital somewhere in England, recovering from a leg wound received while fighting with the 1st Army in Germany.
Lt. Alan B. Cleveland, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Cleveland of Union, has been transferred from the European front to India and has been promoted from Lieutenant to Captain in the Army Air Force.
Pfc. Robert O. Heflin has returned to a New Orleans hospital after spending a 30-day furlough at home.
The Union Appeal - April 26, 1945
Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Staton of Union have received a message from the War Department that their son, George N. Staton Jr. of the U. S. Marine Corps is missing in action in the service of his country somewhere in the Pacific.
Lt. E. L. Lewis and S/Sgt. Noble Germany saw each other in London after being separated for about three years. The boys were students at Union High School together and were stars on the football team.
Following the sudden death of the late Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Vice-president Harry S. Truman was sworn in as chief executive.
A message has been received from the War Department that Sgt. Arthur C. Vance, 23, was killed in action on April 5 in Germany.
The Union Appeal - May 3, 1945
Sgt. J. B. Jones of Union is serving with an infantry division in Germany. On June 6, 1944, he served with the famed 29th Infantry Division, taking part in one of the bloodiest and most heroic battles in U. S. military history. Sgt. Jones is a graduate of Beulah Hubbard High School.
Mrs. R. F. Brown of Dixon brought to the Appeal office a hen egg that had the perfect letter "V" on it. Mrs. Brown has two sons in the service, Pfc. Henry Brown and Pvt. Robbie C. Brown, Sr.
Lt. Raymond H. Livingston of Decatur has just returned from 32 months of overseas service. He is the holder of several service ribbons including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Mr. and Mrs. Willard Harrison of Little Rock are the parents of four boys, all in the armed services. They are Hermon E. Harrison, S 1/c, age 24, who is now aboard a large tanker in the Pacific. Pfc. William Leon Harrison, 22, has been in the South Pacific for the past 20 months with the 295th anti-aircraft artillery. S/Sgt. Charlie Lewis Harrison, 21, is with the 3rd aircraft maintenance unit now in New Guinea. Pvt. John Morris Harrison, 18, is now at an infantry replacement training center at Camp Wheeling, Georgia. Mr. Millard Harrison was a veteran of World War I.
The Union Appeal - May 10, 1945
President Truman, in words of stern triumph and dedication, proclaimed defeat of a crushed Germany today and served notice on Japan that her doom is sealed.
Pfc. John Morgan, ex-prisoner of war, came in Saturday afternoon from Foster General Hospital in Jackson. Morgan served 18 months overseas, four months was spent in a German concentration hospital.
Two Union boys, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Collins, are serving in the Army overseas, Verne Oree Collins is now in England. Jenner Lee Collins landed in England, went to France and is now in Belgium.
The Union Appeal - May 17, 1945
Mrs. Charles L. Williams received a letter from her husband, an ex-prisoner of war, that he will be coming home soon. He has been a German prisoner since November 23, 1944.
John T. Smith, S 1/c and James R. Smith, S 2/c of the U. S. Navy, sons of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Smith of Union, recently met somewhere in the South Pacific. Both of these boys attended Beulah Hubbard High School.
A Memorial service honoring ex-servicemen of all wars and all men in uniform will be held at the First Baptist Church Sunday, May 27.
The Union Appeal - May 24, 1945
Private George N. Staton was killed in action on March 7th and has been buried on the island of Iwo Jima.
Mrs. Mae Freeburgh received a phone call Monday from her son, S/Sgt. Charles H. Freeburgh was in New York after having been liberated from a German prisoner camp. Sgt. Freeburgh was shot down over Germany on February 24, 1944. He was a turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator.
Sgt. Nilon Hagan and Cpl. Andrew Claiborne Hagan are the only sons of Mrs. Dora Hagan and the late Andrew Hagan of Little Rock. Nilon is serving with General Patton's Third Army and has earned the Bronze Star. Andrew was serving with the 4th Engineers and participated in the invasion of France. He was wounded in September of last year.
The Union Appeal - Thursday, May 31, 1945
England, VE Day -- Among the 185,000 men and women of the Eighth Air Force congratulated today by Lt. General James H. Doolittle were the following from Union: Cpl. William F. Ware, Sgt. Malcolm E. Ferguson, Sgt. Percy Sessions, Pvt. Eddie J. Session, S/Sgt. Oree Collins, S/Sgt. Cecil B. Rhodes, Cpl. Royce W. Gordon, S/Sgt. Noble Germany and 1st Lt. Carl L. Tucker. The Eighth dropped an average of a ton of bombs every minute of the last 12 months.
O. J. Gordon and his nephew, W. J. Gordon, brother and son of Earnest Gordon of Little Rock, had a happy meeting somewhere in the South Pacific.
The Union Appeal - June 7, 1945
Mr. E. Simmons received the following message from the War Department Wednesday of this week: "The Secretary of War desires me to inform you that your son, Sgt. James C. Simmons returned to military control May 2nd, 1945."
1st Lt. R. T. Staton, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. R. T. Staton, Sr., of Union, was awarded the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in connection with military operations against the enemy April 10, 1945 in Germany.
Sgt. Willie O. Graham of Union has been awarded the Bronze Star for heroic action against the enemy in Belgium.
Cpl. Reuben Cleveland has arrived in San Francisco after spending about nine months in the South Pacific. He is in a hospital where he is being treated.
The Union Appeal - June 14, 1945
Petty Officer 2/c Wilber R. Vance and Petty Officer Jack B. Vance of Union, Route 2, recently met in the Pacific. They had not seen each other in three years. Mr. and Mrs. Vance have another son, T-Sgt. John C. Vance, who is serving in Germany.
T-Sgt. 'Cub' Brunson, who has served several months with the 15th Air Force in Europe as a crew member of a bomber group, is spending a leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Brunson. Sgt. Brunson has been wounded three times but is not being discharged from the service, since he is classified as essential.
The Union Appeal - June 21, 1945
Loyd Oneal Vance, S 1/c, Pho. M., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Vance, has received his wings from the U.S. Naval Air Gunners School, Jacksonville, Florida. He is now awaiting further orders.
Major Jerry E. Rouse, 6th Armored Division, of Rt. 4, Union, recently was awarded the Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster to the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
Pvt. Amos Chaney, who was seriously wounded in the fighting in Europe, has returned to a government hospital in Oklahoma for a check up on his wounds. He has been home in Union while convalescing.
Jack Russell, S 2/c, son of Mr. Mack Russell, came in last week for a 24 days leave from the Pacific
The Union Appeal - May 9, 1946
A memorial service for Howard Houston will be held at the Methodist Church Sunday night. He went down with the Cruiser Indianapolis on July 30, 1945
Clay Gordon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benton Gordon, received his discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps last week after serving about two and one-half years, most of which he served in the Pacific war area. He saw heavy action on Okinawa.
The Union Appeal - August 22, 1946
Junior Taylor, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Taylor of Union, came in last week with a discharge from the U.S. Marine Corps. He was in service almost 20 months, most of which time was spent in the Pacific. His duty was on the USS Yorktown (The Fighting Lady) and was in Tokyo Bay at the close of the war.
A special Thanks goes out to Mrs Etoile Rainer Sharp, whose faithful clipping of the below World War II era newspaper items provided us a wonderful history of the era.
Pictured Left: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
Wounded in Action - PFC. Onree Heflin
Union Soldier Receives Qualification Badge - Cpl. Thurman E. Sharp
Tec. 5 Thurman E. Sharp
Cpl. Thurman E. Sharp is the son of Mr. And Mrs. Luther Sharp, Union, Miss., Rt. 4, and entered the Army on Nov. 11, 1942, going to Fort Benning, Ga., from Camp Shelby, where he has remained ever since, being transferred three times in the same camp. Cpl. Sharp also wears the Good Conduct Medal, which he received about 18 months ago. His wife, the former Miss Etoile Rainer, resides with the soldier's parents, and has been an employee of the Lebanon Shirt Co. For the past four years.
Cpl. Thurman Sharp, who is stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., spent Christmas with his wife and other relatives here.
Prisoner For Two Days - Major Earl L. Laird
Returns From Overseas - Major Earl L. Laird
Serves Aboard U.S.S. Stoddard - Ned E. Chamblee, S 2-c
Grover Hanson Killed In Airplane Crash
From Somewhere in France
In Memory of George N. Staton, Jr.
Received His Navy "Wings Of Gold" - Guy Lafayette Tucker, Jr.
Pictured Right: Somewhere in North Africa, John W. McBeath (U.S. Army Air Force Airborne Engineer Aviation Co. - WWII)
Brothers In Service
Union Boys Meet In London
Rescued From Japanese Prison - Wilburn Lockley
Brothers Meet In Pacific
Lt. Col. E. M. Smith Writes From Belgium
Four Brothers In Service
T/Sgt John C. Vance Writes From Germany
Pvt. R. C. Smith In Marine Corps
Pictured Left: Schofield Barracks, Island of Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, US Army Soldiers of the 325 AAA S/L B/n, Hq Battery, WWII
Sgt. Charles D. Williams
Killed In Action - Pvt. Carl I. Vance
Two Union Friends Meet In Honolulu.
Wounded In Action
Wounded Union Soldier Recovering At Hospital In England
Wounded in Germany
A Letter From Norman Bates
Army-Navy "E" Presentation at Lebanon Shirt Company
With Our Boys In Service
Shirt Co. Employees Enjoy Big Picnic
Pictured Right: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
Union Boy Writes From Luxembourg
Dies of Wounds Received in Action
The following letter received by Mrs. Bonnie Dee Watson, who now lives in Meridian, informs her of the death of her husband, Willie Watson. Willie was the son of Andrew Watson of Union, and his wife is the daughter of Mr. Luther Gray of Neshoba. The letter from his commanding officer is as follows: Dear Mrs. Watson: It is with heavy heart that I direct this letter to you. Despite its painful news, I hope it will bring some measure of comfort. As you have already been notified, your husband Willie was wounded in action on 30 July 1945 at Kiangan, Ifugao Prince, Luzon, Philippine Islands and died 30 July 1945. Willie was with a combat patrol when hit in the head by enemy shell fragments. I assure you that he received the best of medical treatment and every effort was made to relieve his suffering. Certainly words cannot console in such a time as this; but Willie served his country well and faithfully, and justly merited the pride you felt in him. We who knew him through these years of war realize the magnitude of your loss. We knew him as a fine gentleman, a capable soldier and a worthy friend. His cheerfulness and willingness to help others made him a favorite with all the officers and men of the organization. He was a comrade whose memory will always be dear to us. To my own most sincere expression of sympathy, I add that of all the men in the organization in your bereavement. Willie was given a Christian burial in an United States Armed Forces cemetery, Luzon, Philippines Islands; the services being held by our Chaplain. The exact location of the grave will be furnished by the Quartermaster General without the need of any further inquiry on your part. With sincerest sympathy, James M. Garrison, Captain, 20th Infantry, Commanding
Serving Overseas - Pvt. Selby H. McMahan
Pvt. Selby H. McMahan, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. I. H. McMahan of Union, Rt 4, is now serving his country in Germany. He has been overseas since November 1944. Pvt. McMahan was inducted into the Army in September 1943 at Camp Shelby and was sent from there to Ft. Eustis, Virginia, where he received his basic training in Coast Artillery. He was transferred to Camp Claiborne, La., in February 1944, where he received training in the 84th division of the Infantry. From Camp Claiborne he was sent to Camp Polk, Louisiana in September 1944 for a few weeks training in Field Artillery before going to the port of embarkation in October and overseas in November 1944. He spent about two months in England and a few weeks in France, but his last letters were written somewhere in Germany. Pvt. McMahan has two brothers in service, Sgt. Maston S. McMahan, also in Germany, and S/Sgt. Toxey H. McMahan, who has served twenty-eight months overseas but is now stationed in Kansas. Pvt. McMahan's wife, the former Ethel McAdory, is residing with his parents, near Union, during his absence. She is a member of the faculty of Beulah Hubbard Special Consolidated School.
Loses Life In Action - William Howard Houston
The following telegram has been received by Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Houston: Washington, D. C., September 17, 1945, Mr. & Mrs. William Grover Houston, Union, Miss.; I deeply regret to inform you that a careful review of all facts available relating to the disappearance of your son William Howard Houston, Pharmacists Mate Second Class, U.S.N.R., previously reported missing, leads to the conclusion that there is no hope for his survival and that he lost his life as result of enemy action on 30 July 1945 while in the service of his country. If further details are received they will be forwarded to you promptly. Sincerest sympathy is extended to you in your great loss. Vice Admiral Louise Denfeld, The Chief of Naval Personnel
Loses Life On Iwo Jima - Pvt. George N. Staton, Jr.
Pvt. George N. Staton, Jr., serving with the Fifth Marine Division, was reported missing in action in the Pacific, but on May 18th his parents received word that he had lost his life on March 7th, and had been buried in the Marine cemetery on Iwo Jima. Private Staton was born in Union and graduated from Union High School at the end of the first semester of 43-44; and went directly into the service of his country. After receiving a few months training in San Diego, he was shipped to the pacific where he saw action from the first day of the battle for Iwo Jima.
Ship's Captain Home On Visit - Capt. C. A. Montague
Captain C. A. Montague, who has been with the Merchant Marine for about eight years, is at home on a leave to visit his wife and son. Capt. Montague is the son of Charlie Montague, formerly of this county but now of Biloxi, and a grandson of J. H. Richardson of Little Rock. His wife was formerly Miss Nellie Herrington, daughter of the late Judge J. T. Herrington of Little Rock. During Captain Montague's period of service he has visited most all the major ports of the world, having made three trips as master of his ship. In his younger days he was quite an athlete, having been a member of Beulah Hubbard High School's first basketball team, later being a star on Biloxi High School's football and basketball teams.
Missing In Action - George N. Staton, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. G. N. Staton, of Union, have received a message from the War Department that their son, George N. Staton, Jr. of the U.S.Marine Corps, is missing in action in the service of his country somewhere in the Pacific. The above picture was taken during Pvt. Staton's "boot" training.
John W. Cleveland, S 1/c
John W. Cleveland, S 1/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cleveland of Decatur, Miss., is serving somewhere in the South Pacific. he was drafted into the Navy after finishing high school at Stratton, on May 18, 1944. Receiving his training at Camp Perry, Va., he was granted a short furlough home. After returning to Virginia, he was shipped to Atlantic City, New Jersey and from there to New Orleans, where he boarded the U.S.S. LTS No. 598. Since at sea he has been to Panama, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Guam and is now at some unknown port loading his ship for the next invasion.
Ex-Prisoner Of War Spends Week-End With Family - Pfc. John Morgan
Pfc. John Morgan, ex-prisoner of war, came in Saturday afternoon from Foster General Hospital at Jackson to spend Saturday night and Sunday with his family. John served eighteen months overseas. About four months of that time was spent in a German concentration hospital. He was liberated the 27th of March and flown from Heppenheim to Paris, where he remained until a few weeks later. He was then flown from Paris to New York and on to Foster General Hospital in Jackson. John was happy to be with his family and friends over the week-end and hopes to be back for a 30 days furlough shortly.
Serving In England - Royce W. Gordon
Royce W. Gordon is serving his country, stationed in England. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Gordon of Union. Royce is a graduate of Stratton High School and E.C.J.C. of Decatur. He volunteered for service in the Army Air Corps in December 1941, and received his training at Keesler Field, Miss., Santa Monica, Calif., and Tacoma, Washington. he was sent overseas in August 1943 and landed in England, where he is now serving as a clerical worker in the Eighth Air Force.
Awarded Good Conduct Medal - Pfc. Ike R. Laird
The Good Conduct medal has been awarded to Pfc. Ike R. Laird, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Laird of Union, who is stationed at Phoenix, Arizona. "The award of the Good Conduct Medal is authorized to those enlisted men of the Army of the United States who honorably served one year of active military service since February 7, 1941 and who are recommended by their commanding officers for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity." Pfc. Laird has two brothers in the services, major Earl L. Laird, who is serving somewhere in Germany, and John Robert laird, S 2-c, who is taking training in Memphis, Tenn.
Ex-Prisoner Of War Is Safe In The States
Mrs. Mae Freeburgh received a phone call Monday from her son, S/Sgt. Charles H. Freeburgh, who was in New York, after having been liberated from a German prison camp. Sgt. Freeburgh was shot down over Germany on February 24, 1944, and had been a prisoner in Germany ever since. He was a turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator.
Receives Discharge - T/Sgt. J. B. Jones
T/Sgt. J.B. Jones, who has served his country overseas for about three years, came home Monday morning after being discharged from the Army at Camp Shelby. Sgt. Jones is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Jones of Little Rock and the husband of Mrs. Josie Mae Johnson Jones.
Missing On Indianapolis - Howard Houston, Ph.. M 2/c
Pharmacist's Mate 2/c William Howard Houston, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Houston of Union, has been missing in action since the sinking of his ship, the heavy cruiser Indianapolis, in the Philippine Sea on July 30. The cruiser had just delivered a cargo of atomic bombs to Guam and was enroute to Leyte to join the fleet when it was dealt the fatal blow by an enemy submarine. Houston was one of the 875 missing out of 1196, everyone of which was a casualty. A graduate of Union High School, Houston acted as school secretary and assistant commercial instructor there for a number of months. Prior to enlistment in the Navy in October 1942, he was employed in the Veterans' Hospital at Gulfport and gained experience which enabled him to get the rating of Pharmacist's Mate 3/c. Until being transferred to the Naval Hospital in Norman, Oklahoma on December 2, he worked in the main dispensary at the Naval Air Base in Pensacola, and after six months at Norman was sent back to his first base. There he studied to be a dental technician and upon completing the course, passed his second class examinations. He worked in the dental clinic until he was sent to Shoemaker, California for sea duty. Exactly two years after his entry into the Navy, Houston boarded his first and only ship, the Indianapolis, which carried him safely through attacks on the Japanese home island, the invasion of Iwo Jima, and minor battles. Only when the ship was badly crippled by a Jap Kamikaze pilot at Okinawa did she return to the states. While repairs were being made Houston was able to spend a few days leave at home before leaving the east coast on his last mission July 16.
Three Brothers Serving Overseas
Sgt. Dewey Moulds, Cpl Alton R. Moulds, Hq Co, 7th A., B. T-5 Melvin D. Moulds, 1648 Engr. Utilities Det. Melvin D. Moulds is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Moulds of Union Route 2. He has been in the service two years and three months and has been overseas twenty-five months.
Sgt. J. C. Simmons Liberated
Mr. E. Simmons received the following message from the War Department Wednesday of this week: "The Secretary of War desires me to inform you that your son, Sgt. Simmons, James C., returned to military control 2nd May '45. J. A. Ulio, The Adjutant General." Sgt. J. C. Simmons enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June, 1941, and went overseas in June 1942. He was stationed in England with the American 8th Air Force, and was in the first bombing mission the Americans made over Europe. He was credited with shooting down his first German plane on August 22, 1942, being attached to a Flying Fortress as tail gunner. He continued on bombing missions over France and Germany until his plane was shot down on October 21, 1942, when he was made a prisoner of war by the Germans after being picked up by fishermen on the North Sea where his plane went down. From letters received by his parents, it seems that he was moved to all parts of Germany during the two years and six months he was held prisoner by the Germans. J. C.'s many friends here rejoice with his family over the news that he has been liberated and are looking forward to the day when he will be able to return home.
"Old Hickory" Invasion Veteran Coming Home - PFC Billy B. Griffin
With the 30th Infantry Division in Assembly Area Command, France. - Pfc. Billy B. Griffis, of Union, Miss., enroute home from Europe with the "Old Hickory" Division, which broke up Germany's supreme counter-offensive in Normandy, is now being processed at Campt Oklahoma City, an infantry redeployment center operated by the Assembly Area Command. Landing on the French coast on D plus four, the 30th, commanded by Major General L. S. Hobbs, spearheaded the St. Lo breakthrough, poured across Northern France, Belgium and Holland, and then crashed through the Siegfried Line to complete the encirclement of Anchen. On December 17th, 1944, the division wheeled to help stop Runstedt's lightning attack in the Ardennes. After some bitter fighting in the Stavelot-Malmedy sector they sent the Germans reeling back frustrating Nazi plans to seize Belgium's northern ports. Stunner SS Panzer troops taken prisoner and gasping Nazi radio commentators spoke of having yielded to "Roosevelt's SS" in this battle. Out for the kill, the 30th led the 9th Army's assault crossing of the Rhine on March 24th and fought its way more than 200 miles to the Elbe at Magdeburg where Russians and Americans clasped hands in an historic union. Pfc. Griffis is the husband of Mrs. Willie Mae Griffis of Union. He holds the following decorations: Purple Heart and five Campaign Stars.
Letter from Okinawa - Albert N. James
October 12, 1945
Union Boy Writes From the Philippines - Reuben L. Cleveland
Te following letter is from Cpl. Reuben L. Cleveland, son of Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Cleveland of Union.
Somewhere in the Philippines
Killed In Action - Sgt. Arthur C. Vance
A message has been received from the War Department that Sgt. Arthur C. Vance was killed in action on April 5, 1945 in Germany. Sgt. Vance was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Vance of Union Route 2, and husband of Mrs. Dean Russell Vance, daughter of Mr. Will Russell of near Decatur. Sgt. Vance was inducted into the Army on Nov. 18, 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi and on Nov. 20, was sent to Camp Adair, Oregon, where he was assigned to the infantry and trained as a mechanic. While there he won the marksmanship medal with the rifle. On July 10, 1943, he was returned to Camp Shelby and was sent from there to Ft. Meade, Maryland, and sailed for overseas duty on Sept. 10, arriving in France Sept. 19, 1944 and was placed in the First Army. He saw service in France, Belgium and Holland and was wounded in Belgium on Jan. 16, 1945, and was killed in Germany on April 5, 1945. Sgt. Vance was 23 years of age. he will better remembered here by his friends as Cobert Vance.
Serving in Germany - Sgt. J. B. Jones
Sgt. J. B. Jones of Union, Miss., is serving with an Infantry division in Germany. Inducted in the Army on June 2, 1942, he received his training at Camp Wheeler, Ga., then was sent to Camp Blanding, Fla. There he was assigned to an overseas unit and sent to New Jersey before sailing for England in October of 1942. he remained in England 18 months and on June 6, 1944 with his division, the famed 29th Infantry Division, took part in one of the bloodiest and most heroic battles in the U. S. military history. He wears the E. T. O. ribbon the combat infantrymans badge with the silver wreaths and the good conduct medal. Also his unit has been awarded Presidential unit citations for the capture of St. Lo. Sgt. Jones is a graduate of Beulah Hubbard High School. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. R. Jones of Little Rock, Miss., and the husband of the former Miss Josie Mae Johnson of Decatur, Mississippi.
Getting An Eye Full of Rome - S/Sgt. Charley B. Barnes
Air Forces Rest Center in Rome -- S/Sgt. Charley B. Barnes, 28, of Union, Mississippi, is caught by the Army cameraman while in Rome on rest leave there. Overseas 19 months he is a Sgt. Major for the 12th AAF and was employed by Peoples Bank of Union as a Teller before entering the Army December 29, 1942.
Pictured Right: Robert Mills, US Army 325 AAA S/L Bn Hq Battery, WWII
Brothers Meet in South Pacific - James R. Smith, S 2/c, John T. Smith S 1/c
John T. Smith, S 1/c., and James R. Smith, S 2/c, of the U. S. Navy, sons of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Smith of Union, Miss., recently met somewhere in the South Pacific. Both of these boys attended Beulah-Hubbard High School at Little Rock, Miss. John T, age 22 years, took his boot training and attended service school at U. S. Naval Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., and went overseas last June, reporting to the Naval Supply Depot in Hawaii for which he still carries on the good work. James R. Smith, age 19 years, took his boot training at Camp Peary, Va., and sailed on a light cruiser, the U. S. S. Springfield, out in the Atlantic and on through the Panama Canal into the South Pacific where he is now serving.
In Service Together - Grady Fred Roebuck & Melvin E. Wilson
Grady Fred Roebuck, S 1/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carter Roebuck, of Union, Miss., and Melvin E. Wilson, S 1/c, son of Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Wilson, of Dixon, Miss., entered the Navy July 11, 1944. They took their training together at Camp Peary, Va., came home on their ten day leave together. They were sent back to Norfolk, Va., and took their ship, the Mayflower, there Nov. 5 and landed at Pearl Harbor Nov. 28. They stayed there 30 days and were sent to Tinian Island and landed there Jan. 13th. They are with the F. E. A. unit. Both of them drive tractors, cultivating vegetables on a 3000 acre garden. The vegetables they raise are used in hospitals and chow halls there. They have had a lot of Jap snipers to contend with.
Englishman Writes to Father of Service Man
The following letter was received by mr. Jessie T. Hitt of Duffee, Miss., from and English friend of his son in the U. S. Army, Thomas Darrell Hitt:
St. Helens, Lance, England
Rainer Brothers Both Wear Khaki
Pvt. William H. Rainer, left and his elder brother, Pfc. Charles H. Rainer are the two soldier sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Rainer, Union, Route 4. They are grandsons of the Rev. and Mrs. W. H. Rainer, of Little Rock, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Will Smith, of Union. Pvt. William H. Rainer, who is 19 years of age, was inducted into service last June 7. Assigned to the infantry, he was trained at Camp Blanding, Fla. Last October, he was given 10 days delayed traveling time on his way to Fort Meade, Md., his last station before going overseas. He is now fighting in Italy and, since he wears medals for his marksmanship with rifle and machine gun, is giving a good account of himself. Pvt. Rainer is married to the former Miss Bernell Gordon, who resides with her parents near Stratton and is employed by Lebanon Shirt Co., of Union. Pfc. Charles H. Rainer, 22, entered the Army Air Corps on September 5, 1943. He received his training at Keesler Field; Lowry Field, Colo., and Buckingham Air Field, Fla., and is now on duty at Barksdale Field, La., serving with the Third Air Force. Prior to entering the service, Pfc. Rainer was employed by Mississippi Power Co., in Meridian. His wife, the former Miss Helen Dallas, resides with him in Bossier City, La. Both these service men are graduates of Beulah-Hubbard High School., which their 10-year-old brother, Fred, and two sisters, Artimar and Geraldine, still attend. They have two married sisters, Mrs. Etoile Sharp and Mrs. Nellie Ruth Galloway, both residents of Union.
From Somewhere in France
January 17, 1945
Brothers Are Reunited in England
Proof that happiness can sometimes be found, even in the midst of war's chaos, is shown by this picture, made in England recently when these two brothers met for the first time in almost two years. Sgt. Percy Martin Session, left, beams with pride and affection on his younger brother, Eddie Joe, who was wounded November 29, fighting at Metz in France. When the sergeant who has been stationed in England the past 21 months with a headquarters squadron of the AAF learned of his brother's injuries, he immediately contacted army hospitals in that area and succeeded in locating the youngster and visiting him. Pvt. Eddie Joe Sessions, aged 19 years, is an infantryman, and has been overseas since last October. In a recent letter to homefolks he said: "I arrived in Metz in time for the last two days of combat there, then battled on up to the Roer river. it was there I was injured. A shrapnel fragment entered the middle finger of my right hand, near the tip; tore through it and crossed over to my third finger and lodged in its base, near the palm. The doctors are to remove this shrapnel soon and I am going to be okeh." These two soldiers are sons of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Sessions of Union, Route 4. They have two brothers, R. L., manager of the Gulf Transport Bus shops in Louisville; and Donovan Sessions, still a student in school. Their only sister is Mrs. Christine Skinner, who lives at Terry. Sgt. Percy Sessions, who is 28 years old, is married to the former Miss Virginia Parker, of Lawrence. She now resides in Newton, where her husband formerly maintained headquarters when he was serving as welfare agent for Newton County.
Bronze Star Medal - T/Sgt James O. Gill
Tech. Sgt. James O. Gill, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. A. Gill of Union, Route 2, has been awarded the following citation for award of the Bronze Star Medal: James O. Gill, 20424926 Technical Sergeant, Service Battery 932nd Field Artillery Battalion, United States Army, For meritorious service in connection with military operation against an enemy of United States during the period 29 October 1944 to 8 May 1945. As battalion supply Sergeant during the above period Technical Sergeant Gill's intelligence, efficiency, and thorough knowledge of supply procedures and administration relieved his superior officers of many hours of detail work, thus enabling them to devote their time to more urgent business. He skillfully kept his section well organized at all times, and incorporting new methods and procedures when necessary, and coordinating the securing and delivering of supplies between the battalion units. Due to his untiring efforts, the units of the batalion were continuously well supplied with all classes of supplies. Entered military service from Union, Mississippi.
Wins Decorations - Sgt. Dwight L. James, Jr.
A Ninth Air Force Reconnaissance Bast. Germany--Sergeant Dwight L. James, Jr., 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. L. James of Stratton, Miss., is serving with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance group, a unit recently awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, highest organizational decoration awarded the U. S. armed services. Sgt. James whose wife, Mrs. Carnell James, lives in Jackson, is a veteran of service in the battle for Europe in England, France, Belgium, and Germany. This group was the first American "Tac-R" outfit to perform "airspionage" in the European theater. The Presidential Citation was conferred upon the organization for a vital pre-invasion reconnaissance task. P-15 Mustangs from this unit flew "clay pigeon runs"--straight and level cameras flight over the flak-bound coasts of Normandy--to successfully accomplish "the most extensive low altitude oblique photograph's assignment ever undertaken over enemy territory". The pictures they obtained were used in planning our D-Day landings. Led by Lieutenant Colonel Richard S. Leghorn of Worchester, Mass., the 67th Group operates as an aerial scout force for several U. S. Armies and the Ninth Air Force. Col. Leghorn's pilots use Mustangs for low1level photography, for visual "spy" missions, and long range artillery adjustment. They also fly P-38's mapped the entire Siegfried Line and the Rhine valley in just five days. Participating in air-going offensives from Normandy, across France and Belgium, into Germany, the planes of the group have provided army and air commanders with up-to-the-minute battle intelligence and 2,200,000 photos of frontline sectors. Sgt. James, a clerk in the administrative section of the headquarters section of the 67th Group, is a graduate of Mississippi State College. he enlisted in the armed service in August, 1942. In addition to the ribbon denoting Presidential recognition, Sgt. James also wears four battle stars on his European Theater Operations ribbon.
Pictured Left: National D-Day Memorial, Bedford Co, VA
Pvt. Henry E. Johnson
Little, Rock, Miss., Jan. 8, 1944--Pvt. Henry E. Johnson, one of this community's finest young citizens was killed in the battle of France on Nov. 25. An infantryman with General Patton's Third Army, he met his death on the battle front near Nancy, according to an official message received here by his widow, Mrs. Edna Skinner Johnson. Aged 20 years, Pvt. Johnson was inducted into the army last April 29. After training at Camp Blanding, Fla. and Fort Meade, Md., he was send overseas, and had been in combat only about three weeks before losing his life on the battlefield. Up to the time he entered the service, Pvt. Johnson had spent his entire life on the family farm, near Little Rock. He was a gay, likeable boy, and seemed to possess those traits of character that would most endear him to his associates. In addition to his widow and two small daughters, Kathelene, age 16 months, and Henrietta, age 8 days, the soldier is survived by his widowed mother, Mrs. W. S. Johnson, two sisters, Mrs. H. R. Chandler of Little Rock, and Mrs. S. M. Simmons, of Vicksburg, three brothers, Sgt. A. C. Johnson, serving with the Army Postal Unit in France, Pfc. Joe W. Johnson, with the chemical warfare service in France, since D-Day, and Master Sgt. Edsel F. Johnson, Army Air Corps, who has been overseas since the invasion of North Africa, and is now based in Corsica.
Poem from Shelby Heflin
The following poem was sent by Pfc. Shelby Heflin to his mother, who died on the 8th of January, 1945. Pfc. Heflin did not receive word of her death until the 6th of Feb. The poem arrived home a few days after his mother's death. Pfc. Heflin has been serving overseas for one year. He is now with the 7th Army in Germany.
John Thomas Smith
John Thomas Smith, Seaman First Class, U. S. Navy, age 21 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Smith of Union, entered the service Nov. 3, 1943, took his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill. He is now stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. This fine young sailor finished high school at Beulah-Hubbard High School in 1941. In civilian life he was a farmer. he also has one brother serving our country, James Raymon Smith, Second Class Seaman, U. S. Navy, age 18 years, who is now at home on leave after just finishing his boot training at Camp Peary, Va., and one brother, Myrl, age 6 years at home with his parents. he also has many friends in his come community wishing him a return home soon. His father, a farmer, also served in World War One.
Like Marines Fine - Pvt. Shelton Reeves
Pvt. Shelton Reeves has been home on a weeks furlough and has returned to Camp Lejune, N. C. He has just finished 8 weeks of schooling. He says he likes the Marine life fine. Pvt. Reeves is the son of Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Reeves of Union.
Cpl. Roy Henton White
Mrs. Jennie White of Union, Miss., has just received a letter from her son, Cpl. Roy H. White of the U. S. Marine Corps, somewhere in the Pacific. Cpl. White states he is fine and in the best of health. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on August 6, 1940. He is a survivor of the U. S. S. Astoria that went down on August 9, 1942. He has seen plenty of action against the Japs. Cpl. White had a furlough home in May 1943 and his many friends enjoyed his being at home. He states that he doesn't have time to write very often and to tell all of his friends and relatives hello for him.
Horace Jenkins, F. 1/c
Horace Jenkins, F. 1/c U.S.S. Currituck, is 17 years old, son of Mr. and Mrs. Duffie E. Jenkins of Union Route 4. He enlisted in the U. S. Navy on Oct. 1, 1943. He completed his Naval Training School (Deesel) Navy Pier, Chicago, Ill., March 10, 1944, and also completed advance deesel operators school, Naval Training School, Dearborn, Michigan, the 9th of May, 1944.
Pictured Left: US Army Soldiers of the 325 AAA S/L Bn Hq Battery, WWII
Received His Wings - Lt. Raymond Viverette
Marfa, Texas, Dec. 23, 1944--Charles Raymond Viverette, son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther E. Viverette, Union, Miss., received his silver wings today when he graduated as a Second Lieutenant from Marfa Army Air Field, an advanced two-engine pilot school of the AAF Training Command, it was announced by Col. A. J. Kerwin Malone, commanding officer. The new pilot, a former resident of Union, completed a course in training in twin-engine aircraft. he was assigned here from Minter Field, Bakersfield, California. He is a former student of Union High School and Mississippi State College.
Lands in Boston - T/Sgt. Herbert Worthen
Mrs. G. S. Worthen received a message from her son, T/Sgt. Herbert Worthen, the first of the week stating that he had landed in Boston, and would be home in a short time. He is a member of the Army Engineer Corps, and has seen much service in Europe since D-Day.
Seaman Home On Leave - James M. Harrison
James M. Harrison, Seaman First Class in the U. S. Navy, is in Little Rock for a three-week leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Harrison. One of nine children, the sailor is being royally entertained by his father, mother, six sisters and two brothers. Seaman Harrison, known to all his friends as "Mack", entered the service in July 1943. After attending boot camp at Great Lakes, Ill., he was assigned to a heavy cruiser and went to sea. Serving as a gunner, he has seen much action in the six major battles within the past 14 months.
Union Boy Lands Safely in India
Pvt. Homer L. McAdory, of Union and Jackson, has landed safely in India, according to a cablegram received by his wife who resides in Jackson. Pvt. McAdory, son of the late Rev. and Mrs. S. E. McAdory of Union, entered the service in September of last year. He received his basic training at Camp Crowder, Mo., where he was later attached to the Signal Corps. Upon completion of his training there, he was moved to Fort Dix, N. J. and soon afterwards was shipped from an undisclosed point on the East Coast. Sgt. Berlin Gill McAdory, a brother, is stationed at Camp Carson, Colo.
Wounded in Action - Pvt. Bennie O. Milling
Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Milling received a telegram from the War Department, August 28, stating that their son, Pvt. Bennie O. Milling (Odell) was seriously wounded in action in France on August 13, 1944. The last word received from him was that he is now in a hospital in England and will be there for quite awhile. Odell is unable to write himself. A friend wrote for him but told nothing about his wound except that Odell could not write on account of his eye. In a later letter he was able to walk around in his ward but still unable to write. Pvt. Milling has two brothers serving their country, they are: S/Sgt. Embry Bernard Milling and Orem Dollis Milling, MOMM 3/c.
Back In The States - Odell Milling
Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Milling received the following letter from their son who was wounded August 13 in France and has recently been brought back to the States:
October 11, 1944
Mrs. Thurmon Sharp Joins Husband
Mrs. Thurman Sharp left Thursday for Fort Benning, Georgia to live with her husband, Cpl. Thurman Sharp. Cpl Thurman Sharp, who is stationed at Ft. Benning, Ga. has been spending a few days furlough with homefolks here. He was accompanied by his wife.
Dr. Laird Has Namesake in Belgium
The Laird Hospital Staff received the following letter from Major Earl L. Laird, M. D. recently:
Dr. E. L. Laird Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel
Dr. Earl L. Laird, head of Laird Hospital, received confirmation notice Christmas Day that he had been promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the u. S. Army Medical Corps. Colonel Laird recently retired from active duty in Europe where during the battle of the so-called bulge in Belgium, he with his entire field hospital unit was captured by the Germans. He led his unit back to the American lines after being prisoner for a short time. Colonel Laird saw much service as a surgeon right up on the front lines where he saved the lives of many of our soldiers by his skill. Colonel Laird is our of service at present on accumulated furlough. He will be discharged early in 1946 or transferred to the reserve. he will continue his practice in Union, where he has a good hospital and fine clientele. Union friends congratulate Colonel Laird on his promotion and are proud to know we have such a distinguished citizen who did so much during the recent war.
Union Boy Awarded Distinguished Flying Cross - Bruce Cleveland
Bruce Cleveland, son of Mr. and Mrs. I. L. Cleveland of Union, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, according to the following letter received by his mother:
Headquarters Twelfth Air Force
Was Home On Leave - Coyt C. Watkins, S 2/c
Coyt C. Watkins, S 2/c, after completing his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill., spent a 9-days leave with his wife and relatives of Little Rock, Mississippi. He returned, accompanied by his wife, to Great Lakes, where after a few happy days together, she returned home and he was sent to Bremerton, Washington to be assigned to a ship where he thinks he will be sent to the South Pacific. He says he is living a Christian life and God will bring him safely back home soon.
Wins Good Conduct Medal
Mrs. Alvis C. Johnson, who resides at 814 Grand avenue, this city, has received the following letter from Lt. Oscar H. Barnhill, commanding officer of the 65th Army Postal Union, France: "With the utmost pride and pleasure, I would like to announce to you and to his friends, the award of the Good Conduct medal to Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson, a member of this command. "The medal was awarded to Sgt. Johnson for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity. Your husband's fine character and record for efficiency are very outstanding and therefore warrant the highest commendation. We can justly be proud of his attainment." Sgt. Johnson is a son of Mrs. Susan Johnson of Little Rock, and the late W. D. Johnson. He entered the Army on September 10, 1943. His wife is a valued employee of Sears, Roebuck and Co.
Brothers at Home From the Services - Herman Bradley, H. A. 2/c & Pfc. Dewitt Bradley
Pfc. Dewitt Bradley and Herman Bradley, H. A. 2/c, sons of Mr. J. O. Bradley of Union, Route 4, were fortunate to be able to be at home at the same time. Dewitt being on furlough while his brother, Herman has just recently received a medical discharge. Pfc. Bradley is attached to the hospital ship Emily H. M. Weder, and has seen action in the invasion of Southern France in 1944 and then in the invasions of New Guinea and the Philippines. he has five campaign ribbons and six battle stars. He will report back to his ship in a few days. Herman took his boot training at Great Lakes, Ill., and was sent to Idaho, where he was taken sick, then being sent to California, where he received his discharge.
Pfc. R. C. Smith
Word has been received that Private First Class R. C. Smith has been awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained on Iwo Jima. Pfc. Smith is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. R. F. Smith of Little Rock, Miss., and is serving with the Fourth Marine Division in the South Pacific.
Brothers Serving In Germany - Sgt. Nilon Lamar Hagan & Cpl. Andrew Claiborn Hagan
Sgt. Nilon Lamar and Cpl. Andrew Claiborne Hagan are the only sons of Mrs. Dora Hagan and the late Andrew Hagan of Little Rock, Miss. Sgt. Nilon Lamar Hagan is a 10th Armored Infantryman, serving in Gen. Patten's Third Army in Germany and is known as the "Fighting Tigers". He is 30 years old. He served at different posts in Georgia, last being at Camp Gordon, Augusta, Ga., where he left for embarkation camp in September 1944 and landed in France the latter part of September. he has gone on through Germany, where he is now. He wears the good conduct medal, infantryman's badge and the bronze star. Sgt. Hagan was a farmer before inducted into the army. Cpl. Andrew Claiborne Hagan, age 25, volunteered his service for Uncle Sam's Army in January 1940, and was put in the 4th Engineers. He served at different posts on the east coast. he also took part in the maneuvers in Louisiana and the Carolinas, last being stationed at Fort Jackson, S. C., before sailing for overseas duty in January 1944. He landed in England where he was on duty until the invasion of France, where he fought until he was wounded on Sept. 7. He was then taken back to England for treatment. Cpl. Hagan rejoined his company sometime in October, and is now in Germany with Gen. Patton's Third Army, Cpl. Hagan was also a farmer before joining the Army. Besides these sons, Mrs. Hagan has two daughters, Mrs. Luvina Dean of Little Rock, and Mrs. Dares Parks of Decatur.
Radioman is Lost (From the Meridian Star)
Mr. & Mrs. R. L. Garrison of Union, Route 2, have been officially notified that their youngest son, Dorris Gwin Garrison, disappeared in a naval battle on October 24 and his fate is still unknown. Radioman third class in the U. S. Naval Reserve, young Garrison served aboard the ill fated U. S. S. Princeton, which was sunk by the Japanese in the Battle of Leyte. Bombed by Jap air forces, the Princeton fought valiantly until her magazines exploded, then was sent to the bottom of the Pacific by U. S. forces. Radioman Garrison, aged 19 years, graduated from Union High School with the class of 1943. After training in Radio school at Bainbridge, Md., he was assigned to the Princeton and, for the past eight months, had been based at Pearl Harbor. The sailor is the youngest of Mr. and Mrs. Garrison's eleven living children. His six sisters are Mrs. Nora and Mrs. Sybil Buchanan, both of Heidelberg; Mrs. J. P. Dennis, Richmond, Va.; Mrs. Hazel Harrison, Mrs. Ruby Johnson and Miss Helen Garrison, all of Union. The five brothers are C. A. Garrison, of Philadelphia; Opal, of Kreole; Earl, Walnut Grove, and Cpl. Horace Jay Garrison, who is in Holland with the 104th U. S. Infantry fighting beside the Canadian First Army.
Prisoner of War - T-Sgt. Charles D. Williams
Missing since November 23, 1944, T-Sgt. Charles D. Williams of Little Rock, Miss., is now known to be a prisoner of war of the Germans. His wife, the former Miss Marjorie Smith, received the news Monday, March 12, after 15 weeks of anxious waiting. T-Sgt. Williams has a daughter, Sammie Kate, 6 months old, whom he has never seen. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Williams of Little Rock, Miss. He was inducted into the army on Nov. 11, 1942, landed in France last September 7th as a member of an infantry unit. He campaigned through France, Holland and Belgium and was fighting inside Germany when captured by the enemy. One brother, Lt. Hulon Williams was killed when his training plane crashed in Wisconsin on June 24, 1942. One nephew, lt. Billy Williams lost his life in March, 1943, while bombing Rotterdam. He also has 2 nephews in France and three on duty in the States. One brother, Carl, and one nephew, Howard Williams, have been given medical discharges. His brother-in-law, Pvt. Herman Smith, is now fighting in Belgium.
Charles Williams - Back in American Hands
Mrs. Charles Williams of Little Rock, has received the following letter from her husband, who has been a German prisoner since Nov. 23, 1944:
Union Boy With Air Force In Russia
Cpl. Raymond W. Majure, of Route 4, Union, Miss. is now serving with the Eastern Command of U. S. Strategic Air Forces in Europe, "Somewhere in Russia", with a contingent of picked American troops that now staffs U. S. bomber and fighter bases in the Soviet Union. Cpl. Majure, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irby W. Majure, was among troops dispatched to the Soviet Union by the Army Air Forces, and with their Soviet Allies they built bases in what high-ranking American officers described as a "surprisingly short time." Now soldiers of the two nations jointly operate them. Major Kenneth A. Reecher, a base commander, points with pride to the wholeheartedness with which the Americans and the Russians cooperate and their earnest endeavor to understand each other and to learn each other's language. "We are surprisingly alike in our savvy of mechanics, in spontaneous wit, our like of entertainment, and earnestness of purpose," the officer said, "We're getting on splendidly." Red Army soldiers and women greet the Americans with: "Good morning; how are you?" The Americans answer: "Kharasha!" or just plain, "Okay!" They mean the same thing and everybody knows both--now. The men and women work side-by-side servicing heavy bombers and American fighters now knocking Germany and her satellites about from the east. The AAF now encircles Germany, from Russia, England and Italy.
Pacific Veteran of 29 Months - Cpl. Leslie L. Langham
Boca Chica, Fla., Dec. 26--Marine Corporal Leslie L. Langham, son of Mrs. W. Langham, Route 1, Little Rock, Mississippi, veteran of twenty-nine months of Central Pacific duty recently joined the Marine Guard here. Corporal Langham was transferred to the Marine Detachment at the South Florida naval air base on the completion of a special weapons course at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The native Mississippi Marine has been in the Corps since July of 1940 and during his overseas tour was stationed at Pearl Harbor and in the Palmyra Islands. He was attached to an anti-aircraft outfit. Langham's wife resides at Route 3, Union, Mississippi.
With The Air Force in Italy - Sgt. Charley B. Barnes
Sergeant Charley B. Barnes, son of Mrs. Love Barnes of Union, Mississippi, is currently serving as a member of an Air Service Group of the 12th Air Force Service Command "somewhere in Italy." He has also seen service in North Africa and Sicily. His wife, Mrs. Sue Barnes and mother reside in Union. Sgt. Barnes is a graduate of the Union High School having received his diploma with the class of 1935. He entered the Army on Dec. 29, 1942 and has served overseas one year. Sgt. Barnes is serving with a Squadron that is instrumental in keeping Uncle Sam's planes in the air. he is doing his job and doing it well like all good Americans.
Prisoner of War - Pfc. John Morgan
Mrs. Shelby Heflin of this city received a letter from her brother, Pfc. John Morgan, stating that he is a German prisoner. This is the first news from her brother since the War Department declared him missing in action since December 19. John states that he has a place to sleep and plenty of food and asked his family not to worry, that he hopes to see them in the near future. Pfc. Morgan was attached to the 22nd Signal Unit of the First Army until he was taken prisoner in December. He was serving in Luxemburg at that time.
Pvt. "Hap" Cleveland
Mrs. Ibra Cleveland has two sons, Cpl. Durwood F. Cleveland and Pvt. George Hap Cleveland, besides her son-in-law, Sgt. Cook, in service. Cpl. Cleveland entered the service in November of 1942 and received his training at Camp Blanding, Florida, Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and Camp Phillips, Kansas, before departing for overseas in March of 1944. He has seen action since the 18th of June, having landed in France on his birthday. A wireman in the Field Artillery, the Corporal is a member of the famous 79th Division of the Seventh Army. His wife, Mrs. Inell Edwards Cleveland, resides with her parents in Union. Pvt. "Hap" Cleveland entered the service June 30, 1944 and received four months of training at Camp Wheeler, Georgia. He was then granted a short furlough home, before leaving for Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and a point of embarkation. He arrived safely in Italy December 23, 1944.
S/Sgt. James M. Cook
An Eighth AAF Bomber Station England--On the day the Eighth Air Force sent up more than 2,000 heavy bombers for the first time, Staff Sgt. James M. Cook of Union, Miss., entered the aerial offensive against Germany on a bombing mission to an airfield near Frankfort. Top turret gunner and aerial engineer on a B-17 Flying Fortress, the sergeant is a member of the 385th Bombardment Group, commanded by Col. George Y. Jumper of Natoma, Calif. Entering the Army Air Forces in November of 1941, Sgt. Cook attended Airplane, Mechanics school at Sheppard Field, Texas, and received his aerial gunnery wings at Laredo, Texas in May, 1944. His mother, Mrs. James M. Cook; his wife, Mrs. Christine Cleveland Cook, and his young daughter all reside on Route 2, Union, Miss.
Arrives Overseas - Sgt. Malcolm E. Ferguson
Sgt. Malcolm E. Ferguson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raleigh Ferguson of Union, Route 4, has arrived safely in England.
Serving in France - Pfc. Joe W. Johnson
Pfc. Joe W. Johnson of Little Rock and Union, writes that he is doing fine after his safe arrival in France on D-Day. Pfc. Johnson is a graduate of Beulah Hubbard Vocational High School, and before being inducted into the Army in September 1942, was employed by McDonough Motor Express. He received his training in Chemical Warfare Service at Fort D. A. Russell, Texas and Camp Pickett, Va. He has been serving overseas for the past ten months and before going to France was stationed in England. Pfc. Johnson has three brothers serving their country: Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson, now stationed in England, M/Sgt. Edsel F. Johnson serving in Sardinia, and Pvt. Henry E. Johnson in Camp Blanding, Florida.
With Our Boys In Service - A Letter From Durwood Cleveland
Somewhere in France
Smith Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel on November First - Lt.-Colonel Ernest M. Smith
Major Ernest M. Smith received a promotion effective on November 1 to Lieutenant-Colonel with the U. S. Army. He entered service in February 1941, after being called as a Reserve Officer, and had the rank of Captain at that time. During the last three years, he has served with Armored Command Organization (Tanks) at Ft. Benning, Ga., Camp Bowie, Texas, Deser Training Center, Indio, Calif., and at Ft. Knox, Ky. He graduated from the Command and General Staff School, Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., September, 1942, and from the Ordinance Motor Base Maintenance School, Stockton, Calif., in November 1942. He was promoted to the grade of Major in July 1942. Lieut. Col. Smith is commanding the 785th Tank Battalion at Fort Knox, Ky., which is a new battalion organized under his supervision. At the time he entered active service, he was serving his second term as superintendent of education of Newton county, which term his wife is completing in December of this year.
A Letter from California - Mr. & Mrs. V. L. Spivey, Vernon and Jo Ann
Qualifies as Sharpshooter - J. Gordon MM 2/c
J. Gordon MM 2/c, son of the late O. J. Gordon of Little Rock, received the following from his commanding officer:
From: Officer in charge 14th Super-Construction Battalion
Somewhere in England - Pvt. Jack Thomas Cooper
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cooper of Union, Route 2, have received news that their son, Pvt. Jack Thomas Cooper, has arrived safely in England. He has been in the Army since July 1943, having received his basic training in Camp Haan, California, then transferred to Camp Robinson, Ark. Before entering the Army he was a student of Union High School.
Union Boy Wounded in France - Pfc. W. L. Johnson
Word has been received here that Pfc. W. L. Johnson, a machine gunner, has been wounded while in action somewhere in France. He has been transferred to England and is convalescing nicely. "Three cheers," he says, "for the doctors and nurses. They are so good to us boys." The youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. I. S. Johnson, he was inducted at Camp Shelby September 10, 1942 and received his basic training at Camp Walters, Texas. There he qualified as an expert with the machine gun, rifle, bayonet, pistol and carbine. He was well trained for battle, as are all of Uncle Sam's boys, having been on war maneuvers in the Tennessee hills. Pfc. Johnson spent Christmas with his family, and on Christmas eve he married Miss Evelyn Smith, who with his family, is anxiously awaiting his return. In January of 1944, he sailed to England, hence he crossed the Channel to fight for his country and the liberation of France. Those desiring his new address may contact either his wife or parents.
Cpl. Wilson C. Calvert
The following "V" Mail letter from Cpl. Wilson C. Calvert to his parents Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Calvert and dated June 13, 1944:
Death Mother and Dad:
Pfc. Thurman E. Sharp
Pfc. Thurman E. Sharp of Fort Benning, Ga. has just returned back to camp after spending a few days with his wife and homefolks here. Pfc. Thurman E. Sharp of Ft. Benning, Ga., spent last week end with his wife and homefolks in and around Union.
Pfc. Onree Heflin
Pfc. Onree Heflin, who is stationed at Camp Forrest, Tenn., is at home on a short furlough visiting his wife and other relatives in and around Union this week.
Pvt. Willie B. Smith
Pvt. Willie B. Smith, who is stationed at Camp Roberts, California, came in this morning to spend a few days with his wife and small baby.
My Home - George Roaten, M.M. 3/c
Composed by George Roaten, M.M. 3/x, of the U. S. Navy, Port Hueneme, Calif., to his wife Mrs. Frances Roaten of Union, Miss.
"This is Gods day He lent to me
As I sail across the blue
And as I fight and its all through
My home I love with all my heart
This is from George who loves them all
As I go to do my part
Arrives Overseas - Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson
Sgt. Alvis C. Johnson is now stationed Somewhere in England, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Johnson. Sgt. Johnson was inducted Sept. 10, 1843 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and received his basic training at Camp Lee, Va. he was sent from Camp Lee to Westchester, Pa., where he received a 6 weeks course in Army Postal School, upon completion of which he was promoted to Corporal. He was then sent to Camp Blanding, Fla., and after one month was promoted to Sergeant. Sgt. Johnson has three brothers in the Army, with two of them overseas.
Pictured Right: Robert Mills, US Army 325 AAA S/L Bn Hq Battery WWII
In Service Overseas - Cpl. John Neff Wilson
Cpl. John Neff Wilson, son of Mr. J. G. Wilson of Little Rock, Miss., who is serving with Uncle Sam's Army Air Corps, somewhere in England. Cpl. Wilson is a brother of Mrs. Clois Smith and Mrs. Lonnie Cleveland of Union.
Ross A. Buckley Died in the Pacific By Accidental Drowning
After first receiving a telegram, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Buckley received the following letter from the War Department, confirming the death of their son, which gives all the known facts pertaining to his death:
Ross A. Buckley was born at McDonald, Miss., on November 4th, 1920. He moved with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Buckley, to Union in 1920 and lived in Union all his life, except for four years in Decatur during which time his father was sheriff of Newton County. He was a member of the graduating class of 1940-41, Union High School. In 1942 he completed a special course in aviation school in Nashville, Tennessee, after which he worked in the Glenn Martin Airplane factory in Baltimore, Maryland from April, 1942 to January 1943. He entered the Engineers Corps of the United States Army on January 7th, 1943, and due to his efficiency and special training, was soon sent overseas. He had served in various departments of the army since entering the service. He was married to Miss Margine Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Smith, of Decatur. Besides his wife he is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Buckley and one sister, Miss Elouise Buckley, of Union. He was a member of Henry Clay Lodge No. 485, F. & A. M. Ross was a young man of sterling qualities and pleasant disposition and was held in high esteem by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and acquaintances. The Appeal extends its sympathy to the bereaved.
Guest of Germans Was Fun At The End - Union, Mississippi Lad Lost Seventy Pounds as Prisoner
(From Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
Father & Daughter - Denver L. Rigdon
Denver L. Rigdon, Seaman First Class, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Rigdon of Duffee, Miss., was inducted in the United State Navy on June 1943. He took his boot training at Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Illinois. From this station he was sent to the Naval Air Station, Quonset Point, Rhode Island for a period of six months. Later he was transferred to Shoemaker, California for a period of two weeks further assignment to amphibious training somewhere in the Pacific. On M?? the 24, 1944 he joined the L.S.T. on which he entered the invasion of Siapan, then the invasion of Pal???, later the invasion of Iwo Jima. May the 13, 1945 he landed in San Pedro, California. There he received a 40 day leave, which he spent with his mother, father, family, friends and his sixteen months old baby, who he had never seen until this date, Milford Denver Rigdon. The following is a letter which he wrote to his father and mother:
June 29, 1944
Sons of Mr. and Mrs. O. E. Cooksey, Union, Route Two
Otis Cooksey, S. 2/c entered the service July 9th, 1943. He received his training at Great Lakes, Ill., and after a short leave home he was assigned to the ship "Colorado" and is yet serving his country somewhere in the South Pacific. Pfc. Gleason Cooksey was inducted in the service Sept. 10, 1942. He took his training at Camp Shelby, Fort Benning and Camp Gordon, GA., before being sent overseas. He wrote the following letter home. Also sent the message of thanks to the American soldiers from the Czech people.
Germany, May 16, 1945
Writes from Okinawa - Marzine Thrash
The following letter was written on Okinawa by Marzine Thrash, son of J. O. Thrash of Conehatta.
Sept. 9, 1945
In Loving Memory
A happy home we once enjoyed,
No one knows how much we miss you
In our hearts your memory lingers
Loses Life - Lt. Laverne D. Thames
Mrs. Doris Wesson Thames, who resides at 1514 20th Avenue, Meridian, Miss., has been officially notified of the death of her husband, First Lt. LaVerne D. Thames, a native of Duffee, who died serving his country as a liaison pilot in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He was killed on June 26 in an airplane crash while on an orientation flight over Luzon island, in the Philippines. Below follows excepts from a letter, giving details of the tragedy: "Lt. Thames and a friend left the camp for a visit to Manila and the airport. Plans were being made to drop supplies to some isolated troops up front and in order to observe the terrin and the air-drop procedure, the two went on the mission. "By next afternoon they had not returned and it was then that Colonel Bedinger, Lt. Thames' commanding officer, learned from airport officials that the plane was known to have crashed and the men reported missing. In order to get all details, Colonel Bedinger contacted another AAF officer, an eyewitness to the crash. "It seems that in coming over the drop-area, all the planes were flying very low, one plane in particular. Supplies were dropped in a valley and was necessary that altitude be regained as quickly as possible. However, this particular plane--a C-47--tried to regain altitude too rapidly. Pulled back on the stick, the plane's tail struck the ground and all the men aboard were killed instantly." Lt. Thames, who died at the age of ?? years, entered the service in November of 1940 as a member of the Mississippi National Guard unit, the 114th Field Artillery from Decatur, where he was a student at East Central Junior College. He was stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla.; Camps Bowie and Barkley, Texas; and Camp Gruber Okla. before entering Officers Candidate School (Field Artillery) at Fort Sill, Okla., in May, 1943. Receiving his commission the following August, he was sent to Pittsburg, Kans., for flight training and after receiving his wings, reported to Fort Sill for advanced instruction. On completion of the course, he served varying periods at Camp Livingston, La.; Camp Gruber, Okla., and Camp Bowie, Texas, before sailing for the Pacific theater last May 29. The officer is survived by his widow and two small daughters, Judith Anne, aged two years, and LaVerne four weeks old; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. T. Thames, of Duffee; one sister, Mrs. W. I. Munn, Monroe, La., and numerous other relatives. A memorial service will be held for Lt. Thames on Sunday, August 26, at Mt. Nebo Baptist church. The service will begin at 3 o'clock in the afternoon.
Killed on Guam - Lionell Brown
Navy Receiving Station
Breaks World Record on Production - Cpl. Thomas D. Hitt
An AAF Service Command station in England, announces that Cpl. Thomas D. Hitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Hitt of Duffee, has won high commendation for helping to shatter world's production records in repairing life rafts, "Mae Wests" and de-icers. Last month, Cpl. Hitt and his fellow mechanics repaired the largest number of rubber life-saving devices recorded since the Air Service Command began operations in England. "A knock-out blow against Germany," was the way Brig. Gen. Isaac W. Ott, described the mechanics' work. "This extra effort helps make it possible to maintain a constant air cover over Allied armies rolling toward Germany." Formerly a farmer, Cpl. Hitt entered the Air Corps in July 1942. He was trained as a plane mechanic at Lincoln, Nebr., and Detroit, Mich.
From an Unknown Arkansas Newspaper
On Furlough. Cpl. Worrell Monroe Mills Jr. of the Army Engineers is home on furlough visiting his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Mills of 820 East Eighteenth street. He is stationed at Camp Pickett, Va. He attended Morris High School, England, and was employed by Sears-Roebuck & Co., before enlisting in July 1943. He received basic training at Camp Claiborne, La., and received special training in the Diesel Mechanic's School at the Atlanta Ordnance Depot, Ga. His brother, Cpl. Robert Mills, is stationed in Hawaii with an anti-aircraft unit.
T/4 ROBERT E.(W.) MILLS
What I have put together here, which I will call my "Military Memoir’s", is actually a series of events detailing my personal service in the U.S. Army during World War II. I served all my time after leaving my Induction Center at Camp Shelby, Ms in the 325th AAA S/L Bn. My actual service time was from May 5 1943 to January 28, 1946. I also want to start with a brief description of my life, beginning with my Senior year in High School until my induction into the Army in May of 1943. I have had this on my mind for some time now, as I am growing older. I was lucky enough not to be in a "shooting" outfit, face to face with the enemy, as so many others had to do But when you are in the Military many places you have to go and things you are told to do are not always "safe". You go where you are ordered to go and do what they tell you to do.
I graduated in the Class of 41 and we had been hearing what was going on over in Europe. Hitler and his Allies were sweeping through Europe; things were looking bad for England. We heard these things over the radio; we didn’t know what a T.V was back then. Many times we would be talking about branch of service we want to be in. For some reason I wanted to fly and my first choice was the U.S. Army Air Corp as it was called at that time. The Coast Guard was my second choice. That would have been a "big" mistake, I got seasick on every Troop ship that I was on. I went to work in a Dry Cleaning Shop in my hometown and married my high school sweetheart. We had met during high school thru mutual friends and although we were both young, we did what many "high school sweetheart’s" did in the early forties who were facing World War II—we decided to get married. The Lord has blessed us with a fine family and we are still married as of this day.
Of course we all know what happened on December 7, 1941. The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and that brought the United States into the war. We had no choice, we knew we were ALL going to be in some branch of the service sooner or later and I did not know of anyone around here not willing to go and serve whenever they received the call. Many went ahead and enlisted, but since I had married I only made one attempt to enlist. I still wanted to fly an airplane. So a friend of mine (also newly married) and a little younger than I was; decided to hitchhike to Jackson and join the Air Corp. I passed the written test and as we were leaving the Federal Building to go to the Jackson Air Base for my physical, the Officer in charge remembered he had not given me the color blind test. So we went back in and to my surprise I was color blind on red.. (That could have been one of the things that saved my life). So—we went back to Union and I waited for the "greetings from Uncle Sam", which came in April 1943
CHAPTER 1 Selective Service and Induction
I received my "greetings from Uncle Sam" in April 1943 and was instructed to report to Camp Shelby, MS for induction into the Army of the United States of America on May 5, 1943. One very important thing happened to me shortly before I was inducted. My classmate Pete Evans, who had been called to preach after our graduation from High School, was preaching one of his first sermons at Neshoba Baptist Church. During that service I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior along with 6 other people. I was Pete’s first convert. We were baptized in my father-in-law’s pond the next week, because my induction into the Army was very soon thereafter.
Something else happened before May 5th 1943. The new owner of the Dry Cleaning Shop where I was employed went to the Selective Service Board and put in for a six-month deferment for me because he was new to the cleaning business and skilled people were hard to find because of the war. I REFUSED the deferment because I wanted to go with my high school friends.
Many of us received a call for that day, so on May 4th I met Rex Gordon in front of Staton’s Barber where his father worked. He carried us to Decatur, where a bus to Camp Shelby was waiting for us.
We had mixed emotions as we got in the car and looked around town. As we left we did not know if we would ever see the place again or what was going to happen to us. We had no idea what we would face in the years ahead and it was a very serious and sobering time for us.
When we arrived at Camp Shelby for the induction process, we received our physical exam. We were to undress completely, form a long line, and were given an examination by many different individuals. I remember my blood pressure must have been high, for I was pulled out of the line and told to lie down on a bench for about 15 minutes. They checked it again and I was put back in line so I guess it was OK by then. (That was my first hint of high blood pressure which would be with me for my entire life.) On May 5th we were sworn into the Army of the United States of America and were actually soldiers! We were then returned home for a week in order to get our affairs in order and told to return with only what we had on and a small bag to return out personal belongings home. On that date, May 12th 1943, we loaded back on the bus and left home for what turned out to be 3 years for me.
When we returned to Camp Shelby we were assigned to our temporary barrack’s and started on processing our records. This also included assigning us to Army, Navy, or Marine Corp. Numbers One, Two and Four went to the Army. Number Three to the Navy and Number Five became a Marine. I found myself Number Three and told them immediately that I would have to be Army and that I was color blind. They accused me of trying to stay out of the Navy. (I did nor want Navy - That much was true) but I asked for the color blind charts and proved to them immediately that I was color blind on red. That made the 2nd time that being color blind helped me - maybe even saving my life. As the line continued I came to the table where I would be assigned to a unit and be sent to a particular camp for basic training. The man behind the desk had lived in my hometown, knew me, and looked up at me and said, "You don’t want to be in the infantry, do you?" I sure didn’t and told him so. At that time they were filling up an infantry division there in Camp Shelby and it so happened that division participated in the Normandy Invasion of Europe in 1944. He said he would pull my form 20 and try to find another unit for me later on. (Another time there where the Lord was with me!) After we were processed, we were assigned to two PFC’s and their job was to keep us busy until we were shipped out to our various units. One PFC saw where I had worked in a Dry Cleaning business and sent me to his quarters to iron his uniforms. The cot was piled up 4 feet high with uniforms that needed pressing and I did not make much of a dent in that pile by 5 p.m. that day. I made up my mind when I left there that I would not come back the next day, and when they told me the next morning to report back for more ironing I refused to go. They said if I did not I would sure wish I had and threatened me with permanent K.P. duty (working in the kitchen washing pots, pans, or whatever dirty work needed to be done - and getting up at 3:30 a.m.) I told them I would be glad to do K. P. instead of the ironing. For about a week that’s what I did, until someone looked at my form 20 and saw that I could type. Then I was taken away from the PFC’s and sent to personnel to help process new draftee’s until I received an assignment.
June 12 Dexter called me by his desk and said the best assignment he could find me would be an anti-aircraft unit that was being organized in California at that time. I told him that would be fine with me and I was assigned to the 325th AAA S/L BN, Camp Haan, California. I had been at Camp Shelby attached to the reception center from May 12, 1943 until June 15, 1943. We had about 250 to 300 young men on that troop train from Mississippi and we arrived in Camp Haan and were assigned to the 325th on 23 June 1943.
Camp Haan, California
BASIC TRAINING --When we arrived I found myself in Battery A and after being assigned to barracks, we started on our basic training: learning to march in the hot California sun, calisthenics at 5 a.m. in the morning, classes in military courtesy, enemy and friendly aircraft identification, learning how to clean and use our M-1 rifle and other weapons, films on venereal disease and other military training films, climbing down huge cargo nets, and simulated amphibious lands from ships at a later time. Training was also going on on searchlights and radar. I wanted radar training and got up enough nerve to go in and ask the company commander if I could be moved to the group receiving radar training. But about that time someone spotted that typing on my form 20 and was told to report to HQ battery personnel section as battery clerk for Battery A. So I reported to HQ and shortly after that I was transferred from Btry A to HQ as Btry Clerk for HQ Btry. From that time on I worked part time in personnel and also taking part in whatever basic training I had time to do. I was promoted to Corporal (Cpl) 14 September 1943. I was called Cpl Mills or Bob for a long time because there was no chance for advancement. Every slot ahead of me was filled and the fact was that the three assignments I received and was doing called for a higher rating.
After basic training we moved out of Camp Haan to the desert and mountains southeast of Riverside, CA, and set up our first bivouac (temporary encampment). Our locations were near Hemet, Winchester, Sage, Murietta, and Temecula. For several weeks we lived in pup-tents, ate C and K rations, did war- like maneuvers during the day and trained on searchlights and radar at night. During this time we endured the heat of the desert, dust storms, coyotes, scorpions, rattlesnakes, and each other. Water was a precious product and allotted out by the canteen for drinking only. Those who could grew beards and weird-shaped mustaches-some could not and wished they could. We heard rumors that some of the searchlight sections from A Btry and B Btry were near a nudist camp in the Murietta Hot Springs area. Those guys told some stories that we didn't know whether to believe or not but those searchlight station control binoculars had multiple uses. Evidently it did not appear to bother the nudists. At the end of the first part of our desert training we returned to Camp Haan and our battalion received an invitation to the Masquers Club of Hollywood, Ronald Reagan President. Only twenty-five percent of the men could go and we all wanted those tickets that were available. I was lucky and got one of them. On Saturday afternoon we loaded onto the back of several Army trucks supplied by the motor pool and convoyed the two-hour (60-mile) trip to Hollywood. We were met by movie stars and escorted into a beautiful ballroom of the Masquers Club of the Stars. What a feast after that desert food and the program was great. At the end we went through the receiving line and personally met our hosts, some very famous and some not so famous. What a way to end BASIC TRAINING!
THE FURLOUGH---- After returning from the desert to Camp Haan, the Battalion announced two-week furloughs for November and December 1943. We got busy on patches and sewing on stripes, etc. to impress the "home-folks". Travel to and from home by train took one half of our time for most of us. And our time at home was over before we knew it.... short but sweet. We did not know it but this was the last time we would see family and friends until we were discharged from the Army over two years later.
THE MOJAVE DESERT---Back from furlough, we moved into the Mojave desert north of Riverside, CA, near such locations such as Barstow, Four Corners, Boron (Twenty-Mule Team), and Mojave where the days were very hot and the nights very cold. Our real purpose for being in the desert was equipment training. Since our specialty was radar-controlled searchlights, extensive training was required. Both day and night missions were performed by radar tracking of enemy ( U.S.Army) aircraft to determine their azimuth, range and elevation. During night missions our radar was synchronized in movement with the radar. When the radar locked onto the target and the aircraft came into the proper range, the searchlight cast its beam of light, hoping to gel instant illumination of the target. Then other lights would light up the target. Some lights were manually controlled and could track the target manually.
The radar location plots of the aircraft were communicated to a central control center manned by members of Headquarters Battery. These control center personnel determined if fighter aircraft were to be dispatched to the area and/or if anti-aircraft guns should be ready for the "attack". After some time we had became proficient enough in radar tracking and searchlight spotting to be called "moonlight cavalry". Our cadre had taught us well. We were ready for overseas duty.
To be Continued.......
Summary of 325th AAA S/L Bn
Formed 30 Apr 1943 at Camp Haan, CA.
Inactivated 30 Dec 1946 on Okinawa
We left by the point system. Points were awarded for time in service, length of time overseas and number of campaigns. The majority of the 325th had about the same number of points, so almost all of us went home at the same time except for the men that made up the cadre that trained us.
(Pictured Above: Most of the soldiers of the 325th AAA S/L Bn, HQ Battery. Front Row: Gurley, Woody, Ellis. Back Row: Edd, Grady, Shupert, Jocko, Art, Sgt Sawchyn. Not Pictured: Robert Mills & the CWO. April 11, 1944. Schofield Barracks, Island of Oahu, Hawaii.)
Schofield Barracks: The film "From Here to Eternity" was filmed there. It's an old permanent installation--there is no telling how many soldiers served there over the years. That summer was the best time we served during our almost 3 years.
(Picture to the right was made in the "Staging" area, just before the unit was sent to Okinawa. It was an old relocation center used to house the Japanese immediately after Pearl Harbor.
The Staging Area is where we went from Schofield (HQ). The other Battery's came in to where we were all together to get our equipment checked, get shots and get everything ready to ship out. HQ Battery was at Schofield and the rest of the outfit was scattered all over the Island at different sites manning the searchlights and radar. We were in defensive positions, getting advanced training and we also received Jungle Training at a center while we were there. That relocation center was up in the mountains and it rained nearly every day while we were up there. We were at that location only 3 or 4 weeks before we shipped out to Okinawa. All the radar and searchlights etc. had to be prepared to ship by boat. The equipment went on another ship from the men.
325 AAA S/L Bn Reunion 2002
McBEATH, JOHN W. 34 343 308 PFC
The Union Appeal - November 23, 1944
DATE OF INDUCTION: 18 July 1942 Camp Shelby, MS
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