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Arlington - WWII Nurse -- Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 16-Oct-2014 2A March 2, 1921-Oct. 14, 2014: Marietta Arlington, 93, formerly of Waynetown and Crawfordsville, passed away at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at Williamsburg Nursing Home, Crawfordsville. She was born March 2, 1921, on the family farm east of Waynetown, the daughter of Verne and Carol Ruth (nee: Marcrum) Remley. While growing up she attended the Wesley Methodist Church, and graduated in 1942 from Waynetown High School. She then graduated from Lake View Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 serving as a Second Lieutenant at Fletcher General Hospital in Cambridge, Ohio. She also worked in nursing at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville and in Virginia, Florida and Texas before her retirement. Her memberships include the Alamo Order of Easter Star and the Christian Motor Cyclists in Texas. She was married to Paul Eugene Arlington in 1952. He is deceased. Marietta is survived by her daughters, Karen and George T. McCann Sr. of El Paso, Texas, and Barbara J. Sams of Spotswood, N.J.; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Dale and Carl Remley. Funeral services for Marietta Arlington will be at noon Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, at Shoemaker Funeral Home, 202 Bratton Road, Waynetown, with the Rev. Duane Mycroft officiating. Burial will follow at Wesley Cemetery east of Waynetown. There will be a public calling from 10 a.m. until the services at noon Monday. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
ADAMS, CHARLES E. Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, October 10, 1961 Charles E. Adams, 41, an employe of the Eagles Lodge for the past 12 years, died at 2 a.m. Tuesday in the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis after being seriously ill for two weeks. He was born March 29, 1920, in Perrysville. His parents were Joseph A. and Gertrude Wilson Adams. On May 15, 1945, he was married to Mae Pearsons Gobel. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the hospital Corps, and was an employe of the Crawfordsville Foundry before working at the Eagle’s Lodge. Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Jo Lynn, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Robert Gilliland of Crawfordsville; a stepson, Staff Sgt. Robert J. Gobel of Germany; three stepgrandchildren; his stepmother, Mrs. Alice Adams of Crawfordsville; four sisters, Mrs. Vera Francis and Mrs. LaVerne Martin of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Mary Foxworthy of Hillsboro and Mrs. Bette Knapp of Danville, Ill.; a brother Joe Adams of Covington, and a stepbrother, Robert Michaels of Crawfordsville. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the Hunt & Son Funeral Home with Rev. John Servies officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. Wednesday. – jlr
HAMPTON, Eugene (Beaner) - wounded
HAYS, Lester -- Lester Hayes Sr. Servedl in WWll. 82nd airborne. Fought in Germany. He was from Tennessee. But his sisters and parents moved and lived in the Waveland area. - thanks to his son, Chris Hays for sending this :)
KELSEY, Norris (RIP Uncle Norris - love ya')
REMLEY, John H. - escorted pres. body
THOMPSON, Norman L. - below-- this man amazes me -- in WWI; WWII and the Korean War - believe this might be his WWI outfit - anyone know for sure? Thanks to John (Butch) Dale's great library newsletter (Darlington Herald) for this one
ALLEN Ray - picture in plane (below) - thanks Bill B :)
BELL, James E. - At age 37, James E. Bell joined the US Army, Infantry Co A 58th Battalion. August 5, 1944 he boarded the Aquitania and sailed to Glasgow, Scotland then retporting to Camp Bloonfield in England. He next landed on Omaha Beach August 17, 1944 as one of the first replacements sent in after D-Day. Aug 27, 1944 he joined the 29th Div at Brest, France, serving in Germany from Oct 1944 - April 1945. He was wounded April 12 in Germany the day Pres. Roosevelt died and was sent to recuperate in England then home to Camp Atterbury where he was discharged Oct 9, 1945 as a Pvt in the 125th Inf. He received the INfantry Combat Badge, a Good Conduct Ribbon, Bronze Star and two battle stars. - Source: Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
BIDDLE, Philip -- a biography with several pictures - thanks sooooo much to his daughter, Laura Kaye - wish we had a WHOLE lot more of these :)
BREEDLOVE, Lawrence Edmond - thanks Connie for the pic
BROACH, William J - obit
CLARK, L. Wayne -- joined the Army in 1943 and went to Saipan with the 20th AF, 322nd Air Engineering Squadron. He was an instrument specialist for B-29 bombers through 1995, discharged as a Sgt. He died in November of 1998. Source: Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
CLOUSER, Howard -- on the USS Arizona when blown up. He was propelled into the water, unscathed. He went back on deck to try to help those injured and ended-up after awhile swimming through the firey water to shore.
CLOUSER, Marvin J. -- son of born March 28, 1921, to the late Marion and Nancy Agnes (Maguire) Clouser in Bowers, Indiana- was in the 358th General Services Regiment, attached to the Engineer Special Brigade of the 1st U.S. Army. He was part of the first wave D-day invasion of Normandy Beach. For his service he was awarded four bronze stars and a proclamation from the Mayor of Antwerp, Belgium for 175 consecutive days served under v-bomb attack. He passed away in Mulberry at a retirement home on April 19, 2012. - thanks to Mary Jo Barton for this information and above
CUMMINGS, Lt. William Paul - thanks so much, Bill Boone
Everett, Lester - joined the Navy at age 17. After receiving his basic training at Great Lakes, he served in the Western Pacific, attached to three SeaBee Battalions, the 10th, 93rd and 61st. He was on Guian, Samar on V-J Day. He operated a library and photo lab on the islands and returned to the states in June 1946, having received his discharge July 14, 1946. After the war, he was in the SeaBee reserves eight years. Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
FAIRCHILD, Guy -- spent 9 months of heavy combat as Mortar Squad Leader in the 79th Inf. Div - Patton's 3rd Army. In the 12 total months he was overseas, there were 48 different command posts. He was scheduled on a shipment to North Africa in Dec 1942, but had taken and passed an officer's candidate exam thus was removed from the boat at the last moment. None from that ship survived. At age 19, he was homesick, and ended-up turning down the Officer schooling for a furlough. At the end of the Pacific portion of the war, a soldier needed 60 points for discharge and he had 59. Six months later, passing his fourth Christmas in the service, he was finally discharged. Source: Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
FENDLEY, Ed -- thanks for the pic, BB
FRENCH, Ernest Jr. -- Pvt 1st Class Army - thanks for this wonderful memorial from his son, Tim
FULLENWIDER, Robert Elliott - Bob -- thanks muches Dave F.
FULLENWIDER, Wallace "Terry" - thanks muches Dave F.
GRAY, Cecil - thanks for pic Judy Barker - Ladoga FB page - US Navy
HAMPTON, Eugene (Beaner) - Darlington Herald Newspaper - Mr. and Mrs. Bert Hampton received a telephone call on Decoration Day from their son, S Sgt Eugene (Beaner) Hampton, saying he had arrived back in the US and was in the Leterman General Hospital, San Francisco. Sft. Hampton who was with the 151st Inf Regt now located in the Philippines, was seriously wonded on Corregidor on March 4. He has been overseas about 17 months and served in Hawaii and New Guinea before going to the Philippines. In the telephone conversation with his parents he said he was getting along just fine, and that he expected to be sent to Indiana for further hospitalization within the near future. - thanks to Butch Dale
HANNAH, Raymond -- thanks to his son, Lyle for info and the pic
HAYS, Will, Jr. although WIll Hays joined the Army he was discharged with a 4-F (medical) so he volunteered with the Army Specialists Corps. He concluded that service as a 2nd Lt. He worked at the Adjutant General's department and in 1945 was discharged as a Major. Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
HUGHES, Donald A. buried Arcadia Cemetery, Hamilton Co IN born 8 Jan 1917 died 7 Aug 1978 WWI Sgt US Army
HUNT, Cecil -- waiting on more info
JONES, Carl Norman - was born the 30th of Sept in 1934, the son of William A. and Mattie Eaton Jones. Carl joined the service (Army) July 7, 1943 and was in the 249th Combat Engineers. He served in Northern France and participated in the Battle of the Bulge in Ardennes; also was in the Rhineland and Central Europe. He received the American Ribbon; European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with four bronze stars and the Good Conduct Medal. He was discharged Nov 13, 1946.He married Clela Bannon and spent his years in the Waveland area until his death on 27 June 2006. - Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13) + obituary.
KEYS, Delbert - Tech 5, US Army WWII - pending information
KING, William Henry -- Born 1-23-1925 died 12-31-1971 (buried Oak Hill Cemetery) as a result of fighting a fire at the partially-abandoned Crawford Hotel. Son of Herb and Ruth (Hinkle) King. Had training at the Lucian Islands; then Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Dix, NJ readying for the Battle of the Bulge which at that point was over, then sent to Panama. He was a Military Policeman. His son Dave (thanks, buddy for stopping by - great to see you) said, he went from hot to cold; to hot to cold. He returned to his hometown (raised on the Mt. Zion road) and fathered two great boys, Dave and John with wife, Joan (Jenkins). We were lucky to have them for two of our son's Scout leaders. Bill was Captain in the local Fire Dept., when a blaze was delibertly started in Room 426, an outside room on the NW corner of the hotel. There were 40 people at the hotel and all were evacuated. It was New Years Eve celebrants who started the blaze. Bill also owned the WHK Motor Repair at his residence. He was a Mason and Scoutmaster of Troop 361.
KIRTLEY, Marion -- Dr. Kirtley wrote an autobiography that is full of his experiences, pictures, remembrances. Probably the first physician that recognized me as a person vs. a patient, although I was one of his, I admired this man immensely. His major experience in the war was landing on Normandy Beach on D-Day and tending to troups in many European battles. A bronze star, European Theater Ribbon and other medals donned his uniform but his air was that of a humintarian. In Crawfordsville, he was a beloved doctor, politician and enjoyed working in the historical aspects of the community. Proceeds from his book go to the Courthouse tower project.
KNOX, Delbert - thanks to his son from the Ladoga FB page for this tribute - Delbert served in France, Germany, Iceland and was in charge of Diplomatic Relations - his son Delbert noted: "Ernest Hemingway gave his boots to my dad, because dad's had so many holes in the toes."
KROUT, Kenneth - born in Montgomery County 8-22-1918
LADOGA HEROES - by Bill Boone :) Thanks for this wonderful tribute, Bill - note there are heroes from other wars in this piece !
LETTERS FROM (Waveland) BOYS -- Benny Bilbo; P.L. Brooks; Robert L. Pitts; Garnett E. Tague
LOUGH, Donald - letter to Mrs. Charles Marshall
McCLURE, Robert Malcolm "Bob" (pictured below) -- born near Russellville, in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana on September 24, 1919 and passed away at his home near Waveland, Brown Township, Montgomery County on 22 Feb 1994. He is buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in Crawfordsville. He was a member of the Raymond Todd Post 323 American Legion in Waveland, the Crawfordsville Veterans of Foreign Wars and Waveland Masonic Lodge. One good guy and thanks so much to his super special daughter, Sharon for the nifty picture - love it ! Bob enlisted at Ft. Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis as a Pvt in the US Army described at 68" and 150# on the 7th day of July 1941 from Montgomery Indiana.
McCULLOUGH, Donald - Waveland Independent, Nov 29, 1945 - Donald McCullough has been discharged from service and is at home.
McDANIEL, James - bronze star
MILLER, Earl Lewis "Duke" - Coast Guard - four years at Cape Hattera, NC at a lifeboat station during WWII. (wife Joanne Crosby)
MILLER, Gene R. -- served in WWII in the Air Corp in the Eastern Theater of Operations (wife Marlene)
MILLER, Ida Beth - served as a Radioman 3rd Class with Navy Reserves during WWII. Stationed at Bunker Hill Naval Air Base at Peru, Indiana. While at the air base, she taught communications to Naval Air Cadets.
MILLER, Paul K. "Mike" - serviced during WWII in the US Army as a Staff Sgt with the 3838th Quartermaster Supply Company for the European Theater (wife Barbara Carlisle) - CDPL obituary listings
MILLER, Wayne "Red" - lost leg
MILLIGAN, Dale - US Navy - Pacific 1944-45 (pending more info :)
MURRELL, Oscar - several things from Bill Boone helps makes this man LIVE :) RIP Oscar !
MYERS, Eston Lex - US Navy
OAKLEY, James -- -- Raised in Ladoga, and a graduate of LHS, Oakley served in the Coat Guard from July 1942 to January 1946. Patrolling the California and Maryland coasts for awhile, in July 1943 he departed Norfolk VA in July 1943 aboard a LST ship (Large, Slow Target as Oakly joked) which arrived in Calcutta, Indiana Thanksgiving day that year. While unloading, Japanese planes flew over bombing their decks. Other unfamiliar sounds were Burmese elephants and lions. From there, he headed to Bizerte, Africa, then ENgland in February of 44. Additional gun mounts were added in Londonderry, Ireland and off they headed to Normandy, France for D-Day. Stopping on the Isle of Weight they picked up Canadians and semi-trucks only the Canadians didn't know how to drive the trucks, so a guy from Ohio loaded them. Assigned to an LCVP which was a personnel carrier that transferred troops from a large ship to the beach, he septn ten days getting little sleep and eating K-rations, a 5# can of Span and some crackers. --Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
QUIGG, Francis K --discharged -- Source: "Darlington Herald," Library newsletter by John Dale, Fall 2017 SSgt Francis K. Quigg, son of Mr. and Mrs. Halfred Quigg of Sheridan formerly living here, received his discharge from the Army at Camp Fannin, Texas Nov 17 and is now living at Crawfordsville where his wife, Mrs. Ruth Quigg maintained their home while he was away. S Sgt Quigg served 11 months overseas with the 44th Division in the field artillery. He holds the ETO Ribbon with three battle stars, the Allied Forces ribbon, the Good Conduct ribbon and the meritorious service plaque.
PRIEBE, Charles - thanks to his daughter Deb on the Ladoga Facebook page for this one
ROSS, Elton - although Elton did not live here when he went to war, he lived in Crawfordsville for close to 70 years - he is still living at 92, very active and a cutie. He love to share his amazing story - kbz - the pictures below are the young Elton and a middle Elton found in the wonderful reference book, Voices of Victory, by the Crawfordsville Journal Review newspaper.
ROYER, John W - Source: Darlington Herald library newsletter Fall 2017 - Mr. and Mrs. John C. Royer of Crawfordsville RR 5 have rec'd the Purple Heart which was awarded to their son, Pfc John W. Royer for wounds received in action at Saipan, Marianas Islands July 3, 1944. Pfc Royer has been in service with the US Marins since Oct 2, 1943 and has been overseas since Feb 1944 as a light gunner with the second Marines.
SIMMONS, Raymond W. - findagrave (that has information about his service)
SMITH, Ralph C. - Indiana - 2nd Lt. Infantry, RFD 2, Waynetown (US War Department Press Release of Awards)
SORRELS, Dwight -- Machinist Mate 2nd Class - Korea - Driver - thanks so much to his great grandson, Josh Sorrels for the photo and information !!!
SOSBE, Robert O. -- Bob was a member of the 1942 Basketball team that went to the Final Four Undefeated. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004 for Montgomery County. An active member of Crawfordsville Jaycees, he also helped charter the Crawfordsville Little League in 1955. Immediately upon graduating from CHS, Bob joined the Navy (June 1, 1943) serving most of his time as a pharmacist's mate aboard the LST 990 which carried tanks and troops to battle. Served in the South Pacific and participated in 11 assult landings in the Phillipines and other areas. At the end of the war, he was in Japan. Discharged Dec 15, 1945 with the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon and six bronze stars. Bob was well-known in Crawfordsville as the owner and operator of Sosbe's Shell (corner of Market & Walnut) - Source: Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13)
SWANK, Ralph --entered the Navy in May 1943 after graduating from Alamo HS. He was on the USS CHristopher DE 199, a destroyer as a seaman. Next he went to Boston, Mass aboard the destroyer the Samuel S. Moore DD 747 which was made a part of Admiral Halsey's 3rd Fleet. A part of the bombardment of Iwo Jima, his ship was part of the escort for the USS Indianapolis to Okinaway Bay. He was discharged April 1946 as Machinist Mate 3rd Class (Source: Voices of Victory, Journal-Review 1995).
SWICK, Raymond - "Bud" could easily have a movie made from his life during the WWII era. After enlisting in the Army Air Corps, he survived a plane crash, dodged, the enemy and their bullets, made friends with Dutch folks who basically helped him survive. A radio operator/gunner on a B-24, Swick was bombed with his fellas, by 8 German fighter planes. The plane exploded. He along with others were blown out, others killed. Luckily, he safely landed as his parachte worked just fine. When he awoke from being blacked-out several Dutch people were there to see him. Grabbing him by the arm, a 17-year-old boy, Arie Dyk, showed him that Germans were looking for him. He was shuffled from barns the homes and anywhere the Germans were not. He donned coveralls and wooden shoes and the Dutch were wonderful to him. At one time, he was hiding in an upstairs while a German commander stayed downstairs. Swick could see a nearby school from his window that had been turned into a military barracks. Canadians liberated him. The government gave him a Purple Heart even though he was not wounded, since he was basically Missing in Action, then declared dead. Thus, the PH. He also received the Memorial Cross from Dutch Queen Wilhelmina. (Source: Voice of Victory. Crawfordsville Journal Review, 1995).
THOMPSON, Leland -- Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Nov 29, 1945 Word has been received by Mrs. Leland THOMPSON that her husband is in Chicago and is expected home sometime this week.
THOMPSON, Norman -- WWI; WWII; Korean
THOMPSON, Reese - Navy in WWII
THOMPSON, Russell G. - served in the South Pacific from March 1943 to January 1946 - Army Engineers Headquarters. Discharged as a Tech Sgt.
THOMPSON, Sherman W -- Army in WWII
TRUBY, Ron. -- Army - Nov 19, 1941 - 115th Engineers ,Co C Sept 3, 1942, shipping out of San Francisco to Hawaii completing Ranger school in 1943. Sent to the South Pacific where he was active in building supply roads on Guadacanal, New Britain and the Philippine Islands. Participated in the invasions of Mindanao, Leyte and Luzon in January 1945. Returned to the states in June and discharged at the end of July in 1945. He received the Bronze Service Arrowhead with one bronze battle star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and five overseas service bars. Returned to work on the railroads in Crawfordsville. He passed away in July 1999. Source: Voices of Victory. (Crawfordsville Journal Review 1995 p 13 + his obituary)
VanCLEAVE, Robert Lee -- US Navy -- June 2, 1925 - July 17, 2017 Robert Lee VanCleave, 92 years of age, of Concord, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017 at home in Concord. Robert proudly served his country in the Navy from July 1943 to March 1946. Mr. VanCleave, a devoted Chicago Cubs fan, was born June 2, 1925 in Indiana to the late Carl VanCleave and the late Geraldine VanCleave. He was also preceded in death by son, Michael VanCleave, brother, Jim VanCleave, brother, Bill VanCleave. The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m, and begin the service at 3 p.m., July 27, 2017, at Church of Christ, 4595 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027. Survivors include wife, Carole VanCleave of Concord, NC, daughter, Kathy (Jeff) Hatfield, step-son, Rod (Karla) Sheffield of Huntersville, NC, sister, Beaverly Breeden, granddaughter, Jennifer (Shawn) Rambo, grandson, David (Naomi) Daugherty, great-grandson, Cody Rambo, great-granddaughter, Riley Rambo, great-grandson, Lucas Rambo, great-granddaughter, Taiga Daugherty, great great-grandson, Zaine Rambo, great great-granddaughter, Adalynn Rambo, and great great-granddaughter, Wynter Kellie. Memorials may be made to Church of Christ, 4595 Poplar Tent Rd, Concord, NC 28027. The VanCleave family would like to give a special thank you for the support of Cabarrus County Hospice. Hartsell Funeral Home of Concord is serving the VanCleave family. Thanks to Phil Coon, my VanCleave guru for catching this one
WERNLE, Bob -- served in WWII with the Army mainly in Tehran, Iran, and also serving as an aide when Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin met for a conference at the Russian Embassy. He served from December 1941 to March 1946 doing some work as an investigator and warrant officer in the Admin as a lawyer in Crawfordsville, other clubs and organizations and served in the MC Historical Society for many years, heading up the Oral Local History project.
WHITE, Austin - Army
WHITE, Donald B. "Pad" --Army Air Corps
WHITE, Howard -- Purple Heart Recipient
WHITE, John F. --"Jack" US Navy
COTTEN, Irvin - KIA - Germany
DAVIS, Robert - KIA - France June 14, 1944
ELLIOTT, Cyrus - Died from wounds
FREEMAN, John KIA - Saipan in Marianas June 15, 1944
HYBARGER, Robert - KIA - France - June 2, 1944
JONES, Carl - KIA France Dec 1, 1944
KEMP, Lt. Robert Norton - KIA Germany
KROUT, Gerald - KIA - Germany -- (brother to Kenneth) - 9th Army
LEAVENWORTH, Wm. - KIA - Eastern France Oct 29, 1944
LEHMAN, Col. Arthur Joseph (thanks so much to Joyce Bever for this awesome tribute)
McKEE, Gwendolyn (KIA) - see also Gold Stars from Waynetown
MILLER, Ted - KIA - France Nov 14, 1944
O'NEALL, William - KIA France Dec 31, 1943
OSWALT, Ralph -- 120th Inf. Corporal -- KIA 24 March 1945 buried -- Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial Margraten Eijsden-Margraten Municipality Limburg, Netherlands Plot: Plot F, Row 13, Grave 17.
Oswalt photo from findsagrave.com
WRIGHT, Robert E. - KIA Belgium Jan 7, 1945
Below is a listing of those lost, killed, etc. in WWII from Montgomery County, but do not believe it is complete. - kbz
Note: The list below is not NEAR COMPLETE -- here are additions - the additions come from Voices of Victory 1945-1995 p 47 -- "list taken from the Soldiers & Sailor Monument at the courthouse" - actually I began with the S&S monument list but it is VERY incomplete and finally just nixed it from this page -- there may still be mistakes but this list is indeed MUCH BETTER :) Please let me know if anything is amiss :) Thanks - kbz
George L (wonder if same as that odd name below _Oscale?)
Hiram Wayne - was
also killed in action whilie serving in the infantry division in Normandy,
France just days before his 21st birthday, having entered the Army in
Harold -- was killed in action in Belgium on
March 15, 1945. He served in Company D, 1st Platoon, 395th Infantry
DIvision, not having been in the service yet a year
UTTERBACK, Robert C.
Leon - KIA Holland, Sept 27, 1944