PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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WORLD WAR II (1941 - 1945)

PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, CORNETT - E

     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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CORNETT

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CORNETT, CHARLES LENUEL (1925-1943) DIED NON BATTLE, MASSACHUSETTS, WWII
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  26 November 1925 in Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Verda B. Smith and Charles S. Cornett, Perry County Sheriff, 1942-1946.
Grandson of:  Polly Ann Wells and Joseph Earl Cornett.
Brother of:  Harry Vernon Cornett, Missing on 12 September 1944, Crossing the Moselle River, Lorraine, France, WWII.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.
Date of Death:  30 October 1943, Due to Peritonitis Infection, DIED NON BATTLE, American Theatre, WWII.
Place of Death:  Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Cemetery:  Englewood, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.  Inscription:  “God gave us love; something to love, He lends us.”  “He gave his life for his country.”                                                                                                                                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 L. CORNETT JR. 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, Charles Lenuel Cornett 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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CORNETT, DANIEL “DAN” (1918-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, LEYTE, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  2 March 1918 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Rhoda Sizemore and William Jennings Cornett.
Grandson of:  Martha Jameson and Daniel B. Cornett.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  15 January 1941.
Service Number:  35115758.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  82nd Field Artillery Battalion, First Cavalry Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 10 November 1944.
Place of Death:  LEYTE, PHILLIPPINES, Pacific Theatre, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Callie Farler Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.  (Previous name, Fusonia Cemetery, Fusonia, Perry County, Kentucky.)  Inscription: “Died In Action On Leyte.”                                                                                                          Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                       Monument:  DAN CORNETT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “1st Cavalry Division 1941-1949, Chronology.  October 20, 1944 the Division landed on Leyte Island in the Philippines.  October – December 1944, The Division took Tacloban and its adjacent airstrip ... advanced along the north coast of Leyte and secured the Leyte Valley.”  Source: eisenhower.archives.gov.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Daniel Cornett 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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CORNETT, EUGENE A. (1921-1942), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  6 October 1921 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Innis Ina Phillips and John Cornett.
Grandson of:  Juda Singleton and Zachariah Morgan Cornett.
Great-grandson of:  Catherine Combs and John Cornett.
Great-great-grandson of:  Louisa Combs and Robert Bustard Cornett.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  25 July 1942.
Service Number:  35464601.
Rank:  Staff Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  I Company, 386th Infantry Regiment, 97th Division, USAGF, WWII.
Date of Death: 7 April 1945.
Place of Death: GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Englewood, 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:  EUGENE A. CORNETT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “The 97th Infantry Division During World War II ...  The Battle of the Rhur Pocket was one of the last major battles of WWII ... the 97th fought in this battle, which took place during the period from April 1, when the pocket was closed ... to April 19 [1945], when the last resistance took place near the Rhur River.”  Source: website, 97thdivision.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Eugene A. Cornett 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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CORNETT, HARRY VERNON (1922-1944) MISSING IN ACTION, FINDING OF DEATH, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  9 October 1922.
Son of:  Verda Smith and Charles S. Cornett, Perry County Sheriff, 1942-1946.
Grandson of:  Mary Newson and Cullen B. Smith.
Grandson of:  Polly Ann Wells and Joseph Earl Cornett.
Great-great-great-grandson of:  Mary Ann Everage and William Jesse Cornett, American Revolutionary War and War of 1812.
Brother of:  Charles L. Cornett, Jr., Died Non Battle, 30 October 1943, United States, WWII.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  9 March 1943.
Service Number:  35791626.
Rank:  Private First class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death: Tuesday, 12 September 1944, Missing, Crossing the Moselle River.
Place of Death:  Lorraine, FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  MISSING, FINDING OF DEATH, WWII.
Disposition: NONRECOVERABLE.
Memorialized at:  Tablets of the Missing, Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avoid, Department de la Moselle, Lorraine, France.                                                                                                                                                                  Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                       Monument:  HARRY V. CORNETT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Memory Stone:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.  Inscription:  “In Memory Of PVT Harry Vernon Cornett Who Lost His Life While Crossing The Moselle River in France, September 12, 1944, 5th Division, 3rd American Army, 10th Infantry, age 21.”
U. S. Awards:  Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “The 5th Infantry Division ... pushed ... across the Marne to seize Reims, 30 August [1944], and positions east of Verdun.  The Division then prepared for the assault on Metz.  In mid September a bridgehead was established and secured across the Mozelle, south of Metz, in the face of heavy opposition.”  Source: 5th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Harry Vernon Cornett 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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CORNETT, LESLIE (1920-1983), UNITED STATES ARMY, WWII.
Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  6 March 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Arminia “Myma” Allen and Robert Fulton Cornett, Sr.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Corporal, on the 1940 Census, stationed at Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization, 1 April 1940 Census:  21st Field Artillery, Fifth Division, U. S. Army.  Was he in this outfit during World War II?
Date of Death:  18 August 1983.
Place of Death:  Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Cemetery:  Callie Farler Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
Source:  “... 5th Infantry Division ... “Red Diamond Division ... 21st Field Artillery Battalion (155 Howitzer) ...”  “5th Infantry Division, World War II, Combat Chronicle, The 5th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, 9 July 1944 ...”  army.mil and unithistories.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Leslie Cornett 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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COSTELLO

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COSTELLO, GEORGE W. (about 1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, ITALY, WWII.
Hometown:  ALLAIS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Lick Branch, Georges Branch, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  about 1925.
Son of:  Mary C. Clemons and Peter Costello (born in Italy).
Brother-in-law of:  Woodrow Sizemore, who was Killed In Action in France on 9 July 1944.
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Service Number:  35657476.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  133rd Infantry, 34th Infantry “Red Bull” Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  Monday, 3 April 1944.
Place of Death:  ANZIO, ITALY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  Buried.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.  Permanent Cemetery 5202.
Cemetery:  Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.                                                                                             Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                          Monument:  GEORGE COSTELLA 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: “History, 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th infantry Division ... From 1 April 1944 to 30 April 1944.  Anzio Beachhead.”  Source: 34infdiv.org.
NOTE:  I placed George W. Costello 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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COUCH

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COUCH, KIMBER (1923-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, BELGIUM, WWII.
Hometown:  SAUL, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  10 March 1923.
Son of:  Cassie Barger and Henry James Couch.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  35682895.
Rank:  Private (Trooper).
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Airborne.
Combat Organization:  Company C, 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion, WWII.
Date of Death:  3 January 1945.
Place of Death:  BELGIUM, WWII.  “Death occurred overseas WWII, returned from, Henri-Chapelle, European-Belgium.”
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial: Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Internment date, 18 December 1947.
Cemetery: Mill Springs National Cemetery, Nancy, Pulaski 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:  KIMBER COUCH carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Presidential Unit Citation To The 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.
Note:  “December 16, 1944 the Germans launches an offensive in the Ardennes which comes to be known as the Battle of The Bulge and arrive in Werbomont on the 21st.”  Source:  551st Parachute Infantry Battalion; website:  551stpib.com.
Note: “On 3 January 1945, the 551st from the division’s line of departure at Basse Bodeux attacked against great odds and secured the imposing ridge of Herispehe.  Punished by artillery, mortar and machine gun fire as it moved across open, up slope terrain, the battalion lost its forward artillery observers ...”  Source: The U.S. Airborne, 551st Parachute infantry Battalion, Presidential Unit Citation For Extraordinary Heroism To The 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion.  Website: ww2-airborne.us.

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COUCH, RAY (1921 - 1944), (TWIN), DIED OF WOUNDS, FRANCE, WWII.                                   
Hometown:  SECOND CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  21 July 1921 in Perry County, Kentucky, twin.
Son of:  Sarah Edith Rison/Risden and Eli Couch.
Twin to:  Clay Couch.
Entered Service From:  Ohio.
Enlistment Date:  8 October 1942.
Service Number:  35664362.
Rank:  Staff Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  Friday, 11 August 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3578.  Permanent Cemetery 3504.
Cemetery:  Brittany American Cemetery, St. James (Manche), France.                                                                              Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  RAY COUCH 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 83d Infantry Division ... reached St. Lo-Periers Road, 25 July ... elements of the Division took Chateauneuf, 5 August and Dinard, 7 August, and approached the heavily fortified area protecting St. Malo.”  Source:  83d Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.
Note:  “Command Posts of the 83rd Infantry Division, 10 August 1944, Dinan (Town), Ille & Vilaine (Region), France.”  Source: army.mil.

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COUCH, WINSLOW (circa 1906-1941), KILLED IN ACTION, WAKE ISLAND, ON THE SECOND DAY OF THE WAR IN THE PACIFIC THEATRE, WWII.
Hometown:  BIG CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Territory of Hawaii.
Date of Birth:  about 1906, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Rebecca Jane Colwell (Ephriam’s second wife) and Ephriam “Bud” Couch.
Step-son of: Martha Ellen Lewis (Ephriam’s first wife) & Nancy Stidham (Ephriam’s third wife).
Half-Brother of:  Mrs. Mary A. Couch Gee of Star Rt., La Grange, Oldham County, Kentucky.
1910 and 1920:  Resident of Big Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.
Occupation:  Career Soldier.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
FIRST ENLISTMENT DATE:  2 October 1925, about age 19.  United States Marine Corps.  Remained in military service, continuing to reenlist until death.
ANOTHER ENLISTMENT DATE:  2 October 1931.
April 1941, U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls:  AVR 19-22, STAD, in USS LEXINGTON conn carrier landing qualifications.
October 1941:  U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls, Technical Sergeant Winslow Couch, Marine Fighting Squadron 211, Marine Air Group 21, 2nd marine Air Wings, FMF, EWA, Territory of Hawaii.
WORLD WAR II SERVICE:  Killed In Action on Day Two of World War II.
Service Number:  201690.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  United States Marine Corps.
Combat Organization:  Marine Fighting Squadron 211, Marine Air Group 21, 2nd Marine Air Wings, United States Marine Corps.
Date of Death:  Monday, 8 December 1941.  Second Day of WWII.
Place of Death:  WAKE ISLAND, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  1941 Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated/ “Internment:  10 July 1953, “Moved from Schofield Mausoleum #1, Territory of Hawaii (Wake Island), Group Burial 4568 GB # 71, Died on Wake Island.”  Source: U. S. National Cemetery Internment Control Forms.
Cemetery:  National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii.                                                                      Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                         Monument:  WINSLOW COUCH 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:  “8 December 1941...WAKE: Japanese Air Attack Force No. 1, 24th Air Flotilla, based at Roi, bombed Camp One and Two and the airstrip.  Seven of eight [of the] F4F-3’s were destroyed, the airstrip was fired by an exploded 25,000-gallon aviation gas tank and numerous casualties were sustained.”  Source: A Chronology of the United States Marine Corps 1835-1946, Volume II by Carolyn A. Tyson, printed 1965, Department of The Navy, Headquarters united States Marine Corps, Washington, D. C. 20380.  Website: ibiblio.org.
NOTE:  I placed Winslow Couch 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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CRASE

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CRASE, HUBERT (1916-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  STORM KING, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Colson and Millstone in Letcher County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  27 July 1916 in Letcher County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Mary Baker and Hiram Monroe Crase.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Stallard and James M. Crase.
Spouse:  Agnes Hall.  Hubert and Agnes divorced before his death.
1935:  lived in Storm King, Perry County, Kentucky.
1940:  Soldier, Fort Knox, Kentucky, 19th Field Artillery, 5th Division, 2nd Battalion, Headquarters Battery, Government Quarters, U. S. Army.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  14 October 1939.
Service Number:  6985600.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  46th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  23 August 1944.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status: KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
28 September 1944:  The Mountain Eagle, a Whitesburg, Kentucky Newspaper, “Private First Class Hubert Crase, 28, has been killed in action in France.  PFC Crase entered the service Oct 12, 1939 and landed in Iceland for two years before being sent to England then to Iceland, and on to France ... survived by ... his former wife, Agnes Hall of Louisville, Ky.”
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Thornton Cemetery, Thornton, Letcher 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:  HUBERT CRACE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “5th Infantry Division, Command Posts, 23 August 1944, Towns of Malesherbes and Nemours, Seine-et-Marne, France.”  Source: 5th Infantry Division, website, army.mil.
Note:  “... the Division ... captured Angers, 9-10 August, pushed across the Seine at Fontainebleau, 23 August ...”  Source:  5th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, Hubert Crase on my ~ Lowe Stephenson Rose Burchfield Murphy Whitt; Littleton Caudill Salisbury Crace Adams Wiley Webb Boone ~ Paternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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DAVIDSON

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DAVIDSON, JACK, JR. (?-?), DIED NON BATTLE, UNKNOWN, WWII.
Hometown:  PERRY COUNTY, Kentucky, USA.
Service Number:  6988695.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.                                                                                                                                  
Source:  National Archives And Records Administration.                                                                                                 Monument:  JACK DAVIDSON JR. carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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DAVIDSON, JACKIE (1919-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  GRAPEVINE, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 15 December 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Ellen Whittaker and John A. Davidson.
Brother of:  Luther W. Davidson, who was Killed In Action on 16 February 1945, a month before Jackie was Killed In Action on 18 March 1945.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date: 15 October 1939.
Service Number:  6985699.  Source:  National Archives.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  50th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Infantry ‘Red Diamond’ Division, USAGF CO BTRY A, WWII.
1940 Census:  Fort Knox, Hardin County, Kentucky, Soldier in the U. S. Army.
Date of Death: 18 March 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WW II.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WW II.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  March 1948.  Double Funeral Services for Jackie and Luther Davidson in March 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:  JACKIE DAVIDSON carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:   “5th Infantry Division, ‘Red Diamond Division’, Command Posts, 18 March 1945, Simmern, Rhineland, Germany.”  Source: 5th Infantry Division, website, army.mil.

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DAVIDSON, LUTHER W. (1925-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, LUZON, WWII.
Hometown: GRAPEVINE, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 26 March 1925.
Son of: Ellen Whittaker and John A. Davidson.
Brother of:  Jackie Davidson, who was Killed In Action on 18 March 1945, a month after Luther was Killed In Action on 16 February 1945.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date: 15 October 1942.
Service Number: 15334525.
Rank: Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization: Company B, 112th Cavalry Regiment, 56th Cavalry Brigade, WWII.
Date of Death: 16 February 1945.
Place of Death: LUZON, PHILLIPINES, WWII.
Status: KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition: BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.  Double Funeral Services for Luther and Jackie Davidson in March 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:  LUTHER DAVIDSON carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note: “Known as the ‘Little Giant of the Pacific’, the 112th Cavalry Regiment, part of the 56th Cavalry Brigade ... On 16 January 1945, the 112th RCT moved from Leyte to Luzon in the Philippines.”  Source: Texas Military Forces Museum, 112th Cavalry Regiment, website: texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org.

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DAVIS

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DAVIS, ROBERT OREN “BOBBY” (1925-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 15 July 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of: Virginia Rowland Wilson and Lawrence Oren Davis, who later divorced.  Virginia died when Bobby was seven-years-old.
Grandson of:  Blanche K. Pack and Rufus Oren Davis.
Great-grandson of:  Celia Matilda Cornett and William Oren Davis.
Great-great-grandson of:  Cynthia Grigsby and Elijah Combs Cornett.
Great-great-great-grandson of:  Louisa Combs and Robert Bustard Cornett.
Step-son of:  Hazel Eversole, who was the second wife of Lawrence.
Step-son of:  Robert Graham, who was the second husband of Virginia.
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Service Number: 15362274.
Rank: Private First Class.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  65th Infantry Battalion, 20th Armored Division, WWII.
Note:  8 May 1945, Victory In Europe Day, WWII.
Date of Death:  Friday, 13 July 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII in a train wreck.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery #3574.  Permanent Cemetery #3503.
Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Vold, Moselle, France.
Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  ROBERT OREN DAVIS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                                          Memory Stone:  Hazard Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky. 
U. S. Awards:  Bronze Star.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth cousin, Robert Oren “Bobby” Davis 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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DIXON

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DIXON, EARNEST HAROLD (1922-1944), MISSING PRISONER OF WAR, DIED NON BATTLE DUE TO SINKING OF JAPANESE HELL SHIP, EXACT CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH UNCERTAIN, PHILIPPINES, WWII.
Hometown: PERRY COUNTY, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Hyden, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth: 21 July 1922, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Son of: Bess Lewis and Robert Lee Dixon.
Entered Service From: Perry County, Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  8 February 1941.
Service Number: 15065726.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army, Coast Guard, Artillery Corps.
Service Code: Coast Artillery Corps Or Army Mine Planter Service (AMP).  Sub Unit:  E Battery.  Parent Unit:  Habor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays.
Combat Organization:  60th Coast Artillery Regiment (AntiAircraft), BTRY E.
Detaining Country: Japan, ORYOKA MARU, a ship that transported  PRISONERS OF WAR. 
Date of Death: Friday, 15 December 1944, Sinking of Japanese Hell Ship, Oryoka Maru.
Place of Death: Philippines.
Status: MISSING PRISONER OF WAR.  Executed or Died In Ship’s Sinking or In Result of Ship’s Sinking or Shot While Trying To Escape or Died During Transportation from Olongapo to San Fernando, Philippines.
Report Date: 7 May 1942.  Latest Report Date: 15 December 1944.
Disposition:  NONRECOVERABLE, MISSING PRISONER OF WAR, DIED NON BATTLE, JAPANESE HELL SHIP CIRCUMSTANCES.
Memorial Stone: Lewis Chappell Cemetery, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Memorialized at: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.                                                         Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  ERNEST H. DIXON carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
                                                                                                                                    U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart.
Sources:  WWII Prisoners of the Japanese, 1941-1945.  Center for Research Allied POWs Under the Japanese by Roger Mansell.  World War II Prisoner of War, 1941-1946.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Earnest Harold Dixon 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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DIXON, HAROLD (? - ?), U. S. MILITARY SERVICE, DIED, UNKNOWN, WORLD WAR II.

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

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DYKES

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DYKES, CLEVELAND (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, BELGIUM, WWII.
Hometown:  ALLOCK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Highway 15, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  1 January 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Lula Cornett (1899-1930) and David C. Dykes.
Grandson of:  Eliza Jane Combs and Whitley Cornett.  Cleveland’s mother died, when he was 5-years-old.  Cleveland lived with his maternal grandparents, Eliza Jane and Whitley Cornett in 1940.
Great-grandson of:  Martha Burton and Preacher Ira Combs.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  35868947.
Rank: Sergeant.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death: Tuesday, 21 November 1944.
Place of Death:  BELGIUM WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 1240.  Permanent Cemetery 1201.
Cemetery:  Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Arrondissement de Verviers, Liege, Belgium.             Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.                                                                                                        Monument:  CLEVELAND DYKES carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster Medal.  Bronze Star Medal.
Note:  “9th Infantry Division Command Posts, 11 November 1944, Elsenborn, Liege, Belgium.” Source: army.mil.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Cleveland Dykes 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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ERKINS

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ERKINS, BEN F. (? - ?), U. S. MILITARY SERVICE, DIED, UNKNOWN, WORLD WAR II.

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

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

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EVANS

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EVANS, WILLIAM EDWARD “BILLY” (1923-?), DIED, UNKNOWN, WWII.
Hometown: TRIBBEY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.    
Other Residence:  Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth: 12 November 1923, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of: Lucy Ellen King and Unknown Evans.
Step-son of:  Earl Lawson.
Grandson of: Laura Bell Nickell King and Evan Minton King.
1930:  Living in Tribbey with his uncle, Amos King and his mother, who was divorced.
1940:  Living in Pikeville with his mother and step-father, Earl Lawson.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number: 35873914.
Rank: Sergeant.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Place of Death:  UNKNOWN.
Status:  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:  WILLIAM E. EVANS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  Listed on the Rosters of WWII Dead:  name, branch, rank, serial number.

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