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, R
     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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RALEIGH

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RALEIGH, WILLIAM “WILLIE” (1921-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HARDBURLEY, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  Date of birth varied on documents.  Birth Date and Parents have not been totally confirmed.  Where were they in 1930?

Date of Birth:  8 October 1921 in Perry County, Kentucky; mother:  Sitha Smith.  Source:  Kentucky Birth Index.   

< On the Headstone Application Card, the date of birth on front was 5 November 1921 and on the back was 11 May 1921.

< On his Headstone the date of birth was 5 November 1921.   

Son of:  Sitha Smith and Walter Raleigh.  Sitha and Walter married on 23 December 1920 in Perry County, Kentucky.  Source:  Familysearch.org.

Brother of:  Naomi Raleigh and Vilona Raleigh.

Half-brother of:  Grover Raleigh.

Grandson of:  Alice Engle and Lorenzo Dow Smith. 

Grandson of:  Sarah Miller and Absalom C. Raleigh.

Step-son of:  Martha Francis (first wed Simeon Fugate); married Walter Raleigh circa 1931.   

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  14 July 1940 or 1 August 1940.

Service Number:  15053872.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  54th Armored Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored “Tiger” Division, Company A, WWII.

Date of Death:  27 February 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.  Headstone Application signed by Walter Raleigh of Wiscoal, Knott County, Kentucky, presumed to be William’s father.

Cemetery:  Cornett Hill Cemetery, Sassafras, Knott 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:  WILLIE RALEIGH carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “... on 20 February 1945 the Division returned to the attack, and took part in the clearing of the Saar-Moselle triange ... Source:  10th Armored Division, WWII, Combat Chronicle, website: army.mil.

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RAY

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RAY, JOSEPH E. “JOE” (1925-1945), MISSING, KILLED IN ACTION, OKINAWA, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  22 December 1925, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Florence Baker and Joseph Manuel Ray.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  7 July 1944 at Huntington, West Virginia.

Service Number:  35780568.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  77th Infantry “Statue of Liberty” Division, 307th Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  Tuesday, 1 May 1945, WWII.

Place of Death:  OKINAWA, 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:  JOSEPH E. RAY carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Memorialized at:  Honolulu Memorial, ABMC Tablets of the Missing, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 

U. S. Awards:  Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster.

Note:  “... on 16 April 1945, the 77th landed on le Shims, captured the airfield and engaged in a bitter fight for ‘Government House Hill’ and ‘Bloody Ridge’.  It was in this operation that Ernie Pyle was killed.  On 25 April, it left le Shims for Okinawa, relieving the 96th Division, 28 April 1945.  Fighting its way slowly against extremely heavy Japanese resistance, the Division drove to Shuri ...”  Source:  77th Infantry Division, website: army.mil

Note:  Ernest Taylor Pyle (1900- 18 April 1945), War Correspondent, Pulitzer Prize-winning American.  “Wireless to The New York Times.  Ernie Pyle died today on Ie Island, just west of Okinawa ... by Japanese machine gun fire.”  Source:  nytimes.com.

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REED

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REED, EMMETT J. JR. (1926-1944), U. S. ARMY INFANTRY, KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Hometown:  SCUDDY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Rockhouse, Letcher County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  7 July 1926.

Son of:  Polly Ann “Sassie” Seals and Emmitt Reed, Sr.

Grandson of:  Alice Amburgey and James Seals.

Spouse:  Juanita.

1930 Census:  Lived in Rockhouse, Letcher County, Kentucky with his uncle, Delzie Seals. 

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date: 27 November 1943.

Service Number:  35776745.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army Infantry.

Date of Death:  6 September 1944

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.

National Archives Honor List:  Listed in the Letcher County, Kentucky Section.

November 25, 1944, The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Page 3, 3 Louisvillians Among 55 Kentuckians Slain:  Reed, Pvt. Emmett J., husband of Mrs. Juanita S. Reed, Scuddy.

Unknown Date, Newspaper Clipping:  58 More State Soldiers Are Among The Dead:  Pvt. Emmet J. Reed, husband of Mrs. Juanita S. Reed, Scuddy.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Charlie Logan Cemetery, Knott County, Kentucky.  Headstone Application signed on 30 April 1948 by his uncle, Delzie Seals of Colson, Kentucky.

Monument:  EMMETT J. REED carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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REEVES

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REEVES, WALTER ORLANDO (1927-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Hometown:  CHRISTOPHER, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  3 May 1927, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mollie Raynor and Corless/Carlos Reeves.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  6356900.

Rank:  Seaman, Second Class.

Branch of Service:  United States Navy Reserve.

Combat Organization:  UNKNOWN.

Date of Death:  25 October 1945.  Could this be the date he was officially declared dead, because Japan formally signed the document of surrender on the USS Missouri on 2 September 1945?

Place of Death:  UNKNOWN.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  Yes.

Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

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REEVES, WILLIS WARD, JR. (1924-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  4 December 1924, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Effie Duke and Willis Ward Reeves, Sr.

Brother of:  Effie, Jack and Emily (Mrs. Robert Kinnaird of Lexington, Kentucky).

Entered Service From: Kentucky.

Service Number:  821781.

Rank:  Second Lieutenant.

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

Combat Organization:  358th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group, WWII.

Date of Death:  Monday, 19 June 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3527.  Permanent Cemetery 3504.

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

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


Memorialized at:  Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, Department de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France.

U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.

Note:  “The group provided fighter cover for Allied forces landing in Normandy on 6 June 1944, and afterwards hit transportation facilities to cut enemy supply lines.  Hit fuel dumps, locomotives, and other targets in support of ground forces ...”  Source:  355th Fighter Wing WWII; website:  wikipedia.org.

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RICE

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RICE, JAMES C. (1923-1945), FINDING OF DEATH, TWO B-25S MID-AIR COLLISION, ITALY, WWII.

Hometown:  GLOMAWR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Bulan, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  7 August 1923, Morgan County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Flora Lykins and Walter Rice. 

Brother of:  Clyde Rice. 

Step-son of:  H. W. Warnie Stacy, second spouse of his mother.

Step-son of:  Dicey, second spouse of his father.

Grandson of:  Rissie Ferguson and William T. Lykins.

1940 Census:  On 18 April, James was in Bulan in the home of his mother and step-father.

< On 20 May 1940, James was in Glomawr in the home of his father and step-mother.

Service Number:  7041656.

Rank:  Staff Sergeant.

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

Combat Organization:  488th Bomb Squadron, "8U" 43-4064, U. S. Army Air Forces, WWII.

Date of Death: 21 January 1945, in a mid-air collision of two B-25s returning from bombing San Michele to the base at Alesani, Corsica.

Place of Death:  ITALY.

Status:  FINDING OF DEATH, DIED ON ACTIVE DUTY.

Disposition:  BURIED.  “Died on Active Duty, Overseas WW 2, Group Burial, 6 bodies in 1 casket, interred in common grave were:  Pilot, 1st Lt William Y. Simpson; Co-Pilot, 1st Lt Frederick C. Greening; Staff Sergeant James C. Rice; Sgt Robert J. Jackson; Sgt Doyle G. Shipley and Corporal Fred B. Hicks.”  Source:  U. S. National Cemetery Control Forms. 

Burial:  First Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  29 March 1949.

Cemetery:  Jefferson Barracks national Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

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

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

Note: “The Mid-air Collision of 488th Bomb Squadron B-25s 8U and 8P ... After the bombing of San Michele ... a strong blast of wind unbalanced the "8U" 43-4064 ... The 8U collided with the 8P tail ...The 8U came down in a spin and crashed with all the crew members (KIA).”  Source: Dominique Taddei and “The Mid-air Collision of 488th Bomb Squadron B-25s 8U and 8P”; website: warwingsart.com.

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RICE, WILLIAM HURST (1917-1941), KILLED IN ACTION, DECEMBER 7, 1941, PEARL HARBOR, JAPANESE ATTACK ON THE U.S.S. PENNSYLVANIA, WWII.

Hometown:  DIABLOCK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  23 July 1917, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mary Rebecca Alison and Elijah Daniel E. D. “Ed” Rice.

Grandson of:  Genoah Gambill and James Allison.

Grandson of:  Martha and Granville Rice.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  10 January 1940 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Service Number:  02873594.

Rank:  Gunner’s Mate, Third Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.

Combat Organization:  USS PENNSYLVANIA, U. S. NAVY, WWII.

Date Received on Board:  26 March 1940, The USS PENNSYLVANIA.

Date of Death:  Sunday, December 7, 1941

Place of Death:  PEARL HARBOR, USS PENNSYLVANIA BB-38.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, JAPANESE ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial, Nuuanu Cemetery, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.

Repatriated, Interment Date:  11 February 1949.  Remarks:  “WWII Dead From Nuuanu Cemetery, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii.  Flag Sent.”

Cemetery:  Honolulu Memorial National Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii, U. S. A.

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

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

Note:  “... morning of December 7, 1941, the USS PENNSYLVANIA was sitting in dry-dock in the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard ...  Suddenly and with complete surprise, Japanese dive bombers and torpedo bombers roared out of the high overcast.  The PENNSYLVANIA was one of the first ships in the harbor to open fire.”  Source:  The United States Battleship USS PENNSYLVANIA BB-38; website: usspennsylvania.org.

NOTE:  I placed William Hurst Rice 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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RILEY

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RILEY, ELDEN (1919-1944), DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII

Hometown:  LOTHAIR, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Hardburley, Hazard, Algoma Mining Camp, Lothair, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  25 September 1919, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Lizzy Helton and Jerry Riley.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  8 August 1942, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Service Number:  35467312.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  35th Infantry Regiment, 88th Infantry Division, WWII.

Date of Death:  8 June 1944.  

Place of Death:  UNKNOWN.

Status:  DIED OF WOUNDS, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

Note:  “... on the outskirts of the city [Rome] ... the soldiers of the 88th ran into strong German resistance.  Still, on 4 June [1944], the Eternal city fell to the Allies...on 4 June, the all-draftee 88th became the first division to enter the city ...  The 88th received its new orders:  follow the Germans north.”  Source:  “The 88th Infantry Division in Italy” by Jami Bryan.  Website, armyhistory.org.

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RILEY, JAMES SANDLIN “JIM” (1912-1943), DIED NON BATTLE, USA, WWII.

Hometown:  BUCKHORN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  14 April 1912, Perry County, Kentucky (Kentucky Birth Index.) 

< Date of Birth:  3 April 1915 with 14 April 1913 marked through on Headstone Application.

Son of:  Isabel Sandlin and Orville Baker Riley

Entered Service From: Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  12 November 1942.

Service Number:  35671755.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army. 

Combat Organization:  8th Service Command Replacement, Camp Chaffee, Arkansas, U.S.A., WWII.

Date of Death: 15 May 1943, DIED NON BATTLE  

Place of Death:  Sebastian County, ARKANSAS, USA.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Cemetery:  Buckhorn Cemetery, Chavies, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

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RITCHIE

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RITCHIE, ARNOLD (1913-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  WALKERTOWN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.  On his Headstone and Interment Card, his next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Nancy Ritchie of Walkertown, Perry County, Kentucky.

Other Residence:  Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky.  It is possible that he entered service from Knott County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  6 February 1913, Knott County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Nancy Young and Stephen Ritchie.

Grandson of:  Darcus Ritchie and Hiram Young.

Great-grandson of:  Oriah Ritchie and Reece Young.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  6269958.

Rank:  Technician, Fourth Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, WWII.

Date of Death:  Saturday, 17 June 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3584.  Permanent Cemetery 3505. 

Cemetery:  Normandy American Cemetery, Saint Laurent, Colleville-sur-Mer, 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:  ARNOLD RITCHIE 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 D-Day plus 4, June 10th, 1944, the 47th Infantry Regiment landed on Utah Beach in Normandy, France.  By June 14th, 1944, combat patrols were in combat with the Germans and by night fall of the 16th [June 1944] the 47th Regiment blocked the last escape route for the Germans in the Cotentin Peninsula.”  Source:  “47th Infantry Regiment, WWII”; website: 9thinfantrydivision.net.

NOTE:  I placed Arnold Ritchie 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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RITCHIE, DOCK MASON (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

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

Other Residence:  KENMONT COAL CAMP, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  25 June 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Zeldia Gibbs and George W. Ritchie.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  circa 15 July 1943.

Service Number:  35805794.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  863rd Antiaircraft Artillery, Automatic Weapons Battalion (AAA A.W. BN) Btry D; Company D; 51st AAA BG, Coast Artillery Corps, U.S. Army, WWII.

Date of Death:  10 August 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Rose Cemetery, Campton, Wolfe 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:  DOCK M. RITCHIE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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ROACH

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ROACH, EARL (1919-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII

Hometown:  COMBS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  21 June 1919.

Son of:  Alice Gertrude Roark and John Roach.

Entered Service From:  Tennessee.

Enlistment Date:  7 August 1942.

Service Number:  35467407.

Rank:  Private First Class

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  Co I, 279th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry “Victory” Division, WWII.

Date of Death:  4 April 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Pond Cemetery, Lafollette, TN (Headstone Application) or Demory, Campbell County, Tennessee (Findagrave).

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

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

Note:  “... the 95th assembled near Julich, Germany, 1 March ... Assembling east of the Rhine at Beckham, 3 April, it launched an attack across the Lippe River, 4 April [1945] ... Assignments in the ETO on 4 April 1945:  XIX Corps, Nineth Army, 12th Army Group.”  Source: 95th Infantry Division, WWII, Combat Chronicle; website: army.mil.

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ROARK

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ROARK, FERNANDO “NANDO”, JR. (1925-2017), U. S. NAVY, PACIFIC THEATRE, WWII.

Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  29 August 1925.   

Son of:  Mallie Combs and Fernando Roscoe Roark.

Grandson of:  Clarinda Collins Combs and Taylor C. Combs.

Grandson of:  Mary Ann “Polly” Madden and Fernando Curtis “Doc” Roark.

Spouse:  Mary Jacquiline Combs.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  1942-1945.

Service Number: 

Rank:  Slc, S2c, Quarter Master 2nd Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.

Combat Organization:  LCT FlOTILLA FIVE – GROUP THIRTEEN (LCT’s), USS BARRAGE BALLON UNIT, LST, PT BOAT, LANDING CRAFT TANK (LCT) 63, South Pacific Theater, Communications, Transporting Troops, Barrage Ballon Unit, Australian Field hospital for Malaria.

U. S. Awards:  Philippine Liberation Certificate, Asiatic Pacific Medal, WWII Victory Medal.

Date of Death:  15 March 2017.

Place of Death:  Happy, Perry County, Kentucky.

Burial:  17 March 2017.

Cemetery:  George Washington Combs Cemetery, Kodak, on Montgomery Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin-1-time-removed, Fernando “Nando” “Junior” Roark 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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ROARK, JOHN (1920-2001), U. S. NAVY, AMERICAN THEATRE, WORLD WAR II.

Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  10 September 1920 in Kodak on Montgomery Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mallie Combs and Fernando Roscoe Roark.

Grandson of:  Clarinda Collins Combs and Taylor C. Combs.

Grandson of:  Mary Ann “Polly” Madden and Fernando Curtis “Doc” Roark.

Spouse:  Emma Fowler.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  17 August 1942 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky. 

Discharge Date:  7 December 1945, at U. S. Navy Personnel Separation Center, Great Lakes, Illinois.

Service Number:  634-53-26.

Ratings Held:  Apprentice Seaman (AS).  S2c.  Seaman first class (S1c).  SM3c.  SM2c. Signalman First Class (SM1c).

Rank:  Signalman First Class (T) V-6 USNR.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.

Combat Organization:  Naval Training School, Great Lakes, Illinois.  Naval Training School (Signals), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.  Naval Air Station (NAS), Great Exuma, Bahamas.  Naval Air Station (NAS), Guantanamo Bay (Gtmo), Cuba.

Awards, Theatres:  Good Conduct Medal.  WWII Victory Medal and Ribbon.  American Theatre.

Date of Death:  6 November 2001.

Burial:  Turner Cemetery, Cornettsville, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin-1-time-removed, John Roark 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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ROARK, KERMIT (1917-1980), U. S. NAVY SEE BEES, WWII.

Hometown:  KODAK, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  18 February 1917 on Montgomery Creek, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Mallie Combs and Fernando Roscoe Roark.

Grandson of:  Clarinda Collins Combs and Taylor C. Combs.

Grandson of:  Mary Ann “Polly” Madden and Fernando Curtis “Doc” Roark.

Spouse:  Cinda Colwell.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  15 June 1945.  Released Date:  2 April 1946.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.

Combat Organization:  SEE BEES.

Date of Death:  26 April 1980.

Cemetery:  George Washington Combs Cemetery, on Montgomery Creek, Perry County, Kentucky. 

NOTE:  I placed my first-cousin-1-time-removed, Kermit Roark 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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ROBERTS

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ROBERTS, BIGE, U. S. MILITARY, UNKNOWN, PACIFIC, WWII.

Note:  Men named Bige Roberts were too numerous for me to identify, which one was he. 

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

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

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ROBINSON

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ROBINSON, HOMER (1915-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, LUXEMBOURG, WWII.

Hometown:  HILTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Duane, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  22 May 1915, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Nannie Clemons and Robert Robinson.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  23 September 1940.

Service Number:  15056664.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

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

Date of Death:  18 January 1945, WWII.

Place of Death:  LUXEMBOURG, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Back Cemetery, Menifee 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:  HOMER ROBINSON carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “On the 16th of December the Germans launched their winter offensive, and on the 18th the 5th [Division] was thrown in against the southern flank of the Bulge, helping to reduce it by the end of January 1945.”  Source: “5th Infantry Division, WWII, Combat Chronicles”; website: army.mil.

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ROGERS

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ROGERS, KENNETH BRUCE (circa 1922-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Ajax Coal Camp, Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth: about 1922.

Son of:  Leda Stidham and Leonard Rogers.

Entered Service From:  Ohio.

Enlistment Date:  1 April 1945.

Service Number:  35796335.

Rank:  Corporal.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  26th Infantry “Yankee” Division, 104th Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death: 1 April 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3574.  Permanent Cemetery 3503.

Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, Mossell, 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:  KENNETH B. ROGERS 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.  “Killed In Action April 1st Schluctern, Germany.”

U. S. Awards:  Purple Heart Medal.

Note:  “... east of the Rhine ... German opposition became fluid ...  The 26th Division continued its rapid advance ... broke out of the Main River bridgeheads, reaching Fulda on the 1st of April [1945] ...”  Source: “The Yankee Division in World War II.”  Website: yd-info.net.

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ROREX

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ROREX, WILLIAM H. (1919-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  5 March 1919, Whitley County, Kentucky.  (Kentucky Birth Index.)

Son of:  Nellie Allen (1906-1983) and Homer Lemuel Rorex (1892-1940).  Nellie Allen Rorex was buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee.  

Grandson of:  Sarah and Absalome B. Rorex.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  8 September 1942, Cincinnati, Ohio

Service Number:  35470601.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  847th Engineer Aviation Battalion, Company C, U. S. Army, WWII.

Date of Death:  14 July 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Englewood Cemetery, Christopher, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

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