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, M
     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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MAGGARD

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MAGGARD, ARLISS (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, LUXEMBOURG, WWII.
Hometown:  CHAVIES, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth:  29 July 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.
Son of:  Ora Napier and Charles Maggard.
Grandson of:  Elizabeth Campbell and Gilbert Maggard.
Entered Service From:  Kentucky.
Enlistment Date:  30 October 1943.
Service Number:  35877692.
Rank:  Private.
Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  328th Infantry Regiment, 26th Infantry Division, USAGF, WWII.
Date of Death:  25 December 1944.
Place of Death:  LUXEMBOURG, WWII.
Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.
Disposition:  BURIED.
Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.
Repatriated:  1949.
Cemetery:  Napier Cemetery, Krypton, 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:  ARLISS MAGGARD 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 most famous soldier of the 328th was Captain York of Company G, fighting in World War I ... Descriptions of 328th Infantry Movements-1944-1945.  History Time Line, Luxembourg, 24 December 1944, Eschdorf Fighting, 25 December 1944, Eschdorf Cleared.”  Source: The 328th Infantry Regiment.  Website: comcast.net.
NOTE:  I placed my seventh cousin, Arliss Maggard 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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MAGGARD, KENNETH (1918-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, UNITED STATES, WWII.
Hometown: HILTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.
Date of Birth: 17 September 1918, Wooton, Leslie County, Kentucky.
Son of: Ida Feltner and Manuel Maggard.
Spouse: Maude.
Entered Service From: Ohio.
Enlistment Date: 1 April 1942.
Service Number: 35450288.
Rank: Corporal.
Branch of Service: U. S. Army.
Combat Organization:  Unknown.
Date of Death: 25 December 1943, DIED NON BATTLE, Automobile Accident.
Place of Death: Perry County, Kentucky.
Status: DIED NON BATTLE, Automobile Accident.
Disposition:  BURIED.
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:  KENNETH MAGGARD carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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MARCUM

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MARCUM, DOROTHY (1920-1995), U. S. WOMEN’S ARMY AIR CORPS, WWII.
Hometown:  SCRATCH BACK, Perry County, Kentucky.
Other Residence:  1920, Gorman’s Camp, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  1930, River, Letcher County, Kentucky.  1935 and 1940, Scratch Back Coal Camp on Montgomery Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.  Mail received at Vicco Post Office, Perry County, Kentucky.  Michigan.
Date of Birth:  15 July 1920 in Perry County, Kentucky.  Per Kentucky Birth Record.
Daughter of:  Emma Emily Cornett and Price Marcum / Markham.
Granddaughter of:  Mary Evans and Patrick C. Cornett.
Granddaughter of:  Jane Newman and Babe Markham.
Spouse:  Raleigh Marvin Sexton.
Occupation:  Circa 1935 and 1936, Waitress at the Combs Cafe, owned by Juda Brashear Combs and Ulysses Grant Combs, Sr. in Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky.
Rank:  Sergeant.
Branch of Service:  United States Army.
Combat Organization:  United States Women’s Army Air Corps, WWII.
Date of Death:  9 December 1995.
Place of Death:  Michigan.
Cemetery:  Hillside Cemetery, Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan.
NOTE:  I placed my sixth-cousin-1-time-removed, Dorothy Marcum 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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MARTIN

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MARTIN, MELVIN PETE (1917-1942), KILLED IN ACTION, LOST AT SEA, USS HOUSTON, BATTLE OF SUNDA STRAIT, JAVA SEA, WWII.

Hometown:  VICCO, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky.  Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan.  (Listed under the state of Michigan in U. S. Navy Casualty Books.)

Date of Birth:  27 January 1917, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mary Ellen Gayhart and Robert B. Martin.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  30 August 1938.

Service Number:  2871208.

Rank:  Watertender Second Class (WT2c).

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy, WWII.

Combat Organization:  U.S.S. HOUSTON CA-30, Heavy Cruiser, WWII.

Ship Transfer:  9 July 1940, Martin was transferred from the USS JOUETT and first received on board the U.S.S. HOUSTON (CA-30), a Northampton Class Heavy Cruiser, nicknamed “The Galloping Ghost of the Java Coast” in World War II. 

First Day Of War:  On the morning of December 7, 1941 the Japanese attacked the American Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii.  The USS HOUSTON was at Panay Island, Philippines.  “On the night of the Pearl Harbor attack, Houston got underway from Panay Island with fleet units bound for Darwin, Australia, where she arrived 28 December 1941.” (Source: navy.mil).       

Battles:  The USS HOUSTON participated in the Battle of the Java Sea (February 27 – March 1, 1942) and the Battle of Sunda Strait (February 28, 1942).  (Source: combinedfleet.com). 

Date of Death:  1 March 1942 on board the ship, USS HOUSTON, when she sank in a battle against the Japanese Navy in the Pacific on March 1, 1942 in the Battle of Sunda Strait, WWII.      

Place of Death:  BATTLE OF SUNDA STRAIT, JAVA SEA, WWII.

Status:  MISSING, KILLED 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:  MELVIN PETE MARTIN carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memory Stone:  Martin Cemetery, Carrie, Knott County, Kentucky with wrong death year. 

Memorialized:  In Sam Houston Park in Texas stands a U.S.S. Houston Monument, created by Jeff Ryan and “the names of the ship’s crew are written on the pedestal.”  The ship’s brass bell was recovered from the wreck and placed on top of the monument.  (Source: Official Site For Houston, Texas, houstontx.gov.). 

U. S. Awards:  “In addition to two battle stars, HOUSTON was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation.” (Source: navy.mil).

NOTE:  I placed Melvin Pete Martin 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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McDANIEL

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McDANIEL, BUFORD G. “MAC” (1920-2015), U. S. VETERAN, WWII.

Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  30 January 1920 in Letcher County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Lona G. Adams and Benjamin Tuggle “Tug” McDaniel.

Grandson of:  Lucinda Jane Hall and Moses R. Adams.

Grandson of:  Elizabeth Brashear and Thomas McDaniel.

Spouse:  Dorothy Arlene Johnson.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  31 January 1944.  Discharge Date:  at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

Entered Active Service:  31 March 1944.

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Force, WWII.

Combat Organization:  35th Army Air Force.

Date of Death:  12 April 2015.

Place of Death:  South Dakota. 

Cemetery:  Black Hills National Cemetery, Sturgis, Meade County, South Dakota.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth cousin, Buford Daniel 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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McDANIEL, HOMER CHALMERS “DAN” (1921-2015), WWII.

Hometown:  MASON’S CREEK, Viper, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  28 November 1921

Son of:  Lona G. Adams and Benjamin Tuggle “Tug” McDaniel.

Grandson of:  Elizabeth Brashear and Thomas McDaniel.  Elizabeth wed second, Gabriel Brashear.

Grandson of:  Lucinda Jane Hall and Moses R. Adams.

Great-grandson of:  Judy Pratt and Robert H. Brashear.

Spouse:  Peggy Bathman.

Enlistment Date:  14 March 1944.  Boot Camp in San Diego, California.

Discharge Date:  26 July 1946.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Marine Corps.

Combat Organization:  HDQ, Company 3-2, Second Marine Division.

Military Occupation:  Jeep Driver for Lt. William S. Howell.  Office Worker for Staff Sergeant Marshall.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres: 

< Question:  Was McDaniel on the USS Hinsdale on Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945, when the Japanese Kamikaze attacked? 

< Statement:  Waukesha Lowe Sammons received a note in 2005, which was written by McDaniel.  He wrote, “I was on Saipan and at The Battle of Okinawa – 1 April 1945 through June 26th.  Because of being who and where I was, I became an Atomic Veteran.”

Post WWII:  Served in Japan for 9 months.

Date of Death:  21 February 2015.

Place of Death:  Pennsylvania.

Cemetery:  Currently Unknown. 

NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin, Homer Chalmers “Dan” McDaniel 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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McINTIRE

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McINTIRE, LESTER CLAY (1922-1944), DIED OF WOUNDS, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  29 April 1922, Owsley County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Cynthia Hall and Fred L. McIntyre.

Entered Service From:  Virginia.

Enlistment Date:  21 November 1941.

Service Number:  13033192.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  991st Field Artillery Battalion, WWII.

Date of Death:  19 August 1944.

Place of Death:  France, WWII.

Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3555.  Permanent Cemetery 3504.

Cemetery:  Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, St. James, Department de la 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:  LESTER C. McINTYRE 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:  “On 19 August ... the 991st fired a preparation for the British 11th Armor Division ... the battalion ... by shooting ... north ... could assist the English armor coming south.”  Source:

History of the 991st Field Artillery Battalion by Richard W. Van Horne, circa 1955.  Website:  3ad.com.

NOTE:  I placed Lester C. McIntyre 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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McINTOSH

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McINTOSH, ELIJAH D. “LIGE” (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, MID-AIR COLLISION OF TWO B-24 AIR PLANES, ENGLAND, WWII.

Hometown:  FUSONIA, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Erie County, New York.

Date of Birth:  1 March or November 1919.

Son of:  Sally Eversole and Roderick McIntosh.

Step-son of:  David Richie.

Entered Service From:  Ohio.

Enlistment Date:  9 April 1942.

Service Number:  35451161.

Rank: Technical Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Air Force.

Combat Organization:  846th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 489th Bombardment Group (Heavy), WWII.

Date of Death:  27 September 1944, WWII.

Place of Death:  ENGLAND, WWII, Mid-air Collision of two B-24 air planes.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Sukey Gap Cemetery #2, Typo, 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:  LIGE D. McINTOSH carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.


U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart (Posthumously).  One Oak Leaf Cluster to Air Medal.

Note:  “September 27, 1944, two B-24 air planes were in a mid-air collision, over Halesworth, England.”  Source: Eighth Air Force Operations History.  Website: 8thafhs.com.

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McINTYRE

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McINTYRE, CLEON (1918-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  VIPER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Big Branch, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  15 January 1918.

Son of:  Lizzie Campbell and William Harlan McIntyre.

Spouse:  Alma Louise Gift.

Children:  Sharon Lee McIntyre (1942 – 2003).

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  23 October 1940.

Service Number:  15058564.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry, WWII.

Date of Death:  9 November 1944, WWII.

Place of Death:  Battle of Metz, FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battleground Burial Unknown.  Temporary Cemetery 3574.  Permanent Cemetery 3503.

Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint-Avold, 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:  CLEON MCINTYRE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memory Stone:  Callie Farler Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky. 

U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.

Note:  “The Division [Fifth]  ... prepared for the assault on Metz ... First attempts to take the fortress failed, 16 September – 16 October 1944, and the Division withdrew, returning to the assault on 9 November.”  Source:  5th Infantry Division WWII Combat Chronicle; website:  army.mil.

Note:  “Served with 10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division.  Landed on Utah Beach, July 9, 1944.  Involved in combat during the attack on Vidouville on July 26, 1944, the attack and capture of Angers August 9 and 10, 1944 and crossed the Marne to seize Reinson August 30.  He was Killed In Action November 9, 1944 during the assault on Metz.”  Source:  Gary McIntyre, nephew of Cleon McIntyre, wwiimemorialregistry.com.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Cleon McIntyre 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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MILLER

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MILLER, RALPH W. (1923-2013), WOUNDED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  11 June 1923 in Estill County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Ella Mae Winkler and John Wesley Miller.

Brother to:  Ellen Louise Miller, daughter of Ella Mae Winkler and John Wesley Miller.

Childhood Family Circumstances:  Circa 1929 Ralph’s mother left, when he was about 6 years old.  He and his sister, Louise lived with their father in Kodak.  Their father died suddenly in 1937.  Louise was young enough to be sent to the Junior’s Home Orphanage in Tiffin, Ohio.  But Ralph was past their 12-year-old-age-limit to be admitted.  Five years passed before Ralph and Louise were reunited.  When Louise was 16, the Ohio orphanage put her on a train that traveled to Perry County, Kentucky.  After she stepped off the train onto the Hazard Station Platform, she looked through the crowd for her brother.  Neither could recognize the other.  When only two people were left standing on the platform, Ralph asked, “Are you my sister, Louise?”  Source:  Ralph W. Miller in an interview by Waukesha Lowe Sammons.

Grandson of:  Margaret Rice and David M. Miller.

Grandson of:  Lona Johnson and Artis T. Winkler.

Great-grandson of:  Emeline Durbin and Simpson Winkler, Union Army, American Civil War.

Step-son of:  Claud Reed and William “Bill” Patrick, the other husbands of Ella.

Step-son of:  Mary Unknown; Mary J. Parson and Mable Wilcox, the other wives of John.

Half-brother to:  Rosa Miller, daughter of Mary Unknown and John Wesley Miller.

Half-brother to:  Shiloh Miller, William Jasper “Bill” Miller and John Tracy Miller, sons of Mary J. Parson and John Wesley Miller.

Half-brother to:  Eugenia “Genie” Reed and Oscar Raymond “Tom” Reed, children of Ella May Winkler and Claud Reed.

Half-brother to:  Bernice Patrick, Howard Patrick, James Barnard Patrick, Randall Patrick, Ronald Gray “Pat” Patrick, Elizabeth Ann Patrick and Billy Dan Patrick, children of Ella May Winkler and William “Bill” Patrick.

Spouse:  Dalton Gertrude Combs, daughter of Juda Brashear Combs and Ulysses Grant Combs, Sr., Philippine – American War.

Children:  Two daughters, living.

Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Enlistment Date of Entry into Active Service:  9 March 1943 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Discharge:  30 August 1945 at Wakeman Convalescent Hospital, Camp Atterbury, Indiana.

Service Number:  35792883.

Rank:  Technician Fifth Grade.

Branch of Service:  United States Army.

Military Occupation:  Truck Driver 931, Tank Driver, Half-Track Driver, Mechanic.

Military Qualification:  Carbine (exp).  Rifle M-1 (s?).  H Machine Gun (mkm).

Combat Organization:  Company B, 58th Armored Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Infantry “Thundering Herd” Division, WWII.25 September 1944, 304 Texas Street, De Ridder, Louisiana:  A letter written by Dalton Combs Miller to her sister, Daskum Combs Lowe in Vicco, “... Ralph isn’t home yet.  I just got word that he got hurt out on the field.  Some high explosive went off in his hands ...”  In his interview, Ralph recalled the incident, “We were taking classes on disarming a land mine.  One man would go down in a big hole in the ground to disarm the mine, while 3 or 4 men stood up on top.  It was not dangerous, because it had the detonator in it, but not the explosive.  I was down in the hole with the mine, disarming the detonator.  One of those guys up on top of the bank, stuck two wires together and ignited the detonator, which created an explosion.  Although my uniform was covered in blood, no wound could be found.  I had a shock and a concussion.”

27 October 1944:  Left Camp Polk, Louisiana, boarded a troop train with 21,000 men, headed for Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.

Service Outside Continental U. S. And Return:
< Date of Departure: 7 November 1944.  Destination: ETO.  Date of Arrival: 19 November 1944.
< Date of Departure:  24 May 1945.  Destination:  USA.  Date of Arrival:  8 June 1945.

7 November 1944:  Sailed out of New York on the English Ship, HMS SAMARIA.  It took 13 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean. 

19 November 1944:  Arrived in Southhampton, but could not disembark for 3 days.  Went to Tidworth Barracks for heavy training on the Salisbury Plan.

1 January 1945:  Crossed the English Channel in a flat bottom LST, landing ship tank, sailed up the Seine River and disembarked in Le Harve, France.

11 January 1945:  Attached to General Patton’s Third Army and advanced to Rheims and Nancy.

February 1945:  Assigned to the Nineth Army and sent to Holland.

March 1945:  Ralph witnessed a result of the Holocaust.  He was about a mile from a concentration camp.  He came upon a long line of abandoned railroad boxcars, which were used to transport cattle.  When he looked through the wide openings of the locked boxcars, he saw naked and half-dressed, starved bodies stacked inside.

15 March 1945:  The 8th Armored Infantry was the first to uncover the Werewolf Organization.

Wounded In Action:  28 March 1945 in Essen, Germany.  Ralph W. Miller stated the following facts about the eventful day and its aftermath in an interview by Waukesha Lowe Sammons. 

     “I was Wounded-In-Action.  When a German Cannon 88 zeroed in on our half-track, I was hit in the back with shrapnel. It killed about 6 of the boys in the vehicle. I managed to get out of the burning truck.”

     “Private Thomas L. Winkler saved my life by dragging me into a building and covering me with sacks of potatoes to slow the bleeding and to protect me if another shell hit us.  I thought he had covered me with quilts.  We were pinned down for about 3 hours."

     “I was taken to an aid station by Winkler, who was from Estill County, Kentucky & by Mead, who was from West Virginia.  No truck was available for further transport.  Mead picked me up, put me on his back and carried me from the aid station to our hospital.  My life was saved twice that day."

     “The military doctors in Germany kept me alive, put me in a body cast and sent me back to an English hospital on a C47.  Later I left England on a hospital ship and headed home to the United States of America.  I had a duffle bag full of mementos, German souvenirs and exchangeable foreign money.  The sailors on that American Hospital Ship stole everything except my pajamas, robe and slippers."

     "When I returned to the United States, the first thing I saw was the Statue of Liberty.  Later I was taken off the hospital ship and admitted to a hospital at Staten Island, New York.  My next transfer was to Wakeman Convalescent Hospital in Camp Atterbury, Indiana.”

Kinship Note:  Before the war, Ralph Miller and Thomas L. Winkler had not previously known each other, nor known of any kinship.  Thomas L. Winkler was the son of Betty Turpin Winkler and Dewey Winkler.  Ralph Miller and Thomas Winkler’s great-great-grandparents were Elizabeth Lucas Winkler and Michael Winkler.  Therefore, Ralph and Thomas were third cousins.

Battles, Campaigns, Theatres:  Rhineland Campaign.  Ardennes Campaign.  Central Europe Campaign.  European Theatre.  WWII.

U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart.  Bronze Medal.  Bronze Service Star.  EAME Ribbon.  Good Conduct Ribbon.

Civilian Occupation:   Meem Haskins Commissary Clerk, Kodak, Perry County, Kentucky.  Truck Driver.  Farmer.  Inspector at American Tool Works in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Policeman in Bethel, Ohio.  Draftsman, Bluegrass Army Depot, Avon, Fayette County, Kentucky.  Drafter for the U. S. Government, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky.

Date of Death:  11 December 2013. 

Place of Death:  Waco, Madison County, Kentucky, (at his home, surrounded by family).

Cemetery:  Camp Nelson National Cemetery, Nicholasville, Jessamine County, Kentucky.


NOTE:  I placed my uncle-by-marriage-to-my-maternal-aunt, Ralph W. Miller 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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MORGAN

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MORGAN, ARTHUR (1923-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  19 February 1923, Leslie County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Lillie Bailey and Bradley Morgan.

Brother of:  Vance Morgan, who was Killed In Action on 16 March 19145 in WWII, twelve days after Arthur was Killed In Action. 

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  6984243.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  304th INFANTRY, 76th INFANTRY DIVISION, WWII.

Date of Death:  4 March 1945

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 6020.  Permanent Cemetery 6001.

Cemetery:  Luxembourg American Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg.

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 MORGAN 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, Bronze Star Medal.

Note:  “Katzen Kopf fortress and Irrel fell on the 28th [February 1945], and the attack pushed on toward Trier, reaching the Moselle, 3 March.  Driving across the Kyll River, the Division took Hosten, 3 March.”  Source: 76th Infantry Division, WWI, Combat Chronicle.  Website: army.mil.

NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, Arthur Morgan 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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MORGAN, CHESTER (1924-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, ITALY, WWII.

Hometown:  AVAWAM, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  21 or 23 October 1924.

Son of:  Daisy Smith and Asa Ace Morgan.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  1 September 1943.

Service Number:  35873850.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Company L, 349th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, WWII.

Date of Death: 17 April 1945, WWII.

Place of Death:  ITALY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated: 1949. 

Cemetery:  Archie Craft Cemetery, Isom Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Isom, 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:  CHESTER MORGAN carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  Easter Sunday, 1 April 1945, 88th near Castelforte, Italy, U. S. Army, 88th Infantry Division, World War II.  “In the 349th sector ... service ... was staged within a hundred yards of enemy lines on Hill 411, near Castelforte.  Following an address in German and an explanation of what was to take place, artillery chaplains ... held service in their respective faiths within sight of enemy lines ... The big guns along the Garigliano fell silent as the doughboys worshipped and the services were broadcast via loudspeakers to the Germans ... the doughboys came out of their foxholes to gather about the small altar.  In less than an hour—it was over—the hillside on which the altar rested became military objective No. 411—the big guns roared and the war was on again.”  Source: History of the 88th ‘Blue Devil’ Division, Based on a Booklet entitled:  We Were There, From Gruber to the Brenner Pass, Published By The 88th Division, 1945.  Website: custermen.com.

Note:  17 April 1945, Italy.  “... the drive to the Po Valley began on 15 April [1945].  Monterumici fell on the 17th  [April 1945] after an intense barrage ...”  GI At War, 88th U. S. Army Infantry Division; website: google.com. 

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MORGAN, VANCE (1920-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  1 January 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Lillie Bailey and Bradley Morgan.

Brother of:  Arthur Morgan, who was Killed In Action on 4 March 1945, twelve days before Vance was Killed in Action. 

Spouse:  Nell.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  34875469.

Rank:  Technician Grade 5.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  3rd Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized, WWII.

Date of Death:  16 March 1945

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 6001.  Permanent Cemetery HAMM 6001.

Cemetery:  Luxembourg American Cemetery, Hamm, Luxembourg.

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

Monument:  VANCE MORGAN 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:  “3d Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, Mechanized ... Entered Germany on 17 November [1944] north of Metz.  Operated along Siegfried Line.”  Source: WWII American Mechanized Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron and Armored Reconnaissance Battalion Profile, by Harry Yeide.  Website: 117th-cav.org. 

NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, Vance Morgan 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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MORRIS

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MORRIS, GEORGE (1921-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, OKINAWA, WWII.

Hometown:  SQUABBLE CREEK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  14 March 1921, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mary H. Riley and Allen Morris.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  9 September 1942.

Service Number:  35471204.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, WWII.

Date of Death:  8 April 1944.

Place of Death:  OKINAWA, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1947.

Cemetery:  Buckhorn Cemetery, 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:  GEORGE MORRIS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “... the 32nd  joined General Douglas MacArthur’s forces, spearheading the first landings on Leyte Islands, Philippines ... The regiment’s last campaign of World War II started 1 April 1945 with the landing at Okinawa ...”  Source: 32nd Infantry Regiment (United States).  Website: wikipedia.org.

Note:  “Assigned to Orange Beach ... was the 32nd Infantry Regiment of the U. S. Army’s 7th Division ... mission, seize Kadena Airfield from the Japanese ... on the 3rd of April ...  the  regiment halted  ... south of ... Kuda ... by the 8th of April front lines had spread out ...”  Source: WWII Clay County Kentucky Soldier, Ambrose Burns, Senior’s Personal Account: Battle of Okinawa by Ambrose Burns, Jr., 1996.  Website: distant-clansman.com.

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MOTT

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MOTT, JOHN A. (CIRCA 1918 – 1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  JEFF, Perry County, Kentucky. 

Other Residence:  Grove Hill, Clarke County, Alabama in 1940.  Summerfield, Dallas County, Alabama in 1930.

Date of Birth:  Circa 1918 in Alabama.

Son Of:  Frances Matilda Gilchrist and Joseph Malcolm Mott.

Spouse:  Ruth Quillion of Jeff, daughter of Green Quillion and Matilda Cornett; granddaughter of Whitley Cornett and Eliza Jane Combs and great-granddaughter of Martha Burton and Ira Combs.

Entered Service From:  Alabama.

Service Number:  6393793

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  28th Infantry, 8th Division.

Date of Death:  7 March 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WORLD WAR II.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.  Temperary Cemetery 1240.

Cemetery:  Permanent Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle Cemetery, Belgium.

Note:  Headstone Application Signed by Mrs. Ruth Mott of 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:  JOHN A. MOTT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.Monument:

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  Purple Heart Medal.

NOTE:  I placed John A. Mott 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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