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PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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WORLD WAR II, THE GREATEST GENERATION (1941 - 1945)
PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, B

A World War II Introduction With Medal Of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross And Silver Star Medal Recipients               Were Placed In The A Section.

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BACK

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BACK, JAMES WILLIAM “BILL” JR. (1925 – 1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII

Hometown:  FOURSEAM, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  23 July 1925 in Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Nevada “Vada” Gilliam and James William “Bill” Back, Sr.

Paternal Grandson of:  Mary E. Taulbee and Calloway Back.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  7 August 1942. 

Service Number:  35464582.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Company E, 329th Infantry, 83rd Division.

Date of Death:  27 July 1944.  “Also RPT 19 September 1944    B” written on Headstone Application.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WORLD WAR II.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  First Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.  Headstone application signed on 25 May 1948 by Bill Back, Sr. of Taulbee, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  BILL BACK JR. carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BAKER

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BAKER, CARL (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE WWII.
Hometown:  FORKED MOUTH, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  10 March 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Mary Bell Stidham and Buell Baker.
Grandson of:  Martha Campbell and Hiram C. Stidham.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  8 January 1938.
Service Number:  6493706.
1940 Census:  U. S. Army, Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Wahiawa, Hawaii, Co L, 35th Infantry. 
Rank:  Private First Class
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  10th Infantry, 5th Division, Company A, WWII.
Date of Death:  30 July 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Campbell Cemetery, Busy, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  CARL BAKER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BAKER, CLYDE (1925-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, ACCIDENT, ARIZONA, USA, WWII.
Hometown:  SQUABBLE CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  7 April 1925, Breathitt County, Kentucky
Son of:  Isabelle Bowling and Charles Baker.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  9 June 1945.
Service Number:  45005227.
Rank:  Private.
Combat Organization:  Corps of Engineers, WWII.
Date of Death:  30 September 1945, accidental drowning at Imperial Dam.  (WWII ended 2 September 1945.)
Place of Death:  Yuma, Yuma County, ARIZONA, USA
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, Accidental Drowning
Disposition:  BURIED
Cemetery:  Baker Cemetery, Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  CLYDE BAKER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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Monument:  JAMES BAKER, JR. carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 

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Monument:  JAMES ELMER BAKER carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
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Monument:  WILLIAM B. BALLARD carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BARGER

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BARGER, CHESTER B. (1915-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, ENGLAND, POST WWII.
Hometown:  SAUL, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  28 June 1915, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Elizabeth Estep and Franklin G. Barger.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  3 November 1943.
Service Number:  35879477.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company A, 861st Field Artillery Battalion, 63rd Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  9 October 1945.  (WWII ended 2 September 1945.)
Place of Death:  ENGLAND.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, POST WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Barger Cemetery, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Monument:  CHESTER BARGER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BARKER

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BARKER, ESTILL L. (1914-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  LOTHAIR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Morgan County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  11 January 1914, Morgan County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Maggie Whitt and John Barker.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlisted:  June 1941.
Service Number:  15055558.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company H, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry “The Fighting Falcons” Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  17 April 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  about 1949.
Cemetery:  Black Gold Cemetery, Lothair or Morgan Cemetery, Hazard, Perry Co., Kentucky.                                        Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  ESTILL L. BARKER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “On 17 April 1945 the Command Post of the 9th Infantry Division was Wippra, Saxony, Germany.”  Source: 9th Infantry Division in World War II, mrfa2.org/9thWWII.htm.

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BEGLEY

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BEGLEY, WALLACE (1920 – 1943) DIED NON BATTLE, ENGLAND, WWII.

Hometown:  Leslie County, Kentucky on the National Archives and Records Administration War Department Files.

Other Residence:  Cutchshin, Leslie County, Kentucky.  Perry County, Kentucky?

Date of Birth:  6 January 1920 in Dry Hill AKA Hell For Certain, Leslie County, Kentucky. 

Son Of:  Malvery and Ballard Begley.

1930 Census:  Resided in Cutchshin, Leslie County, Kentucky.

1940 Census:  Resided in Cutchsin, Leslie County, Kentucky.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  9 April 1942.

Service Number:  35451178.

Rank:  Technician Fourth Grade.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Company A, 743rd Tank Battalion, Armored Force Infantry.

Date of Death:  18 December 1943.

Place of Death:  ENGLAND, WORLD WAR II

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.

Repatriated:  1950.  U. S. Headstone Application signed 29 March 1950 by David Begley, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky, L & N RR.

Cemetery:  Begley Cemetery, Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky on the Headstone Application. Riverside Cemetery, Perry County, Kentucky on Findagrave.

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                           Monument:  WALLACE BEGLEY carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BEVERLEY

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BEVERLEY, ELLIS SR. (1922-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, ITALY, WWII.
Hometown:  DWARF, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Knott County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  18 or 19 December 1922, Knott County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Arlena Arrena Sheperd/Shepherd and Robert Robin Beverley.
Grandson of:  Martha Ritchie and Ellis Levi Beverley.
Spouse:  Clova Fugate, daughter of Leotta “Letty” S. Fugate and John M. Fugate.
His Son:  Ellis Beverley, Jr. (14 August 1943 – 15 February 1944).  Near the day of death of their 6-month-old-son, Clova might have received a telegram notifying her, that her husband had been Killed In Action.  Did Clova next marry Roy Cannon Yonts, who died in 1947?  Clova  married Fletcher Gibson in 1948.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  6 February 1943.
Service Number:  35713501.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  34th Infantry Division, 133rd Infantry Regiment, WWII.
Date of Death:  3 February 1944.
Place of Death:  ITALY?
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                     Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  ELLIS BEVERLY carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “In January 1944, the Division drove into the Gustav line, took Mount Trocchio after a bitter fight, pushed across the Rapido, attacked Monastery Hill, and fought its way into Cassino ...”  Source:  34th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website:  army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Ellis Beverley, Sr. on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BEVERLY, CLIFTON (1908-1961), WORLD WAR II.
Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  25 August 1908 in Kentucky.
Son of:  Louisa Combs and Henry Beverly.
Spouse:  Mable/Mabel Ruth Mutchler.
Step-father of:  Louie Jay, Jr., P. O. W., who Died Non Battle in a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in the Philippines, WWII.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  15 October 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Date of Death:  11 June 1961.
Place of Death:  Hazard Memorial Hospital, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Rest Haven Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I place my fourth-cousin-3-times-removed, Clifton Beverly on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BONNYMAN

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BONNYMAN, ALEXANDER “SANDY”, JR. (1910-1943), CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT, KILLED IN ACTION, TARAWA ATOLL, GILBERT ISLANDS, WWII.
Hometowns:  Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                                                       Other Residence:  Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia.  Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.  Sante Fe, Sante Fe County, New Mexico.                                                                                                                     Note:  His father founded the Blue Diamond Coal Company in Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  2 May 1910, Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia. 
Son of:  Frances Rhea Berry and Alexander Bonnyman, Sr.
Spouse:  Josephine Bell.
His Children:  Frances and Josephine.
His Grandson:  Clay Bonnyman Evans.
Entered Service From:  New Mexico.
Enlistment Date:  7 July 1942.
Service Number:  0-017525.
Rank:  First Lieutenant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Marine Corps Reserves.
Combat Organization:  2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, WWII.
Campaigns:  Guadalcanal.  Battle of Tarawa.  World War II.
Date of Death:  22 November 1943.
Place of Death:  Betio Island, TARAWA Atoll, Gilbert Islands.
Status:  Missing, Killed In Action.
Disposition:  Nonrecoverable, Battlefield Burial Place Unknown.
Memorial:  Tablets of the Missing, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.  Santa Fe National Cemetery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  In Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee, a Memorial Stone with “Buried At Sea” was placed in his memory by his family, but they believed that the location of his grave had been lost.  Years of heartache accompanied their efforts to have him found, so they could bring him home. 
First Battlefield Burial:  1943, TARAWA, WWII.  The location of his burial became unknown.
Remains Recovered:  March 2015, History Flight found a trench cemetery on Tarawa and began to recovered the remains of World War II Marines.   Source below.    
Remains Identified:  On 28 May 2015 archaeologist, Kristen Baker, Mark Noah and Clay Bonnyman Evans were working a site in a U. S. Marines World War II burial ground on Tarawa.  Evans, a free lance journalist, was a volunteer for History Flight, which had been founded by Mark Noah.  Evans and Noah were present, when Baker found a skeleton with gold teeth.  The grave and remains of Evan’s grandfather, Alexander Bonnyman, Jr. had been found.  Source:  The Washington Post, July 2, 2015, “Golden ending:  How one man discovered his war hero grandfather’s long lost grave” by Michael E. Miller.  Website:  washingtonpost.com.
Repatriated:  September 2015.
Second Burial:  27 September 2015.
Cemetery:  Berry Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee.                                                                            Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                         Monument:  ALEXANDER BONNYMAN JR. carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Congressional Medal of Honor, Purple Heart Medal.

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BOWLING

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BOWLING, CARTER (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  BOWLINGTOWN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 11 March 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Maria Mona Bowling and Boyd Bowling.
Maternal Grandson of:  Alaphair Morris and Joel Bowling.
Paternal Grandson of:  Mary E. Eversole and William Bowling.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  3 September 1943.
Service Number:  35874003.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  On a Headstone Application Card:  Company D, 190th Battalion, 60th Regiment, IRTC (Infantry Replacement Training Center); 120th Infantry Regiment, WWII.  
Date of Death:  9 July 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Bowling Cemetery, Bowlingtown, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                            Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  CARTER BOWLING carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “On 7 July [1944] the Division moved forward again, crossing the Vire River and penetrating as far as St Jean-de-Day.”  Source:  30th Infantry Division Facts; website, 30thinfantry.org.
NOTE:  I placed my sixth-cousin, Carter Bowling on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BOWLING, OSCAR (1923-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
Date of Birth:  9 November 1923.
Son of:  Sallie Barger and Robert Bowling.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  24 March 1941.
Service Number:  35136218.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company C, Field Artillery, 317th Infantry Regiment and
808th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 80th Infantry Division, USAGF, WWII.
Date of Death:  13 November 944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                     Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  OSCAR BOWLING carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  On 13 November 1944 the command post was Charbonnages, Moselle, France.  Source: 80th Infantry Division, History of the 80th, website, 80thdivision.com/80thHistory.htm.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, Oscar Bowling on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BOWLING, TAYLOR (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  ALLAIS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Leslie County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  19 January 1919, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Rella Bowling and Roscoe Bowling.
Maternal Grandson of:  America Bowling.  Source:  Findagrave.
Paternal Grandson of:  Ibbie Hensley and Felix G. Bowling.
Spouse:  Oda Davidson.
Children:  Jerry and Don.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  35873846.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  19 July 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Yes.
Cemetery:  Riverside, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  Non Military Headstone Inscription: “Just in the morning of his day, in youth and love, he died.”                                                                                                                                                      Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  TAYLOR BOWLING carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
Note:  “... the Division landed at Omaha Beach, 18 June 1944, and entered the hedgerow struggle south of Carentan, 27 June ...”  Source:  83d Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website:  army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, Taylor Bowling on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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Monument:  ARLIE BRANSON carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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BRASHEAR

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BRASHEAR, CORBETT “BURR HEAD” (1923-2003), SURVIVED THE SINKING OF SS DAN BEARD IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky.  (Mason’s Creek District).
Date of Birth:  12 December 1923.
Son of:  Lilly Watts Brashear and Marion Hylton Brashear.
Spouse:  Anita Baker.  Justine Shively.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  8555258.
Rank:  Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Navy.
Combat Organization:  SS DAN BEARD.
10 December 1944, Stumble Head, Wales:  In WWII GM3 Corbett Brashear & his kinsman, S1c Limuel Brashear were armed guards on the SS Dan Beard.  German U-Boat-1202 broke the ship in two in a torpedo attack. Corbett swam 5 miles to shore. Limuel was declared Lost At Sea, Missing In Action.  Source:  uboat.net and family interviews.
19 July 1945:  USS UNIMAK (AVP-31), Report of Changes, Enlisted Passengers on board sailing for GRID to BABE, Corbett H. Brashear, GM3C, 855 52 58.
Date of Death:  2 November 2003.
Cemetery:  Rest Haven Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times removed, Corbett Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRASHEAR, EARL (1914-2004), EUROPEAN THEATRE, WORLD WAR II.
Hometown: VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA
Date of Birth:  18 April 1914.
Son of:  Ora Holcomb Brashear and Hezekiah B. Brashear.
Spouse:  Hazel Wooton.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  8 October 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Service Number:  35664399.
Rank:  Technician Fifth Grade (Tech 5).
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Service Occupation:  Fought, drove trucks; telephone and telegraph lineman, switch boards, communication.
Combat Organization:  340th Infantry, 69th Division, Signal Battalion, European Theater, World War II
.                              Note:  After the war ended, Earl Brashear returned home with photographs of concentration camps, that he had helped liberate.  Source:  Annis Brashear Mullins, daughter of Hazel Wooton Brashear and Earl Brashear.
Date of Death:  24 February 2004.
Place of Death:  Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Cole Evans Cemetery, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Earl Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRASHEAR, IVON BROWN “COTTON” (1924-2007), U. S. NAVY, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  21 August 1924 in Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Margaret “Maggie” Hall and General Lee Brashear.
Grandson of:  Mary Brewer and Emanuel Brashear.
Grandson of:  Sally Combs and John H. Hall.
Spouse:  Jean B. Begley.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  28 January 1943 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Service Number:  867 20 92.
Rank:  ARM3c.
Branch of Service:  United States Navy V6s.
Boot Camp:  Trained at Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Company 145, Navy Chief Carruthers.  In his company were Perry County men known to him:  Claude Vernon Cooper of Hazard, Jack Brashear of Hazard and Carlo (Mac) Whitaker of Mason’s Creek.
Combat Organization:  Currently Unknown.
Date of Death:  12 June 2007.
Place of Death:  Currently Unknown.
Cemetery:  Evergreen Memorial Cemetery, Goldsboro, Wayne County, North Carolina.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Ivon Brown “Cotton” Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRASHEAR, LIMUEL (1925-1944), MISSING IN ACTION, LOST AT SEA IN THE SINKING OF S.S. DAN BEARD IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.  (The Homeplace was on BIG BRANCH.)
Date of Birth:  6 June 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Bessie Pridemore and Henry ‘Chub’ Brashear.
Maternal Grandson of:  Linda Ashley and George Pridemore.
Paternal Grandson of:  Sarah Caudill and Samuel Brashear.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  8555255.
Rank:  Seaman, First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy Reserve.
Combat Organization:  Seaman, First Class Armed Guard, SS DAN BEARD (EC2-S-C1), WWII.
Date of Death:  10 December 1944, WWII.
Place of Death:  ATLANTIC, WWII.
Status:  MISSING IN ACTION-LOST AT SEA, Sinking of SS DAN BEARD (EC2-S-C1).
Disposition:  NONRECOVERABLE.
Note:  Family interviews stated that he survived the sinking, but was last seen drifting away and became Lost At Sea.  Gunner’s Mate 3c Corbett Brashear survived the sinking of SS Dan Beard.                                                                                      Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                       Monument:  LIMUEL BRASHER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Memorialized at:  Tablets of the Missing, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.                                                                                                                                                     Source:  State Summary of War Casualties [Kentucky], U. S. Navy 1946, Compiled April 1946 By Casualty Section, Office Of Public Information, Navy Department.                                                                                                                                      Note:  “December 10, 1944 – Final Voyage – Steaming non-escorted in ballast from Barry, Wales to Belfast, Ireland, she [SS DAN BEARD] was sunk by a torpedo from U-1202 [German Submarine] ... Armed Guard, Limuel Brashear, S1c, KY.”  Source:  SS DAN BEARD, WWII LOSS; website:  comcast.net. and uboat.net.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, Limuel Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRASHEAR, OWEN (1925-1994), U. S. ARMY, PRISONER OF WAR, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Ohio.  Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana.
Date of Birth:  26 July 1925, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, USA
Son of:  Polly Hurt and Henry Harlan Brashear.
Spouse:  Thelma Stacy, daughter of Etha Caudill and Lloyd Stacy.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky, Swearing of Oath in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Service Number:  35875232.
Enlistment Date:  24 September 1943.  Release Date:  24 November 1945.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Army, Infantry.
Combat Organization:  European Theater, World War II.
Date of Death:  16 February 1994.
Place of Death:  Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio.
World War II Military Status:  “PRISONER OF WAR.  RETURNED TO MILITARY CONTROL, LIBERATED ...”  Source:  WWII Prisoners of War, 1941-1946.
Detaining Country:  Germany, Camp 3.
Cemetery:  Big Cedar Cemetery, Brookville, Franklin County, Indiana.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Owen Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRASHEAR, PRESTON TAULBEE ‘JAY’ (1909 – 1977), U. S. ARMY, PRISONER OF WAR, WWII.

Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  8 April 1909 at Fusonia, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son Of:  Sarah Farler and Nathaniel Brashear.

Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  25 March 1942.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.  Infantry.

Prisoner of War, WW II:  Captured.  Detaining Country:  Germany.

Status:  “Returned to Military Control, Liberated.  Source:  WW II Prisoners of War, 1941 – 1946.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  European Theatre.  Holland.

Date of Death:  10 November 1977.

Cemetery:  Felix Brashear Cemetery, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky. 

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  Purple Heart Medal.  Prisoner Of War Medal.  Combat Infantry Badge.

NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Preston Taulbee “Jay” Brashear on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BROCK

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BROCK, AARON (1925-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, LOST AT SEA, USS LAGARTO SUNK, PACIFIC, WWII.
Hometown:  BIG WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Forked Mouth and Busy in Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  10 September 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Ellen Abner and Chester Arthur Brock.
Grandson of:  Arlenia/Orleana and Aaron Brock.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
WWII Jewish Serviceman Card, 1942-1947, Death, National Jewish Welfare Board, Bureau of War Records:  Aaron Brock, S/2c, Next of Kin, Parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Arthur Brock of Busy, Perry County, Kentucky.
Service Number:  08562114.
Rank:  Seaman Second Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.
Combat Organization:  Sailor on the U. S. Navy Submarine, USS LAGARTO SS-371, WWII.
Date of Death:  3 May 1945, on board the USS LAGARTO submarine, when she was sunk by the Japanese.
Place of Death:  USS LAGARTO (SS-371), Pacific Theatre, South China Sea.
Status:  KILLED, MISSING IN ACTION, LOST AT SEA, WWII.
Disposition:  NONRECOVERABLE.                                                                                                                                  Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  AARON BROCK carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
Memorialized at:  Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.  Olive Branch Cemetery, Olive Branch, Ohio;  Batavia Union Cemetery, Batavia, Ohio.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
May 2005:  Divers discovered the wreck, USS LAGARTO.

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BROWN

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BROWN, CECIL (1920-1942), KILLED IN ACTION, NORTH AFRICA, WWII.
Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK (Left Fork) and Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  22 April 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Mollie Lee Brashear and Morton Brown.
Grandson of:  Hannah Branson and Allan C. Brashear.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  15056898.
Rank:  Technician Fifth Grade.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Infantry, WWII.
Date of Death:  8 November 1942, North Africa, WWII.
Place of Death:  NORTH AFRICA.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery # 560.  Permanent Cemetery Tunis #9001.
Cemetery:  North African American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisia, North Africa.                           Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                          Monument:  CECIL BROWN carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Cecil Brown on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BRUMMETT

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BRUMMETT, JAMES WILLIAM (1914-1943), KILLED IN ACTION, ITALY, WWII.
Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK (Left Fork), Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  2 June 1914 or 19 June 1915, Rockcastle County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Effa Malva Kidd and Silvanus “Vanus” “Van” Brummett.
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Service Number:  35455918.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company L, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  3 December 943.
Place of Death:  ITALY.
Status: KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated: 1949.
Cemetery:  Black Hawk Cemetery, Happy, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                  Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  JAMES W. BRUMMETT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.   

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BUCKNER

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BUCKNER, JAMES FRANKLIN (1912-1983), UNITED STATES ARMY, WWII.
Hometown:  VICCO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky.  Glomawr, Perry County, Kentucky.  Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  22 March 1912, Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Eliza Elzora Frances Harmon and Gilbert Lafayette Buckner.
Circumstances:  When he was 5-years-old, James lost his mother in 1917.  His older brother, Cyrus Taylor Buckner Died of Disease in 1918, while serving in WWI.  When he was 7-years-old, James lost his father in 1919.  His brother, Leon and sister, Edna kept the family together by taking charge of the household in Glomawr.   
Education:  Vicco-Sassafras High School.  B. S. and M. A. Degree.  University of Kentucky.  Columbia University.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.  Physical and Swearing in at Cinncinati, returned to Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  27 June 1942.  Discharged:  31 October 1945 at Camp Perry, Ohio.
Service Number:  35 459 979.
Rank:  Technician Fifth Grade.
Branch of Service:  DEML, Detached Enlisted Men’s List.  (Rumored Top Secret.)
Component:  AUS.  Army of the United States.
Military Occupational Specialty and No.:  Supply Clerk 835.
Combat Organization:  1590th SU Station Complement, Camp Perry.
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Naples-Foggia.  North Appenines.
Date of Departure:  5 March 1943, Destination, EAME.  Date of Arrival, 19 March 1943.
Date of Departure:  15 June 1944, Destination, U. S.  Date of Arrival, 10 July 1944.
Occupation:  Principal and Teacher, Vicco Grade School and High School, Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky.  Teacher and Coach, Dilce Combs Memorial High School, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.  Teacher, Morton Junior High School, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.    
Date of Death:  21 September 1983.
Place of Death:  Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Rest Haven Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  EAME Theatre Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars.  American Theatre Ribbon.  Good Conduct Ribbon.
NOTE:  I placed James Franklin Buckner on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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BURNETT

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BURNETT, CHARLES EDWARD (1919-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, AIR CORPS PLANE CRASH, USA, WWII.
Hometown:  LOTHAIR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  11 January 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Gertrude Nail and Virgil Burnett.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  15057139.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Corps.
Combat Organization:  9th and 60th T. C. Squadron V. A. F. S. Advanced Flying School, WWII.
Date of Death:  31 January 1943.
Place of Death:  U. S. Army Air Corps C-53 Plane #42-15537 crashed, Los Angeles County, California, USA.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE in airplane crash.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Cemetery:  Pleasant View Cemetery, Graysville, Rhea County, Tennessee.  Headstone Inscription:  "Day Is Done, Gone The Sun, From The Lake, From The Hill, From The Sky, All Is Done, Safely Rest, God Is Nigh."                                         Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  CHARLES E. BURNETT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note: “... U. S. Army Air Corps 3-53#42-5537 crashed towing a glider ...”  Source:  findagrave.

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BURNS

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BURNS, ELMER (1908-1945), DIED, KENTUCKY, USA, POST-WWII.

Hometown:  BOWLINGTOWN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Fort Benning, Georgia in 1940.  Buckhorn, Squabble Creek, Perry County, Kentucky at time of death.

Date of Birth:  13 June 1908, Perry County, Kentucky. 

Son Of:  Laura Belle McIntosh and Garfield Burns.

Spouse:  Martha.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  18 October 1939.  Honorable Discharge:  1 December 1944.

Service Number:  6669764.  Pension Number:  C-4692420.

Rank:  Staff Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  3612th S U, Gardiner General Hospital on Headstone Application.

Date of Death:  10 December 1945.  Post-World War II.

Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Cemetery:  McIntosh Cemetery, Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky.  Headstone Application signed by Mrs. Martha Burns of Buckhorn, Kentucky on 28 March 1946.

Monument:  ELMER BURNS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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