LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY MILITARY LEGACY

Written And Compiled By Waukesha Lowe Sammons

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LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AIRMEN, MARINES

REMEMBER AND NAME, A - Z

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WORLD WAR II

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BLAIR

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AFTON BLAIR (1910-1953), WORLD WAR II VETERAN, CAREER SOLDIER, DIED NON BATTLE ON ACTIVE DUTY.
HOMETOWN:  Rockhouse, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Pine Top, Perry County, Kentucky.  River, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Vicco, Perry County, Kentucky.  Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Knoxville, Tennessee.  
DATE OF BIRTH:  11 November 1910 in Pinetop, Knott County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Clemontine “Tina” Whitaker and Charles Blair.
GRANDPARENTS:  Martha Polly and Stephen R. Blair.
GRANDPARENTS:  Clarinda Louise Combs and Esquire Whitaker.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Margaret “Peggy” Kelley and William Lorenzo Combs.
SPOUSE:  Mattie Cornelia Sumner, daughter of Ida Combs and Cisco Sumner and great-granddaughter of Margaret “Peggy” Kelley and William Lorenzo Combs.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  18 August 1937.  DISCHARGE DATE:  27 March 1940.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  24 April 1940.  DISCHARGE DATE:  24 January 1945.  WWII.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  25 April 1946.  DISCHARGE DATE:  24 April 1950.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  25 April 1950.  DISCHARGE DATE:  11 July 1950.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  12 July 1950.  DISCHARGE DATE:  21 December 1953, Died on Active Duty.
SERVICE NUMBER:  RA – 6900410.
RANK:  Master Sergeant.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Medical Holding Detachment, United States Army.
U. S. ARMY TRANSPORT SERVICE PASSENGERS LISTS:
~ USS GRANT (outgoing), December 1936 – September 1937, Afton Blair 6900410, PVT 1 CAC.
~ USS GRANT, sailed (outgoing), October 1937 – October 1938, Afton Blair, 6900410, Company # 3, Hatch # 3, “D” Deck FWD.
DATE OF DEATH:  21 December 1953.
PLACE OF DEATH:  MED. Holding DET., 2128-1, U. S. Army Hospital, Ft. Knox, Kentucky.
INTERMENT DATE:  28 December 1953.
STATUS:  DIED NON BATTLE ON ACTIVE DUTY.
CEMETERY:  Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  U. S. Army Transport Service, Passengers List.  U. S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms.
NOTE:  I placed my second-cousin-two-times-removed, Afton Blair 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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CAUDILL

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CLIDE CAUDILL (1924-1943), U. S. ARMY, SILVER STAR, KILLED IN ACTION, TUNISIA, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Doty Creek, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH: 31 January 1924, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Atha Caudill and William Caudill.
GRANDPARENTS:  Esther Margaret Caudill and Isom Henry Caudill.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Susannah Back and Henry H. ‘Tusk’ Caudill.
THIRD-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Mary Adams and James Caudill II, American Revolutionary War.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
DISCHARGE DATE:  28 March 1943, Killed In Action, World War II.
SERVICE NUMBER:  13017452.
RANK:  Corporal.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, U. S. Army, World War II.
DATE OF DEATH:  March 28, 1943, Killed In Action, Tunisia, The North Africa - Tunisia Campaign, WWII.
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS, THEATRES:  North African Campaign.  The Tunisian Campaign.
28 MARCH 1943, TUNISIA CAMPAIGN:  “... the remainder of the [9th] Division moved to El Guettar.  Here, as part of General Patton’s Corps, ... the 9th Infantry Division ... were to attack on Gafsa-Gabes Axis ...  [with] complete lack of adequate maps. ... the attack was launched on the morning of March 28, 1943, and for 11 days a bitter battle was waged on hills 290, 369 and 772.”  Source:  9thinfantrydivision.net.
STATUS:  Killed In Action, World War II.
TEMPORARY CEMETERY:  9025.
PERMANENT CEMETERY:  9001, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisa.
U. S. AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, MEDALS:  Silver Star Medal.  Purple Heart Medal.
SOURCES:  ABMC Cemeteries.  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  Census.  Findagrave.  National Archives.  9thinfantrydivision.net.  U. S. Headstone And Interment Records for U. S. Military Cemeteries On Foreign Soil.  World War II And Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas.  World War II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-one-time-removed, Clide 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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DARWIN CAUDILL (1921-1944), SILVER STAR, KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.  Source:  National Archives & Records Administration War Department Files.  World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, Kentucky, Letcher County.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Garrett, Floyd County, Kentucky.
DATE OF BIRTH:  2 November 1921 in Floyd County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Lydia Caroline “Dollie” Conley and John D. Caudill.
GRANDPARENTS:  Mary Elizabeth Scalf and William Caudill.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Sarah Ann Sellards and Archibald Scalf, CSA, American Civil War.
THRID-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Annie Alford and John Sellards, son of Hezekiah Sellards.
SPOUSE:  Ruby Craft, married 18 April 1942 in Jackson, Breathitt County, Kentucky.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
INDUCTION DATE:  14 July 1942.
DATE OF ENTRY ON ACTIVE DUTY:  28 July 1942.
DISCHARGE DATE:  23 March 1943.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  24 March 1944.
DATE OF SEPARATION:  3 December 1944, KILLED IN ACTION.
SERVICE NUMBER:  01545615.  35436344.
RANK:  First Lieutenant.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Medical Battalion, Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  First Lieutenant, Company C, 9th Medical Battalion, 9th Infantry Division, U. S. Army.
DATE OF DEATH:  3 December 1944.
STATUS:  Killed In Action.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently Unknown.
REPATRIATED:  1953
CEMETERY:  Conley Cemetery, Bonanza, Floyd County, Kentucky.
U. S. AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, MEDALS:  Silver Star Medal.  Bronze Star Medal.  Purple Heart Medal, Posthumous.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION COMPLETED ON 25 JULY 1953:  Signed by Dollie C. Caudill of Lowmansville, Lawrence County, Kentucky.
SOURCES: Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  National Archives & Records Administration War Department Files.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Veterans.  World War II Memorial Registry.  World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing, Kentucky, War Depart, June 1946.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-one-time-removed, Darwin Caudill 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.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-one-time-removed, Darwin Caudill on my ~ Lowe Stephenson Rose Burchfield Murphy Whitt; Littleton Caudill Salisbury Crace Adams Wiley Webb Boone ~ Paternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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WILLIAM J. CAUDILL (1925-1945), KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Ulvah, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH: 23 January 1925 in Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Polly Ann Caudill and Solomon Caudill.
GRANDPARENTS:  Elizabeth Sumner and John W. Caudill.
GRANDPARENTS:  Susanna Caudill and William B. Caudill.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Elizabeth Mullins and James “Limber Jim” Caudill.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  25 January 1943 in Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  Circa 1943; Reportedly served for two years in the military.
DISCHARGE DATE:  23 February 1945, Killed In Action.
SERVICE NUMBER:  35871330.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Trooper, Troop A, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, U. S. Army, USAGF, World War II.
20 FEBRUARY 1945, MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  “On 12 February, the [12th] Regiment moved into Manila to join the rest of 1st Division ... engaged in some of the roughest street fighting of World War II. ... 20 February to the 12 March, The Cavalry drew the difficult task of cracking the Shimu Line a few miles east of Manila ...”  Source:  1st Cavalry Division Association; 1cda.org.  
DATE OF DEATH:  23 February 1945, Killed In Action, Manila, Philippines.
STATUS:  Killed In Action.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently Unknown.
REPATRIATED:  1949.
CEMETERY:  Pearl Dixon Cemetery, Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION CARD:  Signed by Solomon Caudill of Ulvah, Kentucky on 10 March 1949.
SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993. Census.  Findagrave.  1st Cavalry Division Association; 1cda.org.  Kentucky Birth Index.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Veterans.  U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945.  WW II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-one-time-removed, William J. Caudill 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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COMBS

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BRADLEY COMBS (1918-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, FRANCE, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  College Hill Street, Whitesburg, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Baker, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Fort Benjamin Harrison, Lawrence, Marion County, Indiana.  
DATE OF BIRTH:  30 March 1918 in Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Sally Banks and William M. Combs.
GRANDPARENTS:  Mary “Polly” Breeding and Wesley Combs.
BROTHER:  Victor Combs (1921-1988), Military Service, 14 April 1942 – 16 February 1946, World War II.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  9 May 1937.
DISCHARGE DATE:  7 July 1944, Killed In Action, France.
SERVICE NUMBER:  6662857.
RANK:  Sergeant.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. Army.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  11th Infantry, 5th Division, Fort Benjamin Harrison and Fort Benning, Georgia.
DATE OF DEATH:  7 July 1944, Killed In Action, Saint-Lo, Normandy, France.
STATUS:  Killed In Action.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently unknown.
REPATRIATED:  18 November 1948, returned home.
CEMETERY:  Will Combs Cemetery, Van, Letcher County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  The Mountain Eagle, November 18, 1948.  U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945.  World War II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-twice-removed, Bradley Combs 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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CORNETT

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CHESTER CORNETT, JR. (1922-1944),  KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Gordon, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.  
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Linefork, Letcher County, Kentucky.
DATE OF BIRTH:  28 December 1922 in Gordon, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS: Mary Ratliff and Chester Cornett, Sr., World War I.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  30 June 1942 in Kentucky.  ENLISTMENT DATE:  ?
DISCHARGE DATE:  1 March 1944, Killed In Action, World War II.
SERVICE NUMBER:  15362864.
RANK:  Private First Class.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  U. S. Army, World War II.
DATE OF DEATH:  1 March 1944, Killed In Action, World War II.
STATUS:  Killed In Action.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently Unknown.
REPATRIATED:  Yes.
CEMETERY:  Chester Cornett Cemetery, Gordon, Letcher County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  National Archives.  U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead.  U. S. World War II Draft Cards.    World War II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-two-times-removed, Chester Cornett, Jr. on my ~ Combs Collins Sumner Adams Holbrook Caudill Kelley Mullins; Brashear Young Campbell Cornett Woods Dorton Asher Bowling Sizemore ~ Maternal Family Tree, that I created on Ancestry.

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ELDRED L. CORNETT (1923-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH:  17 October 1923 in Linefork, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Alta Halcomb and Jasper Cornett.
GRANDPARENTS:  Sarah Caudill and William A. Cornett.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  30 June 1942 in Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  5 April 1943 in Huntington, West Virginia.
DISCHARGE DATE:  17 April 1944, Killed In Action, World War II.
SERVICE NUMBER:  35657149.
RANK:  Private First Class.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company E, 164th Infantry, Americal Infantry Division, U. S. Army, Pacific Theatre, World War II.
AMERICAL INFANTRY DIVISION, WWII:  “During the period 25 December 1943 to 12 January 1944 the Americal Division landed on Bougainville, ... given the task of holding and extending the right half of a previously established perimeter.  The Division went on the offensive in March 1944, driving the Japanese east of Mavavia River, 7 – 9 April and seizing numerous strategic hill passes during the rest of the month.”  Source:  Americal (Infantry) Division; army.mil.
DATE OF DEATH:  17 April 1944, Killed In Action, World War II.
STATUS:  Killed In Action, World War II.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently Unknown.
REPATRIATED:  1948.
CEMETERY:  Cornett Cemetery, Linefork, Letcher County, Kentucky.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION:  Signed by Jasper Cornett of Linefork, Kentucky on 4 July 1948.
SOURCES:  Americal (Infantry) Division; army.mil.  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  Census.  Kentucky Birth Index.  National Archives.  U. S. Draft Cards.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Veterans.  U. S. Rosters Of World War II Dead.  U. S. WW II Army Enlistment Records.  World War II Memorial Registry.   
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-two-times-removed, Eldred L. 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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EMIL CORNETT (1920-1982), B-24 LIBERATOR "BIG MARGE" SHOT DOWN OVER BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, SURVIVED THE CRASH, PRISONER OF WAR, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH:  18 July 1920 in Blackey, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Artie Back and Arch Cornett.
GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Dixon and David Back.
GRANDPARENTS:  Susan Caudill and Anderson Cornett.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Sarah Maggard and Henry Back, Jr.
SISTER:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.
SPOUSE:  Pauline Fields, daughter of Ollie Caudill and Monroe Fields.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  16 February 1942.  Attending Mayo State Vocational School.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  9 July 1942 in Huntington, West Virginia.  22 July 1942.
HONORABLE DISCHARGE DATE:  30 October 1945.
SERVICE NUMBER:  35435457.
RANK:  Staff Sergeant.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Army Air Force.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  376th Bomb Group, 512th Bomb Squadron.  Air Photographer.  Waist Gunner.  B-24 Liberator Heavy Bomber 41-28920, Serial number B-24-H-15-DT, “Big Marge”, U. S. Army Air Forces, World War II.  Source:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.  Source:  armyaircorps-376bg.com.
TRAINING:  Army Air Force Lowry Field, Colorado.  Source:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.
TRANSFERRED, MARCH 27, 1943:  To Egypt.  Source:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS, THEATRES:  Participated in missions on enemy targets in Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Bulgaria.  Source:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.
BIG MARGE “LOST”, JUNE 11, 1944:  The B-24 Liberator had been diverted to the Crimea and landed behind Russian Lines.  Source:  armyaircorps-376bg.com.
A PHOTOGRAPH, DATED 1944:  The photograph, with the inscription: 1944 - Sebastopol Mikhail Avdeev and American pilots, was taken.
~ “Dear Edward! One of my Hungarian friend, who living in Canada sent the picture and the majority of the data for me. His name Gábor Horváth. He collect Russian airplane loss datas, but several American substances were found already to it.”
~ Source:  An Email, date unknown:  ~ Sent to armyaircorps-376bg.com from József Katona (Magyar Roncskutató Egyesület tagja - Hungarian Wreck Researcher Association's member).                                                                                                                                 ~ “More comments about the photo of Big Marge.  For the record, Big Marge was reported "lost" on June 11, 1944.  In fact, she had diverted to the Crimea and landed behind Russian lines.  She returned to the 376, with her crew, on June 23.  She was then shot down on July 14.”
~ “The photograph with the inscription: 1944 - Sebastopol Mikhail Avdeev and American pilots. The picture prepared by Evgenis Chaldean photo war correspondent.  Liberator was wounded in a battle, according to the author of the article visible the trace of the fast correction the entrance edge of the wing and between the tribe, and maybe the bomb space doors.”
Source:  armyaircorps-376bg.com.
PLANE SHOT DOWN OVER HUNGARY, MISSING IN ACTION, 14 JULY 1944:  Taken Prisoner by German forces.  Source:  Mildred Cornett Strunk.
THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE, WHITESBURG, LETCHER COUNTY, KENTUCKY, AUGUST 3, 1944:  “Mr. and Mrs. Arch Cornett of Blackey have received word from the War Department that their son, Staff Sergeant Emil Cornett is missing after a raid over Hungary.  The raid occurred July 14.  Sgt. Cornett was a tail gunner on a B-24 with the 15th Air Force in Italy.”   Reprinted:  The Way We Were by Mountain Eagle Staff on July 30, 2014.
AN E-MAIL:
~ WORLD WAR II PRISONERS OF WAR, REPORT DATE, 14 JULY 1944:  Air Corps Staff Sergeant Emil Cornett.  Heavy Bomber, Hungary, European Theatre.  Detaining County:  Germany.  Prisoner of War Camp:  Stalag Luft 4 Gross – Tychow (formerly Heydekrug), Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (to Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16.  Status:  Liberated/Repatriated/Returned to Military Control.
LIBERATED FROM THE ENEMY, MAY 25, 1945.
DATE OF DEATH:  4 September 1982.
STATUS:  LIBERATED.
CEMETERY:  Currently unknown.
U. S. AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, MEDALS:  Air Medal with a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious achievement in aerial flight, while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy.  European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a Silver Star.  Good Conduct Medal.
SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  armyaircorps-376bg.com; 41-28920, Big Marge.  Census.  Kentucky Birth Index.  U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.  U. S. WWII Draft Cards.   World War II Honoree, World War II Memorial Registry, Data by Mildred Cornett Strunk.  World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-one-time-removed, Emil 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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DIXON

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KIRBY DIXON (1921-1943), KILLED IN ACTION, NEW GEORGIA, SOLOMON ISLANDS, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  River, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.   
DATE OF BIRTH:  25 August 1921 in Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Mary Dixon and Rich B. Dixon.
MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS:  Lavina Combs and Spencer Dixon.
PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS:  William James Dixon and Margarett “Peggy” Whitaker.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  James Dixon and Susannah Caudill.
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Mary Nancy Craft and William Caudill.   
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  14 November 1941.
DISCHARGE DATE:  11 July 1943, Killed In Action, World War II.
SERVICE NUMBER:  35132074.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  2nd Battalion, 148th Infantry Regiment, 37th Division, U. S. Army, USAGF, Killed In Action, World War II.
DATE OF DEATH:  11 July 1943, Killed In Action, World War II.
“THE INVASION OF NEW GEORGIA, SOLOMON ISLANDS:  The American forces ... landed at Rice Anchorage in Kula Gulf on July 5, 1943, under a flurry of Japanese artillery fire. ..  The 148th Infantry Regiment established a roadblock. ... A major banzai attack by the Japanese on July 10 [1943] ... depleted food stores and medical units ran out of supplies to treat the wounded.  The position became know to the Buckeyes as “Starvation Ridge”.  Source:  The Battling Buckeyes of the 37th Division, research Thesis by Tyler R. Webb, The Ohio State University, March 2018; osu.edu.
STATUS:  Killed In Action, World War II.
FIRST BURIAL:  Currently Unknown.
REPATRIATED:  1948.
CEMETERY:  Dixon Cemetery, Blackey, Kentucky.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION CARD:  Signed on June 24, 1948 by Mary Dixon of Blackey, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  National Archives & Records Administration War Department Files.  The Battling Buckeyes of the 37th Division, Research Thesis by Tyler R. Webb, The Ohio State University, March 2018; osu.edu.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Veterans.  U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945.  World War II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-one-time-removed, Kirby Dixon 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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FRAZIER

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JAMES M. FRAZIER (1919-1944), KILLED IN ACTION, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Hot Spot, Letcher County, Kentucky, U.S.A.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Johnson Branch, River, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Rockhouse, Letcher County, Kentucky.  Smoot Creek, Letcher County, Kentucky.   
DATE OF BIRTH:  17 January 1919 in Hot Spot, Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Arminda Combs and Jonathan Frazier.
GRANDPARENTS:  Lucinda Back and James S. Frazier.
GRANDPARENTS:  Mary Ann Adams and Shadrick R. Combs
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Susanna Hogg and Solomon Frazier, CSA, Civil War.
REGISTRATION DATE:  16 October 1940 in Kentucky.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  16 October 1942.  1 September 1942 in Huntington, West Virginia.
DISCHARGE DATE:  7 July 1944, Killed In Action, WWII.
SERVICE NUMBER:  35443896.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  Company C, First Battalion, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, European Theatre, World War II.
DATE OF DEATH:  7 July 1944.
STATUS:  Killed In Action.
FIRST BURIAL:  CURRENTLY UNKNOWN.
REPATRIATED:  1949.
CEMETERY:  Frazier Cemetery, Premium, Letcher County, Kentucky.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION CARD:  Signed on 9 April 1949 by Arminda Frazier.
SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  National Archives.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Vetrans.  U. S. Rosters Of World War II Dead.  U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records.  U. S. WWII Draft Cards.  World War II Honoree, Honored by Terry MacDonald.  World War II Memorial Registry.
NOTE:  I placed my fourth-cousin-one-time-removed, James M. Frazier 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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SEXTON

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RALEIGH MARVIN SEXTON (1920-2003), U. S. ARMY, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Seco, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
DATE OF BIRTH:  1 March 1920 in Whitley County, Kentucky per Kentucky Birth Index.  Or born in Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky, per World War II Draft Card.
PARENTS:  Mable Elizabeth Fleenor and Ora Jack Sexton.
GRANDPARENTS:  Tabitha Meade and General George Washington Sexton.
SPOUSE:  Dorothy Marcum of Scratch Back, Perry County, Kentucky, WAAC, WWII.  Second Wife, Joan Marie Wojciechowski.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
REGISTRATION DATE:  1 July 1941.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  10 March 1942 at Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky.
DISCHARGE DATE:  21 October 1945.
RANK:  Private.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  U. S. ARMY.
DATE OF DEATH:  29 May 2003.
CEMETERY:  Hillside Cemetery, Belleville, Wayne County, Michigan.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  Ohio, Marriage Abstracts.  U. S. Department of Veterans affairs BIRLS Death File.  U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records.  U. S. World War II Draft Cards.
NOTE:  I placed Raleigh Marvin Sexton 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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WHITAKER

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NARCE WHITAKER (1914-1994), COMBAT PILOT, RESCUED FROM PLANE CRASH IN PACIFIC OCEAN BY USS PRESTON (DD379) ON 23 JANUARY 1942, TRANSFERRED OFF SHIP TO CHRISTMAS ISLAND FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT, FOUR SILVER STAR MEDALS, LEGION OF MERIT, THREE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEDALS, THREE AIR MEDALS AND A  COMMENDATION RIBBON, WORLD WAR II.
HOMETOWN:  Roxana, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Linefork, Lower Rockhouse and River in Letcher County, Kentucky.  Sunset, Hamilton Field, Novato, Marin County, California.  Salt Lake City, Utah.  Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.
DATE OF BIRTH:  13 May 1914 in Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Ida Hogg and Squire Whitaker.
GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Jane Caudill and Moses Hayden Whitaker.
GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Dixon and William J. “Stiller Bill” Caudill.
GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Nancy Craft and William C. “Billy” Caudill.
GREAT-GREAT-GREAT-GRANDPARENTS:  Mary Adams and James Caudill, American Revolutionary War Soldier.
           SPOUSE:  Gertrude Mary Stringfellow, married 1 September 1941.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  26 May 1939.
DISCHARGE DATE:  29 April 1968.
SERVICE NUMBER:  0-380438.
RANK:  Flying Cadet.  Senior Pilot, Bomber Airplane.  Lieutenant.  Captain.  Major.  Colonel.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Army Air Force.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  13th Air Force, U. S. Army Air Corps, World War II.
PACIFIC THEATRE, WORLD WAR II:
~ 7 December 1941:  “He was called to Pearl Harbor areas as the leader of one of the Bomber Squadrons [the 72nd].”
~ 10 December 1942:  “Major Whitaker won the [first] Silver Star when his Flying Fortress shot down several Zeros.”  [Japanese Military Craft]
~ 12 October :  “The Air Medal was given after he had been flight leader in a bombing raid on Buka Airfield.”
~ 13 November:  “... an attack on a Japanese naval force near Savo Island ... when a number of damaging hits were scored on a battleship.”
Source:  The Mountain Eagle, The Way We Were, The Story of Col. Whitaker, War Hero and Commander by Mountain Eagle staff on March 6, 2013.
U. S. WORLD WAR II NAVY MUSTER ROLLS, REPORT OF PASSENGERS:
~ 23 January 1942, USS PRESTON (DD 379), Sailing from Pacific Ocean to Christmas Island.  Narce Whitaker 0 – 380438, 1st Lt. USA (AC), Received January 23, 19142, RESCUED FROM PLANE CRASH IN PACIFIC OCEAN.
~ 24 January 1942, USS PRESTON DD 379, Sailing from Pacific Ocean to Christmas Island.  Narce Whitaker, 0380438, 1st Lt. USA (AC), Transferred January 24, 1942 to Christmas Island FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.
PANAMA CITY NEWS-HERALD, FLORIDA, FEBRUARY 5, 1943:  “JAP SEA-BORNE TROOPS NEARING SOLOMON ISLES.  The dispatch quoted Flight Leader Major Narce Whitaker, of Roxana, Kentucky as saying he observed 30 and 40 Japanese ships, many of them warships in Shortland Harbor, 150 miles north of Guadalcanal.”  Front page and page 2.
OGDEN STANDARD EXAMINER, UTAH, FEBRUARY 9, 1943:  “Sixteen Army Air Pilots, each the skipper of a flying fortress, which helped drive off the Jap Armada in the Battle of Midway, have been decorated for “meritorious achievement ... for heroism in the crucial battle of June 1942.  Those, who were awarded the oak leaf clusters, after previous awards of the Air Medal of another engagement, include Major Narce Whitaker, [of] Roxana, Kentucky and Salt Lake City.”  [Front page.]
BATTLES, CAMPAIGNS, THEATRES:  Battle of Midway.  Pacific Theatre.  World War II.“COLONEL NARCE WHITAKER OF LINEFORK ON MAY 26 [1947] BECAME THE FIRST MEMBER OF THE ARMY AIR FORCE TO HOLD FOUR SILVER STAR MEDALS:  He was presented the Third Oak Leaf Cluster to his Silver Star ... for “gallantry in action over Midway Island from June 3 to 7, 1942.  ... demonstrated outstanding courage and proficiency throughout a bitter aerial combat with the Japanese ... awarded Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters and a Commendation Ribbon.” Source:  The Mountain Eagle, The Way We Were By Mountain Eagle Staff, May 24, 2017.
WILKINS AIR FORCE DEPOT STATION, OHIO:  18 July 1954, Whitaker assumed command.  Source:  Stars and Stripes Newspaper, July 24, 1954.
    
DATE OF DEATH:  14 November 1994.
CEMETERY:  Evergreen Cemetery, Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado.
U. S. AWARDS, CERTIFICATES, MEDALS:
~ FOUR SILVER STAR MEDALS:
~ SILVER STAR AWARDED, GENERAL ORDERS NO. 4 (1943):  “Silver Star to Captain (Air Corps) Narce Whitaker, United States Army Air forces, for gallantry in action while serving as a Senior Pilot of a Bomber in action against the enemy in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II.  His gallant action and dedicated devotion to duty, without regard for his own life ...”  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ SILVER STAR OAK LEAF CLUSTER AWARDED, GENERAL ORDERS NO. 32 (1943):  A Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Captain (Air Corps) Narce Whitaker, in action against the enemy in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II.”  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ THIRD SILVER STAR OAK LEAF CLUSTER AWARDED:  to Narce Whitaker of Roxana, Kentucky.  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ FOURTH SILVER STAR OAK LEAF CLUSTER AWARDED:  “a third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Silver Star to Colonel (Air Corps), [then Captain] Nace Whitaker, United States Army for gallentry in action, while serving as a Senior Pilot of a bomber, in action against the enemy over Midway Island from 3 to 7 June 1942.  Colonel Whitaker demonstrated outstanding courage and Proficiency throughou a period of bitter aerial combat with the Japanese.”  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ THREE AIR MEDALS:  AIR MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS.
~ THREE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEDALS:  DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS MEDAL WITH TWO OAK LEAF CLUSTERS.  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ LEGION OF MERIT MEDAL.  Source:  militarytimes.com.
~ COMMENDATION RIBBON.  Source:  militarytimes.com.
                                                                                                  SOURCES:  Appalachia Crossroads The Caudill Family, Volume 2, 3, 4 by Clayton R. Cox, 1993.  Census.  Findagrave.  Mansfield News Journal, Ohio, July 19, 1957.  militarytimes.com.  Ogden Standard Examiner, Utah, February 9, 1943.  Panama City News-Herald, Florida, February 5, 19143.  Stars and Stripes Newspaper, July 24, 1954.  The Mountain Eagle, The Way We Were By Mountain Eagle Staff, March 6, 2013 and May 24, 2017.  U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File.  U. S. Register of Civil, Military and Naval Service, 1956, Volume I.  U. S. Select Military Registers, 1862-1985, Army and Air Force, 1948, Volume II.  U. S. World War II Navy Muster Rolls.  Utah Military Records, 1861-1970.  Utah, Select Marriage Index.
NOTE:  I placed my fifth-cousin-one-time-removed, Narce Whitaker 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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WILDER

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GLENN E. WILDER (1927-1945), DIED IN SERVICE, EUROPEAN THEATRE, WWII.
HOMETOWN:  Millstone, Letcher County, Kentucky, USA.
OTHER RESIDENCE:  Fleming, Letcher County, Kentucky.  
DATE OF BIRTH:  8 January 1927 in Fleming in Letcher County, Kentucky.
PARENTS:  Freda Balsinger and Roy Wilder.
BROTHER:  Earl Lafayette Wilder, Served 1938-August 1941; May 1944-October 1945, World War II.
ENTERED SERVICE FROM:  Kentucky.
ENLISTMENT DATE:  30 June 1942 in Richmond, Virginia.
DISCHARGE DATE:  18 February 1945.  Died in Service, World War II.
SERVICE NUMBER:  13065096.
RANK:  Private in Company G, 325 Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Air Born Infantry Division.  Technician Five with HQ DET, 5th Armored Artillery Group.
BRANCH OF SERVICE:  Armored Artillery.  Glider Infantry.
COMBAT ORGANIZATION:  HQ DET 5th Armored Artillery Group.  Company G, 325 Glider Infantry Regiment, 82nd Air Born Infantry Division.  Source: Headstone Application Card, front and back.
DATE OF DEATH:  18 February 1945, European Theatre, World War II.
STATUS:  Died In Service, World War II.
REPATRIATED:  1947.
HEADSTONE APPLICATION CARD:  Signed on November 14, 1947 by Freda Wilder of 220 East 9th St., London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
CEMETERY:  Pine Grove Cemetery or A. R. Dyche Memorial Park, London, Laurel County, Kentucky.
SOURCES:  Census.  Findagrave.  Kentucky Birth Index.  U. S. Headstone Applications For Military Veterans.  U. S. Rosters of World War II Dead.  U. S. World War II Army Enlistment Records.
NOTE:  I placed Glenn G. Wilder 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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