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Killed In Action

This information was taken from the N.A.R.A websites N.B.C.,ancestry.com & Cemetery Trans. Obits &
W.W.II War Memorial & is correct to the best of Knowledge. August 2008, Larry Staffen.

ARMBRUSTMACHER, Donald E. P.F.C. ARMY, 141ST Inf. Batt. 36th Inf. Div. Ser # 36424530
Enlisted, 1 Feb. 1943, Kalamazoo, Mich. b.2 Aug 1923 d.31 Oct 1944 K.I.A. in France
Only son of Edward & Emily Armbrustmacher, Graduate of Carson City High School with the class of 1941 Buried East Plains Cemetery, Clinton Co. Mich.

BENISON,ARTHUR L. ,1ST LT. U.S. Army, Ser.# 0-357067
Medical Corp. d.24 Oct. 1944, M.I.A. Body never found. Listed on Tablet of Missing, at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines./ Bronze Star, Purple Heart

Newspaper Article- June 29th, 1945 Greenville Daily News--
The War Department has reported that 1st Lt. L.A. Benison, former Edmore physician, Who was taken prisoner by the Japs in the Philippines in the early stages of the war was lost when a Jap prison ship was torpedoed by an American submarine Oct.24th off the China Coast. The ship was reported to have been taking American prisoners to Japan when sunk. Dr. Benison was associated with Dr. M.C. Becker at the Edmore hospital before enlisting in the service. He was a member of a medical field unit on Bataan when A graduate of Flint High School & the U. of M. medical school. He served his internship at St. Mary’s hospital, Grand Rapids, Mi. His parents live in Flint, Mich.

b.1922, d. 18 Mar 1945, M.I.A./ L.A.S., Tablet of Missing, at Honolulu, Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii, Memorial, Richland Twp. Cemetery, Vestaburg, Mich. Stationed aboard the U.S.S.FRANKLIN.

Newspaper Article- Apr.9th, 1945 Greenville Daily News--
Mrs. Deforest Swift, Was notified by the Navy that her brother Ned J. Bennett,25 yrs old, machinists mate 2-C was killed in action in the Pacific area March 18. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. James Bennett of Vestaburg. He also leaves another sister, Mrs. Fred Hofstetter of Flint, & three brothers, George of Flint, Richard of Roscommon, & Joseph, a Staff Sgt. At Miami, Fla. He graduated from Vestaburg High School.

b. 1915, d. 9 Aug. 1946, M.I.A./ L.A.S., Tablets of The Missing, at Honolulu, Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu ,Hawaii , Wife Mrs. Jesse Blake, 518 Walnut St. Stanton, Mich.

BOON,JAMES E.P.F.C.,SER.#36412849 411TH Inf. Reg.103rd Inf. Div. b,1919, d. 29 Nov.1944,France, K.I.A. Enlisted, 2 Dec. 1942, Kalamazoo, Mich. Buried Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France Purple Heart

Newspaper Article
Pfc. James Boon 25, was killed in action on Nov. 29,1944, the day He had been previously missing. He was with the 7th army in Southern France. Born Jan. 7,1919, he had spent all his life in the community graduating from Howard City High School in 1937. Pfc. Boon entered the service of his country on Dec.12,1942 & trained at Camp Howze, Texas& at Camp Clariborne, La. Before going overseas last spring. He will be remembered for his quietness & his ready to smile. surviving are his mother, Mrs. Mattie Boon; 3 sisters Mrs. Estella Owen, Mich. City, Ind., Mrs. Alma Phillips, of Sand Lake, Mrs. Millie Schnick, of Howard City; 4 brothers, John of Grand Rapids, & Martin Frank & George, of Howard City. The sympathy of the community is extended to the family.

BRIGNER,DELBERT ,P.F.C. Ser #.36156135
Co. K 127th Inf. 32nd Div. b.1913, d.1943, K.I.A. Enlisted, 29 Apr. 1941, Kalamazoo, Mich. Buried East Montcalm Cemetery, Greenville, Mich.

Newspaper Article Jan. 4,1943 Greenville Daily News -
Word was received last night from the War Department at Wash. D.C. that Delbert Brigner has been reported missing on active duty. He is a brother of Mrs. Laura Snider, Mrs. Tillie Sewell, Miss. Katheryn Brigner & Russ Brigner, of Greenville. Delbert has been in the army for two years & has been overseas for the past eight months. He has been in Australia for quite some time & recently was transferred to New Guinea. He was a draftee from Montcalm Co. Board #1 here in Greenville.

Newspaper Article- Jan. 12, 1943, Greenville Daily News-
No additional information was received here this week by relatives of Pfc. Delbert E. Brigner of 1101 Fifth St., Greenville, reported missing in action, in New Guinea, in the South Pacific Area. He had not been heard from since Dec. 22nd according to the information from the War Department. Pfc. Brigner has made his home here with a sister, Mrs. Basil Snider for many years. He has other sisters & a brother also including Mrs. Tillie Sewell, Miss. Katheryn Brigner, & Russell Brigner. Pfc. Brigner has been in the U.S. Armed Forces for 2 years & has been overseas for the past 8 months.

Newspaper Article, February 6,1943, Greenville Daily News
Pfc. Delbert Brigner, 29, who had been previously been reported missing in action in New, Guinea has been reported killed in action January 9th in a communication received from the war department, Thursday evening. Pfc. Brigner entered the service April 28th ,1941.he took his basic training at Camp Livingston, La. & Fort Devens, Mass. & was transferred overseas in April 1942. He made his home with his sister Mrs. Laura Snyder at 1101 Fifth St.. He leaves his father, Bert Brigner of Traverse City, four sisters Mrs. Laura Snyder, Mrs. Laverne Sewell, & Miss. Catherine Brigner, all of this city. Mrs. Maurice Thiebaut, of Manton, 2 brothers, Pvt. Orangie Brigner of Fort Lewis, Wash. & Russell of this city.


628th Tank Destroyer Batt. K.I.A. b.1914 d,4 Sept. 1944,Conde,France Enlisted 15 Oct. 1942 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

BRYANT, EUGENE M. PVT. Army SER # 36881193
337th Inf. 55th Div. ,d. 14 May 1944,K.I.A.Buried Sicily, Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Lazio, Italy / Purple Heart

CHRISTENSEN, ERNEST D. Army, 390th A.A. Auto Weapons Batt. CAC
Enlisted 5th Aug. 1941 in Detroit, Mich. b. 31 Mar. 1919, d. 17 Mar. 1945, in Reich. K.I.A., Buried in Mcbride Cemetery, McBride, Mich.

Newspaper Article- March 30th, 1945-- Greenville Daily News-
Mr. & Mrs. Nels Christensen, of Mcbride, received a telegram from the war department stating that their son, Ernest, was killed in action on March 17th . He was in the 26th Div. of the 3rd Army. Inducted into the service more than 3yrs ago, Ernest received training at Ft. Bragg, N.C. & went overseas last summer. Surviving besides the parents is a sister, Mrs. Helen Townsend, of Mt. Morris. He is a nephew of Mr. & Mrs. Walter Hansen of Greenville.

COOPER, JACK S. PVT. Army Ser.# 36462817
44th Engineer, Combat, Battalion, Enlisted, 22 Apr. 1943, b. 1925, d.23 July 1944 D.O.W.
Buried Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, Basse- Normady , France / Purple Heart

COREY, CLIFFORD PFC. Army, Ser # 36157208
124th Div. 106th Inf. , Enlisted 4 June,1941, Kalamazoo, Mich. ,b. 1916,d. 1945, K.I.A. Buried Evergreen Twp. Cemetery, Sheridan, Mich.

DANCER, JAMES W. ,S.SGT. ,ARMY, Ser # 36967037

DECAMP, ELGIE B. ,PVT. ARMY, Ser # 36863504

DIXON, SAMUEL ,PVT. ARMY, Ser # 46022539

DOLAN, JOHN , SGT. Co. D 49th Reg. Eng. Ser#
b.8 Jul 1914,in Sidney, Mi.d.1Nov 1942, Camp Carson, Colorado Springs ,Co. D.N.B.. Buried Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan, Mich.

Newspaper Article, 2 Nov. 1942, Denver Post-- Two Soldiers arrested in auto killing- Shoes on the road lead to discovery of Camp Carson man’s body. Colorado Springs - Nov.2nd A.P.-
A shoe lying in the road led to the discovery of the body of John W. Dolan, 28,a soldier at Camp Carson on Monday. Two other soldiers ,whose car is believed to have struck Dolan, were held by military authorities. Hwy. Patrolman, Art E. Lundy, found the body in a ditch a mile south of Colorado Springs Sunday. Both legs were fractured. Capt. P.O. Widman, Camp Carson police Relations officer said Pvt. Gabriel Vega & S. Sgt. Elfonzo Gallegos, were questioned by investigating officers. One head light on their car was broken & there was glass strewn along the road at the scene of the accident. Deputy Coroner Fred Baker Jr. reported Dolan formally resided In Sheridan, Michigan, his wife lives in Detroit. Son of William & Cora Dolan, Married Catherine Chlipala 23 Aug. 1941

DUBOIS, LYLE. P.F.C. Army Ser # 364156135
145th Inf. 37th Div. Enlisted 18 Feb. 1943, Kalamazoo, Mich. d. 7 May 1945 K.I.A.
Buried Ft. Wm. McKinley, Cemetery, Manila, Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Purple Heart / Bronze Star Newspaper Article- May 26th,1945

Mr. & Mrs. George Dubois received word Friday that their Son , Lyle Dubois, was killed in action on Luzon. Surviving besides his parents are two brothers & three sisters. A brother, Raymond, was killed in a Auto accident a day before he was to enter the service.

Enlisted, 15 Oct. 1940, Ionia, Mich.

FRENCH, HOWARD G. ,PVT. Ser#36183932
314th Inf. 79th Inf. Div. b.16 Apr 1918,d.20 Jan 1945 K.I.A. Enlisted 24 June 1942 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Buried Solon Twp. Cemetery, Cedar Springs, Mich.

Newspaper Article Feb. 15, 1945, Greenville Daily News, --
Howard O. French,27 yrs old, member of an armed forces unit with the Amer. 7th Army in Germany, has been reported missing in action since Jan.20th his mother, Mrs. Florence B. French, RFD. 2 ,Greenville, has been notified. He has been overseas since July 1944, Entering the army July 8th 1942, he received his basic training at Fort. Robinson, Ark.,& received additional training at Camp Rice, Calif. He later Was transferred to Camp Pickett, Va. Indiantown, Pa. Camp Campbell, Ky. & Fort Mead Md. He received 3 medals during his training period in this country. He was stationed in England before being assigned to the 7th army under the command of Gen. Alex. Patch. Attending Cedar Springs, High School until 1934 he moved to Oakfield with his family. His father died in 1932. He has 2 brothers overseas, Cpl. Raymond French, is in the marines, & Pvt. Wyon F. French is with an anti tank unit with the 3rd army in Germany. The War Department Telegram informed his mother that she Could assume that he had been captured by the Germans.

FULLER, RICHARD, PVT. . ARMY, Ser. # 36190666
358TH Inf. Reg. 90th Inf. Div. Enlisted 17 Aug. 1942, Kalamazoo, Mich. K.I.A. b. 1922, d. 16 Mar. 1945, Luxembourg, American Cemetery, Luxembourg city, Luxembourg

Newspaper Article , Apr. 3rd, 1945, Greenville Daily News-
Pvt. Richard Fuller,23 year old son of Mr.& Mrs. Harry Fuller, 205 Cass St. was reported killed in Germany, March 16th in action with an infantry Unit of the 3rd Army. The War Department notified his parents today. The terse telegram contained no details how the infantryman was killed. The message was delivered on the youths 23rd birthday. A former member of a Field Artillery until late last year, he had been overseas slightly more then a month. The last letter was received by his parents last Saturday. It was dated March 6th. He entered the army in September, 1942.& received his basic training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Before he received infantry training. He graduated from Belding, High School in 1941,And was employed with his father before entering the service. Besides his parents he leaves 2 sisters Mrs. Howard Vander lip & Mrs. Kenneth Grubb both of Greenville.

GIBBLE,CECIL J .,P.F.C. U.S. ARMY Ser# 35893410
58th, Inf. Batt. 8th armored Div. b. 10 May ,1925, d. 4 Apr.1945 Enlisted 27Aug. 1943, Indianapolis, Indiana. K.I.A. Buried Luxembourg American Cemetery, Buried Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

Newspaper Article- April 17, 1945, Greenville Daily News-
PFC. Cecil J. Gibbie, 19 year old Gowen Infantryman, was reported killed in action in Germany, April 4th ,the war department notified his parents, Mr.& Mrs. John Gibbie, of Gowen. No details were given. He entered service September 28,1943 & after more than 13 months training in this country at various camps he went overseas. He would have been 20 years old May 10th .He attended Gowen School. He leaves in addition to his parents, 4 brothers, Abraham of Muncie, Indiana, Adrian, of Eagle, Mich., Ernest at home & Benny, Dewitt, Mich., four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Link, Muskegon, Mrs. Ann Silverthorne, Campbellsburg, Ind. ; Mrs. Lottie Cushman, Bedford, Mich. & Mrs. Catherine Lipps, Dewitt.

GOULD, GEORGE J. P.F.C. U.S. Army Ser.#36417246
325th Glider Inf.82nd Ammunition Batt., Enlisted 2 Jan. 1943, Kalamazoo, Mich. b. July, 1917d. 24Dec.1944 Monte Cassino, Italy, K.I.A. Buried Henri-Chappell American, Cemetery, Henri-Chappell ,Belgium/ Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters Bronze Star --

Newspaper Article -Jan.18,1945 Greenville Daily News-
Word was received here today by Mrs. Lena Smith, 910 S. Clay St. that her son Pfc. George Gould,28, was killed in action in Belgium on Dec. 24th. At the time of his death He was serving with the 82nd Airborne Infantry. He had been in the army for two years & had been in overseas service the past year. Pfc. Gould was a brother to Glenn Gould, 315 N. Webster St. 2nd

Newspaper Article,- Jan. 22nd, 1945, Greenville Daily News, -
Pfc. George J. Gould,28 whose mother Mrs. Lena Smith 910 S. Clay St. ,received word from the war department ,Thursday that he had been killed in action in Belgium on December 24th. Was born in Belding but spent most of his life in Greenville. He was a member of the graduating class of Greenville High School in 1935. He had received a presidential citation & a Bronze Star for bravery in action in the D-Day Invasion. Previous to his induction into the army on New Years Day in 1943, he attended the C.C.C. camp at Harrietta, Mich. For one year & was an employee of Gibson Refrigerator Co. He received his basic training at Camp Robinson, Ark. There he was transferred to Fort Meade Md. ; thence to Camp McCoy, where he was a ski instructor & later trained troops in the upper peninsula . He embarked for overseas service from Camp McCoy at Easter time in 1944. Besides his mother he is survived by his father Ward Gould, of Cadillac; 4 brothers Cpl. Dale C. Gould now in a hospital somewhere in France recovering from his 2nd serious wound, Glenn Gould of Greenville, S-1 Charles Smith Serving somewhere in the South Pacific , & Louis Smith at home. 3 sisters Mrs. Helen Haskins, of Muskegon, Mrs. Mable Gender of Lansing, & Miss. Hazel Smith, at home.

GREENHOE, ROBERT M. CAPT.Army, Ser# 1165867
16th Armored FABN 9th Armored Div. b.31 Aug 1915,d.21 Dec 1944K.I.A. Enlisted , 14 March, 1941 Buried Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton, Mich.

HANCOCK, CHARLES A. P.F.C. U.S.M.C., Ser # 947534
d. 7 Mar 1945, buried Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii Wife Mrs. Charles Hancock, 708 S. Webster St .Greenville, Mich.

News Article- April,2nd 1945, Greenville Daily News -
PFC. Charles A. Hancock, 22 years old, USMC, one of four sons of Mr. & Mrs. Albert Hancock, RFD 2 Sheridan, with the armed forces Overseas, was reported killed in action March 7, in the Bloody Fighting of Iwo Jima. Hancock’s wife, the former Florence King of Greenville, was Notified by telegram from the Navy over the weekend.No details were given. A gunner in the 3rd Marine Div. ,Hancock went overseas last September. He entered the Marines, March,31,1944. He Trained in San Diego, Calif. Besides his widow & parents he is survived by a 3year-old son Charles Jr.,four sisters Mrs. Alice Cillbrase, Detroit; Patricia & Edith at home; & Mrs. Victoria Pease Cross, Cincinnati, Ohio four brothers Bill, serving With the Navy in the South Pacific, & Jack & Jim with the Army overseas;& Tommy at home.

HAYDEN, LEWIS E. PVT. ARMY Ser.# 3616044
378 Inf. 95th Div. Enlisted 14 Oct. 1941, Kalamazoo, Mi. b. 17 Mar. 1918, d.1 Dec 1944, K.I.A. Buried Forest Hill Cemetery Stanton, Mich.

HEPPES, GUSTAVE O. SC-3 U.S.N. Ser# 02837909
d. 19 Mar 1945,Buried at Sea. Memorial, Honolulu, Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii /Purple Heart

Newspaper Article- April 10, 1945- Greenville Daily News-
“ To have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the alter of freedom.” The words of condolence from Abraham Lincoln to a bereaved mother in the Civil War were poignantly recalled today when it was learned that Mrs. William Trowbridge at the trailer camp here was notified that a second son was listed as killed in action. She has 4 other sons in the service. The Navy disclosed that Gustave Otto Heppes,20 yrs old, ship’s cook 2-C, was killed recently in the Pacific. Another son, Carl Edward Heppes was killed in action on the USS. Destroyer, Edward Rutledge in landing at Casablanca, in November,1942. The Navy notification was not telegram but a letter informing the mother of insurance carried by her son. The letter was received A few hours after she & her husband returned from Florida, where he sought to recover from a serious illness. Gus as he was known to by his family & friends narrowly escaped death when the aircraft RANGER was sunk in the Atlantic early in the war. He was one of a small number which escaped with minor injuries. He later was assigned to another aircraft carrier. While his mother has had no definite word that the ship was operating in the Pacific. It is known that it took part in one of the battles in the Philippines last fall. Mrs. Trowbridge sought to learn details of his death & today appealed to the Red Cross to contact the Navy department in Washington for conformation. He entered the Navy on Aug. 2nd,1942 3 months Before his brother was assigned to another aircraft, his recruit training at Norfolk, Va. & later was assigned to the carrier “RANGER”. Other sons in the service are George B. & Bearnhardt, 24yr old twins, Herman, 16yr old & Pvt. Leon E. Trowbridge,26yrs old, a step-son. George is a motor machinist mate 2-C in the Pacific Theater. He entered the Navy Oct. 1942, He trained at Great Lakes & San Francisco. His twin Bearnhardt ,was the first son to enter the Navy, joining Dec. 24th 1941. He is a machinist mate 2-C. He went overseas after 3weeks of training at Great Lakes. After three years of overseas service, he was transferred to his present job of supervising the loading of Liberty Ships At Berkeley, Calif.. During his overseas service on a tanker, he suffered severe burns. The twins met recently in California after 2 ½ yrs. Herman the youngest of Mrs. Trowbridge’s five sons who at 16 has seen overseas duty. He entered the service in Aug. 1944. He is serving in the Merchant Marines. He trained at Sheepshead Bay, N.Y. He had been in the S. Pacific including stops on New Guinea & New Caledonia. Her step-son Leon is receiving basic training at Camp Hood, TX. Mrs. Trowbridge formerly lived in Trufant & Six Lakes.

HEPPES, KARL EDWARD, FIREMAN 2ND Class, U.S.N. Ser # 2835582
d. 13 Nov, 1943, M.I.A./ L.A.S., Tablets of The Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia, Mother : Neva Heppes- Trowbridge 130 ½ Lafayette, St. Greenville, Mich. He was a Fireman aboard the USS. Destroyer ,“Edward Rutledge“, that went down, with all lives lost near Casablanca in Dec. 1942./ Purple Heart


News Article- October 10, 1944 - Greenville Daily News-
Word was received here Monday by Mr. & Mrs. Doward Huff, 110 E. Washington St. that their son was killed in action on the Italian front on September 23rd. Pvt. Huff entered the service From Grand Rapids and went overseas in November,1943, and participated in more than 300 days of actual combat most at which was spent in an attempt to breach the Gothic line in Italy. He was an Ammunition Handler in the 168th Inf. Reg. The father, Doward Huff served overseas in W.W,I & is a member of the local American Legion post.

d. 28 May 1945,D.O.W,Buried McBride Cemetery, McBride, Mich.

JORGENSEN, JACK E SGT.U.S.A.F. Ser.# 16012634
Enlisted 29 Oct. 1940, Kalamazoo, Mich. b.1918 d.2 Oct 1942 M.I.A. Listed on Tablet of Missing Honolulu ABMC. Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii

LABADIE, PAUL R. CPL. U.S.A.F Ser.# 36888812
770th Bomber Squadron 462nd Bomber Group Heavy d. 14 May 1945, M.I.A. Listed on the Tablet of Missing, Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii .

LARSEN,MELVIN W.PFC. U.S. Army Ser.# 36402044
Enlisted 28 Sept. 1942,Kalamazoo, Mich. d.29 Sept 1944 K.I.A. Buried Manila American Cemetery,& Memorial Manila, Philippines / Purple Heart

Newspaper Article- Oct. 12,1944- Greenville Daily News-
Pvt. Melvin Larsen,23, son of Mr. & Mrs. Will Larsen of Lakeview, was killed in action Sept. 29th in Hawaii according to word just received by the parents from the War Department. Details of his death were not given. Pvt. Larsen was a member of Co. C 123rd Inf. Having been drafted 2yrs ago today. He received his training at Ft. Lewis, Wash. & went overseas to Hawaii in Apr. 1943. Surviving besides the parents are 5 sisters , Mrs. George Allen, Jr., Mrs. Charles Thurber, Stanton, Viola, Marian & Maxine at home, & two brothers, Melwood, & Wallace at home.

3RD Tank Batt. 3rd Marine Division U.S.M.C. b. 15 Sept. 1922, d. 6 Mar 1945 K.I.A. Buried Coral Cemetery, Coral, Mich. Mother: Mrs. Dorothy MacDonald, box 24, Coral, Mich.

Newspaper Article-Mar. 22nd,1945, Greenville Daily News-
Sgt. Allen E. MacDonald,24,was father. The late Angus A. MacDonald served as a Captain in the 32nd Div. in W.W. I, was killed in action on Iwo Jima, March 5th , his mother, Mrs. Dorothy MacDonald of Coral, has been notified by the War Department. Sgt. MacDonald joined the Marines Aug.3rd ,1942 & went overseas in the spring of 1943. Surviving besides his mother are 4 sisters, Mrs. Donald Henkel of Clovis, N.M. , Jean MacDonald of Grand Rapids, & Marion & Marjis at home; a brother, Frazer in the Navy & 2 grandmothers.

MAY, GEORGE L.,SGT. b.1917,Six Lakes, Mi.
d. 30 Nov. 1942, Papua, New Guinea, Enlisted 18 Apr. 1941, Kalamazoo, Mich./ K.I.A. Son of Daniel & Ethel May

MCCULLEY, CHARLEY A.TEC 5 ,Ser # 36165297, D.O.W.
b. 1920, d. 19 Mar. 1944, Battle Creek, Mich. Enlisted 8th Jan. 1942, Ft. Custer, Mich. Buried McBride Cemetery, McBride, Mich.

News Article- March 19,1944, Greenville, Daily News -
T-5 Charles McCulley Son of Mr.& Mrs. Josiah McCulley of near Stanton, died Sunday at Percy Jones Hospital, in Battle Creek,from injuries suffered from a jeep Accident in England. McCulley was taken to Percy Jones Saturday night from his home where he was on convalescing leave. Military officials, Said an autopsy was to be held to determine the cause of death. The accident occurred last December. He was thrown from the jeep, striking a tree & suffering severe, skull & face injuries. He was evacuated to this country several weeks ago & was receiving treatment at Wakeman Gen. Hospital, In Indiana.

d. 13 Jan. 1943, M.I.A. / L.A.S. , Tablet of The Missing, at East Coast Memorial, New York City, New York, Battery Park, NY, NY Purple Heart, Wife Mrs. Neva Mickle R.F.D. 2 Sheridan, Mich.

MILLER, FREDERICK C.,PVT. Ser # 36469430 b.1924
d. 24 Apr. 1945, Mindanco, Philippines, Enlisted, 11 July, 1944, Ft. Sheridan, Ill. D.O.W.

Newspaper Article- April 24th,1945-Greenville Daily News-
Langston soldier was reported Killed in the Philippines & a Greenville man was listed as missing in Germany, the War Department notified their families. They are; Pvt. Frederick Miller 20yr old infantryman who was reported killed in action on Mindanco, largest of the Philippine Islands Apr. 3rd. Pvt. Miller son of Fred Miller, RFD 3,Greenville, would have been 21yrs old on Apr. 17th. He went overseas last January he was inducted into the Army a year ago. He worked on his fathers farm before entering service. He attended Langston School. Besides his father & step-mother he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Fremont Higgins, of Sidney, & Mrs. Cecil Raymond of St. Johns.

MOWERY, JOE E. ,PFC.U.S. ARMY, Ser. #36458312

U.S. Army 101ST Inf. Reg. 101st Philippines Div. b.24 Apr .1897,Big Rapids, Mich. d. 15 DEC 1944, Subic Bay ,Philippines. D.W.P.O.W. Buried Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Manila, Philippines / Bronze Star, Oak Leaf Cluster & Purple Heart.
* Notes: Lt. Col. Nelson graduated from West Point in 1920 & participated in W.W.II. Russell was the C.O. 101st Inf. Reg. 101st Div. Of the Army in the Philippines when captured by the Japanese. Ordered to surrender on May,10th 1942, he was interned in various prison camps. In the Philippines until he was transferred aboard a Japanese ship ”Oryoku Maru “ The ship was moored in Subic Bay when it was bombed by American planes during the invasion on the Philippines. There were 1800 Prisoners aboard of which only half survived only to be taken to a Japanese prison camp at San Fernando, Luzon, where some died & others were reshipped to Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star & the Purple Heart. He also was posthumously promoted to Colonel. He is interned at Ft. Wm. McKinley, Cemetery, Manila Philippines.

OWENS, WILLIAM C. PVT. U.S. Army Ser.# 36463659
135th Inf. 34th Div. d.6 Jan.1944 D.O.W. Buried Sicily-Rome, American Cemetery, Nettuno- Lazio, Italy / Purple Heart

OYLER, WILLIAM D. PFC. Ser# 36404866
167th Inf. 31st Div.b.16 Aug. 1917,Enlisted 15 Oct. 1942, Kalamazoo, Mich. d. 18 Sept.1944 K.I.A.
Buried Burke Cemetery, Crystal, Mich.

PEARL, JOSEPH T. S.SGT. Ser# 16135683
418th Bomber Squadron, 100th Bomber d. 31 Dec. 1944, Enlisted, 15 Oct. 1942, Chicago, Ill. K.I.A.
Buried Ardennes, American Cemetery, Ardennes, Belgium,/ Purple Heart, Air Medal

News Article- Jan. 20,1945, Greenville Daily News,
S. Sgt. Joseph T. Pearl,29, top turret gunner & engineer on a B-17 bomber, has been missing in action over Germany since December 31,1944,according to the official word received this morning from the war department by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. J.A. Pearl. He had been stationed in England since Sept. 1944 having previously received his training, at Scott Field, Ill., Rapid City Army Air Field, Rapid City, S.D. & Lincoln Army Air Base, Lincoln, Neb. Sgt. Pearl entered the service in Oct. 1942.

PERKINS, RUSSELL - born 2 Feb 1923 in Plymouth, Michigan and grew up in the Village of Lakeview (Michigan).  He enlisted at the Big Rapids National Guard Armory on October 15, 1940 at the age of 17.  Russell was a PFC with the 32nd Inf. Div. when he was killed on 18 December 1942 while fighting the Japanese forces in New Guinea.  He is buried at New Albany National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana.

PERKINS, RUSSELL A.W., P.F.C. Inf. U.S.N.G. was born 15 August 1918 and was a TSgt in the AAF when he was killed in Italy in 6 June 1944.   He is buried in the Lebanon National Cemetery, Lebanon, Kentucky.

PERRY, JOHN L. 1ST LT., Ser.# 0-732967
U.S.A.F. 531st Bomber Squadron, 380th Bomber Group, Heavy .Enlisted 10 Oct. 1942, Detroit, Mich. d.26 Oct.1943 K.I.A. Buried at Sea or M.I.A. Manila American Cemetery & Memorial Manila, Philippines / Distinguished Flying Cross & Purple Heart

Newspaper Article- June 13th,1944 Greenville Daily News -
Lt. Gen. George C Kenney, Comm. Of the Allied Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific has recently awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross to 1st Lt. John L. Perry of Greenville, now missing in action. The cross was awarded for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flights in the Southwest Pacific Area from July 10th, 1943 to Oct. 18th 1943. During this Period Lt. Perry participated in sustained operational activity against the enemy during which hostile contact was probable & expected. These flights included bombing missions against enemy naval vessels & shipping. Throughout these operations Lt. Perry displayed outstanding courage & devotion to duty.

PHILLIPS,KEITH K.,1ST LT. Ser# 0-437588
U.S.A.F.45th Bomber Squadron,98th Bomber, Enlisted 18 Jul 1941, L.A. California, d.13 June,1943 North Africa, K.I.A . Body never found. Purple Heart,Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross.-

Newspaper Article- July 7th, 1943-Greenville Daily News-
The War Department disclosed today the names of 6 Michigan men. officers & enlisted personnel killed in action in the European , Middle Eastern & Pacific Theatres. The list included 1st Lt. Keith K. Phillips whose mother Mrs. Edna C. Phillips is a resident of Crystal. He was killed in the Middle East area.

PRATT, EMERSON P.F.C. SER.# 36190900
d. 17 June 1944 K.I.A Buried Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, Normandy, France/ PURPLE HEART

News Article- Aug. 26,1944,Greenville Daily News-
P.F.C. Emerson Pratt, 24,son of Mr.& Mrs. Theodore Swartz of near Trufant, was killed in action June 17th some where in France, according to an announcement by the War Department. No further details were available. Pvt. Pratt trained at Camp Wheeler, Georgia & at Greenville, Pa. after entering the service September 1,1942. He was sent overseas in April 1943.

RENTSMAN, LEO D. Pvt. Army, Ser.# 20635931
d. 22 Nov. 1943, South Pacific K.I.A.

Newspaper Article Jan. 12,1943 Greenville Daily News-
Pvt. Rentsman of Gowen Enlisted in National Guard in 1940.- Mrs. George Houck of Gowen, Was notified that her brother, Pvt. Leo D. Rentsman,23, was killed in action in the Southwest Pacific on Nov. 22nd . He leaves a wife, June, a father. William Rentsman, & the sister, Mrs. Houck, all of Gowen, a sister, Lila Rentsman, of this city; a brother Pvt. Lorn Rentsman, & a half brother whose home is in Jackson. Pvt. Rentsman enlisted in the National Guard in 1940.

RINGLER, ROBERT G. , P.F.C. Ser# 36168924
b. 1919, d. June 8th 1944, Enlisted 29 Jan. 1942, Ft. Custer, Mich./ K.I.A.

Newspaper Article- June 21st 1944, Greenville Daily News-
The death of Pfc. Robert Ringler of Greenville, was the first invasion death to be reported publicly here, when it was learned today that Pvt. Ringler lost his life on June 8th with the Invasion Forces in Normandy. Mrs. Ringler received the telegram from the War Department today stating that her husband had been killed. She resides with a sister, Mrs. Morgan Johansen, Route 3. Pvt. Ringler was with the medical detachment of the 12th Inf. 44th Div.& had been in service 2 years. He was employed by a Greenville factory before being drafted early in the war. He spent a great share of his life in the Vicinity of Sand Lake. Surviving besides his wife is a son, Robert Daniel.

SAMPSON, GLENN K. S.SGT ,U.S.A.F. Ser # 36183935
58th Squadron, 325th Troop Carrier, Enlisted 24 June, 1942, Kalamazoo, Mich. b.1913,d. 26 Jan. 1945,Over the Pacific K.I.A./ M.I.A. Memorial Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton Mich. & Tablet of the Missing at Manila, American (ABMC) Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Received the Air Medal.-

Newspaper Article- Feb, 21st,1945 Greenville Daily News-
S. Sgt. Glenn K. Sampson, Greenville, whose parents ,Mr. & Mrs. L.G. Sampson, were notified That he was missing at sea since Jan. 25th, was due to receive a furlough home sometime this month, it was learned today. Sgt. Sampson Was a radio operator on a troop carrier plane operating in the Pacific war theater. He had been overseas since June 1943. Recipient of the Air Medal, he had more than 500 hours of flying including 120 hours combat hours, He is 31yrs old. A teacher in several schools, before entering the Army, he was a graduate of Sheridan High School & Western Mich. College in Kalamazoo.& did graduate study at the U. of. M. He has 2 brothers in the service, Seaman 2-c Donald is stationed in England, & Pfc. Elton S. is with the Military Police attached to the 3rd army in Germany. Another brother, Vincent, lives in Lakeview & a fourth brother Orville, is attending college in Chicago.

SHELDON, HOWARD , TEC 5 U.S. Army, Ser# 36404872
b.10 Aug. 1914,d. 23 Aug. 1949, M.I.A. Enlisted 15 Oct. 1942 in Kalamazoo, Mich. Buried 23 Aug. 1949, New Albany, National Cemetery, New Albany, Indiana.

Newspaper Article- March 16, 1945 d. 24 Feb. 1945.

Greenville Daily News- KILLED IN ACTION-
Carson City- Joseph Sherd 24 years old. Son of Mr. & Mrs. Leslie Sherd of Bushnell Twp. Was killed in action in Holland February 24th, the war department notified his parents. He was one of three brothers in service. Harold is in the army in England & Robert in the navy in the Pacific. Another brother, Gerald Expects to leave for service this week. Surviving are his wife, Shirley, his parents, nine brothers & sisters.

SHILLINGER, DALE E. 3RD LT. Ser # 0-687351
b.1921,d.1944, K.I.A. Buried Carson City, Cemetery, Carson City, Mich.

SITTS, LESTER J. PFC. Ser. # 20635366
126TH INF. b.10 Dec.1916, d. 20 Dec.1942, Enlisted, 15 Oct. 1940, Ionia, Mich. K.I.A.
Buried Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan, Mi. Son of Jay L. & Emma M. Sitts

SMITH, DONALD O. S.SGT. Ser# 3687581
b.10 May 1925,d. 17 Apr. 1945.Enlisted, 1 Feb. 1943, Kalamazoo, Mich. ,K.I.A.
Buried Forest Home Cemetery, Greenville, Mich.

Newspaper Article- April,1943 Greenville Daily News -
Staff Sgt. Donald Owen Smith, 19 year old combat infantryman, was killed in action April 17, in Italy during the final offensive to Smash the German Army in that theater, the War Department said. His Parents, Mr.& Mrs. Carl Smith 201 w. Summit St. & his wife former Caroline Shaw of Smyrna, were notified Tuesday by telegram. The terse message contained no details but stated that a letter will follow. Sgt. Smith was recently awarded the Combat Infantryman’s Badge for outstanding fighting ability in actual combat against the Nazis. Was a member of the famed 88th “BLUE DEVIL”, Division which is one of the crack outfits of General Mark Clark’s Allied armies. This division fought furious & costly battles the length of the Italian mainland & was often cited by Gen. Clark for spearheading the Offensives. It is one of the best outfits in Europe today.( 1943) Ironically Sgt. Smith was killed 1 year to the day after he was married by Dr. S.C. Parsons, He would have been 20 years old on May 10th .He was born May 10th, 1925 at Grayling & moved to Greenville with his parents in 1931 from Muskegon. He entered the Army in Sept. 1943 & trained at Camp Van Doran, Ark. He went overseas last August. Besides his parents & widow, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Norman Cameron, & Mrs. Landon Houle Jr. both of Greenville; grandparents, Mr. Mrs. Levi Bunger, Wolverine, Mich. Three nephews & a niece.

Newspaper Article- May 5th ,1945- Greenville Daily News-
Memorial services for Sgt. Donald Owen Smith, son of Mr. & Mrs. Carl Smith, of Greenville who was killed in battle in Italy, April 17th will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Congregational Church. Dr. S.C. Parsons, pastor of the church & who officiated A year ago at Donald’s Wedding, will conduct the service. Music will be provided by Mrs. Harold Harding, the church organist & Helmer Petersen, Violinist. The American Legion & the Michigan State Troops will have charge of the military honors. A detail of State Troopers will be ushers. All are invited to join in this tribute to one who ”Gave the last full measure of Devotion” to his country.

STOUT,DONAVAN M. PVT. U.S. Army Ser.# 36175844
53rd Inf. Batt. 4th Armored Div. d. 19 July 1944 Normady, France Enlisted, 16 Mar. 1942, Ft. Custer, Mich. K.I.A. Buried Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, Normandy, France / Purple Heart

Newspaper Article- Aug.3,1944 Greenville Daily News-
Mrs. Mildred Stout of Greenville, received word that her husband PFC. Donovan Stout of the Armored Division was killed in action July 19, in Normandy. No further details were revealed by the official War Department telegram. Private Stout is survived by the widow, & a brother in Grand Rapids& a sister in Cedar Springs. Mrs. Stout is the daughter of Mr.& Mrs. Harry Fischer of near Greenville & is assistant to the advertising manager of the Greenville Daily News.

STUEWER, DONALD H. , 1ST LT.U.S.A.F. Ser. # 662692
b.1917,d.1944 in Normady, France, Enlisted 18 Dec, 1941, Milwaukee, Wi.
K.I.A. Buried Coral Cemetery, Coral, Mich.

TERRELL, LEON, Cpl. U.S.ARMY-Ser # 20635394
b.1922, d. 6 Dec.1943,S.W. Pacific,

Newspaper Article, Jan.5,1943 Greenville Daily News--
Word Received Monday by his parents That he is Killed in Action -Cpl. Leon Terrell, 20, son of Mr. & Mrs. Clayton Terrell, of Stanton. was reported killed in actionDec.6th in the S.W. Pacific area according to word received by his parents from the War Department on Monday. Cpl. Terrell was born in Stanton Where he attended public schools. He was a football star during his high school career. His father is a city councilman & is employed by Montcalm Co. Road Commission . Surviving besides his parents are 2brothers, Charles of Greenville, & Tec. Sgt. Clayton Terrell Jr. of Camp Hood, Texas & 3 sisters Mrs. M.R. Clarto of Alto, Mrs. Bert Johnson of Grand Rapids, & Mrs. Glen Gilmore of Stanton. Newspaper Article - Jan.8th, 1943, MEMORIAL SERVICES AT STANTON- Memorial services will be held in the Stanton Gymnasium Sun. Jan. 17th at 3:00 p.m. for S. Sgt. Lew G. Wallington & Sgt. Leon Terrell who gave there lives in the service of their country. They have been reported by the War Department as killed in action in the Pacific early in December. Rev. Obed Westphal, assisted by Rev. K T. Romig will conduct the service .The American Legion, the V.F.W., Men’s Community club & the Women’s Club & all other local organizations will attend the services in groups & assist in the services. S. Sgt. Wallington is the only son of Mrs. Luella Wallington & Sgt. Terrell is a son of Mr. & Mrs. C.D. Terrell he also leaves 2 brothers & 3 sisters. buried at a cemetery in Byron Center, Mich.

TOWNE, CHARLES C. PFC. U.S. Army Ser.# 1610784
297th Inf. Reg .Enlisted, 15 Aug. 1940, Detroit, Mich. For Philippines Dept., d. 25 Feb 1943, D.N.B. Listed on Tablet of Missing Honolulu Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu. Hawaii

TROWBRIDGE, MELVIN E. PVT. Army N.G., Ser.# 20634888
Enlisted, 15 Oct. 1940, Big Rapids, Mich. d.10 Dec.1945, D.N.B. Listed on Tablet of Missing, Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Manila, Philippines / Bronze Star, Purple Heart

d. 4 May 1945, Bur. Honolulu, Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. Father: Wesley Tuttle, Edmore, Mich.,

Newspaper Article- June 26,1945- Greenville Daily News-
Edmore Parents Learn How Son Was Killed-
EDMORE- Mr.& Mrs. Wesley Tuttle of this Village have been notified that their son, Harold Dale Tuttle, who was Edmore’s first serviceman in the Navy to lose his life in this war, was killed in action aboard a destroyer. He was a radio operator.

VANOCKER, GLENN L. 1ST LT. Ser # 0-1311235 334th Inf.
b. 17 Nov 1917, d. 13 Dec 1944, K.I.A. Buried Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview, .Mich.

Newspaper Article- December, 13th, 1944 Greenville Daily News,
Lt. Glenn VanOcker,31, was killed in action, In Germany, December 13th according to a telegram received Thursday by his wife, the former Georgiana Fox. Lt. Van Ocker, son of Mr.& Mrs. Glenn Van Ocker, S. Clay St. was serving with the 344th Infantry with a mortar platoon. Entering the service in July 1941, He received his training at Camp Robinson Ark. ,Camp Lee, Va. & Ft. Benning, Ga. He went overseas in October 1944, Surviving besides The wife and parents, are four brothers Kirmeth, of Greenville,; Theodore of Smyrna; Marvin of Lakeview, and Clifford, of Lowell & two Sisters, Mrs. Violet Laux & Mrs. Minnie Mason, bothof Kalamazoo.

Newspaper Article- Jan.13th,1943 Greenville Daily News -
Memorial services will be held Sunday at 2:30 at the Methodist Church for Lt. Glenn Van Ocker ,31, killed in action in Germany, on Dec. 13th. Rev. L. George Beacock, will officiate at the services. The American Legion is attending in a body to form a guard of honor. All members of the K o C Lodge also are expected to attend. Lt. Van Ocker, son of Mr. & Mrs. Glenn Vanocker, S. Clay St. was serving with the 334th Inf. With a mortar platoon. Entering the service in July 1941, he received his training at Camp Robinson, Ark. Camp Lee, Virginia, & Fort Benning, Ga. He went overseas Oct.1944 Lt. Van Ocker is survived by his wife, the former Georgiana Fox; his parents; Four brothers, Kirmeth, of Greenville, Theodore of Smyrna, Marvin of Lakeview, & Clifford of Lowell,& two sisters; Mrs. Violet Laux, & Mrs. Minnie Mason, both of Kalamazoo.

WALLINGTON, LEW G. S.SGT. Ser # 36155242
b. 28 Aug 1921, d. 2 Dec 1942 in New Guinea K.I.A. Buried McBride Cemetery, McBride, Mich. Newspaper Article- January 8th, 1943, Greenville Daily News- MEMORIAL SERVICES AT STANTON- Memorial services will be held In the Stanton gymnasium Sunday, January,17th at 3:00 p.m. for S. Sgt. Lew G. Wallington & Sgt. Leon Terrell who gave their lives in the service of their country. They have been reported by the War Department as killed in action in the Pacific early in December. Rev. Obed Westphal, assisted by Rev. K.T. Romig will conduct the service. The American Legion, the V.F. W. ,Men’s community Club & the Woman’s Club & all other local organizations will attend the services in groups & assist in the service. S. Sgt. Wallington is the only son of Mrs. Luella Wallington & Sgt. Terrell Is a son of Mr. & Mrs. C.D. Terrell. He also leaves 2 brothers & 3 sisters.

D. 26 Dec 1943 M.I.A./ L.A.S. Tablets of The Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Son of, Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams, Gowen, Mich.

Newspaper Article- Jan. 22,1944, Greenville Daily News,
Mr. & Mrs. Bert Williams of Lincoln Lake Rd. were notified yesterday by the Navy Department that their son, Bert Williams Jr. was missing in action in the Pacific Area. He enlisted from Greenville in June 1943, No further details are available.

Newspaper Article- May 15,1944, Greenville Daily News,
Fireman First Class Bert E. Williams, 20, son of Mr. & Mrs. Albert S. Williams, of route 1, Gowen, has been declared killed in action in the Pacific War Theater according to the following letter received by his parents this week. “ Your son Bert E. Williams Fireman First Class, United States Naval Reserve, was reported missing on December 26, 1943, in the Pacific area. He was on board a motor boat, returning From authorized recreation, when the boat was swamped due to rough water. It is with deep regret you are now advised that a certificate of death Has been received in this bureau stating that your son lost his life on Dec. 26, 1943, as a result of drowning. Although the was not recovered the Judge Advocate General of the Navy in reviewing the available evidence has held that the circumstances surrounding his loss justify a conclusion of Death.” A.C. Jacobs Commander U.S.N.R. Head of the Casualties and Allotments Section. Fireman Williams enlisted in the Navy, on June 1,1942 & took his boot training at Great Lakes Naval Training Station & mechanics training at Wentworth College, Boston. He received his rating at Philadelphia & served in the Panama Canal Zone for six months & was stationed in Australia at the time of his death.

WILLIAMS, LEROY S. SGT. U.S.N.G. Ser# 20635380
126th Inf. 32nd Div. b.29 Aug 1919, d.6 Dec.1942, Enlisted 15 Oct. 1940, Ionia, Mich. K.I.A Buried Forest Hill Cemetery, Stanton Mich.

Newspaper Article , Jan. 13,1943 Greenville Daily News-
War Casualty in Pacific area December 6th, Had Been Soldier Two Years - Sgt. Leroy Williams former Stanton High School athletic star, Tuesday became Stanton’s 3rd reported war casualty. His parents, Mr. & Mrs. Ted Williams, now working at the Willow Run bomber plant at Ypsilanti, were notified by the war department that he had been killed in action Dec. 6th somewhere in the S. Pacific. He had been born in Stanton Aug.29,1919 & was graduated from school in 1938,entering the service two years later. Surviving are the parents, one brother T.J. Williams scheduled for induction soon, & one sister, Mrs. Ardith Garvey of Stanton. Other Stanton soldiers reported killed were Lew G. Wallington, & Leon Terrell. A memorial for the three men will be held Sunday.

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