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Honoring Men & Women Who Served in World War II

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Barry County Casualties of World War II

KIA - killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas. Or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or being shot whileescaping;

DOW - persons who were wounded and later died;

DOI - those who suffered fatal battle injuries as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas and in the line of duty status;

DNB - other line of duty deaths such as from sickness, homicide, suicide, or accidents outside non battle;

FOD - those who were determined to be dead under Public LAW 490;

M - missing persons

PFC, KIA No History Betty Lamberson
GRAVES, Johnnie O. PFC, KIA County Died: Wallonia, Belgium
Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant (New Church)
Deceased: GRAVES, Johnnie Orbie
Birth: June 26, 1924
Cassville, Barry Co., MO
Age: 20 years, 6 mos., & 24 days
Death: Jan 20, 1945
Wallonia, Belgium
Cause: KIA, Battle of the Bulge, Belgium
Married: Anna Frances Ryan
Married When & Where: Nov. 1942
Father: Orbie Francis Graves
Mother: Rhoda Leola Long
Military Information: PFC 120 INF 30 INF DIV
Death Certificate Number:
Resource: Family History Information, Next of Kin, Cemetery Stone
Research Note: Pvt. Jonnie Graves was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Orbie Graves east of Cassville. He graduated a few years ago from the Cassville High school, being president of the Senior Class, and was a good student and popular both with his teachers and the student body. He was a very fine young man. He leaves his wife and a baby daughter, in addition to his parents and other relatives. He was killed January 20th in Belgium. Mrs. Graves was before marriage Miss Anna Frances Ryan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ryan of the Mineral Spring community. She and her baby daughter are at the home of her parents. The telegrams to the families stated that confirmation letters would follow. Pvt. Graves was at home last June. At the time of his induction he was working in a defense plant at Evansville, Ind. Prior to that he was employed at the Cooper's Market in Cassville.

Betty Lamberson

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GRISWOLD, Richard "Dick" Lt. Deceased: GRISWOLD, Richard "Dick"
Father: D. J. Griswold
Military Information: South Pacific, Iwo Jima 17 mos. Lt.
Resource: The Wheaton Journal, Jan. 3, 1946

Research Note: Lt. Dick Griswold arrived home just in time to eat Christmas Dinner with home folks. Lt. Griswold entered the Marines in August of 1943. He served for 17 Months and went through one of the toughest campaigns of the Jap War, that was the invasion and capture of Iwo Jima, where so many Marines lost their lives. He had a very narrow escape in this battle, he has a tiny scar on his upper lip where he was struck by shrapnel. He is wearing the Asiatic-Pacific, Victory ribbon, Purple Heart, and one Battle Star. He is to report to Newport, AR where he expects to be discharged on Sat.
History added by: Betty Lamberson
HADDOCK, Warren G. Private, U. S. Army

County Died: Joplin, Jasper Co., MO
Cemetery: King's Prairie, Barry Co., MO

Birth: Feb. 11, 1921, Rocky Comfort, McDonald Co., MO

Died: Oct. 17, 1974, Joplin, Jasper Co., MO

Cause: Cancer

Father: Samuel Sanders Haddock, born Barry Co., MO

Mother: Gertrude Addington, born near Purdy, Barry Co., MO

Research Note: At the time of his death he was a minister in the Forest Park Baptist Church on Range Line, Joplin, MO. He said that he served in Germany and was in the Black Forest. His name is on the courthouse wall.

History added by: Donna Cooper
HARDWICK, Lee Allen "Bill" HQ CO 1st Bn 505th Para Inf Regt 82nd AB Div

Machine Gunner, Light 7604

County Died: Barry Co., MO
Deceased: HARDWICK, Lee Allen "Bill"
Birth: July 7, 1921, Golden, Barry Co., MO
Married: Evelyn Shepherd
Married When & Where: June 8, 1950, Golden, Barry Co., MO
Father: Simeon Allen Hardwick, b. Pike Co., MO
Mother: Louise Jones, b. Exeter, Barry Co., MO

Resource: Military Papers
Research Note:
  • Battles Ardennes Central Europe
  • Normandy Combat Infantryman Badge # 12 - dated Aug. 15, 1944

Inducted Aug. 19, 1942 - Separated June 1, 1946

Wounds received in Action Germany, April 29, 1945 - France, January 1945


  • European African Middle Eastern Service Medal-Three Bronze Stars

  • Bronze Service Arrowhead (Holland)

  • Purple Heart #22 dated May 16, 1945

  • Oak leaf Cluster to Purple heart #74 dated May 15, 1945

  • Good Conduct Medal Presidential Unit ??

  • World War II Victory Medal

  • American Service Medal

History added by: Jan Miller

No History Betty Lamberson
HIGGS, Herald U.S. Army - Tech 4 Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant, Barry Co., MO
Deceased: HIGGS, Herald
Birth: Oct. 14, 1917
Barry Co., MO
Death: April 16, 2001
Married: Nadine Sharp
Married When & Where:
Father: James Albert Higgs born Barry Co., MO
Mother: Zula Rebecca (Garrison) Higgs

Military Information: Tech 4 U.S. Army
Death Certificate Number:
Resource: Family information
History added by: Betty Lamberson
HIGGS, James Dalzell U.S. Army Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant, Barry Co., MO
Deceased: HIGGS, James Dalzell
Birth: Aug. 13, 1925, Barry Co., MO
Death: Feb. 4, 1991
Father: James Albert Higgs born Barry Co., MO
Mother: Zula Rebecca (Garrison) Higgs

Military Information: U.S. Army
Resource: Family information
Research Note: Jimmy and Zula Higgs had several sons who served in WWII.
History added by: Betty Lamberson
HIGGS, Maurice Edwin U.S. Army Deceased: HIGGS, Maurice Edwin
Birth: Barry County. MO
Married: Eva Mae Prewitt
Married When & Where:
Father: James Albert Higgs, born Barry Co., MO
Mother: Zula Rebecca Garrison Higgs

Military Information: Army, gunner on 57 Anti-tank gun near Berlin
Resource: The Wheaton Journal, Jan. 3, 1946 and personal knowledge

Research Note: Cpl. Maurice Higgs was in the service 3 years 1 month and 9 days. and was overseas sixteen months. He was 100 miles from Berlin when the Germans gave up. He is wearing the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, American and ETO Ribbon and four Bronze Stars.
History added by: Betty Lamberson
HILBURN, Herman US Army Top right is my father, Herman Hilburn and his gunnery crew for a B-17 bomber flying out of England in WWII. Submitted in July 2015 by Roger Hilburn, Facebook, Barry Co., MO, Places and Things Remembered
HILTON, Eugene L. Pvt, DNB No History Betty Lamberson
HILTON, George Gwinn

99th Bomb Group,

347th Bomb

B-17 mechanic

Staff Sergeant Army Air Corps

County Died: Lawrence Co., MO
Cemetery: Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Butterfield, MO

Deceased: HILTON, George Gwinn
Birth: December 4, 1917
Mounds, OK
Age: 88 years, 3 mos. & 29 days
Death: April 3, 2006
Aurora, Lawrence Co., MO
Cause: Cancer
Married: Helen Marie Mitchell
Married When & Where: March 11, 1946, Eureka Springs, Carroll Co., AR
Father: George B. Hilton - unknown
Mother: Edith Bond - unknown
Military Information: 99th Bomb Group, 347th Bomb Squadron, North Africa, Tunisia, Italy, B-17 mechanic, Staff Sergeant Army Air Corps
Death Certificate Number: 720
Resource: Family history, death certificate, military discharge, wedding license

Research Note: The name of this veteran appears on the wall of the Barry Co., courthouse as a WW II veteran of the county.

History added by: George Hilton
HOLDER, Alvin D. 2Lt., KIA No History Betty Lamberson
HUBBARD, Lewis W. Lt., DNB No History Betty Lamberson

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