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ANDERSON, Pvt. Daniel

Pvt Daniel Anderson Killed in Action. Last Saturday Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Anderson, who live one mile east of Burnet, received a message from the War Department that their son, Pvt. Daniel Anderson, was killed in action in Belgium on January 3rd. Pvt. Anderson was a fine young man, with many friends, who deeply regret his tragic end. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of every one in this community. (Burnet Bulletin, 25 Jan 1945)

Expressions of Appreciation. We wish to express our gratitude and appreciation of the sympathy and kindness shown by our many friends during the shock of our first grief for our son and brother, Daniel T. Anderson, killed in action in Belgium. We especially appreciate the help of Mrs. Ulrich and Mr. Seidensticker of the Red Cross in obtaining the extension of leave for the other son that the family might have him at home a few more days. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Anderson; T. K. Anderson, US Navy; J. D. Steubing, US Navy; Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Steubing.

(Burnet Bulletin, 25 Jan 1945)

Baker, PFC Leonard V. PFC Leonard V. Baker Killed in Action. Mr. and Mrs. Martin Z. Baker have received from the war Department the sad word that their son, PFC Leonard V. Baker, was killed in action in France on January 5th, 1945. It was stated that a letter would follow. Mr. and Mrs. Baker reside on Council Creek, a few miles northwest of Burnet. Leonard was a fine young man and his untimely death will be regretted by many friends. Additional information concerning his death will be published when received. His loved ones have the sympathy of our entire citizenship in their bereavement.

(Burnet Bulletin, 8 Feb 1945)

Updated 21 Feb 2010
Letter from
Office of the Chaplain, 27th Infantry, APO 461 c/o PM, New York, NY
14 May 1945
To:  Miss Lorena Baker, Star Route, Burnet Texas

Dear Miss Baker: 
     In reply to your request for information concerning Pfc Leonard V. Baker, ASN 18155468, Co. "I", 276th Infantry, I am sending you the following:
     Leonard was killed by a rifle shot 5 January 1945, in Wingen, France.  He was taken prisoner by the Germans and a short time later was found dead, along with two other men of his outfit.  From the nature of his wound, he must have died instantly.
     One of Leonard's buddies who might be able to give you further information is:  Pfc Benjamin Demo, ASN 42121760, Co. "I", 276th Infantry.
     Leonard's body was buried in a United States Military Cemetery in Hochfelden, France, Plot H, Row 19, Grave 1092.  A graveside service was held by a chaplain of his faith.
     I trust that this information satisfactorily answers your request.
Gillette F. Vandegrift, Chaplain, (Capt)
USA, 276th Infantry

Letter from Friend of Pfc Baker
Burgschwalback, Germany
June 18, 1945
Dear Mrs. Denton:
     I received your letter yesterday asking about Leonard.  I wish to express my deepest sympathy to you and your family.  I know what he meant to you.  I was a buddy of his and was with him at the time it happened.
     Leonard was killed by German machine gun fire in the town of Wingen, France.  I was with him and was wounded also.  He died instantly.  I gave him First Aid, but it was of no use.  You can be very proud of Leonard for the action he fought in against the Germans.
     There isn't much more I can say.  I hope this will help you.  If there is any more or any other way I can help you out, let me know and I will help you all I can.
Sincerely yours.

(Burnet Bulletin, 12 July 1945)

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BIGGS, Otis L.

Death of Otis L. Biggs Confirmed. Mrs. Ruth Biggs of Austin has received the following letter from the War Department confirming the death of her husband, Otis L. Biggs, who was reported missing in action on Nov 26, 1943 in the European Area:

17 May 1944
Mrs. Ruth Biggs
1624 East 3rd Street
Austin Texas
Dear Mrs. Biggs,
It is with regret that I am writing to confirm
the recent telegram informing you of the death
of your husband, Technician Fifth Grade Otis L. Biggs,
38,363,231, Corps of Engineers, who was reported
missing in action on 26 November 1943 as a result
of the sinking of a troop transport at sea by enemy action.
I know the sorrow this message has brought you and
it is my hope that in time the knowledge of his heroic
service to his country, even unto death, may be of
sustaining comfort to you.
I extend to you my deepest sympathy.
Sincerely yours,
Robert H. Dunlop, Brig. General
Acting the Adjutant General

(Burnet Bulletin, 1 June 1944)     

DUNCAN, Hal B. - full story here

FISHER, Sgt. Wayne (Red)
- of Bradshaw, Texas - killed on Okinawa May 10.  Nephew of Mrs. Bill Daugherty, Bill Fisher, and the Shilling brothers of Burnet.  See Burnet Bulletin of 12 Jul 1945 notice here.
HACKWORTH, William Conrad Official notice has been received by relatives of William Conrad Hackworth, Fireman First Class, United States Navy, that he was killed in action during the Coral Sea battle. He was aboard a U.S. naval tanker that was sunk by enemy action, after it had suffered ten bomb hits, and a Jap bomber crashing on the deck. This was the same battle the Lexington was lost in. Mr. Hacksorth was a grandson of the late Dr. W. S. Moore of Kingsland. (Burnet Bulletin, 9 July 1942)

HAILE, Lt. J. R. J. R. Haile Killed Over Germany. The War Department notified Mrs. J. R. Haile Tuesday, that her husband, Lt. J. R. Haile, was killed in action over Germany on July 12th. He was first reported missing in action a little more than two weeks ago. Lt. Haile is about 28 years of age. He was a bombardier on a Liberator, and had been in the European theatre since June. His wife and six months old babe live in Anton, Texas. Lt. Haile was a nephew of Elmer Haile of Burnet. (Burnet Bulletin, 17 Aug 1944)

HENDRICKS, J.O. J. O. Hendricks Killed in Action. J. O. Hendricks, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Hendricks of Burnet, was reported killed in action in France on November 23, 1944. The Hendricks are newcomers to Burnet. They have the heartfelt sympathy of our entire community in their great sorrow. (Burnet Bulletin, 21 Dec 1944)

HOLLEY, SSGT JIM Mr. and Mrs. Tom Holley of the Sage community received the sad word from the War Department this week that their son, S/Sgt. Jim Tom Holley had been killed in action. He was in the air corps in Europe, and was first reported missing last August. We understand his plane was shot down and some of the crew parachuted to safety. S/Sgt Holley was a fine young man, liked by all who knew him, and his parents and other loved ones have the deepest sympathy of every citizen of Burnet county. He attended the Burnet high school a few years ago and was popular with both the faculty and student body. Before this war is over, many more homes in Burnet county will be filled with grief over the loss of loved ones. (Burnet Bulletin, 17 Feb 1944)


Spicewood Soldier Killed at Camp Hood. Sidney F. Hollingsworth, a soldier stationed at Camp Hood was killed in a motorcycle accident at Camp Hood last Wednesday, November 10, 1943. He was buried November 12, in the Spicewood Cemetery, rev. R. R. Mac Arthur, pastor of the Burnet Baptist Tabernacle, conducting the service. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the W. Northington Funeral Cahpel of Burnet, and the pallbearers were Coke Hollingsworth, Wallace Riddell, Clarence Lewis, roy Burton, Paul Singleton and Dayton McInnish.

Fourteen soldiers from Camp Hood stood at attention while the casket was being lowered into the grave. Deceased was born at Spicewood September 8, 1917, and is survived by his widow, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hollingsworth, and six brothers, Reid, Bruce, Dewey, Homer, Curtis, and Prentiss. He was a nephew of Mrs. Wallace Riddell of Burnet. (Burnet Bulletin, 18 Nov 1943)  

JERNIGAN, Cpl. Wilmoth Killed on Luzon. Corp Wilmoth Jernigan, son of Coy Jernigan of Burnet County, was killed in action on Luzon Island, March 3, according to a telegram received from the war department by relatives. Corp. Jernigan was 22 years of age and was reared at Oakalla. He had been in the army three years and the past 18 months had been in the South Pacific. He was a member of the First Cavalry Division of the Seventh Cavalry. Six months ago he was awarded the Combat Infantry Medal for heroic action in battle. He had participated in the New Guinea Admiralty and Philippines invasions and battles. Corporal Jernigan is survived by his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. Coy Jernigan, one brother, Marcus Ray Jernigan, who is in the Navy in the South Pacific, one sister, Mrs. Ray Leonard of Lampasas, and two half-sisters of Burnet.

( Burnet Bulletin, 5 April 1945 )

LAWSON, PFC J. D. - full story here , with picture

MCMASTERS, Melvin Former Burnet County Boy Killed in Pacific. Melvin McMasters, son of Norman McMasters, was recently killed in the Pacific battle area. He belonged to the Marines and had been across about one year. He was wounded at Tararna, but had gone back into active duty. Young McMasters was a nephew of Mrs. Vernon Greer of Burnet.

(Burnet Bulletin, 27 July 1944)

MEADOR, Damon P.

Damon P. Meador Seriously Wounded. Charles M. Meador of this place has received the following telegram from the War Department:

Washington, DC, 12:56 pm Aug. 31
Chas M. Meador,
PO Box 750, Burnet
Regret to inform you that your son,
Private Damon P. Meador, was
seriously wounded in action on
July 29, in the Southwest Pacific area.
You will be advised as reports
of the condition are received.
Ulio, The Adjutant General

(Burnet Bulletin, 2 Sept 1943)

Burnet Boy Killed In Action. A telegram was received by relatives in Burnet on March 29th from the War Department that Sergeant Damon P. Meador was killed in action on Bougainville Island in the Pacific Ocean, on March 9th, 1944. This boy died bravely in defense of his country, and the bereaved relatives have the sympathy of every one in their sorrow. Both his parents are dead, his father passed on February 28th of this year. Damon is survived by a sister who lives in Burnet and a borther of Houston.

(Burnet Bulletin, 6 April 1944)  


Purple Heart Given Buchanan Dam Boy. Mr. and Mrs. Kinley Murchison of Llano county have received a Purple Heart medal, which was awarded their son, Duane, posthumously, for "military merit and wounds received in action resulting in his death, May 29, 1943."

The letter received by Mrs. Murchison from her son's company commander, Capt. Robert C. Ratliff, was as follows:

"Your son, Duane, was killed in action on 
May 29, 1943, on Attu Island.
The Japanese made a counter-attack through our right lines.
Duane was on duty as a member of a 37mm gun crew when the
position was rushed by a large group of Japanese.
"I know that nothing can make amends for the great
loss you have sustained.
But I wish to convey to you the deepest
sympathy of the officers and men of this
organization in your bereavement. Duane was held in
high regard by all members of the command and
was a splendid soldier.
His loss is felt deeply by the company."

(Burnet Bulletin, 29 July 1944)

NOBLE, Lt. James Ary

Lt. Ary Noble Killed in Plane Crash. Lt. James Ary Noble, Jr., of Burnet county, was killed Sunday Afternoon, September 24, 1944, when two A-T 6 planes ran into a mountain while making a cross country flight near Marfa, Texas. Three other pilots were also killed in the accident, which occurred during a fog.

The body was interred in the Marble Falls Cemetery Sunday, October 1, with military honors.

Lt. Noble was born and reared in the Lavista community of Burnet county, and was 24 years of age. He is survived by his widow and small son, Jimmie, of Chandler, AZ, his father, J.A. Noble, Sr., and a sister, Sharon of near Marble Falls, and a half brother Lacy Loble, who is in the armed services overseas.

Lt. Noble had been in the service for about three and a half years. With his family he had lived in Chandler, AZ for one year, where he was an instructor in the air field.

Lt. Noble resided in Burnet several years ago, employed at the courthouse. He was a fine young man in every way, and made many friends at this place.

(Burnet Bulletin, 5 Oct 1944)

OLNEY, Lieut. Hansford

Lieut. Hansford Olney Missing in Action. Mrs. Hansford Olney and Mrs. Etta Olney received a message Sunday afternoon from the War department that Lieut. Hansford G. Olney was missing in action in the European theater of war, of date Sept. 9th. No other information had been received up to yesterday afternoon.

Lt. Olney has been in England about four months since which time he has been with the US Air Force. Hansford is one of the most likeable young men to go to war from Burnet, and his many friends here join with his wife and mother in hoping to hear some cheering news about him soon. The occupants of many planes that are shot down by the enemy bail out and are captured. All of us hope that was Hansford's fate, while at the same time regretting that he may be in the hands of the Germans.

(Burnet Bulletin, 23 Sep 1943)        

PETRICK, T/Sgt. Clarence V.

T/Sgt. Clarence V. Petrick Killed in Airplane Crash. T/Sgt. Clarence V. Petrick was killed in an airplane crash at the Alamagordo, NM Air Field Base last Thursday, January 18, 1945. Five others were killed and seven escaped, as the plane made a forced landing because of engine trouble. Sgt. Petrick was the engineer on the bomber plane.

The body of Sgt. Petrick was brought to Burnet for burial and his funeral service held Tuesday in the W. Northington Funeral Chapel, conducted by Rev. Ward McClish of Spicewood, with the Burnet County American Legion in Charge. A firing squad and bugler from Camp Hood participated in the obsequies. Burial was in the Burnet Cemetery and the pallbearers were Heinz Ulrich, Lloyd Smith, Vernon Greer, Johnnie Scott, Earl Sawyer and Tommy White.

Sgt. Petrick was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 4th, 1919. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jamie Petrick, a little son, Michael, his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. V. Petrick, Detroit, MI, five sisters, Mrs. Louis Murchison, Mrs Frank Forrest, Mrs. Dominic Sacco, Miss Gracie Petrick, all of Detroit and Mrs. Charles Manning of Buchanan Dam, and four brothers, Larry and Johnnie Petrick of Detroit MI, Tony Petrick of Austin, and Eddie Petrick of Burnet. The wife and little son lived at Las Cruces, NM, not far from Alamagordo.

Mrs. Milt Cehand, (Mrs. Petrick's mother), Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Petrick and Mrs. Charles Manning joined the heartbroken wife and little boy in MN and accompanied them back to Burnet.

The military funeral was impressive, and was attended by many people to pay their last respects to this gallant young man, who died in the services of his country. During the funeral, the busines houses of Burnet were closed as a token of honor for the departed dead.

The young wife, little boy, the father, mother, sisters, and brothers have the sympathy of many Burnet county friends in their bereavement. (Burnet Bulletin, 25 Jan 1945)

Words of Appreciation. We take this opportunity to extend our sincerest appreciation to the many friends who were so kind and helpful to us in our recent bereavement in the death of our loved one. Especially do we thank the American Legion for their unselfish assistance, and the firing squad and bugler from Camp Hood. Mrs. C.V. Petrick and son, Michel Vernon; Mr. and Mrs. V. Petrick; The Brothers and Sisters; and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Cehand

(Burnet Bulletin, 25 Jan 1945)

PHELPS, Cpl. George C. Cpl. George C Phelps Killed in Action. Mr. and Mrs. Jess Phelps of the Oatmeal section, received a message from the War Department on December 6 that their son, Cpl. George C. Phelps was killed in action in Germany on November 20th. Memorial services will be held in his honor at the Bertram Church of Christ at 11 o'clock Sunday, December 17th. The Burnet County State Guard and the American Legion of this county are invited to attend the services.

(Burnet Bulletin, 14 Dec 1944)

PLEVAN, MSgt. Vaughn A.

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TAYLOR, Pvt. Cal Mitchell Brother of Jimmy Taylor Killed in France. Jimmy Taylor has received word that his brother, Pvt. Cal Mitchell Taylor was killed in France on October 13th. Pvt. Taylor visited his brother and wife at this place the latter part of September. He had been overseas only a short time.

(Burnet Bulletin, 2 Nov 1944)
WAGGONER, Clarence Brother of Clyde Waggoner Killed in Action. Mr. Clyde Waggoner of [Burnet] has received the sad word that his brother, Clarence Waggoner was killed in action on Leyte Island in the Pacific, on November 10, 1944. He had been in the armed services three years.

(Burnet Bulletin, 21 Dec 1944)

WALKER, Hughie Lee Hughie Lee Walker Killed in Action. Burnet friends of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Walker of San Antonio, formerly lived in South Burnet, received the sad news last week that their son, Hughie, had made the supreme sacrifice somewhere in the French theatre of war during the first part of July. Hughie was an excellent young man held in high esteem by all who knew him and was Mr. and Mrs. Walker's only child. The heartfelt sympathy of Burnet friends goes out to Mr. and Mrs. Walker in their tragic sorrow.

(Burnet Bulletin, 10 Aug 1944)

WILLIAMSON, Vernon T.   - Full story here, with picture
WOLF, J. E. Killed in Action. Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Wolf of Lampasas, received official notice from the War Department last Sunday that their son, J. E. Wolf was killed in action in France July 14th. Last week the parents received notice that J. E. was missing in action. He had been in the army for more than four years. The family formerly lived in Burnet and have many friends and relatives in this county.

(Burnet Bulletin, 17 Aug 1944)

YOUNG, Herman Herman Young dies in France. Mr. Al Young was notified on Monday of this week that his son, Herman, had died in France on June 22 from wounds received in action on June 16th. Herman was in the paratroopers and was a veteran of North Africa, Sicily, and Italy. During the Sicilian campaign, he was slightly wounded and again in the Italy campaign, receiving the Purple Heart for wounds received in the latter battle. He is survived by his father, Mr. Al young of Cypress Mill; two brothers, Thomas Young, who is also in France, and Malcolm, in England. Both are also in the paratroop division. Two sisters, Mrs. Pauline White and Mrs. Kathryn Gerald, both of Austin.

(Marble Falls Messenger, 27 July 1944)

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