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WWII Casualty List
of Sarasota Co Veterans
World War II
of War Casualties from WWII
Corp, and the Coast Guard
the State Dept. June 1946
Rank: Chief Electrician's Mate
Branch: US Navy
Casualty: KIA, DOW
Rank: Seaman Second Class
Branch: US Navy
Rank: Shipfitter Third Class
Branch: US Navy
Rank: Steward's Mate Second Class
Heights, Sarasota, FL
Rank: Seaman Second Class
Rank: Chief Electrician's Mate
Casualty: POW, KIA
Rank: Seaman Second Class
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Rank: Private First Class
Rank: Aviation Machinist's Mate Second Class
List of Dead and Missing Army
and Army Air Force Personnel from Florida
Published by the War Department in 1946
* this list was compiled between 27 May 1941 and 31 Jan
Category of Casualty
BARBER, Richard D. - 34541072 - Private First Class - Died
BEASON, Ross Jr. - 0-443186 - Second Lieutenant - Died Non
CAMPBELL, Robert B. Sr. - 44005510 - Private - Finding Of
Death (assumed dead)
CLARKE, William D. Jr. - 0-790795 - First Lieutenant - Died
DAVIS, John W. - 34209437 - Corporal - Killed In
DIXON, John Jr. - 34051666 - Private - Died Non
DOZIER, Jack - 14083186 - Staff Sergeant - Died Non
EDWARDS, Owen W. - 34054363 - Private - Died Of
FERRELL, Nalder L. - 34401135 - Private First Class - Died
FOLSE, Rupert E. - 0-437425 - First Lieutenant - Died Non
GLOVER, Harold E. - 0-808821 - Second Lieutenant - Died Non
GUNSTER, Walter E. - 0-001268 - Colonel - Died Non
HINSEY, Albert D. - 01699416 - Captain - Finding Of Death
HUNTER, William D. - 34531399 - Private - Finding Of Death
KENNEDY, Harvey B. Jr. - 34540097 - Sergeant - Missing In
KNIGHT, Terome C. - 01318809 - First Lieutenant - Killed In
LOW, Fred S. - 645317 - Sergeant - Died Non Battle
MATAUSCH, Constantin - 34023590 - Corporal - Killed In Action
Lt. Col. William
Hyatt Bache - born July 18, 1908, Oklahoma City, Okla., son of Mr.
& Mrs. Benjamin Franklin Bache. Was gradulated from U.S.
Academy, 1932. Married Miss Marilou Clark, May 30, 1933. Was killed May
7, 1943, near Canton Island in the South Pacific while signal executive
officer of Sixth Army. Survived by his father; his widow; three
children, Margaret Clark, Robert Hyatt, and William Allen Bache; two
brothers, E. B. Bache, B. A. Bache; and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Bache
Private Richard D. Barber - born
September 13, 1923, Tyler, Fla., son of Henry and Rosia (Johnson)
Barber. Entered service January 30, 1943. Married Willie Mae Bess March
8, 1942. Died in France August 25, 1944 while with 3195 Q.M. sv. Co.
Survived by his widow and parents.
Harold Harper Beasley - born December 10, 1916, Red Level, Ala., son of
W. F. and Lola (Harper) Beasley. Attended Alabama Polytechnical
Institute. Entered service July 9, 1941. Married Elizabeth Hereford May
10, 1942. Killed April 17, 1943, at Bremen, Germany, while serving with
91st Bomber Group, 401st Squadron. Citations: Air Medal three Oak Leaf
Clusters, D. F. C. and Purple Heart. Survived by widow and parents, and
two sisters, Annie Ruth and Christine Beasley.
Ross Beason Jr. - born November 15, 1921, Salt Lake City, Utah, son of
Ross and Elvera (Bong) Beason. Was graduated from Culver Military
Academy and attended Washington and Lee and Kenyon colleges. Entered
service April 20, 1942. Married Dorothy Louise Darwin, December 12,
1942. Killed April 15, 1944, at Castel Volturno, Italy, while with 27th
Army Bomber Group, 523rd Fighter Bomber Squadron. Survived by his
widow, his parents, and a son, Ross Beason III.
Walter Easton Bell - born May 19, 1917, Baltimore, Md., son of William
H. and Salome (Easton) Bell. Educated Andover Academy, Hun School, Yale
University and N. Y. U. School of Commerce. Entered service June 19,
1942. Married Barbara Bryan, January 30, 1940. Killed April 16, 1945,
at Arnberg, Germany, while with Co. B, 34th Tank Battalion, Fifth
ArmoredDivision. Survived by his widow and two daughters, Frances Sayre
and Nancy Winship Bell; his parents and one sister, Harriet H.
Capt. John Wesley Long Benbow - born
March 21, 1918, Greensboro, N. C., son of C. D. Jr., and Marjorie
(Long) Benbow. Educated at Guilford College and University of North
Carolina. Entered service in 1941. Married Margaret Coe, June 11, 1944.
Reported as missing in action June 16, 1945, while with 457th Squadron
506th Fighter Group, stationed in Iwo Jima. Citations: Air Medal.
Survived by his widow and parents.
Hazel Marie Bingner, WAC - born September 5, 1917, Marquette, Mich.,
daughter of Frank R. and Ella (Holt) Bingner. Entered service in April
1943. Died at Oro Bay, New Guinea May 15, 1945, while with Hq., Inter.
Sec. Dis. Div. - Chaplain's Section Company A. Survived by her parents,
a brother, Francis R. Bingner and a sister, Mrs. Esther M.
Lt. William Dickey Clarke Jr. -
born August 17, 1919, Philadelphia, Pa., son of William D. and
Josephine (Grooket) Clarke. Educated at Sarasota High School and
University of Florida. Entered service in August 1941. Married Rebecca
McDuffie, July 1942. Killed in European area August 14, 1943, while
serving as a pilot with 449 Bomber Squadron, 322 Bomber Group, AAC.
Survived by his widow, his parents and two brothers, Duane G. and Eric
Seaman 1st Class Thomas Wood
Clement - born September 23, 1924, Tarrytown, N. Y., son of Carl T. and
Olga (Martisse) Clement. Educated at Sarasota High School. Entered
service October 14, 1941. Died in Devon, England, June 21, 1944, while
with Fleet Air Wing 7. Survived by his parents and sister, Mrs. Shirley
1/C Graham Ingle Craig
- born August 26, 1916, Coatsville, Pa., son of Joseph and Alma
(McQuade) Craig. He became the foster son of George S. and S. Ruhamah
(Smith) Rose in 1919. Graduated from Sarasota High School. Entered
service April 1942. Killed July 21, 1944, at Guam while attached to
Hdq. Co. 1st Bn., 3rd. Marines 3rd Div. Survived by his foster-mother
and his parents.
John Willie Davis Jr. - born October 29, 1911, Jakin, Ga., son of John
W. and Bertha (Minter) Davis. Attended Sarasota schools. Entered
service April 28, 1944. Married Arnold N. Rigby, June 13, 1932. Died
January 26, 1945, in France while with the 756 Tank Battalion, 7th
Army. Citations: Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Survived by his widow, a
daughter Barbara Joan Davis, his mother, three brothers, Glen, Phil and
Edwin and a sister, Mrs. Eugenia Wadsworth.
3/C Wallace Walter DeVane - born April 4, 1921, Quitman, Ga., son of
Frank Lester and Sallie A. (Joiner) DeVane. Graduated from Sarasota
High School. Entered service August 15, 1940. Killed near Gaudalcanal,
November 13, 1945, while with the U.S.S. Atlanta. Citations:
Presidential and Purple Heart. Survived by his parents and four
sisters, Mrs. J. W. Hall Jr., Mrs. E. B. Baley, Mrs. Calvin Meyer and
S/SGT. Jack Dozier - born
December 15, 1914, Stillmore, Ga., son of William Pilcher and Mamie
(Elliott) Dozier. Was graduated from Sarasota High School and attended
Ringling Art School one year. Entered service August 31, 1942. Married
Frances E. Brunson April 11, 1942. Killed in England July 8, 1944, when
the transport plane in which he was radio operator crashed. He served
in the Air Corps 309th Troop Carrier Squadron. Survived by his widow,
his parents and five brothers, Vernon E., Horace G., Lamar B., W. P.
Jr. and Arthur G. Dozier.
Borthwick Draper - born August 16, 1923, Worcester, Mass., son of
Arthur D. and Jean (Wallace) Draper. Graduated from Sarasota High
School and attended University of Florida. Entered service December 3,
1942. Married Janice Taylor, September 14, 1944. Died October 10, 1944
at Vero Beach, Fla., while serving with Night Flighter Squadron, 14 B.
Survived by his widow, his parents, a brother, Arthur D. Draper Jr.,
and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Birdseye and Mrs. William
Tech. 3/C Walter Joseph Dryden - born in Pittsburgh, Pa., son of Walter
Sydney and Martha (Black) Dryden. A graduate of Bradenton High School.
Entered navy November 1, 1942. Died May 2, 1944 in the Pacific area.
Survived by his parents and two sisters, Mrs. Martha R. Brooks and
Barbara Jo Dryden.
Lt. Rupert Earl Folse Jr.
- born October 22, 1912, Hamberg, Miss., son of Mr. and Mrs. Rupert E.
Folse Sr. Graduated from Sarasota High School and attended Ringling Art
School. Entered service January, 1942. Died October 26, 1944, near
Caen, France, while with P of W Overhead Det. 2023. Citation: Good
Conduct Medal. Survived by his parents and a brother, Sgt. John L.
Pvt. Robert Blair Frazee - born April
5, 1924, son of Andrew Blair and Grace (Conover) Frazee. Entered Marine
Corps October 1, 1941. Died June 14, 1942, at Marine Hospital,
Kirkwood, Mo., while with Co. 25, Section F, Naval Training Station
(Aviation) Navy Pier, Chicago. Survived by his parents and a sister,
Lt. Harold E. Glover - born October
10, 1918, Fort Barrancas, Pensacola, Florida. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Abner
E. Glover. Graduated from high school at New Bern, N.C. Entered service
November 18, 1941. Killed at Clovis, New Mexico, March 27, 1944, while
piloting a B 29 Bomber of the 2cd Air Force 20th Bomber Command 472nd
Group. Survived by his parents and a sister, Ann.
Clifford Norman Greenwood - born August 29, 1911, Sarasota, Fla., son
of Samuel Thomas and Lillie Viola (Morris) Greenwood. Graduated from
Sarasota High School. Entered service February 19, 1941. Married
Pauline Lee. Died December 30, 1944 in Belgium while with Hdqs. Co.,
120th Inf. 30th Division (Old Hickery Div.) Citations: Good Conduct
Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Survived by his daughter, Carola
Lee Greenwood, his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Hardt Magrath, Mrs.
John Lowe, Mrs. Leif Osmundson; two brothers, Paul R. and Lee S.
Field Musician 1/C James Hurst
Halliday - born May 24, 1925, son of Salvation Army Adjutant James and
Llewella May (Johnson) Halliday. Completed three years at Sarasota High
School. Entered service September 21, 1943. Killed October 13, 1944,
Siapan, Marianas Islands, while with Hd. Company, 1st Battalion, 2cd
Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, in the field. Survived by parents
and three sisters, Mary Christine, Llewella May and Evangeline
Chief Elect. Mate Ronald Eugene
Harrell - born August 9, 1909, son of John Gordon and Johnnie (Brannon)
Harrell. Entered service May 14, 1926. Married Bamma Louett Kelly June
15, 1932. Died August 6, 1944, while a prisoner of war in Bilibid
Prison, Manila. He had served on the U.S.S. Canopus. Survived by his
widow, two sons, Russell Lee and Michael Gordon Harrell; his mother,
Mrs. Johnnie Chambliss; two sisters, Mrs. Johnnie McGarvin and Mrs. Bob
Marshal, and four brothers Donald, David, Lamar O. and Lt. Russell A.
Capt. Albert Dexter Hinsey Jr. -
born September 6, 1918, Quincey, Fla., son of A. D. and Lillie (Blount)
Hinsey. Was graduated from the Sarasota High School and the University
of Florida. Entered service with the Royal Canadian Air Force September
9, 1941 and was transferred to the U.S. Air Force May 26, 1942. Killed
at Messina, Siciliy, June 25, 1943, while with 49th Bombardment
Squadron. Citations: Distinguished Flying Cross, Oak Leaf Cluster and
the Purple Heart. Survived by his parents and one sister, Mrs. Hazel
Flight Sgt. Hugh Browning
"Buddy" Johnston - born September 30, 1920, Toronto, Canada, son of Dr.
W. J. and Helen M. (Browning) Johnston. Educated in Sarasota schools.
Entered Royal Canadian Air Force May 13, 1940. Killed in Libya November
25, 1941. On February 15, 1946 he was posthumously awarded the
Operational Wings of the R.C.A.F. Survived by his mother, one sister,
Anita, and one brother, Pfc. Wilfred J. Johnston
Earl Eugene Jordan - born February 21, 1920, Martinsville, Ind., son of
E. E. and Estelle (Dillman) Jordan. Educated at Martinsville schools
and DePauw University. Entered service September 3, 1941. Married
Patricia A. Kitzinger, February 22, 1941. Killed January 2, 1943, at
St. Johns, Newfoundland, while with the 421st Bomber Squadron
Newfoundland Base Command. Survived by his widow and son, Earl Eugene
Jordan III, his parents, a brother Lloyd and two sisters, Eileen Hyland
and Martha Jordan.
Sgt. Harvey Brown Kennedy
- born July 7, 1922, Pittsburg, Kan., son of Harvey B. and Eunice S.
Kennedy. Graduated from Sarasota High School, 1941 and entered service
January 1943. Reported missing in action June 5, 1945, while serving as
a gunner on a B 29 on a mission over Osaka and Kobe. He was with the
482nd Squadron, 505 Bomb Group. Survived by his parents and brother,
Robert L. Kennedy.
Lt. William Perry Kephart
- born September 9, 1915, Meyersdale, Pa., son of A. P. and Margaret
(Dill) Kephart. Graduated from the University of North Carolina. Enters
service September 1937. Killed October 14, 1942, at Guadalcanal, while
serving as a dive bomber pilot with the U.S. Aircraft Carrier Wasp,
Citations: Marine Air Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Fleet Medal and Purple
Heart. Citizens of Greensboro, N.C., raised over $5,000,000 in bonds to
pay for a destroyer escort which was named the U.S.S. Kephart in his
memory. Survived by his parents and a sister, Margaret
Joseph Glenn Kimmel Jr. - born May 3, 1920 Americus, Ga., son of Mr.
and Mrs. J. G. Kimmel. Graduated from Sarasota High School and attended
the University of Florida two years. Entered service October 1941.
Reported missing in action August 30, 1944, while on a weather
reconnaissance mission to the Mapia and Waigeo Islands, while serving
in the 15th Weather Squadron, at Biak Island. Declared officially dead
in March 1946. Survived by his parents and a sister Mrs. Newton C.
Lt. Jerome Cairolyi Knight - born
January 23, 1912, Bradenton, Fla., son of L. C. and Pauline (Carlton)
Knight. Graduated from Sarasota High School. Entered service September
17, 1942. Married Eugenia Elizabeth Van Orden, January 13, 1934. Killed
December 20, 1944, at Bastogne, Belgium, while with Co. I 3rd Bn. 506
Parachute Inf., 101st Airborne Div. Citations: Presidential Unit
Citation and the Purple Heart. Survived by his widow and two daughters,
Sylvia Jean and Karon LaRue Knight and his parents.
Thomas Leonard Livermore - born October 18, 1908, Telluride, Colo., son
of Thomas Leonard Jr., and Sibbel Hall (Duff) Livermore. Attended
Sarasota grade school, Riverside Military Academy, Georgia Parks
Business College, Denver and Parks Air College, St. Louis. Entered
Canadian Air Force in 1940, and served as a ferry pilot with R.A.F.
After studying navigation he was loaned by the R.A.F. to the A.T.C. of
the U.S. Army and was serving in this capacity at the time of his death
October 14, 1942, near Trinidad, B.W.I. Survived by his widow Clarine
Whitney Livermore to whom he was married January, 1935, one daughter,
Barbara Kay, his mother and a sister Mrs. Jarvis L. Hardesty.
Carleton Douglas McAllister - born January 1, 1916, Delaware, Ark., son
of J. L. and Allie Mae (Hartfield) McAllister. Attended Venice High
School. Entered service September 14, 1941. Married Blanche Picala
February 22, 1944. Killed at Iwo Jima March 4, 1945, while with Co. A
31st Repl. Draft F.M.F. 5th Division U.S. Marine Corps. Citation:
Purple Heart. Survived by his widow, his parents and three sisters,
Violet McAllister, Mrs. Oscar Sandoval and Mrs. W. A. Butt.
Richard Harding McCracken - born October 28, 1923, Colonia, N.J., son
of William H. and Bertha B. (Wagar) McCracken. Attended Nokomis High
School. Entered service February 18, 1943. Killed June 1, 1945, at
Cordele, Ga., while stationed at Turner Air Field, Albany, Ga. Survived
by his parents and four brothers, Wilford H. Jr., Edward D., Kenneth J.
and Howard L. McCracken.
Tech Sgt. George
Ephram McGee - born August 19, 1919, Morgantown, W. Va., son of George
Ephram and Anna (Jenkins) McGee. Graduated from Sarasota High School.
Entered service November 7, 1941. Married Jessie Adams Duckwall,
January 15, 1943. Died February 3, 1945, at Schlausenback, Germany, as
a result of multiple shrapnel wounds recieved while serving with Hq.
Co. 3rd Btn. 8th Infantry. Citations: Presidential Unit Citation,
Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Good Conduct Medal. Survived by his widow
and son, George Ephram McGee, one sister, Mrs. Hilda G. Richards and
four brothers, William, Harry J., Harold G. and Claude I.
2/C James Russell Mann - born May 15, 1923, Dayton, Ohio, son of Frank
and Anna (Shaltockes) Mann. Attended Sarasota High School. Entered
service March 1942. Died September 25, 1942, in the Atlantic area while
serving on the S.S. West Chetac. Citation: Purple Heart. Survived by
his mother and step-father Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Elkins.
William Manierre Mann - born July 27, 1918, Chicago, Ill., the son of
William B. and Julie E. (Manierre) Mann. Educated at Bell School, Lake
Forest, Ill., Sarasota High School, and the Military Academy at
Northwestern University. Entered the Navy Air Corps July 18, 1942. Was
shot down over Clark Field, Luzon Island, in the Philippines November
6, 1945, while photographing the field from air. Citations: American
Area Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area
Campaign Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Survived by his mother
Flying Officer Jones Monroe
Matherly Jr. - born February 15, 1916, Bradenton, Fla., son of Jones
Monroe Sr. and Mary Jane (Joyner) Matherly. Graduated from Sarasota
High School. Joined Royal Canadian Air Force July 24, 1940. Killed
February 1, 1944, at Wiltshire, England while serving with No. 427
Sqdn. "U" Lion Squadron-R.C.A.F. Citation: Memorial Cross. Survived by
his parents, a sister, Marion M. Peck and two brothers, Ralph E. and U.
Cpl. Constantin Matausch - born
May 10, 1906 in Russia, son of Frank and Louise (Lampe) Matausch.
Entered service February 20, 1941. Killed July 17, 1944, near St. Lo,
France, while with Co. "B" 120th Inf. 30th Div. Citation: Purple Heart.
Survived by his mother, a sister, Antoinette and three brothers, Frank
Jr., George William and Alfred Matausch.
Seaman 1st/C Charles William
Mays - born February 22, 1915, Long Boat Key, Fla., son of W. P. and
Sadie (Grantham) Mays. Graduated from Sarasota High School. Entered
service December 11, 1941. Died at Crews, Md., March 22, 1942, while
with the U.S. Coast Guard. Survived by his mother and step-father, Mr.
and Mrs. F. T. Pinard, a brother James B. Mays, a half-brother, Ted
Pinard and a half-sister, Madge Pinard Boggs.
Petty Officer Harold Vallery Michael - born July 17, 1900, Ft. Morgan,
Colo., son of John E. and Mary (Peckinpaugh) Michael. Entered service
February 6, 1942. Married to Gladys Louis Flynn Lytton in June 1940.
Died July 30, 1944, at Tallahassee, Fla., while with the U.S. Coast
Guard. Survived by his widow and a daughter, Dorothy Michael Pohoesky,
two step-sons, Fred M. and Edwin Allen Lytton; one step-daughter, S 2/C
Nancy Lytton; his father, a brother Glenn, and two sisters, Mrs.
Margaret Salasana and Eunice Smith.
Benjamin Floyd Mulkey Jr. - born February 20, 1926, Smithville, Ga.,
son of Benjamin F. and Frances E. (Bates) Mulkey. Attended Sarasota
schools. Entered service April 28, 1944. Missing in action at Mindanao
May 8, 1945 while with Co. E 21st Inf. (Victory Division). Survived by
his mother, Mrs. Frances Hand, four sisters; Mrs. Gertha Mullinnix,
Mrs. Flora Field, Mrs. Lillie Belle Morris and Mrs. Minnie Conley; and
four brothers, E. C., James, Frank and Donald Mulkey.
Hugh Edward Cary Nevill - born September 22, 1907, London, England, son
of Hugh Lewis and Dorothy (Ellington) Nevill. Educated at Wellington
College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, Eng. Entered service
March 17, 1943. Married Marjorie Morland Carter April 29, 1940. He died
in England January 3, 1945, after having been invalided there from
France where he served in Battery B 695th Armored Field Artilery.
Citations: Presidential Unit Citation and Good Conduct Medal. Survived
by his widow and son Hugh Timothy Allen Nevill; his mother and brother,
Major William Neville of Surrey, England.
Jeff Lowery Pearson - born July 17, 1915, Chattanooga, Tenn., son of
Clem B. and Willie E. (Williamson) Pearson. Graduated from Sarasota
High School and attended University of Florida a semester. Entered
service March 2, 1942. Married Lillian C. Nolan November 30, 1939.
Killed January 26, 1944, at Crowborough, England, while with 555th
Squadron 386 Bomber Group. Citations: Air Medal, Three Oak Leaf
Clusters and Presidential Unit Citation. Survived by his widow, his
mother, three brothers, B. D., C. B. and Frank R. Pearson and three
sisters, Mrs. James Adkinson, Mrs. Creed Rymer and Mrs. Robert O.
Lt. Stillman David Peck - born
February 18, 1916, Pomona, Calif., son of Mr. and Mrs. Stillman Homer
Peck. Educated at University of Hawaii and Pomona Jr. College. Entered
service November 12, 1941. Married Marion Amelia Matherly, August 23,
1942. Died July 5, 1943, while with the 305th Fighter Squadron at Dale
Mabry Field, Florida. Survived by his widow, his parents and two
sisters, Felicia and Bonnie Peck.
Frederick Warren Purdy - born December 4, 1911, Chicago, Ill., son of
Warren F. and Marie (Hubbard) Purdy. Educated at U.S. Naval Academy and
continued on active duty thereafter. Married Molly Pagan February 22,
1942. He was executive officer of the U.S.S. Strong on operations in
the Kula Gulf at the time of his death, July 4, 1943. Citations:
American Defense Service Medal (Fleet Clasp), American Area Campaign
Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal, (U.S.S. Strong) Silver Star
Medal and Purple Heart. Survived by his widow, his mother, a sister,
Elizabeth and a brother Richard H. Purdy. In recognition of his heroic
service, the U.S. Navy named a new destroyer the U.S.S. Purdy in his
honor. It was christened at Boston July 16, 1944.
Andre Gardner Rembert - born September 18, 1921, Ashville, N. C., son
of Andre and Janet Elizabeth (Gardner) Rembert. Educated in Sarasota
schools, three years at St. Leo's College, and 2 1/2 years at North
Carolina State College, Raleigh, N. C. Entered service July 27, 1942.
Killed at Leyte May 9, 1945 while with the 57th T. C. Squadron, 375th
T. C. Group. Survived by his father and mother, Mrs. Janet R.
Lt. John Fite Robertson Jr. - born November 26, 1921, Lebanon, Tenn.,
son of John Fite and Martha Lynne (Buchanan) Robertson. Educated at
Sarasota schools, Castle Military Academy, Lebanon, Davidson College,
Davidson, N. C., and the University of Florida. Commisioned 2nd Lt. of
Infantry, O.R.C. in spring of 1942. Entered service November 6, 1942.
Died from wounds July 11, 1944, near Cecina, Italy. Citations: Silver
Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman's Badge and Distinguished Unit
Citation with two clusters. Survived by his parents and a brother 1st
Lt. William E. Robertson.
Kenneth Robles - born October 19, 1925, Manila, P. I., son of Col.
Orryl Sameul and Mildred Kerwin (Maloke) Robles. Entered service
January 1944, when a senior in high school. Killed November 4, 1944, in
Luxembourg serving with Co. F 32cd Cav. Recon. Squadron. Survived by
his parents, a brother, Francis P. Robles, and three sisters, Mrs. John
C. Bass, Nancy M. Robles and Theresa K. Robles.
Paul Nellson Rotes - born June 15, 1917, Barberton, Ohio, son of James
G. and Nellie E. (Koch) Rotes. Entered service May 27, 1941, and served
as a radio gunner with the 451 Bomb Squadron, 8th Army Air Force. Was
killed January 21, 1944 at Essex, England. Citations: D.F.C., A.M. and
three Oak Leaf Clusters. Survived by his parents and two brothers, John
J. and Eugene R. Rotes.
Tech. 4th Grade
William Edwin Royal - born July 26, 1914, Ray City, Ga., son of Mr. and
Mrs. William Franklin Royal. Entered service November 7, 1941. Married
Lois R. Cookson, September 9, 1941. Killed August 29, 1944, at Villers
Cotterets, France, while with 33rd Field Artillery Bn. 1st Inf. Div.
Citations: Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Survived by his widow and son,
David Graham Royal and a brother, J. Hobson Royal.
2/C Robert Ellis Rule - born March 31, 1924, Columbus, Ohio, son of
Ellis and Margaret (Appel) Rule. Attended Sarasota High School. Entered
service May 13, 1941. Killed November 24, 1943, Tarawa, aboard the
U.S.S. Liscome Bay. Citations: Presidential Unit Citation and the
Purple Heart. Survived by his parents and two brothers, James and
Cpl. Elmer Lorin Russell - born
February 4, 1915, Sarasota, Fla., son of Benjamin H. and Carrie Belle
(Jones) Russell. Graduated from Sarasota High School. Entered service
June 19, 1941. Fatally wounded February 14, 1945, while giving aid to
wounded men during battle for Bilibid Prison in Manila. He was a
medical aid man with Co. E, 148th Inf. Regiment, 37th Division.
Citations: Distinguished Service Cross, Presidential Unit Citation and
the Purple Heart. Survived by his parents and three sisters, Eleanor
and Dorothy Russell and Bertha Surette.
Hubert Carl Schucht - born June 15, 1914, Jacksonville, Fla., son of
Walter and Emma (Randall) Schucht. Graduated from Sarasota High School
and the University of Florida. Entered service January 10, 1941. Killed
in France August 23, 1944, while with 78th Field Artillery, 2cd Armored
Division. Survived by his mother.
Jasper "Jack" Nelson Scott - born May 29, 1923, Bradenton, Fla., son of
Taylor Carver and Edith Harper (Harris) Scott. Was graduated from
Sarasota High School and attended the University of Chattanooga, 1 1/2
years. Entered service March 5, 1943. Reported missing on January 20,
1945, while on a mission over Suichwan, China. He was a gunner with the
493rd Bomb Squadron (H) Bomb Group. The War Department officially
listed him as dead February 10, 1946. Survived by his parents and two
brothers, Lt. Taylor C. Scott Jr. and Thomas E. Scott
Irving Jacob Shoor - born January 6, 1920, Albany, N. Y., son of
Benjamin and Sarah (Snyder) Shoor. Attended Sarasota schools and Union
College, Schenectady, N. Y. Entered service January 1943. Married Betty
Cynthia Manness, September 1940. Died March 31, 1943, Utica, N. Y.
while with the U.S. Army Signal Corps. Survived by his widow, his
parents and a sister, Mrs. Martin Abelove.
George Cameron Shute - born September 21, 1897, Stanford, Conn., son of
Augustus Burnham and Elizabeth Jeanette (Brodie) Shute. Educated at
Hebron Academy, Hebron, Me. and the University of Maine, Orono, Me.
Entered service June 25, 1943. Married Alida Alma Maxwell, July 19,
1919. Died January 24, 1944, at Myrtle Beach, S. C., while with the 3rd
Air Force, Crash Boat Division. Survived by his widow and son, Lt.
George C. Shute Jr., U.S.C.G., his daughter, Miss Betty Shute, PhM 1/C
U.S.N.R., his mother and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest A. Smith and
a sister, Mrs. Frank C. Martin.
Thomas Crawford Sines Jr. - born August 9, 1902, Zanesville, Ohio, son
of Thomas Crawford Sr. and Florence (Mitchell) Sines. Graduated from
Chicago High School and the Doyle Electrical School. Joined the
Canadian Air Force as an electrical engineer April 1941. Killed
November 1941, when his ship was torpeoded 650 miles west of Ireland.
Survived by his parents, four sisters, Mrs. Frances Stephens, Mrs.
Herbert Dryman, Mrs. Grady Murphy and Mrs. Hilton Odom, two brothers,
Frank and John and a half-brother George.
Edwin Myron Skinner - born February 26, 1925, Manchester, Conn., son of
Raymond F. and Jeanette (Lettney) Skinner. Graduated from Sarasota High
School and attended Peabody Conservatory of Music. Entered service May,
1943. Killed near Terrelle, Italy, January 10, 1944, while with Co. G.
142cd Infantry, 36th Division. Citations: Silver Star and Purple Heart.
Survived by his parents and a brother, Raymond F. Skinner Jr.,
Pfc. Christopher Clark Smith - born June 27, 1921, Clarksville, W. Va.,
son of Harold M. and Mary A. (Clark) Smith. Educated in Sarasota
school. Entered service August, 1942. Married Sara S. Smith November
24, 1941. Reported missing in action D-Day, June 5, 1944, Cherbourg,
France, while with Co. 1, 506th Paratroop Infantry, 101 Airborn
Division. Survived by his widow and a daughter, Barbara Ann Smith and
Woodrow Smith - born October 29, 1915, Comer, Ga., son of James Henry
and Elizabeth (Butler) Smith. Graduated from Comer High School. Entered
service May 20, 1941. Died in Belgium December 18, 1944, from wounds
recieved in Germany, November 19, 1944, while with Co. H, 394th Reg.
99th Division. Citation: Purple Heart. Survived by one sister, Mrs.
Robert Wood and five brothers, S. A. Smith, C. R. Smith, H. H. Smith,
D. C. Smith and J. O. Smith.
Irwin Sullivan - born December 27, 1918, Fitzgerald, Ga., son of Harry
Irwin and Eunice (Graves) Sullivan. Attended Sarasota schools and Fort
Union Military Academy, Ft. Union, Va. Enlisted in the air corps before
Pearl Harbor and recieved his wings in December, 1942. Killed March 5,
1943, at Eagle Pass, Texas. Survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. P.
Harrison and Mrs. Guy White Jr., his step-mother, Mrs. Harry Sullivan
and an aunt Mrs. J. F. Bispham.
A. Surls - born March 4, 1918, Venice, Fla., son of Walter B. and Mable
E. (Mansfield) Surls. Graduated from Venice-Nokomis High School.
Entered service October 4, 1943. Married Anna Lisa M. Holmberg, June 2,
1940. Killed January 13, 1945, Alsace, France, while with 180th Inf.
Co. D 45th Div. Survived by his widow, his parents, a sister Mrs. John
T. Hill Jr., and a brother, Charles M. Surls.
Alfred Hassell Surrency - born July 10, 1925, Sarasota, Fla., son of
Winder Hillman and Willie Esther (Hassell) Surrency. Educated Sarasota
schools. Entered service December 1943. Killed August 7, 1944 during an
attack on Hill 203, near Vire, France, while with Co. F, 116th
Infantry, 29th Division. Buried: Grave # 176, Row 9, Plot A
LeChene-Guerin, France. Citation: Purple Heart. Survived by his
parents, mother since deceased.
Franklyn Lamont Timberlake - born September 1, 1918, Stevenson, Ala.,
son of Franklin and Mae (Bobo) Timberlake. Entered service September
1939. Killed March 19, 1943, New Guinea, while with 5th Air Force, 90th
Bombardment, 3rd Group. Citations: Citation of Honor from Gen. H. H.
Arnold, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with Oak
Leaf Clusters and Purple Heart. Survived by his parents, one
brother Sgt. Martin B. Timberlake and two sisters, Dorothy and
Pfc. Rufus Hugh Tucker
- born July 23, 1923, Manatee, Fla., son of Fitzhugh Lee and Bessie
(Conyer) Tucker. Entered Maritime service August 6, 1941 and was
iducted into the U.S. Army Janunary 13, 1943. Died June 12, 1943, Camp
Haan, Calf. while with Bat. C, 226 A.A.A. S.L. Bn. Citation:
Presidential Unit Citation. Survived by his parents and a brother,
Cox'n Philip Elbert Walker -
born March 12, 1925, Manatee County, Fla., son of Fred Elbert and Viola
Flornce (Gray) Walker. Entered service May 12, 1942. Died December 14,
1944 at a Base Hospital in the Pacific area while with the U.S. Navy
Third Fleet. Citation: Purple Heart. Survived by his parents, five
sisters, Mrs. Roy Whitted, Mrs. W. Drawdy, Mrs. A. Sudbury, Florence
and Joy Ann Walker, and one brother Charlie Walker.
Ernest Henry Ward - born September 18, 1918, Millville, Fla., son of
William Pete and Irene May (Davis) Ward. Graduated from Sarasota High
School. Entered service February 17, 1941. Killed in France, October 1,
1944, while with Co. L, 157th Infantry, 45th Div. 7th Army. Citations:
2 Purple Hearts, 3 Good Conduct Medals and Best Sharpshooter Medal.
Survived by his parents and brother Allen B. Ward.
Orrin Shelby Wells - born November 21, 1923, Omaha, Nebr., son of Orrin
Master and Helen (Shelby) Wells. Graduated from Sarasota High School
and attended the University of Florida almost two years. Member of
Kappa Sigma (Delta-Delta chapter). Entered service April 6, 1943. Died
November 12, 1944, at the 12th Evacuation Hospital, Nancy, France while
with Co. A 104th Inf. Reg. 26th (Yankee) Division. Citations: Good
Conduct Medal, Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Survived by his
S/Sgt. Henry Young Willis - born
June 2, 1917, Tampa, Fla., son of Thomas Young and Eva Mae (Harrison)
Willis. Attended Bradenton High School. Entered service November 5,
1941. On May 4, 1941, was married to Mildred Amelia Merry. He was
reported missing in action July 8, 1944, while with the V Air Force
Service Command at Paupan, New Guinea. Officially listed as dead March
1946. Survived by his widow, one sister Nora Mae Singleton, and two
brothers, Thomas Hill and Robert James Willis
The Story of Sarasota Written By: Karl H. Grismer ~ Published by: M.E.
Russell - Sarasota Fl The following information was provided by the
Sarasota Bay Post No. 30 American Legion
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