KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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KNOTT COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - Z

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KOREAN WAR

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CHURCH

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CHURCH, RAY JR. (1931-1952), MEDICAL AIDMAN, MISSING IN ACTION, NORTH KOREA SECTOR, KOREAN WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Lawrence County, Kentucky.  Korea, Korean War.
DATE OF BIRTH:  31 January 1931 in Lawrence County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Mary Clara McDowell and John Church.
SPOUSE:  Lora / Laura Everage.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  17 February 1947.
DISCHARGE DATE:  14 October 1952, Missing In Action, Presumed Dead.
SERVICE NUMBER:  52084695.
RANK:  Corporal.  Sergeant.  
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Medical Department, U. S. Army.
SERVICE OCCUPATION:  Medical Aidman.
COMPONENT:  AUS – 21 months.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Medical Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division.
ELEMENT SEQUENCE:  CV DIV CAV REGT INF.  Unit # 0031.
GROUP:  Listed as Missing In Action, while tending his wounded comrades in North Korea on 14 October 1952.   
DATE OF DEATH:  14 October 1952, in the North Korea Sector, Korean War.
DISPOSAL DATE:  31 December 1953 was Presumed Dead in Korea in the Korean War.
PROCESSED DATE:  November 1979.
CASUALTY COUNTY:  North Korea Sector.
CASUALTY TYPE – HOSTILE:  Died While Missing.
CASUALTY CAUSE:  U. S. ARMY, No information available.
STATUS:  Missing In Action – Presumed Dead.
CENOTAPH MONUMENT:  SGT RAY CHURCH, JR., Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii, Plot, Courts of the Missing.              U. S. AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, MEDALS:  Purple Heart.  Combat Medical Badge.  Korean Service Medal.  United Nations Service Medal.  The National Defense Service Medal.  The Korean Presidential Unit Citation.  The Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Cenotaph Monument.  Kentucky Birth Index, Lawrence County.  Korean War Veterans Honor Roll.  U. S., Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957.  U. S. WWII Draft Cards, 1940-1947.  WWI, WWII and Korean War Casualty Listings. 

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VIETNAM WAR (1955 - 1975)

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CORNETT

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CORNETT, GEORGE MAXVILLE CORNETT (1930-2018), VIETNAM WAR ERA
HOMETOWN:  Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH:  22 December 1930, Sassafras, Knott County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Allie Mullins and Elhanon H. Cornett.
                                                                                                        GRANDPARENTS:  Rebecca Hale and Jasper Cornett.                                                                                                                     GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:   Adeline Brashear and Robert S. Cornett.                                                                                                GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Elizabeth Young and James N. Brashear, Sr.
SPOUSE:  Leonila “Nellie” Alferez.
SPORTS:  “played 1 1/2 seasons of minor league baseball for the Hazard Bombers, the farm team for the Brooklyn Dodgers.”  Source, Obituary.  [Note:  The team was active from 1948 to 1952.]
EDUCATION:  Alice Lloyd College, Pippa Passes, Kentucky.  University of Kentucky Bachelors of Science in Agriculture in 1955.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
RANK:  Specialist First Class
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  “served in the 1st guided missile battalion for active duty and reserves.”  Source, Obituary.
DATE OF DEATH:  10 November 2018.
SOURCES:  Census.  Obituary; J. C. Kirby & Son Funeral Chapels and Crematory, Bowling Green, Kentucky.
NOTE:  I placed my third-cousin-one-time-removed, George Maxville Cornett on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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GIBSON

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GIBSON, JAMES THURMAN “LITTLE DUCK” (1944-1968), KILLED IN ACTION, VIETNAM WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Flax Patch, Knott County, Kentucky, USA. 
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Amburgey, Knott County, Kentucky.
DATE OF BIRTH:  3 January 1944.
PARENTS:  Velva Rowe and Norman Gibson.
GRANDPARENTS:  Adeline Combs and John Thomas Gibson.
FOURTH-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Harding Combs and John “Father of the Eight” Combs.
BROTHER:  Hershel “Big Duck” Gibson (1941-2012), who married Arlene Haddix of Kodak, Perry County, Kentucky.                          SPOUSE:  Carolyn Faye Ward, daughter of Louise Ellis and Calvin Ward of Bible Avenue, Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky. 
RANK:  Private First Class.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
TOUR START DATE:  27 June 1968. 
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company A, 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, USARV, United States Army.
DATE OF CASUALTY DEATH:  18 June 1968.
PLACE OF DEATH:  South Vietnam. 
PROVINCE:  Long An Province, South Vietnam. 
CASUALTY DETAIL/REASON:  Artillery, Rocket or Mortar.  Ground Casualty.
STATUS:  DIED HOSTILE-KILLED, DIED OUTRIGHT.                                                                                                   DISPOSITION:  Body Recovered, Buried.
CEMETERY:  Rest Haven Cemetery, Jeff, Perry County, Kentucky.  His brother, Hershel was buried beside him in 2012. 
NOTE:  “Pfc. Gibson Comes Home”, Story and Photographs by John Fetterman, The Courier-Journal & Times Magazine, Sunday Edition, July 28, 1968.  Fetterman received a 1969 Pulitzer Prize for the excellent article.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagraved.  Kentucky Birth Index.  Personal Interviews.  “Pfc. Gibson Comes Home”, Story and Photographs by John Fetterman, The Courier-Journal & Times Magazine, Sunday Edition, July 28, 1968.  “The Wall of Faces – Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, Photograph. 
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-2-times-removed, James Thurman “Little Duck” Gibson on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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STONE

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STONE, JOHN L. (1942-2001), U. S ARMY, POSTED IN GERMANY, VIETNAM WAR.
HOMETOWN:  Anco, Knott County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Amburgey on Irishman Creek and Cody in Knott County, Kentucky.  The construction of the Carrs Fork Dam was the reason for the family’s relocation.
DATE OF BIRTH:  25 October 1942, in Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky on marriage certificate.  On Social Security Applications and Claims Index, born Anco, Knott County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Della Richie and Woodrow Stone.
GRANDPARENTS:  Susan Marie Neely and John Henry Stone.
GRANDPARENTS:  Cordelia Smith and William M. Richie.   
SPOUSE:  Dianne Combs, daughter of Joan Luttrell and Ulysses Grant Combs, Jr., U. S. Navy, World War II.  Joan was the granddaughter of James Claybourn “Claibe” Jones (1825-1914), Mountain Feudist.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  21 January 1964.
DISCHARGE DATE:  31 January 1966.
RANK:  SP4.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Served in Germany during the Vietnam War, United States Army.
DATE OF DEATH:  28 July 2001.
CEMETERY:  Mountain Memory Gardens, Hindman, Knott County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Family Interviews.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.  U. S. Social Security Applications And Claims Index.  Virginia Marriage Record.
NOTE:  I placed John L. Stone 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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