HONOR ROLL

Residents of Jefferson County, NY
who made the ultimate sacrifice
in World War II

The images of medals in the listing are based on available information. It is probable that there are instances where awards are not represented for some individuals. I will be diligent in my search for information that enables me to add these medals to recipients' listing in the honor roll. Please contact me if you have information that will serve this end.



ALLEN, CLARENCE E JR.


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42113133
385th Infantry Regiment, 76th Infantry Division
Died: February 19, 1945, Germany
Buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg


March 9 - Pfc. Clarence E . Allen Jr ., 19, an infantryman with Gen. Patton's 3rd Army, is missing in action in Germany since Feb. 19, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his father, Clarence M. Allen , 342 Factory St. Pvt. Allen attended South Junior High School and was employed by the Hotel Woodruff before entering the service April 1, 1944. He went overseas last November. His last letter received by his family was written Feb. 18 in which he described living in foxholes with big 88 shells going over his head. His mother died in Watertown in 1941. Two days later, another telegram arrived. The infantryman, born Jan. 7, 1926, to Clarence M. and Reba Lenway Allen , had been killed in action.


 

ARMSTRONG, ALFRED H.

Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Pfc. Alfred H . Armstrong , 35, was killed in action March 24, 1945, in Germany while serving with the 194th Glider Battalion,
17th Airborne Division, with Gen. George S. Patton's Third Army.


 

ARNDT, ROBERT C.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Oct. 5 - Sgt. Robert C . Arndt , 26, U.S. Army, husband of Mrs. Lois R. Derouin Arndt , 829 Cooper St., was seriously wounded in action in France on Sept. 20,
according to a War Department telegram received today by his wife. Sgt. Arndt , a member of the 4th Armored Division, was stationed at Pine Camp
with that division in 1941 and 1942, going to England in December 1943. He married the former Miss Lois R. Derouin of this city on June 7, 1942.
By the time Mrs. Arndt received that notification, her husband had died. She was told later in October that death occurred the day after he was wounded.
Among survivors of the Cleveland, Ohio, native was a 1-year-old daughter, Lois Ann.

 


 

ASHKAR, JOSEPH T.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death SAIPAN
Buried, North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown,  NY

June 6 - Joseph T. Ashkar , 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Costa J. Ashkar, 108 E. Lynde St., has joined the U.S. Marine Corps and leaves Monday for training. He has been employed as a clerk in his parents' grocery store. Corporal Ashkar would be killed July 3, 1944, on Saipan Island. A citation with his posthumous Bronze Star would disclose that on that day, after his platoon was pinned down by enemy fire which had killed or wounded several machine gunners, he "acted on his own initiative to take over an idle machine gun, and manning it single-handedly kept it in operation with daring aggressiveness and skill, thereby preventing the enemy from inflicting further casualties and discouraging any attempt by the Japanese forces to move against the platoon." He would be struck and killed instantly by Japanese machine gun bullets.

 


 

ASHCRAFT, PVT FLOYD G

July 24 - The Purple Heart has been posthumously awarded to Pvt. Floyd G. Ashcraft , who lost his life May 18, 1944. Mrs. Lydia Ashcraft , Glenfield, his mother, has received the medal. The letter accompanying the medal read: "At the request of the president, I write to inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Private Floyd G. Ashcraft , for military merit and for wounds received in action, and who fought valiantly in defense of his country. "Little that we can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one." The letter was signed by Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson. A search of Times' files reveals no story indicating the circumstances of his death.

 


 

BACON, FREDERICK JR.


Brownville, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death PACIFIC


Staff Sgt. Frederick Bacon Jr ., 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Bacon , Fitchburg, Mass., native of Chaumont and former Brownville,
died in a plane crash while serving as a gunner in the South Pacific theater of war. Bacon was sent into the Pacific in May 1944.

 


 

BAKER, CLARENCE


Natural Bridge, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE


Nov. 30 - Pvt. Clarence Baker , 20, with an infantry division, was killed in action in France on Nov. 11, according to a War Department telegram received last night by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sylvenus Baker , Natural Bridge. Pvt. Baker , one of four sons of Mr. and Mrs. Baker in service overseas, left this country in August for duty in France. A brother, Pfc. Clinton Baker , is in the South Pacific; Pvt. Stanley Baker is in England and Cpl. Howard Baker is in Italy.

Born in Natural Bridge , Sept. 30, 1924, a son of Sylvenus and Lillian Sadler Baker , Pvt. Baker attended Lewisburg schools. Inducted into the Army July 7, 1943, he received training in Texas and Colorado before leaving for overseas in August. The last letter from the young soldier was written Nov. 8, three days before he was killed.

BALCH, L. RICHARD


Pierrepont Manor, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PACIFIC

L . Richard Balch , son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Balch , Pierrepont Manor, has been promoted to electrician's mate petty officer, second-class, in the Navy. He has been overseas since April. It would be disclosed in January 1945 that he was aboard the "U.S.S. Seawolf," a submarine lost Oct. 6, 1944, in the South Pacific. He had previously been assigned to a destroyer as a diver. The 1933 graduate of Holland Patent High School would be declared dead in November 1945

BARDEN, ROBERT W.


Watertown, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-821135
496th Fighter Group
Died: August 16, 1944, England
Buried at: Plot E Row 5 Grave 53
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England

Pvt. Robert W. Barden , 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Barden Jr., 630 Washington St., has been transferred from the Air Force basic training center at Atlantic City, N.J., to Niagara University, where he will spend about five months in pre-flight training. The Watertown High School graduate was trained to pilot the P-40 Warhawk fighter plane, and was sent to England at the beginning of August 1944. On Aug. 16, 1944, he was killed in England when his fighter plane suddenly went into a spin while he was attempting to land it and crashed.

BARNEY, IRVING C.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Ervin C. Barney
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42026428
36th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Division
Died: April 16, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot L Row 16 Grave 22
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Pfc. Irving C. Barney , 22, son of Floyd Barney , Front Street, and grandson of Mrs. Charles Cook, 157 Mechanic St., with whom he made his home before entering the service, was killed in action in Germany on April 16, according to a War Department telegram received by Mrs. Cook. On Wednesday Mrs. Cook received a telegram saying that her grandson was missing in action. Pvt. Barney , who was in the invasion of France on D-Day, June 6, was wounded in action in Belgium Aug. 17, and was later awarded the Purple Heart medal, which he sent home to his grandmother. He left for overseas duty in April 1944, and had served in England, France, Belgium and Germany. He was inducted into the Army Nov. 26, 1943. Pvt. Barney was born Nov. 28, 1922, in Gouverneur, a son of Floyd Barney and the late Catherine Cook Barney , who died Oct. 8, 1943. He attended the schools in Gouverneur and resided there until his family moved to Theresa. After his mother's death in 1943, he came to Watertown to live with his grandmother. Surviving the soldier besides his father and grandmother are a brother and two sisters.

BARR, GORDON RALPH


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death ASIA
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
0-756150
373rd Bomber Squadron, 308th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: April 27, 1946
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Second Lt. Gordon Ralph Barr , 26, co-pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber, has been listed as missing in action over the Asiatic area on a bombing mission, according to a War Department telegram received Saturday night by his wife, Doris N. Washer Barr , 1216 Bronson St. The telegram stated that he has been missing since June 18. Lt. Barr has been stationed in China since May 1 with the Liberator bomber group and had been on several missions before being forced down. Lt. Barr , a son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Barr , 137 N. Pleasant St., had been serving on the Asiatic war front since May 26. The Watertown flier enlisted in the Army Air forces on June 8, 1942. On April 14, 1941, he married Doris N. Washer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver P. Washer, 1216 Bronson St. The 1937 graduate of Watertown High School was declared dead in March 1946.

BARRY, LEON F.


Felts Mills, NY
Private, U.S. Army
32736937
394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Died: March 12, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot D Row 12 Grave 24
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Pvt. Leon F . Barry , 35, son of Mrs. Mabel Barry , Felts Mills, died March 12 in Germany of wounds received March 11, according to a War Department telegram received by his brother, Sylvester M. Barry , Felts Mills. Mr. Barry received a telegram March 25 stating that his brother had been wounded. Pvt. Barry went overseas in January 1945. He was home on a furlough just before going overseas. Pvt. Barry was born at Cranberry Lake July 1, 1909, a son of Mabel Barry and the late Eli Barry , who died at Oswegatchie in December 1935. He attended the schools of Cranberry Lake and Russell. He moved to Felts Mills with his mother about five years ago.

BARTER, GILBERT F.


2nd Lieutenant, U S Army
Watertown, NY
Place of Death FRANCE

Gilbert F . Barter , son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F . Barter , 132 N. Orchard St., has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the field artillery and has received orders to report to Fort Bragg, N.C., on May 23. The 1940 graduate of Watertown High School would be killed in action Nov. 23, 1944, in France, while serving with the 106th Mechanized Cavalry of the Seventh U.S. Army.

BARTH, KENNETH G.


Rosiere, NY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
12017336
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Died: March 25, 1943, Tunisia
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

April 8 - Sgt. Kenneth G . Barth , 21, U.S. Army, who two months ago wrote his mother that if anything happened to him always remember that he gave his life to make a safer world, has been listed as missing in action in North Africa, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Leo Barth , Macomb Settlement, Rosiere. Sgt. Barth , one of 10 children, had been in the thick of the fighting since initial Allied landings were made in North Africa in November. The last letter from him was delivered to his parents less than four weeks ago. In that letter he told his mother "not to worry" and intimated by his writings that he was under constant battle. Sgt. Barth served with the infantry. The soldier cautioned his mother, "if anything happens to me, do not worry because I would be giving my life to my country to make it a safer world for my loved ones to live in." He attended school at Three Mile Bay and was graduated from the Union School there in June 1937. A victim of the Battle of El Guettar, Tunisia, he was listed as dead a year later.

BARU, CHARLES T.


Carthage, NY
Place of Death

BASCA, MICHAEL J.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Cpl. Michael J . Basca , 27, Phoenixville, Pa., was killed in action in France on Nov. 11 while fighting with the 4th Armored Division, his wife, Mrs. Frances Snyder Basca , of Vassar Apartments, 271 State St., has been notified. On July 12, 1942, he married Miss Frances Eleanor Snyder, daughter of Mrs. George J . Zado of this city. Cpl. Basca entered the service on Dec. 10, 1941, and trained at Pine Camp before going overseas in December 1943. He was last heard from on Nov. 15, when a letter dated Oct. 15 was received by his wife. He was killed near Obrecht, France, shortly after the 4th Armored Division began its march across France with the 3rd Army.


BERRY, WILLIAM O.


Adams, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
0-890345
57th Infantry Regiment, Philippine Scouts
Entered the Service from: Philippines
Died: September 9, 1942, Japan
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Corporal William O. Berry , son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Berry , Adams, who was wounded Jan. 15 and removed from the ranks, returned to active service March 11, according to information received Monday from the War Department. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese following the fall of Corregidor in May 1942 and died June 11, 1943, in captivity.

BIGNESS, VERNON L.


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
12081523
203rd Anti-Aircraft Arty (Automatic Weapons) Battalion
Died: December 23, 1944, Belgium
Buried at: Plot E Row 4 Grave 31
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Pvt. Vernon L . Bigness , son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bigness , 410 Flower Ave., E., who is now stationed at Camp Edwards, Mass., has been promoted to corporal. His wife, Kathryn, would be notified Jan. 17, 1945, that he had been missing in action in Belgium since Dec. 23, 1944. With the Seventh Army, he was in Germany and was dispatched into Belgium at the height of a German counter-attack. He was among five men lost while trying to hold a road block at LaRoche, his company chaplain told a priest at Holy Family Church. He served earlier in France, Luxembourg and Holland.


BILAT, DAVID G.


Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
Captain, U.S. Army
O-022234
5th Field Artillery Battalion, 1st Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: November 30, 1942, Germany
Buried at: Plot F Row 4 Grave 9
North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

March 9 - Capt. David G . Bilat , who was stationed at Madison Barracks from 1939 to 1941, died in a German prison camp on Jan. 30 from wounds suffered two months earlier in action on the North African front, according to word received by his widow, the former Victoria Whitney Myers, now living at Chappauqua. At the same time, it was announced that Col. Warren C. Stout and Capt. Martin J. Lawler, both formerly of Madison Barracks, had been captured by the Axis forces. The three officers were taken prisoners while on a reconnaissance mission with five other officers during the first American advance in North Africa. All had taken part in initial Allied landing in Africa during early November. Following their capture, Capt. Bilat was moved to a German prison hospital while Col. Stout and Capt. Lawler were placed in an Italian prison camp.


BORDEN, CHARLES S.


Point Salubrious, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-764966
488th Bomber Squadron, 340th Bomber Group, Medium
Entered the Service from: District of Columbia
Died: August 15, 1944, France
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters

Lt. Charles S . Borden , U. S . Army Air Corps, son of Col. and Mrs. Daniel L. Borden of Washington, D.C., and Point Salubrious, has been missing in action over France since the Allied invasion of southern France on Aug. 15, according to word received by his parents from the Red Cross. Col. and Mrs. Borden still have hopes that he may be a Nazi prisoner, as has been the case with other Americans reported missing. Lt. Borden was operating a bomber in Col. Peter Remington' s outfit out of a base in Corsica when the invasion of southern France was begun. He had been overseas about six weeks. He flew to Point Salubrious from South Carolina in mid-June to be the guest of his parents for a day before leaving June 21 prior to going overseas. His whereabouts still unknown, information provided in October 1944 dimmed hopes about his survival. "On 15 August 1944, Lt. Borden flew as co-pilot in an attack upon a very heavily defended target in France," said a dispatch from the War Department. "His aircraft was severely damaged while over the target, but was able to keep in formation. Soon after reaching the sea it caught fire and three parachutes were seen to open. One of the three men returned for duty, but he knows absolutely nothing about the remainder of the crew." The veteran of 24 combat missions was awarded the Air Medal that same month. Three months later, he was declared dead.


BOUTILLIER, DONALD G.



Watertown, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O-494650
13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
Died: September 9, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot H Row 12 Grave 17
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France


Marker in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY


Second Lt. Donald G. Boutillier , 25, platoon commander in an infantry unit, was killed in action on Sept. 9 in France, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond T. Boutillier , 145 Francis St. Lt. Boutillier had been serving as a platoon commander in France since being sent to that country on July 12. The last letter received by his parents from him was on Aug. 12. In the letter, he did not reveal much of his exploits, but described the French towns and people. The Watertown officer attended ROTC officers' school at Fort Benning, Ga. He was commissioned an officer in the reserve on Sept. 1, 1942. Lt. Boutillier was born in Watertown on Nov. 7, 1918, the son of Raymond T. and Helen Tapley Boutillier . He attended local schools and graduated from Watertown High School in January 1937. In the fall of 1937 he entered Syracuse University. He graduated with honors.


BOVEE, CHARLES FREDERICK


Carthage, NY
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy
02386984
United States Navy
Died: October 25, 1944, Pacific Ocean
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Charles Frederick Bovee , 23, aviation machinist mate second class, was killed in action while serving in the Pacific theater of the war, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Charles Bovee , 714 West End Ave., Carthage, formerly of Dexter, on Sunday evening from the Navy Department. The telegram did not state the way he was killed. Charles Frederick Bovee had been in the United States Navy since Oct. 22, 1940, when he enlisted. He was transferred to the aviation unit of the U.S.S. North Carolina in May 1941. He was active in convoy duty in the North Atlantic. He was later transferred, and was again assigned to sea duty in November 1943. Another telegram in December 1944 informed Mr. and Mrs. Bovee , "Your son lost his life on 25 October, 1944, when the ship he was aboard was attacked by enemy bombers. ... As the vessel was operating under war conditions, the remains of your son were buried at sea."


BOYD, DONALD R.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY (DIED IN UTICA)

Sgt. Donald R . Boyd , 25, son of Mrs. Mary LaFountain Boyd , 325 W. Main St., and the late Frank C. Boyd , died Saturday night in the Rhoads General Hospital, Utica, where he had been a patient since June 21. The soldier was stricken ill while stationed at the Italian fighting front. He was a veteran of the battles of Cassino, Anzio beachhead and Cisterna. When he became seriously ill, Sgt. Boyd was removed from the battle front and sent to Naples for treatment and then to North Africa where on March 26 he underwent a major operation for an intestinal ailment. After an extended stay in a hospital in North Africa, he was sent back to the United States, arriving at the Woodrow Wilson Memorial Hospital in Virginia. Sgt. Boyd was inducted into the Army on Dec. 23, 1942. In October 1943 he was sent overseas, landing in North Africa, and from there he went to Italy. On April 2, 1942, he married Miss Florence McCumber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald McCumber, Dexter.


BRABANT, JOHN H.


Clayton, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Cpl. John H . Brabant , 20, an infantryman serving with the 1st Army, was killed in action April 18 in Germany, according to a War Department telegram received Sunday by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H . Brabant , 725 State St., Clayton. The last letter received from him was written April 13, when he stated he was well and hoped to see his parents soon. Cpl. Brabant was born in Clayton Sept. 28, 1924, the only son of John and Mabel Lalonde Brabant . He graduated from the Clayton Central School at the age of 16 with the class of 1941. Entering service March 16, 1943, he arrived in Germany Feb. 18. Sgt. Richard L. Solar and Sgt. Joseph C. Lalonde left Clayton with him and were in the same division for two years until they were separated in Belgium. Sgt. Solar was wounded on the same day Cpl. Brabant was killed. Cpl. Brabant met his cousin, Lawrence Bazinet, on April 2 in Germany. He wrote that he had just come out of a foxhole at the front when he saw his cousin's company going by and recognized him. They talked for a few minutes. He is survived by his parents and a sister, Sally Anne, 8. In December 1948, his body was returned to Clayton for burial. In the same month, his graduation class presented a plaque to the school in his memory.


BRANCHE, ROBERT M.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Sgt. Robert M . Branche , son of Mr. and Mrs. George M . Branche , Watertown, R.D. 1, has arrived somewhere in the British Isles, according to word received by his parents. The sergeant, who had joined the army in February 1942, was killed in action Feb. 3, 1945, in Germany. Among his survivors was his wife of nearly four years, the former Helena M . Knell of Watertown, and a year-old daughter, Roberta.


BRIDGES, ARLIE R. JR.


Carthage, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

Staff Sgt. Arlie R. Bridges Jr., 29, a rear gunner with the U.S. Army Air Force, has been listed by the War Department as missing in action over Hamburg, Germany, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Bridges , 114 Water St., Carthage. The youth had been serving overseas since June and had participated actively in Allied raids over enemy territory. His parents had received word from him regularly, the last message, postmarked in England July 11, reaching them July 20. Word was received early in November 1943 that he had been killed in that Hamburg mission July 25, 1943. A Purple Heart was posthumously presented.


BROWN, FREDERICK F.


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

Lt. Frederick F . Brown , 21, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. George F . Brown , Utica, are former residents of Watertown, was killed in action on April 5 while on a flight over Germany in a B-24 Liberator bomber of which he was pilot, his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Lyman L. Goodrich, 408 Clay St., have been informed. The Browns have a summer home at Point Salubrious. Lt. Brown had been reported missing in action on April 5, and another War Department message disclosed that he was killed on that date. Surviving are his parents, two brothers and a sister.


BROWN, GEORGE H.


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death EUROPE
Buried North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

Sgt. George H . Brown , 19, aerial gunner in the United States Air Corps, has been listed by the War Department as missing since May 26 "between the American and European areas," according to a telegram received by his father, Roy W. Brown , 468 Court St. No details regarding the incident were contained in the telegram. Sgt. Brown was last home on furlough in May, leaving this city on May 16 to report to Springfield, Mass. From there he was scheduled to board a plane to take him overseas to the European war theater. It is presumed from the wording of the War Department telegram that the soldier's plane failed to reach its destination. Mr. Brown has also received a letter from the War Department which stated that no trace of Sgt. Brown has yet been found. The letter did not reveal what happened to the soldier's airplane. The missing soldier enlisted in the air corps in May 1943. He was later declared dead, with no details provided.

BROWN, THEODORE H.


Watertown, NY
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
06007269
United States Naval Reserve
Died: October 30, 1944, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Theodore H. Brown , 20, seaman first class in the U.S. Navy, has been listed as missing since Oct. 30 in the south Pacific, according to word received by his parents, Attorney and Mrs. Henry M. Brown , Utica, former Watertown residents. The sailor, on board an aircraft carrier, is reported to have been among 11 crew members who were blown off the ship by the concussion of a Japanese bomb dropped on the deck of the carrier. Attorney Brown is a former assistant district attorney in Jefferson County. Theodore H. Brown was later listed as killed in action.


BRUCKERT, WILLIAM A.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death ITALY

Pvt. William A . Bruckert , 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. William A . Bruckert , 510 Olive St., was in the first wave of U.S. troops to invade Sicily, a letter just received from the young paratrooper by his parents indicates. In his letter from Sicily, Bruckert wrote that he had one more jump to his credit, made on July 9. Army parachutists dropped down on the island on the night of July 9 to prepare the way for the Allied landings on the following morning of July 10. Excerpts from Bruckert 's letter follow: "I like it here a lot better than in Africa. We can go swimming most every day. ... "The Sicilians said that they have been waiting three years for us. They are very friendly. ... At first, we did not know whether the civilians were friendly or not. "We could hear the soldiers talking, but we couldn't understand them and it didn't take long for us to take cover. ... "Our boys are gaining about 10 to 20 miles a day. The Italians on this island don't seem to want to fight, and most of the time, they are seen walking down the street with a white face." In another letter, dated Oct. 26, 1943, he reported he had narrowly escaped death from an exploding 88mm shell fired by the Germans on the Italian front. The shell, he said, struck a tree, spraying dirt over him and a companion. Then came word late in November 1943 that he had been seriously wounded. The member of the 82nd Airborne Division suffered his wound Nov. 7 in combat near Naples, Italy, and died the following day.


BUCK, RICHARD M. JR.


Watertown, NY
Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
0-113047
United States Naval Reserve
Died: March 26, 1945, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Gold Stars

Ensign Richard M . Buck Jr ., U.S.N.R. Air Corps, formerly of this city, has been promoted to lieutenant junior grade. He is stationed on an aircraft carrier. Lt. Buck , a son of Mrs. Richard M . Buck and the late Mr. Buck and grandson of Mrs. Robert J. Buck and the late Mr. Buck , was graduated from Watertown High School in June 1937. In April 1943, he began an 11-month tour in the Pacific, where, as a dive bomber with "Air Group Nine," he participated in assaults upon Marcus, Wake, Rabaul, Truk and Saipan, and the occupation of the Gilbert and Marshall islands. His next Pacific tour, beginning in December 1944, was at the command of a night-fighter squadron of Hellcats on an aircraft carrier. That tour ended in tragedy. According to an account in May 1945, Lt. Buck was returning to his carrier April 12, 1945, from a bombing trip over a Japanese airfield at Okinawa, and his plane's engine had been damaged during the mission."Upon approaching the carrier, the Watertown officer observed his engine smoking and immediately landed on the deck of the carrier. The landing was termed a "perfect landing.' Another plane came up behind Lt. Buck 's plane. Then a third plane came in for a landing, but it started up the deck without catching a cable used to slow planes up in landing. "The plane went hurling down the deck, out of control. Lt. Buck 's plane was knocked off the port side of the ship, the other taxiing plane went off the starboard side and the officer causing the accident went over the bow in his wrecked plane. "Lt. Buck 's plane landed on its back with Lt. Buck in the cockpit. His plane sank almost immediately. The pilot of the second plane was saved. ... The plane causing the accident and the pilot were never found." An Air Medal had been awarded to him for his first Pacific tour, because he "boldly fought his plane through intense and withering enemy anti-aircraft fire to carry out repeated, swift and aggressive strikes against vital hostile bases, inflicting extensive damage on shore installations, grounded planes and small craft in the vicinity." Then, posthumously, came the Gold Star for "action against enemy Japanese forces in the vicinity of Kyushu, Japan and Nansei Shoto from March 16 to 26, 1945. Alert and aggressive, Lt. Buck boldly penetrated deep in enemy territory to lead five daring raids against strategic Japanese positions and, striking furiously at his assigned targets, contributed essentially to the success of his squadron in these dangerous missions. Pressing home an aggressive attack in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire, he strafed a Takuno Shima airfield on March 24 and destroyed a hostile fighter plane partially concealed in a revetment."

BURNS, DANIEL L.


Alexandria Bay, NY
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
02387003
United States Navy
Died: August 10, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Seaman Second-Class Daniel L . Burns , 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland S. Burns , Bailey Settlement Road, Alexandria Bay, is missing in action on the Atlantic, according to information his parents received today from the Navy Department. Circumstances surrounding his disappearance were not disclosed in the telegram the Navy sent his parents, nor was there any indication of the time. It was known, however, that he had been serving for some time aboard a cruiser engaged in escort duty. The family would later be informed he was aboard the U.S.S. Quincy when it was sunk Aug. 9, 1942, in the Pacific. The Purple Heart would be posthumously awarded.

BURNS, THOMAS F.


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death AUSTRALIA

Pvt. Thomas F. Burns , United States Marine Corps, son of Thomas F. Burns , 335 S. Massey St., is on duty with the Marines on Guadalcanal Island, in the midst of the strategic Pacific battle between the American and Japanese fleets. According to a letter his father received from him about a week ago, Private Burns arrived on Guadalcanal Island recently from Tulagi Island. The letter, in part, reads as follows: "There is not much I can say except that I have been in action, under fire, and came through in great shape, not even a nose bleed. ... The news broadcast seemed to play it up a great deal. But believe me, dad, it was not as bad as they tried to make you think." On Jan. 5, 1943, his father would be notified that he had been killed. He died Dec. 19, 1942, after falling out of a truck in Australia, where he was in rest with other members of his company after their combat on Guadalcanal.


BURTCH, GREGORY


Alexandria Bay, NY
Place of Death BORNEO

June 26 - Gregory Burtch , son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Burtch, Alexandria Bay, has been called to serve in the amphibian branch of the Army and will report for duty at Camp Edwards, Mass., on June 28. He would be sent in January 1944 to the Pacific Theater. On May 5, 1945, Lt. Burtch, a member of an engineers boat and shore regiment, would be aboard a vehicle that would strike a land mine on the island of Borneo. All officers in the vehicle would be killed.


BUTLER, RICHARD JAMES


Carthage, NY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
13044499
68th Bomber Squadron, 44th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Died: July 11, 1944, France
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

Pvt. Richard James Butler , 19, youngest son of Attorney and Mrs. James J. Butler, 923 State St., Carthage, was killed in action with infantry troops on the French battlefield Jan. 24, according to a War Department telegram received by his parents this morning. The young soldier had been in the Army less than 14 months, having enlisted on Dec. 3, 1943. Pvt. Butler, who was in his third year at Hamilton College when he joined the armed service, had been overseas since late November. He went directly from the United States to France. The last letter from Pvt. Butler was received by his parents in late December. It was written on Dec. 23. The letter did not divulge any of the soldier's activities nor did it give any indication as to his whereabouts in France. Pvt. Butler was a member of the 63rd Division. Pvt. Butler was born in Carthage March 5, 1925. He was graduated from Carthage High School. A Silver Star was presented for the events that led to his death. The citation said: "Pvt. Butler was subjected to intense artillery, mortar and small arms fire. Under these hazardous conditions, he moved from foxholes to trenches administering first aid. With utter disregard for his personal safety, it was necessary for him to expose himself to enemy fire for extended periods. He moved forward to a position under enemy observation to give aid to a wounded soldier. When nearly in reach of the wounded man, Pvt. Butler was hit by enemy sniper fire and killed."


CAHILL, JAMES A.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

PFC James A. Cahill , an infantryman, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Cahill , 120 Scio St., Watertown, was wounded in action in France July 31, 1944, and died two days later.


CALDWELL, ARTHUR


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

March 22, 1945 - Pvt. Arthur Caldwell , 26, father of three young children, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Caldwell , 851 West End Ave., Carthage, has been reported missing in action since March 6 in Germany, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his family. Overseas since Christmas time, Pvt. Caldwell went directly to France and later into Germany, where he had been serving with an infantry division. A V-mail letter to his family, dated Feb. 21, was the last word that had been received. He wrote that letters from home had just begun to come through. Pvt. Caldwell was graduated at 17 from West Carthage High School. Entering service on May 16, 1944, he was home on furlough at Thanksgiving time. Pvt. Caldwell married the former Miss Elizabeth Tebo of Carthage six years ago. They have three children, Sharon, 4, Sandra, who will be 5 in June, and Arthur Wayne Caldwell Jr., 2. Notification was received early in April 1945 that Pvt. Caldwell had been killed in action.


CAMIDGE, DOUGLAS F.


Carthage, NY
Place of Death ITALY
Private, U.S. Army
32847471
135th Infantry Regiment, 34th Infantry Division
Died: February 1, 1944, Italy
Buried at: Plot B Row 4 Grave 32
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

Pvt. Douglas F. Camidge , 19, with an overseas infantry division, was killed in action in Italy Feb. 1, according to a message received last night by his mother, Mrs. Maude Camidge, 421 Canal St., Carthage. Pvt. Camidge, familiarly known in Carthage as "Zeke," had been overseas three months and was stationed for a time in Africa. The only letter his family had received from him since he left the country was dated Dec. 17, and told of his safe arrival in North Africa. He wrote that he had been busy moving about and was then training to get into condition. Born in Carthage, Oct. 14, 1924, Private Camidge was the son of Mr and Mrs. Frank R. Camidge. He attended Carthage schools and prior to his induction March 16, 1943, was employed as a clerk in the American store in Carthage. He received training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and Fort George G. Mead, Md., and was sent overseas Oct. 25, 1943. Survivors are his parents and nine brothers and sisters.


CARLIN, WILLIAM F.


Watertown, NY
Chief Electrician's Mate, U.S. Navy
02381103
United States Navy
USS Asheville
Died: November 25, 1945, Java Sea
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

William F. Carlin , 40, chief electrician's mate aboard a gunboat with the Asiatic fleet, is listed by the Navy Department as missing after his ship was destroyed by enemy action, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael D. Carlin, 634 Mundy St., Watertown. The 22-year Navy veteran was aboard the U.S.S. Asheville, which sank south of Java.


CARNEGIE, CORBETT L.


Grindstone Island, NY
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12214591
869th Bomber Squadron, 497th Bomber Group, Very Heavy
Died: January 10, 1946, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Staff Sgt. Corbett L. Carnegie , a bombardier on a B-29 in the Pacific area, has been reported missing in action since Jan. 9, according to a telegram from the War Department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James C . Carnegie, Grindstone Island. Sgt. Carnegie attended Clayton Central School, and entered the service two years ago. He was last home a year ago and has been overseas about four months. His father is a veteran of the first world war. A year later, he was listed as "presumed dead."


CARPENTER, JOHN D. JR.


Antwerp, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death FRANCE

John D. Carpenter Jr ., Antwerp, left Wednesday for the Air Force classification center at Nashville, Tenn., where he is to report as an aviation cadet. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John D. Carpenter, Antwerp. The Antwerp High School graduate was sent to England in January 1944, assigned to pilot a P-51 Mustang fighter plane for the Ninth Army Air Force. He flew 20 missions over Nazi-occupied Europe, doing dive-bombing and strafing of airfields, railroad centers and factories and earning an Air Medal. His final mission was June 26, 1944, when he was killed in a flight over France.

CARR, GEORGE F.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

Anzio Beachhead, Italy," Pfc. George F. Carr datelined his initial submission, which went to print May 4, 1944. It was the first correspondence in a series that would be terminated by the cruelty of war. "Anzio Incidents," he titled it, setting the date as April 17, 1944. "Almost treeless, with practically no uneven terrain to give our troops protection, the beachhead is not the perfect battleground, by any means. Another disadvantage lies in the fact that while the Allied troops hold the coastline for several miles along the Tyhrennian, and inland quite a distance, they do not hold the mountains which rise so sharply at the end of the barren plain. These Alban Hills give the Germans almost complete observation of our entire holdings and allow them to shell our areas at their pleasure. Beyond these hills and to the left lies Rome." He occupied 18 column inches of a Times page with his premier description. "I am a platoon runner in one of the veteran divisions of the war," said the 1943 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy, son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin J. Carr, 515 Frontenac St. "I write from a small but quite cozy dugout somewhere on the beachhead. From the sandbagged entrance, the enemy-held mountains are visible, surrounded by a white haze. It's early evening. The men of Anzio work at night." He closed, "There are many interesting stories of Anzio, some grim, some humorous, some tragic, many heroic," and promised to relate some in later contributions. A week later, he was given a 19-inch "spread" in The Times, although this was taken from a letter he had written home about his chance meeting with a wounded soldier from Elmira, and about the Army nurse, Mary Cullen of Watertown, who had treated the Elmira man in North Africa. "At times the Germans send shells flying at us during mealtime, which is not good, because American boys like to enjoy their chow," he wrote to set the tone. "Shells give them indigestion." He described the chatter at chow, and then wrote about an acquaintance. "Don Coleman is a young fellow who has been overseas about a year now. He went into combat, crossed the "bloody' Voltuno last October, and was unhurt. A week or so later, Don was wounded. Shrapnel punctured his face, tore across the roof of his mouth, and knocked out most of his teeth. "He was operated on and sent back to North Africa to a hospital. ... "When I told him I was from Watertown, he was interested. ""Hmm, I know a girl from Watertown. She was one of my nurses in the hospital in Africa. Nice girl, too, good nurse,' he said. "He brought a tiny worn address book from his pocket, pointed to some writing in it, handed it to me, and I saw: Miss Mary Cullen, 416 Holcomb St., Watertown, N.Y. "Don went on, as we sat in the little dugout in Anzio, "She missed Watertown and told me to give her regards to any Watertown boys I met over here. So far, you're the first.' "I never happened to know Mary, but I thank her for the regards. Nurses in this war are patient, brave and helpful persons, who manage wonderfully to bring a bit of home to many a wounded man." George Carr was subsequently awarded three bylines by The Times. His first appeared May 23, 1944, the same day, it turned out, that he became missing in action. In the 20 inches allotted him for that day's edition, he recalled the sights that greeted him at Anzio - piles of rubble, villagers wearing uniform remnants begging for cigarettes and scraps of food, battle-worn "tense and vigilant" American soldiers "who wanted to go home." "That evening we piled into trucks, destined for the front. It was dark in the lorry and cigarettes were lit. No one said much. there were breathing sounds and the red lights of the cigarettes, that's all. For the "old' fellows this ride was old stuff, for some of us it was strange and awfully grim. "I prayed. I could almost sense that the lips of the fellow next to me were moving too. The cigarettes went out. "As the trucks passed the entrance to the bivouac, I glanced out the back and saw what had once been a giant beautiful tree, just like some back home, but now splintered in half by an enemy shell. I withdrew my eyes and said a tiny prayer of thanks that America had known no Anzio." The soldier's disappearance was still not known when his name appeared again June 14, 1944, at the top of another description of his surroundings. "It is easy to get lost at the Anzio front," he said midway through the story. "After darkness fell, the third night we were on the lines, I was told to guide a detail of men to secure rations, to a point about 2,000 yards away. ... We put the boxes on our shoulders ... and I told the detail to proceed back to the platoon; I would follow after taking the mail to the company CP. "After taking the mail and securing a candle for the lieutenant's foxhole, I began to wend my uncertain way back. It wasn't long before I discovered that I had wandered off the right path onto an unfamiliar road, where I had never been before. "The box of rations got heavier; the rifle on my other shoulder kept slipping off. Where was I? Nothing could be distinguished in the darkness. I began to feel fear; I was in between the German and American lines, but where were our lines? "... (I) sat down to get a grip on myself and figure out the situation. To my left and right I could see the flashes of the guns. Whose guns? I determined to follow the road. ... After about an hour a flare shot up. ... I froze. In the light I saw a soldier about a hundred yards away. ... American. He gave me sketchy directions on how to reach my platoon. "... In the joy of being back "home,' I completely forgot about the creek which separated me from the TD. Getting a firm grip on the box and the rifle, I began running. Swish-whoosh, over the steep bank and into the oozy creek, soldier, meat, beans and rifle." Three days later, June 17, 1944, the sad news broke. "Pfc. George F. Carr , 19, who had been at the Anzio beach battlefront in Italy since late March, serving with the infantry, has been listed as missing in action since May 23, about the time that the 5th Allied Army began the big drive on Rome." On July 20, 1944, Mr. and Mrs. Carr received notification from the War Department that their only child had been killed. His byline, with a rewrite from The Stars and Stripes, appeared once more in The Times, Sept. 7, 1944. The account was similar to his prior writings, but revealed the instructions he had received upon arriving at the front. "You'll go out there and kill Germans," a captain said with "genuine sincerity." "Pretty soon you'll shoot 'em just to see 'em fall. It's like a game." Pvt. Carr's final chapter was authored by his lieutenant. "Our company moved into position at approximately 4 a.m., and dug in preparing to stay there until morning," a letter to the parents said. "The Germans laid down quite a barrage of mortar and artillery fire. My platoon got through this but not without sustaining a few casualties. "I had lost one sergeant, a squad leader and his assistant. Those leaders had to be replaced immediately and I put an experienced sergeant in charge of the squad and George Carr as assistant squad leader. He had shown he could get along with the men and had proved to me that he could always be depended upon to do his job. "... At 6:30 a.m. we moved out in the attack. There are no words to describe the intensity of our fire and of the German fire. "Our first objective was a group of farm buildings about 500 yards to our front. My platoon reached this point and took the position. Our orders were to push on and keep the Germans from stopping and getting set for us. ... At this point we found that of the original 40, only 20 of us were left. "As we moved forward we received heavy machine gun fire from both our flanks. These guns had to be silenced. ... We split the platoon into three groups. ... George was left in charge of the third group to hold the ground we had already gained. "After these guns were silenced we moved out again toward our second objective, and as we did so George was hit by shrapnel from a mortar shell. ... I left the sergeant in charge and took the medics that travel with the platoon to see if we could do anything for the boys that were hurt. "We went to George but he was already dead. I believe he had been killed instantly. He had sort of a half smile on his face for a job well done."


CASSELMAN, JOHN C.


Clayton, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O1309216
517th Parachute Infantry Regiment
Died: January 3, 1945, Belgium
Buried at: Plot F Row 4 Grave 63
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster


Jan. 30 - Two Jefferson County youths have been commissioned second lieutenants in the Army following their graduation from the officer candidate course at the infantry school at Fort Benning, Ga. They are John C . Casselman , son of Mr. and Mrs. William J. Casselman, 539 Alexander St., Clayton, and Robert Douglas Dye, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Dye, Evans Mills. John Casselman went to North Africa in October 1943, and participated in combat there and in Sicily, Italy and southern France. While in Sicily, he volunteered to be a paratrooper. The graduate of St. Mary's High School, Clayton, wrote home in December 1944 that he had been recommended for the Bronze Star "because I pulled off a trick on the (Germans) which was successful." On Jan. 3, 1945, he was killed in action in Belgium. A War Department letter told his parents the following: "First Lt. Casselman received orders to move his platoon from Leven, France, to the east to contact the enemy and to maintain that contact. The platoon occupied the village of Luceram, France, and had established an outpost on the high ground surrounding the area when a German patrol of 12 men tried to re-enter the town. So skillfully did he deploy his men that six of the enemy were killed and six taken prisoner. "On the following day, Lt. Casselman received orders to move his platoon to Piera Cava. Shortly after occupying Piera Cava, a German patrol of 50 well-armed men was taken by surprise. In this action, six of the enemy were killed, four wounded and three surrendered. Lt. Casselman directed mortar fire upon the remainder of the patrol, causing 15 additional casualties." Robert Dye was with the 187th U.S. Paraglider Infantry and served at New Guinea and in the battles of Leyte and Manila. In the Manila encounter, a bomb exploded in front of him and a piece of shrapnel struck him, causing only a scratch. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. First Lt. John C . Casselman , 25, a U.S. Army paratroop officer, was killed in action Jan. 3 in Belgium, according to a War Department telegram received by his parents, Postmaster and Mrs. William J. Casselman, Clayton. He was a member of the New York National Guard when it became federalized in October 1940, and left his home at that time. He went to North Africa in October 1943, and participated in the fighting in North Africa, Sicily and Italy and the invasion of southern France last Aug. 15. Lt. Casselman volunteered to become a paratrooper while stationed in Sicily, and since he entered southern France last August had been in constant combat. He was wounded slightly in September, but continued with his unit and his parents did not know of his being wounded until December. He had been recommended for a Bronze Star, but the citation had not been received at the time of his death. The only information his parents have concerning the action that won him the recommendation is his letter which read, "I have been recommended for the Bronze Star because I pulled off a trick on the Krauts which was successful." The officer was born in Clayton, June 3, 1919, and graduated from St. Mary's High School, Clayton. His Bronze Star was posthumously awarded. A War Department letter late in November 1945 told of his final combat: "First Lt. Casselman received orders to move his platoon from Leven, France, to the east to contact the enemy and to maintain that contact. The platoon occupied the village of Luceram, France, and had established an outpost on the high ground surrounding the area when a German patrol of 12 men tried to re-enter the town. So skillfully did he deploy his men that six of the enemy were killed and six taken prisoner. "On the following day, Lt. Casselman received orders to move his platoon to Piera Cava. Shortly after occupying Piera Cava, a German patrol of 50 well-armed men was taken by surprise. In this action, six of the enemy were killed, four wounded and three surrendered. Lt. Casselman directed mortar fire upon the remainder of the patrol, causing 15 additional casualties." His brother-in-law, John A. Neuffer, was stationed in Italy and suffered face wounds in September 1944. Returning home blinded in one eye, he and his wife, the former Sarah Casselman of Clayton, settled in his home state, South Carolina. He was killed in December 1958 in an auto accident in that state.

CATALINA, FRANK


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

A proud boast of Pvt. Frank Catalina , Watertown, serving with a field artillery unit on the Allied 5th Army's Anzio beachhead, is that the shower bath he operates for fellow artillerymen is "closer to the front lines than any other." "Hot and cold running water, too," he said, "although sometimes you have a little wait until the water gets hot." Water for the bath is pumped from a stream. A pump, boiler and pipe were salvaged on the beachhead. The bath is underground, safe from German shells. A sign at the entrance reads "Stop. Are you going to take a shower just to refresh yourself, or do you really need it? Remember, there are lots of men who really need it." The son of Joseph and Gertrude Vitelli Catalina, 629 Bronson St., had this to say in his Christmas letter of 1944: "Here it is two days after Christmas and I can say that it came and went the same as any other day. For us fighting over here and elsewhere, our thoughts were with our loved ones back home. "We still have a hard fight ahead of us and I can't see why everyone is cheering before it is over. Let's get it over with here first. Like I have always heard "work comes before play,' and I firmly believe that."' On April 19, 1945, his wife, Jennie Williams Catalina, 220 Central St., received notification that on March 28, he was killed in Germany. At the time of his death, he was with a tank destroyer reconnaissance battalion in the 7th Army, and had fought at Saarbruecken and Strassbourg before crossing the Rhine River. He entered the war in August 1943, when he was sent to North Africa. In Italy, he fought at Anzio and Cassino with the 5th Army. A brother, Daniel A. Catalina, served in the Pacific with the Navy.


CATANIA, CARMEN J.


Watertown, NY
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
00903110
United States Marine Corps
Died: May 10, 1945, Okinawa
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Cpl. Carmen J. Catania , 26, of the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action May 10 at Okinawa, the Ryukyu Islands, now the scene of one of the bitterest battles of the Pacific war, his wife, Marvel R. Barcomb Kealy Catania , 936 Arsenal St., was officially informed Thursday afternoon. A War Department telegram notified Mrs. Catania that her husband lost his life in the performance of his duty. The Marine, member of the 22nd Regiment, 6th Marine Division, was among the first wave of Marines to invade Okinawa on Easter Sunday, April 1, when the stubborn battle started. Surviving Cpl. Catania , besides his wife, are his father, Manuel Catania , 936 Arsenal St., a 21-month-old daughter, Sharon Mary, and three sisters. He was born in Watertown April 7, 1919, a son of Manuel and the late Mary Rose Catania . He received his education at Boon Street, South Junior High and Watertown High schools. The corporal entered the U.S. Marine Corps Oct. 12, 1943, and was sent overseas Jan. 24, 1944. For a time he served in the Hawaiian Islands and then last July he took part in the invasion and battle of Guam, conquest of which was completed by the Americans Aug. 10. Subsequently he was stationed at Guadalcanal, where he apparently had been resting prior to the Okinawa invasion. The last letter from him, written May 7, was received by his wife Tuesday. Cpl. Catania married Marvel Rose Barcomb Healy, widow of Thomas Healy, on Aug. 24, 1940.


CAWLEY, HERBERT P.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Pvt. Herbert P. Cawley , 20, serving with the U.S. infantry in France, was killed in action June 21, according to word received by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Cawley , Oneonta. Pvt. Cawley , native of Watertown, enlisted in the Army March 27, 1943, and went overseas Dec. 10, 1943. Born in Watertown, Dec. 14, 1923, Pvt. Cawley was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Cawley . He moved to Oneonta with his family as a boy.


CHAUFTY, PAUL E.


Carthage, NY
Place of Death FRANCE

Sgt. Pilot Paul E. Chaufty is spending a two-week furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Chaufty, 340 S. James St., Carthage. Sgt. Chaufty is stationed with the Royal Canadian Air Force at St. Hubert, Quebec. The pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt would be killed in September 1945 during an attack by U.S. Army air force planes over France. He was a 1934 graduate of Carthage High School.


CHIDESTER, STANLEY HALE


Dexter, NY
RCAF
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
10601585
Army Air Corps
Died: March 25, 1944, Europe
Buried at: Plot H Row 9 Grave 72
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Flight Sgt. Stanley Hale Chidester , 24, Royal Canadian Air Force, son of Mr. and Mrs. LaClaire Chidester of Columbus, Ohio, and grandson of Mrs. A.B. Chidester , 123 N. Rutland St., is missing in action over enemy-occupied Europe, his grandmother was informed over the weekend. The flier was bombardier and co-pilot of an R. C .A.F. bomber. He is formerly of Dexter. First word of the flier's fate was received by his uncle, Dr. A.B. Chidester , Auburn. Dr. Chidester was notified that his nephew had been missing since March 27. It was recalled that on that date, the R. C .A.F. and the U.S. Army Air Force of the 8th Air Force dropped a record load of bombs on the Krupp armament works at Essen and on targets in occupied France. Sgt. Chidester is believed to have taken part in that mission and to have been shot down over that territory. Sgt. Chidester participated in many months of bombings over Hitler's European fortress, and was in action constantly since August 1943. The young flier escaped death several times while over Europe. Among his narrow escapes was when he was shot down on Aug. 28, about 100 miles from his base in England. His plane fell into the sea and he and his crew were later rescued. Flight Sgt. Chidester was born in Columbus, Ohio. At the age of 3 months, he came to Dexter to reside with his grandparents. A.B. Chidester was an undertaker at Dexter for 30 years. When 7 years of age, the young flier went to reside with his uncle at Auburn. The sergeant was declared dead in April 1945.


CLAFLIN, CARL REX


Pierrepont Manor, NY
Fireman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
02386893
United States Navy
Died: January 27, 1942, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at West Coast Memorial
Presidio, California


CLOSE, RICHARD E.


Watertown, NY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army 32234678
320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
Died: October 20, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot J Row 31 Grave 22
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France


CLUKEY, ARTHUR W.



Watertown, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

Sgt. Arthur W. Clukey , son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Clukey, 682 Mill St., has arrived safely in the Hawaiian Islands, according to word received last week by his wife in Adams. He would be killed in action in Germany Feb. 23, 1945, while serving with the 108th Infantry. A staff sergeant, he would be posthumously awarded the Bronze Star "for heroic achievement in action on Feb. 17, 1945, in the vicinity of Hanweiler, Germany." He and other volunteers "advanced across 100 yards of open ground in order to capture an enemy machine gun that was delaying the advance."


COLEMAN, GEORGE E.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army Air Forces 32736557
853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation
Died: November 27, 1943, North Africa
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

Cpl. George E. Coleman , 37, has been missing in action in the North African area since Nov. 26, according to a telegram from the War Department received Tuesday evening by his wife, Mrs. Edith Coleman, 124 S. Massey St. Cpl. Coleman was inducted into the Army on Jan. 19, 1943. He was sent overseas early in October. Cpl. Coleman is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John A. Coleman of this city. he also is a nephew of Daniel A. Coleman, 1265 Arsenal St., former superintendent of the Department of Public works. He attended local schools and graduated from Watertown High School with the class of 1923. On April 21, 1943, he married the former Miss Edith L. Loucks of this city. A War Department telegran in May 1944 disclosed that he was a passenger on an Allied troop ship that had sunk and that he had been declared dead.


COLLINS, CLARENCE W.


Alexandria Bay, NY
Place of Death GERMANY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
32284995
51st Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Died: April 14, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot A Row 2 Grave 17
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands

Sgt. Clarence W. Collins , 30, infantryman with Gen. Patton's 3rd Army, was killed in action April 14 in Germany, according to a War Department telegram received Wednesday evening by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude S. Collins, Alexandria Bay. Sgt. Collins was transferred from the air corps to the infantry last January and went overseas in February. Sgt. Collins was born Sept. 5, 1914, in Montreal, Quebec, a son of Claude and Frances Collins. He came with his family to Alexandria Bay and graduated from the high school with the class of 1932. He entered service April 10, 1942. He was home on furlough in January at the same time his brother, Henry, who had been seriously wounded in France in July, was home on sick leave. He was sent overseas in February. Sgt. Collins is survived by his parents and four brothers.


COOK, LEROY W.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Tech. Sgt. LeRoy W. Cook , 22, a member of the infantry who was stationed at Pine Camp with the 4th Armored Division when it was activated, was killed in action on Aug. 26 while serving in France, a War Department telegram informed his wife, the former Miss Mary Mangini, 173 Dorsey St., late Tuesday afternoon. Sgt. Cook left this country with the 4th Armored in December 1943. He presumably was sent to France in July. He enlisted in the Army in August 1940. On Nov. 15, 1942, he married Miss Mary Mangini, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Mangini, 173 Dorsey St. The Bronze Star and Silver Star were posthumously awarded.


COOL, TRUMAN A.


Evans Mills, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

Staff Sgt. Truman A . Cool , 23, Evans Mills and Watertown, was killed in action in Italy on May 23, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his wife, the former Jane E. Simonet, daughter of Doris Simonet, 141 1/2 Academy St. The last word Mrs. Cool received from her husband was on May 16, when he arrived in Italy. A veteran of four years' service in the armed forces, Sgt. Cool had been stationed in the Pacific area ad Hawaii in 1942. Born in Evans Mills on May 22, 1921, he was the son of Stanley D. Cool of Evans Mills and the late Louise M. Drake Cool . Mrs. Cool died in November 1942. He attended Evans Mills schools and was graduated from the Evans Mills High School. The sergeant served in an infantry unit.


COUGHLIN, JOHN F.


Watertown, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-805405
368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: April 24, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot J Row 46 Grave 13
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

John F . Coughlin , son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald J. Coughlin , 744 Gotham St., has been accepted as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Corps and left Saturday from Mitchel Field, L.I., for Bainbridge, Ga., for basic training. The pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress would be declared missing in action April 24, 1944, near Munich, Germany, and although he was killed that day, his wife, Mary Margaret, would not be told that he had died until 19 months later. Mrs. Coughlin would be told that his plane burst into flames when hit by a hail of flak, and was then attacked by 18 German fighter planes. Possibly wounded during the attack, he kept the craft in the sky long enough for his crew to bail out. One of the five surviving crewmen would inform Mrs. Coughlin "He kept up the kidding to keep up his crew's morale while he and his co-pilot tried to keep the burning plane on an even keel so that the crew could bail out." The 1934 graduate of Watertown High School had flown 12 earlier bombing missions. A brother, Thomas F ., a 1933 graduate of the same school, would serve with the Army in the Pacific Theater.


COUGHLIN, ROBERT E.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUZON

Robert E . Coughlin , a 1937 graduate of Watertown High School, was an Army infantryman who participated in the invasions of Bougainville, Vella La Vella, Munda and Regoto. On May 2, 1945, he was killed at Luzon during the battle of the Philippines.


COUNTRYMAN, ARLAND A.


Brownville, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Pvt. Arland A . Countryman , 30, Brownville, father of two children, was seriously wounded on Nov. 26 in Germany, according to word received by his wife and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jay Countryman , Brownville. He had been serving with the infantry of the 1st Army under Gen. Hodges. He entered the Army last April, going to England last October. He served in France and Belgium before the fighting in Germany. He attended the Brownville-Glen Park High School and married Miss Bonnie Bowman, formerly of Roanoke, Va. They have two daughters, Janice, 2, and Jane, 1. Three days later, notification was received that he had died the day he was wounded. He was born Jan. 6, 1914, a son of Jay and Jennie Petrie Countryman . He was married Nov. 30, 1936, and worked for 10 years at Eagle Tobacco Co. in Watertown prior to his enlistment. His body was returned for burial in Brownville in November 1947.


COURTENAY, RUDYARD L.


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

Sgt. Rudyard L . Courtenay , 22, U.S. Army Air Forces radio-gunner on a B-26 Marauder bomber based in France, has been reported missing after a flight over German territory in Europe on Dec. 23, a War Department telegram informed his wife, Mrs. Alice Merrill Courtenay , 122 Winslow St., Saturday evening. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Courtenay , 122 Winslow St. Sgt. Courtenay wrote his wife Dec. 10 that he had completed 10 missions over Belgium and Germany. He was with the 9th Air Force. The last letter she received from him was dated Dec. 19. This news item appeared four days shy of first anniversary of his marriage to the former Alice E. Merrill of Potsdam. It was revealed in April 1945 that his plane had been shot down during a bombing mission to Ahrweiler, Germany, and that four days later, he died of his wounds, in captivity. The following was disclosed: "Additional information has been received indicating that Sgt. Courtenay was the right gunner on a B-26 Marauder bomber which departed from France on a bombardment mission. "... The report reveals that during this mission at about 12 noon, three miles east of the target, our planes encountered hostile aircraft and in the ensuing engagement your son's bomber sustained damage. Subsequently, the disabled craft dropped out of formation and disappeared from sight. Inasmuch as the intensity of enemy action prevented further observation of this bomber, the foregoing constitutes all the information presently available." Four other members of the six-man crew also died, and one was taken prisoner of war. In July 1950, his body was said to be among the last of the war dead to be returned to the United States for burial.


CRANE, CEYLON E.


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Pvt. Ceylon E. Crane , 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Crane , 124 Church St., Carthage, has been seriously wounded in action while serving with the infantry in France, according to word received by his family. A War Department telegram was received Wednesday by his wife, Mrs. Ida Trembly Crane . Entering service March 4, 1944, Pvt. Crane was home on furlough with his family in July and reported to Fort George G. Meade, Md., from where he left for overseas duty. Stationed for a time in England, he left for service in France and was believed to have been with the 9th Army. Pvt. Crane graduated from Carthage High School in 1940. He married Miss Ida Mae Trembly, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Trembly, South James Street, Carthage. They have two children, Regina, 2, and Patricia, 1. Two days later, additional information was received. Pvt. Crane , born Dec. 20, 1921, in Canton, had died Sept. 18, 1944.
Pvt. Ceylon E. Crane , 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin H. Crane , 124 Church St., Carthage, who was previously reported as seriously wounded in action in France, died on Sept. 18, according to word received yesterday by his family. Pvt. Crane , husband of the former Miss Ida May Trembly, South James Street, had been on the French fighting front less than a month. He was in the infantry. The last letter his parents received from him was written Sept. 4, and arrived Sept. 17, the day before he died. At that time he wrote that he was in France, "just waiting," and had not yet seen active service. Pvt. Crane was born in Canton Dec. 20, 1921. While still a young boy, he moved with his family to Herrings, where the family resided for a number of years before coming to Carthage. He graduated from Carthage High School in 1940, and the same year married Miss Ida Mae Trembly. The couple have two children, Regina, 2, and Patricia, 1.


CRYSLER, FRANKLIN L.


Theresa, NY
Place of Death

CUMMINGS, ARNOLD S.


Woodville, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

Cpl. Arnold S. Cummings , 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert S. Cummings, tenant farmers on the George Wood farm about one mile from Woodville, died in the North Africa war zone on May 12, according to a War Department telegram received by his parents. Details of the youth's death were not made known in the telegram. Cpl. Cummings had been in action since American troops made their African invasion in early November. He was assigned to an infantry unit. The last word from the soldier by his parents was in early May when Mrs. Cummings received a Mother's Day card. At that time, Cpl. Cummings said he was "all right." Cpl. Cummings enlisted in the United States Army in December 1939, shortly after he reached his 18th birthday. He was stationed at various camps in the United States before being sent overseas to England with the first large contingent of American soldiers more than a year ago.


CZOPER, JOHN J.


Deferiet, NY
ARMY
Place of Death HOLLAND

DAGGETT, PAUL W.


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PACIFIC

Paul W . Daggett , electrician's mate second-class, Watertown and Oriskany, was killed in action in the Pacific, a Navy Department telegram has informed his wife, Mrs. Marion Roberts Daggett , Oriskany. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Loren A. Daggett , formerly of 733 Water St. He enlisted in the Navy one year ago. He went overseas in August 1944. The former Watertown sailor had participated in many invasions in the Pacific since arriving overseas.


DAILEY, DONALD


LaFargeville, NY
Private, U.S. Army
42092117
36th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Division
Died: August 28, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot B Row 9 Grave 53
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France

Pvt. Donald Dailey , 28, serving with the armored infantry in France, has been missing in action since Aug. 28, according to a War Department telegram received Monday evening by his wife at Huntingtonville. The telegram stated that he had been in action only eight days before he was reported missing. Pvt. and Mrs. Dailey have one son, Robert, a 6-year-old pupil of the Huntingtonville school. The missing soldier is the son of Mrs. George McCarthy of LaFargeville . Pvt. Dailey , who had entered the Army in January 1944 and arrived in Europe in July, was declared dead in August 1945.
A half-brother, Edward L. McCarthy, was a private in the infantry who saw combat in France, Austria, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia and Germany.
He survived combat, but not his overseas duty. On Sept. 30, 1945, while still in Germany, he suffered accidental fatal gunshot wounds.
Among his survivors was his wife, the former Frances Wills of LaFargeville, to whom he was married March 13, 1943.


DALTON, GERALD M.


Carthage, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-675562
597th Bomber Squadron, 397th Bomber Group, Medium
Died: March 18, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot B Row 25 Grave 22
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France

Aviation Cadet Gerald M . Dalton , 26, son of Nellie Dalton , Carthage, has been appointed flight commander with the rank of cadet captain at the Enid, Okla., Army flying school, where he is now stationed. The graduate of Augustinian Academy, Carthage, was sent to North Africa in January 1944, and subsequently to bases in Ireland and England.
On April 3, 1944, his mother and his wife of about eight months, Leona, received a War Department telegram disclosing that the pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber "has been reported missing in action since March 18 over Germany." With information provided by Germany to the International Red Cross, the Army determined in July 1944 that he had been killed in action. French officials wrote to the family in March 1946, relaying eyewitness accounts of the head-on collision of two Liberator planes during a raid over Germany, in which only one man had survived from the two crews. Among the 19 dead, they wrote, was 2nd Lt. Gerald M . Dalton , buried after services at LePloyron, France.


DANO, MAXWELL


Depauville, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

Pvt. Maxwell Dano , 21, member of a 5th Army infantry unit, was killed in action in Italy on April 23, according to a War Department telegram received by relatives at Depauville. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Dano and the husband of Mrs. Alice Jackson Dano , all of Depauville. The last letter from Pvt. Dano was dated April 16, a week before he died. Surviving, besides his wife and parents, is a son, Buddy Eugene Dano , 19 months. Pvt. Dano was born on Grindstone Island, Oct. 4, 1923. He received his education in schools on the island and in Clayton High School. He was inducted Nov. 26, 1943, landing in Naples, Italy, Nov. 28, 1944. He married Alice Jackson of Auburn on Dec. 24, 1942. His actions on the day of his death resulted in a posthumous Silver Star award. He was a machine gunner with the 362nd Infantry Regiment, 91st "Powder River" Division. He carried his machine gun into an exposed position and knocked out two German automatic weapons which were holding up his company's movements, according to the citation. During a river crossing, he again conducted the forward encounter against German positions, destroying four enemy weapons. He drew fire on himself, enabling his company to overrun the enemy positions, but in the meantime suffered fatal wounds.


DAVIS, HARRY E.


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42140305
347th Infantry Regiment, 87th Infantry Division
Died: March 27, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot D Row 39 Grave 30
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France

Pfc. Harry E . Davis , 26, son of Mrs. Lena M. Davis , 831 Myrtle Ave., and the late Howard R. Davis , has been reported killed in action in Germany on March 27, according to a War Department telegram received early Thursday afternoon by his wife, Mrs. Pauline Volvia Davis , 125 E . Moulton St. Pfc. Davis was serving with Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. Pfc. Davis entered the Army in May 1944, going overseas in December, just before Christmas. He was in Scotland, France, Belgium and Germany. Pfc. Davis was born in Watertown on May 8, 1918. He attended the local schools, and after leaving school, was employed for a time by the Western Union company. He became employed at the Bagley and Sewall Co. was working there at the time of his induction. In April 1940, he married Miss Pauline Volvia of this city. The soldier is the father of four children: Harry Paul, 4, Daniel Howard, 3, JoAnne, 2, and Elmer Ray, 1. He has three brothers and a sister.


DAVIS, LEROY CULLUM

USMA Class of 1928

Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
Lt Colonel
ARMY
Place of Death - Tunisia
Died January 31, 1943

Lt. Col. Leroy Cullom Davis , 39, artillery battalion commander formerly stationed at Madison Barracks, was killed in action on the North African battle front on Jan. 31, according to a telegram received late Wednesday evening by his wife, the former Eleanor F. Rice, 800 Sherman St. Details of his death were not contained in an official War Department telegram. Lt. Col. Davis had been in the thick of fighting since the Allies invaded North Africa early in November. He was slated for promotion to colonel. He was twice cited for gallantry in action on the North African front. He was stationed at Madison Barracks for nearly four years. It was during that time that he met his wife. Additional information provided later in February indicated that he and a major were killed while they were reconnoitering for a forward position. His posthumous Silver Star award said, "Despite a heavy enemy artillery barrage, Col. Davis courageously proceeded over unchartered enemy mine fields and successfully established a forward observation post."


DAVIS, RAYMOND E.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

Pvt. Raymond E. Davis , 28, U.S. infantry, has been reported missing in action in Germany since Nov. 11, according to a War Department telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Fern Townsend Davis, 583 State St., Friday evening.

Pvt. Davis has been stationed in Germany for over a month. On Nov. 27, his wife received a letter from him dated Oct. 31. He said that he was all right and had just left the fighting line for "a rest and a shave."

Leaving this country the latter part of August, he was sent first to England and then to France. He joined the American 1st Army in October in France and moved with it into Germany.

He was inducted into the Army on March 4, 1943.

He is a native of Fineview. On Oct. 14, 1940, he married Miss Fern Townsend of Watertown. The couple has one daughter, Betty Jane, aged two years.

The son of Norman and Essie Derosia Davis was declared dead in March 1945.

DAVIS, WILBUR


Theresa, NY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

Cpl. Wilbur Davis , 23, son of Mrs. Dora Davis, Theresa, was killed in action in North Africa on Dec. 1, according to a war department telegram received at Theresa Tuesday. He was the first local man to be killed in World War II . Mrs. Davis last heard from her son two months ago in a letter written in Ireland. She had not known that he was serving in North Africa. The letter had been written a month before its arrival in this country. Cpl. Davis enlisted in the armed forces on Feb. 13, 1940.


DELADURANTY, VIRGIL (PETE)


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

Pvt. Virgil (Pete) J. DeLaduranty , 27, United States Army, has been reported by the War Department as missing in action since Dec. 24 somewhere in North Africa, according to an official telegram received late Tuesday evening by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. DeLaduranty , 518 W. Mullin St. Assigned to the infantry, Pvt. DeLaduranty had been on overseas duty since August. He took part in the initial Allied landings in Africa on Nov. 8, and prior to that was stationed in Scotland and England. The last letter from the soldier was received by his parents on Dec. 26. It was a special Christmas message and written by Private DeLaduranty on Dec. 12. At that time he said he was "all right." He was later declared dead.

His brother, Kermit, was with an artillery unit in Africa, and survived a wound he suffered during combat in France in August 1944. Kermit, involved in the invasion of Safi, French Morocco, wrote home in May 1943 about some of his experiences. "We made camp just outside Safi, overlooking the Atlantic. We were there for three weeks and then received orders that we were to move 230 miles up the coast to Port Lyautey. We made the trip on foot, taking 19 days, three of which we managed to take a swim in the ocean. ... "It was rather a touching scene as we paraded through Casablanca. The French and Arab population and many of the women were crying, while others were cheering. They seemed elated that the Americans had come. ... "Getting on we stayed at Port Lyautey in a cork forest until Feb. 6. On that date, we boarded a slow moving train for Oran which is about 500 miles away. A derailment of the engine and tender delayed us for 14 hours. "That was the first leg of our 1,500 mile trip that brought us through such towns as Oran, Algiers and Constantine. "We went straight into battle at Thala, Tunisia. You know what happened there. We drove the Germans back three days. Among other places where I have fought is Bizerte, where we fired our last shot. ... The enemy is through as far as North Africa is concerned. "As for my part, I don't care to have dive-bombers come at me any more or to have shells land a few yards away. In a situation like that, about the only thing that consoles one is prayer

DELEVAN, ROBERT E.


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

DEROUIN, WALTER L.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ENGLAND

Pfc. Walter L. Derouin died on his 22nd birthday, Aug. 18, in England of wounds received in action in France on Aug. 9, according to a telegram received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Anthony N. Derouin, 314 W. Hoard St., Monday evening. They had received a telegram from the War Department on Aug. 27 that their son had been slightly wounded on Aug. 9 in France. A letter from their son written on Aug. 9 arrived Aug. 14, stating that he had been wounded and advised them if they received any telegrams not to worry over them. He had been overseas for 10 months in England and had been in France for 14 days before he was wounded. Pvt. Derouin was born Aug. 18, 1922, in Watertown. He was graduated from the Watertown High School. It was later revealed that his wounds were sustained at St. Lo, France.

DIMOCK, ERWIN J.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Pvt. Erwin J. Dimock , 20, U.S. infantry, was killed in action on Feb. 7 while serving in France, a War Department telegram notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde S. Dimock , 116 Woodruff St., late this morning. Pvt. Dimock had written to his parents last on Jan. 29, and the communication was received by his parents on Feb. 8. In the letter, he did not mention any action that he had taken part in. He mentioned the courtesy shown American soldiers by the French people, and he also stressed the plight of the French people in need of food and clothing. He was home on furlough the latter part of November 1944. He left for overseas on Dec. 16 and arrived in France. He saw action in France and then Belgium. He was taken from the Belgian front early in January and sent to northern France to a rest camp. Pvt. Dimock was inducted into the Army on July 10, 1944. He was born in this city on June 1, 1924, the son of Clyde S. and Catherine McDougall Dimock . He attended local schools and was graduated from Watertown High School in the class of January 1944.


DIONNE, JOSEPH


West Carthage, NY
ARMY


Died - November 13, 1944 in Italy

Tech. 5th Grade Joseph Dionne , son of Thomas and Rose Persha Dionne , was killed in Italy on Nov. 13, 1944, while serving with the 338th Field Artillery Battalion, 88th Infantry Division. He had been in the Army since July 3, 1942, and went to Europe in December 1943. An Army chaplain wrote his brother, Adelbert Dionne , 12 S. Main St., West Carthage, later in November 1944, "While his unit was operating in our sector (northern Italy) he was struck and killed by shell fragments from enemy artillery. ... Comparatively few people will ever be able to understand just how much he has sacrificed for his country, but we who lived with him realize that he was a hero in the fullest sense of the word."


DOANE, GEORGE AUSTIN


Watertown, NY
NAVY RESERVE
Aviation Radioman, Third Class, U.S. Navy
06666965
United States Navy
Died: November 30, 1943, Portugal
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

George Austin Doane Jr., 18, aviation radioman third class, U.S.N.R., son of Maude Whitby Doane , 920 Holcomb St., has been listed as missing in action in the North African theater of war after an airplane crash at sea, according to a telegram received by his mother this morning. The sailor had informed his mother in October that he was going to North Africa and said that he was well. Six weeks followed before another letter was received from him, requesting some necessities and again saying he was well. The letter was dated Nov. 26. Apparently, Mr. Doane was radio operator and gunner on a naval plane when the crash occurred. His mother is endeavoring to obtain further news regarding the crash. Mrs. Doane received notification in February 1944 that he had been declared dead. "Your son was serving aboard a plane which crashed in the water on the southern coast of Portugal while on a patrol flight on Nov. 30, 1943," said a Navy Department telegram. "Assistance was sent to the area but he was not found."


DOCTEUR, CLARENCE J.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death BELGIUM

Two Watertown soldiers have been listed as wounded in action, both on the the Belgium front within a two-day period last month at Christmas time. They are Pvt. clarence J . Docteur , 24, paratrooper, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Docteur , 391 Hunt St., wounded on Dec. 24, and Pfc. Sanford J . Hartman, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene V. Hartman, 310 S. Pleasant St., infantryman, wounded with Gen. Patton's 3rd Army on Dec. 26. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman received a letter the same day the War Department telegram arrived. The letter came from the chaplain of the hospital in England where Pvt. Hartman is being cared for, stating that the young soldier was wounded in the right hand. Pvt. Hartman graduated from the Watertown High School and from the Rochester School of Technology before entering service June 16, 1943. He was sent overseas last September to England. Pvt. Docteur entered the service Jan. 25, 1944. He married on Aug. 13, 1944, Pearl Brack of Macon, Ga. He was sent overseas in September. He was stationed in England and on Oct. 13 received his wings as a paratrooper. He was transferred to France on Nov. 17. His last letter to his parents was written Dec. 16 in France. He attended Watertown High School. Pvt. Hartman returned home. Pvt. Docteur did not. It was reported Jan. 26, 1945, that Pvt. Docteur had died the same day he was wounded. A family member reports, however, that he was wounded Dec. 18, 1944, and was in a Belgium hospital, which was overrun by Nazi soldiers on Christmas Eve. The defenseless soldier was shot to death in the hospital by the invaders.


DORR, LYLE W.


LaFargeville, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death NEW GUINEA

Tech. Sgt. Lyle W. Dorr , 24, who was serving with the United States Army Air Corps in the Pacific theater of the war , was killed in an airplane crash in New Guinea on Monday, March 20, according to word received last night by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence L. Dorr , LaFargeville, from the War Department. Mr. Dorr said this morning he could not understand how his son was killed in a plane crash as he was a mechanic and not a flier. He said that his son might have been on the way back to this country on a furlough at the time of the crash. According to Sgt. Dorr 's father, the last letter received from him was written on Sunday, March 12. At that time Sgt. Dorr was in fine health and was enjoying his work, he wrote. Lyle W. Dorr was born in the town of Clayton. He attended LaFargeville High School. Sgt. Dorr enlisted in the U.S. Army July 29, 1941. He was sent overseas two years ago, being attached to a bomber squadron as a mechanic. No further explanation of his death appeared in print.


DOUGLAS, WILLIAM J.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

William J. Douglas , 20, son of the Rev. D.D. Douglas, rector of the Church of the Redeemer, will leave for Ottawa, Ontario, today, to enlist as a student pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Douglas, who was graduated from Watertown High School June 24, was in Ottawa last week to take his physical examination. He would reach the rank of sergeant gunner, and would participate in assaults over Berlin. During a similar raid Jan. 22, 1944, his assigned plane would be shot down, with all crewmen killed.


DOWNEY, GEORGE E.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

Pvt. George E. Downey , 33, formerly of this city, has been killed in action in Italy, according to a telegraphic message from the War Department, received Sunday evening by a sister, Mrs. Eva Soluri, 315 W. Main St. Pvt. Downey was believed serving with the 45th Infantry Division, formerly stationed at Pine Camp. He went overseas with that unit in June. The family had not heard from him since September, relatives said this morning, and only recently they had contacted the American Red Cross in an attempt to obtain information. They learned only that he was believed to be well. Pvt. Downey was born at Benson Mines, June 10, 1910, a son of the late Joseph and Rose Stevens Downey. Pvt. Downey married Miss Hazel George of this city on Dec. 7, 1934. The circumstances of his death Oct. 18, 1943, at Salerno, Italy, were disclosed with the posthumous presentation of his Silver Star and Purple Heart. "The second platoon of an infantry company was advancing to attack prepared German machine gun and mortar positions and was minus its regular aid man. Private Downey, knowing of this, and being fully aware of its dangerous mission, left his own position of relative safety with his platoon and volunteered his services with the attacking unit. "With utter disregard for his own safety, and while under fire, he administered first aid to the wounded until he was killed during an intense enemy barrage."



DULMAGE, PAUL L.


Watertown, NY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12080395
754th Bomber Squadron, 458th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: June 17, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot F Row 27 Grave 31
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France

Sgt. Paul L. Dulmage , 24, former Watertown High School and Red and Black football player, has been reported as missing in air action over France since June 17, according to a War Department telegram received by his mother, Mrs. Florence A. Dulmage of 442 Portage St. Sgt. Dulmage, a radio gunner, who enlisted in the Army Air Forces as a cadet in April 1942, had been overseas since last April. He was attached to a B-24 Liberator bomber. The War Department notified his mother in November 1944 that he had been killed in action. It was assumed he died in a plane crash after the plane had been shot down. The 1939 graduate of Watertown High School was a radio gunner. A street at the former Dry Hill Air Force Base was named for him in 1960.


DUNLAVA, THOMAS W.

 


Black River, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death FRANCE

Aviation Cadet Thomas W. Dunlava , Watertown, R.D. 3, has been graduated from pilot training school at Randolph Field, Texas, and has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the air forces. He has received the silver wings of a pilot The son of Robert J. and Lillian Gilmore, born in Carthage and graduated from Watertown High School in 1942, was sent to England to pilot a B-17 Flying Fortress. After flying his 35th bombing mission over Nazi territory Oct. 8, 1944, he received orders to go to Paris, France, to participate in liaison work. On Dec. 6, 1944, the winner of an Air Medal, three Oak Leaf Clusters and three Bronze Stars, died from injuries he received a few days earlier. The unconfirmed information was that his plane crashed during a routine flight by the liaison squad.


DUNN, HOWARD J.


Theresa, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Pvt. Howard J. Dunn , 27, U.S. infantry, died Oct. 30 of injuries received in an airplane crash near Tournon, France, according to word received from the War Department by his brother, Purley D. Dunn, Watertown, R.D. 4, and his sister, Mrs. Bernice L. Boutin, 234 Coffeen St. Pvt. Dunn enlisted in October 1940, and was stationed with the National Guard at Pine Camp. He had previously served a year in the Army under an enlistment ending in 1938. Arriving overseas the latter part of September, he was stationed in England. It is believed that he was being flown into the French fighting front when he met death. Pvt. Dunn was born in Theresa March 30, 1917, a son of the late Byron and Mary J. Freeman Dunn. He attended schools at Theresa.


EAGER, RAYMOND FRANCIS


Philadelphia, NY
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
02388179
United States Navy
Died: October 10, 1944, Italy
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

Navy Seaman First Class Raymond Francis Eager , 24, is listed by the Navy Department as missing in action since the sinking of the destroyer to which he was assigned. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Eager, Philadelphia, R.D., have officially been notified by the Navy Department in a telegram. Mrs. Eager previously received word through a friend that her son would not be home again, but until the Navy Department telegram arrived, she had been given no official information as to his fate. Seaman Eager took part in the invasion of Sicily and was known to have participated in the escort of Fifth Army landings at Salerno Beach, Italy. The ship to which he was assigned had been engaged in convoy duty. He last visited his home in September, while on a short leave. Seaman Eager attended Philadelphia High School and later worked on the farm with his father. He enlisted in the Navy Dec. 9, 1941, the day after war was declared. The Purple Heart was posthumously presented.


EAMER, ROGER F.


Alexandria Bay, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32476422
473rd Anti-Aircraft Arty (Automatic Weapons) Battalion
Died: August 20, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot O Row 6 Grave 22
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France

Cpl. Roger F. Eamer , 34, was killed in action in Vannes, France, on Aug. 20, according to a telegram received Friday by his mother, Mrs. Maude Eamer, Alexandria Bay. The last letter received from him by his mother was on Aug. 13. He entered the service in September 1942, going overseas last June. A brother, Pvt. Gerald Eamer, is now in a hospital in France, recuperating from wounds recently received.


EBERLE, GEORGE M.


Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O-025641
502nd Parachute Infantry Regt, 101st Airborne Division
Died: June 6, 1944 (D-Day), France
Buried at: Plot H Row 27 Grave 32
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Distinguished Service Cross

Lt. George M. Eberle , formerly stationed at Madison Barracks and Fort Ontario, was killed in France during D-Day operations, according to word received by friends in Pulaski, where he was a frequent visitor while at the Northern New York camps. The officer was a son of Gen. and Mrs. George L. Eberle. He was attached to the 101st Airborne Division in which Lt. Col. Hugh Barclay, Pulaski, is serving. Lt. Eberle was well known to Pulaski residents, having been a guest on numerous occasions at Douglaston Manor.


EGGLESTON, RICHARD N.


Black River, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Pfc. Richard N. Eggleston , 22, serving with the 14th Armored Division, was killed in action in Germany on Dec. 19, according to a War Department telegram received this noon by his parents, county highway superintendent Walter R. Eggleston and Mrs. Eggleston, 116 LeRay St., Black River. His death occurred three days after the big German counter-attack on the Belgium front. He had been overseas since October. His grandfather was the late John H. TenEyck, former supervisor of the town of LeRay. Pfc. Eggleston was born in Watertown, Oct. 2, 1922. He entered the armed forces Dec. 11, 1942.


ELLIS, CLARENCE F.

Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
12073647
507th Parachute Infantry Regt, 82nd Airborne Division
Died: July 3, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot C Row 2 Grave 37
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: French Croix de Guerre

Pvt. Clarence F. Ellis , 30, assigned to the parachute infantry of the United States Army, was killed in action on July 3 in France, according to a War Department telegram received Tuesday afternoon by his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Ellis, 756 W. Main St. No details surrounding the action in which he lost his life was given in the government telegram. Pvt. Ellis went overseas in February, going first to Ireland and then to England. His mother received the last letter from her son in March. It is not known whether or not the paratrooper took part in D-Day operations on June 6. The soldier was a native of Watertown. He was born July 12, 1914.


ELSEY, WILLIAM CHARLES


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
12081300
360th Engineer General Service Regiment
Died: September 4, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot O Row 2 Grave 21
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France

Pfc. William Charles Elsey , 41, serving with the combat engineers, was killed in action somewhere in France on Sept. 4, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his father, William E. Elsey, 309 S. Indiana Ave. The government did not reveal any details surrounding the soldier's death. Pfc. Elsey was a veteran of nearly 42 months of service, having volunteered for the Army in March 1941. It is not known how long the Watertown soldier was in France. His last letter was received in late August by his daughter, Jane Elsey, 14. In that letter he advised her that he was in action on the French battlefield. A native of New York City, Pfc. Elsey was born May 16, 1903, a son of William E. Elsey and the late Catherine B. Sullivan Elsey. He came to Watertown with his parents when he was 3.


EVANS, ROGER M.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death PACIFIC

Roger M. Evans of Watertown was listed among the dead. Taken prisoner of war in the Pacific, Mr. Evans did survive the war and came home. He later fought in Korea and Vietnam, died May 3, 1990 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery


EVES, ELDEN


Black River, NY
RCAF
Place of Death ENGLAND

FAGAN, WILLIAM L.


Sackets Harbor, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-747776
647th Bomber Squadron, 410th Bomber Group, Large
Died: July 6, 1944 (D-Day), France
Buried at: Plot B Row 22 Grave 34
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

William L . Fagan , son of Master Sgt. and Mrs. John Fagan , Sackets Harbor, has been graduated from the Yuma Army Air Base at Yuma, Ariz., and commissioned a second lieutenant. He is a bomber pilot. Lt. Fagan enlisted as an aviation cadet on Aug. 15, 1942, and was sent to Santa Ana, Calif. He is a native of Florida but has lived at Sackets Harbor for the past 10 years. He was graduated from the Sackets Harbor High School in 1936. His wife is the former Miss Wilma Owen of this city. Assigned to the A-20 Light Bombardment Group of the Ninth Air Force, he was awarded the Air Medal in June 1944 for participating in five pre-invasion missions over heavily defended German positions in Europe. Then, during the following month, on July 6, he was listed as missing in France. The War Department notified his wife in August 1944 that his plane was so badly damaged by flak during a raid near Dreux, France, that it was forced to leave its formation. Just before the craft was forced down, one parachute was seen to leave the plane. The pilot survived the crash but was seriously wounded, his wife learned in a letter from the only other survivor of the four-man crew. "Bill got out all right and we were together a couple of hours after we were shot down, Lt. Daniel Wilson of Portland, Ore., wrote. "He was wounded pretty badly and then they took him to a hospital and took me to another place. That was the last I saw of Bill. ... Since they did not turn Bill's name in as a prisoner of war, it makes me feel like he is dead. Bill was in pretty bad shape, but not much pain and unless he got treatment right away I don't see how he could live." He was declared dead on July 7, 1945.



FARR, CHARLES F.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death JOLO ISLAND
Private First Class, U.S. Army
36967450
163rd Infantry Regiment, 41st Infantry Division
Entered the Service from: Michigan
Died: April 11, 1945, Jolo Island
Buried at: Plot A Row 7 Grave 36
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines


FILIPPI, JOSEPH D.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

FISH, HAROLD D.


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

Pfc. Harold D. Fish , 30, U.S. infantry, has been reported as missing in action since Aug. 7, according to a War Department telegram to his wife, Mrs. Lillian Smith Fish, 143 N. Hamilton St., this morning. The telegram did not give the war theater in which the soldier is listed missing. However, his family assumes that he is missing in France, since he had been stationed in England for the past 11 months. He had not written his parents since shortly before being listed as missing in action. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Fish, 203 W. Main St. Pvt. Fish was inducted into the Army in November 1942. He was born at Norwood, April 17, 1914. At the end of September, notification arrived that he was indeed in France and had been killed in action. He was with the 29th Infantry Division.


FLEMING, ARCHIE R.


Philadelphia, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUXEMBOURG

March 10 - Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Fleming , Philadelphia, received a telegram from the War Department Friday telling them that their son, Pvt. Archie R. Fleming , 18, was killed in action on Jan. 14. On Jan. 29, they received a telegram which stated that their son was missing in action at Luxembourg. Pvt. Fleming was born at Antwerp March 20, 1926, the son of Wallace and Frances Myers Fleming . He attended school at Adams Center, Theresa and Philadelphia. Pvt. Fleming was inducted into the Army May 18, 1944, and assigned to the infantry. He left for overseas in November 1944. The family received letters from him from England, France and Belgium. His body was brought home for burial in March 1949.


FLEMING, GORDON M.


Town of Champion, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

Pfc. Gordon M. Fleming , 25, Champion, died in Italy on Dec. 23 from wounds received in action in that country where he was serving with the Fifth Army, according to a telegram received this morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fleming . Pvt. Fleming had been serving overseas with the infantry since 1942. He had regularly communicated with his family. The last letter they received from him was dated Dec. 17 in Italy and reached them on Jan. 3. In it he wrote that he was well but lucky to be alive. Born in Watertown on Dec. 31, 1918, he moved to Champion with the family and attended schools there. He graduated from the West Carthage High School in 1929 and worked on his father's farm. After going overseas, he was stationed in Africa for a time with the Fifth Army.

FLYNN, HERALD ROLAND


Clayton, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PACIFIC

Seaman Second Class Herald Roland (Tim) Flynn , 18, a graduate of Clayton Central School last June, and only son of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome L. Flynn , Clayton, was killed in an accidental explosion Jan. 29 in the Pacific, according to a Navy Department telegram received Thursday by his parents.

Seaman Flynn enlisted in the "Seabees," the naval construction battalion, on April 15, 1944, and was called to active duty following graduation from high school. He reported for active duty last June 30. He left the country for Hawaii on Thanksgiving Day and was on his way to the Marianas at Christmas time. It is not known on what island of the group he was stationed.

Seaman Flynn was born May 15, 1926, in Montclair, N.J., and was brought to Clayton as an infant.

FORBES, JAMES R.


Watertown, NY
Place of Death GERMANY
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

 

Lt. James R . Forbes , was killed in Germany in March 1945.

 


 

FORNEY, LLEWELLYN G.


Carthage, NY
Private, U.S. Army
12082123
307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division
Died: October 10, 1943, Italy
Buried at: Plot J Row 12 Grave 10
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

 

Pfc. Llewilyn G. Forney , 21, paratrooper in the United States Army, was killed in action in Italy on Oct. 10, according to word received by his mother, Catherine Forney , Rector's Corners Road, Lowville.

No details of the battle in which the youth participated were given in a War Department announcement. He went overseas in April and saw action in North Africa, Sicily and Italy.

Pvt. Forney was born in Carthage, Nov. 30, 1921, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Forney . He attended the Augustinian Academy in Carthage.


FOURNIER, ALLEN P.


Carthage, NY
ARMY

Place of Death ITALY
 

Sgt. Allen P. Fournier , 24, formerly of Piercefield and Carthage, was killed in an airplane crash while stationed in Italy, according to a War Department telegram received by his sister, Mrs. Margaret Paron, Niagara Falls, with whom he resided. Sgt. Fournier was inducted into the Army in May 1942. At the time of his induction he was residing in Carthage. He had been overseas less than a month before he met death. Sgt. Fournier was born on April 7, 1920, a son of the late John and Margaret Dennenay Fournier



FRASER, GAYLORD W.


Black River, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PHILIPPINES

Maj. Gaylord W. Fraser , 30, Black River, attached to an infantry unit of the U.S. Army in the Philippine Islands, was killed in action last Thursday, according to word which his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walton P. Fraser , Black River, received late Tuesday evening from the War Department.

As near as can be ascertained, Maj. Fraser is the first Northern New York casualty in the Philippines.

The 1929 graduate of Black River High School was scouting Japanese movements at the time of his death. His duty required him to traverse areas shelled by both enemy and friendly gunfire.

 

 

GABLER, WALTER HENRY


Chaumont, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps 0-022945 United States Marine Corps
Died: September 12, 1943, Canary Islands
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial
New York City, USA

 

Walter Gabler spent two weeks recently with his mother, Mrs. Jack Shepard, in Chaumont.

Mr. Gabler has enlisted in the Naval Air Corps. He attended Watertown High School in 1938 while making his home with his grandfather, R.D. Ritchie, 737 Coffeen St.

Mrs. Shepard would be notified in September 1943 that her 21-year-old son, who had transferred to the Marines Corps, was killed when his plane crashed "somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean."

GAFFNEY, PHILIP J


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

Capt. Philip J . Gaffney , 29, chemical warfare service officer in the U.S. Army and former warrant officer at Pine Camp with the 4th Armored Division, was killed in action in France on June 6, the first day of the Allied invasion landings on the coast of Normandy, his wife, Sophie J . Gaffney , 717 Coffeen St., was officially notified Thursday afternoon.

Surviving Capt. Gaffney , besides his wife, the former Sophie J . Coniglio of this city, are a 16-month-old daughter, Patricia, his mother, Mrs. Michael P. Gaffney , New York, and three brothers.

Capt. Gaffney had been in England since August, when he was sent overseas, and was believed to have been among the first troops to land on the beaches of the Normandy coast on D-Day.

Mrs. Gaffney recently received her last letter from him. It had been written May 30.

The officer was a native of New York. He had been in the service for more than eight years, serving for 5 1/2 years in the regular army at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, after his enlistment. He was assigned to Pine Camp in April 1941, when the 4th Armored Division was activated there. At Pine Camp, he served as technical sergeant in the chemical warfare section.

On Jan. 31, 1942, he married Sophie J . Coniglio, daughter of Salvatore Coniglio, 3 Fair St., and the late Mrs. Caroline Coniglio.

 

GALLOWAY, CHARLES E


Felts Mills, NY
ARMY
Place of Death BELGIUM

Pfc. Charles E . Galloway , 30, former Felts Mills gasoline and grocery store proprietor, was killed in action on Jan. 7 with the 194th Glider Infantry troops in Belgium, according to a telegram received by his wife, Norma E . Crowner Galloway , Felts Mills. The soldier, son of Mr. and Mrs. E .H. Galloway of Felts Mills, operated the Texaco service station at Eastern Boulevard and Water Street. Word that Pfc. Galloway was killed in action was the first that his relatives knew he had been in action on the European front. The last letter from him, received Jan. 2, was written from England, at which time the soldier wrote, "You may not hear from me for a while as I am on the move." Pfc. Galloway , a native of Felts Mills, was inducted into the Army in April 1943, being assigned overseas duty last August. The soldier played baseball with the Felts Mills High School, from which he was graduated in 1933. In June 1937, he married Norma E . Crowner at Natural Bridge. They have a son, Clifford C., age 1. The body of this Battle of the Bulge victim was returned for burial in December 1948.

 

GARRETT, NOLAN LEE


Philadelphia, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
17006600
53rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Entered the Service from: Missouri
Died: September 30, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot C Row 8 Grave 21
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Pvt. Nolan Lee Garrett , 23, was killed in action Sept. 30 while serving in France, according to a War Department telegram received late Thursday afternoon by his wife, Mrs. Helen Marsh Garrett , Philadelphia. Pvt. Garrett was wounded in action in France on July 19, and word was received of his head wounds by his wife on July 28. Later, she received a letter from her husband which was dated Sept. 23, and it disclosed that he was again in action. The letter was the last one Mrs. Garrett received from her husband. He enlisted in the Army in 1940, and was sent to Pine Camp in April 1941. On May 10, 1942, he married Miss Helen Marsh of Antwerp. they have a daughter, Shirley Lou, 2. He left Pine Camp with the 4th Armored Division and was sent overseas in December 1943. After arriving in England in January 1944, he was stationed there until July 12, 1944, when he was sent into the French fighting front.

 

GEE, CLOUGH F 3D
United States Military Academy, January 1943


Watertown, NY
Place of Death FRANCE
Captain, U.S. Army (Air Force)
O-025479
379th Fighter Squadron, 362nd Fighter Group
Entered the Service from: South Carolina
Died: June 7, 1944 (D-Day +1), France
Buried at: Plot A Row 17 Grave 3
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters

Capt. Clough F . Gee 3rd, 25, a U.S. Army Air Force fighter pilot based in England and officially reported as missing in action over France since June 7, is now a prisoner of war in Germany, according to word received by Mrs. Clough F . Gee Jr., 113 Keyes Ave., this morning from her husband. Col. Gee had received word from the American Red Cross that his son was safe in a German prison camp. Capt. Gee studied at the Millard School in Washington, D.C., and for three years was a student at The Citadel, a military college in Charlotte, S.C. He entered West Point in 1939 and graduated in January 1943. He had been on duty in England since last November as a pilot of fighter planes and had completed 37 missions before the first of April. His father, an ordnance officer, was also in England, and the two had frequent telephone communications with each other, though they had only two visits. Capt. Gee resided at Madison Barracks when his father was stationed there from 1936 to 1940. The only other reference to the younger soldier is found in the Jan. 30, 1982, obituary of his father, which indicates Capt. Gee was actually killed in action over France, and not taken prisoner. Col. Gee , an artillery captain in World War I, spent 30 months of World War II as a general staff officer in the European theater and was awarded the Bronze Star.

 

GIBEAU, ALBERT J JR


Carthage, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army O1999996
320th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division
Died: January 15, 1945, Belgium
Buried at: Plot C Row 8 Grave 3
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Staff Sgt. Albert J . Gibeau Jr., overseas since April with an infantry division, has been awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic service in connection with military operations against the enemy in the vicinity of Normandy, according to word received by his wife, the former Miss Dorothy Craig of West Carthage. Staff Sgt. Gibeau , son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Gibeau , 663 Adelaide St., Carthage, attended Augustinian Academy in Carthage. He was stationed for a time in England before leaving to take part in the invasion of Normandy in June. The citation accompanying the Bronze Star medal reads in part: "Although the machine gun squad in support of an attacking company was cut off from it by reason of the company's withdrawal, Sgt. Gibeau , leader of the squad, retained full control of his section. Upon receipt of orders to withdraw to a new defensive position, Sgt. Gibeau displayed outstanding coolness and leadership in effecting an orderly and tactically perfect withdrawal, despite heavy concentrations of enemy small arms, automatic weapons and artillery fire. No losses were incurred in the movement, during which all weapons were withdrawn, as well as one litter casualty, previously wounded. "In the new position, Sgt. Gibeau 's squad set up its weapons and aided materially in holding the position." Sgt. Gibeau 's wife and daughter, Sharon, age 2, are making their home with Mrs. Gibeau 's mother, Lathrop Street, West Carthage. The next announcement about Albert Gibeau was in February 1945. The infantryman in the 3rd Army of Gen. George Patton had been missing in action since Jan. 15 in Belgium, it was reported. A few days later in February it was disclosed he had been killed in action. A citation with the Silver Star, which was posthumously presented, said that between Jan. 7 and Jan. 15, 1945, "while directing fire of his machine gun section in support of attacking riflemen, Lt. Gibeau noticed one of his guns out of action. He ran to that position and attempted to place the gun back in action. While so engaged, he was wounded by an enemy rifle brigade but refused evacuation and personally manned a machine gun whose crew members had become casualties. He succeed in destroying an enemy machine gun, thereby enabling assault troops to reach their objective with minimum casualties. "On Jan. 15, Lt. Gibeau led his section forward to support an attack with complete disregard for personal safety and supervised the placing of his guns in position on each flank despite intense concentration of enemy fire and was killed by an enemy artillery shell while moving from one gun position to another."

 

GILL, JOHN L


Watertown, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
0-385501
105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division
Died: July 30, 1944, New Caledonia
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster


GLASSBURN, ROBERT D


Henderson Harbor, NY
Place of Death KOREA

Zelda Glassburn , daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Daniel E. Eggleston, summer residents of Henderson Harbor, has just been notified by the war department that her husband, Maj. Robert D . Glassburn , is a prisoner of the Japanese government in the Philippines. He was on duty at Corregidor when it fell in May. Mrs. Glassburn , niece of Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Denison, Adams, and Mr. and Mrs. Mial Eggleston, Henderson, first heard that her husband had been captured in March 1942, when she received a one-sheet letter smuggled to her by a sailor who accompanied Manuel Quezon, president of the Philippine Islands, to Australia. The letter stated that he was all right and not to worry. Her husband died Jan. 13, 1945, in a Japanese prison camp in Korea.




GOLDSTEIN, IRVING


Watertown, NY
Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
08974677
United States Navy
Died: November 20, 1944, Pacific Theater of Operations
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Irving Goldstein , seaman second-class, U.S. Navy, 38, former resident of this city and credit manager for Morrison's Furniture Store from July 1942 until his induction into the Navy last May, was drowned when the ship he was stationed on was sunk, friends in this city have been notified by the sailor's wife, who now resides in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Friends in Watertown did not obtain much information on the tragedy, but it was learned that Seaman Goldstein 's ship was torpedoed and the former Watertown resident went down with his ship. He was to have returned to Watertown in the employ of the furniture company.

 

GOSIER, JOHN E


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
13185518
66th Regiment, 2nd Armored Division
Died: July 13, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot J Row 21 Grave 7
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France

Pvt. John E . Gosier , 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E . Gosier , 258 TenEyck St., died July 13 from wounds while serving with a reconnaissance group A week before they learned of their son's death, attorney Ralph Gosier and his wife, Everilda, received a letter from him. It was dated the same day he died. The 1940 graduate of Watertown High School, who had enlisted in the Army in December 1941, said in the letter that he had arrived in Normandy four days after the invasion. He revealed that he was doing secret reconnaissance work that involved going near enemy territory in a jeep.

 

GOWING, FRANKLIN RAMSEY


Sackets Harbor, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-695315
357th Fighter Squadron, 355th Fighter Group
Died: August 2, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot D Row 6 Grave 42
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France


GRAY, JOHN A


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Pfc. John A . Gray , 27, of 123 Haney St., member of the U.S. infantry, who has been in the Army only since last April 1, is listed by the War Department as missing in action in Germany since Nov. 13, according to a telegram received by his wife, Mrs. Virginia G. Dyer Gray . Pvt. Gray was inducted in the Army on April 1. He was shipped to France on Sept. 12. His wife received a letter from her husband on Nov. 21. It was dated Nov. 3. In the letter he said that he was fighting in Germany, the "I am well but the going is tough." Pvt. Gray was born in this city, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur J. Gray of Pine Camp, formerly of 414 S. Hamilton St. He left Watertown High School while in his senior year. He has two children, Deanna Jean, 5, and Robert Arthur, 3. His family received no more information about him until November 1945, when he was declared dead. His body was returned to Watertown in July 1949.

 

 

GREEN, JOHN F


Watertown, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
02064568
Army Air Corps
Died: October 9, 1944, New Guinea
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Aviation Cadet John F. Green , 19, U.S. Army Air Forces, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence J. Green, 234 Flower Ave. W., was graduated Saturday from Hondo Army Air Field, Texas as a second lieutenant and navigator on a B-24 Liberator bomber and is in this city on a seven-day leave. Lt. Green enlisted in the Army Air Forces Feb. 24, 1943. The 1942 graduate of Watertown High School was sent to New Guinea, reportedly to serve with an Army casualty training command, arriving Oct. 2, 1944. Seven days later, he was missing in action. He was subsequently declared dead. In August 1947, the Watertown City Council renamed a portion of School Street, intersecting at Myrtle Avenue as Green Street, in honor of the lost soldier.

GREENE, DONALD R


Watertown, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-727008
368th Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered the Service from: Indiana
Died: January 3, 1943, Germany
Buried at: Plot H Row 10 Grave 17
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

Donald R. Greene , son of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Greene, 660 Boyd St., has qualified for training as a pilot and is an aviation cadet stationed at the classification center at San Antonio, Texas, waiting assignment to a pre-flight training school. He attended Watertown High School and was graduated from the Henderson Central School in June 1937. He was graduated from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam with the class of June 1941. In March 1944, while with the Eighth Army, he would be presented an Air Medal with oak leaf cluster for five missions over enemy-occupied Europe as bombardier on a B-24 Liberator. On March 18, during a mission over Germany, apparently his 23rd mission, his plane would be shot down. Initially listed as missing in action, he would be reported by Germany in July to be dead.

GREENE, HAROLD O "PETE"


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA

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Cpl. Harold O . (Pete) Greene , U.S. Marine Corps, who has served in the South Pacific area for the past 16 months, has arrived in California and expects to come here within two weeks for a 31-day furlough, according to word received Monday afternoon by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward T. Greene , State Street Road. Cpl. Greene enlisted in the Marines in January 1942. He has served with the amphibious corps and the parachute troops of the Marines. He is the brother of Orlin T. Greene , paratrooper with the Marine Corps, who was wounded in the first landing made at Guadalcanal. Two other brothers in the service are Pfc. Stanley E. Greene , stationed in Ireland, and Pfc. Alfred E. Greene , U.S. Marine Corps, in training at New River, N.C. Harold Greene , a 1935 graduate of Watertown High School, began his first Pacific tour in December 1943, and participated in the occupation of Bougainville and Vellalavella. Following his home visit, he was assigned to Pearl Harbor, where he remained until the invasion of Iwo Jima. On March 29, 1945, his parents received notification that he had been killed in action March 10, 1945, while serving with the 5th Marine Division on Iwo Jima. His regiment, it was reported, had been instrumental in the capture of Mount Suribachi. An account of Orlin Greene 's combat appeared in the September 1992 War Remembrances column. Stanley Greene , with the 7th Infantry, suffered shrapnel wounds in his right arm and right leg July 27, 1944, in France, after having served in the Normandy invasion. Alfred E. Greene , a graduate of Copenhagen Central School, served at Okinawa.

 

 

GREER, DONALD JAY


Watertown, NY
Donald J. Greer Signalman, Third Class, U.S. Navy
06000866
United States Naval Reserve
Died: November 25, 1944, Gilbert Islands
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

Donald Jay Greer , 20, signalman in the Navy, was wounded in the leg by machine gun bullets during a naval action somewhere in the Pacific, according to a letter received this morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert J . Greer , 724 Hancock St. The sailor is now on a hospital ship and is recovering from the injury. The sailor, a native of Clayton and a former resident of Herrings, was struck by bullets in the back of the leg just below the knee. The sailor wrote that he is making recovery and told his parents "not to worry." He was home the following month, telling how a Japanese dive bomber shot him following the first round of fighting at the Solomon Islands. It occurred Oct. 26, 1942, in the Santa Cruz area, during an attack by 140 dive bombers, torpedo bombers and fighter planes upon the American fleet. He said he was wounded while on the auxiliary deck of the light cruiser "San Juan," manning a .30 caliber machine gun. In early August, he reported, he was among three members of the ship's crew who were volunteer spotters for the Marine landing forces, working under a hail of bullets from 25 Japanese twin-engine bombers. Signalman Greer was aboard the aircraft carrier "Liscome Bay" in November 1943 when it was sunk near the Gilbert Islands, and in a December 1944 telegram his parents were notified he had been declared dead. A brother, Albert J . Greer Jr., was also in the Navy and served in the Atlantic and the Pacific.

 

GRIMES, WILLIAM M JR


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Lt. William M . Grimes Jr., only son of Maj. Gen. and Mrs. William M . Grimes , formerly of Watertown and Pine Camp, was killed in action on April 25 in Germany. The general and his family resided at 130 Flower Ave. E., while he was stationed at Pine Camp as a brigade commander of the 4th Armored Division from April 1941 until April 1942. Lt. Grimes was a member of the 1945 class at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He was appointed to the academy by the late Congressman Francis D. Culkin, Oswego, while the Grimes family resided in Watertown. Lt. Grimes was born at Fort Riley, Kan., in 1922. He spent the summers of 1941 and 1942 with his parents in Watertown. He had been serving overseas since December. At the time of his death, he was commanding a medium tank platoon of the 27th Tank Battalion, 20th Armored Division.

 

 

GUESS, DELBERT E


Watertown, NY
Motor Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy
07078094
United States Naval Reserve
Died: September 12, 1944, Mediterranean Sea
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

Petty Officer Second Class Delbert E. Guess , 36, U.S. Navy, son of Mrs. Marion Guess , 210 Academy St., is believed to have been aboard the U.S. destroyer Rowan, which was sunk in the Mediterranean Sept. 11. A Navy announcement in Saturday's Times revealed the sinking of the destroyer by an underwater explosion Sept. 11, two days after the invasion at Salerno. Mrs. Guess , who has not yet received word from the Navy Department concerning her son, still holds hope for his safety. Although he was aboard the Rowan when he last wrote his mother Sept. 4, he stated at that time that he had been changing ships, leading his mother to believe that he may possibly have been aboard another ship at the time of the explosion. A native of this city, Petty Officer Guess attended Academy Street School and was graduated from Watertown High School. He was a reporter for The Times a short time in 1925 and 1926. The Rowan was in the midst of the Italian battle area and it is likely that all fighting personnel not killed in the explosion were picked up by nearby ships. The Navy has no report on the casualties so far. The Rowan had a complement of 172 men. Petty Officer Guess 's father was the late Delbert E. Guess , Academy Street grocer. He was later declared dead.


GULLO, ARTHUR F


Carthage, NY
Captain, U.S. Army O-924815
1058th Engineer Construction and Repair Group
Entered the Service from: Pennsylvania
Died: March 17, 1945, Germany
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Arthur F . Gullo , overseas with a combat engineers division, has been promoted from first lieutenant to captain, according to word received yesterday by his mother, Mrs. Anthony Gullo , State Street, Carthage. Capt. Gullo , graduated from Augustinian Academy in 1930, attended Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam. He enlisted in the U.S. Army April 2, 1942, and was called to active duty July 6 of that year. He was sent to England in February 1944, assigned to a port construction and repair group, the 1058th Engineer Battalion. He served in France, Luxembourg and Belgium, where he was in the Battle of the Bulge, in which he was wounded. The engineer also entered combat in Germany, where, on March 17, 1945, he was with a repair crew on the Remagen Bridge, spanning the Rhine River. On that day, following 10 days of fighting with the Germans at the location, the bridge collapsed and the captain was killed. A bridge subsequently built by his unit over the river was named for him by the engineer unit. An account of the demise of the bridge at Remagen, occurring at 3:10 p.m., March 17, 1945, as reported by Capt. James B. Cooke, structural expert in the office of chief engineer in the European theater, said, "There was no warning noise ... and no apparent cause for its falling." The Cooke account, researched recently by Francis R. Gates, Canton, continued, "No enemy action had been recorded in the preceding two hours, although German as well as our own shelling had been severe for the 24 hours prior to that. No work was taking place that would influence the structure toward failure. In falling, the main span suddenly rotated upstream, then crashed vertically. ... "In conclusion, the bridge was standing with a very small margin of safety, and it appears that vibration of our artillery, coupled with that of the enemy's artillery, caused the final failure." A brother, James J. Gullo , was in New Guinea with the Navy Seabees.

 

HALL, CLARENCE DEWEY


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

Tech. Sgt. Clarence Dewey Hall , 25, son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin O. Hall , 251 E. Main St., veteran of the North African theater of war, was killed in action Sept. 15 in Italy, according to a telegram received by his parents Saturday afternoon from Gen. J.A. Ulio, adjutant general, Washington, D.C. Mrs. Hall , overcome by the news of her son's death, immediately was taken to the Knowlton Brothers, Inc., where her husband is employed as a finisher. Being told of their son's death, Mr. Hall was taken to his home by two fellow employees. His condition is regarded as somewhat better today. The soldier's parents had not heard from their son in seven weeks. At that time, he was stationed in North Africa. Sgt. Hall informed his parents that he was being moved, that he was well, and for them "not to worry about me, as I can take care of myself." He was graduated from the Watertown high School with the class of January 1937. The soldier, with the Army transportation corps, was killed at Anzio, Italy.

HARCEY, WILLIAM W


Henderson Harbor, NY
Place of Death

HART, EVERETT W


Brownville, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Private, U.S. Army
32383866
50th General Hospital
Died: November 25, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot A Row 2 Grave 26
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France

Pvt. Everett W. Hart , 33, U.S. Army Medical Corps, died Nov. 25 while stationed in the 50th General Hospital at Carentan, France, a War Department telegram informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Hart , Brownville. He was an only child. Because of the nature of the telegram, it is believed by his parents that he died of natural causes, as Pvt. Hart , in his capacity as a medical corpsman, did not go near the fighting front. His duties were to care for patients who were confined to the general hospital. His last letter to his parents, written on Nov. 5 and received just before Christmas, stated that "I am still working, but haven't been feeling good for some time. I have quite a cold," he wrote. Pvt. Hart had been overseas since December 1943. He was stationed first in England, where he remained until the invasion of France. After most of France was taken by the Allies, he was sent to duty at the general hospital, where he had since been stationed. He was inducted into the Army on Aug. 18, 1942. The soldier was born in this city on May 18, 1911, the only child of Charles E. and May Scee Hart . He moved to Brownville as a child and attended Brownville schools. He was graduated from the Brownville-Glen Park High School in 1929.

HARVEY, RALPH ZANE


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

Pfc. Ralph Z.G. Harvey , 22, formerly of Pyrites, a son of Richard Harvey , Sackets Harbor, and Mrs. J.A. Gardner, Los Angeles, Calif., was killed in action April 23 in North Africa. Announcement of his death was contained in a telegram received Friday by a brother, Amos H. Harvey , Sackets Harbor, from Adjutant General A.J. Ulio of the War Department. Pvt. Harvey landed with the first American troops in North Africa on Nov. 8, 1942. It is believed he was serving with an infantry division. His last letter, written April 22, the day before he met death, contained the information that he had been awarded the Order of the Purple Heart, having been wounded in action earlier in April. At the time the letter was written, he had recovered enough to return to duty. This letter was received by his brother in Sackets Harbor early in May. He was with the 18th Infantry.



HERR, CHARLES H


Watertown, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O-372994
1st Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division
Died: March 20, 1943, North Africa
Buried at: Plot H Row 15 Grave 42
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy

Lt. Charles H . Herr , son of Mr. and Mrs. Isadore Herr , 1419 Academy St., may be among the United States soldiers now fighting in North Africa, it was learned here today. Lt. Herr has been stationed in Ireland since May and it is now believed that he may have left there with other members of his unit to serve in the North African campaign. Effective Feb. 15, 1943, he would be listed missing in action in Africa, and his parents would learn March 15, 1943, through the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg, that he had been wounded and taken prisoner by the Italian Army. Finally, on April 8, 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Herr received their first direct word from the War Department. A telegram said, in part, "your son ... died in the African war area due to enemy action. Date undisclosed." He served in an armored division.


HESS, ROBERT W


Ellisburg, NY
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12099180
853rd Bomber Squadron, 491st Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: June 5, 1944, France
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium

Fortress tail gunner Robert W. Hess , 23, formerly of Ellisburg, has been reported missing in action over occupied Europe since June 5, according to a telegram received Tuesday from the War Department by his wife, who resides in Tully. Son of Bailey Hess and the late Jane Baker Hess , Ellisburg residents until about 13 years ago, Sgt. Hess enlisted in the service in July 1942, and has been overseas since April. The gunner is the father of an infant daughter, Maureen. Later information provided by the War Department indicated that his plane dropped out of formation at 9:10 p.m. on the eve of D-Day near Bologne on the French coast while returning from a mission over France. Two parachutes were seen descending from the craft, which had no visible flames. He was not one of the parachutists. One of those who survived wrote his widow, saying that Sgt. Hess had come from his gun position to assist a wounded radioman on the plane. He was with the radioman when orders were given to bail out. The survivors believed the plane exploded before anybody else had time to escape.


HIBBARD, CARLETON E


Adams, NY
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army
12003968
301st Infantry Regiment, 94th Infantry Division
Died: March 1, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot E Row 15 Grave 9
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

Sgt. Carl J. Hibbard , 21, a bombardier of the 9th Air Force who participated in four major campaigns, has been awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for air battles over Germany and France, according to information received by his wife, the former Miss Helen Singleton, 507 Curtis St. Sgt. Hibbard , a son of Mrs. Bessie Hibbard , 550 Coffeen St., is stationed with the Army of occupation in Germany. Entering service in January 1943, he was sent overseas in February 1944. He and Mrs. Hibbard were married Aug. 30, 1942, and have a son, Carlton Donald, age 19 months. He continued to live in the Watertown area after the war. One of his brothers, Donald R. Hibbard , a Watertown High School graduate, served in the Air Force as a propeller specialist, working in Egypt, Iran, India and North Africa. When he returned from war, he brought home his Egyptian bride, Mary Iris Gemayel, Cairo. Their brother-in-law, Carl E. Foster, was in the Navy, serving in the Pacific aboard the flagship "USS Pasadena," and was with occupation forces after Japan's surrender. A Potsdam native and son of Frank and Priscilla Gardner Foster, he had married Miss Fern A. Hibbard in March 1935.


HODLIN, ORVILLE N


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
42091929
23rd Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division
Died: October 19, 1944, Holland
Buried at: Plot D Row 1 Grave 23
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium

Pvt. Orville N. Hodlin , 27, U.S. Infantry, was killed in action on Oct. 19 while on the fighting front in Holland, according to a War Department telegram received this morning by his wife, Mrs. Irene G. Patnode Hodlin , 217 E. Main St. Pvt. Hodlin had been overseas since July. He reported first to England and was then sent to the French fighting front. When the Allied armies invaded Holland, he took an active part in the U.S. infantry units entering the country. His last letter to his wife was written on Oct. 13, and received by Mrs. Hodlin on Oct. 26. He did not give much detail of his work but informed her that he was in Holland. Pvt. Hodlin entered the armed forces on Jan. 25, 1944. He was born at Worcester, Mass. On July 6, 1935, he married Miss Irene G. Patnode of Ellenburg. Later the couple moved to this city, where Pvt. Hodlin was employed by the Marcy, Buck and Winslow Co. Surviving are his wife, his mother, and three daughters, Catherine, 8, Barbara, 4, and Linda, 6 months. His widow, later to reside in Massena, never remarried.


HOFFMAN, ROBERT


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

Sgt. Robert Hoffman , 21, former resident of Watertown, who had been listed as missing since Jan. 31, was killed in action on that date in the North African war area, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arnold R. Hoffman , Utica. The young man lived in this city for about four years, leaving here nine years ago. The family resided at 395 Moffett St. Sgt. Hoffman attended Academy Street School. Sgt. Hoffman joined the Army in June 1940. He was wounded in action during the initial invasion of North Africa Nov. 8. He received the Purple Heart in an Algerian hospital. The last letter his parents received from him was written two days before Christmas.


HOLLEY, WARD R


Adams, NY
Private, U.S. Army
42065876
115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Died: August 28, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot L Row 7 Grave 17
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France

Pvt. Ward R. Holley , 27, Adams, member of the U.S. Infantry who was previously reported missing in action in France on Aug. 28, was killed in action on that date, according to a War Department telegram received Thursday afternoon by his wife, the former Miss Barbara G. Hathway of Watertown. Mrs. Holley resides with her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd M. Holley , Adams. Pvt. Holley had only been in action for about one week when he met death. He arrived in England in July and remained in that country a short time before being sent into the French fighting front. His last letter to his wife was dated Aug. 20. She received the letter about the first of September. He was inducted into the Army on Feb. 3. Pvt. Holley was born in Ithaca, Jan. 25, 1917, son of Floyd and Corinne Spicer Holley . He moved with his parents to Adams while still a child and attended Adams schools. He was graduated from Adams High School in 1936. On June 5, 1939, he married the former Miss Barbara G. Hathway of this city. Surviving besides his parents and his wife are three children, Barbara Ann, 4, Pamela, 2, and Linda, 1.


HOLT, WILLIAM G JR


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

Pvt. William G . Holt Jr., 19, U.S. infantry, has been reported missing in action since March 26 in Germany, according to a War Department telegram received by his father, William G . Holt , 506 Davidson St. Pvt. Holt has been serving overseas since last January. He was first sent to France, and then into Germany. He last wrote his parents on March 25, one day before he was listed missing. He was graduated from Watertown High School in January 1944, and was inducted into the Army the following March. At the beginning of July 1945, the soldier's father received notice that he had been killed in action "while his unit was crossing the Rhine River in an attack against our German enemy." Born Nov. 26, 1925, he was the only son of William G . and Ruth Hopper Holt . His mother died several years before the war. He was with Patton's 3rd Army.


HONEYBELL, JAMES H



Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32939482
7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division
Died: November 20, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot A Row 31 Grave 3
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

James H. Honeybell , a 1943 graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy, entered the Army in August 1943 and was sent to North Africa in February 1944. He was assigned to an infantry unit and fought on the Anzio beachhead and later reached Rome. He was hospitalized in August 1944 for a head cut and arm injury he suffered during combat in Italy. The 20-year-old soldier was sent into France in late September 1944. On Nov. 20 1944, he was killed in action in France.


HUGHES, FREDERICK J


Watertown, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-703748
860th Bomber Squadron, 493rd Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: September 30, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot D Row 2 Grave 76
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart
Scoutmaster, Troop 6, North Side Improvement League
A monument was erected at Camp Portaferry, Harrisville NY

First Lt. Frederick J . Hughes , 28, navigator of a B-17, a Flying Fortress, in the U.S. Army Air Corps, was killed in action in Germany on Sept. 30, the day after his 28th birthday, his mother, Mrs. Anna L. Hughes , 647 Cooper St., has been officially informed. Lt. Hughes , who was attached to the 8th U.S. Air Force based in England, never revealed to his mother any definite number of bombing missions he had completed. However, he is believed to have flown nearly the number required for a leave, probably 35, since the last letter from him stated that his "missions are coming along good and I should be starting for home soon." The letter, written Sept. 29, his 28th birthday and the day before his death, was received by his mother early this morning. The Watertown officer, who flew the first part of his missions in a B-24, a Liberator bomber, had been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievements in combat duty and had received at least two Oak Leaf Clusters for distinguished service. He had been overseas since about May 1 and completed his first bombing mission soon after his arrival in England from the United States. Lt. Hughes was born in Watertown on Sept. 29, 1916, a son of William H. and Anna L. Graves Hughes . Lt. Hughes graduated from the Immaculate Heart Academy in 1933. He entered Syracuse University, from which he graduated in 1938. His mother was informed a few days later that he was killed over Germany when a shell from a rocket gun crashed through his plane. A brother, Charles W. Hughes , also a graduate of Immaculate Heart Academy, received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters after being in 81 sortie missions. He was a pilot and operations officer for the Flying Crow squadron of the 10th Air Force in the China-Burma-India theater at the conclusion of his war service, although he had earlier been assigned to the 12th Air Force in the Mediterranean and the 14th Air Force in China. He flew P-40 and P-47 fighter planes. He began is overseas duty in March 1943.


HULL, JOSEPH P


Antwerp, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

HULSIZER, HAROLD


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

HUNTER RICHARD E.


Redwood, NY

2nd Lieutenant

ARMY Air Force
Place of Death Italy
Date of Death - June 13, 1943

Lt Hunter

HUTTEMAN, GUSTAVE


Sackets Harbor, NY
Place of Death MEDITERRANEAN

IRWIN, DONALD C


Adams, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

JESSMAN, GUY E JR


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PHILIPPINES

JOHNSON, WILLIAM O'TOOLE


Clayton, NY
NAVY RESERVE
Place of Death PACIFIC

JONES, KENNETH EARL


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
12030146
161st Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division
Died: March 15, 1945, Luzon
Buried at: Plot A Row 2 Grave 173
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster


JONES, VERNON D


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32737111
112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
Died: November 8, 1944
Buried at: Plot F Row 7 Grave 7
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

KEEHFUS, GEORGE J


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death EUROPE

KERRIDGE, FRANCIS N JR


Sackets Harbor, NY
Machinist's Mate, Second Class, U.S. Navy
02387709
United States Navy
Died: October 14, 1944, Mediterranean
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

KESSEL, BERNARD


Carthage, NY
Place of Death GUADALCANAL
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
00305226
United States Marine Corps
Died: October 26, 1942, Guadalcanal
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

KLOCK, CLARE O


LaFargeville, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

KNAPP, WENDELL R


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

KOPROSKI, LAWRENCE J


Watertown, NY
Seaman, Second Class, U.S. Navy
02388095
United States Navy
Died: November 13, 1942, Solomon Islands
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

KOSTYK, NICHOLAS J


Dexter, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32234854
81st Tank Battalion, 5th Armored Division
Died: September 18, 1944, Germany
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

LAFEX, FRANCIS JOHN


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
00954184
United States Marine Corps
Died: February 20, 1946, Iwo Jima
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

LAGIER, KENNETH W


Watertown, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32254415
771st Tank Battalion
Died: November 25, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot A Row 18 Grave 18
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart

LAMOUREAUX, HERBERT EDWARD


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

LANGDON, ROBERT G


Carthage, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA

LANGWORTHY, LYLE P


Adams Center, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUXUMBOURG
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32332465
133rd Engineer Combat Battalion
Died: January 21, 1945, Luxembourg
Buried at: Plot E Row 6 Grave 41
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg


LANSING, WILLIAM H


Watertown, NY
Place of Death

LAPLANTE, JOSEPH E


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Private, U.S. Army
12099109
427th Engineer Dump Truck Company
Died: January 13, 1944, Italy
Buried at: Plot I Row 11 Grave 23
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy


LASHOMB, DONALD A


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

LAVINE, BENJAMIN E


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

LAWRENCE, CLYDE B


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death TINIAN ISLAND

LEANO, JOSEPH A



Watertown, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32936045
10th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division
Died: October 7, 1944, France
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

LEAVERY, FRANCIS A


Clayton, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32027407
331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Died: October 3, 1944, Luxumbourg
Buried at: Plot C Row 12 Grave 44
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium


LEGARY, JAMES B


Carthage, NY
CANADIAN ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

LEPHART, CLARENCE A


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death NAPLES

LESO, RAYMOND O


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

LEUZE, RALPH


Evans Mills, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY


LIVINGSTON, ROBERT A


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
00428877
United States Marine Corps
Died: June 15, 1944, Saipan
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii


LOFT, RUSSELL E


Adams, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

LOGA, MICHAEL JR


Dexter, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
32679546
853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation
Died: November 27, 1943, France
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia


LOVE, WALTER


WELLESLEY ISLAND
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

LOVELAND, ROLLA


Adams, NY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
00292659
United States Marine Corps
Died: September 15, 1944, Pacific Theater of Operations
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines


LOWE, FLOYD A


West Carthage, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

LYNCH, JAMES D


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death JAPAN

MAINS, ROBERT L



Watertown, NY
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-680467
714th Bomber Squadron, 448th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: April 4, 1945, Germany
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart


MALLETTE, RAY A



Carthage, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
0-676588
868th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
Died: February 16, 1946, Truk Atoll
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart


MASSEY, LANCE EDWARD


Watertown, NY



Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Navy
0-063292
United States Navy
Died: June 5, 1943, Midway
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart


MCALLISTER, FRANCIS ALLARD


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S. Navy
0-125889
United States Naval Reserve
Died: July 3, 1945, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii



MCAVOY, CLARK A


Clayton, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

MCCALLOPS, LANDIS E


GREAT BEND
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

MCCREADY, HARRY M


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LEYTE

MCDONALD, JOHN W


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death NEGROS ISLANDS

MCKEON, THOMAS J


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death YUGOSLAVIA

First Lt. Thomas J. McKeon, 21, U.S. Army Air Forces, native of Watertown, was killed during a flight over Yugoslavia Feb. 19, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William C . McKeon, Providence, R.I., have informed his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Cahill , 120 Scio St. His parents were notified originally that he was missing in action on Feb. 19 while on an attack over Yugoslavia as pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber. Saturday they received word that he was killed in action on that date. He is the second member of the Cahill family to die in action in the European theater of war within the past year. Staff Sgt. James A . Cahill , 29, an uncle of Lt. McKeon, died of wounds received in France in August 1944. Lt. McKeon was born in Watertown on June 27, 1924, the son of William C . and Muriel Cahill McKeon. When he was 6 months old, his parents moved to Providence. Since he was a child, he had spent every summer in this city with his grandparents until he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in January 1943. He received his commission in June 1944.


MERRILL, SAMUEL L


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army
32250255
12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Died: June 6, 1944 (D-Day), France
Buried at: Plot B Row 16 Grave 45
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart


MESSINA, NARIANA


Watertown, NY
Private, U.S. Army 42113112
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Died: January 16, 1945, Belgium
Buried at: Plot C Row 14 Grave 11
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium


MICHALZUK, MICHAEL


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32919554
11th Infantry Battalion, 1st Armored Division
Entered the Service from: New Jersey
Died: August 8, 1944, Italy
Buried at: Plot F Row 3 Grave 14
Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy


MILLER, JOHN T


West Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death HOLLAND

MILLS, WILLIAM H. Jr.


Watertown, NY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
32477773
744th Bomber Squadron, 456th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: April 25, 1944, Europe
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters


MOLINARI, FRANK JOSEPH


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death SOUTH PACIFIC

MOONEY, JAMES V


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

MOREHOUSE, GEORGE


Dexter, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

MORETON, GEORGE


LORRAINE
Private, U.S. Army 42026427
115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Died: August 11, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot C Row 4 Grave 7
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France

MORICK, FRANCIS J


Watertown, NY

MORROW, ROBERT E


Carthage, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death HUNGARY

MOSCHELLE, WILLIAM HENRY JR


Clayton, NY
Fire Controlman, Third Class, U.S. Navy
08006115
United States Naval Reserve
Died: October 29, 1944, Philippines
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines


MULLIN, HUGH J


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

MURAWSKI, HENRY


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA

MURPHY, HAROLD T


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42113879
60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Died: December 10, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot A Row 14 Grave 11
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium


NICHOLS, HENRY


Adams, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

NORTHROP, JOHN R


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

O'NEIL, HAROLD E


Carthage, NY
NAVY
Place of Death SOUTH PACIFIC

OLSON, ELMER E


Madison Barracks, Sackets Harbor, NY
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O-885736
18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Died: July 10, 1943, Sicily
Buried at: Plot E Row 2 Grave 8
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Awards: Soldier's Medal , Purple Heart

OTIS, KEITH


Pierrepont Manor, NY
ARMY
Place of Death BELGIUM

PALMER, FREEMAN HENRY


Watertown, NY
RCAF
Place of Death GERMANY

PARKER, ALTON ALLEN


RODMAN
Fireman, First Class, U.S. Navy
08006493
United States Naval Reserve
Died: May 4, 1945, Pacific
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii

PARSLOW, JAMES A


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

PELLMAN, SEYMOUR E


Watertown, NY
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army 12103576
394th Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division
Died: March 12, 1945, Germany
Buried at: Plot E Row 11 Grave 1
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium


PENOYER, CORWIN D


Black River, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death INDIA-BURMA

PERCY, FRANCIS B


GREAT BEND
Private, U.S. Army Medical Corps 32469925
Medical Department
Died: February 3, 1943, Atlantic
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial
New York City, USA


PERKINS, VANOSTRAND


          

Watertown, NY
Commander, U.S. Navy
0-077142
United States Navy
Entered the Service from: Connecticut
Died: October 24, 1944, Philippines
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

PETRIE, MORRIS E


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

PHELPS, GEORGE


HENDERSON
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
02386945
United States Navy
Died: December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor HI
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii




PHILLIPS, CLARENCE E


Clayton, NY


PICARELLI, FRANCIS D


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
42090135
700th Bomber Squadron, 445th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: December 12, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot B Row 31 Grave 18
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium


PICCOLI, CORRADO A. G.



Watertown, NY
ARMY
Company H, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
See more at: The Name on the Purple Heart - The Search for A WWII Hero
Place of Death - Fremifontaine, FRANCE
Private Piccoli

Nov. 7 - Pvt. Corrado A.G. Piccoli, 20, U.S. infantry, who was reported missing in action on the French battlefront on Oct. 7, was killed in action on that date while serving in France, a War Department telegram notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bernardino Piccoli, 321 High St., late Monday afternoon. The War Department notified the soldier's parents that he was missing in action on Thursday. They had not known that their son was serving in France until they received word that he was missing. In June, he left for overseas and arrived in Italy on June 16, they were informed in a letter from him. The last letter they received was dated Aug. 5 and received on Aug. 26, which stated that he had visited various places in Italy, the country of his birth. Pvt. Piccoli entered the Army Jan. 19, 1943. He was born in Norma, province of Rome, Italy, on Dec. 14, 1923, He came to this country Dec. 19, 1926. He was graduated from the Watertown High School in the class of June 1942.


PINNER, CLIFFORD L


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death OKINAWA

POTTER, JOHN R


Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Marine Corps
00320957
United States Marine Corps
Died: October 29, 1942, Guadalcanal
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii


POULIN, GERALD F


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Buried in North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY


POUND, FREDERICK JOSEPH


Carthage, NY
Place of Death ITALY

POWELL, JOHN MICHAEL


Deferiet, NY
Boatswain's Mate, First Class, U.S. Navy
02384451
United States Navy
Died: October 24, 1944, Philippines
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

PUTMAN, RALPH



Philadelphia, NY
Private, U.S. Army
42141431
8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Died: November 30, 1944, Germany
Buried at: Plot B Row 37 Grave 49
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium


PUTNAM, CLARENCE E


Town of Champion, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

RANDALL, STAFFORD B


LaFargeville, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death FRANCE
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-805671
579th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: February 2, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

RATHBURN, EARL K


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12169317
577th Bomber Squadron, 392nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: April 11, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters

REARDON, FREDERICK W


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death ALASKA

REID, GEORGE E


Black River, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PACIFIC

REIDELL, GEORGE L


Adams Center, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY
Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
32545918
858th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: February 21, 1945
Buried at: Plot B Row 35 Grave 31
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

RICHARDS, GEORGE


Felts Mills, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PACIFIC

RIDSDALE, JAMES W


OXBOW
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32847454
39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
Died: February 28, 1945
Buried at: Plot D Row 7 Grave 1
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

ROCK, CHARLES P


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
32544939
15th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron
Died: August 22, 1944
Buried at: Plot H Row 11 Grave 15
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Purple Heart

ROSE, HUGH


HENDERSON
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42092289
36th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Armored Division
Died: March 25, 1945
Buried at: Plot A Row 3 Grave 31
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

ROUNDS, JOHN R


HENDERSON
AIR FORCE
Place of Death CERAM ISLAND
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12139123
675th Bomber Squadron, 417th Bomber Group, Large
Died: October 22, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

ROY, CLARENCE P


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUZON

RUCK, CHARLES P (SEE ROCK?)


Watertown, NY
Place of Death FRANCE

RUDES, EDWIN E



Antwerp, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Private, U.S. Army
32745310
179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division
Died: October 9, 1943
Buried at: Plot H Row 14 Grave 13
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery
Nettuno, Italy
Awards: Purple Heart

RUMBLE, FRANCIS L


West Carthage, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
32544636
323rd Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: March 8, 1944
Buried at: Plot P Row 21 Grave 8
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

RUSK, ERWIN LEROY


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

RUSSELL, KENT E



Clayton, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ATLANTIC
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42113539
262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division
Died: December 25, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart

RYAN, ARNOLD F


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

RYERSON, WILLIAM F


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death BELGIUM
Captain, U.S. Army
O-422559
20th Infantry Battalion, 10th Armored Division
Died: January 14, 1945
Buried at: Plot B Row 10 Grave 33
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

RYON, LURON L


Ellisburg, NY
Place of Death FRANCE

SAVAGE, LYAL Jackson


Dexter, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PEARL HARBOR
Seaman, First Class, U.S. Navy
02386707
United States Navy
Died: December 7, 1941
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Purple Heart

SCHICK, CHARLES C


Watertown, NY
NAVY

SCHRECK, JOSEPH FREDERIC


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

SEYMOUR, THEODORE


Theresa, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PACIFIC
Private, U.S. Army Air Forces
32045108
803rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation
Died: October 24, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

SHANNON, HERBERT W


Watertown, NY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA
Buried North Watertown, NY Cemetery, Watertown, NY

SHARP, JOHN H


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PHILIPPINES
Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
06708995
Signal Air Wing Company
Died: April 15, 1942
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

SHEPARD, CLARENCE C


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32664206
377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division
Died: November 17, 1944
Buried at: Plot J Row 24 Grave 28
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France
Awards: Purple Heart

SHIMKONIS, JOSEPH J


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

SIEDLECKI, ALEXANDER JOHN



Deferiet, NY
COAST GUARD
Place of Death FRANCE
Quartermaster, Second Class, U.S. Coast Guard
00550552
United States Coast Guard
Died: September 10, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at East Coast Memorial
New York City, USA
Awards: Purple Heart

SIEDLECKI, JULIUS


Deferiet, NY
Place of Death GERMANY
Sergeant, U.S. Army
32234751
12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
Died: September 19, 1944
Buried at: Plot H Row 11 Grave 11
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

SLATE, ROBERT


Alexandria Bay, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

SMITH, JASPER RICHARD


Stone Mills, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA
Private First Class, U.S. Army Air Forces
32847486
853rd Engineer Battalion, Aviation
Died: November 27, 1943
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia
Awards: Purple Heart

SMITH, JOHN E


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death PHILIPPINES

SMITH, LLOYD EDWARD


West Carthage, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PHILIPPINES
Shipfitter, Second Class, U.S. Navy
01930285
United States Naval Reserve
Died: December 20, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

SMITH, REGINALD F



Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death BELGIUM
Sergeant, U.S. Army
32940140
53rd Infantry Battalion, 4th Armored Division
Died: January 14, 1945
Buried at: Plot G Row 2 Grave 12
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Awards: Purple Heart

SNYDER, PAUL P



Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
42028471
95th Field Artillery Battalion, 5th Armored Division
Died: March 16, 1945
Buried at: Plot D Row 11 Grave 5
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart

SOUVA, CHARLES H



Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
32471380
473rd Infantry Regiment
Died: April 14, 1945
Buried at: Plot C Row 12 Grave 32
Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Purple Heart

SQUIRES, JOHN O


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death AUSTRIA
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
32384089
723rd Bomber Squadron, 450th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: February 23, 1944
Buried at: Plot B Row 8 Grave 5
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart

STANFORD, VERNON E


Deferiet, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private, U.S. Army
42086467
26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Died: November 24, 1944
Buried at: Plot G Row 5 Grave 45
Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Awards: Purple Heart

STANSBURY, WESLEY G


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death EUROPE
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Air Forces
O-816610
350th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: July 28, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

STERLING, JACK F


Dexter, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY

STOCKER, JOHN J JR


Watertown, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death BURMA

STOODLEY, RICHARD W



Watertown, NY
Place of Death ENGLAND
Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
32285356
652nd Bomber Squadron, 25th Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: September 22, 1944
Buried at: Plot E Row 4 Grave 115
Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England
Awards: Purple Heart

STORINO, JOSEPH



Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY
Private, U.S. Army
32287271
339th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division
Died: August 21, 1944
Buried at: Plot H Row 2 Grave 25
Florence American Cemetery
Florence, Italy
Awards: Purple Heart

SUTTON, JOHN CRAIG


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death GERMANY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32849311
194th Infantry Regiment, 17th Airborne Division
Died: March 24, 1945
Buried at: Plot L Row 19 Grave 21
Netherlands American Cemetery
Margraten, Netherlands
Awards: Purple Heart

SWEENEY, DONALD


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death ENGLAND
Aviation Machinist's Mate, Third Class, U.S. Navy
06007073
United States Naval Reserve
Died: October 24, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery
Cambridge, England

TACEY, RICHARD CHARLES


Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PACIFIC
Machinist's Mate, First Class, U.S. Navy
06009638
United States Navy
Died: April 6, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Bronze Star

TAYLOR, FLOYD R


Adams, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

THOMAS, RICHARD


West Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death

THOMPSON, MURRAY G


Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army
O1315504
50th Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division
Died: November 26, 1944
Buried at: Plot J Row 41 Grave 36
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

THORNHILL, JOHN A


Chaumont, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY

TIFF, WILLIAM H


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUXUMBOURG
Private, U.S. Army
42113107
1255th Engineer Combat Battalion
Died: February 13, 1945
Buried at: Plot H Row 2 Grave 9
Luxembourg American Cemetery
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Awards: Purple Heart

TIMERMAN, CLAUDE DONALD


Philadelphia, NY
Place of Death OKINAWA
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
01296117
17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division
Died: April 23, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart

TRYON, LOREN L


Ellisburg, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army
42090240
116th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
Died: August 28, 1944
Buried at: Plot H Row 17 Grave 3
Brittany American Cemetery
St. James, France
Awards: Purple Heart

TUTTLE, HARVEY R


Watertown, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
00547689
United States Marine Corps
Died: February 28, 1945
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, Hawaii
Awards: Purple Heart

VEST, WILLIAM J


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

WALKER, DONNELL REDMOND


Three Mile Bay, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death NEW GUINEA
Technical Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
34450573
868th Bomber Squadron, Heavy
Entered the Service from: Canada
Died: September 21, 1944
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart

WALRATH, RAYMOND


Three Mile Bay, NY
Place of Death PACIFIC
Private, U.S. Marine Corps
00428934
United States Marine Corps
Died: October 1, 1943
Buried at: Plot D Row 15 Grave 98
Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines
Awards: Purple Heart

WARREN, CHARLES WRIGHT


Sackets Harbor, NY
ARMY
Place of Death HOLLAND

WATERS, GRADON E


Black River, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

WATSON, JOHN A


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death LUZON

WELBOURN, ARTHUR F


OSWEGO and Watertown, NY
NAVY
Place of Death PACIFIC

WEST, RICHARD S


Adams, NY
MARINES
Place of Death IWO JIMA

WETTERHAHN, CLARENCE D



Chaumont, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32847149
299th Engineer Combat Battalion
Died: June 6, 1944
Buried at: Plot J Row 9 Grave 7
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart

WILLIAMS, JOSEPH


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death ITALY

WILLIAMS, PAYNE


Pierrepont Manor, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA

WILSON, DONALD V



Antwerp, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Private, U.S. Army
32669009
331st Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division
Died: July 17, 1944
Buried at: Plot D Row 16 Grave 27
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart

WILSON, WILLIAM E



Carthage, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Private, U.S. Army
32284975
23rd Infantry Battalion, 7th Armored Division
Died: September 1, 1944
Buried at: Plot A Row 30 Grave 61
Epinal American Cemetery
Epinal, France
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

WILTSE, GERALD M


Evans Mills, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

WISNER, BENJAMIN


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE

WOOD, CHARLES LELAND JR



Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death FRANCE
Technician 5th Class, U.S. Army
32847013
299th Engineer Combat Battalion
Died: June 6, 1944
Buried at: Plot I Row 23 Grave 7
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart

WOODWORTH, HENRY DRESSOR


Watertown, NY
ARMY
Place of Death OKINAWA

WRIGHT, CLAUDE W


Black River, NY
ARMY
Place of Death NORTH AFRICA
First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
0446234
Headquarters, Eastern Base Section
Died: August 25, 1943
Buried at: Plot B Row 11 Grave 18
North Africa American Cemetery
Carthage, Tunisia

WRIGHT, DONALD C


Black River, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death BURMA

WRIGHT, FRED E


LaFargeville, NY
Place of Death GERMANY

ZAHLER, DONALD



Antwerp, NY
AIR FORCE
Place of Death GERMANY
Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
12198791
401st Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy
Died: March 6, 1944
Buried at: Plot D Row 8 Grave 26
Ardennes American Cemetery
Neupre, Belgium
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart

ZELTWANGER, CHARLES A



Watertown, NY
Private First Class, U.S. Army
32288997
60th Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division
Died: July 14, 1944, France
Buried at: Plot J Row 26 Grave 18
Normandy American Cemetery
St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France


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