Chief Master Sergeant

Have you ever celebrated when you find an obituary that details a military career? Well, I’m celebrating today! As I’m researching cousins, I’ve finally found an obituary that provides quite a few details about the military career of my second cousin twice removed, Everett Wayne Stoops.

Wayne Stoops

Feb. 19, 1919 — July 7, 2006
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Everett Wayne Stoops, U.S. Air Force, of Albany died Friday, July 7, after a valiant fight against complications of heart and lung disease. He was 87.
Born in Hamilton County, Ind., to Ernest and Edith (Christy) Stoops, he was one of eight children.
Graduating from high school at 16, he worked in the family grocery store. Enlisting in the Army Air Corps in 1940, he attended aircraft maintenance schools and participated in submarine patrol missions until crashing in a B-26 aircraft on Dec. 18, 1941. He served 34 months in Australia, New Guinea, Dutch Ne Guinea and Owi Island, maintaining and, in some cases, rebuilding planes before returning to the United States. He then married Wilma Ridenour of Indiana, whom he had met on a blind date before he went overseas and ask to marry him on their third date. He left the service in 1945 as a master sergeant, but after three years re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he remained for 30 years of active service.
He was stationed all over the world from England to Labrador, Canada, to Vietnam and the Philippines, and traveled to Scotland, Bermuda, Guam, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong, Greenland and points in between. As often as possible, his family and their dogs accompanied him.
He was one of the first men to attain the rank of chief master sergeant, the highest a non-commissioned office can hold. Upon retirement, the family moved to Albany, where Wayne worked as parts manager for Dorsey Bus Company and then for J and J Electric until his final retirement in 1984. He continued to work part time until 1998.
He enjoyed camping neighborhood and family get-togethers, and taking his friends flying. He was a voracious reader, enjoying mysteries, westerns, war novels, nonfiction and the occasional Danielle Steel. An avid dog lover, he also discovered the joy of being owned by cats during the last 30 years of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Lydia and siblings. Survivors include Wilma, his wife of 61 years; his daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Stoops, her husband, Vernon Smith, and Grandson Connor Stoops-Smith; niece Nancy Gressler of Springfield; several nieces and nephews east of the Rockies; and many many friends.
Wayne will be remembered as a quiet man who valued his family and friends, loved animals, and was always available to lend a hand. He is missed.
A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5, at the American Legion, 1215 Pacific Blvd. S.E. Albany.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Safe-Haven Humane Society or Heartland Humane Society.

“Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

Although I haven’t found another source to corroborate the airplane crash, I have been able to find items in the local Indiana newspapers that provide details about where Wayne Stoops was stationed during his military career.

Everett  Wayne Stoops1 was born on 19 Feb 1919 in Clarksville, Indiana.15 He was the child of Edith Ethel Christy and Ernest Evert Stoops.1,67 He lived in Wayne Township, Hamilton, Indiana, United States in 1920.8 Everett lived in Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana in 1930.9 He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 5 Jan 1940.4,7,10 He served in the military in May 1940 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, United States.1112 Everett served in the military in Staten Island, New York.12 He served in the military in Dec 1942 at Lincoln Air Base in Lincoln, Lancaster, Nebraska, United States.13 He served in the military in Jun 1944 at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, United States.14 Everett served in the military in Greensboro, Guilford, North Carolina.14 He was discharged from the military on 20 Sep 1945 at Camp Atterbury.4,7,12 He registered for the military draft  on 26 Sep 1945 in Frankfort, Clinton, Indiana, United States.5 Everett enlisted in the Air Force on 24 Dec 1948.4,7 He served in the military witha a rank of Technical Sergeant in 1951 in Merced, California, United States.15 He lived in Salina, Saline, Kansas, United States in 1953.16 Everett served in the military in 1963 in Goose Bay, Alaska.1718 He was discharged from the military on 30 Jun 1973.4 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 1988.67 Everett lived in Eugene, Lane, Oregon, United States in 1999.19 He lived in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States in 2002.20 He died on 7 Jul 2006 at the age of 87.14,7 The funeral of Everett was held on 2 Aug 2006 in Albany, Linn, Oregon, United States.7


1. Social Security Administration, “Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007,” database on-line, Ancestry, ( : viewed online 21 November 2020), Everett Wayne Stoops.

2. Oregon, Death Index 1898-2008, Everett Wayne Stoops, 7 July 2006; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

3. Social Security Administration, “U.S. Social Security Death Index,” database, Ancestry, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops, 307-16-3375, before 1951.

4. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, “U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010,” database, Ancestry, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W Stoops.

5. “U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947,” database, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021), Everett W. Stoops.

6. “Ernest Stoops,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 2 October 1988, page 6; digital image, ( : viewed online 21 November 2020).

7. “Obituaries,” Corvallis Gazette-Times (Corvallis, Oregon), 21 July 2006, page 4; digital images, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

8. 1920 U.S. Census, Hamilton County, Indiana, population schedule, Wayne Township, Hamilton County, Indiana, ED 114, Sheet 5A Image 9 of 11, family 109, Earnest Stoops; digital image, ( : viewed online 21 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T625

9. 1930 U.S. Census, Clinton County, Indiana, population schedule, Owen Township, Clinton County, Indiana, enumeration district (ED) ED 12-17, Sheet 1B, family 19, Ernest Stoops; digital images, ( : viewed online 22 November 2020); NARA microfilm publication T626.

10. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 11 July 1942, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

11. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1940, page 4; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

12. “Burlington,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 20 September 1945, page 12; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

13. Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), ; digital images, ( : accessed ).

14. “Local News,” Palladium-Item (Richmond, IN), 21 July 1944, page 9; digital images, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

15. “Local News,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 30 May 1951, page 5; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

16. “Local News,” The Kokomo Tribune (Kokomo, Indiana), 1 January 1953, page 17; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

17. Find a Grave, database and images, Find a Grave ( : viewed online 30 December 2021), memorial for Sylvester Eugene Stoops (1913-1963), Find a Grave Memorial no. #8528622, created by Judy, citing Geetingsville Cemetery, Geetingsville, Clinton County, Indiana; accompanying photograph by Judy, Sylvester Eugene Stoops.

18. “Christy Family Has 17th Reunion,” The Tipton Daily Tribune (Tipton, IN), 17 August 1963, page 3; digital image, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).

19. “Lois E Click, 81,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 30 April 1999, page 22; digital images, ( : viewed online 22 November 2020).

20. “Juanita Eleanor Zook,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 21 October 2002, page 18; digital images, ( : viewed online 31 December 2021).


Can you imagine spending the winter in the snow in Belgium during the winter of 1944-1945? Then can you imagine that when the war ended in Europe, you weren’t going home, but going to the Pacific theater instead?

Well, that was the case for many – but not all of the soldiers who survived the Battle of the Bulge. The Army established a point system to determine who got to go home versus who was sent to the Pacific. This process was discussed in an article in The Birmingham News.

The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama)
22 Aug 1945
page 1

Army Bans Overseas Shipment for Enlisted Men with 75 Points
Washington, Aug. 22 (AP) The Army is banning overseas shipment of enlisted men with 75 or more discharge points. At the same time, it was learned that the War Department soon will direct all branches of the Army to cut below 37 the age limit for overseas duty.
At present, the ground forces are screening out of divisions slated for Japanese occupation duties all men 37 or older. The ground forces embrace all troops, including the infantry, except those in the service of supply or air forces.
The later two now are weeding out of redeployment units all men 38 or older.
Just how far the age limit may be reduced has not been determined. One problem is that men in the service forces, chiefly supply troops, are older on the average than those in the ground and air forces.
Enlisted men now can get out of the Army upon request if they are 38 or have a point discharge score of 85, based on a rating system that grants credit for combat, service and dependency.
The announcement that men with 75 or more points are not being sent overseas indicates that the discharge score may be reduced to that figure. However, this may be done in two separate cuts, because the Army says the score must be geared to available shipping.
The department said the 95th and 85th Divisions, the first two redeployed from Europe for service in the Pacific, were screened to eliminate all men with 75 or more points. The 37-year age limit also was used in screening the 95th, but not the 86th, the department reported, because there was not sufficient time to make the necessary personnel changes after the discharge age was lowered from 40 to 38. The age limit in the 86th was 38.
Some men in both the 95th and 8th Divisions have protested against being sent to Japan after having served in Europe. The 95th is now at Camp Shelby, Miss., and the 86th is on the West Coast awaiting shipment to Japan.

The Wikipedia article on the Demobilization of United States armed forces after WWII explains how the points were accumulated.

Soldiers were given one point for each month of military service and one additional point was given for each month of overseas service. Each battle star or decoration earned a soldier 5 points. Soldiers were awarded 12 points per dependent child up to a maximum of three children. A total of 85 points was needed for eligibility. Soldiers who had earned that number of points were to be demobilized as soon as transport back to the United States was available.

Another Military Mystery

Do the fragments of information about an ancestor or distant cousins military service frustrate you? I know that even though my dad shared some of his military experience with me, he got some of the dates confused. Since he served in the U.S. Navy toward the end of World War 2, I was fortunate to be able to get his military file from NARA. However many of the records for those who served in the Army and Air Force are more difficult to find.

Even though I likely would not spend the time or money to seek out a military file for a second cousin, I do get frustrated when very little information exists about their military service. Thus, when I come across an obituary indicating that a cousin was at the Battle of the Bulge in Europe and then part of the transfer of power form the United States to the Philippines in the Pacific, I’m intrigued and trying to locate additional information.

That’s the case with one of my Christy cousins: Oscar Morris Butcher.

Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, IN)
13 Nov 2012
page 2

Oscar Butcher

Oscar Butcher, 89, Kirklin, a World War II veteran, farmer and patriot, fought his last battle on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Oscar Morris Butcher was born Dec. 3, 1922, to Orla and Gertie (Christy) Butcher in Hamilton County. He died in his Pickard area home.

He married Mary D. (Ploughe) Butcher on May 22, 1943 and she survives.

Mr. Butcher started school in Kempton and graduated from Sugar Creek High School in 1940. He attended Purdue University short-course agriculture classes on the GI Bill after returning from World War II. Pfc. Butcher was awarded the Bronze Star in Europe for engagement in the Battle of the Bulge. Motor Sgt. Butcher drove the lead vehicle escorting High Commissioner McNutt in the parade recognizing the transfer of military control from the United States to the Filipino government in 1946.

Oscar and Mary farmed in Sugar Creek Township for almost 70 years.
He was a member of Hills Baptist Church, the Pickard Masonic Lodge, the Scottish Rite and the Shriners. He served on the Board of Directors of Agmax (now Co-Alliance) for 18 years and as the Clinton County committeeman for FSA (Farm Service Agency), formerly ASCS (Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service), for 15 years. He belonged to the Michigantown Lions and Kirklin American Legion.

In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by daughter Glenda (Garry) Frey of Frankfort and sons Morris (Betty) Butcher and Mark (Sherie) Butcher of Kirklin; grandsons, Brian Butcher and Brent (fiancée Linda Kim) Butcher, and granddaughters, Stacey (Matt) Viars, Heather (Kent) Waddelow, Laura (Mark) Greathouse and Libby (Scott Satterthwaite) Frey. Great-grandchildren include Aubrey and Evan Waddelow; Adison, Carley and Jocelyn Viars; Mariana Greathouse and Oscar Satterthwaite. A sister, Alfretta Walker Schekel of Florida, also survives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Hobart and Milton Butcher and sister Elnora Lamb.

Memorials may be made to Hills Baptist Church or the Murat Shrine Transportation Club.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Kercheval Funeral Home, Sheridan, with the Rev. Robert Louden officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Frankfort.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home, with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.

“Oscar Butcher,” Tipton County Tribune (Tipton, Indiana), 13 November 2012, page 2; digital image, ( : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Since Oscar Butcher died in 2012, he is not included in the Department of Veterans’ BIRLS Death File. When I checked Fold3, he did have a ‘Memorial’ page,

According to Army Enlistment Records, Oscar M Butcher enlisted 2 Sept 1944. However, this record indicates that he was single.

Name: Oscar M Butcher
Race: White
Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single)
Rank: Private
Birth Year: 1922
Nativity State or Country: Indiana
Citizenship: Citizen
Residence: Clinton, Indiana
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: General farmers
Enlistment Date: 2 Sep 1944
Enlistment Place: Indianapolis, Indiana
Service Number: 35907671
Branch: No branch assignment
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Oscar’s Find a Grave memorial and his obituary indicate he married Mary Ploughe in 1943. An article listing marriage licenses was published in the 20 May 1943 issue of The Indianapolis Star.

“Marriage Licenses,” The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana), 20 May 1943, page 19; ( : viewed online 30 December 2021).

Even though the marriage status on the enlistment record may be incorrect, there are other newspaper articles that support the enlistment of Oscar Morris Butcher in Sept. 1944.

Many Clinton Boys to Enter Service

Frankfort, April 14. – Approximately 50 per cent of the large group of Clinton county selectees taking pre-induction physical examinations in Indianapolis Thursday were seniors of high school or students approaching the 18-year age limit. The group was composed of 67 city and county men with the remainder of the 72 including five men transferred from other boards.
William Philip Dorner was leader of the group, assisted by his brother-in-law, Carl Robert Frederickson. Other selectees were … Oscar Morris Butcher.

“Many Clinton Boys to Enter Service,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 14 April 1944, page 6; digital images, ( : viewed online 30 December 2021).

Clinton Co. Group Enters Service
Frankfort, Sept.. 2, – Following Clinton county selectees left here by bus Friday for Indianapolis, to be inducted into the armed forces:
Oscar Morris Butcher, leader; …

“Clinton Co. Group Enters Service,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 2 September 1944, page 9; digital images, ( : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Then in June 1945, a short article not only indicates that Oscar Butcher was home on furlough but identifies the unit he served with.

On Furlough
Pvt. Oscar M. Butcher of the 86th division (Blackhawk) lately returned to this country, has arrived at the home of his parents on Kirklin route 2, for a 30-day furlough.

“On Furlough,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 21 June 1945, page 18; digital images, ( : viewed online 29 December 2021).

Besides the local piece, an area paper, The Indianapolis News, published a list of all the soldiers coming home on furlough with the 86th Division that included Oscar Butcher’s name.

Here Is List of Indianapolis and Indiana Men Coming Home on Furlough with 86th Division
Indianapolis and other Hoosier members of the 86th division who are en route to their homes for thirty-day furloughs are listed below:
Pvt. Oscar M. Butcher, Kirkland

“Here Is List of Indianapolis and Indiana Men Coming Home on Furlough with 86th Division,” The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, IN), 18 June 1945, page 3; digital images, ( : viewed online 29 December 2021).

A July 1945 article about the 86th division indicates that after furlough, the soldiers reported to Camp Gruber in Oklahoma for training for service in the Pacific theater.

Troops of the 86th division first back from Europe, will assemble Aug. 1 at Camp Gruber, Okl., to learn how to kill Japanese as well as they polished off nazis.

Lincoln Journal Star (Lincoln, Nebraska) 20 Jul 1945, page 2 on

Then a May 1946 article in the Des Moines Tribune confirms the roll of the 86th division as the honor guard escorting Commissioner Paul V. McNutt during the diplomatic turn over of the Philippines at the close of World War 2.

Guard Roxas Taking Oath
Manila, Philippines — Ringed by submachineguns against a reported assassination plot, Manual A. Roxxas Tuesday becomes president of the Philippines commonwealth.

A United States 86th division honor guard escorted High Commissioner Paul V. McNutt to the rostrum a few minutes after Roxas’ arrival, and the consular and diplomatic corps turned out en masse for the ceremony.

Des Moines Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa) 28 May 1946, page 2 on

The Holocaust Museum has a page devoted to the 86th Division. The Sons of Liberty also have a page on the 86th Division. A battle map for the 86th Division is for sale on several sites including Army

Shooting Star

In your genealogy research, do you ever encounter a brief newspapers article that makes you want to learn more about an historic event mentioned in the article? That was the case when I found a 1946 article for a Ricketts cousin, Wayne Bond, who served in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and the Korean War.

First Sergt. Wayne Bond, son of Mr. And Mrs. V. E. Bond of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of Frankfort, is piloting one of the 25 P-80 Shooting Star jet fighter planes which are making a cross-country flight. The planes left March field, Cal., Wednesday

“Local News,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 17 May 1946, page 6; digital images, ( : viewed online 21 December 2021).

Curious about this event, I searched newspapers for articles about the ‘Shooting Star’ in 1946 and found an article in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

25 Shooting Star, Jet Planes Will Land Here Today

Twenty-five P-80 Shooting Stars, Army jet-propelled fighter planes will circle in formation over downtown Fort Worth about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday before landing at Fort Worth Army Air Field for an overnight stop.
On the first mass flight of P-80s in this country, the planes will be en route from March Field, Cal., to Washington, D.C. in a long range cross-country test. They will be on exhibition for the public after landing here. Accompanying the fighters will be six C-82 packets in a practical experiment in transporting maintenance personnel and equipment in support of the fast jet planes.

“25 Shooting Star, Jet Planes Will Land Here Today,” Fort Worth Star Telegram (Fort Worth, Texas). 14 May 1946, page 8.

According to Wikipedia, the P-80 Shooting Star was the first jet fighter used by the United States Air Force. For more information about the Shooting Star, check out these sites.

Military Dates

Have you ever encountered an incorrect enlistment date on a set of military records? Until today, I assumed that the information I would find on Fold3’s U.S. Veterans’ Gravesite database to have an accurate enlistment date.

While researching descendants of John Lewis Ricketts, I came across the Veteran’s Gravesite information for Wayne M. Bond (1919-1966), son of Vernon and Amil (Maish) Bond.

Wayne Bond’s obituary indicated that Wayne retired from the Air Force,

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
23 May 1966
Page 8

Wayne M. Bond
Frankfort – Wayne M. Bond, 46, Arvada, Colo., former resident of Kirklin and Frankfort, died Friday evening at his home following an illness of three weeks.
The retired Air Force veteran was employed by the U.S. Forestry Service in Colorado at the time of his death.
A 1937 graduate of Frankfort High School, Mr. Bond attended Purdue University and was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
He retired from the Air Force in 1964.
Survivors include his widow, Marry; a son, Peter and a daughter, Peggy, both at home; his mother, Mrs. Amil Bond, Tucson, Ariz., and two sisters, Mrs. Harold Kochert, Rt. 7 and Mrs. Robert Inman, Tucson.
Rites will be Tuesday in Denver.

“Wayne M. Bond,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 23 May 1966, Page 8; digital images, ( : viewed online 9 December 2021).

Thus, I started searching for information about his military career. That search turned up a brief article explaining why his parents moved to Arizona. That same 1945 article indicated that Wayne M. Bond had spent 29 months overseas.

To Southwest
Mr. And Mrs. Vern Bond and daughter, Patricia Ann, left Thursday for Tucson, Ariz., to spend the winter for the benefit of Mrs. Bond’s health. Their son, M. Sgt. Wayne M. Bond will join them in Arizona after spending 29 months overseas.

“To Southwest,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 10 August 1945, page 11; digital images, ( : viewed online 9 December 2021).

According to the gravesite data, Wayne Bond enlisted in September 1945. However the above August 1945 article refers to him as Master Sergeant and indicates he was overseas for 29 months. Thinking that Wayne Bond must have enlisted prior to 1945, I started search the papers for an earlier article that mentioned his military service. I found one from 1943 that confirms that he was serving in the military at that time.

Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
10 Mar 1943
Page 11

Master Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, who has been spending a short furlough here with his parents. Mr. And Mrs. V. E. Bond, 25 South Hoke avenue, was to leave today for an assignment in Salina, Kans. Until recently he was stationed in Texas. Mr. And Mrs. Bond held “open house” Tuesday afternoon and evening for their son.

A search of papers from Tucson, Arizona generated a wealth of information about Wayne M. Bond’s military service. The most informative article is likely the one about a family reunion held in October 1960.

Re-Union in Pioneer Family .. Mr. and Mrs. Vernon E. Bond, 2009 E. 6th St., had a big open house Sunday afternoon to honor their three children, together for the first time since 1943. The member usually absent has been M. Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, who has been in the Air Force since 1939. St. Bond put in his 21 years in just about every part of the world; he has served in England, France Germany, Russia, Korea, Japan, Guam, Persia and North Africa. A Purdue graduate, Sgt. Bond was the NCO in command of photo operations of a motion picture squadron. Now retired, the sergeant is taking his wife to Honolulu, where they will live and he will work at his trade, photography. The rest of the family are a sister from Frankfort, Ind., Mrs. Harold Kochert, and Arizona alumna sister Patricia Bond Inman who lives here with her husband Robert Inman. The last time the family tried to get together Mrs. Kochert had an automobile accident and didn’t make it. Mrs. Bond senior is Tucson born and is from a pioneer family. Her uncle, Mordecai Maish, owned Canoa Ranch, and was mayor of Tucson in the 90s.

“Reunion in Pioneer Family” Arizona Daily Star (Tucson, AZ) 4 Oct 1960, page 19.

Since this article indicates that Wayne Bond is ‘now retired’ from the military in October, 1960, the article supports the retirement date given by the Veterans’ Gravesites page versus the 1964 date given in the obituary. This reunion article also supports an enlistment date prior to 1945.

An earlier article in 1954 about his visit home from serving during the Korean war provides an enlistment date in 1940.

She Knew He Was Coming — She Baked a Cake
Master Sgt. Wayne M. Bond, home after two years in Korea, was greeted yesterday by his mother, Mrs. V. E. Bond, of 2009 E. Sixth st., with a fine cake. In the air force (except for a month between enlistments) since Jan. 13, 1940, when he left Purdue university, Sgt. Bond is a reconnaissance photographer. Although Indiana was his home, Sgt. Bond is a great-nephew of Arizona pioneer Frederick Maish, early-day mayor of Tucson. He was in Europe during World War II, participating in shuttle flights between England and Russia.

“She Knew He Was Coming – She Baked a Cake” Tucson Daily Citizen (Tucson, AZ) 28 May 1954, page 26

Based on these articles, I’m going to use 13 Jan 1940 as the enlistment date and the August 1960 date as his discharge date for M. Sergeant Wayne M. Bond

Civilian Pilot Training Program

Do you like ‘digging’ in newspapers to add details to your genealogy? That’s what I’ve been doing for the past couple of days as I’ve researched the military career of Joseph Alva Ogle. Not only did I find that he participated in the U.S. Army maneuvers where baseball bats were used to simulate artillery but I found that he was in the Civilian Pilot Training Program.

The first article I found identified Joseph Ogle as a participant but provided few details about the program.

3 at Purdue Solo First Under New Air Setup
Lafayette, Ind., March 5 – Three Purdue University student pilots being trained under the new civil aeronautics authority as part of the national defense program to rain 20,000 airmen, have the distinction of being the first in the United States to go aloft under the new program. The students are Lloyd Treece of Lafayette, Craig Miller of Chicago and Robert Buell of Omaha, Neb. All have soloed and are now taking advanced instruction. Eight other student pilots who also have soloed are Fred A. Arens of Chicago, E. F. Hamer of West Liberty, O.; Leonard M. Hauptich of Gary; Robert M. Moninger of Chicago, Joseph A. Ogle, of Sheridan, Clyde F. Reed of Boswell, Robert M. Streiby of Indianapolis and J. W. Mazur of Goodland.

“3 at Purdue Solo First Under New Air Setup,” The Edinburg Daily Courier (Edinburg, Indiana), 7 March 1939, page 3; digital images, ( : viewed online 4 December 2021).

An article in Lafayette, Indiana’s Journal and Courier provided more information about the program.

Flying school at Purdue Is Making Marked Progress
With eight student flyers already advanced to primary solo and three others to advanced solo status, the Civil Aeronautics Authority’s program of training 50 pilots at the Purdue airport, under the direction of Captain Lawrence I Aretz, port operations manager, and his corps of assistants, is making unusual progress. Even more progress could have been made if weather conditions had been more favorable since the program was inaugurated several day ago.
Captain Aretz expressed himself highly pleased with the results obtained thus far and felt that the program would be carried out to a successful conclusion on time, weather permitting.
The three pilots who are taking advanced solo instruction are Lloyd L. Treece, Lafayette; Craig Miller, Chicago, and Robert Buell, Omaha, Neb. They also hold the distinction of being the first three young men in the United States to go aloft under the CAA program, it is believed.
The eight students who are being given primary solo instruction are: Fred A. Arens, Chicago; Emmett F. Hamer, West Liberty, O.; Leonard M. Hauprich, Gary; Robert M. Moninger, Chicago; Joseph A. Ogle, Sheridan; Clyde F. Reed, Boswell; Robert M. Streiby, Indianapolis, and j. W. Mazur, R.R. 2, Goodland.

“Flying School at Purdue Is Making Marked Progress,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 4 March 1939, page 1; digital images, ( : viewed online 5 December 2021).

Curious about this program, I found some websites that provide more information about the program.

Baseball Bat Boys

While researching Joseph Alva Ogle, I came across an article about U.S. Army maneuvers in Fort Knox that discussed artillery training that incorporated the use of baseball bats.

Baseball Bats

Used by Army

As Artillery Substitute in Fort Knox Work

Cincinnati Reserve Officers in Intensive Maneuvers of Defense Program

By Larry Herron

Special Dispatch to the Enquirer

European blitzkriegs to his own defenses his army currently is in a state of terrific transition and 47 Cincinnati reserve officers at this post are finding that at times it actually is a “baseball bat army”

The Cincinnatians are part of a contingent of 525 members of the Officers’ Reserve Corps and have been drawn from the four states of the Fifth Corps Area, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and West Virginia.

A battalion of the 329 Infantry is here from Cincinnati, with many reserve officers from numerous other branches and arms of the service.

Command of the 329th was assumed by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas H. Morrow, Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge, in the absence of Colonel Harry Toukmin, Jr., of Dayton. Colonel Morrow Wednesday was confined to the post hospital with an attack of arthritis.

When Mayor James Stewart visited the post this week he addressed the Cincinnati contingent and then spoke before numerous groups of other components of the army here. He was accorded a rousing ovation by his fellow citizens.

Stewart declared that had he followed an early ambition, he would have set out to pass through the academy at West Point. He declared that he heartily envied the completeness of a soldier’s life.

Pace Is Strenuous

High army authorities assert that the intensity of current preparations has only been matched by those of the war years of 1917. Indeed, they assert, the scenes many of them, are identical. Raw recruits are pouring in so fast that they cannot be outfitted with clothes within a few days of arrival and hence make their appearance in their awkward squads in their civilian garb.

In the field, new weapons expected to be provided soon to the army, are not yet available. So, in studying tractical situations in the field, the reserves have been propping up baseball bats and pieces of timber to serve as emplacements of the new 60 and 81 millimeter mortars so important in infantry operations.

Hence, with a good deal of merriment, the Cincinnati contingent calls it fellow members who “operate” this improvised “artillery” the regiment “baseball bat-boys.”

Army authorities, however, declare that the shortage is no laughing matter and that in the intensity of training into which the service ahs swung as a result of the President’s declaration of a limited emergency, it has been a discouraging factor that shortages of all kinds currently exist.

All 75’s Old

The artillery, supposed to be equipped with the new split-trail 75’s and the new pug-nosed howitzers, are training on 75’s of World War type. These are effective weapons but would be outclassed in combat with equipment available to armies today, authorities declare.

Shortages of equipment for the famed mechanized brigade of cavalry located at the post, but most of whose unites are readying elsewhere for the forthcoming Wisconsin maneuvers, are desperately serious, high-ranking mechanized officers say without any hesitation.

All of these phases of any army donning its war raiment are intimate phases of daily life for the Cincinnati reserve officers here. They not only learn what’s gong on and much of the general scheme of things in the months to come, but they take part quite actively in all the new operations being devised to cope with the almost fantastic war methods developed and demonstrated bloodily abroad.

After two weeks of training, the reserves are scheduled to leave here sometime Sunday. During their last two days they will attend a demonstration of blitzkrieg cavalry operations.

They will watch, first of all, a parade of scores of the army’s modern mechanized rolling equipment. Brigadier General Adna R. Chaffee post commander and chief of the regular army’s only mechanized organization, has arranged , then for a field demonstration, following the formal but exciting “pass in review” operation of the combat cars and tanks.

To Watch “Battle”

The reserves will move to one of the sections of the fort’s 33,000 acre terrain, rough hilly, and wooded, for an intimate view of battle operations of the mechanized troops. The dep-throated roar of light and heavy artillery will form the background for the peppery snap of literally hundreds of machine guns of several cities and calibers.

All reserves at this post are under the command of Colonel N. B. Briscoe, of the Tenth Cavalry, regular army. A veteran of long service, he is regarded as one of the country’s outstanding authorities on the direction of cavalry operations which so closely parallel the lightning warfare of mechanized forces Colonel Briscoe normally is assigned to the Louisville area and is personally know to hundreds of reserve officers.

Colonel Briscoe declared to their representative of The Cincinnati Enquirer that the response of reserves to the heavy training schedules into which they have swung, including numerous night exercises over the Kentucky hill wilderness, has been indicative of the spirit with which Americans are responding to current defense expansion plans.

Although no list of officers who have applied for immediate entrance into he army for at least a year’s service is available, a number of Cincinnatians have applied for details in all branches, including the non-flying sections of the air corps, and service with troops in Panama and the Philippines.

Will be Accepted

There is nothing secret regarding the fact that these applications have been received and that most of them will be accepted, it was pointed out, but all papers have not gone through the higher-geared processes of the army and hence will not be published for a short time.

Many Cincinnati reserve officers declare that in their long experience, many of them dating experience from World War I, they have never witnessed such precisioned, earnest efforts to effect what the country needs most at present – adequate defense.

Office complements of two other regiments besides the 329th Infantry present here are from the 475th Field Artillery adnth308th Engineers. Other officers are from miscellaneous organizations and branches.

Following is a list of those present from Cincinnati, compiled alphabetically from army rosters and not according to rank:

First Lieutenant, John C. Avery; Second Lieutenant, Leonard A Berrens; First Lieutenant M. E. C. Jacob; Second Lieutenant, Eric J. Espel; Colonel, Frank M. Hammit; Second Lieutenant, Fred B. Hartman, Jr.; First Lieutenant, Dan M Hayes; First Lieutenant, Wilbur C. Helt; Second lieutenant, Edward B. Krekler; Second Lieutenant Robert F. Meyer; Captain, Thomas J. Moore, Jr.; First Lieutenant, Robert P. Myers; Second Lieutenant, Joseph A. Ogle; Second Lieutenant, Henry C. Peterson; First Lieutenant, Edwin J. Selbert; Second Lieutenant, Richard P. Trauth; Major, Gordon J. Wolf;

From 329th Infantry

Following are the officers  from the 329th Infantry, the 308th Engineers, and miscellaneous arms and branches: First Lieutenant, Henry M. Adnee; First Lieutenant James D. Algyre; Major, Lewis B. Blakeney; First Lieutenant, Paul J. Boothe; Captain, William Bruckmann; First Lieutenant, Edwin H. Connelly; First Lieutenant, Early Derbes; Second Lieutenant, Clarence T. Foust; Second Lieutenant, Lloyd C. Gilbert; Captain, Henry A. Heister; Second Lieutenant, Carrol R. Hines; Second Lieutenant, Roland Jenkins; First Lieutenant, Lee C. Kelsey, Jr. First Lieutenant, Joseph D. Kenty; Major, William H. Kite, Jr.; Captain, Earl F. Klinck, Major Edwin C. Lindberg; First Lieutenant, Harry J. Loving; First Lieutenant, Arthur W. Miller,; Second Lieutenant, Elmer L. Munger; Captain, Phillip H. Riddinger; Captain, William C. Shakel; First Lieutenant, John Thysell; First Lieutenant, Robert W. Weil, Second Lieutenant, Rusell A. Wenzel; First Lieutenant, Richard G. West; First Lieutenant Adam F. Westerkamp; first Lieutenant, William P. White and second Lieutenant, Richard C. Wood.

“Baseball Bats,” The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio), 14 July 1940, page 12; digital images, ( : viewed online 4 December 2021).

Veterans in My Tree

Today is Veteran’s Day

In the past, I have honored my veteran ancestors with a special post.

This year, I decided to identify everyone in my genealogy file who had served in the military. To do this, I used the Fact List report found in RootsMagic to create a list of all of the people in my tree who have a military fact. Those individuals with multiple military facts have multiple lines in the table. However, their name only appears on the first line.

Allen, Donald F.10 Sep 1942Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana
Allen, Frank Fine26 Aug 1918 
 13 Dec 1918 
Allen, Gary James1953as a mechanic in the U.S. Army
Allen, James Judd19 Jul 1960 
Allen, Wayde W.6 Dec 1945in the U.S. Army
 29 Feb 1960 
Anderson, Andrew1776–1780Virginia, United States; as Ensign, Lieutenant Captain Virginia State Troops in Revolution
 1794Colonel of militia
Banta, Abraham Perth Amboy, Middlesex, New Jersey, United States; in Capt. Hugh Campbell’s 2nd Battalion of York County, Pennsylvania militia and was stationed
Barnes, Lloyd WilliamFeb 1918 
Barnes, Stanley S17 Jun 1945 
Barrett, Williamabt 1844 
 20 Jun 1846New Albany, Floyd, Indiana, United States
 9 Feb 1847Matamoras, Mexico
 bet 1861 and 1865Iowa, United States; as a member of Co. I 156h Iowa Infantry
 1864Plymouth (historical), Plymouth, Iowa, United States
 14 Oct 1864Fort Dodge, Webster, Iowa, United States
Beatke, Herbert L11 Jul 1975U.S. Army
 10 Jul 1978U.S. Army
Beatke, Thomas Arthur19 Jul 1944Fort Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States
Beckerdite, John T.  
Beggs, Eugene13 Feb 1943enlisted in the U.S. Army
 2 Nov 1945was discharged from the U.S. Army
Beggs, Walter1942Ensign, Gray, Kansas, United States
Beine, Emil F.30 Mar 1918Grand Forks, Grand Forks, North Dakota, United States; U.S. Army and served in the 163rd Depot Brigade as a private 1st class
 24 Jun 1919 
Bennett, Stanley Sheldon “Rudy”18 Jul 1969 
  in Vietname as a SSGT in the  US Army
Betzer, Anthony R.14 Aug 1862in Company F Iowa 24th Infantry
 3 Sep 1862was mustered in
 14 May 1863was wounded at Champion Hills MS
 19 Sep 1864severely wounded at Winchester, VA
 15 Feb 1865transferred to V. R. C.
 28 Jun 1865Washington, D. C.; mustered out
Bingham, Warren G. US Navy
Bleecker, Chester Vincent4 Nov 1942 
 14 Dec 1945 
Bleecker, Chester W.5 Jun 1917Scott City, Scott, Kansas, United States
 30 Sep 1921APP Seaman in the US Navy
 1942Scott City, Scott, Kansas, United States
Blythe, Alfred Eugene  
Briggs, Elisha Vancebet 7 Jul 1863 and 6 Jul 1865in Co. F 72nd Indiana
Briles, Alexander1864Kansas, United States; under Captain John Douglas in Company I of the Kansas State Militia
Briles, Branson1864Kansas, United States; under Captain John Douglass in Company I of the Kansas Militia
Briles, Edward Osmond5 Jun 1917Everett Township, Woodson, Kansas, United States; with the name of Osmond Edward Briles
 1942Emporia, Lyon, Kansas, United States; registered for the draft for World War II
Briles, Franklin Thomas25 Sep 1942Pueblo, Pueblo, Colorado, United States; a a Warrant Officer
Briles, Glen5 Jun 1917Liberty (Dutro), Woodson County, Kansas
 1942Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Briles, John F.1864Kansas, United States; under Captain John Douglass in Company I of the Kansas Militia
Briles, Lorin Orville24 Aug 1943 
 28 No 1945 
Briles, NathanSep 1863Shawnee, Kansas, United States; in Company H of the 15th Kansas Calvary
 2 Oct 1863Kansas, United States; mustered into Company H, 15th Cavalry
 22 May 1865mustered out
Briles, Noah Washington13 Jun 1861Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa, United States; enlisted in Company I, 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry Volunteers
  as a private in Company I, 1st Regiment, Iowa Cavalry Volunteers
 1 Jan 1864re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer in Company I of the First Iowa Cavalry
 15 Feb 1866Austin, Travis, Texas, United States; mustered out
Briles, Owen Emmit19 Apr 1919Brest, Bretagne, France
 5 Aug 1917 
 11 May 1919Manhattan, Riley, Kansas, United States
Briles, Robert Amos18 Apr 1917enlisted in the U.S. Army
 19 Mar 1919was discharged from the U.S. Army
Briles, Walter Emery30 Mar 1942California, United States; enlisted in the U.S. Army
 23 Nov 1944was released from the U.S. Army
 24 Oct 1946re-enlisted in the U.S. Army
 31 May 1958was released from the U.S. Army
Brock, James Kenneth1 Jan 1946as General CG Morton aboard AP-138
 1 Oct 1945aboard the AP-138
 31 Dec 1944aboard the AP-138
 30 Sep 1944aboard the AP-138
Brock, James Kenneth12 Feb 1964U.S. Army
 11 Feb 1966from the U.S. Army
Brock, John Robert US Navy during Vietnam
Browning, Jeremiah Maryland, United States
Buckles, Robertbet 1758 and 1759Berkeley County, Virginia
Buckles, William1778as a Lieutenant in an expedition against the Indians
 24 Apr 1778Berkeley County, Virginia; was drafted with one hundred and thirty five men
Burke, John3 Nov 1814Tennessee Militia
 13 May 1815 
Burke, Thos Henry in the 7th Battalion, Tennesse Cavalry for the Confederate States of America
Burke, William Carrol31 Dec 1862Murfreesboro, Rutherford, Tennessee, United States; suffered a severe arm injury by serving the the Confederate Army
  Tennessee, United States; as a private in the 4th Regiment, Tennessee Cavalry
Bushman, August Able1940Honolulu, Hawaii; as a private in the 3rd Field Artillery U.S. Army
Bushman, Milton Wayne as a corporal in the Army during the Korean War
Cei, Peter17 Apr 1941 
  Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army during World War II
 30 Jun 1947 
Colver, Lewelyn1867 
Colver, Samuelabt 1836 
Crandall, Hampton Lillibridge1812New York, United States; in Adams’ Regiment of the New York Volunteers
Crandall, Hampton Lillibridge1 Jan 1863by enlisting in the Iowa 7th Cavalry
 31 Jan 1865Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska, United States; mustered out
Crandall, Horace Stanley20 Feb 1864as a private in Co. I 1st Iowa Cavalry. He was furloughed out sick. According to his muster out information, he died of disease.
Crandall, John Nafus20 Feb 1864enlisted in Company G of the 3rd Iowa Cavalry
 9 Aug 1865Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, United States
Crawford, Adams29 Apr 1812serving as a Corporal in Capt R Modrell’s Co., 17th U.S. Rangers
Crawford, AlexanderOct 1774 
Crawford, Andrew Joseph9 May 1812 
 9 May 1813 
Crawford, Clarence Clay  
 20 Jul 1940Golden, Jefferson, Colorado, United States; U.S. Army
 16 Jan 1946Fort Logan, Colorado, United States; the U.S. Army
Crawford, Daniel13 Sep 1862enlisted in Company A 36th Iowa Infantry
 27 Mar 1865Keokuk, Iowa, United States; discrached
Crawford, Esther Stellabet 1943 and 1945 
 1 Dec 1943U.S. Army
 23 Dec 1945from the U.S. Army
Crawford, Eugene David6 Feb 1945passed the Eddy Test and was technically qualified for Radio Technician training in the U.S. Navy
 15 Feb 1945Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; enlisted in the United States Naval Reserves
 15 Feb 1945Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; placed on active duty
 16 May 1945Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; was received
 20 May 1945Kansas City, Jackson, Missouri, United States; was recalled to active duty
 21 May 1945Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States; was transferred to the
 21 May 1945Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States; reported for active duty
 9 Jul 1945Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States; was granted recruit leave from 9 Jul 1945 to 14 July 1945
 20 Jul 1945Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States; was transferred to the Navy Training College for study of pre-radio material
 15 Aug 1945Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States; was transferred to the Naval Training School (EE & RM) for a course of instructions
 4 Sep 1945was discharged from class V-6 US Naval Reserve
 5 Sep 1945Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States; enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman 1st class radio technician
 5 Sep 1945Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States; reported for active duty in the U.S. Navy
 23 Oct 1945Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States; was discharged this date for convenience of the government
 23 Oct 1945Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi, United States; voluntarily enlisted in Class V6 US Naval Reserve
 4 Jan 1946Great Lakes, Lake, Illinois, United States; was transferred to the Naval Training Center
 1 May 1946Shoemaker, California; was transferred to receiving station
 20 May 1946was transferred for duty aboard the U.S.S. Oneida (APA-221)
 Jun 1946served outside the continental limits of the United States in the Pacific Ocean around Guam and Samar from 1 Jun 1946 to 16 July 1946 aboard the
 24 Jul 1946San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States; was transferred to the receiving station
 1 Aug 1946Norman, Cleveland, Oklahoma, United States; received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy as Seaman First Class V-6 USNR
Crawford, Hugh Judson15 Feb 1943Phoenix, Maricopa, Arizona, United States; U.S. Naval Reserves
 Mar 1943Williamsburg (city), Virginia, United States; went for six weeks of basic training
 May 1943Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States; went for six weeks of advanced training
  as a Carpenter’s Mate First Class in the Construction Battalion (Sea Bees)
 Aug 1943arrived at Attu in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska aboard the Carl S. Schurez
  was stationed on Shemya Island as part of a maintenance crew for the Naval Air Station where they built an air strip
 May 1944left Shemya Island returning to Attu and then going on to San Francisco
 Sep 1944left San Francisco and went to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands as part of a base maintenance crew. While stationed at Dutch Harbor, the unit was split with one detail going to Cold Bay, Alaska to train Russians
  unit went to Kamchtka Peninsula in Siberia.
 30 Jul 1945California, United States; was released from active duty
Crawford, James  
Crawford, Jamesbet 1776 and 1780for 3 months under Capt. Wm Colbert and Col. Patrick Lockhart and 3 months under Capt. Alex Henley and Col. Morgan
 1778Botetourt, Botetourt, Virginia, United States
  for 3 mos. under Capt. Alex Henley and Col. Morgan
Crawford, James 1861 and 1865Co. F 72nd Regiment Indiana Infantry as scout and assistant wagon master
 18 Oct 1883Leavenworth, Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; attended soldiers reunion
Crawford, James Lafayette12 May 1943enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II
 16 Jan 1946in the U.S. Navy and was discharged
Crawford, James Samuelabt 1861 in Company E 86th Regiment Indiana Volunteers during the civil war. He died of measles after being captured at Stone River Dec 31, 1862. He was last seen at West Point, Georgia, January 5, 1863.
Crawford, James Vawter served during World War
Crawford, JohnSep 1781Lincoln, Kentucky, United States
 Sep 1783Lincoln, Kentucky, United States
  Kentucky, United States
Crawford, John during Revolutionary War
 Jan 1781promotoed to first lieutenant on day after Battle fo the Cowpens
 Mar 1781Guilford, North Carolina, United States; during the Battle of the Guildford Courthouse
Crawford, John Maxwell9 Aug 1862St. Francois, Missouri Territory; enlisted as a Corporal in Company C 33rd Missouri Infantry
Crawford, Leon Russel26 Apr 1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; and was appointed wagoner 2nd class gunner 25th A.A. Battery 1st A.A. Sector
 from 31 Mar 1918 to 31 May 1918France; as a wagoner at St. Misner 2nd Battle of the Marne
 from 28 Jun 1918 to 8 Nov 1918France; as a wagoner in the outer defense of Paris
 20 Feb 1919Brest, Bretagne, France; U.S.S. Ohio
 15 Mar 1919Camp Stuart, Virginia, United States; Leon Crawford sent a telegram to his parents from Camp Stuart, VA on 15 March 1919 stating, “Arrived here all OK am well and have written.”
 28 Mar 1919Camp Funston, Kansas; received an honorable discharge from the United States Army
 1930Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; Leon Crawford was enrolled as an ex-service man of the world war having served in the 25 Ante Aircraft Battery of the Army as a wagoner.
 1942Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
 22 Apr 1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; reported to the recruiting station to enlist
 22 Apr 1917Ft. Logan, Colorado
 Jun 1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; was honored by the Methodist Sunday School for serving in the military
 Nov 1917San Francisco, California, United States
 Jan 1918had a mailing address of 14th Co., Anti-Aircraft Bat. of San Francisco, American Expeditionary Forces, via New York
 10 Apr 1919Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; returned home from military service in France
Crawford, Marion Richmond23 Apr 1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; enlisted in U. S. Army serving with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery
 1918Camp Green, Charlotte, North Carolina; with Battery D of the 13th Field Artillery
 Aug 1918France; fought in the Battle of the Argonne Forest as a member of the 13th Field Artillery
 18 Jul 1919Brest, Bretagne, France; U.S.S. Zeelandia
 6 Aug 1919Iowa, United States
 20 Apr 1917Ft. Logan, Colorado; recruited by the Dodge City recruiting office to serve in the coastal artillery and sent to
 Jun 1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; was honored by the Methodist Sunday School for serving in the U.S. military
 Jan 1918in Bat. D, 14th F. A., at Ft. Bliss, Texas
 14 Aug 1919Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; arrived home from military service
 31 Jul 1919arrived back in the United States after serving in France during World War I
Crawford, Nelson Garfield12 Sep 1918Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
 1942Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Crawford, Patrick1756 
Crawford, Paul Williamabt 1917 
Crawford, Percy Ernest5 Jun 1917Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States; registered for the draft claiming exemption for Christian belief
 25 Apr 1918 U.S. Army
 20 Mar 1919was discharged from the U.S. Army
Crawford, Samuel1812in the War of 1812
  in the continental line
Crawford, Stanford Riley26 Oct 1861Arkansas, United States; as a private in Company D of the 1st (Stirman’s) Battalion, Arkansas Cavalry of the Confederate Troops
Crawford, Thompson1812Louisiana, United States; a private in Capt. Callaway’s Company of Mounted Riflemen in the Louisiana Mlitia
Crawford, Washington Marion3 Aug 1861began military service as a Sergt in Co. H 2nd  Regiment New York Cavalry Volunteers
 27 Aug 1861The  2nd New York Cavalry was better known as the “Harris Light Horse”
 30 Jun 1863last paid for military service
 bet Sep 1863 and Mar 1864Belle Isle, Lancaster County, Virginia; was imprisoned
 22 Sep 1863Liberty Mills, Orange, Virginia, United States; was captured
 bet Mar 1864 and Nov 1864Andersonville Prison, Macon County, Georgia; was imprisoned
 Nov 1864Charlesteon, South Carolina; imprisoned
 7 Dec 1864Florence, Florence, South Carolina, United States; paroled
 8 Apr 1865New York, New York, United States; was mustered out as a Sergeant
 25 Feb 1870Chambersburg; was granted a ‘Certificate to Disability of Soldier’
Crawford, William as a Colonel of the Scottish Royal Guards
Crawford, William Marionabt 1861Warren, Indiana, United States; in Co. E 86th Regiment Indiana Volunteers. He died at Camp Dennison in Ohio.
Creath, Robert1812Kentucky, United States; in the 2 Regiment (Jennings) Kentucky Volunteers
Crudge, Arnet Vance24 Aug 1918Hoopeston, Vermilion, Illinois, United States
Crudge, Arthur B.29 Sep 1917 
 29 Jul 1919 
 1916Hoboken, New Jersey; as a private in headquarters company, 35th regiment engineers departing from
  departed Bordeaux aboard the Santa Elisa having served as a private in Company 869 Transportation Corps
Crudge, Marion Jene4 Mar 1943US Army
 12 Feb 1946US Army
Currey, George Byron27 Feb 1856Oregon, United States; began military service as a 2nd Lieutenant in Co. D, 2nd Regiment for 90 days on Captain William’s Muster Roll
 26 May 1856Oregon, United States
 1857Oregon, United States; during the Indian War under Captain Williams
 abt 1861Wasco, Oregon, United States; raised Company E
 12 Nov 1861Oregon, United States; enlisted in First Oregon Infantry as 1st Lieutenant
 20 Mar 1862promoted to Captain of 1st Oregon Cavalry
 22 Mar 1865promoted to Lt. Colonel of 1st Oregon Cavalry
 24 Mar 1865promoted to Colonel of regiment
 Jul 1865placed in command of the department of the Columbia, which embraced all of the troops in the states of Oregon, Washington and Idaho
 14 Jul 1865appointed commander of California sub-District of Oregon
 20 Nov 1865 
 26 Jun 1866made Commander of the Department of the Columbia
Currey, Herbert Miles1942Soda Springs, Caribou, Idaho, United States; registered for the draft
Currey, Herbert Miles1 Apr 1941Weiser, Washington, Idaho, United States; as a private in the field artillery branch of the Nationial Guard
Currey, Hiram M.4 Mar 1830Illinois, United States; commissioned major of Peoria battalion
 bet 16 Jun 1831 and 26 Jun 1831Illinois, United States; a private, served in Capt. Pike’s Co. of the Rock River Rangers in the IL Vol. Mil in the Sac & Fox War. Hiram M. Currey enrolled at Fort Armstrong
 1832Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States
 bet 23 Apr 1832 and 28 Jun 1832Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; on the muster roll of Captain Abner Eads Company of Mounted Ranging Volunteers enrolled on an Order from Commander in Chief of the Militia of the State of Illinois to Brigadier General Isaiah Stillman for the service of the United States and served as Orderly Sergt. from May 17th to the 21st of May
 23 Apr 1832Illinois, United States; as 2 Sergt in Capt. Eads’ Co. Mtd. Rangers, Stillman’s Batt’n, Ill. Mtd. Vols.
 28 Jun 1832Illinois, United States; having served as 2 Sergt. in Capt. Ead’s Co. Mtd. Rangers, Stillman’s Batt’n, Ill. Mtd. Volunteers
 6 Dec 1832Peoria, Peoria, Illinois, United States; sent a letter and petition to General Atkinson regarding burning of land and bridge by Winnebago Indians. The letter is signed Hiram M. Curry, major Peoria Add Battn of Ill Militia
 31 Dec 1842Illinois, United States; commissioned lieutenant colonel of 1st regiment
Currey, Hiram M.8 Oct 1864Atchison, Atchison, Kansas, United States; to Company B of the 12th Cavalry Regiment of the Kansas State Militia under Captain Samuel Hollister
 27 Oct 1864discharged
Currey, James1778 
 bet 11 Sep 1811 and 24 Nov 1811Indiana, United States
 aft 1811 
 7 Jan 1813Indiana, United States
Currey, John Russell3 Dec 1917Detroit, Michigan, United States; as a Private in the Motor Trans company
 29 Oct 1918to be appointed a commission
 30 Oct 1918as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Motor Transport company
 19 Jun 1919Washington, D. C.; an honorable discharge by direction of the President as a 1st Lieutenant
Currey, Providence Moyntz1812 
Currey, Thomas M.abt 1812 
Currey, Thomas Williamson1878Oregon, United States; as a special messenger for Gen. O. O. Howard during the Indian War
Curry, Georgebet 1812 and 1814Bladensburg
Curry, James1774Staunton, Augusta, Virginia, United States
 from 24 Jun 1777 to 23 Sep 1779as lieutenant in Eighth Virginia
 24 Jun 1777was commissioned First Lieutenant in Captain Robert Higgins’ Company, Colonel Abraham Bowman’s Eighth Virginia Regiment
 from 1779 to 1785as captain in Fourth Virginia
 23 Sep 1779commissioned Captain i Colonel John Neville’s Fourth Virginia Regiment
 12 May 1780 
 Jun 1781 
 Dec 1776Virginia; as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 8th Virginia militia
Curry, JamesMar 1776 
 27 Oct 1777 
 12 Feb 1778Ligonier, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States
 Jun 1778 
Curry, James Barnesbet 1861 and 1865 
 bet 1861 and 1865Missouri, United States
 29 Mar 1862Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
 31 May 1863Sedalia, Pettis, Missouri, United States
Curry, James Leander26 Dec 1861Oregon, United States; in Company E of the 1st Cavalry
  along with Lt. Hobart commanded Oregon Cavalry as it cleared a road to Canyon City and thence to Ft. Boise
Curry, Johnbet 1775 and 1783Westmoreland City, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania, United States
 from Mar 1776 to Dec 1776 
 May 1777 
 Feb 1778 
Curry, Robertfrom 22 Jul 1777 to 5 Sep 1777 
Curry, Thomas1779Loudoun, Virginia, United States
Curry, Williambet 1776 and 1780 
Curry, William1812 
Curry, William L.24 Apr 1861Ohio, Kentucky, United States; for a term of three months
 1 Sep 1861as a private in Company K, first Ohio Volunteer Cavalry and upon the organization of the company was appointed first sergeant
 16 Jun 1862promoted to second lieutenant
 25 Jul 1862Courtland, Alabama; captured
 Feb 1863remained a prisoner until
 3 Mar 1863first lieutenant
 4 Jan 1864Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee, United States; reenlisted
 14 Dec 1864promoted to captain
 30 Dec 1864Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States
Curry, William R.bef 1918 
 Jun 1918Limoges, France
 Mar 1919Trier, Germany
Davenport, Elmer1 Apr 1944U.S. Army
 16 Feb 1947US Army
 22 Oct 1944Prussia; was captured by Germany and held in Stalag 12A to 9B Limburg an Der Lahn Hessen-Nassaue
 1 Jun 1945was liberated from prisoner of war camp
Doolittle, George Lewis as aTec 5 US in the U.S. Army during World War II
Duggins, Henry1812 
Duggins, John F.30 Oct 1861enlisted for service in the Union army in Company C, Seventy-fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, under Captain Harris
 2 May 1863was taken prisoner at Chancellorsville and held for six weeks before being exchanged
 May 1864captured near Lake George, Florida
 bet 19 May 1864 and 26 Nov 1864in prison
 13 Jan 1865Columbus, Franklin, Ohio, United States; discharged
Feeback, Kenneth W.2 Feb 1946aboard the YMS-125
 1 Jan 1946aboard the YMS-125
 30 Jun 1947aboard the Thomas Jefferson (APA-30)
Ferris, Thomas Vern29 Jan 1919 
Foskuhl, John Elmer1967U.S. Army
Foster, Charles  
Foster, James Coke3 Jun 1853commissioned as captain of Company A, Fifty-ninth regiment of colored troops
 17 Oct 1861a private in Company F, Fifty-third Ohio Infantry
 1 Jan 1862promoted to second lieutenant
 Sep 1862transferred to Company I
 18 Jun 1864commissioned as major
 31 Jan 1866discharged
Foster, John13 Jul 1776Maryland, United States; under Capt. Peter Mantz
Foster, John1812Ross, Ohio, United States
Foster, Mary3 Aug 1861Mary Crawford’s husband, Washington Marion Crawford, enlisted as a Sergeant in Company H of the 2nd Regiment of the New York Cavlary, also known as “Harris LIght Horse”
 22 Sep 1863Mary Crawford’s husband, Washington Marion Crawford was captured at Liberty Milles in Orange County, Virginia. He was held prisoner at Belle Isle and Andersonville before being released in December of 1864.
Foster, Samuel Douglasbet 1861 and 1865as a major
Foster, William F.29 Sep 1864Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States; discharged from the military having served as a private in Company K of the 135th Indiana Infantry
 24 May 1864 
Foster, Woodford17 Aug 1950 
 23 Jul 1952 
Foster, Woodford L.11 Apr 1918U.S. Army
 16 Jun 1919U.S. Army
Gaskill, Claud E.1917Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Gilmore, Josephbet 1861 and 1862in Company I of the 27th Indiana volunteers. He died from wounds received at Gettysburg.
Green, Gerald Roybet 1941 and 1944in the 751st tank battery in North Africa and Italy for three years during World War II
 abt 1948 
 abt 1951Korea
 bet 1952 and 1973as a CW3 in the US Army during World War II, Korea and Vietnam
 2 Mar 1943U.S. Army
 23 Oct 1945U.S. Army
 21 Oct 1950U.S. Army
 22 Nov 1951U.S. Army
Green, Jesse Albert4 Nov 1941enlisted in the U.S. Army
 29 Sep 1945was discharged from the U.S. Army
Green, Kenneth Maurice1 Aug 1946in the U.S. Army
 27 Aug 1947 
Green, Roy Vinton5 Jun 1917Coffey, Kansas, United States; registered for the draft
 1919as a Private 1st Class in Company C 353rd Infantry
Guin, Norman1846 
 19 Jun 1846 
Guthrie, James1778–1781 
Guthrie, James1778in Capt. William Harrod’s company, with Gen. George Rogers Clarke, in his campaign in the West against the British
 1781was discharged from service
Guthrie, Samuel Wilsonbet 1861 and 1865 
Guthrie, William Andersonabt 1917Indiana, United States; as vice prsident of food production and later as vice-president of the deep waterway commission
Guthrie, Wilyam Brownabt 1812 
Gutridge, Jesse1812Urbana Township, Champaign, Ohio, United States
Hadley, Samuel B15 Jun 1919Brooklyn, Kings, New York, United States; aboard the Peerless arriving
 3 Jun 1919St. Nazaire, France
Hammond, Clyde NelsonMay 1898Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
 6 Sep 1918Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States
Hammond, Elijah9 May 1775Connecticut, United States
 17 Dec 1775 
 1776Connecticut, United States
 21 Aug 1776 
Hammond, George M.15 Jul 1861enlisted in the 5th Infantry Iowa Regiment
 30 Jul 1864Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee, United States; mustered out
Hammond, Jason1779 
Hammond, Jehiel P.1861–1865Company B 72nd Illinois Infantry
Hammond, Nathanielbet 1776 and 1783Bolton, Tolland, Connecticut, United States
Hammond, Richmond Fisk25 May 1861Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States; enlisted as a private in Company E 17 Ills  Vols
 21 Aug 1861Missouri, United States; honorably discharged
 1 Mar 1862reenlistedin the 1st Illinois Cavalry Volunteers
 14 Jul 1862St. Louis (city), Missouri, United States; discharged from the 1st Illinois Cavalry Volunteers
 26 Jul 1862Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States; enlisted as a private in Company H of the 102nd Infantry
 29 Sep 1862enlisted as a private in Company D of the 14 Illinois Calvary
 3 Aug 1864captured near Atlanta, Georgia.
  Georgia, United States; was held prisoner
  Charleston, South Carolina; held as a prisoner
  Florence, South Carolina; held prisoner
 May 1865Benton, Missouri; stationed as part of a detachment of paroled prisioners
 1 Mar 1863was appointed Sergeant in company D 14 Illinois Cavalry
 12 May 1865Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States; was mustered out by telegram
 2 Sep 1862Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States; deserted
Hammond, Theodore1812Ohio, United States; in Capt. Rice’s Company, Col. Darrow’s Regiment of Ohio Militia
Harding, Abel Guilford9 Feb 1865Wisconsin, United States; enlisted in Company K of the 49th Infantry
 8 Nov 1865St. Louis (city), Missouri, United States
Harris, Daniel Virginia, United States; as a private under Capt. James Kearny and Cols. Thomas Hartly, Hubley during the revolutionary war for
Heintzelman, Hellen Marie31 Jul 1943U.S. Navy
 28 Sep 1945US Navy
Heintzelman, Roderick11 May 1943U.S. Army
 24 Feb 1947U.S. Army
 31 Oct 1945Corps of Military Police
Herold, Thomas Edward Germany
Hodge, Wm. 1861 and 1865in the 128th regiment Indiana Volunteers
Holman, Chester David10 Feb 1941U.S. Navy
 17 Dec 1945the U.S. Navy
 2 Sep 1950U.S. Navy
 11 Sep 1953U.S. Navy
Horton, Russell C.12 Oct 9145 
 bet 1942 and 1945served as a Master Sergeant in the 3600th Support Squadron of the U.S. Air Force
 13 Oct 1942 
 Nov 1942Coffeyville, Montgomery, Kansas, United States; at the air service base
Horton, Russell Clifton1941–1945in the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant.
 27 Aug 1942 
 3 Oct 1945 
Hunt, Robert G.10 Dec 1861enlisting in Company E 35th Regiment Indiana Volunteers
 19 Jun 1862was discharged because of an injured knee
 15 Aug 1863enlisted in Co. B 7th Regimental Calvary
 18 Feb 1864was honorably discharged
Hutchinson, Albert30 Sep 1862Iowa, United States; Albert Hutchinson enlisted as a private in Company D of the 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry Volunteers command by Captain Jinks.
 1 Jan 1864Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States; reenlisted
 14 Mar 1864Sumner Township, Buchanan County Iowa; was mustered in as a private in Iowa First Calvary Company D
 15 Feb 1866Austin, Travis, Texas, United States; discharged from the military
 31 Dec 1863Little Rock, Pulaski, Arkansas, United States; was mustered out of Company D 1st Regiment of the Iowa Cavalry
 Jun 1864had 3rd installment bounty due withheld for being absent without leave from June 18, 1864 to June 30th, 1864
Hutchinson, Charles Kenneth10 Sep 1946serving as a CPL in the US Army during WWII and Korea
 24 Nov 1947 
 1 Oct 1950 
Hutchinson, David Wells  
Hutchinson, John WilliamJun 1917Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
 4 Feb 1919 
Hutchinson, Ray Gillis5 Jun 1917Saint Joseph, Buchanan, Missouri, United States
Johnson, Ronald Dean15 Nov 1960 
 21 Oct 1966 
Jordan, Charles Robert1950 
Jordan, James Clark22 Jun 1944U.S. Navy
 4 Jun 1946US Navy
Kelly, Marion CJan 1953served in Korea as a sabre jet flier as a Captain in the Air Force
Kennedy, Barnesabt 1832Michigan, United States
Kress, Edwin Loren17 Dec 1940U.S. Army
 7 Sep 1945 
Kuithe, RobertJan 1952San Diego, San Diego, California, United States; appeared on the U.S. Marine Corps Muster Rolls as a recruit
 Apr 1952appeared on the montly auditing personnel roster as an E2 in the U.S. Marine Corps
 Jan 1954appeared on the monthly auditing personnel report as an E3 in the U.S. Marine Corps
Lighter, Aaron seaman first class U.S. Naval Reserve
Lighter, Chester Ellis23 Dec 1940Kansas, United States; in the National Guard
 bet 1941 and 1945 
Lighter, Fredrick Ellis as a seargeant in the US Army during World War I
 22 May 1917Army
 1 Jul 1919 
Lighter, John Ralston9 Dec 1918Dodge City, Ford, Kansas, United States; as a Corporal in Company D of the 3rd Engineer Batallion during WWI
Loman, Sammie Pat9 Sep 1954in the U.S. Army
 6 Sep 1957was discharged from the U.S. Army
Lonie, Richard J was wounded while serving as a PFC in the US Marine Corps
 5 Jun 1941 
 13 Sep 1945 
 Jan 1944was mustered as a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps
Maden, Lawrence Elwin  
Marts, Lewis Irvinfrom Dec 1944 to Jan 1964as a Lt. Col in the U.S. Air Force during WWII, Korea and Vietnam
Maxwell, Bazeleel1775in Captain Shelby’s Company in expedition against the Indians
 1774in the Fincastle County Virginia Militia as a member of Capt. Doak’s Company
McCahon, Richard W12 Mar 1953U.S. Army
 11 Mar 1955U.S. Army
McNeil, Edgar Francis24 Mar 1943US Army
 21 Feb 1946US Army
Mentzer, Austin Maxwellton1945Corpus Christi, Nueces, Texas, United States
Mentzer, Bruce as a chaplain in the United States Navy and inthe U.S. Navy Reserve and retired after 20 years of service
Mentzer, Charles Lewisabt 1863in the 3rd Massachusetts Cavalry Co D
Mentzer, Clarence Albert12 Sep 1918Iola, Allen, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, Delos Paulbet 1942 and 1965 
Mentzer, Donald Dumond1945 
 bet 1948 and 1950 
Mentzer, Earnest Everett12 Sep 1918Woodson, Kansas, United States
 1942Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, Ernest Talmadgebet 1941 and 1945in the 443rd Airborne Division in Europe during World War II
Mentzer, George25 Sep 1861Massachussetts, United States; enlisted in Company C Twenty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry
 25 Sep 1864George Mentzer’s term of service ended
 6 Jun 1890applied for a pension based on service in 24th  Massachusetts Infantry
Mentzer, George Edwardbet 1942 and 1945 
 10 Mar 1942 
 10 Mar 1942in the US Army
 23 Dec 1945 
Mentzer, Henry Arnold12 Sep 1918Yates Center, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, Herbert Wells12 Sep 1918Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, Ivan Emery5 Apr 1946 
 22 May 1944 
Mentzer, Japhet1864Kansas, United States; under Captain John Douglass in Company I of the Kansas Militia
Mentzer, Leslie George12 Sep 1918Neosho Falls, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, Loren Willis22 Mar 1943 
 2 Dec 1945 
Mentzer, Lovell Jennings6 Jun 1944 
 bet Jul 1944 and Apr 1945 
Mentzer, Merrill Burdette1945Los Angeles, California, United States; enlisted in the US Army Air Corp serving as a Tech Sgt
 21 Jul 1942as a warrant officer
Mentzer, Paul Emory5 Jun 1917Woodson, Kansas, United States; registered for the draft
 abt Sep 1918wounded when a 9 inch shell burst near him while serving in Co. E 139th Infantry A.E.F. He had shrapnel wounds in his chest and and on his left leg just above his knee. He also was burned by the powder from the shell and gassed.
 13 Jan 1919Niagara Falls, Niagara, New York, United States; sent a Niagara Falls postcard to his sister, Mrs. E. O. Briles, stating that he was on his way to Funston
 1942Springfield, Baca, Colorado, United States; registered for the draft
 1930Saline, Kansas, United States;  registered as a veteran of WWI
 25 Apr 1918New York, New York, United States; departed aboard the Caronia as part of the 139th Infantry
Mentzer, Philip Embry12 Sep 1918Woodson, Kansas, United States
Mentzer, RufusJun 1863listed as subject to mulitary duty
Mentzer, Willard Keith1945as Technician, Fourth Grade in the Army Aviation Engineers in the South Pacific
Merrill, James Abel9 Feb 191820th Engineers serving as a corporal
 12 Jul 1919 
Merry, Ebenezer19 Apr 1775Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, British Colonial America; marched in the Lexington alarm from
Merry, Whiting29 Jun 1812Lewiston, Niagara, New York, United States; as a private under Capt. Robert McKay company of Col. Daniel Davis
 10 Jul 1812was no longer paid for military service
Miller, Alen Cope1861enlisted in the confederate army
 abt 1863was taken prisoner
Minnick, Barbara Ellen9 Sep 1916Iowa, United States; filed for a widow’s pension after the death of her husband, Oliver Frink
Minnick, John W.Aug 1861John W. Minnick served as a private in Company A 42nd Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He was killed at the battle of Stone River.
Minnick, Wilson J.18 May 1864enlisted in Company H,  Illinois 134th Infantry
 25 Oct 1864Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States; mustered out of the military
Muzzall, Thomas G5 Jun 1917Crown Point, Lake, Indiana, United States
Myers, Jay Max12 Apr 1919as a private in Company C 137th Infantry and sailed aboard the U.S.S. Manchuria from Brest, France
Nidey, Reason5 Sep 1861Indiana, United States; enlisted in Company E of the 8th  Indiana Infantry
 26 Oct 1861Middletown, Indiana; listed as ‘deserted’ from Company E, 8th Regiment, Indiana Infantry
Noll, Carl15 Jun 1942US Navy
 7 Oct 1945 
Odell, _____bet 1776 and 1781 
O’Rourke, Mary1917as 1st Lieutenant in the Army Nursing Corps
 17 Dec 1918Louisiana, United States; where she had been serving as an army nurse for the past three months
 8 Oct 1918Leavenworth, Kansas, United States; left for Red Cross nursing at Camp Beauregard
Oswald, Robert M.5 Jun 1943the U.S. Army
 10 Oct 1945 
Palmer, Elmer L1919St. Nazaire, France; as a private first class in Company D of the 362nd Infantry
Palmer, Glen Elvin11 Jun 1942–14 Dec 1945in the U.S. Navy
 2 Nov 1943U.S. Navy sailing from Brisbane, Australia to Palm Island, Australia aboard the U.S.S. San Pablo
Palmer, Samuel B.1 Sep 1862 
 1 Sep 1862 
Pate, Ralph E.23 May 1918Los Angeles, California, United States
 1942Beaumont, Riverside, California, United States
Peabody, Francis1759commanded a company in the French and Indian War participating in the attack on Ticonderoga
Peabody, William1676Capt. Joseph Gardner’s company from Salem during King Phillip’s war
Peake, Cleo Byron19443206 Quartermaster’s Service Corps
 1944as a private first class in the 3206th Quartermaster Survey Company
 28 Apr 1944was listed as missing in action
  was awarded the Purple Heart Medal
 3 Feb 1943U.S. Army
Peters, Charles Edward19 Oct 1940 
 29 Mar 1946 
Post, William Wycoff  
Poteet, William Lyman21 Apr 1945US Army
 30 Oct 1946US Army
Presnell, Marvin Gerald15 Sep 1942U.S. Army
 29 Oct 1945US Army
Quickle, Charles Milton3 Jul 1943Fort Benjamin, Harrison, Indiana
Ralston, Harold Grant11 Dec 1918 
Ralston, James McCormick1862in Company I of the 102nd Regiment of the Illinois Infantry
Ralston, John Nelson9 Aug 1862Oneida, Knox, Illinois, United States; as a private in Company I of the 102nd Regiment Illinois Infantry
Reed, Francis Marionfrom 23 Sep 1864 to 15 Aug 1865 
 15 Aug 1865Victoria, Victoria, Texas, United States
Reed, John C.from 11 Sep 1863 to 23 Jul 1864in Company K, 7th Regiment, Indiana Cavalry
Reynolds, Mary A.8 Jun 1928California, United States; applied for military pension based on husband, Richmond F. Hammond
Richardson, Howard Calvin1944 
Rickett, Calvin Kiowa21 May 1943Camp Dodge, Polk, Iowa, United States; U.S. Army
 14 Jun 1948 
Ricketts, Andrew Duncanbet 1861 and 1865veteran of the Union Army
Ricketts, Anthony A.Mar 1778Montgomery, Maryland, United States
Ricketts, BenjaminMar 1778Montgomery, Maryland, United States
Ricketts, Charles Desmond12 Sep 1918Vernon, Woodson, Kansas, United States
Ricketts, Edward (Edmund)bet 1775 and 1783Bedford, Bedford, Pennsylvania, United States
 bet 1776 and 1779 
 1781Pennsylvania, United States
Ricketts, Edward C.1779 
Ricketts, JacobAug 1864in Company D, 57th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry
 5 Jul 1865New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States; discharged
Ricketts, James MarshallNov 1863Memphis, Shelby, Tennessee, United States; was reported absent sick and in hospital
 bet Dec 1864 and 19 Sep 1865in Company K 7th Indiana Cavalry
 19 Sep 1865Hempstead, Waller, Texas, United States; discharged from the military
 18 Aug 1863Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana, United States; as a private in Co. K 7 Regiment of the Indiana Cavalry Volunteers
 17 Sep 1863mustered into Company K 7th Regiment Indiana Volunteers Cavalry
Ricketts, John19 Aug 1782Kentucky, United States
Ricketts, Nathanabt 1777 
Ricketts, Robertabt 1777 
Ricketts, Thomas1779 
Ricketts, Thomasbet 1776 and 1778Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States
 Mar 1778Montgomery, Maryland, United States
Ricketts, William1665 
Roberts, John Wesley7 Sep 1862Lawrenceburg; mustered into Co. E 83 Regt. Indiana Volunteers
Rose, Daniel DeVinneyabt 1861–1865Michigan, United States; in the Michigan infantry
Roser, Albert Benjamin in both the Korean War and Vietnam War
 1975retired from U.S. Army as a staff sergeant
Ruark, Harrisonbet 1861 and 1865in the 2nd Kentucky Cavalry 45th Regiment
Ruggles, Thomas1864Kansas, United States; under Captain John Douglass in Company I of the Kansas Militia
Scofield, Todd Ashley1987in the U.S. Army
Sellers, Clay C.  
Sellers, John Crawford1812 
 abt 1813 
 19 Nov 1813 
Sellers, John L.4 Sep 1862in Company L of the 45th Regiment of the 3rd Indiana Cavalry
Sellers, Joseph Brownabt 1861in Company I of the 27th Indiana Volunteers
 2 May 1864was wounded in right leg in Battle of Chancellorsville
 15 May 1864was in battle at Resaca (New Hope Church) where he lost his left leg
Sellers, Nathan A.1780as a private in Capt. William Kirk’s Company from Chester County Pennsylvania during the revolution
Sellers, Nathan Finleybet 1861 and 1865in civil war
Sheets, Austin1861Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States; as a member of the Frontier Guards
Sherman, Arthur F. as aSecond Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps
Sherman, Arthur Judson1918 
 1919Norfolk, Norfolk (city), Virginia, United States; as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 1st Marine Aviation Force
Sherman, Frederick Marion12 Sep 1918Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States
  CM1 US Naval Reserves during World War II
 6 Jan 1942Seattle, King, Washington, United States
 3 Aug 1945Seattle, King, Washington, United States
Sherman, Robert F. as Seaman second class in the U.S. Navy
Simkins, Frank Vern1918Hoboken, New Jersey
Simkins, James Bailey9 Aug 1862serving in Company H, 102nd Illinois Infantry
 6 Jun 1865Washington, D. C.; mustered out of the military
Smalling, Cleobet 14 Apr 1944 and 13 Dec 1945U.S. Navy
 Oct 1944was promoted to sergeant 1st class
Smart, John23 Dec 1941as a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard
 15 Aug 1945 
Smart, Marion Dean12 Mar 1945 
 17 Oct 1945 
 28 Jan 1941Indiana, United States
Smart, William Glen12 Sep 1918Morocco, Newton, Indiana, United States
 1942Morocco, Newton, Indiana, United States
Smith, George W1862enlisted in Company K Thirty-Third indiana Volunteers
Smith, Orval Chauncey8 May 1944serving in the US Army
 8 Nov 1945was discharged from the U.S. Army
Southwick, Earnest as a private in Company C of the 22nd Engineers
Southwick, George1902Waverly, Bremer, Iowa, United States
Sparks, Dorwin David22 Mar 1946Ft. Logan, Colorado
Spragg, Edward Vernon21 Jul 1918serving in the 58th Co. 164th Depot Brigade
 2 Dec 1918 
Spragg, Fred13 Aug 1862in Company C, Iowa 27th Infantry Regiment
Spragg, William Harold1 Feb 1943 
 12 Jun 1944 
Stoner, Nelson Crawford12 May 1864Fidelity, Jersey, Illinois, United States; Company H of the 133rd Illinois Infantry serving as a corporal
 31 May 1864Butler, Montgomery, Illinois, United States; mustered in
 24 Sep 1864Springfield, Sangamon, Illinois, United States; mustered out
Stoops, Charles Irvin2 Jan 1942 
 4 Mar 1946 
Stotler, Bruce Edwin12 May 1945enlisted in the U.S. Army
 27 Oct 1946was discharged from the U.S. Army
Strahan, Samuel Parker20 Apr 1861Winchester, Randolph, Indiana, United States; enlisted and later recruited the fifty-fourth Indiana Infantry
 8 Dec 1863was wounded and discharged from the military
 Aug 1864re-enlisted
Thompson, Daniel GSep 1862Company K, Forty-Second Indiana Regiment and was elected Captain
 Dec 1863was discharged by reason of ill-health
Thompson, Francis Marion13 Aug 1862enlisted in Company D 29th Iowa Volunteer Infantry
 10 Aug 1865discharged
  in Company D 29th Iowa Infantry
Thompson, James Allen13 Aug 1862as a private in Company D of teh 29th Regiment Iowa Infantry
Thompson, John E.22 Apr 1864in the 29th Iowa Infantry
Thompson, John L.13 Aug 1862in Company D 29th Iowa Infantry
Thompson, Waddy1832as a Brigadier General in the South Carolina Militia
Tolle, Carl Wendell14 Aug 1943 
 25 Dec 1945 
Tuthill, Charles Burke1965United States Air Force
Ulven, Allan Hary7 Apr 1942U.S. Army
 9 Dec 1945U.S. Army
Van Valkenberg, Honore Eliza13 Apr 1911applied for Albert Hutchinson’s military pension
Vawter, Beverly1812as a Sargent in Capt. Elisha Golay’s Company during War of 1812
Vawter, Philemonabt 1777 
Walters, Claude Arnold PFC 91st Infantry 10th U.S. Army
Walters, Joseph Louis1917North Kansas City, Clay, Missouri, United States
 6 Sep 1918enlisted in the US Army
 4 Jan 1919was discharged from the U.S. Army
Walters, Louis Elwyn16 Sep 1944in the U.S. Army
 13 Apr 1946from the U.S. Army
Weide, Ralph Lee7 Aug 1945U.S. Navy
 30 Mar 1946 
Wells, Clayton Arber  
Wells, Fern C.9 Jul 1942U.S. Army
 1 Feb 1946U.S. Army
Wells, Gerald Arthur22 Jul 1949in the U.S. Air Force
 19 Dec 1952 
Wells, Jesse Hall1917 
 25 Apr 1918New York, New York, United States; aboard the Baltic as a private in the 137th Infantry from
Wells, Nathaniel6 May 1775New London, Hartford County, Connecticut
 10 Dec 1775 
 1787Suffolk, New York, United States
 abt 1783New York, United States
Wells, William O.Aug 1862Calhoun, Michigan, United States; enlisted in company A of the 25th Michigan Infantry
Weymer, Jack I1 Dec 1945as a pilot in the Pacific theater
Whittredge, Ed as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam
Williams, Freddie Lloyd as a CPL in the US Army during WWII
Williams, George Wesley28 Sep 1942 
 Feb 1946 
Wilson, John Wesley1861enlisted in the northern army during the Civil War
 1864was honorably discharged
Wilson, Parker Cummings in Company E 30th Iowa Infantry
Worley, Jack Arthur4 May 1944 
 9 Nov 1945 
Wuthrich, Donald John7 Jul 1941Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States; as a warrant officer in the US Army
Yoho, Charles Desmond20 Aug 1953 
 Jul 1955 
Young, Barzillaabt 1861in the civil war
Young, James Howard Thomas1955–1956in the U.S. Army
Young, Richard Corwine Ricketts10 Aug 1861Iowa, United States; in Company 8 of the Iowa Infantry
Young, Thomas Kent2 Nov 1861enlisted as a private in Company I, Iowa 13th Infantry Regiment
 1 Nov 1864mustered out of Company I, Iowa 13th Infantry Regiment


  Marcia Philbrick

  803 N 8th

  Seneca, KS


Have you tried to find information about your ancestor who served in the U.S. Army during World War I? Knowing that many U.S. Army records for World Wars I and II were damaged or destroyed in the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis,

I haven’t tried to obtain my grandfather’s world war I record. Instead, I’m looking to other means of documenting his military service. One of the sources that is proving to be of value is the Dodge City newspapers. Even though I’ve spent many hours reading back issues of those newspapers at the Kansas State Historical Society in Topeka, I wasn’t reading the issues during world war I. Since many of these newspapers are now on, I decided to see what I could find about the military service of my grandfather, Leon Crawford and his brother, Marion Crawford.

This search turned up articles about their recruitment.

Two Recruits a Day

Dodge City Office Has Sent 44 Men to Army Since April 1

The Dodge City recruiting office is maintaining an average of two recruits a day, and this morning it made up for several dull days by sending seven men to Ft Logan to be distributed to their respective departments in the army. John M. Lesch was assigned to the cavalry and the following joined the coast artillery: Cecil R. Campbell, Alfred B. Cramer, Joshia B. Owings, John J. Wiseman, Marion R. Crawford, Homer R. Sharp. Forty-four Men have enlisted at the Dodge City station since April 1.

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas). 20 April 1917, page 1. available on

The headline of the next article is somewhat confusing. It implies that the article was about Hodgeman County residents. Leon Crawford’s parents lived in Dodge City at the time and this is the first piece of evidence that as a young man, he may have been working in Jetmore.

Hodgeman County Sends Recruits

County Clerk Rounds up Party for
Artillery Services — News of Cavalry
Infantry and Motorcycle Companies

County Clerk J. B. Eakin of Jetmore brought four men to the Dodge City recruiting station yesterday afternoon for enlistment in the regular army. Mr. Eakin told Corporal Scott Bryon in charge of the station, he had noticed heavy enlistments in other Kansas counties and seeing that Hodgeman county had no representatives, he went out on a recruiting trip. He began at home by enlisting his brother-in-law. The following men cam from Jetmore and enlisted in the coast artillery corps: George B. Orr, Allan w. Corner, Russell C. Horton and Leon Crawford.

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas). 23 April 1917, page 1 available on

Another article names Leon R. Crawford as a recruit at the Dodge City office.

Three Recruits for Coast Artillery

Two army recruits were sent to Ft. Logan this morning and another enlisted for service at the Dodge City recruiting stations today. John H. Smith and Yale J. Thayer went to Ft. Logan and will be sent to the coastal artillery. Leon R. Crawford enlisted for artillery service and will go to Ft. Logan tomorrow. The three recruits make a total of forty-seven men enlisted at the Dodge City station since April 1.

The Dodge City Daily Globe (Dodge City, Kansas) 21 April 1917, page 1 available on

I’m thankful the papers recorded these enlistments!