PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

Copyright 2017           All Rights Reserved

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WORLD WAR II (1941 - 1945)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, C - COLWELL

          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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CAIN

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CAIN, LLOYD “JACK” (1924-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, ENGLAND, WWII.
Hometown:  LOTHAIR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Fayette County, Kentucky, where he was placed on the Honor List.
Date of Birth:  2 April 1924, Perry County, Kentucky, per Kentucky Birth Index.
Son of:  Martha Sargent and Thomas Herbert Cain.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  26 January 1943. 
Service Number:  15119027.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Force.
Combat Organization:  368th Bomb Squadron, 306th Bomb Group (Heavy), 8th Army Air Force, USAAF, WWII.
Date of Death:  15 December 1944.
Place of Death:  EUROPE.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Englewood 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:  LLOYD CAIN carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.     

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CAMPBELL

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CAMPBELL, EVERETT (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  BLUE DIAMOND, Perry County, Kentucky.
Other Residence:  Campbell, Perry County, Kentucky.  Marion, Lawrence County, Indiana.
Date of Birth:  27 July 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Susan ‘Sugar’ Campbell and Edward Lewis Campbell.
1935:  Lived in Blue Diamond, Perry County, Kentucky.
1940 Census:  A soldier at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Marion, County, Indiana.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  31 January 1944.
Service Number:  01284288.
Rank:  Captain.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Anti-Tank Company, 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  31 October 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated: 1948.
Cemetery:  Tunnel Hill Cemetery, Dunraven, 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:  EVERETT CAMPBELL carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
Note:  “The 44th Infantry Division landed in France via Cherbourg, 15 September 1944, and trained for a month before entering combat, 18 October 1944 ... in the vicinity of Foret de Parroy, east of Luneville, France ...  The Division was hit by heavy German counterattack, 25-26 October.  The attack was repulsed and the 44th continued its active defense.”  Source: 44th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Everett Campbell 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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CAMPBELL, HERBERT

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

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CAMPBELL, JAMES S. (1926-1945), KIA, MISSING IN ACTION, IWO JIMA, WWII.
Hometown:  NAPFOR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  31 May 1926, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Martha Baker and Stephen Campbell.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  00449329.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Combat Organization:  THIRD MARINE DIVISION, WWII.
Date of Death:  7 March 1945.
Place of Death:  IWO JIMA, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, MISSING IN ACTION, 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:  JAMES S. CAMPBELL carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  
Memorialized at:  Courts of the Missing, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.
U. S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, James S. Campbell 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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CAMPBELL, JOSEPH OBRIN “JOE” (1920-1945), DIED OF MURDER, OHIO, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, MASON’S CREEK (Right Fork), Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Ohio.
Date of Birth:  9 December 1919 in Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Alternate spellings:  OBRIAN, OBERON.
Son of:  Anna Brashear and Woolery C. Campbell.
Brother of:  William Henry Campbell, U. S. Marine, World War II.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Pratt and James N. Brashear, Jr.
Grandson of:  Celia Woods and Joseph Campbell.
Spouse:  Phyllis Ruth Ahtone, Kiowa Tribe, Native American, daughter of Nannie Florence Smith and James Ahtone.
One Child:  Shirley Jean Campbell.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
First Enlistment Date:  20 October 1939.  Discharge Date:  31 March 1942.
Service Number: 6985987.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  27th Battalion, 7th Training (TNG) Regiment, Field Artillery, WWII.
Date of Death:  18 July 1943.  The family returned home to find an intruder inside their house.  Ruth was shot and killed, while she was holding their 6-month-old baby daughter, who had a bullet travel through her little dress.  Joseph was shot in the back and murdered.  Ruth was buried in Red Cemetery, Anadarko, Caddo County, Oklahoma.  The baby was raised by Joseph’s parents.  Source:  Joseph’s sister, Frankie Lane Campbell Roberts.
Place of Death:  Ohio.
Cemetery:  Ben Cornett Cemetery, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                Monument:  JOE O. CAMPBELL carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-1-time-removed, Joseph Oberon Campbell 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:  LEWIS STEVEN CAMPBELL carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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CAMPBELL, WARREN G. (1920-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, PACIFIC, WWII.
Hometown:  BUSY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Forked Mouth on Willard Road, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  19 October 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Deborah Hoskins and Edward Campbell.  Warren’s mother died in 1922 and his dad died in 1926.  Warren was raised by his maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Thomas Hoskins.
Maternal Grandson of:  Elizabeth Duff and Thomas Hoskins.
Paternal Grandson of:  Mary Polly Fields and William Campbell.
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Enlistment Date: 16 July 1942.
Service Number: 15041228.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization NOT Confirmed:  Confusing Data.  His memorial plaque had his place of death in the Pacific.  The headstone application listed the 35th Infantry Division, 134th Infantry Regiment.  “... the 134th Infantry Regiment landed at Omaha Beach on July 5 – July 6, 19144 ... departed ... after the war’s end on September 5, 1945 ...”  Source:  134th Infantry Regiment Website; coulthart.com.  
Date of Death:  6 or 13 January 1945.
Place of Death:  PACIFIC.   
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.  Scott Hoskins of Busy, the uncle of Warren, signed the Headstone Application Card.
Cemetery:  Williston and Hoskins 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:  WARREN G. CAMPBELL carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times-removed, Warren G. Campbell 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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CAMPBELL, WILLIAM HENRY (1924-1989), U. S. MARINE CORPS, WWII.
Hometown:  VIPER, MASON’S CREEK (Right Fork), Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  16 July 1924 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Anna Brashear and Woolery C. Campbell.
Brother of:  Joseph Obrin “Joe” Campbell (1919 - 1943), U. S. Army, World War II.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Pratt and James N. Brashear, Jr.
Grandson of:  Cela Woods and Joseph Campbell.
Spouse:  Fay Young.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Marine Corps.
Combat Organization:
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:
Date of Death:  8 December 1989.
Place of Death:  Kentucky.
Status:  Survived The War.
Cemetery: Ben Cornett Cemetery, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:
NOTES: I placed my second-cousin-1-time-removed, William Henry Campbell 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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CANTER

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CANTER, CLIFFORD L. (1916-1944), DIED NON BATTLE, UNKNOWN, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  about 1916.
Son of:  Sarah Theresa Cornett and Snowden Cap Canter.
Grandson of:  Martha James and Daniel B. Cornett.
Great-grandson of:  Cynthia Grigsby and Elijah Combs Cornett.
Spouse:  Madge Halcomb.
Children:  Theresa Ann Canter (1937-1938).
Service Number: 35450274.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  UNKNOWN.
Date of Death:  1944.
Place of Death:  UNKNOWN.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Repatriated:  Unknown.
Cemetery:  Callie Farler Cemetery, Jeff, 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:  CLIFFORD L. CANTER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Clifford L. Canter 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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CARVILLE

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CARVILLE, JAMES

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

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CATRON

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CATRON, JOHN C. (1925-1944), USS PC 1168, KILLED IN ACTION, PACIFIC, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 12 February 1925 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Sally Ann Hall (born Virginia) and John Edward Catron (born Virginia).
Grandson of:  Mary Taylor and Thomas Hall.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  28 November 1942, NRS in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Service Number:  2876954.
Rank:  Gunner’s Mate Third Class.
Branch of Service:  AS (SV) V-6 USNR.  U. S. Navy Reserves, United States Navy.
Combat Organization:  U.S.S. PC 1168, Submarine Chaser.
Date of Death: 17 January 1944.
Place of Death:  PACIFIC OCEAN.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, DROWNED AT SEA, LOST AT SEA, WWII.
Disposition: NONRECOVERABLE.
WWII Navy Muster Roll:  31 January 1944, USS PC 1168, J. C. Catron 2876954, GM3c, Death 17 January 1944, Drowned At Sea.
Memorialized at:  Tablets of the Missing, East Coast Memorial, New York City, USA, Battery Park, New York City, New York. Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  J. C. CATRON carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Memorial Stone:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.

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CAUDILL

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CAUDILL, ARTHUR “ARTIE” (1924-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, PHILIPPINES, WWII.
Hometown:  BIG BRANCH, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 18 May 1924 in Perry County, Kentucky per Kentucky Birth Index.
Son of:  Abby Singleton and Riley Caudill.
Grandson of:  Anne Adams and James “Black Jim” Caudill.
Brother of:  William “Bill” Caudill (1918-1945), Killed In Action in Germany on 28 March 1945, which was 9 days after Arthur was Killed in Action in the Philippines on 19 March 1945.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  1942.
Service Number:  35798307.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  172nd Infantry “Mountain Battalion” Regiment, 43rd “Winged Victory” Division.
Date of Death:  19 March 1945.
Place of Death:  PHILIPPINES, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Callie Farler Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky on findagrave.  Fusonia Cemetery, Fusonia, Kentucky on the Headstone Application Card.  Mills Springs National Cemetery, Perryville, Kentucky was listed on the Rosters of WWII Dead. Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                       Monument:  ARTHUR CAUDILL carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
Note:  “On 9 January 1945, the 43rd made an assault landing in the San Fabian area, Lingayen Gulf, Luzon.  Under enemy fire, the Division secured the beachhead and fought into the Lingayen Plain by 12 Feb.  The offensive was resumed against the enemy north and west of Fort Stotsenburg, 27 February.  After ending Japanese resistance in the Zambales Mountains, the 43d swung south against the Shimbu Line.”  Source:  43d Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website:  army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times removed, Arthur Caudill 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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CAUDILL, JAMES (1922-1998), U. S. ARMY, WWII.
Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  27 April 1922.
Son of:  Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.
Spouse:  Josephine Hylton.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  15 March 1942 at Fort Thomas Newport.
Released Date:  19 October 1949.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Unknown.
Date of Death:  26 July 1998.
Cemetery:  W. H. Caudill Cemetery, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, James Caudill 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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CAUDILL, SAMPSON “SAMP” (1900-1964), U. S. ARMY, WWI AND WWII.
Hometown WWI:  HOMBRE, Perry County, Kentucky, WWI.
Hometown WWII:  SCUDDY HOLLOW, Perry County, Kentucky, WWII.
Date of Birth:  17 July 1900, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Martha Brashear and James M. Caudill.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Pratt and James N. Brashear, Jr., Confederate States Army, American Civil War.
Spouses:  (1) Loretta Combs, daughter of Nancy Morgan and Edward W. “Black Ed” Combs.  (2) Rhoda Williams.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
WWI Draft Registration Card:  Age 18, living at Hombre, Perry County, Kentucky.
WWII Enlistment Date:  4 December 1942, Divorced without dependents, Born 1900, Perry County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  On military headstone, 19th Infantry, Company I, WWII, U. S. Army,
Date of Death:  18 September 1964.
Cemetery:  Scuddy Cemetery, Scuddy, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Sampson “Samp” Caudill 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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CAUDILL, WILDER (1920-2002), U.S. ARMY AIR FORCE, WWII
Hometown:  FARLER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Mason’s Creek (Right Fork), Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  23 January 1920 in Farler, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.
Maternal Grandson of:  Lucinda “Lucy” Pratt and Benjamin H. Cornett.
Paternal Grandson of:  Cynthia Brashear and William H. Caudill.
Spouse:  Irene Woods.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  Enlisted:  28 July 1942.  Released:  11 October 1945.
Service Number:  35464857.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  United States Army Air Corps, World War II.
Combat Organization:  1045th Army Air Force Base Unit (AAF BU).
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Burma Campaign.  Asiatic-Pacific Theatre.
Awards:  Bronze Star.  Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Ribbon.  24 November 1944.
Status:  Survived The War.
Date of Death:  7 December 2002, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Ben Cornett Memorial Cemetery, Perry County, Kentucky.
Source:  Billie Sue Engle Caudill and Charles Lloyd Caudill.  U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.   NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Wilder Caudill 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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CAUDILL, WILLIAM “BILL” (1918-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.                                            Hometown:  BIG BRANCH, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  27 October 1918, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Abby Singleton and Riley Caudill.
Grandson of:  Anne Adams and James “Black Jim” Caudill.
Brother of:  Arthur Caudill, who was Killed In Action in the Philippines on 19 March 1945, which was 9 days before William was Killed In Action in Germany on 28 March 1945.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  1941.
Service Number:  35125285.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company A, 28th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, 6th Calvary Group, WWII.
Date of Death:  28 March 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial: Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Callie Farlier Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
Headstone Application Card:  Signed by Abbie Caudill of Fusonia on 26 April 1949.                                                      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 CAUDILL carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.        
Note:   “Redesignated as 28th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 6th Calvary Group, on 1 January 1944 ... remained in the Bulge area until 19 February 1945.  Operated along Siegfried Line and west of Rhine River until 27 March.”  Source:  WWII American Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Profiles (From Author Harry Yeide’s website ...); website: 117th-cav.org.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times-removed, William “Bill” Caudill, 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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CLAY

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CLAY, JAMES DANIEL, JR. (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 19 September 1925 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Carrie Lee Lawson and James Daniel Clay, Sr.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  22 October 1943.
Service Number:  35878521.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company A, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry “Thunderbird” Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  22 October 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated: 1950.
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:  JAMES D. CLAY carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “The 45th participated in its fourth assault landing, 15 August 1944, at St. Maxime in Southern France ... spearheaded the drive for the Belfort Gap ... taking Rambervillers on the 30th, and crossing the Mortagne River 23 October.”  Source:  45th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.

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CLEMONS

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CLEMONS, JAMES M. (1922-1944), SILVER STAR, KILLED IN ACTION, ITALY, WWII.
Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Elliotsville, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  6 March 1922, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Sarah Ellen Jones (1883-1980) and Mr. Clemons.
Step-son of:  Arch Vires.
Grandson of:  Margaret Fraley and Daniel Green Jones.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  3 December 1942.
Service Number:  35675942.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company B, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  21 January 1944.
Place of Death: ITALY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, (First reported, Missing In Action).
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Clemons Cemetery or Wiley Jones Cemetery, Jackson, Breathitt 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 CLEMONS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
Note:  “... first saw action 9 September 1943, when it landed at Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno ... grueling campaign was marked by futile attempts to establish a secure bridgehead across the Rapido River, 1 January to 8 February 1944.”  Source:  36th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle, website, army.mil.
U. S. War Department Press Releases and Related Records:  “Pvt James Clemons, Army Award, Resides KY.  Event 1942-1945.  Mother, Mrs. Sarah Vires.  James Clemons, Pvt, Infantry, Missing In Action.  For: on Jan 21, in Italy, Pvt. Clemon’s Infantry Regiment was ordered to cross river and attack the enemy.  The attack was initiated under heavy enemy artillery mortar and machine gun fire which continued throughout the operation.  Advancing in the face of overwhelming enemy fire, they crossed the river and moved toward their objective.  Pvt Clemons was reported missing following this action.”   
Silver Star Medal (UNCONFIRMED - Citation Needed): James Clemons, United States Army, is reported to have been awarded the Silver Star under the below-listed General Orders for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 36th Infantry Division during World War II.
General Orders: Headquarters, 36th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 53 (1944)
Action Date: World War II
Service:  U. S. Army, Division: 36th Infantry Division
Source:  MILITARYTIMES.COM.

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CLEMONS, THURMAN C. (1922-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, TENNESSEE, USA, WWII.
Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  8 April 1922 in Perry County, Kentucky.  Per Kentucky Birth Index.
Son of:  Ida Noble (1898-1927) and Jerdon Clemons (1895-1922).  Thurman’s father died the year he was born and his mother died when he was about age 5.  Where was Thurman on the 1930 census?
Grandson of:  Christa Frazier and James Clemons.
1935:  A Resident in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  14 October 1939.
1940 Census:  T. C. Clemons, Private, Soldier, U.S. Army, Fort Knox, Hardin Co., Kentucky.
Service Number:  6985775.
Rank:  Staff Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Headquarters Company, 605th Tank Destroyer Battalion, WWII.
Date of Death:  17 December 1943.
Place of Death: Wilson County, Tennessee, United States.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, Accidental Death At Work.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Cemetery:  Clemons Cemetery, Press, 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:  THURMAN CLEMONS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “Duty Stations ... Tennessee Maneuver Area:  11 November 1943 ...”  Source:  605th Tank Destroyer Battalion (Self-Propelled); website:  military.com.

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COCHRAN

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COCHRAN, NATHAN B. (1921-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  JEFF, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  28 August 1921, Wolfe County, Kentucky, USA.
Son of:  America Tyler and Sam Cochran.
Spouse:  Mary E. Dunn.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number: 35465085.
Rank: Private First Class.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  261st Infantry Regiment, 65th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  Thursday, 26 April 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial: Temporary Cemetery 3574.  Permanent Cemetery 3503.
Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, (Moselle), France.                                                                   Memorialized:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                                        Monument:  NATHAN COCHRAN 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:  “The crossing of the Danube ... was a large scale operation ... start crossing the swiftly-flowing Danube by boat beginning ... April 26 ... The 261st Infantry ... met heavy fire from entrenched troops immediately on landing opposite Kapfelberg...”  Source:  Right To Be Proud -   65th Infantry Division WWII Unit History by Sgt Bill Jordy, 1945; website: lonesentry.com.

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Monument:  WILLIAM FINLEY CODY carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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COLE

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COLE, JOHN DENVIL (1918-1942), FINDING OF DEATH (FOD), MISSING IN ACTION, NORTH AFRICA, WWII.
Hometown:  LOTHAIR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  22 August 1918, Alabama, USA.
Son of:  Marry and John Byrd “J-Bird” Cole.
Brother of:  Gertrude Cole, who married Harrison Ballard Combs.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  30 September 1940.
Service Number:  15057149.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  Sunday, 8 November 1942.
Place of Death: Operation Torch, Algeria-Morocco Campaign, NORTH AFRICA WWII.
Status:  FINDING OF DEATH (FOD), MISSING IN ACTION.
Disposition:  NONRECOVERABLE.
Memorialized at:  North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial, Carthage, Tunis, Tunisa.                                           Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                       Monument:  JOHN D. COLE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
                                                                                                                                         Memorial Stone:  Phillips Freewill Cemetery, Dilworth, Walker County, Alabama.
U. S. Awards:  Bronze Medal.  Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “Operation Torch, The Algeria-Morocco Campaign, began on November 8, 1942 ... U.S. and British forces ... landed on beaches near Casablanca ... near Oran ... and near Algiers ...”  Source:  website, ushmm.org.
NOTE:  I placed John Denvil Cole 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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COLE, WILLIAM ROBERT (1913-1944), SILVER STAR MEDAL, KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Williamsburg, Kentucky.  Illinois, USA.
Date of Birth:  1913 in Illinois, USA.
Son of:  Lena Belle Dougall (born Pennsylvania) and William N. Cole (born Pennsylvania).
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  25 March 1942 in Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, born 1913, completed 4 years of college.
Service Number:  35136138.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  2nd Infantry Division, 37th Field Artillery Battalion, WWII.
Date of Death:  Monday, 11 September 1944, WWII.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3578.  Permanent Cemetery 3504.
Cemetery:  Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, Manche, France.  Next of kin on Headstone and Internment Card:  Mr. William N. Cole, 103 Baker Street, Hazard, 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:  WILLIAM R. COLE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Note:  “... the 2d Infantry Division ... land on Omaha Beach on D plus 1, 7 June 1944 ... Exploiting the St. Lo break-through, the 2nd Division advanced ... to take Tinchebray 15 August 1944.  The Division moved ... to join the battle for Brest, the heavily defended fortress surrendering 18 September 1944 after a 39-day contest.”  Source:  2d Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.

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COLLINS

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COLLINS, AUGUSTUS “AUGUST” (1923-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, IWO JIMA, WWII.
Hometown:  ALLAIS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  11 July 1923 in Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Son of:  Mattie Walker and Mr. Collins.
Step-son of:  Huston Roulett and Strother Cloyd Phillips.
Grandson of:  Elvina Combs and John J. Walker.
Great-grandson of:  Harriet Godsey and Elhannon Combs.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  28 September 1942.
Service Number:  449404.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Marine Corps.
Combat Organization:  Company G, Third Battalion, 28th Marines, 5th Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, WWII.
Date of Death:  1 March 1945.
Place of Death:  IWO JIMA, Pacific Theatre, WWII.
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:  AUGUST COLLINS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “March 1, 1945 D + 10 ... the 28th Marines came north from Suribachi and took over the assault against Hill 362 ...”  Source:  The Battle Of Iwo Jima from The Spearhead by Howard M. Connor; website: 5thmarinedivision.com.                  NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Augustus Collins 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:  DAVID COLLINS carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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COLLINS, DOUGLAS WENDELL (1925-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, ACCIDENT, HAZARD, KENTUCKY, WWII.
Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Upper Carr, Knott County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  21 May 1925, Perry County, Kentucky, Per Kentucky Birth Index.  On Death Record, listed born 21 March 1925.
Son of:  Olive Cornett and Galley Collins.
Paternal Grandson of:   Nancy Jane Amburgey and James Wesley Collins.
Maternal Grandson of:  Rufena Feltner and Elhanon L. Cornett.
Great-grandson of:  Cynthia Grigsby and Elijah Combs Cornett.
THE MILITARY DATA MAY NOT BE CORRECT, BECAUSE RECORDS WERE FOUND FOR DOUGLAS WENDELL COLLINS AND DOUGLAS W. COLLINS WITH DIFFERENT SERVICE NUMBERS.
S1C (IC) DOUGLAS W. COLLINS, 6806235, WAS IN THE U. S. NAVY ON THE USS NEWBERRY IN 1944.           ARM2C (CA) DOUGLAS WENDELL COLLINS, 6349653, WAS IN THE U. S. NAVY ON THE USS ESSEX, RENAMED USS LEXINGTON, AND ON THE USS ENTERPRISE IN 1944 AND 1945.     
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Enlistment Date: 8 December 1941 at Fort Thomas Newport, Branch, Air Corp, declared to be born in 1923.
Service Number:  6349663.
Rank:  Aviation Radioman Second Class (ARM2c).
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy
Combat Organization:  USS ESSEX, renamed USS LEXINGTON (Air Group 20).  USS KWAJALEIN (CVE98).  USS PANAY (AG41).  USS ENTERPRISE.  WWII.
Note:  23 February 1945, Muster Roll of USS KWAJALEIN (Air Group 20), Transferred to Commander, Fleet Air West Coast, for assignment.  [Was he returned to the USA and given a furlough home before having to report to the new assignment?  Had it been 3 years since he last saw his family in Perry County, Kentucky?  Did he die at home on furlough in a car accident?]
Date of Death:  27 March 1945.
Place of Death:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII, in a car accident.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  1945.
Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  On the Headstone:  Navy symbol of Wings, Navy Anchor with words, AIR CREW.                                                                                                                                                      Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  DOUGLAS COLLINS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.      
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Douglas Wendell Collins, 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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COLLINS, EDWARD (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  12 June 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of: Amelia Hardigree and Harlan Collins.
Grandson of:  Nervesta Statzer and Mandlin Collins.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  21 October 1940.
Service Number:  6984239.
Rank:  Technican Fourth Grade.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Headquarters Company, 10th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 11 September 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
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:  EDWARD COLLINS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  1944.  “The 5th Infantry Division ... in mid September a bridgehead was ... secured across the Moselle ... heavy opposition.  Source: 5th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle, website, army.mil.

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

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COLWELL

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COLWELL, CURTIS (1917-1995), FIRST WAVE AT OMAHA BEACH, NORMANDY ON D-DAY, CUT A GAP IN A WIRE OBSTRUCTION, LED HIS SECTION THROUGH A MINE FIELD AND AN ASSAULT ON AN ENEMY MACHINE GUN POSITION, SILVER STAR, DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, WWII.
Hometown:  VICCO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Forked Mouth, Green Ridge and On Montgomery Creek in Perry County, Kentucky.  Yolyn, Logan County, West Virginia.  Price, Floyd County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  16 March 1917.
Son of:  Para Lee “Parit” “Parrot” Campbell and Samuel Colwell.
Grandson of:  Sarah Jane Stidham and Henderson “Red Hence” Colwell.
Grandson of:  Elvira Campbell and Joseph Campbell.
Great-grandson of:  Mary Lucinda Campbell and Samuel Colwell.
Cousin of:  Paul Colwell, Silver Star Medal, WWII.
Spouse:  Virginia Lee Combs, daughter of Marion Collins Combs and Martha Ellen Cornett.
Civilian Occupation:  Green Ridge Coal Mining Company, Green Ridge, Perry County, Kentucky.  Inland Steel Coal Mining, Price, Floyd County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  26 December 1936.  RELEASED:  25 December 1939.
WWII SECOND ENLISTMENT DATE:  1 May 1942.  RELEASED:  24 July 1945.
9 July 1942:  A Soldier in Company D, 56th Battalion at Camp Wolters, Texas, an infantry replacement training center.
Service Number:  6662084.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company E, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, WWII.
6 June 1944, D-DAY, First Division, First Wave, Omaha Beach, Normandy, European Theater: Staff Sergeant Curtis Colwell, cut/blew a gap in a wire obstruction, led his section through a mine field and an assault on an enemy machine gun position.
12 – 21 August 1944:  A soldier in the Battle of Falaise Gap.
1944 or 1945, V-mail Not Dated:  While in the Pacific Theatre on board the USS OAHU, Vernon “Jack” Combs wrote to his sister, Daskum Comb Lowe, “Five papers from the Hazard Herald arrived today.  I see where Virginia’s husband [Curtis Colwell of Vicco] gets a medal presented to him from General Eisenhower.  I had to laugh about the little space down in the corner, where they had tried to hide it.  If he lived in Hazard, they would have put it on the front page for six weeks in succession.”
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Battle of Faliase Gap.  Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe.  European Theatre.
Wounds Received In Action:  YES.  May have more than one oak leaf cluster.                                                                             U. S. Awards:  Silver Star Medal.  Distinguished Service Cross Medal.  Purple Heart.  WWII.
DISTINQUISHED SERVICE CROSS CITATION:
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Staff Sergeant Curtis Colwell (ASN: 6662084), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in action against enemy forces on 6 June 1944, in France. Under the heavy enemy rifle, machine gun and artillery fire of the enemy, Staff Sergeant Colwell fearlessly cut a gap in the wire. He then led his section through this gap in the wire and through the mine field beyond the wire. As his section approached its objective it came under fierce enemy machine gun fire. Completely ignoring his own safety, Staff Sergeant Colwell led his section in a successful assault upon the machine gun position. Staff Sergeant Colwell's determined leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 1st Infantry Division, and the United States Army.  Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944).  Action Date: 6-Jun-44.  U. S. Army, Staff Sergeant, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.  Source:  homeoftheheroes.com (Hometown:  Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky.)
U. S. WAR DEPARTMENT, PRESS RELEASES AND RELATED RECORDS, 1942-1945.
DISTINQUISHED SERVICE CROSS.  KENTUCKY.  TO:  CURTIS COLWELL, Staff Sergeant, Infantry, VICCO.  For:  Under heavy enemy rifles, machinegun and artillery fire in France on June 6, 1944, Sergeant Colwell fearlessly cut a gap in some wire, led his section through this gap and through the mine field beyond the wire.  As his section approached its objective, it came under heavy enemy machinegun fire.  Completely ignoring his own safety, Sergeant Colwell then led his section in a successful assault upon the machinegun positions.  The personal bravery and determined leadership exhibited by Sergeant Colwell reflected great credit on himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Armed Forces.
SILVER STAR MEDAL SYNOPSIS, CITATION NEEDED:
Technical Sergeant Curtis Colwell (ASN: 6662084), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving with Company E, 2d Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division in the European Theater of Operations during World War II.  General Orders: Headquarters, 1st Infantry Division, General Orders No. 51 (1945).  Action Date:  World War II.  U. S. Army, Technical Sergeant, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
Source:  militarytimes.com
18 October 1944, Germany:  Excerpts from a letter written by Curtis Colwell to my mother, Daskum Combs Lowe, who was a cousin to his wife, Virginia Lee Combs Colwell, upon hearing that his friend and my father, Technical Sergeant Albert “Ab” Lowe had been Killed in Action on 16 September 1944 in France:                                                                                          “Dear Daskum, I hardly know what to say, but I do want to offer my deepest sympathy.  It was really a jolt when I received Gen’s (his wife, Virginia's) letter this morning ... she told me about Albert.
     I have seen a lot of boys come and go since I have been in combat, and some of them were just like my own brother.  But none of [their deaths] hit me like this ... I know his passing has dealt you a great blow ...  I was thinking the other day that we [Curtis and Albert] would have plenty to talk about, when we got back to Vicco.  [Both had been at the Battle of Falaise Gap, fought 12th through 21st August 1944, at the same time.  But it was unlikely that they had met, since they were in different divisions.]
     Ab is all right.  ... No one can ever tell me that any soldier, who dies in action hasn’t gone to a better world.
     May our Master lend a hand in your darkest hours and smile his many blessings upon you.
Best Wishes, Curt.”
Note:  Could there be a movie newsreel or newspaper photograph of General Eisenhower, presenting a medal to Curt Colwell and / or to his brother, French Colwell?
Date of Death:  28 November 1995, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Currently Unknown.  
NOTE:  I placed the husband-of-my-first-cousin-2-times-removed, Curtis Colwell 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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COLWELL, ELONZO (1922-1994), WWII.
Hometown:  FORKED MOUTH, River Road, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  9 December 1922.
Son of:  Sally Fugate and Nesby “Red Nez” Colwell.
Grandson of:  Sarah Jane Stidham and Henderson “Red Hence” Colwell.
Grandson of:  Lucinda Combs and Jefferson Fugate.
Great-grandson of:  Mary Lucinda Campbell and Samuel Colwell.
Great-grandson of:  Nancy Francis and Hugh Combs.
Great-grandson of:  Susie Hoskins and Martin Fugate, Jr.
Cousin of:  Curtis Colwell, Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, WWII.
Step-son of:  Green Couch.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  30 November 1922.  Release Date:  18 October 1945.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Date of Death:  24 February 1994.
Cemetery:  Green Acres Cemetery, Ermine, Letcher County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed Elonzo Colwell 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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COLWELL, HERBERT

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

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COLWELL, PAUL (1916-1958), SILVER STAR, WOUNDED IN ACTION, WWII.                                                    Hometown:  YERKES, River Road, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Bull Skin Road, Big Creek in Leslie County; McRoberts in Letcher County and Pike County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  30 July 1916 in Bell County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Sally Fugate and Nesby “Red Nez” Colwell.
Grandson of:  Sarah Jane Stidham and Henderson “Red Hence” Colwell.
Grandson of:  Lucinda Combs and Jefferson Fugate.
Great-grandson of:  Mary Lucinda Campbell and Samuel Colwell.
Great-grandson of:  Nancy Francis and Hugh Combs.
Great-grandson of:  Susie Hoskins and Martin Fugate, Jr.
Cousin of:  Curtis Colwell, Silver Star Medal, Distinguished Service Cross, WWII.
Step-son of:  Green Couch
Spouse:  Catherine Margaret Berry.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  15 October 1940 at Fort Thomas, Newport.  Discharge Date:  7 July 1945.
Service Number:  15058150.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Headquarters Co 1st Battalion, 10th Infantry, 5th Infantry Division, U. S. Army, European Theatre, WWII.
Date of Death:  4 September 1958.
Place of Death:  Deane, Pike County, Kentucky.  Coal Mine Accident.  His mailing address was McRoberts, Letcher County, Kentucky.
Status:  Survived The War.
Cemetery:  John Colwell Cemetery, Yerkes, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Silver Star Medal.  Bronze Star Medal.  Purple Heart Medal.  Source:  Headstone Application Card.  “Silver Star, General Orders Number 32 (1944).”  Source: militarytimes.com.
NOTE:  I placed Paul Colwell 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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COLWELL, WILSON, 101ST AIRBORNE PARATROOPER, AGE SIXTEEN, JUMPED INTO NORMANDY ON D-DAY, LANDED IN ENEMY TERRITORY, SLIPPED BACK INTO ALLIED LINES, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Detroit, Michigan.  Colorado.
Date of Birth:
Son of:  Elizabeth Spencer and Otis Colwell.
Enlistment Date:  1943, age 15.  Discharge Date:  1945.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army Air Corp.
Combat Organization:  Paratrooper, Company H, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Division.
Campaigns:  Normandy, Rhineland, Central Europe Campaigns.
D-Day, 6 June 1944.  Wilson Colwell, age 16, was part of the 101st Airborne to parachute into Normandy, missing the drop zone by miles and taking 5 days to make it back to Allied lines.
Status:  Living.
Source:  An interview of Wilson “Bill” Colwell published in a Magazine Article, The Wall Street Journal, The Still-Living Memories of D-Day by Karl Rove, June 4, 2014.

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