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, S
     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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SHEPHERD

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SHEPHERD, LAURENCE (1925-1943), SILVER STAR MEDAL, KILLED IN ACTION, LOST AT SEA, U.S.S. TRITON, SUBMARINE, PACIFIC, WWII.

Hometown:  BLUE DIAMOND, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  1 March 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Blanch Shepherd and Bill Shepherd.

Maternal Grandson of:  Sarah Begley and Henderson Shepherd.

Paternal Grandson of:  Elizabell Lewis and Calvin Shepherd.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  22 January 1942 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.

Service Number:  6341228.

Rank:  Fireman, First Class and Navy Machinists Mate, Third Class.

Branch of Service:  United States Navy Reserve.

Combat Organization:  USS TRITON (SS 201), Tambor Class Submarine.

< Received On Board the USS TRITON:  27 January 1943 from USS GUARDFISH (CSD 82).

Date of Death:  15 March 1943, Sinking of U.S.S. TRITON (SS 201).

< Officially Declared Missing In Action on 8 April 1943; Officially Presumed Dead on 9 April 1943.

Place of Death:  Pacific.

Status:  MISSING, LOST AT SEA, KILLED IN ACTION.

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

Memorialized at:  Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

U. S. Awards:  Silver Star Medal, Source: U. S. Submarine Veterans, Inc.  Purple Heart Medal.

Note:  “Triton lost in the Solomons-Bismarck area ... sunk by the enemy destroyers.”  Source:  “Navy History And Heritage Command, U.S.S. TRITON”; website:  navy.mil.   

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SHEPHERD, WOODROW WILSON (1924-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, IWO JIMA WWII.

Hometown:  CLEMONS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  21 February 1924, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Alta Melton and Mitchell Shepherd.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  305459.

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  United States Marine Corps.

Combat Organization:  5th Marine Division, 26th Marines, 3rd Battalion, Company I, WWII.

Date of Death:  3 March 1945.

Place of Death:  IWO JIMA, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Shepherd Cemetery, 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.

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

Note:  “Nichi Ridge, Hill 362 B and Beyond ...  The advance made by the 5th Marine Division on 3 March [1945] was almost spectacular under the conditions in which the battle was fought.  The 26th Marines alone had 281 casualties.”  Source:  Western Pacific Operations, History of the U. S. Marine Corps Operations in World War II, Garand – Strowbridge, Historical Branch, G-3 Division, Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps.  Website: ibiblio.org.

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SINGLETON

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SINGLETON, JOHNNIE (1924-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FIRST ASSAULT WAVE, OMAHA BEACH, JUNE 6, 1944, D-DAY, NORMANDY, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  FUSONIA, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  2 October 1924, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Sally Campbell and John Ivy Singleton.

Grandson of: Elizabeth Maggard  and John Campbell.

Grandson of:  Nancy Ann Caudill and Alexander Singleton.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  35803725.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  29th Infantry Division, 116th Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  Tuesday, 6 June 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3582.  Permanent Cemetery 3505.

Cemetery:  Normandy American Cemetery, 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:  JOHNNIE SINGLETON 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: “... a regiment of the 29th Division (116th Infantry) was in the first assault wave to hit the beaches at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June 1944.  Landing on Omaha Beach on the same day in the face of intense enemy fire ...”  Source:  “29th Infantry Division Historical Society” by Laurent Lefebvre; website:  29thinfantrydivision.org.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, Johnnie Singleton 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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SIZEMORE

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SIZEMORE, EVERETT (1915-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  12 September 1915, Leslie County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Rebecca Jane Couch and Hiram “Harm” Sizemore.

Grandson of:  Elizabeth Muncy and William Sizemore.

Great-grandson of:  Mahala Bowling and Wilkerson Sizemore.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  15056994.

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

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

Date of Death:  Wednesday, 20 September 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3504; Permanent Cemetery 3503.

Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, (Moselle),  France.

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

Monument:  EVERETT SIZEMORE 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 Division then prepared for the assault on Metz.  In mid September a bridgehead was established and secured across the Moselle, south of Metz, in the face of heavy opposition.  First attempts to take the fortress failed, 16 September – 16 October 1944 ...”  Source:  “5th Infantry Division, WWII, Combat Chronicle”; website: army.mil.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-3-times-removed, Everett Sizemore 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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SIZEMORE, JOHN (? - ?), U. S. MILITARY, 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:  JOHN SIZEMORE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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SIZEMORE, WOODROW W. (1920-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  ALLAIS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  22 February 1920, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Laura Belle Stidham and Riley Sizemore.

Grandson of:  Mary Polly Spicer and Henry Sizemore.

Spouse:  Susie Costello, who was the Sister of George Costello, KIA WWII.

Children:  Charles Edward Sizemore.

Son-in-law of:  Mary C. Clemons and Pete Costello.

Brother-in-law of:  George Costello, who was Killed In Action in Italy on 3 April 1944.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  35664368.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  83rd Infantry Division, 331st Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  9 July 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

Note:  “... the Division landed on Omaha Beach, 18 June 1944, and entered the hedgerow struggle south of Carentar, 27 June.”  Source:  “Composition of the 83rd Infantry Division”; website: normandytothebulge.bc.

NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, Woodrow W. Sizemore 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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SLONE

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SLONE, NOAH (1918-1945), U. S. ARMY, DIED IN GERMANY, WWII.

NOTE:  ON HIS MEMORIAL PLAQUE, HIS LAST NAME WAS MIS-SPELLED, CREATING A TOTALLY DIFFERENT SURNAME:  NOAH STONE.  ON PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS MONUMENT, HIS FIRST NAME WAS MIS-CARVED, CREATING A NON-WORD:  HOOH SLONE.

Hometown:  ALLAIS, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Walker’s Branch, Perry County, Kentucky.  Carr Fork, Knott County, Kentucky. 

Date of Birth:  17 August 1918 in Knott County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Sylvania Feltner and Elisha Slone.

Grandson of:  Irene Arreney Feltner and Dock Slone.

Great-grandson of:  Manerva Sammons and Isom Slone.

Great-great-grandson of:  Amy Thornburg and Thomas Sammons.

Great-great-great-grandson of:  Frances Carter and Rowland Salmons.

Seventh-great-grandson of:  Elizabeth and John The Elder Salmon I.

Brother of:  Jessie Mae Slone, who married Charles Duff, who was the third-great-grandson of Nancy Ann Allison and Rev. Daniel Duff, whose second wife was Atha Eleanor Ellender Littleton.

26 May 1926, Loss of His Father.  Noah was seven-years-old, when his father, Elisha Slone died at Eddyville in Lyon County, Kentucky by legal electrocution for the murder of a physician. 

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  10 August 1940 at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Service Number:  15044842.

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  179th Infantry, 45th Division, WWII.

Date of Death:  5 April 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY (on Memorial Plaque).


Status:  Died.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3574.  Permanent Cemetery, St. AVOLD 3503.  Name of next of kin on the Headstone Interment Record was his mother, Mrs. Sylvania Slone of Allais, Perry County, Kentucky.

Cemetery:  Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France. 

Memorial Plaque:  WWII Memorial Plaque, first displayed at the Bobby Davis Living Memorial; currently displayed at Memorial Gym in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  His last name was mis-spelled, creating a totally different surname:  STONE.

Monument:  HOOH SLONE carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.  NOAH, his first name, was mis-carved, creating a non-word:  HOOH.

U. S. Awards, Certificates, Medals:  Purple Heart With Oak Leaf Cluster.

NOTE:  I placed Noah Slone on my ~ Sammons Bradshaw Ferguson Wooton Castle Hopkins Daniel Spencer; McCoy Stafford Stanley May Rutherford Brashear Williamson Ball ~ In-law Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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SPARKS

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SPARKS, RAYMOND E. (1918-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HARVEYTON, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  31 October 1918, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Margaret Maggie Meier and John W. Sparks.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  35450285.

Rank:  Staff Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  101st Airborne Division, 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  Friday, 2 February 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 1240.  Permanent Cemetery 1201.

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

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

Monument:  RAYMOND E. SPARKS 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 with Two Oak Leaf Clusters.

Note:  “On December 17th, 1944 the 1-401st was sent by truck to Bastogne, Belgium ...  The Germans had launched an all out attack ... Glidermen were sent into combat ...  Some went without ammunition and winter clothing ... ”  Source:  “The 101st Airborne, The 401st Glider Infantry Regiment”; website: ww2-airborne.us.

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SPENCER

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SPENCER, T. G. (1918-1942), DIED NON BATTLE, ICELAND, WWII.

Hometown:  BLUE DIAMOND, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  26 December 1918.

Son of:  Melinda Lydia Miller and James Spencer.

Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Service Number:  15064209.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  5th Infantry Division, 10th Infantry Regiment, Company I, WWII.

Date of Death:  18 September 1942.

Place of Death:  ICELAND, WWII.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:  First Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Second Creek Cemetery, Butterfly, 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:  T. G. SPENCER carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “While in Iceland, the 5th Division performed arduous and monotonous duties manning observation posts, unloading boats, building roads and buildings and maintaining training schedules.”  Source:  5th Infantry Division; website:  google.com.

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SPICER

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SPICER, LESTER (1923-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  BOWLINGTOWN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  9 February 1923, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Lillie Smith and Granville Spicer.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  15112615.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  9th Infantry Division, 60th Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  Thursday, 3 August 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:  Temporary Cemetery 3555.  Permanent Cemetery 3504.

Cemetery:  Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, Manche, France.

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

Monument:  LESTER SPICER 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:  “... in July, the Division took part in the St. Lo break-through ...”  Source:  “9th Infantry Division, WWII, Combat Chronicle”; website: mrfa2.org.

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STACY

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STACY, HERBERT (1925-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  14 December 1925, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Bessie Hurt and James Dillard Stacy, who died in 1936, when Herbert was 11. 

Grandson of:  Latham and Peyton Hurt.

Grandson of:  Martha Holland and John D. Stacy.

Step-son of:  Simon Stacy.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date: March 1944.

Service Number:  35074458.

Rank:  Private First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  30th Infantry “Old Hickory” Division, 117th Infantry Regiment, WWII.

Date of Death:  25 February 1945.

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  Buried.

Burial:   Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1949.

Cemetery:  Riverside Cemetery, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

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

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

Note:  “The Roer River was crossed, 23 February 1945, near Julich.”  Source: “30th Infantry Division, WWII, Combat Chronicle”; website: army.mil.

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STACY, JAMES OTIS (1923-2012), U.S.S. BLUE (DD – 744), WORLD WAR II.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  24 April 1923.

Son of:  Etha “Effie” Caudill and Lloyd Stacy.

Spouse:  Alma Dell Collins.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Service Number:  8552792.

Rank:  Seaman First Class.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Navy.

Combat Organization:  USS BLUE (DD – 744), World War II.

U. S. Navy Muster Roll, USS BLUE:  For 29 October 1945, Received on board on 10 October 1945 from Receiving Station in Shoemaker, Alameda County, California.

< For 01 December 1945, On Board the USS BLUE.

Date of Death:  14 January 2012.

Cemetery:  Charlestown Cemetery, Charlestown, Clark County, Indiana.

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-1-time-removed, James Otis Stacy 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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STACY, LEWIS (1908-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  29 August 1908.

Son of:  Sally and James Stacy. 

Step-son of:  Jeff Cormack. 

Spouse:  Ophia.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky. 

Service Number:  35878615.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  2nd Infantry “Indianhead” Division, 38th Infantry Regiment, Company I, WWII. 

Date of Death:  23 July 1944.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Cornett 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:  LEWIS STACY carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “... after the fall of Hill 192, the whole Normandy front from Caen to Granville sprang into action ...  The 2nd was astride the St Lo-Berigny highway during the St Lo breakthrough.”  Source:  “Wartime Press, Battle Biographies – 2nd infantry Division”; website:  wartimepress.com.

NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-4-times-removed, Lewis Stacy 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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STACY, WILLIE (1921-1942), DIED NON BATTLE, KENTUCKY, USA, WWII.

Hometown:  ARY, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  13 March 1921, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Polly Ann Combs and Brack Stacy.

Service Number:  35128771.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  UNKNOWN. 

Date of Death:  20 May 1942.

Place of Death:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.

Disposition:  BURIED.

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.

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

NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-2-times-removed, Willie Stacy 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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STALLARD

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STALLARD, ERCEL (1917-1942), DIED NON BATTLE, FLORIDA, USA, WWII.

Hometown: HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  9 May 1917, Perry County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Sarah Adkins and William S. Stallard.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  1939 or 1940.

Service Number:  6985383.

Rank:  Sergeant.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  5th Air Transport Squad, Air Corps, WWII.

Date of Death:  5 March 1942.

Place of Death:  Martin County, Florida, USA.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE.

Disposition:  BURIED.

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

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

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

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STEVENS

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STEVENS, THURMAN (1925-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, GERMANY, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA. 

Other Residence:  Hanover, Butler County, Ohio.  Kenvir, Harlan County, Kentucky. 

Note:  Known to have stayed for awhile with his uncle, George Dewey Stevens of Hazard.

Date of Birth:  24 May 1925, Lee County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Stella Mae Horn and John Stevens.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date:  13 November 1943.

Service Number:  35878531.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  9th Infantry Division, 47th Infantry Regiment, Medical Department, Company E.

Date of Death:  25 November 1944

Place of Death:  GERMANY, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1947.

Cemetery:  Cane Springs Cemetery, Evelyn/Leighton, Estill 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:  THURMOND STEVENS carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

Note:  “the Regiment was directed to ... Frenz, where they fought to capture the Frenzerburg Castle ...  The 1st Battalion and Medical Department received the Distinguished Unit Citation for their action in the battle ...”  Source:  “47th Infantry Regiment, World War II”; website:  9thinfantrydivision.net.

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STRONG

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STRONG, CARL MONROE (1917-1944), CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR, KILLED IN ACTION, IWO JIMA, WWII.

Hometown:  BULAN, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Other Residence:  Breathitt County, Kentucky.  Lower Campbell District and Coneva Coal Camp in Perry County, Kentucky.

Date of Birth:  14 October 1917, Breathitt County, Kentucky.

Son of:  Eulala Strong and Daily/Dalis Strong.

Paternal Grandson of:  Eliza Hargis and William “Capt Bill” Strong.

Maternal Grandson of:  Elizabeth Allen and William Henry Strong.

Maternal Fourth-great-grandson of:  Elizabeth Bacon and John Cornett.

Entered Service From:  Kentucky.

Enlistment Date: January 19, 1944.

Service Number:  942285.

Rank:  Private.

Branch of Service:  United States Marine Corps.

Combat Organization:  5th Marine Division, 28th Marines, 1st Battalion, Company B, WWII.

Date of Death:  14 March 1945.

Place of Death:  IWO JIMA, WWII.

Status:  KILLED IN ACTION, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  Battlefield Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

Cemetery:  Godsey 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:  CARL M. STRONG carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

U. S. Awards:  CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR POSTHUMOUS RECIPIENT.  Purple Heart Medal.  Good Conduct Medal.  Battle Star.  Source:  WWII Young American Patriots 1941-1945.

Note:  Congressional Medal of Honor Certificate Needed, which should reveal his actions of valor and gallantry.

Note:  The United States Marine Corps, “On 19 February 1945, the Fifth assaulted the island of Iwo Jima ... clawed their way forward a yard at a time.  Across Motoyama Airfield #1, up Mount Suribachi and then into the badlands of the Motoyama Plateau ...”  Source:  “World War II Gyrene, Spotlight on Marine Heroes #t, Iwo Jima”; website: ww2gyrene.org.

Note:  “The last group of the Japanese to be destroyed during the Iwo Jima campaign was the force defending Kitano point in the zone of the 5th Marine Division.  The 5th had begun its final drive on 11 March ... managed to gain 1,000 yards on 14-15 March [1945].”  Source:  “The United States Marines On Iwo Jima, The Battle and the Flag Raisings”, by Bernard C. Nalty and Danny J. Crawford, published by History And Museums Division Headquarters, U. S. Marine Corps, Washington, D. C.; website: marines.mil.

NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-1-time-removed, Carl Monroe Strong 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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SUMNER

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SUMNER, WALTER J. (1910-1945), DIED NON BATTLE, FRANCE, WWII.

Hometown:  HAZARD, Perry County, Kentucky, USA.

Date of Birth:  5 January 1910.

Son of:  Lula Baker and Jason Sumner, M. D.

Grandson of:  Martha Combs and Robert “Robin” Sumner.

Grandson of:  Nancy Sexton and John Baker.

Spouse:  Grace.

Entered Service From:  Perry County, Kentucky.

Service Number:  35681501.

Rank:  Private. 

Branch of Service:  U. S. Army.

Combat Organization:  646th Army Air Forces Bombardment Squadron, 410th Bombardment Group, 56th Wing, 3rd Air Force, Medical Air Corps, WWII.

Date of Death:  27 May 1945. 

Note:  Victory In Europe Day was 8 May 1945; Pacific Theater War was still raging.

Place of Death:  FRANCE, WWII.

Status:  DIED NON BATTLE, WWII.

Disposition:  BURIED.

Burial:  First Burial Unknown.

Repatriated:  1948.

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 J. SUMNER carved on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky.

NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-2-times-removed, Walter J. Sumner 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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SWIFT

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SWIFT, LONNIE (? - ?), U. S. MILITARY, 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:  LONNIE SWIFT carved within the WWII military section on PLACE OF THE PATRIOTS, a memorial located in Hazard, Perry County, Kentucky..

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