Captain Donald Anderson “Totsy” Kilpatrick, U. S. Army [February 16,
1916 - September 8, 1944] was born to James Franklin "Frank"
Kilpatrick [August 24, 1889 - October 17, 1950] and Ada Della (Anderson) Kilpatrick
[August 23, 1893 - December 2, 1972] at Jacksboro, Jack County,
Texas. His parents were married on December 1, 1910 at Jack
County and moved to Clemville, Matagorda County, Texas when he was a
small child, and he lived there until entering college. In 1920, his mother and father separated with his father moving to
Dallas and his mother remaining at Clemville where she later
remarried to Henry Frank Johnson. Capt. Kilpatrick graduated from Markham High
School in May, 1935 and entered Sam Houston College in Huntsville in
September of that year. He graduated from Sam Houston with a
Bachelor of Science degree in August 1938, and entered law school at
the University of Texas that same fall, and remained there until he
was called to active duty. As a member of the National Guard, he was attached to the 143rd Infantry, 36th
Division, and was a Staff Sergeant at the time of his recall. After
being stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas for several months he was
selected for Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia.
After obtaining his commission, he was retained there as an
instructor, receiving rapid promotion to the rank of Captain. Capt.
married Miss Joyzell Longshore of Austin, Texas on April 27, 1942.
He volunteered for overseas duty and was sent to England in April
1944. His assignment was to the 39th Infantry Regiment,
9th Infantry Division, a veteran division of North
Africa and Sicily. The division was withdrawn to England for
further training prior to D-Day. They landed in Normandy on the 10th
of June 1944 and were a key element in the battle for the Cotentin
Peninsula. They continued up the western peninsula joining the
other assaulting divisions for the attack on Cherbourg. The
division fought its way across France and entered into Belgium.
During the period between September 3 - 13, 1944 the division
crossed the Meuse River at Dinant, Belgium. It was during the
ferocious fighting during this battle that Captain Kilpatrick was
mortally wounded. He died from his wounds on September 8th.
His unit earned a Special Belgium Order of the Day from the
Belgium government for its action. The 9th Infantry
Division was the first Allied Division to enter Belgium territory
and was recognized for starting the liberation of the country. He
was survived by his wife Joyzell; mother and step-father Ada and
Frank; father: James; three sisters: Mrs. Alfred Hansen, Mrs. Freda
Stephen and Miss Mildred Johnson; four brothers: Doyle Kilpatrick,
Technical Sargent Frank Johnson US Army, Private Harold B. Johnson
US Army and Billie Joe Johnson. Capt. Kilpatrick was first
buried in a temporary cemetery in Belgium until his father elected to have his
body remain overseas. He is buried at Henri-Chapelle American
Cemetery, Plot H, Row 11, Grave 17, which is located at Henri-Chapelle,
the town last week when word was received of the death of Donald
Kilpatrick, better known as Totsy. He was serving in the Army
somewhere in Belgium. To his homefolks we extend our heartfelt
sympathy. Totsy was a graduate of Markham high school and was a law
student at Texas University when he enlisted in the army. Mrs.
Alfred Hansen is his sister. His mother, Mrs. Frank Johnson lives at
[Newspaper name & date unknown]
Captain Kilpatrick was mortally wounded near
collection of Frank Neuhauser of the
Combat Engineer Battalion
Captain Donald A.
Kilpatrick of Clemville, who gave his life for his country, his
loved ones and friends. The entire community was grieved when, on
the first of October his mother, Mrs. Frank Johnson of Clemville,
received word from the War Department that Captain Donald A.
Kilpatrick was wounded in Belgium on September 7th and died in a
hospital in France on September 8th. He was a fine Christian young
man, a member of the Methodist Church, and was ever ready and
willing to do anything he could for the up building of Christ's
Kingdom. He was loved by all who knew him and was known as having a
lovely disposition always laughing and jolly.
He was born in
Jacksboro, Jack County, Texas, February 16, 1916 and his age was 23
years 6 months and 23 days at the time of his death. His parents
moved to Clemville when he was a small child and he lived there
until he entered college.
He graduated from
Markham High School in May, 1935 and entered Sam Houston College in
Huntsville in September 1935. He graduated from Sam Houston with a
Bachelor of Science degree in August 1938 and entered the Law School
at the University of Texas that same fall, and remained there until
he was called to active duty.
He was a member of the
National Guard, being attached to the 143rd Infantry, 36th Division,
and was a Staff Sergeant in the organization when the Guard was
called to active duty. After being stationed at Camp Bowie for
several months he was selected for Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. After obtaining his commission there he was
retained there as an instructor receiving rapid promotion to the
rank of captain. He volunteered for an overseas assignment and was
sent to England in April of this year. He took an active part in the
invasion and the capture of the Cherbourg Peninsula.
He was married to Miss Joyzell Longshore of Austin, April 27, 1942. He leaves to mourn his
loss, his widow at Austin, his mother Mrs. Frank Johnson of
Clemville; his father J. F. Kilpatrick of Dallas; three sisters,
Mrs. Alfred Hansen of Markham, Mrs. Freda Stephen and Miss Mildred
Johnson of Clemville; four brothers, Doyle Kilpatrick of Fairfield,
California, Technical Sergeant Frank Johnson, somewhere in England,
Private Harold Barton Johnson now stationed at Gainesville, Texas,
and Billie Joe Johnson of Clemville, and a number of aunts, uncles
and cousins and a host of friends.
The Daily Tribune, Thursday, November 23, 1944
Ada Della Johnson, 79, a
resident of Markham, passed away at her home December 2.
Survivors include 3 daughters, Ima Jean Hancock of Jasper, Freda
Stephens of Sweeny and Mildred Mengarelli of LaPorte; 4 sons, Doyle
Kilpatrick of Fairfield, California, Frank Johnson of Luling, Barton
Johnson of Bay City and Billy Joe Johnson of Robstown; 1 sister,
Mrs. Jewel McDowell of Jacksboro; 21 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held December 4 at 2 p.m. at the 6th Street
Church of Christ in Bay City with Allen Brown officiating. Interment
was at the Cedarvale Cemetery with pallbearers being: Johnny Wright,
Robert Sunday, Hans Hiltpold, Dan Wendt, Pete Arnold and R. E.
Taylor Brothers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
The Daily Tribune, Monday, December 4, 1972
Funeral Services Friday for Mr. Kilpatrick
Funeral services will be held for Mr. James Kilpatrick at 2:30
Friday afternoon at Taylor Brothers Funeral home.
Mr. Kilpatrick passed away Tuesday night following an
automobile-train accident in Dallas.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jessie M. Kilpatrick, formerly Miss
Merck of Collegeport, one daughter, Mrs. Ima Hansen of Tidehaven,
one son, Doyle Kilpatrick of California.
Interment will be in Hawley cemetery with Taylor Brothers in charge
of arrangements. Services will be under the auspices of the Masonic
The Daily Tribune, October 19, 1950
Special thanks to Capt.
Kilpatrick's niece, Donna
Kilpatrick Stockebrand, for the picture of his marker in Belgium and