WASP

Do you have a W.A.S.P. in your tree? No, I’m not talking about the insect but about the women who served as pilots during world war 2.

While researching descendants of John Lewis Ricketts, I came across the Find a Grave site for Helen Lucille Ricketts Rownd. Since her obituary was included on the site, I discovered that Helen Ricketts was a member of the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (W.A.S.P.)

Images of America: Hammond. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, c2015.

So far, Ancestry and Fold3 have failed to turn up records for Helen Ricketts’ service. However, Google turned up quite a bit of information about Helen Ricketts Hooks Rownd.

Helen Ricketts is listed as a member of Class 43-W-2 which reported to Dallas in June 1943.

Eleven women from Class 43-2 reported  to Dallas in June: Betty Bachman, Ruth Dailey, Frances Dias, Betty Eames, Jane Emerson, Kay Gott, Ross Kary, Avanell Pinkley, Helen Ricketts, Cappy Vail and Betty Whitlow. These women followed in the footsteps of the WAFS – who served as flight leaders for them – and of the “Guinea Pigs” who had graduated a month earlier.

Sarah Byrn Rickman, WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deed (Denton, Texas: University of North Texas, 2016), page 125; digital book, Google Books, https://www.google.com/books viewed online 22 November 2021.

The Woman’s Collection on the Texas Woman’s University Libraries web site has a list of the members of the WASP Class 43-W-2.

WASP CLASS 43-W-2

Dates: November 13, 1942-May 28, 1943

Number of Trainees: 51 trainees, 43 graduates

Place: Avenger Field, Sweetwater, Texas

This class completed training at the Houston Municipal Airport, Houston, Texas. They then flew to Sweetwater, Texas, in AT-6s and AT-17s which were being transferred from Houston. The exodus of this class marked the deactivation of the 318 th AAFFTD.

Graduation Speaker: Colonel J. H. Hills, Adjutant General and Executive Officer, AAF Flying Training Command, Fort Worth, Texas

Distinguished Guests: 

Jacqueline Cochran, Director of Women’s Flying Training Command
Major Francis Heasy, Public Relations Officer, AAFFTC
Captain H. G. Gibbons, Commanding Officer, 318th AAFFTD, Municipal Airport, Houston, Texas
Major L. J. Jurdan, AAFFTC

Band: Big Springs Bombardier School Band

Graduates

Adie, Lewise Dorothy Coleman
Anderson, Ann Ross Kary
Boylan, Margaret E. Kerr
Bridge, Catherine Vail 
Brown, Marion Schorr
Buehner, Betty J. Bachman
Carter, Norma J. Emerson
Chaffey, Lois K. Gott
Critchell, Iris Cummings 
Darnell, Barbara Russell
de Bernard, Katherine
Dickerson, Patricia A.
Disney, Virginia Alleman
Erickson, Patricia A. Chadwick
Fillmore, Carol
Genaro, Marie Muccie
Gery, Ellen H
Gustavson, France Dias
Harden, Emily Hiester
Hawkins, Ruth R. Thompson
Helm, Ruth Dailey
Hill, Geraldine B. Masinter
Hinds, Alma Marie Jerman
Huber, Mary Darling
Joiner, Betty Eames
Lamer, Zelda
Loop, Paula
Maier, Melvina K.
McArdle, Rita Moynahan
McKay, Mary Catherine Johnson
Moffatt, Virginia
Nichols, Dorothy
O’Brien, Mary T. Trotman
Pinkley, Avanell 
Reynolds, Ruth Franckling
Roberson, Florence E. Lawler
Rownd, Helen Ricketts 
Rupley, Martha D. Wagenseil
Smith, Elizabeth Whitlow
Stone, Helen S.
Trees, Ruth G.
Tunner, Margaret Ann Hamilton
Vanderpoel, Lila B. C

Woman’s Collection: WASP Class 43-W-2 (: viewed online 22 November 2021), Rownd, Helen Ricketts.
Texas Woman’s University, Women Airforce Service Pilots – Official Archive (https://twudigital.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection : viewed online 22 November 2021), Helen Ricketts Rownd.

William Taylor Thompson

See William Taylor Thompson on Ancestry tree: Heartland Genealogy

William Taylor Thompson
b: 29 December 1820, Ohio, Kentucky, United States
d: 12 September 1898
+Polly Ann Evans
b: 25 July 1821, Indiana, United States
m: 30 October 1842, Warrick, Indiana, United States
d: 14 April 1896, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States

Child #1

. . . . 2-Sarah Jane Thompson
        b: 7 August 1843, Warrick, Indiana, United States
        d: 17 August 1930, Neosho Township, Coffey, Kansas, United States
. . . . +Noah Washington Briles
        b: 1840, Randolph, North Carolina, United States
        m: 9 August 1866, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States
        d: 14 July 1879, Coffey, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Ida Angelina Briles
                b: 19 March 1868, near Ottumwa, Wapello County, Iowa
                d: 16 April 1959, Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . +Harry E. Myers
                m: 29 September 1884, Coffey, Kansas, United States
                d: 19 April 1924, Coffey, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Anna Bell Myers
                        b: 1 October 1885, Kansas, United States
                        d: 8 December 1977, Lyons, Rice, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Golda Myers
                        b: August 1892, Kansas, United States
                        d: 27 August 1978, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Bethel Myers
                        b: 12 May 1896, Kansas, United States
                        d: 18 November 1964, Wickenburg, Maricopa, Arizona, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jay Max Myers
                        b: 28 October 1898, Kansas, United States
                        d: 23 February 1969, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gladys Myers
                        b: 5 November 1901, Kansas, United States
                        d: 24 April 1946, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . +Ed C. Barr
                m: 3 March 1929, Coffey, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Edward Grant Briles
                b: 18 July 1869, Coffey, Kansas, United States
                d: 23 July 1951, St. Mary’s Hospital, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . +Frances Artlissa “Artie” Ricketts
                b: 7 April 1868, Clinton, Indiana, United States
                m: 19 February 1890, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                d: 28 April 1947, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edward Osmond Briles
                        b: 21 June 1891, Burlington, Coffey, Kansas, United States
                        d: 28 May 1956, Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ethel Frances Briles
                        b: 2 June 1893, Coffey, Kansas, United States
                        d: 15 August 1982, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Glen Briles
                        b: 6 March 1895, Woodson, Kansas, United States
                        d: 30 June 1983, Hays, Ellis, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lulu Belle Briles
                        b: 2 November 1899, Coffey, Kansas, United States
                        d: 8 October 1987, Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
. . . . +J. D. Davis
        m: 10 May 1888, Coffey, Kansas, United States

Child #2

. . . . 2-John Evans Thompson
        b: about 1845, Indiana, United States
        d: 1918, Colorado, United States
. . . . +Mary Ann Doane
        b: 1850, Illinois, United States
        m: 20 February 1868, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 1911, Limon, Lincoln, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Francis Edward Thompson
                b: 20 November 1868, Cass, Iowa, United States
                d: 9 September 1940, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States
. . . . . . . . +Mary Ann Orton
                b: 25 August 1868, Howick, Ontario, Canada
                m: 8 April 1891, Cass, Iowa, United States
                d: 24 March 1921, Billings, Yellowstone, Montana, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Harlan Oris Thompson
                        b: 1 June 1892, Massena, Cass, Iowa, United States
                        d: 7 June 1984, Marshalltown, Marshall, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ralph Orlan Thompson
                        b: 9 November 1893, Massena, Cass, Iowa,
                        d: 12 May 1986, Pacifica, San Mateo, California
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Clarence Eugene Thompson
                        b: 5 December 1896, Massena Township, Cass, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edith I Thompson
                        b: 22 May 1907, Montana, United States
                        d: April 1992
. . . . . . . . 3-Fred Ira Thompson
                b: 21 April 1877, Iowa, United States
                d: June 1968, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . +Jennie B. Markham
                b: 12 February 1884, Washington, Washington, Kansas, United States
                m: 14 August 1901, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
                d: 17 December 1981, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Vernon “Vern” C Thompson
                        b: 20 March 1902, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
                        d: 8 February 1994, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Nellie M. Thompson
                        b: 1905, Brush, Morgan, Colorado, United States
                        d:
. . . . +Anna E Whiteaker
        b: 1858
        m: 23 November 1914, Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado, United States
        d: 1943

Child #3

. . . . 2-William F. Thompson
        b: 21 April 1848, Iowa, United States
        d: 28 April 1922, Creston, Union, Iowa
. . . . +Louisa Matilda Falconer
        b: 21 February 1848
        m: 17 September 1879
        d: 15 June 1920, Corning, Adams, Iowa

Child #4

. . . . 2-Martha E. Thompson
        b: May 1850, Iowa, United States
        d: 14 July 1929, Kansas, United States
. . . . +Christopher Columbus Ingersoll
        b: April 1849, Illinois, United States
        m: 17 March 1871, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 7 March 1938
. . . . . . . . 3-William Grant Ingersoll
                b: 22 November 1875, Iowa, United States
                d: April 1954, Oregon, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Ethel Ingersoll
                b: 5 August 1880, Iowa, United States
                d: February 1973
. . . . . . . . +Hart Gilchrist
                b: 26 September 1879, Eastfield Rows, Scotland, United Kingdom
                d: 10 January 1947
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dale E. Gilchrist
                        b: 14 October 1904, Kansas, United States
                        d: March 1984
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dean H Gilchrist
                        b: 20 April 1907, Sheridan, Kansas, United States
                        d: July 1965

Child #5

. . . . 2-Julia A. Thompson
        b: about 1853
        d: before 1887

Child #6

. . . . 2-Amanda Ellen Thompson
        b: 1854, Wapello, Iowa, United States
        d: 12 October 1907, South Dakota, United States
. . . . +Jasper F. Goudy
        b: about 1857, Wapello, Iowa, United States
        m: 2 September 1880, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 28 February 1927, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Arsena Goudy
                b: 1882, Wapello, Iowa, United States
                d:
. . . . . . . . 3-George Nelson Goudy
                b: 6 September 1883, Iowa, United States
                d: 6 May 1946, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . +Frieeda Trenham
                b: 30 October 1888, Forestburg, Sanborn, South Dakota
                m: 1907, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                d: 12 May 1942, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Frank Lewis Goudy
                        b: 2 March 1909, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 20 June 1983, Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Clarence Goudy
                        b: 18 November 1910, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 25 November 1969, Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Albert Goudy
                        b: 19 October 1912, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 20 January 1995, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Robert V Goudy
                        b: 30 December 1914, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 8 June 1984
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Alice Sadie Goudy
                        b: 9 May 1917, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 22 May 2019, Huron, Beadle, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-William Merdick Goudy
                b: 8 March 1887, Cumberland, Cass, Iowa, United States
                d: 12 October 1972, Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . +Leah Marie Green
                b: 22 August 1885, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                m: 8 August 1907, Miner, South Dakota, United States
                d: 23 August 1945, Davison, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Viola Maude Goudy
                        b: 7 April 1908, Sanborn,South Dakota
                        d: 12 December 1966, Wessington Springs,South Dakota
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Edmond V. Goudy
                        b: 27 October 1911, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 27 November 1989, Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Wesley Lawrence Goudy
                        b: 11 October 1914, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 12 April 1997
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Esther Gertrude Goudy
                        b: 27 October 1916, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 12 March 1996, Salem, McCook, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Belle Omega Goudy
                b: 25 October 1887, Massena, Cass, Iowa, United States
                d: 16 November 1985, De Smet
. . . . . . . . +Jacob Vittetoe
                b: 1871, Iowa, United States
                m: 22 May 1909, Woonsocket, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                d: 28 February 1928
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Watt Vittitoe
                        b: 4 March 1911, Wyoming, United States
                        d: 8 March 1976, Arlington, Tarrant, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ellen L Vittitoe
                        b: 18 August 1920, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 19 April 1984, Howard, Miner, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Doyle Bruce Vittetoe
                        b: about 1923, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-John George William Vittitoe
                        b: 6 July 1924, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 7 November 2013, Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Mabel Florence Goudy
                b: 8 September 1891, Iowa, United States
                d: 10 October 1974, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . +Carl M. Hesler
                b: 23 September 1883, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
                m: 23 October 1911, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                d: March 1971, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Floyd W. Hesler
                        b: 22 March 1912, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 16 February 1996
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Homer Glenn Hesler
                        b: 20 June 1914, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 29 April 1996, Placer, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Eunice L. Hesler
                        b: 22 January 1916, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 6 March 2010, Howard, Miner, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Claire E. Hesler
                        b: about 1920
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gladys G Hesler
                        b: about 1923, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lottie M Hesler
                        b: about 1925, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Phyllis L Hesler
                        b: about 1927, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Arlene Hesler
                        b: 1930
                        d: 1998
. . . . . . . . 3-Anna D Goudy
                b: March 1895, Iowa, United States
                d: July 1980, Mitchell, Davison, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . +Walter Hall
                m: 23 October 1911, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lloyd L Hall
                        b: 8 September 1913, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: 1982
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Meredith C. Hall
                        b: 3 June 1918, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Lucille Eleanor Hall
                        b: 16 February 1922, Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States
                        d: December 1977
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Robert D Hall
                        b: 7 August 1924
                        d: 11 November 1957
. . . . . . . . 3-Sadie L Goudy
                b: 10 March 1898, Edna Township, Cass, Iowa, United States
                d: 3 February 1976, Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida, United States
. . . . . . . . +Richard Black
                b: 1891
                m: 10 November 1920, Davison, South Dakota, United States
                d: 14 January 1965
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Black
                        b: 25 September 1921, Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States
                        d: 9 November 1993

Child #7

. . . . 2-Arcena M. Thompson
        b: 5 June 1858, Iowa, United States
        d: 3 July 1928, Creston, Union, Iowa
. . . . +William H Harper
        b: 1858
        m: 5 December 1899, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 1950

Child #8

. . . . 2-Polly Ann Thompson
        b: 26 December 1860, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States
        d: 2 September 1942, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
. . . . +Albert D. Rickett
        b: December 1857
        m: 30 September 1880, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 25 March 1930, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-William Andrew Rickett
                b: 29 June 1882, Iowa, United States
                d: 8 December 1964, Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . +Bertha Dell Ryerson
                b: 1886
                m: 8 November 1909, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States
                d: 1940
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mary Marie Rickett
                        b: 7 January 1910, Kirkville, Wapello, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-George Albert Rickett
                        b: 26 October 1912, Monroe, Iowa, United States
                        d: 28 October 1928, Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Andrew Orville Rickett
                        b: 7 August 1914, Bluff Creek Township, Monroe, Iowa, United States
                        d: 4 September 1940, Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-William Henry Rickett
                        b: 13 December 1916, Marion, Iowa, United States
                        d: 29 October 2005, Alma, Wabaunsee, Kansas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Pauline Mildred Lucille Rickett
                        b: 10 November 1918, Union Township, Monroe, Iowa, United States
                        d: 18 May 1995, Knoxville, Marion, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Marion Inas Rickett
                        b: 5 January 1922, Pershing, Marion, Iowa, United States
                        d: 12 December 2004, Hemet, Riverside, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Calvin Kiowa Rickett
                        b: 16 April 1925, Pershing, Marion, Iowa, United States
                        d: 31 December 2001, West Valley City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Albert Virgil Rickett
                b: 18 May 1884, Iowa, United States
                d: 25 June 1939, Des Moines, Polk, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Minnie Mildred Rickett
                b: 21 September 1888, Dahlonega Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States
                d: 21 August 1968, Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . +Oliver Bernice Tennis
                b: 22 January 1886, Cedar, Iowa, United States
                m: 1 January 1908, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                d: 19 May 1954
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mildred Pauline Faye Tennis
                        b: 22 June 1909, Iowa, United States
                        d: 6 March 1952, Nampa, Canyon, Idaho, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Samuel Albert Tennis
                        b: 23 August 1910, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                        d: February 1986
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Anna Tennis
                        b: 26 December 1912, Cedar, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
                        d: 3 April 1989, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Herbert Oliver Tennis
                        b: 9 September 1920, Sigourney, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                        d: 27 December 2008, Longmont, Boulder, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Amanda Ann Rickett
                b: 25 August 1890, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States
                d: October 1976, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . +Oris Willard Allison
                b: 7 April 1883, Fisher, Champaign, IL
                m: 11 February 1911, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
                d: 11 March 1954, Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
. . . . . . . . +Earl Francis Hamilton
                b: 1890
                d: 1967
. . . . . . . . 3-Harry Clifton Rickett
                b: 7 March 1893, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                d: 9 March 1947, Humboldt City, Pershing, Nevada, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Ernest Eugene Rickett
                b: 19 December 1895, Iowa, United States
                d: 18 January 1947, Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States
. . . . . . . . +Alice Mok
                b: 23 December 1905, Hubei, China
                m: 20 September 1937, Shanghai, China
                d: 26 August 2002, San Mateo, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Margaret Rickett
                        b: 2 December 1933, Hankow, China
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Ernest Rickett
                        b: 12 March 1936, Hankow, China
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Pauline Rickett
                        b: 11 September 1940, Shanghai, China
. . . . . . . . 3-Edith Pauline Rickett
                b: 17 July 1901, Highland, Wapello, Iowa
                d: 24 February 1987, Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . +Herbert Andrew Dickey
                b: 4 November 1894, Delta, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                m: 18 December 1920, Iowa, United States
                d: 5 January 1959, Cantril, Van Buren, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Hershel Avery Dickey
                        b: 13 March 1922, Benton Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                        d: 24 August 1992, Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Mathew Wendell Dickey
                        b: 4 January 1925, Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
                        d: 12 December 2019, Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Royal Blaine Dickey
                        b: 7 August 1926, Oskaloosa, Mahaska, Iowa, United States
                        d: 14 February 1999, Donnellson, Lee, Iowa, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Zane Madison Dickey
                        b: 29 December 1929, Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States
                        d: 23 November 1988, Keosauqua, Van Buren, Iowa, United States

Child #9

. . . . 2-Clara Belle Thompson
        b: September 1863, Iowa, United States
        d: 1943
. . . . +Lewis N. Goudy
        b: October 1857, Iowa, United States
        m: 17 January 1884, Wapello, Louisa, Iowa, United States
        d: 1938
. . . . . . . . 3-Louise K Goudy
                b: 20 July 1885, Iowa, United States
                d: 8 February 1985, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . +Marian J Ashmore
                b: 31 August 1882, Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, United States
                m: 14 February 1907, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                d: 11 January 1956, Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jessie Ashmore
                        b: 6 November 1907, Juniata, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                        d: 23 April 1996, Denver, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Doris Ashmore
                        b: 11 June 1915, Juniata, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                        d: 12 February 2010, Greeley, Weld, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gene Marion Ashmore
                        b: 23 April 1925, Juniata, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                        d: 14 September 1945, Philippines
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Bernice Ashmore
                        b: about 1927, Colorado, United States
. . . . . . . . 3-Francis Nelson Goudy
                b: 4 May 1888, Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States
                d: 25 September 1976, Orange, California, United States
. . . . . . . . +Estella Mae Shreve
                b: 15 October 1887, Hastings, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                d: 9 March 1974, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Dale Nelson Goudy
                        b: 7 January 1912, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                        d: 8 January 1999, Burbank Los Angeles, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Gladys Goudy
                        b: 10 August 1913, Hastings, Adams, Nebraska, United States
                        d: 27 July 2002, Escondido, San Diego, California, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Frances Jean Goudy
                        b: 25 December 1927, Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States
                        d: 31 October 2014, Rock Hill, York, South Carolina, United States
. . . . . . . . . . . . 4-Jeanette Ruth Goudy
                        b: 25 December 1927, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States
                        d: 12 August 2006, Santa Monica, Orange, California, United States

Descendancy Reports

Do you research the descendants of your ancestors? Over the years, I’ve learned that the more I know about the children of an ancestor and the families of those children, the easier it is to locate information about the ancestor. Thus, my genealogy file contains information on a lot of descendants. And that research has paid off in terms of identifying DNA matches.

Thus, some of my goals for 2021 were to research the descendants of my 6th great grandfathers on my father’s side of my tree.

Most of this ‘research’ was simply going thru the Ancestry hints for the descendants. At times, I searched for other records to help document the lives of these cousins. This time consuming research resulted in a blog post listing these descendants.

Thanks to my genealogy software, creating those reports is relatively simple. With the release of RootsMagic 8, those reports have changed slightly. The Descendant list report has several different formats available.

  • Name (birth date – death date)
  • Name/Birth/Death in columns
  • Name/BMD Date/Place
  • Name (birth year-death year)
  • Name/BMD Date/Place wordwrap

My favorite version is the wordwrap version. I like this version because it has more information in a format that makes the family levels easy to visualize.

Unfortunately, this format creates challenges when I try to copy/paste the information from one of these reports into a blog post.

I haven’t tried to copy/paste a columns report, but I think it would be even more of a challenge to create a blog post using this format.

That leaves three formats with varying levels of information: years, dates and dates with places.

Name (Birth year – Death year)
Name (birth date – death date)
Name/BMD Date / Place

Since I believe that knowing the place in relation to a date is important, I will likely use the Name/BMD Date/Place format for future descendancy list reports. As I work thru my goal to complete these descendancy reports, I know that the research involved is valuable but I question the value of posting these reports. What about you, reader, have you ever connected with a cousin thru a descendancy report?

Plane Down

Well, a Find a Grave memorial has done it again. They have just enough information about a military service member to prompt me to find more. This time, it is a second cousin twice removed on my Thompson line, Second Lieutenant Gene Marion Ashmore.

Thanks to the picture on Find a Grave, I was able to locate the obituary in the 17 Jan 1950 issue of the Greely Daily Tribune on Newspapers.com.

VFW Here Will Have Charge of Ashmore Service

Committal services for Second Lt. Gene M. Ashmore will be held at Linn Grove Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Veterans of Foreign Wars will be in charge of military honors and Macys is making arrangements. The body will arrive Saturday.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. J. Ashmore of 1230 Twelfth street; three sisters, Miss Jessie and Miss Bernice Ashmore both of Greeley, and Mrs. Doris Anderson of Denver.

Born April 23, 1925, at Hastings, Nebr., the Lieutenant was graduated from Greeley high school and attended CSCE. He was killed Sept. 14, 1945, on Mindanso, Philippine Islands.

Ashmore was reported missing in flight over Luzon Island in late September, 1945. He served as a navigator on a R-24 and began his overseas duty in July, 1945. In August 1945, he was stationed on the island of Ie Shima.

Lt. Ashmore entered the service when he was 18. He was an aviation student at Wofford college, Spartanburg, S.C., where he took a five months course prior to his appointment as an aviation cadet in the army air forces flying training command.

He was classified a navigator at the completion of his course and assigned to the Nashville army air center in Tennessee for determination of branch of air crew service. He took his pre-flight training at Maxwell field, Ala., and received his second lieutenant wings as an aerial navigator at San Marcos, Tex.

The plane went down when its crew was ferrying prisoners of war out of Japan to the Philippine Islands.

“VFW Here Will Have Charge of Ashmore Service,” Greeley Daily Tribune (Greeley, Colorado), 17 January 1950, page 1; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 19 November 2021).

A search of Fold3 for Gene M Ashmore turned up two men of that name in the records for World War II. One is obviously the incorrect Gene Ashmore since he served in the Medical Administrative Corps. Fortunately, the second Gene Ashmore appears in records that help confirm the information in the obituary. One of these results leads to a “Missing Air Crew Report”

Confidential
War Department
Headquarters Army Air Forces
Washington

Missing Air Crew Report
Important: This report will be compiled in triplicate by each Army Air Forces organization within 48 hours of the time an aircraft is officially reported missing.

IE Shima Ryukyus

Organization: Location Retto Japan; Command or Air Force V Air Force
Group 43rd Bomb Group; Squadron 65th Bomb Sq.; Detachment _____

Specify: Point of Departure Moro[xxd]; Course Unknown; Intended Destination Clark Field Luzon; Type of Mission Routine

Weather Condition and Visibility at Time of crash or When Last Reported _______

Give: (a) Date 14 Sep 45; Time Unknown; and Location Moratai of last known whereabouts of missing aircraft.

Aircraft was lost or is believed to have been lost, as a result of ( ) Enemy Aircraft; ( ) Enemy Anti-Aircraft; (x) Other circumstances as follows Unknown

Aircraft: Type, Model and Series B 24 M; A.A.F. Serial Number 1562

The person listed below were reported as (a) Battle Casualty ______ or (b) Non-Battle Casualty __X___

Number of Persons Aboard Aircraft: Crew –5– ; Passengers — 0 — ; Total — 5 —

Crew position — Name in Full — Rank — Serial Number
Pilot Pickens, William E Jr Capt. 01165546
Co Pilot Furman, Clarence J. 2nd Lt 083825[3]
Nav. Ashmore, gene M. 2nd Lt 02081367
Eng. Biergel, William [M] Sgt 31348888
Radio Op. Ryan, William W. Sgt 11067496

Identify below those persons who are believed to have last knowledge of aircraft, and check appropriate column to indicate basis for same:
Unknown

If personnel are believed to have survived, answer yes to one of the following statements: (a) Parachutes were used _____; (b) Persons were seen walking away from scene of crash ______; or (c) Any other reason (Specify) Unknown

Attach aerial photograph, map, chart, or sketch, showing approximate location where aircraft was last seen, UNKNOWN

Attach eyewitness descriptions of crash, forced landing, or other circumstances pertaining to missing aircraft. UNKNOWN

Attach a description of the extent of search, if any, and give name, rank and serial number of officer in charge here UNKOWN

Date of Report: Unknown

Bernie W. White Jr (Signature of Preparing Officer)
Bernie W. White Jr
1st Lt. Air Corps
Commanding

Confidential

—————————————–

Sixty Fifth Bombardment Squadron (H)
Forty Third Bombardment Group (H)
APO 245

30 September 1945

Subject: Casualty Report

To: Commanding General, Far Est Air Force, APO 925

S.W. Pacific
5th A.F. (handwritten)

In compliance with FEAF Regulation 35-45, dated 1 May 1945, the following report is submitted

Cut – Missing

Non-Battle Casualty
Pickens, William E. Jr., Capt., 01165546, White
65th Bomb Sq, 43rd Bomb Op (H)
Pilot – 1092
Missing in flight between Morotai Island and Clark Field, Luzon. Plane took off from Morotai and is unreported at Clark Field
14 September 1945
Body was not recovered
Unknown
Line of Duty – Yes
Not own misconduct
On Flying Status, Yes. Pilot
Award Pay – None
Mrs. Lady Lytle Pickens, wife, 716 N. Church St., Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Presbyterian

Non-Battle Casualty
Furman, Clarence J., 2d Lt., 0838253, white
65th Bomb Sq, 43rd Bomb Op (H)
Pilot – 1051
Missing in flight between Morotai Island and Clark Field, Luzon. Plane took off from Morotai and is unreported at Clark Field
14 September 1945
Body was not recovered
Unknown
Line of Duty – Yes
Not own misconduct
On Flying Status, Yes. Pilot
Award Pay – None
Mrs. Anna Mary Murman, wife, RFD#1, Punsxutawney, Penna
Methodist

Non-Battle Casualty
Ashmore, Gene M., 2d Lt., 02081367, White
65th Bomb Sq, 43rd Bomb Op (H)
Navigator – 1034
Missing in flight between Morotai Island and Clark Field, Luzon. Plane took off from Morotai and is unreported at Clark Field
14 September 1945
Body was not recovered
Unknown
Line of Duty – Yes
Not own misconduct
On Flying Status, Yes. Navigator
Award Pay – None
Mrs. Louis J. Ashmore, Mother, 1230 Twelfth St., Greeley, Colorado
Methodist

Non-Battle Casualty
Biergel, William A., Sgt., 31348888, White
65th Bomb Sq, 43rd Bomb Op (H)
Aerial Engineer – 748
Missing in flight between Morotai Island and Clark Field, Luzon. Plane took off from Morotai and is unreported at Clark Field
14 September 1945
Body was not recovered
Unknown
Line of Duty – Yes
Not own misconduct
On Flying Status, Yes. Aerial Engineer
Award Pay – None
Mrs. Mary Biergel, Mother, Northwest St., Feeding Hills, Mass
Catholic

Non-Battle Casualty
Ryan, William W., Sgt., 11067496, White
65th Bomb Sq, 43rd Bomb Op (H)
Radio Operator – 757
Missing in flight between Morotai Island and Clark Field, Luzon. Plane took off from Morotai and is unreported at Clark Field
14 September 1945
Body was not recovered
Unknown
Line of Duty – Yes
Not own misconduct
On Flying Status, Yes. Radio Operator
Award Pay – None
Mrs. Mary A. Ryan, Mother, 11 Westchester St., Lowell, Mass
Catholic

Report delayed because of lack of information concerning the flight at this Headquarters.

Max W. Williams
Max W. Williams
Capt., Air Corps
Commanding

Even though the “Missing Air Crew Report” indicates there were no passengers on the plan, a letter in the same file names three other people on the plane.

AFPPA-8/FK/d1b/72490
Rm 5E 185 26 September 1946

AFPPA-8
AAF 201 – (14993) Pickens, William E., jr.
0-1165546

30 September 1946

Mrs. Lounora B. Pickens
Box 124
Lewisburg, Tennessee

Dear Mrs. Pickens:

Reference is made to your letter of 8 June 1946, addressed to The Adjutant General and referred to this office for further reply concerning your son, Captain William E. Pickens, Jr.

According to information received in this Headquarters, the following are the names of the passengers who were aboard your son’s aircraft when it crashed in the Pacific area. The names and addresses of their emergency addresses are also furnished.

Private First Class Paul W Fors Killed — Mrs. Anna C. Fors (Mother) Ewen, Michigan
Private First Class Pasquale Castigliola Killed– Mrs. Mary Castigliola (Mother) 414 Columbus Street, Brooklyn, NY
Private First Class Leonard W. Jennings Killed — Mrs. Ella M. Jennings (Mother) Route 1 Morrill, Nebraska

It is noted from a review of the War Department reports regarding your son that all of the known details concerning your son’s death have been conveyed to you in correspondence from this Headquarters and The Adjutant General.

Again, my deepest sympathy is extended to you in your great loss.

Sincerely yours,

Leon W. Johnson
Brigadier General, J. S. Army
Deputy. AC/AS-1

Little additional information about the Gene Ashmore has been found. However, some news articles about the pilot and others on the plane has been found.

Capt. Pickens, B-24 Pilot, Is Reported Missing Off Luzon

Capt. William E. Pickens, Jr., husband of the former Miss Lady Houston of Murfreesboro, is reported missing off Luzon since September 14, a message received from the War department yesterday by Mrs. Pickens brought word.

Pilot of a B-24, Captain Pickens went overseas the past June.

Messages from the War department stated that Mrs. Pickens would be notified if any further word was obtained regarding her husband. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Houston, she and Captain Pickens were married in June, 1944. He is a native of Lewisburg.

The Daily News-Journal (Murfreesboro, TN), 14 Oct 1945, page 1 on Newspapers.com

Confirm Death of Captain Pickens, Missing Off Luzon

Word of the death of Capt. William E. Pickens, Jr., 28 husband of the former Miss Lady Houston of Murfreesboro, in a plane crash off Luzon last September, has been received from the War department.

Captain Pickens had been reported missing since last September 14, when a four-plane flight of B-24 Liberators, en route from Morotai to Manila, encountered a typhoon. Three of the planes reached Manila safely, but Captain Pickens’ plane, which he was piloting, was lost in the storm.

Captain Pickens had been overseas since June of last year, and had participated in many raids on Tokyo. He was stationed at Ie Shima, and witnessed the arrival there of the Jap surrender plane, bearing envoys to meet MacArthur’s representative in Manila.

A native of Lewisburg, where he was graduated from the high school, Captain Pickens was the son of W. E. Pickens, Sr., Marshall county circuit court clerk, and Mrs. Lounora Pickens. He was in charge of the city electric department there prior to entering service. His marriage to Miss Houston occurred in June, 1944.

The Daily News-Journal (Murfreesboro, TN), 30 Jan 1946, page 1 on Newspapers.com

A page dedicated to Sergeant William A. Biergel on the QuestMaster.us site contains more information about the plane and the crash.

  • Newly delivered B-24M-30-FO “Liberator” Bomber Serial Number 44-51562
  • Attached to 65th Bomb Squadron, 43rd Bomb Group
  • Flight occurred 14 Sept 1945
  • Aircraft crashed in Pacific Ocean for unknown reasons
  • Remains of St. Biergel were eventually recovered to a U.S.A.A.F. cemetery on Leyte and later repatriated to Massachusetts.

Genealogy Stats

#SaturdayNightGenealogyFun

It’s Saturday Night – Time for more Genealogy Fun!

 Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to: 

1)  If you have your family tree research in a Genealogy Management Program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database (hint:  the Help button is your friend!)

2)  Tell us which GMP you use, and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook comment.

I use RootsMagic 8 to manage my genealogy research. I keep my data in one file. That file contains

  • 20,318 people
  • 6,701 families
  • 63,821 events
  • 8,536 places
  • 5,165 sources
  • 22,397 citations
  • 10,273 media items

Since I keep all of my research in one file, I have quite a few ‘bushes’. Many of my bushes are the result of my Crawford research. Sometimes, these ‘bushes’ are people of the same name living in the same area as my ancestors. These bushes may also be the result of FAN (friends, associates and neighbors) club research. By looking at the ‘count trees’ data, I find that my primary tree has 17,751 people. Thus, I have over 2,500 individuals in the bushes in my file.

Rest of Story – Hers

I recently wrote about Ernest Eugene Ricketts who was captured while serving for the U.S. Navy, help prisoner at Cabannatun and rescued by the Army Rangers. However, there is another side to his story — and that is her story.

Ernest Rickett married Alice Mok on September 20, 1937 in Shanghai, China.

Ernest Rickett was called back to active service in October 1940 leaving behind his wife Alice along with their three young children. In March 1942, Ernest Rickett was reported missing in action. In October 1942, Ernest Rickett was imprisoned at Cabannatun. In January, 1945, Ernest and about 500 other prisoners were rescued. By March 1945, Ernest was back in Iowa, while his wife and children were still in China.

So far, I haven’t found any newspaper articles about the arrival of Alice and her children in the United States. However, there is a 1959 article about the family that indicates they arrived in 1946. There is a short article on the front page of the 13 Nov 1946 Hedrick Journal which indicates the family had purchased a house in Hedrick.

Mrs. Ernest Rickett and family have moved into the property they recently purchased which is located on North Main street and which was formerly occupied by the Aben Swanstrom family. Mrs. Ricketts is glad of an opportunity to live in her husband’s hometown and to know his relatives and friends. Ricketts is still confined to the Navy hospital.

“Local news,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 18 November 1946, page 1; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 17 November 2021).

In December 1946, Mrs. Ricketts visited her husband at the Great Lakes Naval hospital.

Mrs. Ernest Rickett returned Sunday after a few days spent with her husband who is in the Great Lakes Naval hospital. Rickett’s condition is somewhat improved.

“Local news,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 18 December 1946; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 17 November 2021).

Ernest Rickett died 18 Jan 1947 leaving behind his wife, Alice and their 3 children: Margaret, Ernest and Pauline.

In November 1948, Alice and her children moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa.

Interesting newcomers from Hedrick, are the Alice Rickett family who have purchased the Lee Courtney property here. Mrs. Rickett is a native of China and her three children: Margret, Ernest and Paulne, al were born in China prior to world War II. Their father, an American, a former resident of Hedrick, is now deceased.

“Local Happenings,” The Mount Pleasant News (Mount Pleasant, Iowa), 22 November 1948, page 3; digial images, Southeast Iowa Advantage-Preservation (seiowa.advantage-preservation : viewed online 17 November 2021).

In July 1949, Alice Mok Rickett took the exam to become a naturalized citizen. Alice Rickett was naturalized on 19 Sep 1949 in Ottumwa, Iowa.

Alice Rickett Widow of Ernest Rickett veteran of World war 2 had a thrilling experience September 19th when she became a citizen of the United States of America. A native of China, she and her children, Margaret, Ernest Jr. and Pauline, came to this country to join Chief M. M. Ernest Rickett following the close of World War II. The arrived at Hedrick, Iowa where relatives gave them a warm welcome. Then it was that Alice Rickett applied for naturalization papers in Wapello county. She took the written examinations July 29th and it was a happy day for her and her American citizen children when she received notice to appear at the Post Office building in Ottumwa for the final proceeding. with seven other persons she was presented a certificate of citizenship following an impressive address by a member of the American Legion — it was a dramatic moment in Alice Rickett’s life when, by a member of the D.A.R. she was presented a small American Flag. How did you feel at that moment, we asked Alice, and she quickly answered, “Like a million — I am proud to be a citizen of the United States of America.”

“Around Town and Countryside,” The Mount Pleasant News (Mount Pleasant, Iowa), 8 October 1949, page 6; digial images, Southeast Iowa Advantage-Preservation (seiowa.advantage-preservation : viewed online 17 November 2021).

Thanks to another user of the FamilySearch tree, I was able to quickly locate the ‘Petition for Naturalization’ of Alice Mok Rickett.

No. 709

United States of America

Petition for Naturalization

[Of a Married Person, under Sec. 310(a) or(b), 311 or 312, of the Nationality Act of 1940 (54 Stat. 1144-1145)]

To the Honorable the United States District southern District Court of Iowa at Ottumwa, Iowa

This petition for naturalization, hereby made and filed pursuant to Section 310 of the Nationality Act of 1940, respectfully shows:

(1) My full, true, and correct name is Alice Mok Rickett

(2) My present place of residence is 306 E. Clay, Mt Pleasant, Henry County, Iowa. (3) My occupation is housekeeper

(4) I am 43 years old. (5) I was born on December 23, 1905 in Provin of Kwong Tse, China

(6) My personal description is as follows: Sex: Female; Color Oriental: complexion Medium, color of eyes Dk Brown, color of hair black, height 5 feet 1 inches, weight 110 pounds; visible distinctive marks mole on chin; race Chinese; present nationality Chinese

(7) I was married; the name of my husband was Ernest E. Rickett; we were married on September 20, 1937 at shanghai, China; he was born at Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa on Dec. 19, 1895

entered the United States at XXX on XX for permanent residence in the United States, and now resides at

deceased January 18 1947 and was naturalized on XXX at XXX

certificate No XX; or became a citizen by birth in the United States

(8) I have three children; and the name, sex, date and place of birth, and present place of residence of each said children who is living, are as follows:

Margaret (f) Dec. 2,1933, Hankow, China, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Ernest (m) March 12, 1936, Hankow, China, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

Pauline (f) Sept. 11, 1940, Shanghai, China, Mt. Pleasant, Iowa

(9) My last place of foreign residence was Shanghau, China (10) I emigrated to the United States form Shanghai, China

(11) My lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at San Francisco, Calif under the name of Alice Nok Rickett on June 2, 1946 on the SS Gen J. C. Breckenbridge as shown by the certificate of my arrival attached to this petition.

(12) Since my lawful entry for permanent residence I have not been absent from the United States, for a period or periods of 6 months or longer, as follows:

(18) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of three years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit: since June 2, 1946

(19) I have not heretofore made petition for naturalization

Signed: Alice Mok Rickett

Iowa Naturalization Records, 1859-1990, Alice Mok Rikett, 2 June 1946; database with images, FamilySearch (www.familysearch.org : viewed online 17 November 2021).

In 1959, Alice Rickett’s visit to Iowa was chronicled in the article, “Ernest Rickett Would Have Been Proud of His Family.”

Ernest Rickett Would Have Been Proud of His Family

Mrs. Ernest Rickett, now of Fullerton, Calif., is visiting friends and relatives in this community, and her youngest daughter, Pauline, who is enrolled as a freshman at the state University of Iowa, this fall.

Mrs. Rickett, a native of China, formerly lived in Hedrick, having come form China in 1946 with her three children to join her husband, Ernest, who had been freed from a Japanese prison camp, in the Philippine a few months earlier. Rickett met his wife in China, while serving with the U.S. Navy.

The family moved to Hedrick in the fall and the children entered school. However, Mr Rickett became ill and only lived five months after the arrival of his family. He died in a Naval hospital in Illinois, a victim of tuberculosis, which he had contracted in the prison camp.

The family lived in Hedrick about two years, before moving to Mt. Pleasant, where the two older children, Margaret and Ernest, graduated from high school with high honors. Margaret graduated from the State University three years ago, having maintained a high average, serving in several offices, and was vie-president of the Motor Board. She is now employed in the data processing division of I.B.M. in Long Beach, Calif., and lives with her mother.

Ernest attended Grinnel college one year, having received a scholarship, and transferred to State University, graduating in 1958. He enlisted in the Navy and is now at Officer’s Candidate School in the east.

Pauline, the youngest, graduated from Fullerton high school in California as an honor student. She received a scholarship to the University of California, but preferred to come to Iowa as the others had graduated here.

Mrs. Ricketts is employed as a dietitian’s aid in the Veterans Administration hospital near her home. She has attended Adult Education classes, and paints as a hobby. She owns her home, dries a car, and with her family are typical Americans, having made the best of the opportunities which are offered to the family on one who gave his life for his country.

“Ernest Rickett Would Have Been Proud of His Family,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 7 October 1959, page 1; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 16 November 2021).

Ernest Rickett’s story is not complete without also knowing his wife’s story.

Rest of the Story

When researching a distant cousin, do you ever run across some information about that cousin that just begs you to research more of the story? Well, that’s the case with one of the descendants of William Taylor Thompson that I’m researching.

The Find a Grave site for Ernest Eugene Rickett contains a copy of an obituary.

Hedrick Journal, January 22, 1947

Chief Machinist’s Mate Ernest Rickett, 51, who survived 38 months of imprisonment by the Japanese at Cabannatun, Philippine Islands during World War II, died at 10 p.m. Saturday in the Naval Hospital at Great Lakes, Illinois.

Rickett had been in the hospital since August but was improving and his death was unexpected. His wife, who with their children live in Hedrick, had visited him at the hospital a week before his death. He was born and reared in Hedrick and had been in the Navy 30 years. He was living in Shanghai with his family when recalled to active duty prior to the outbreak of World War II and was serving at Manila Bay when captured.

He was liberated January 30, 1945 and arrived in Hedrick March 3, 1945. When his family first arrived in Iowa, they lived in Oskaloosa, lately moving to their home in Hedrick. He was a member of the American Legion Post at Oskaloosa. Surviving are his wife, Alice, two daughters, Margaret, 13, and Pauline, 6, and a son, Ernest Jr., three sisters, Mrs. Earl Hamilton of Hedrick, Mrs. Ollie Tennis of Beacon, and Mrs. Herbert Dickey of Cantril, and two brothers, Andrew Rickett of Knoxville and Clifford Rickett of Phoenix, Arizona.

The body arrived in Ottumwa at 8:30 this morning and will remain at the Cooperative Burial Association in Fremont until time for the funeral services Thursday. The funeral services will be conducted at the Christian Church Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock with complete military services at the grave. Interment will be made in Brooks Cemetery beside his mother.

****Ernest Rickett gave a good accounting of his life in a Japanese POW camp. His story was published in the Hedrick Journal on March 07, 1945. Excerpts from the story are below, but the entire story is a good read.

“Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Chief Rickett was a member of the Naval Reserves and resided in China. He was called into action and was on shore patrol at Manila Bay, where he was captured on May 6, 1942.”

“The camp [Cabannatun] was a half mile long and a quarter mile wide, surrounded by high wire fence. Outside the camp was a 900 acre farm on which the prisoners labored. Their food was principally rice, radish tops, a native sweet potato plant, and a native lettuce. Every ten days they were given a small portion of meat with which they made gravy.”

“At the time of his release, he was preparing for bed and was clothed only in his shorts. When the firing started, everyone fell to the ground for they thought these shots were from Japanese guns. He said he heard shouts, ‘Come on, the Yanks are here!’ At these words, all made a dash to freedom. In Rickett’s own words, “I didn’t wait for my clothing; I grabbed my shoes and left.'”

“Chief Rickett, who has been in the Navy for 28 years, is wearing seven service stripes and four campaign medals; they are South West Pacific, American Defense, China Service, Filipino Defense, for World War II. For World War I, he has the Victory Medal, Second Nicaraguan Campaign, Yanks Sea Service, and Good Conduct.”

This information on Find a Grave challenged me to learn more about Ernest Eugene Rickett and his military service. My initial search of Fold3 was unsuccessful. Not willing to give up, I turned to newspapers — and located articles that help fill in the details.

Ernest Ricket Is Reported Missing

Mrs. Earl Hamilton has received word from the navy department that her brother, Ernest Eugene Rickett, 47, machinist’s mate first class of the U.S. Naval Reserve, is reported missing in action May 6, 1942, in the Manila Bay area, when Corregidor fell.

Mr. Rickett enlisted in the navy in 1917, serving in World War No. 1, and retired in 1937, after 20 years service and had residedin Shanghai, China, since. He was called back to active service Oct. 18, 1940, and was assigned tot he U.S.S. Luzon, which was severely damaged by enemy gun fire and was sunk by U.S. forces, when capture appeared imminent. So far as is known no casualties resutled and it is feared he may be a prisoner of war.

He is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Rickett of Hedrick and was born and reared in Hedrick and attended the Hedrick schools from which he graduated in 1913. As far as can be learned his wife and three children are still in China.

“Ernest Rickett Is Reported Missing,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 23 December 1942, page 1; digital iamges, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 14 November 2021).

Rickett Believed Rescued at Luzon

Included in the rescue of 513 Yank prisoners ant Luzon, Phillippines, recently was one Earnest E. Rickett with address of Shanghai, China. Mrs. Earl Hamilton, of Hedrick, has a brother by that name and address, who is the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Rickett, of Hedrick.

Rickett graduated from the Hedrick high school with the class of 1913. Shortly after graduating he entered the navy and served over 20 years. He retired from the navy service and established a home in Shanghai, China, where he lived with his wife and three children at the start of the present war.

He was called into service with the outbreak of the war and shortly after re-entering the service was reported missing. His wife made an attempt to correspond with his relatives in Hedrick and her communication was answered. No reply has been received and relatives have been unsuccessful in receiving information through several other sources.

His relatives believe that the Earnest E. Ricktt rescured fits the description of the former Hedrick man with the same name, address and rating. Also from the fact that when he was last heard from he was in the Philippine area. Other relatives are a sister, Mrs. H. A. Dickey of Cantril, a brother, Andrew at Knoxville, and a brother Clifford address unkown.

Hedrick Journal — Feb. 7th 1945 page 1

Rickett Home From Phillippines

Chief machinist Mate Earnest E. Rickett, who was recently released as a prisoner of war from Camp Cabannatuan in the Phillippines, and arrived in Hedrick Sunday, gave the following story of his life as a prisoner of the Japanese:

Before the attack on Pearl Harbor Chief Rickett was a member of the Naval Reserves, and resided in China. He was then called into action and was in shore patrol at Manilla Bay, later assigned to defense patrol at Ft. Hughes, where he was captured May 6 1942, following the fall of Corregidor. He was among 7,000 other Americans who were then sent to various prison camps. On October 29, 1942, he was sent to Cabannatun, where he remained until his recent release.

Rickett described Cabannatun as a former Phillippine army training camp, and mamy barracks still remained. The camp was half a mile long and a quartr mile wide, surrounded by high wire fence. Outside the camp was a 900-acre farm on which the prisoners labored.

Their food was principally rice, radish tops, a native sweet potato plant, a native lettuce called pichi, and very ten days they were given a small portion of meat with which they made gravy. They had no bread, but during the later months they ground rice from which they made a bread which would not keep well. Their food was eaten from regular army mess kits and the prisoners made rude stools and tables. There beds were nothing but bamboo slats and Chief Rickett sad one was very lucky if they had and bedding.

At the time of his release with the 511 disabled men the resto of the 7,000 had been moved for war work and to various other camps.

Regular church services were held in the prison camp, with Chaplains for every denomination. There were plenty of doctors but a very small amount of medical supplies. In the early part of 1943 they received a small amount of medical supplies.

Rickett said that time moved quickly until the planes started coming over last September. He said he had never given up hope for freedom, and that the planes made them realize something was ready to happen.

At the time of the release he was preparing for bed, and was clothed only in his shorts. When the firing started everyone fell to the ground for they thought these shots were from Japanese guns. He said he heard shouts, “Come on, the Yanks are here!” At these words, all made a dash to freedom. In Rickett’s own words, “I didn’t wait for my clothing; I grabbed my shoes and left.”

When asked about his feeling when he was released he said, “If there was a happier man in the world than I was, I would have like to have seen him.” Of General MacArthur, Rickett said, “He is the grandest general in the world, and there will always be a soft spot in my heart for the MarArthurs, for at one time the General’s brother, Capt. Arthur MacArthur, was captain of my ship.”

Rickett flew from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco on the flying boat the Mars with eight other prisoners of war. The thing that impressed him most was the improvement and change in the navy and their new weapons.

Chief Rickett, who has been in the navy for 28 years is wearing seven service stripes, and four campaign medals; they are South West Pacific, American Defense, China Service, Phillippine Defence for World War II. For World War I, he has the Victory Medal, Second Nicaraguan Campaign, Yanks Sea Searvice and Good Conduct.

This is the first time Chief Rickett ahs been in Hedrick since 1929. A family reunion was held Sunday at the Earl Hamilton home in his honor. The following relatives were present: Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rickett, Mrs. Vance Sterling and daughter Charlotte, Mrs George Slocum and daughter Connie Joe, all of Knoxville; Mrs. George Perry and daughter Marilyn of Oskaloosa; Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Dickey and son Zane, of Cantril and Herschel Dickey.

Hedrick Journal – March 7, 1945

Still determined to find muster rolls, I turned to Google and searched for “u.s. naval reserves muster rolls 1939”. The first item was a link to the National Archives. However, the second and third item led me to digital versions of these muster rolls on Ancestry and on Fold3.

A search of the Ancestry database resulted in 6 records that are likely for the same Ernest Rickett.

The Fold3 link led me to the ‘WWII Navy Muster Rolls’.

A search of this Fold3 record set for Ernest Rickett resulted in links to the actual muster rolls.

World War II Resources

Ernest Eugene Rickett

Ernest Eugene Rickett12 was born on 19 Dec 1895 in Iowa, United States.1,34

He lived in Highland Township, Wapello, Iowa, United States on 5 Jun 1900.1 Earnest Ricket was listed as the son of Earnest Ricket on the 1900 census. He was born Dec 1895 (age 4) in Iowa.

He lived in Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1905.5

Ernest lived in Benton Township, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1910.6

He served in the military U.S. Navy in 1917.7

He lived aboard the U.S.S. Chattanooga in Harwich, England in 1920.8

Ernest lived in Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States in 1925.9

On 26 Mar 1927 he was a was licensed as assistant Engineer of Steam Vessels in New York City, New York County, New York Colony, British Colonial America.10

He retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service in 1937.7

Ernest lived in Shanghai, China in 1939.11

He was called back to active service and reported aboard the U.S.S. Augusta on 18 Oct 1940.7,1213

He served in the military aboard the U.S.S. Luzon (PR7) on 31 Dec 1940.14

Ernest served in the military aboard the U.S.S. Luzon (PR7) on 31 Mar 1941.12

He served in the military aboard the U.S.S. Luzon (PR7) on 30 Sep 1941.15

He was reported missing in action when Corregidor fell on 6 May 1942 in Manilla Philippines.7

On 29 Oct 1942, Ernest was sent to prison camp in Cabannatun.1617

In in Jan 1945,he was rescued from the prisoner of war camp in Cabanatuan, Philippines.16,18

He was listed aboard the U.S.S. Hearld of the Morning (AP-173) on 15 Feb 1945–28 Feb 1945.1920

Ernest was on list of nonenlisted pasengers on U.S.S.Triangulum (AK-102( on 27 Feb 1945.21

On 4 Mar 1945, he arrived home from the war in Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States.16

He died on 18 Jan 1947 at the age of 51 in Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States.24,2223

Ernest was buried at Brooks Cemetery in Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, United States.34

ENDNOTES:

1. 1900 U.S.Census, Wapello County, Iowa, population schedule, Highland Township, Wapello County, Iowa, ED 133, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 22, household 36, A.D. Ricket; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online Juen 2017); NARA T623

2. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 12 November 2020), memorial for William Andrew Rickett (1882-1964), Find a Grave Memorial no. #146462885, created by Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols, citing Westview Cemetery, Kirkville, Wapello County, Iowa; accompanying photograph by Cindy Lovell & Steve Hols, William Andrew RIckett.

3. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 14 November 2021), memorial for Ernest Eugene Rickett (1895-1947), Find a Grave Memorial no. #88524800, created by Jane Cockayne weaver, citing Brooks Cemetery, Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa; accompanying photograph by djtruitt, Ernest Eugene Rickett.

4. “Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index 1916-1947,” database online, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 November 2021), Ernest Eugnee Rickett.

5. “Iowa State Census 1905,”The State Historical Society of Iowa, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : Hedrick, Keokuk, Iowa, viewed online (13 November 2021), Manda A Rickett.

6. 1910 U.S. Census, Keokuk County, Iowa, population schedule, Benton Township, Keokuk County, IA, ED 44, sheet 5A Image 9 of 20, family 131, Albert Di Rickett; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online October 2018)

7. “Ernest Rickett Is Reported Missing,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 23 December 1942, page 1; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 14 November 2021).

8. 1920 U.S. Census, Military and Naval Forces – U.S.S. Chattanooga in Harwich, England, population schedule, U.S.S.Chattanooga, Harwich, England, Sheet 2B Image 4 of 6, line 82, Ernest E Rickett; digital imge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 November 2021); NARA microfilm publication T625

9. 1925 Iowa State Census, Keokuk County, Iowa, Iowa state census, Hedrick, Keokuk County, Iowa, image 49 of 96 Image 49 of 96, Rickett Albert D; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online September 2018)

10. U.S., Merchant Marine Applications for License of Officers, 1914-1949, Ernest E Rickett, 26 March 1927; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 November 2021). Original Source: Merchant Marine Applications for Licenses of Officers.

11. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 14 November 2021), memorial for Albert Virgil Rickett, Find a Grave Memorial no. #53768061,

12. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Rickett, Ernest Eugene, 31 March 1941; database withimages, Fold3 (www.fold3.com : viewed online 15 November 2021).

13. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest E Rickett, 18 October 1940; .

14. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest E Rickett, 31 December 1940; .

15. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest RIckett, 30 September 1941; .

16. “Rickett Home from Phillippines,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 7 March 1945, page 1; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 15 November 2021).

17. Navy Casualties Books, 1776-1941, Rickett, Ernest, database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 November 2021). Original Source: U.S. Navy Department Library.

18. “Rickett Believed Rescued at Luzon,” Hedrick Journal (Hedrick, IA), 7 February 1945, page 1; digital images, Advantage-Preservation (hedrick.advantage-preservation.com : viewed online 15 November 2021).

19. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest E. Rickett, 28 February 1945; .

20. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest Ricketts, 15 February 1945; .

21. WWII Navy Muster Rolls, Ernest E Rickett, 27 February 1945; .

22. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave (www.findagrave.com : viewed online 14 November 2021), memorial for Harry Clifton Rickett (1893-1947), Find a Grave Memorial no. #167656528,

23. Iowa World War II Bonus Case Files for Beneficiaries, 1947-1959, Ernest Eugene Rickett, 16 May 1949; databast with imags, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 16 November 2021). Original Source: State Historical Society of Iowa.

Details Needed

‘Do you ever run across some information that does fill in the birth-marriage-or-death blanks that leave a lot of questions. That’s the situation I’m in as I research descendants of my ancestor, William Taylor Thompson.

Meredith C. Hall’s record on Find a Grave indicates he or she died 1 Mar 1942 at sea.

Based on the death indicating a loss at sea in 1942, I assumed this was a military related death. Hoping to learn more about Meredith C. Hall, I started by trying to find an obituary or a death notice in a South Dakota paper in March 1942. My initial search on Newspapers.com wasn’t very productive.

So I turned to Google to try and find out what military event(s) resulted in deaths at sea on March 1,1942. One of the results was a Naval History Homepage site that listed casualties from the U.S.S. Houston which sunk on March 1, 1942. Since I didn’t find Meredith Hall on this page, I turned to Fold3.

On Fold3, I found several rosters listing a Meredith C. Hall aboard the U.S.S. Houston.

31 Dec 1939

31 March 1940 Roster

30 June 1940 Roster

4 August 1940 Roster

The entry for Meredith Hall in the booklet, State Summary of War Casualties [South Dakota] by the U.S. Navy in 1946 indicates that Meredith Hall was from Artesian and the son of Mrs. Anna Hall. This matches the descendant of William Thompson that I’m researching.

Also on Fold3 was a page created by the American Battle Monuments Commission for Meredith C Hall. This page indicates a death date of 15 Dec 1945.

Since the memorial contains a different date of death than the Find a Grave record, I returned to Newspapers.com and broadened the search to include the years of 1942 thru 1946. That turned up the article, “11 More S.D. Men in Navy Are Missing’ in the 15 May 1942 issue of the Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota).

11 More S.D. Men in Navy Are Missing

Department Issues Third Casualty List — 18 Reported Before

Washngton, May 15. – (AP) – Eleven South Dakota navy men were listed today by the navy department as missing as the department issued casualty list No. 3. The list covered the period from December 7, 1941 to April 15, 1942. In previous casualty lists, the navy reported 12 dead and six injured from this state in the same period.
The missing and next of Kin:
carl R. Davidson, second lieutenant, marine corps; father, Harry B. Davidson, 412 west Twenty-sixth st., Sioux Falls.
(Parents of lieutenant Davidson wee notified as of May 5 that their son had been removed from the “missing” classification and is now officially considered dead).
Elra Franklin Barringer, fire controlman, second class; mother, Mrs. Marjorie Jan Barringer, 945 Wisconsin street, Huron
John Roger Bell, water tender, second class; father , Clement Henry Bell, Watertown.
Frank Joseph Glesen, chief torpedoman; sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Wermers, Dimock.
Meredith Carrol Hall, seaman, first class; mother, Mrs. Anna D. Hall, Artesian.
Elmer Charles Halverson, seaman, first class; brother, Francis Herbert Halverson, McIntosh.
Wendell Herbert Hanson, signalman, second class; father, Herbert Miller Hanson, Hartford.
Lawrence Headly, machinists’s mate, first class; mother, Mrs. Eva M. Headly, 203 S.E. Fourth street, Watertown.
Clifford Emil Henn, seaman, first class; father, Emil Emanuel Hehn, 308 North Jay, Aberdeen.
Thayne Charles Smith, torpedoman, second class; father, Lester Irvin Smith, 17 South Ohio street, Clark.
Dwyce Donald Wince, machinist’s mate, second class; mother, Mrs. Ruth Elizabeth Wince, 314 E. Main street, Vermillion.

So far, these records indicate the following:

  • Meredith Hall was aboard the U.S.S. Houston
  • In May of 1942, Meredith Hall’s name was added to the list of U.S. Navy men who were missing
  • Meredith Hall was declared dead in 1945 with burial at sea

Since the rosters place Meredith Hall aboard the U.S.S. Houston, the tale of the U.S.S. Houston adds more to the story of Meredith Hall’s death. Quoting from the Wikipedia article about the U.S.S. Houston,

On board Houston, shells were in short supply in the forward turrets, so the crew manhandled shells from the disabled number three turret to the forward turrets. Houston was struck by a torpedo shortly after midnight, and began to lose headway.[5] Houston‘s gunners had scored hits on three different destroyers and sunk a minesweeper, but she was struck by three more torpedoes in quick succession.[5] Captain Albert Rooks was killed by a bursting shell at 00:30, and as the ship came to a stop, Japanese destroyers moved in, machine-gunning the decks and men in the water. A few minutes later, Houston rolled over and sank.[5] Of the 1,061 aboard, 368 survived, including 24 of the 74-man Marine Detachment, only to be captured by the Japanese and interned in prison camps. Of 368 Navy and Marine Corps personnel taken prisoner, 77 (21%) died in captivity.

Aftermath

Houston‘s fate was not fully known by the world for almost nine months, and the full story of her last fight was not told until the survivors were liberated from prison camps at the end of the war.

The web page, The ‘Nightmare’ Night USS Houston Went Down, tells the story of that last night. A survivor has also shared his story: A Survivor’s Story: by David Flynn USN

I may never find an obituary for Meredith C. Hall. However, these various records and web pages help tell his story.

Meredith C. Hall was born on 3 Jun 1918 in Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States.

He lived in Diana Township, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States in 1920.1

He lived in Artesian, Sanborn, South Dakota, United States in 1930.2

Meredith served in the military aboard the U.S.S. Houston as a seaman 2nd class on 31 Dec 1939.3

He served in the military aboard the U.S.S. Houston as a seaman 2nd Class on 31 Mar 1940.4

He served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 2nd class on 30 Jun 1940.5

Meredith served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 2nd class on 24 Aug 1940.6

He served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 1st class in Dec 1940.7

He served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 1st class on 30 Sep 1941.8

Meredith served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 1st class on 31 Dec 1941.9

He served in the military aboard the USS Houston as a seaman 1st Class on 1 Mar 1942.10

The U.S.S. Houston was sunk on 1 Mar 1942 during the Battle of the Java Sea.

He appeared on causalty list as missing at sea on 15 May 1942.11

Meredith was missing at sea and declared dead on 15 Dec 1945 at the age of 27.12–14

ENDNOTES:

1. 1920 U.S. Census, Sanborn County, South Dakota, population schedule, Diana Township, Sanborn County, South Dakota, ED 220, Sheet 6B Image 4 of 7, family 39, Walter Hall; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 November 2021); NARA microfilm publicatin T625

2. 1930 U.S. Census, Sanborn County, South Dakota, population schedule, Artesian, Sanborn County, South Dakota, ED 56-2, Sheet 4B Image 8 of 12, family 117, Anna Hall; digital iamge, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 November 2021); NARA microfilm publication T626

3. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith Carrol Hall, 31 December 1939; database with imges, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 November 2021). Original Source: Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations and Other Naval Activities.

4. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith Carrol Hall, 31 March 1940; .

5. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith Carrol Hall, 30 June 1940; .

6. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith C Hall, 24 August 1940; .

7. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith C Hall, 31 December 1940; .

8. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith C Hall, 30 September 1941; .

9. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith C Hall, 31 December 1941; .

10. World War II Navy Muster Rolls, 1938-1949, Meredith C Hall, 1 March 1942; .

11. “11 More S.D. Men In Navy Are Missing,” Argus-Leader (Sioux Falls, South Dakota), 15 May 1942, page 5; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 12 November 2021).

12. American Battle Monuments Commission, Meredit C Hall, 15 December 1945; database, Fold3 (www.fold3.com : viewed online 12 November 2021). Original Source: American Battle Mounuments Commission.

13. World War II Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Casualties, 1941-1945, Meredith Carrol Hall, databae with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 12 November 2021). Original Source: Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel.

14. , State Summary of War Casualties [South Dakota] U.S. Navy 1946 (N.p.: Navy Department, 1946), page 2; digital images, Fold3, http://www.fold3.com viewed online 13 November 2021.

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