Allison Wayne Strauss d. 27 April 1942 SW Pacific WWII
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County’s First Gold Star Comes Home
Wadesville, Ind., Mar. 2 - The body of the first Posey county Gold
Star of World War II, Capt. Allison Wayne Strauss, 26, will reach his native
Wadesville Saturday. The funeral service, including religious and patriotic
rites, will be held Sunday afternoon at in the Wadesville General Baptist church
and in LaurelHillCemetery.
William Strauss, father of the first Posey county
World War II Gold Star, was officially advised Tuesday that the body of the Posey
hero, accompanied by a military escort, will reach Poseyville
Saturday. From the Werry Funeral Home in Poseyville it will be taken to the Strauss home at
Wadesville where it will remain until the funeral at the church.
Rev. Charles E. Zapp, Evansville Presbyterian
minister and a fellow student of Capt. Strauss in IndianaUniversity, will conduct the religious service.
American Legionnaires will officiate at the grave.
Surviving Capt. Strauss, in addition to his father and mother, are
a brother, Kenneth, at home, a lieutenant colonel in the US Army Air Force with
long service in the European theatre during World War II, and a sister, Mrs.
Ross Dodd, Marysville, Ohio.
Capt. Strauss, a pursuit pilot in the US Army Air Force in the
Southwest Pacific, was shot down in combat with the Japs
on April 27, 1942. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star and Purple
Heart for gallantry in action.
A native of Youngstown, Ohio, the first Posey Gold Star, came to
Wadesville with his family in 1931. He was graduated from IndianaUniversity in 1939 and shortly afterward enlisted
in the Air Corps. He received his flight training at Randolph and Kelly Fields.
He was commissioned in March 1940 and sent to the Philippines that fall and was stationed there a year
prior to the outbreak of the war. Shortly after Pearl Harbor he was sent to Australia and received his commission as a captain