Transcribed by Ron Woodward from book entitled In Memoriam, prepared by the Thomas Stineman Post No. 15 of the American Legion, Mrs. Jeanne Grover, Forrest G. Baer and W.W. Wimberly. 52 pages, no date of publication given. Text mixed with photographs. If anyone reading the list would like a scan of a photograph I would be glad to provide one for them. Email: email@example.com
CLAIRE ASKEW first lt in the infantry, who resided in North Manchester for four years before entering the service, was killed in action in France on Aug. ll, l944. He had participated in the fighting in France from the initial invasion. A native of Pennsylvania, Lt. Askew was employed by the Northfield company in North Manchester. Official notification of his death was received by Mr. and Mrs. Russell Amberg. MAX EUGENE BAKER 22, staff sergeant in the army air corps, was officially declared dead in Nov., l945 after he had been reported missing in action Apr. l3, l944 while on a combat mission to Budapest, Hungary as assistant engineer and waist-gunner on a B-24 bomber. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Esta Baker, Laketon, Max was born Sept. 12, l92l, was graduated from Laketon High School where he played basketball, entered service Nov. ll, l942 and went overseas in Dec. l943. Based in Italy, he participated in numerous flights over enemy territory in the Mediterranean theatre of war. VIRGIL BARTON l9, private in the 49th Armored Infantry division, U>S> Army, died from wounds received in battle in Germany on April l8, l945. Pvt Barton served his country fifteen months. Six months of that time was in overseas service. His parents are Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Barton, North Manchester. Three brothers, Robert, Max and Edward were also serving overseas at the time Pvt. Barton met his death. DELBERT BEERY 22, son of Mrs. Grace Beery, near North Manchester, was killed in a plane crash on Leyte March l0, l945, while helping to evacuate wounded by air, a task for which he volunteered. He served as a clerk but asked to fly in emergencies so that patients would have needed care. Cpt. Beery was first reported missing in action. He entered service Feb 24, l843 and went overseas in Feb l944, serving in New Guinea and the Philippine Islands. PAUL A. BISHOP First Lt in the army air corps, who had won the Distinguished Flying Cross for completing more than fifty operational flights with extraordinary achievement, gave his life while on a mission over New Guinea Feb l9, l944. First reported missing, the Wabash flier was later reported killed in action in messages to the wife, Mrs. Jean Smith Bishop, Wabash, and the parents Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bishop, Wabash. Lt Bishop was a student of Lagro and Wabash High Schools, enlisted June l5, l942, and went to the southwest Pacific area in June l943. He was employed at the General Tire and Rubber Company. A small daughter, Paula, also survives. ROBERT HENRY BOWMAN 2l, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Bowman, Roann, was killed in action at sea at an undisclosed place while serving as a gunner's mate, third class. Born Nov l7, l923 in Roann he attended the Roann school until he enlisted in Oct l94l. He was a member of the l942 class. He attended the First Brethren Church, Roann. Completing training at the Great Lakes Naval Training station he was assigned to the west coast. Notification from the navy was received Nov 30, l944 FRANCIS P. BRADY 22, technician fifth grade in the infantry, was killed by an artillery shell fragment April 6, l945 near Rittergut Bladenhorst, Germany. His mother, Mrs. John C. Brady, was notified first that Cpl Brady was missing, later informed of his death in action. A native of Elkhart, he had spent most of his life in Wabash where he was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic church, attended the parochial and Wabash High schools, and worked for the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator Company, leaving there to enlist in Jan l943. He had been overseas three months. He was buried in the American Military cemetery at Margraten, Holland. GROVER B. BROTHERS 34, private first class, gunner in a glider division of the air borne troops, was the first Wabash man reported killed in the June 6, l944 invasion of Normandy. He was the son of Mrs. Effie L. Brothers, Wabash. Born in Arkansas he had lived in Wabash county twenty-two years, attending Chippewa school. He was employed by the Public Service Company of Indiana, Inc., entered service early in the war and took part in the invasion of North Africa, Sicily and France. He arrived overseas Mar 2l, l942. JOHN E. BUTCHER 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. John C. Butcher, Roann, and husband of Mrs. Betty Butcher, Kokomo, was killed in action on Aug 7, l944 in France according to a war department message. Details of the action were lacking. Pfc. Butcher entered service in l943 and went overseas in May l944. A daughter, Connie Jean, also survives. JAMES M. CALLOPY 27, cpl in an ant-aircraft unit and later in the infantry, died in France Dec 2, l944, killed in action after four months overseas service. Cpl Callopy was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Callopy, Hamilton, Ohio, and had been employed at the General Tire and Rubber Company in Wabash for six years. He was a member of St. Bernard's Church and the Elks lodge. Cpl Callopy entered service from Wabash June 27, l943. DEO J. CARLIN 34, private in the infantry, gave his life for his country on July 3, l944, killed in the battle for France. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William Carlin, Wabash Rural Route 2, Pvt Carlin was a graduate of Chippewa grade and high schools and a member of the Rich Valley United Brethren church. He entered service June ll, l942, and went overseas in April l944. WILLIAM E. CLARK 29, had served in the infantry two years at the time of his death. Pfc Clark was killed in action in France June 27, l944. He had been overseas one year being stationed first in Ireland, then England. Born in Wabash, Sept 8, l9l4 he attended Wabash schools. Information concerning his death was received by Mrs. Glen Hohl, Wabash, a sister. THOROLD R. COLE 36, Wabash, died of head injuries received when a fighter plane struck a crippled bomber at an Okinawa airfield July 30, l945. Pfc Cole was on duty at the time and died as the result of bomb blast injuries. Born in Somerset Aug 20, l908, he later moved to Wabash where he was employed at the Spencer Cardinal factory and belonged to the First United Brethren church. He entered service March l, l943 and went overseas in Dec l944. Notification was received by his widow, Mrs. Mary Cole, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Cole, all of Wabash. WILBUR E. COLE 2l, who won the Army Air medal with three oak leaf clusters during his year and a half of service was killed in a crash between two American bombers over Greece Jan ll, l944. Notification that he was missing and later word of his death came to his widow, Mrs. Maxine Yarian Cole, Roann, and to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Orville Cole, North Manchester. He was a staff sergeant and a ball turret gunner on a Flying Fortress. Born in North Manchester, July 26, l922, he was graduated from Central Highs School and later worked at the General Tire and Rubber Company. One son, Wilbur Gene, also survives. F. DUANE COLLINGE Captain in the army air corps, was presumed dead by the war department one year after he was reported missing while flying vital supplies over the "hump" in northern Burma. The transport plane of which he was co-pilot crashed Sept 29, l943 between Assam, India and China. Born in Beloit, Wis., Capt. Collinge was graduated from Wabash High School, studied at Indiana and Purdue and enlisted on Thanksgiving day, l940. He is survived by his widow, San Antonio, Texas, a daughter, Patricia Louise, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Collinge, Wabash. JOSEPH COOK 20, a private in the medical corps of the U.S. army, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action in France and the Bronze Star medal for heroic achievement in combat Dec 24, l944. He was the son of Mrs. Mary Cook, North Manchester, to whom the wards were presented. He met his death March l7, l945 in France as he moved forward down an exposed road to reach a wounded soldier. Struck by a mortar shell he ordered his companions to continue on their mission. Pvt Cook died from the wounds received in this action. Three brothers also served their county. LOREN PAUL DAVIS a private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps, died in a Japanese prison camp after being reported missing in action from the Manila bay section on May ll, l942. Pfc. Davis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Davis, Marion, was born in LaFontaine My l9, l9l4, was graduated from LaFontaine High School, worked on the Wabash Plain Dealer as a reporter. He enlisted in the marines in June, l940 and served first in North China. Aided by the Chinese underground in Shanghi he escaped to the Philippines where he was later taken prisoner, dying in an unidentified camp. ELBA LAMOINE DIXON 38, seaman second class, was reported missing and later killed in action Jan 2, l944 while on a secret mission for the navy. The ship on which Seaman Dixon served struck a mine and was sunk. Born at Laketon Oct 20, l905, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Dixon, Laketon, and the husband of Mrs. Tressa Dixon, North Manchester. He was a graduate of Laketon High School, a member of the Methodist church and the Knights of Pythias lodge. He was an employee of the Peabody plant in North Manchester. PHIL M. DOMER 3l, private in the army, gave his life Aug 30, l944 as the result of action against the Japs at Noemfoor island, off the northern coast of Dutch New Guinea. Word of his death was received by his widow, Mrs. Maxine H. Domer, Claypool, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Merle Domer, Fort Wayne. Pvt. Domer was a star fullback on the Manchester college football team and later became recreational director at North Manchester. He entered service in June, l943, and went overseas in March l944. WENDELL DOWELL who was employed at the Container Corporation of America in Wabash when he entered service Jan ll, l942, was killed in action in the invasion of Sicily, July 3l, l943. He was a private in the army. Pvt. Dowell was born Aug 12, l9l9 and was the youngest in a family of twelve children. His mother is Mrs. Ellen Dowell, Carbon, Ind. who received the Purple Heart in recognition of her son's sacrifice. WILLIAM E. DRISCOLL, Jr. 28, a sergeant in the paratroops met his death in action at Noemfoor, New Guinea, July l6, l944. Inducted June l8, l94l Sgt. Driscoll, who was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William E. Driscoll, Urbana, went overseas in Oct. l942. A graduate of the Urbana Schools, Sgt. Driscoll later was employed at the General Tire and Rubber Company in Wabash. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lagro. JOHN BILL ELTZROTH l9, a private in the U.S. Infantry, was killed in action on March l5, l945 in Germany after only two months overseas service in France and Germany. Pvt. Eltzroth was the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Raymond Eltzroith, Wabash Rural Route 3, and was born in Wabash county Oct 20, l925. He attended Linlawn High School and was employed at Wabash factories before entering service July 29, l944. RALP EDMUND ELTZROTH 23, a first Lt in the army air corps, died in England on Jan 21, l944. He was a bombardier and navigator and had completed thirty-two bombing missions for which he had received the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters. Born in Wabash county Feb 14, l920 he had later moved to Huntington. The widow, Mrs. Bonnie Eltzroth, Huntington, survives. JOHN F. FITZPATRICK who was in Europe with the 35lst infantry, was killed in an auto accident Aug l, l945 after the cessation of hostilities. Transferred to ordnance as a clerk, Cpl Fitzpatrick was en route from Montova, Italy to Brescia with two soldiers when they encountered an Italian truck. Swerving to avoid the truck, Cpl Fitzpatrick struck a concrete post and died from his injuries. Born in Wabash Apr 12, l920, he attended Wabash schools and studies at the University of Chicago and Manchester College before accepting a position at the General Tire and Rubber Company in the cost department. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church, Phi Delta Kappa fraternity and the Eagles lodge. He was the only son of Mrs. Dorothy Fitzpatrick, Wabash. He was buried in the American Military cemetery at Mirandola, Italy. LIONEL E. FORDYCE 19, a cpl in the Second Army Air Corps, was killed near Biggs Field, Texas, in the crash of a B-24 bomber on March 20, l944. The plane was on a routine training mission. Cpl Fordyce was a graduate of Linlawn High School and entered training Feb 24, l943. He received gunnery training but at the time of his death was serving ass first mechanic on the B-24. War department notification was sent to the father, Arthur Fordyce, Wabash Rural Route 5. GENE D. FOSNOUGH 23, son of Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Fosnough, Wabash Rural Route 5, was killed when the B-24 on which he was tail gunner was shot down by a Jap Zero and exploded in mid-air ten miles off Wotje Island in the Marshalls Dec 26, l943. He was first reported missing. Sgt. Fosnough was graduated from Lincolnville High School where he played basketball. He entered service Sept l, l940 and served in the southwest Pacific theatre of war for two months. JOHN B. FRASURE 27, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Frasure, Wabash, and a corporal in a tank destroyer division, was killed in action in France on Feb 2, l945. He had been in service for two years and eight months and overseas for five months. A native of Kentucky and a graduate of Dayton, Ohio, high school, Cpl Frasure was employed in Louisa, Ky. at the time he entered the service. MARVIN GARBER lt in the army air corps, was presumed to have lost his life in an airplane crash Feb 4, l944 while on a flight between Amiens and Abbeville, France. Pilot of a B-24 Liberator bomber, Lt. Garber is known to have ordered members of his crew to abandon the plane after it was struck by flak and caught fire. Whether he was able to escape has never been established. One survivor was taken prisoner by the Germans whose records, however, do not account for Lt. Garber or other missing crew members. Lt. Garber was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Garber, North Manchester. DEVON GEARHART 24, a private first class was killed in action on Luzon May 12, l945 while serving with the 27th infantry division. He had been in the Pacific area for three months and had participated in much of the savage fighting against the Japs on Luzon. Notification of his death was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Gearhart, Disko. A native of Wabash County, Pfc Gearhart attended schools at Laketon and Sidney and worked at the General Tire Plant in Wabash, before entering service in Sept. l944. MERRITT KEITH GILLESPIE 20, radio man and gunner on a B-17 bomber, was presumed dead by the war department after all efforts to learn his fate had failed. His damaged plane was last seen Nov 5, l943 over the west coast of France. Sgt. Gillespie was the son of Mrs. Faye Gillespie, Wabash, and had enlisted in the air corps Nov 2, l942 going overseas in Sept. l943. CECIL C. HARMAN l9, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Harman, Wabash, was killed in action on Christmas Day, l944, while fighting with his infantry division in France. He was a private first class. First official reports said he was missing in action as of Dec 25, l944. Born Nov 24, l923 in Akron. Pfc Harman attended school there, later moving to Wabash. He entered service in Feb l944 and went overseas Oct l of that year. It was believed Pfc Harman had been in combat only a few days at the time of his death. JAY C. HARRIS private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps, met his death during his first battle and lived by a few hours after being fatally wounded in action in the south Pacific. He was twenty years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Harris, Wabash. Pfc Harris was born in Roann, Sept 27, l923, attended Wabash schools and worked at the Minneapolis-Honeywell Regulator plant before entering service in Dec l942. Pfc Harris, who was among the first county casualties, was killed in Dec l943 after being overseas since Sept l943. ROBERT HECK 30, private first class in the infantry, was killed July l4 during the invasion of France after participating in the African and Sicilian campaigns. He enlisted in the army on Sept 20, l940. Notification from the war department came to Pfc Heck's grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Heck, Wabash, with whom he lived while attending grade school and to Mrs. Sam Palmer, Wabash Rural Route 3, his aunt, with whom he lived while attending Somerset High School where he was graduated in l933. ARTHUR ALBERT HUYS 25, U.S. Navy was Wabash County's first casualty of the Japanese war, presumably killed in action during the first attacks in the Pacific, Sunday, Dec. 7, l94l at Pearl Harbor. Seaman Huys was the son of Mrs. Margaret DeVliegar, who lived in Wabash at the time of his death and later moved to Mishawaka. Arthur Huys was born in Mishawaka Dec 3, l9l6 but attended school in Wabash and later Somerset where he was graduated. He was employed by the General Tire and Rubber Company and at the American Rock Wool plant before enlisting Oct 8, l940. ROSCOE HAROLD JACKSON l9, met his death in action after one month's combat duty with the infantry in France. Sgt. Jackson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Jackson, Urbana Rural Route l, died Nov 28, l944. Born Dec 9, l924 in Miami County he was graduated from Urbana High School after moving to Wabash County. He entered service March 26, l943 and went overseas in Feb l944, being stationed in Ireland, England and France. He was a member of the Peoria Methodist Church. ELDON JENKINS 20, paratrooper, was killed on Luzon in action with the airborne troops on Feb l6, l945. His mother, Mrs. Lulu Jenkins, North Manchester, received official notification of his sacrifice. Pvt. Jenkins was born June 7, l924. He enlisted in the army in Feb l943 and went to the Pacific area in May l944 where he participated in the fighting on New Guinea and other campaigns on the approach to the Philippines. ARTHUR DUTY,JR. U. S. Navy gunner, was killed in an accident when the pane on which he served as a side-bomber crashed in San Francisco bay, Calif. The navy notification was received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Judy, near North Manchester, May 2, l943. Born March 22, l92l near North Manchester Arthur Judy, Jr. was graduated from Chester High School and attended Manchester College. He enlisted in July, l942, He was married to Patricia Roddy, Detroit, who survives. The body was returned to North Manchester for services and burial. SAMIE H. KARN 2l, who had been assigned to a service company of the 422nd infantry while serving overseas from March l945, met his death after the end of hostilities in a vehicle accident Oct 7, l945 in Germany. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Karn, Wabash, were notified. Pfc Karn was born Jan 3l, l924 near Roann and was educated in schools at Laketon, Linlawn and Gilead. He entered service in March l943. Pfc Karn was the fourth Wabash county man to give his life after the end of the war in Europe. KARL BRUCE KENDALL 19, ship's cook third class, U.S. Navy, was first reported missing in action at sea and later presumed dead. Notification was received by his grandmother, Mrs. Maude Brizendine, Wabash, Nov 28, l944. Name of his ship and base were withheld by the navy. After making his home in Wabash and attending the Miami and Wabash High schools, he was employed at the American Rock Wool plant. He enlisted in the navy during the summer of l943. His mother, Mrs. Dolly Kendall, Maywood, Ill. also survives. FRANK F. KINDLESPARKER 23, a staff sergeant in the army and the third Wabash county casualty of war, who had been reported missing in action as of May 25, l942 actually died July 2, l942 a corrected report from the war department disclosed. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Gale Kindlesparker, Wabash. After enlisting Jan ll, l94l Sgt. Kindlesparker trained at Fort Knox and on Sept 9, l94l sailed for Fort Stotsenburg, near Manila where he was stationed with the l7th ordnance division. He became a prisoner of the Japs during their conquest of Luzon early in l942. ELMER KRATZ 26, a private first class in the army, was killed in action in the Philippine Islands March l4, l945 after two and one-half years service in the army. The telegram of notification was received by Charles Scott and Miss Eva M. Scott, Urbana Rural Route l, with whom Pfc Kratz had made his home. He had spent his boyhood in Wabash but entered the service while residing near Urbana. His father, George Kratz, Jacksonville, Fla. also survives. WALTER E. KRISHER 23, corporal in the army air forces, was reported missing in action as of Nov 26, l943 and later reported to have died in the sinking of a troop ship in the Mediterranean on Nov 27, l943. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Krisher and husband of Mrs. Dorothy Karn Krisher, all of near North Manchester, Cpl Krisher had been overseas for two months at the time of his death, He was stationed in North Africa as a ground mechanic with the air forces. A small daughter, Jean Marie, also survives. MELVIN E. KUHLOW 3l, staff sergeant in the infantry, died in battle in France on July l2, l944 after serving ten months overseas. he had entered the army June 25, l94l. Word of his death came to the widow, Mrs. Edith France Kuhlow, Wabash. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Kuhlow, Wabash, also survive. Born in Oshkosh, Wis., April 6, l9l3, Sgt Kuhlow had lived in Wabash for twenty years, where he attended the Christian Church and belonged to the Eagles Lodge. He was employed at the Wabash Cabinet Company before entering the service. PAUL E. LAMALE captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, who was first declared missing while on a flight with Marine Air Wing No. l in the Pacific theatre of war, was later officially presumed to have lost his life while on hazardous aerial minelaying operations in late January or early February, l944. While missing he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Crosss for heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight as division leader of marine torpedo bombing squadron 233 operating against Jap forces in the Solomons-New Britain area. Capt. Lamale was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. Charles E. Lamale, Sharon, Pa., former Wabash residents. A graduate of Wabash High School and Wooster College, he entered service from Wabash July 15, l94l and went overseas in June, l943. DWIGHT L. MCCROCKLIN 23, lst Lt attached to the Ninth Air Force 98th Bombardment group, gave his life while on a mission over Sulmona, Italy, being shot down in the Adriatic sea Sept 3, l943. He was a navigator on a B-24. His body was washed ashore at Chiente, Italy Sept 7, first buried there and later moved to the American Military cemetery at Bari, Italy. Lt. McCrocklin was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. C.G. McCrocklin, former residents of Wabash, now living in Terre Haute. He was born in Geneva, Feb l5, l920, graduated from Wabash High School and attended Indiana Central College. He was employed at the Minneapolis-Honeywell plant when he enlisted in the army air force in July, l94l. He went overseas in Nov l942 participating in the Tunisian and Sicilian campaigns for which he received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. RAYMOND E. MCPHEETERS 22, technician fourth grade in the 29lst infantry, was killed in the Coleman sector in France Feb 4, l945 less than a month after arriving overseas. He is buried in the U.S. Military cemetery at Epinal, France. Sgt McPheeters was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond McPheeters now of Denver Rural Route l. He was born in Wabash Nov 8, l922, attended the South Side, Junior and Senior High Schools and was amember of the Wabash Street Methodist Church. He entered service Jan l, l943 and went overseas Jan 8, l945 and saw immediate combat duty in Belgium and France. FRANKLIN M. MACHMER 20, private first class in a machine gun company of the l5lst infantry regiment, 38th division, died in a hospital on Luzon Feb l0, from wounds received the previous day. Notification came to his mother, Mrs. Charles Servance, Wabash. Pfc Machmer was born in Wabash May 7, l924 and attended city schools. He went into service with the local National guard company in Jan l94l. Pfc Machmer had been in the Pacific area for more than two years at the time of his death. JOHN K. MAGNER 23, a private in Company G 383 Infantry, 96th Division, was killed in the vicinity of Maeda, Okinawa Island, April 30, l945 while helping to evacuate wounded men under heavy enemy fire as his company was assaulting a hill. Posthumously awarded the Bronze Star medal for his heroic service in connection with this operation Pvt Magner was mortally wounded as he made his third trip under fire. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Phillip G. Magner, Wabash, where he was born March 6, l922. He was a member of th Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Wabash High School and a student at Purdue University, he entered the army in l943 serving first in the air forces and later transferring to the infantry. Pvt Magner served in the invasion of Leyte before going into the Okinawa campaign. RICHARD A. MEECH 33, private first class in a headquarters company, infantry, in the American First Army, was reported missing and later declared killed in action Nov 6, l944 in battle of Aachen, Germany. Official word was received by his widow, Mrs. Betty Cooksey Meech. Pfc Meech was the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Meech, Cleveland. He was a graduate of Oberlin College and came to Wabash in l937 where he was employed at the General Tire and Rubber Company. He entered service in Aug l943 and went overseas in June l944. REX E. MERRITT 20, private first class in the army air forces, was presumed to have died in a raid on Tokyo Nov 24, l944. He was a waist gunner on a B-29 bomber which was disabled by a Jap suicide pilot and splashed into the sea after a second Jap fighter tore the tail off the plane. Pfc Merritt was a brother of Herschel Merritt, North Manchester, with whom he made his home. Born in Peru April 12, l924 he was a graduate of Chester High School. He entered the army on Feb 24, l943. JAMES W. MILLER 20, an army paratrooper, was killed in action in Holland Sept. 20, l944 after serving overseas two months. Word of Pfce Miller's death was received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Miller, Wabash. He was born in Wabash April ll,l924 and educated in the local schools. Pfc Miller enlisted in the army Dec l8, l942 and after receiving his training as a paratrooper was sent overseas in July, l944. SAMUEL T. MILLER, JR. l8, private in the U.S. Marine Corps, gave his life March 2, l945 in the battle of Iwo Jima. Pvt Miller was a foster son of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Ridgeway, Lagro Rural Route l, at the time of his entry into service Aug 29, l944. An orphan, he had attended schools at White's Institute, Lafontaine and Linlawn. He was born at Lagro Aug 289, l926. Rvt Miller was employed at the American Rock Wool plant. He had been overseas three months. VAYLE MILLER, technician fifth grade, was killed in action on D-Day, June 6, l944 while attached to a commando outfit. Word of his death was received by his sister, Mrs. Ed Railsback, North Manchester Rural Route 2, with whom he made his home after coming to this county from Norton, Kan. in l939. Cpl Miller had worked as a carpenter before entering service. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Lizzie Miller, Norton, Kan. VINCENT I. MILLICAN 26, a Lt in the army air corps, was killed on his fifty- fifth mission as a fighter pilot on Aug 2, l944 during a bombing raid over Italy, near Bergamo. Lt. Millican was the son of Lawrence J. Millican, Lagro, and the husband of Mrs. Ruth Gausman Millican of Peru. His mother, Mrs. Wesley Sutton, Peru, also survives. Lt. Millican entered the service in October, l942 and was commissioned as second Lt at Napier field, Dothan, Ala. He was sent overseas in April, l944. ROBERT C. MINEAR 22, a staff sergeant in the army air corps and only son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Minear, North Manchester, was killed in action over Germany Sept. 28, l944. Serving as an engineer and gunner aboard a B-24 bomber, Sgt Minear was thought to have been engaged in many shuttle bombing missions. He was first reported missing by the war department. Sgt. minear was graduated from Central High School and attended Manchester College. He was in the garage business with his father when he enlisted in December, l942. IVAN E. MOTE 20, army sergeant, died in France Aug 8, l944, as the result of wounds received in battle. Word was received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Mote, former Servia residents who now live in South Bend. Sgt. Mote was born Jan 24, l924, in Servia where he attended grade school. He attended Chester Junior High School and then moved to South Bend. He entered the service in January, l943 and went overseas in May of the same year. HOWARD C. MOWRER an infantry private, was killed in action Aug 12, l944 while participating in the invasion of France. War department notification was received by john C. Mowrer, his father, in Servia. Pvt. Mowrer, 22, a former resident of Wabash where he attended school, entered service Sept 9, l942 and had been overseas eight months at the time of his death. He was a farmer and contractor before entering service. JOHN F. MURPHY 23, a Lt in the army air forces and pilot of a P-47 Thunderbolt, was killed March 4, l945 in action over France. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Murphy, Wabash Rural Route 4, and husband of Mrs. Mary Louise Reahard Murphy, Bonita Springs, Fla. Two children, jerry F. and John Everett also survive. Lt. Murphy was a graduate of Lagro High School and attended Manchester College. He entered service Feb 28, l943 and was sent to England in January l945. FRANK MUSIC a private in the infantry, gave his life on Independence Day, July 4, l944 in France, killed in action. He was the 2l year old son of Mrs. Madge Music, near Wabash, and was a native of Kentucky. He came to the Vernon community five years before entering service. His home had been in Ashland, Ky. At the time of his death he had been in service just eight months, two of them spent overseas where he had gone into combat soon after arrival. ROBERT C. MYERS son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Myers, Wabash, was the second casualty among Wabash county men during World War II. A staff Sergeant in the army air corps, the 23 year old youth was killed in the crash of a four-motor bomber on which he served as aerial engineer when the plane crashed on a mountainside near Magdalena, N.M. Sgt. Myers was inducted into the army in l94l and then was successful in enlisting in the air corps Sept 22, l94l. He had trained at several bases and was stationed at Almogordo Air Field, N.M. at the time of his death. He was a graduate of Linlawn High School where he was an active athlete. At the time of his induction he was employed at the Ford Meter Box company. NEIL MAX MYLIN 21, Lt in the army air corps, who had been missing in action over Germany since Sept 8, l944 was later presumed dead by the war department. Official notification was sent his widow, Mrs. Willodean Rager Mylin, Laketon, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Mylin, North Manchester Rural Route 2. His death occurred while he served as a crew member aboard a Flying Fortress bomber on a mission to Ludwigshafen, Germany. Hit by flak before reaching the target, the plane exploded and crashed. Lt. Mylin was born June 30, l923 in Ijamsville, attended school there and was graduated from Laketon High School. He attended Chicago Air college and was employed at the Glenn Martin bomber plant in Baltimore when entering service in January l943. Lt Mylin went overseas in July l944. JAMES NEIGHBORS 26, Lt in the U.S. Naval Air Corps, lost his life Sept 13, l944, when the Grumman Hellcat plane which he was piloting over enemy territory in the south Pacific area was directly hit, crashed and exploded. He had flown 2,000 hours without accident previously. Born in Wabash Jan l6, l9l8 he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Owen J. Neighbors, was graduated from Wabash High School and Indiana University and entered the navy in June l940. He served as an instructor in the U.S. for two years, then went to Hawaii and the south Pacific battle area. At the time of his death he was serving as leader of his squadron and was based aboard an airplane carrier. ROBERT C. NOBLE 26, a private first class in an infantry unit, was killed in action in Germany Feb 24, l945, after serving overseas from Sept l944. Pfc Noble was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ora O. Noble, Wabash Rural Route 5, former Wells county residents. He was a graduate of Liberty Center High School and was employed in Richmond before entering service in April l944. He is also survived by his widow, Mrs. Lucille Baker Noble, and a son, Larry, both of Richmond. CHARLES MARLOW O'BRIEN 33, an ensign in the navy, was killed when a newly- designed navy high-altitude Corsair plane crashed at Brandywine, Md. Oct l9, l942. Ensign O'Brien, who was a native of Wabash, had entered the navy as an apprentice seaman in l925 and was promoted to the rank of ensign June l5, l942. He had been stationed at encaustic naval Air Station since early l94l. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Margaret Marie O'Brien, and four children, all of Washington, D.C. and an uncle James E. O'Brien , Wabash. WILLARD WARD OGDEN 23, aviation machinist's mate second class, was drowned accidentally off an island in the Admiralty group in the south Pacific Mar 19, l945 according to official word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Ogden, near Laketon. His widow lives in Santa Rosa, Calif. Born Oct 8, l92l, Billy Ogden attended the Laketon school and was graduated from the Laketon High School. He entered the navy Aug 20, l942 and went into active sea duty in December l944. He was a farmer. CARL W. OLDFATHER 25, a cadet in the air corps, met his death July l6, l943 in a plane crash at Pecos, Tex., His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred Oldfather and widow, Mrs. Cleo Butterbaugh Oldfather, near North Manchester, received official notification of the fatality. Cadet Oldfather enlisted in the air corps in June l942. He had been a farmer and won recognition by achieving the Wabash and Kosciusko county 5-acre corn plot championship several times. Born April 29, l9l8 he spent the major part of his life in the North Manchester community. He was a graduate of Laketon High School. A son, Kenneth Ray, also survives. Funeral services were held at the South Pleasant Church with burial in the church cemetery,. BERNARD E. PLUM 23, private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action during the invasion of Iwo Jima, the navy notified his mother, Mrs. Alfred Plum, Wabash. Pfc Plum enlisted in the marines Feb 12, l942 and after brief training was sent to Guatanamo Bay, Cuba, where he was stationed for sixteen months. Returning to the U.S. he obtained further training and was then sent to the Pacific theatre of war in Jan l944. He had seen action in the Marshall Islands, on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Pfc Plum attended Wabash High School and was a member of the First Methodist Church. LOWELL WALTER POOLE 31, a private in the U.S. Army , was killed in action in Belgium Jan 19, l945. Official notification was received by Mr. and Mrs. Lester Stuber, near Lafontaine, with whom Pvt Poole had lived while working as a farm hand. He had entered service in April l944 and went overseas the following fall. Born in Wabash, Pvt Poole had been a resident of the community throughout his life. Survivors include four children, Walter, Phyllis, Rosalie and Larry all of Wabash County. GEORGE W. PORTER Lt in the 6lst Division of the 92nd Infantry, was one of Wabash county's first heroes of World War II. Stationed in the Philippines where he had been since l939 while serving an earlier enlistment as an aerial photographer, Lt. Porter led a group of Filipino soldiers in the valiant fight to hold Bataan and Corregidor against the invading Japanese. Taken prisoner he was interned in a Jap prison camp where he died of dysentery on Aug 30, l942. Lt. Porter, 28, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arch B. Porter. Wabash, was born in Wabash March 2, l9l5 and was graduated from Wabash High School in l932. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and the Elks lodge. His first enlistment was in Dec l937 and he reenlisted in Mar. l94l while stationed in the Philippines. WILLARD H. PRICE 20, staff sergeant and radio operator on a B-24 in the army air corps, was killed by a burst of flak while on a mission over Germany Oct 6, l944. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Chalmer Price, Wabash, were notified by the war department. He was given military burial in England. Sergeant Price was posthumously awarded the army Air Medal. A native of Logansport where he was born Aug 6, l924, Sgt Price was graduated from Wabash High School and was a pre-medical student at Indiana University when he entered service April 7, l943. He went overseas July l0, l944. Sgt Price was Wabash and CIC tennis champion and a member of the WHS basketball team. He was a member of the First Christian Church where for eleven years without missing he attended the Sunday School class of Homer T. Showalter. DALE GORDON REED 24, private in the infantry, was killed by a bayonet in the Battle of Metz Nov l9, l944. Word was received only a few days after he had been reported missing. His widow, Mrs. Mary R. Reed, Twelve Mile, and his mother, Mrs. Pearl Reed Mendenhall, Rich Valley, were notified. Pvt Reed entered service in No. l943 and was sent overseas two months before his death. Born in Twelve Mile, Cass county, he had been a Wabash county resident for seven years. A son, Frank Dale Reed, also survives. GEORGE D. RICHARDS Lt in the army air corps, was killed in the south Pacific area while serving as pilot of a P-38 pursuit plane Oct l9, l943 during the Solomon Island campaign. Lt Richards, 26, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ross V. Richards, North Manchester Rural Route l and husband of Mrs. Bette Nogard Richards, Valparaiso. He was born in Chester Township Aug 5, l9l7 and was graduated from Chester High School. Enlisting in the air corps Aug 4, l942 he was commissioned April 12, l943. Lt Richards was employed by the Urshcel Laboratories, Valparaiso, before entering the service. He was also an amateur boxer. JACK C. ROBISON 2l, staff sergeant and waist gunner on a B-24 was killed Jan 29, l944 when his plane was shot down over Dinez, Belgium. Official notification and accompanying information to his mother, Mrs. A.J. Lane, Wabash, indicated that Sgt. Robison did not bail out when the bomber was struck. He had been overseas since September l943, one year after he had entered service. He was buried in Neuville-en-Condroz, U.S. Military Cemetery. Sgt Robison was a native of Bloomington where he completed his high school education and then came to Wabash for residence. MAX M. ROGERS 20, torpedoman third class in the U.S. Navy, was lost in action while on combat duty at sea in the south Pacific aboard the submarine Harder. Loss of the ship during October with her entire crew was not revealed until January. Torpeodoman Rogers made his home with his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Justus Rogers, Wabash Rural Route 4. He was graduated from lagro High School in l942 and enlisted in the navy the following October. Other survivors include his mother, Mrs. S.J. White, Ijamsville. HAROLD DEVON RUDICEL 22, sergeant in the U.S. Army, was killed in action in France Dec l9, l944 when he went to the aid of his wounded lead scout as their squad moved forward to join their platoon when ordered to take a German road block. Shot as he neared the scout Sgt Rudicel died instantly his parents Mr. and Mrs. Alvah Rudicel, Wabash, were informed. Born in Wabash Sept 29, l922, he was graduated from Wabash High School and attended business school in Fort Wayne. He entered service Dec 5, l942. FREDRICK J. RUPERT private in the U. S. Marine Corps, died of drowning at an undisclosed overseas station early in l943 according to an official notification received May l0, l943 by his widow, Mrs. Helen Hutchinson Rupert, North Manchester Rural Route l. Pvt Rupert was l9 years old at the time of hid death. Previous to his enlistment March l9, l942 he lived for several years at White's Institute and attended Linlawn school. He also made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Carl Nuner, Wabash Rural Route 4. A daughter, Mary Louise Rupert, also survives. GEORGE CHARLES SABO 25, technician fifth grade with the l62nd infantry, was killed in action March 2, l945 on Mindanao. His mother, Mrs. Lena Sailors, Wabash, received the notification. Death followed three years service in the south Pacific where Cpl Sabo had served in Australia, seen action in Biak, New Guinea and at Guadaclcanal. He was born March 23, l920 in Wabash and attended Wabash High School. Entering service June l8, l94l Cpl Sabo was sent to the Pacific area after training in California and Washington. RICHARD SAUSAMAN 23, a corporal in the infantry was killed in action in Italy Sept 2l, l944. His father C.E. Sausaman, Roann, and his mother, Mrs. Thelma Sausaman, Denver, were notified by the war department. Overseas since May l943, Cpl Sausaman had participated in the North African and Italian campaigns. he enlisted Oct 28, l942. Born Sept 26, l92l in Crown Point, Cpl Sausaman was a graduate of Peru high School. JAMES R. SCHETZSLE 20, flight officer in the army air corps, was instantly killed July l, l945 when the B-29 bomber in which he was making a routine training flight as bombardier-navigator, crashed near Benton, Ky. while flying through an electrical storm. Flight Officer Schetzsle was born in Wabash to Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Schetzsle on Dec 12. l924. The parents received the official notification of his death. he attended the Rich Valley and St. Bernard's parochial schools and was graduated from Linlawn High School. He entered the army Feb 28, l943 and transferred to the air corps, receiving his commission Dec 1, l944. He was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. GEORGE HENRY SIMPSON 26, technical sergeant in the air corps, was killed in action while on a bombing mission over Germany Nov 30, l944. He was radioman and gunner on a B-24 bomber and had received the army Air Medal with several oak leaf clusters at the time he met his death. He had been previously listed as missing. He was the husband of Mrs. Helen White Simpson and son of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice A. Simpson, Wabash. Born in Wabash Feb 12, l9l8 he was graduated from Wabash high School and later worked at the General Tire and Rubber company. He entered service Jan l4, l942 and had been overseas since May l0, l944. VERL RAY SINGER 33, sergeant and technical engineer in the army air cooprs, was killed sept l5, l944 at Patterson field, Fairfield, Ohio, as a result of the collision between the twin-engine cargo plane in which he was a crew member and a pursuit plane which was coming into the field. The cargo plane was taxiing down the runway in preparation for a take-off on a trip to California. Sgt. Singer was born Oct 15, l9ll and spent l4 years of his life on a farm near Kewanna, completing his schooling in Cincinnati. He was the son of the Rev. and Mrs. L.A. Singer, Wabash. EUGENE STEELE Lt in the U.S. Army was killed in action June 7, l944 in Italy according to a war department message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rolla Steele, near South Whitley. Lt Steele, who had entered the service on April l6, l94l, was a member of the tank corps. He was a resident of North Manchester at the time he entered service. HAROLD FREDERICK STELLAR 25, private in Co. H, Indiana National Guard, died February l7 in the Wabash county hospital after undergoing an appendectomy three weeks earlier. Pvt Stellar had been mobilized with the local company and had been billeted at the national Guard armory in Wabash awaiting orders to move to Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Miss. for training, when he became ill. He entered the hospital the night before the unit moved out. He had been a member of the National Guard for four years. Pvt Stellar was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Stellar, Servia. Funeral services were held at the Fairview Church near Servia and burial was in the church cemetery. MAX W. STEVENS 26, Lt in the army air corps, was killed in action over the Japanese island of Formosa Mar 23, l945 while he was serving as lead bombardier of his plane crew. His death in service followed months of overseas service during which he had participated in many missions in the south Pacific first while based on Biak Island and later in the Philippines. He received the Air Medal three weeks before his death for meritorious achievement in the southwest Pacific. Born in Wabash Sept 12, l9l8, Lt Stevens was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Stevens. His father preceded him in death by six weeks. He was graduated from Wabash High School where he was on the football squad. He attended Manchester college and was employed as a chemist at the General Tire and Rubber company. He was a member of the First Christian Church and regular attendant in the Showalter Sunday School class for many years. Lt Stevens is also survived by his widow and son, Michael Neal Stevens, San Antonio, Texas. STEWART BERNARD SWEAZY 27, private in the infantry, met his death in action Oct 22, l944 in France where he had been in combat since June l6. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Sweazy, Speicherville. He saw duty with three American armies. At one time he was a member of a squad of 30 men which held 635 Germans for several days until they made their way back from a reconnaissance patrol to the American lines. Born May l, l9l7 in, Pvt Sweazy moved with his parents to Wabash county and attended the Urbana school. Again they returned to Elkhart county where he was graduated from Dunlap High School. Entering Service in October l943 he was sent overseas in March l944. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. PAUL G. TAYLOR private in the U.S. army met his death Oct 24, l944 when the Japanese troop ship on which he was being transferred from the Philippines as a prisoner of war was sunk by submarine action off the China coast. He was reported missing first and later presumed to have died at sea. Pvt Taylor was taken prisoner during the battle of Corregidor. A native of Lafontaine where he was born Jan l5, l9l5 and where he attended school, Pvt Taylor entered service in February l940. He was soon sent to the Philippines where he served until the fall of that stronghold in May l942. Survivors include the father, Charles Taylor, Los Angeles, a sister, Mrs. Hiley Marks, and a brother, Odlin Taylor, both of Lafontaine. CHARLES HERBERT TINSLEY who served with a division of engineers, met his death in the North Africa theatre of war Aug 22, l943. A native of Wabash where he was born in the home of his grandfather, Charles Flinn, an attorney, Tinsley was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Herbert Tinsley, Warsaw, Ky. and a grand-nephew of Dr. Minnetta F. Jordan, Wabash. He entered the army in August l94l and was sent to Africa in June l943 where he took part in the invasion of Sicily. HOWARD THOMAS TUCKER 25, radioman second class, U. S. Navy died in the performance of his duty June 24, l945 and was buried in the 2nd Marine Cemetery on Saipan in the Marianas. His father, John Tucker, who lives south of Speicherville, was notified of his death. A native of Wabash County Radioman Tucker entered the service in l943. FREDERICK ULREY 35, first Lt in the infantry, was killed in action in Normandy in August l944 after serving overseas since May l943. His widow, Mrs. Kathryn Ulrey who was making her home in Wabash with Lt. Ulrey's sister, Mrs. Robert Beauchamp, was notified by the war department. A native of North Manchester where he was graduated from high school, he attended Manchester College and later Purdue University. Lt. Ulrey enlisted in June l942. He was an instructor in an Oklahoma City High school at that time. Lt Ulrey was a member of the Walnut Street Church of the Brethren, North Manchester. HERBERT P. URSCHEL technical sergeant who was killed in action during the paratroop invasion of Holland Oct 3, l944, was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action June l9, l944 when he singlehandly stormed a machine gun nest which had pinned his platoon to the ground and killed the crew of five men with grenade and sub-machine-gun fire. During his participation in the Normandy invasion he had been wounded, then went into special training with the paratroopers and was in a glider outfit, second to land in Holland, at the time of his death. Born in Wabash Sgt Urschel, graduated from Wabash high School where he was a football player and prominent boxer. He was employed at the Container Corporation at the time he entered service. He had a total of eight years military service with the National Guard and the regular army before induction. He was a member of the First U.B. Church. His widow, Mrs. Marjorie Kramer urschel, Huntington, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Urschel, Wabash, survive. JAMES H. VALENTINE 2l, second Lt in the army air corps, was killed May l5, l943 when an army transport ran into a dense fog and crashed on a mountainside near Morgantown, N.C. A native of Wabash where he was born on Sept l9, l92l, Lt. Valentine was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Valentine, now residents of Cincinnati. His father was a Wabash resident and his mother was mae Hendricks, Lafontaine. He spent his boyhood days in the two communities but was graduated later from Anderson High School. Entering service in the air corps May l9, l942 he was commissioned Mar l0, l943 and had been assigned to the troop carrier command. Funeral services were held in Cincinnati and burial in the Lafontaine cemetery. ROBERT E. WAKEFIELD ensign in the U.S. Navy, was declared dead after being reported missing in action for more than three years. The date of his presumptive death, which occurred while serving aboard the U.S.S. Connecticut, was April 9, l942 when that ship was sunk by a German raider while en route to Cape Town, South Africa. Ensign Wakefield was the last missing Wabash county veteran of World War II who was officially accounted for. Born in Wabash, he was educated in the city schools and was a student at DePauw University when he enlisted in l94l. He had been on sea duty for a year and a half when his ship was sunk. His father, Lucius D. Wakefield, Wabash, was notified of the death of his 22 year old son. GRANT WALTER 26, staff sergeant in the U.S. Army, died March l5, l945 in France from wounds received between March ll and the date of his death. He was serving with the infantry and had been overseas for three months. Sgt Walter entered service in September l942. He had been employed at the General Tire and Rubber Company plant in Wabash following his graduation from Central high School. Notification of his death came to his foster father, Victor Heeter, with whom he had lived since the age of seven weeks. Sgt Walter was a native of Granite City, Ill. He is also survived by a son Stevie, and a brother, Victor Walter, near North Manchester. PAUL WEST 3l, a private first class in the army, who had been declared missing was later reported to have died in action Nov 26, l944 while serving with the Third Army on the Franco-German border. Pfc West had been in service for three and one-half years, two and one-half years of that period spent overseas. Early in the war he served in Iceland. he had participated in much of hard fighting following the invasion of France. Pfc West is survived by his father Hayes West, North Manchester. LEW D. WILLIAMS a private first class and radio technician in the army air force, died in Hawaii April l8, l945 after serving overseas since November l944. He had been based on an island in the East Indies. Pfc Williams, 25, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry H. Williams, Lagro, who received the official war department notification of his death. He was a graduate of lagro High School and Manchester College. Pfc Williams entered the service in the fall of l942 shortly after his graduation from college where he had majored in mathematics and coaching. ROLLIN WINDBIGLER 26, private first class in the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in action on Iwo Jima and was buried on that island according to the war department message received by his widow, Mrs. Marie Windbigler, and his parents Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Windbigler, on May 8, l945. Pfc Windbigler entered service in l944 and was sent overseas with a short time. He spent eight months in the Pacific area. Born in Wabash June 6, l90l8 he attended the local schools and before entering service was employed by the Asbestos manufacturing company. He was a member of the First Church of God. ROBERT KAY WOLFF 20, a private first class in an infantry division with the Ninth army, was killed in action Dec l, l944 in Germany. Official word came to his parents, the Rev. and Mrs. Fred Wolff, former Wabash residents now living in Lebanon, Ind. Pfc Wolff was born March l9, l924 in Kokomo but spent most of his boyhood in Wabash where his father was pastor of the First Christian Church. He was graduated from Wabash high School and attended Purdue University for two years. he entered the army in l943, was transferred to the army specialized training program and when ASTP was abandoned returned to the infantry. He had been overseas only two months at the time of his death. JAMES T. WRIGHT Lt in the army air corps, met his death while on a mission over New Guinea, May l5, l944. Notification came to the pilot's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Galen Wright, North Manchester. Lt Wright, a native of North Manchester, was graduated from Central High School in l940 and attended Manchester College for two years. He entered the service in July l942 and left the United States for overseas duty in August l943. HOWARD OTTO YOUNG 24, private first class in a glider division of the airborne troops, was killed in action June 8 in the invasion of Normandy. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Young, Chester township. Born July l5, l9l9 Pfc Young had been a lifelong resident of Wabash county. He attended Chester township schools and was employed at the Servia elevator before entering service in l942 and had been overseas for a year at the time of his death. Pfc Young was a member of the St. John's Evangelical Church at Bippus. EUGENE ZELLERS sergeant in the engineering branch of an armored division was killed in action Oct l, l944 in France. Official notification from the war department was received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Zellers, North Manchester. Sgt Zellers, who was 25, was a graduate of Central High School, North Manchester, and entered the army in l94l. He had gone overseas in December l943.