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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, F - G
     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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FARLER

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FARLER, GREEN “KALE” (1918–1985) USS YORKTOWN SURVIVOR, U. S. NAVY WWII.                               Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  14 July 1918 
Son of:  Mary Fields and William Robert “Bob” Farler.
Grandson of:  Lucretia “Lucy” Caudill and Henry “Bud” Fields.
Spouse:  Mary Louise Hall, WAVES, U. S. Navy, World War II.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  19 February 1941.  Released:  15 November 1946.
Service Number:  279 79 35.
Rank:  SSMB2, Ship’s Service Man, Barber, Second Class.
Branch of Service:  United States Navy.
Combat Organization:  USS YORKTOWN, U. S. Navy, World War II.
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Battle of the Coral Sea (May 4, 1942 – May 8, 1942.
<Battle of Midway (4 June 1942 – 7 June 1942), where he survived the sinking of his ship, the USS YORKTOWN, an Aircraft Carrier.
Date of Death:  2 May 1985.
Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Cemetery:  Rest Haven Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.
Ships:  USS TUSCALOOSA (CA-37).  USS RANGER (CV-4) Aircraft Carrier.  USS YORKTOWN (CV-5) Aircraft Carrier.  USS HENDERSON (AP-1).  USS BARNES (ACV-20).  USS PINKNEY (APH-2).  USS BAYFIELD (APA-33).  Source:  U. S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls.
NOTE:  I placed Green Farler 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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FARLER, OTIS (1925-1944), MISSING, KILLED IN ACTION, S.S. LEOPOLDVILLE, TROOP TRANSPORT, ENGLISH CHANNEL, WWII.
Hometown:  FARLER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  5 November 1925, Knott County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Cordelia Pratt and John H. Farler.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky
Service Number:  35882592.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry “Panther” Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 25 December 1944, German U-boat Attack Sunk the S.S. LEOPOLDVILLE.
Place of Death:  S. S. LEOPOLDVILLE, ENGLISH CHANNEL, WWII
Status:  MISSING, KILLED IN ACTION – LOST AT SEA.
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.
Memorialized at: Normandy American Cemetery And Memorial, Colleville-sur-Mer, Departement du Calvados, Basse - Normandie, France.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “Dec. 24, 1944 ... the S.S. LEOPOLDVILLE, a Belgian passenger ship converted to a transport ... [was in] the English Channel.  In the troop compartment, 2500 men of the 262nd and 264th Regts, 66th Infantry Division [were aboard] ...  Ahead lay France and combat ... At 1755 [5:55pm] ... A torpedo launched by a German U-boat blasted the craft on the starboard side, ripped a gaping hole below water line ... Hundreds of 66th Panthermen were still aboard at 2035 [8:35 pm], when the ship lurched heavily to starboard and sank swiftly, stern first.”  Source: “66th: The Story of the 66th Infantry Division”, G. I. Stories, Published by Stars & Stripes, Paris, 1944-1945.  Website: lonesentry.com.
NOTE:  JOHN F. PARKER, FROM BONNYMAN, PERRY COUNTY, KENTUCKY, WAS ALSO ON BOARD THE SHIP AND WAS MISSING, LOST AT SEA, KILLED IN ACTION.
NOTE:  I placed Otis Farler 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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FELTNER

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FELTNER, ARNOLD (? - ?), U. S. MILITARY SERVICE, DIED, UNKNOWN, WWII.

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

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

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FELTNER, CARTER (1918-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  8 February 1918 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Opsia Napier and Mose Feltner.
Step-son of: Mary Magdalene.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  2 February 1942.
Service Number:  35266253.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company A, 8th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 10 November 1944, WWII.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Whitaker 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.

Note:  “4th Armored Division, 12 Nov 1944, Command Post, Chateau Salins, Moselle, France.  Source: army.mil.
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FELTNER, ELIGA CURT (1918-?), DIED, AUSTRALIA, PACIFIC THEATER, WWII.
Hometown:  KRYPTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  3 November 1918, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Effey Johnson and Jarrett G. Feltner.
Enlistment Date:  11 May 1938.
Service Number:  2872473.
Rank:  Seaman First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.
Combat Organization:  U.S.S. HELM DD-388, a Destroyer.
<14 May 1941, First Received On Board the USS HELM DD-388 from USS DIXIE.
<During duration, arrested, court martial approved and fined $90 for drunkenness.
<16 January 1943, Transferred to U. S. Army Hospital from USS HELM.
Date of Death:  UNKNOWN.  Listed on the Rosters of WWII Dead without a death date or cause of death and with a typo on his service number.
Place of Death:  AUSTRALIA, PACIFIC THEATRE, WWII.
Status:  UNKNOWN
Disposition:  UNKNOWN
Burial:  UNKNOWN
Repatriated:  UNKNOWN
Cemetery:  A Headstone or a Memory Stone at 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.
Note:  “On the morning of December 7, 1941, HELM was the only ship underway at Pearl Harbor when the attack started.  The ship’s gunners shot down one Japanese plane before a Japanese midget submarine was spotted and targeted by the destroyer’s 5-inch guns.  The enemy craft submerged before any significant damage was inflicted.”  Source:  Hampton Roads Naval Museum, USS HELM (DD 388); website:  hamptonroadsnavalmuseum.blogspot.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Eliga Curt Feltner 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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FELTNER, HERMAN (1922-1943) KILLED IN ACTION, NORTH AFRICA, WWII.
Hometown:  BIG WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Son of:  Myrtle Hoskins and Carter Feltner.
Date of Birth:  16 November 1922, Perry County, Kentucky.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number: 35471196.
Rank: Private.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  7th Infantry Regiment “Cottonbalers”, 3rd Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 10 August 1943.
Place of Death:  NORTH AFRICA, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temperary Cemetery 5265.  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.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “The 3d Division is the only American Division which fought the Nazi on all fronts ... on 10 July 1943, the Division made an assault landing on Sicily ...”  Source:  3d Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website:  army.mil.

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FIELDS

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ASTER FIELDS (1919 – 1940),U. S. MILITARY SERVICE, ALABAMA, DIED PRE-WAR IN PEACETIME. 
Hometown:  LITTLE WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky.
Other Residence:  Busy, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  19 October 1919 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Sarah Baker and William M. Fields.
Brother of:  Mason Fields, who Died Non Battle in Iceland in World War II and Sewell B. Fields, who Died Non Battle in North Carolina, U. S. A. in World War II.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Infantry.
Combat Organization:  Company F, 11th Infantry.
Date of Death:  2 January 1940, while in military service in peacetime.
Place of Death:  Fort McClellan, Calhoun County, Alabama.
Status:  Died while in military service in peacetime.
Cemetery:  Fields 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.  [Aster Fields died nearly two years before the United States entered into World War II.] 

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FIELDS, CHARLIE (1925-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, IWO JIMA, WWII.
Hometown:  FORKED MOUTH, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  18 September 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Lillia Bell Morgan and Carter W. Fields, Sr.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlisted:  22 October 1943.
Service Number:  913139.
Rank: Private First Class.
Branch of Service: U. S. Marine Corps.
Combat Organization:  Company D, 5th Marine Division, 26th MAR USMC, WWII.
Date of Death:  4 March 1945.
Place of Death:  IWO JIMA, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated: 1949.
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.
Note:  “In the 5th Division zone, Hill 362B fell to the 26th Marines on 3 March...”  Source: The United States Marines On Iwo Jima, The Battle And The Flag Raising by Bernard C. Nalty and Danny J. Crawford, History And Museums Division, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps, Washington, D. C., 1995; website: marines.mil.

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FIELDS, EARL, USS NICHOLSON (DD-442), DESTROYER, WWII.
Hometown:  FARLER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  MASON’S CREEK (Right Fork), Perry County, Kentucky.  Hyden and Corbin, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:
Son of:  Ollie Maggard and James Monroe Fields, Sr.
Maternal Grandson of:  Dora Hart and Andrew Maggard.
Paternal Grandson of:  Millie McKinney and Samuel Fields.
Spouse:  Gloria Caudill, daughter of Dulcena Cornett and Lyttle Caudill.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  23 March 1942 at NRS, Richmond, Virginia, per U.S. Navy Muster Rolls.
Discharged:  1948.
Service Number:
Rank:  RM1c.
Branch of Service:  U. S. NAVY.
Combat Organization:  USS NICHOLSON (DD-442), DESTROYER, WWII.  USS SHEA DM 30.
3 June 1941, Commission Day:  USS NICHOLSON (DD-442).
28 May 1942, USS NICHOLSON:  Date first received on board.
3 September 1942, USS NICHOLSON:  Date of sailing from Londonderry, Ireland to Sea.
12 October 1942, USS NICHOLSON:  Date of sailing from New York, NY to sea, Transferred to R/S, Casco Bay, Maine.
14 January 1943, USS NICHOLSON:  Received on board from R/S, New York, NY for duty.
7 November 1943, USS NICHOLSON:  Sailing from Casablanca, French Morocco to Sea.
3 November 1944, USS NICHOLSON:  Sailing from Ulithi to Sea.
23 February 1946, USS NICHOLSON:  Decommissioning.
25 February 1946, USS NICHOLSON:  Transferred to RS Charleston, South Carolina for rehabilitation leave.
13 January 1948, USS SHEA:  Daily Personnel Diary, RM1, CCAT 343 FR: TAD with COMINLANT.
Source:  U. S. Navy Muster Rolls.
Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Battle of Leyte Gulf.
Awards, Certificates, Medals:  10 Bronze Battle Stars.
USS NICHOLSON HISTORY:  “Escorted convoys through U-boat-infested storm tossed north Atlantic, first from Boston to Iceland and then to Scotland and England until fall 1942 ... In August 1944 NICHOLSON joined the Third Fleet in the Marshall Islands ... assisted in the Seventh Fleet during the invasion of Leyte and ...the Battle of Leyte Gulf ... sailed as part of the Okinawa invasion fleet ... rescued survivors from LITTLE and MORRISON, when those destroyers were sunk ... NICHOLSON earned 11 Battle Stars for World War II service ...”  Source:  Destroyer history Foundation, USS NICHOLSON DD442.
website:  destroyerhistory.org.
Status:  living.
Source:  Earl Fields.  Charles Lloyd Caudill.
NOTE:  I placed the husband of my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Earl Fields 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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FIELDS, IRA PED (1917-1942), MISSING IN ACTION, USS JACOB JONES (DD-130), SUNK BY A GERMAN U-BOAT, LOST AT SEA OFF THE COAST OF DELAWARE, ATLANTIC OCEAN, WWII.
Hometown:  CAMPBELL (Lower section), Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  5 September 1917, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Mollie Morris and Mr. Fields.
Grandson of:   Nancy and Pleasant Fields.
Spouse:  Jeannete.
1940 Census, Great Lakes Naval Training School, Lake County, Illinois
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  20 March 1940 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Service Number:  2873830.
Rank:  Gunner’s Mate Third Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.
Combat Organization:  USS JACOB JONES (DD-130), Destroyer, WWII.
< 10 December 1941, On board the USS BROOKLYN, sailing from Bermuda to Sea.  
< 27 February 1942, On board the USS JACOB JONES (DD-130), sailing from New York City, received on board 24 February from the USS BROOKLYN.
< 28 February 1942, USS JACOB JONES (DD-130) Lost Off The Coast Of Delaware, Atlantic Theatre, Hit by Torpedos and Sunk by German U-578 (Ernst-August Rehwinkel).
Date of Death:  28 February 1942, Crewman on the ship, USS JACOB JONES.
Place of Death:  Atlantic Ocean, Off The Coast Of Delaware.
Status:  MISSING IN ACTION – LOST AT SEA.
Disposition:  UNRECOVERABLE.
Memorialized at:  Tablets Of The Missing, East Coast Memorial, Battery Park, New York, New York, USA.                 Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.

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FIELDS, KELLY (1913-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, AIRPLANE CRASH, USA, WWII.
Hometown:  BRIAR FORK, Willard Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth: 16 February 1913 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Dicie Hoskins and John J. Fields.
Spouse:  Elma Perkins, daughter of Mallie Pigman and John M. Perkins.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  25 June 1942.
Service Number:  35459559.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  9th Bomb Group, 1st Bomb Squadron, WWII.
Date of Death:  3 October 1943, on board B-17F Flying Fortress #42-5229, crashed near airfield.
Place of Death:  Brooksville, Hernando County, Florida.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Cemetery:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.   Headstone Inscription:  “Who Gave His Life In The Performance Of His Duty.”                                                                                                                                                  Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Kelly Fields 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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FIELDS, MARCUS (1921-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, NORTH AFRICA, WWII.
Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  25 December 1921, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Abbie Caudill and William H. Fields.
Grandson of:  Chloe Brashear and John Caudill.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  August 1940.
Service Number:  15045226.
Rank:  Technician 5th Grade.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company I, 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, WWII.
Date of Death: 16 February 1943.
Place of Death:  NORTH AFRICA.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  First Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Farler Cemetery, Viper, 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.
Note:  “The units first contact with an enemy was as part of the Allied invasion of Northwest Africa, Operation Torch on November 8, 1942 ... advanced to Sidi Bou Zid, where it was pushed back with heavy tank loses on Feb 14, 1943 ...  The division withdrew from Sbeita on February 16, 1943 ...”  Source: 1st Armored Division, website, usmilitariaforum.com.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Marcus Fields 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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FIELDS, MASON (1916-1942), DIED NON BATTLE, ICELAND, WWII.
Hometown:  LITTLE WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residences:  BUSY, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  23 September 1916.
Son of:  Sarah Baker and William M. Fields.
Brother of:  Sewell B. Fields (1921-1943), who Died Non Battle, USA, WWII.
Brother of:  Aster Fields (1919-1940), U. S. Army Private, who died 2 January 1940 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, nearly two years before the USA entered into World War II.
1940 Census, Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Marion County, Indiana.
Service Number:  6985849.
Rank:  Corporal.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division?, WWII.
Date of Death:  29 December 1942.
Place of Death:  REYKJAVIK, ICELAND.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED?
Repatriated:  Unknown.
Cemetery:  Fields Cemetery, Busy or Avawam, 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.
Note: “While in Iceland, the 5th Division performed arduous and monotonous duties of manning observation posts, unloading boats, building roads and buildings and maintaining training schedules.”  Source: 5th Infantry Division (HRS), website: google.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-4-times-removed, Mason Fields 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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FIELDS, SEWELL B. (1921-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA, WWII.
Hometown:  LITTLE WILLARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  BUSY, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth: 19 March 1921, Busy, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Sarah Baker and William M. Fields.
Brother of:  Mason Fields (1916-1942), who Died Non Battle, Iceland, WWII.
Brother of: Aster Fields (1919-1940), U. S. Army Private, who died 2 January 1940 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, nearly two years before the USA entered into World War II.
Service Number:  35667326.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  92nd Medical Battalion, WWII.
Date of Death:  9 May 1943.
Place of Death:  Lake Michie, Durham County, North Carolina, ACCIDENTAL DROWNING.
Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, accidental drowning.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  May 14, 1943.
Cemetery:   Fields 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.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-4-times-removed, Sewell B. Fields 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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FUGATE

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FUGATE, JAMES M. (1919-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  ARY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  27 April 1919, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Jennie Jane Richie and Gabriel Fugate.
Spouse:  Alice.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  1 October 1936.
Service Number:  6659666.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Co. A, 59th Armored Infantry Battalion, 13th Armored “Black Cats” Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  12 April 1945, WWII.
Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Fugate Cemetery, Ary, 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.
Note:  “After Action Reports, 12 April 1945 ... CC A: The Combat Command cleared Agger River bridge ... continued attack ... cleared Altenrath ... reached Scharken Broich ...  In the course of this advance CC “A” liberated an Allied Prisoner of War Camp in which there were 173 American ... prisoners.”  Source: 13th Armored Division Military After Action Reports, website: 13tharmoreddivision.org.

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FUGATE, JESSE (1922-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  COMBS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residences:  Breathitt County and Kenton County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  3 May 1922 in Breathitt County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Nancy Turner (1902-1928) and Charley Fugate (1899-1932).
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Deaton (1867-1912) and John Edward Turner (1874-1948).
< Jesse’s mother died, when he was 6, and his father died, when he was 10.
< In 1930, Jesse, age 8, was living with his maternal grandfather, John Edward Turner.
< Jesse’s uncle by marriage to Mahala Turner was James Hollan of Combs, Perry County, Kentucky, who was listed as next of kin on his Military Headstone and Interment Record.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  35664563.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  63rd Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored “Thunderbolt” Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  31 March 1945.
Place of Death:  GERMANY.
Status : KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3574.  Permanent Cemtery 3503.
Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery & Memorial, St. Avold, Department de la Mosell, 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.  
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “Continuation of the attack to the NC from the Lauterback - Fulda area ...”  Source: The 11th Armored Division Legacy Group, After Action Report, March 1 – 31, 1945.  Website: 11tharmoreddivision.com.

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FUGATE, PAUL (1916-1942), MISSING, KILLED IN ACTION, THE USS ATLANTA, GUADALCANAL, WWII.
Hometown:  KRYPTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  27 December 1916 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Malva Jane Campbell and Allen Fugate.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  11 May 1938, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Service Number:  2872480.
Rank:  Machinists Mate Second Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.
< 24 December 1941, Commissioning Day, on board USS ATLANTA CL-51.
< 1 October 1942, on board USS ATLANTA.
Combat Organization:  USS ATLANTA (CL-51), United States Navy, WWII.
Date of Death: 13 November 1942.
Place of Death:  USS ATLANTA (CL-51) at GUADALCANAL, WWII.
Status:  MISSING IN ACTION – LOST AT SEA.
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.
Memorialized at:  Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.
U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.
Note:  “November 13, 1942 – ‘First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal’... the night action in which the USS ATLANTA, USS JUNEAU, 4 U. S. destroyer and one Japanese battleship and two destroyers ... were sunk ... in the urgency of battle, darkness and confused intermingling of friend and foe, [USS SAN FRANCISCO] fired into [USS ATLANTA] ... USS ATLANTA sank three miles west of Lunga Point ...”  Source: USS ATLANTA CL-51, History, website: ussatlanta.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times-removed, Paul Fugate 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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GAYHART

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GAYHART, IRVIN EUGENE (1925-1944), DIED OF WOUNDS, FRANCE, WWII.
Hometown:  HARVEYTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 1 August 1925.
Son of:  Pearlie Combs and Irvin Gayhart.
Grandson of:  Maola Mayo Childers and Matt Combs.
Great-great-grandson of:  Nancy and Wesley Combs, a Union Army Soldier, Prisoner of War, who Survived Andersonville Prison Camp, American Civil War.
Great-great-great-grandson of:  Nancy and Jeremiah “Long Jerry” Combs.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  9 December 1943.
Service Number:  35880139.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Rifleman, Company I, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, WWII.
Basic Training:  Camp Croft, South Carolina.
Deployment:  24 June 1944 left Fort Meade, Maryland, destination, England.
Deployment:  4 August 1944, shipped to France.
83rd Infantry Division Mission:  Clearing 15,000 enemy soldiers from St. Malo Peninsula.
Wounded:  8 August 1944 by enemy sniper fire at Chatauneouf, France; died same day.
Date of Death:  8 August 1944, WWII.
Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.
Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1948.
Cemetery:  Laurel Fork Cemetery, Harveyton, Perry County, Kentucky per Headstone Application, which was signed by his mother, Pearlie Combs Gayhart on 4 August 1948.                                                                                                              Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “... elements of the Division took Chateauneuf, 5 August and Dinard, 7 August, and approached the heavily fortified area protecting St. Malo.”  Source: 83rd Infantry Division Association, Inc., WW2 History, website: 83rdassociation.com.
Source for basic training, deployment, mission, wounded, death:  The Edward Gayhart Family.
Note:  Irvin Eugene Gayhart (1925-1944) must Not be confused with Irvin G. Gayhart (1923-1993) of Harveyton, Perry County, Kentucky, 5th Infantry Division, Silver Star recipient, WWII, who was the son of Tish Huges Gayhart and Simon Gayhart, and who lived a few households away from the Pearlie and Irvin Gayhart family in 1940 in Harveyton.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-1-time-removed, Irvin Eugene Gayhart 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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GAYHART, IRVIN G. (1923-1993), SILVER STAR, EUROPEAN THEATER, WWII.
Hometown:  HARVEYTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  5 April 1923.
Son of:  Tish Hughes and Simon Gayhart.
Grandson of:  Mary Ann Godsey and Riley Gayhart.
Great-grandson of:  Cynthia Combs and Robert H. Godsey.
Great-great-grandson of:   Cynthia Sumner and Jeremiah “Chunky Jerry” Combs.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  21 October 1941.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  5th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  28 August 1993. 
Place of Death:  Currently Unknown.
Cemetery:  Currently Unknown.
U. S. Awards:  Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star Medal.   
U. S. War Department, Press Releases and Related Records, 1942-1945.  “Irvin G. Gayhart, Private First Class, 22-years-old, Infantryman , Harveyton, Kentucky, now home on furlough, last July 26, interview at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey, described action, Silver Star.  Overseas for 3 years with the 5th Infantry Division, Combat Infantry Badge.”
“Future Release:  For sticking to his weapon, a heavy machine gun and braking a frenzied Nazi counterattack near St. Lo last July 26, Private First Class Irvin G. Gayhart, of Harveyton, Kentucky, was awarded the Silver Star.  The infantryman is now back in this country for a 30-day furlough from the European battlefront.  Sent direct to Hazard Herald and Louisville Times and Army Times.”
Note:  Irvin G. Gayhart (1923-1993) must NOT be confused with Irvin Eugene Gayhart (1925-1944) of Harveyton, Perry County, Kentucky, Rifleman, Company I, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, WWII, the son of Pearlie Combs Gayhart and Irvin Gayhart, who lived a few households away from the Tish and Simon Gayhart family in 1940 in Harveyton.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-2-times-removed, Irvin G. Gayhart 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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GAYLOR

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JOSEPH LEWIS “JOE” GAYLOR, JR. (1919 - 1945), U. S. NAVY, DIED NON BATTLE, USA, WWII.

Hometown:  JEFF, Perry County, Kentucky.

Other Residence:  Sugar Run, Bell County, Kentucky in 1920.

Date of Birth:  5 February 1919 in Tennessee.

Son Of:  Ada Smiddey and Joseph Lewis “Luis” Gaylor, Sr.

Siblings:  Florence, Millard, David, Archie, Lula, Frank.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  1 March 1944 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Service Number:  958 46 67.

Rank:  Seaman First Class.

Branch of Service:  United States Navy.

Combat Organization:  SEVENTH FLEET, U.S.S. L. S. T. 469 GROUP NINETEEN STAFF.

31 October 1944, USS LST 469, G. 19 STAFF:  Seaman First Class Joe Gaylor, Jr. was transferred to USS LST 464 for Medical Treatment.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Pacific Theatre.

Date of Death:  7 August 1945. 

Place of Death:  Riverside, California, U. S. A.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.

Disposition:  Buried.

Cemetery:  Woodlawn Cemetery, LaFollette, Campbell County, Tennessee.  

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


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GIBSON

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GIBSON, ELMER E. (1920-1944), FINDING OF DEATH, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  FORKED MOUTH, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 16 February 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Rella Bowling and Tester Gibson.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date: 11 April 1940.
Service Number: 15066224.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  340th Bombardment Squadron, 97th Bombardment Group, WWII.
Date of Death: 14 September 1944.
Place of Death:  GERMANY.
Status:  FINDING OF DEATH.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Gibson Family 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.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-3-times-removed, Elmer E. Gibson 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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GOLUBIC

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GOLUBIC, JOHN JOSEPH JR. (1910-1944), DIED OF WOUNDS, ITALY, WWII.
Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Gentry, Fayette County, West Virginia.  Fairfax, Tucker County, West Virginia.  Cumberland, Harlan County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  21 August 1910, Gentry, Fayette County, West Virginia.
Son of:  Mary Zrigo (born in Hungary) and John Joseph Golubic, Sr. (born in Hungary).
Spouse:  Ella Walker Golubic, daughter of Joanna Combs and Madison ‘Matt’ Walker.
Entered Service From: Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  27 October 1943.
Service Number:  35878738.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company C, 316th Engineer Combat Battalion, 91st Division, 5th Army.
Date of Death: 11 December 1944, DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII.
Place of Death:  ITALY.
Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS, 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.  
Note: “The unit was ... in the highway #65 sector the first week of December [1944].  Time was spent checking the cratering charges placed earlier and maintaining the roads as well as improving living conditions as much as possible. Three caves in rock cliff were turned into barracks ..”  Source: 316th Engineer Combat Battalion; website: 6thcorpscombatengineers.com.
NOTE:  I placed John J. Golubic, Jr. 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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GRIFFITH

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GRIFFITH, JENNINGS (1921-1989), WWII.
Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK (Left Fork), Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Glomawr, Glomawr Coal Camp, Perry County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  Born 24 September 1921 on Social Security Applications and Claims Index.  per Per the Kentucky Birth Index, Born 2 August 1921 in Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Geneva Hammond and John M. Griffith.
Spouse:  Lelia Campbell.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  21 March 1942 at Fort Thomas Newport.  Discharge Date:  31 October 1945.
Rank:  Technical Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Force.
Combat Organization:  Was he in the Office of Special Service?  Was he part of the Manhattan Project?  Was he known to President Franklin Roosevelt and President Harry Truman?
Date of Death:  1 August 1989.
Place of Death:  Florida.
Cemetery:  Currently Unknown.
Source:  “Jennings Griffith, A Friend We Hardly Knew” by Buford G. McDaniel.  Jennings and Buford were school mates at Viper High School at Viper, Perry County, Kentucky.

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GRIGSBY

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GRIGSBY, CECIL KIRTH (1927-1944) KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.
Hometown:  HARDBURLY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residences:  Knott County and Letcher County, Kentucky.
Date of Birth:  9 September 1927, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Mary Gayhart and Charles Grigsby.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  15334533.
Rank:  Staff Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Corps, WWII.
Combat Organization:  UNSURE.
Date of Death:  26 August 1944.
Place of Death:  GERMANY.                                                                                                                                                  Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  Unknown.
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.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-3-times-removed, Cecil Kirth Grigsby 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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GRIGSBY, ERNEST, U. S. MILITARY SERVICE, DIED, GERMANY, WORLD WAR II.

Currently, he has NOT been identified.  More than one person in Perry County, Kentucky had this name.  Was he the son of Rosabelle and Leslie Grigsby, who lived on Lotts Creek on the 1930 Census?  Or was he the son of Ollie and Wayne Grigsby, who lived on Lotts Creek on the 1920 Census?  In 1953 Ollie Grigsby signed a Headstone Application Form for Ernest Grigsby (1914 – 1953), who died on active service, RA 35 664 562, Company D, 508th MP Bn. U. S. Army.  Who else could be his parents?  And where are his military records?                                                                                                                      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 GRIGSBY carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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GRIGSBY, MARCUS (1918-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, BELGIUM, WWII.
Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  2 April 1918, Knott County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Delila Combs and Bryant Grigsby (twin).
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  17 June 1941.
Service Number:  35125399.
Rank:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Company L, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division, WWII.
Date of Death:  8 January 1945, WWII.
Place of Death:  BELGIUM, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1953.
Cemetery: Grigsby Cemetery, Bulan, Perry County, Kentucky or Curt Napier Cemetery, Hazard.                                    Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.
Note:  “... Cos. K and L, 137th, which had slashed into Villers [Belgium] alone, were cut off ... From January 3-7 [1945], Santa Fe artillery fired more than 41,000 rounds.”  Source: Attack!  The Story of the 35th Infantry Division, G. I. Stores, Published by Stars & Stripes, Paris, 1944-1945; website: lonesentry.com.
Note:  “On January 8 [1945] patrolling was conducted against the enemy and harassing fire was delivered thoughout the day, as the 137th Infantry maintained its pressure on the enemy in the vicinity of Villers-la-Bonne-Eau [Belgium].”  Source: Combat History of 137th Infantry Regiment, World War II; website: coulthart.com.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-3-times-removed, Marcus Grigsby 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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GROSS

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GROSS, FRED (1924-2011), COMBAT MEDIC, WOUNDED IN ACTION IN FRANCE IN WORLD WAR II, SERVED IN THE KOREAN WAR AND THE VIETNAM WAR.
Hometown:  BUCKHORN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Other Residence:  Eaton, Prebler County, Ohio.

Date of Birth:  23 December 1924 in Buckhorn, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Louetta Gross.
Step-son of:  Sherman Napier.
Grandson of:  Mary Deaton and Jeremiah “Jerry” Gross.
Great-grandson of:  Lavina Sandlin and John Deaton.
Spouse:  Ruth Lovely.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Service Number:  35806262.
Rank in September 1944:  Private First Class.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Medical Detachment, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, Company G, European Theatre, WWII.
Theatres, Campaigns, Battles:  European Theatre, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Battle of the Bulge.
16 September 1944, Station, Gravelotte, France:  Company Morning Report (shared by Norm Richards):  35806262, Fred Gross, Med. Det. was LIA, Lightly Injured In Action.  Casualties were heavy.  By day’s end, Fred had a promise to keep, once the war was over.  After returning to Buckhorn, he traveled on to Vicco and recounted the details of my father’s death to my family.  I am truly grateful.  ~~~ Waukesha Lowe Sammons, daughter of Technical Sergeant Albert Lowe, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division, Company G, who was listed Killed in Action on the Company Morning Report of 16 September 1944, Station, Gravelotte, France, WWII. 
Date of Death:  13 January 2011.
Place of Death:  Ohio.
Status:  WOUNDED IN ACTION in the Battle of the Bulge, WWII.  (Source, Obituary.)
Cemetery:  Concord Cemetery, Dixon Township, Preble County, Ohio.
U. S. Awards:  Bronze Star Medal.  Purple Heart Medal.

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