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Obituaries 1945

Butler, Danel A. Staff Sgt. Danel A. Butler, son of Mrs. Mamie R. Butler of Canyon, has been posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart and Air Medal with two clusters. His mother received the awards from Brig. Gen. Carl W. Connell at special ceremonies at Amarillo Army Air Field.  Sgt. Butler, tail and waist gunner and engineer on a liberator of the 93rd Bombardment Group, was killed in combat over Germany 1 April 1944.  He was born at Tulia and moved with his parents to Canyon in 1934, and starred in football, basketball, and track at high school there.  Butler was awarded the DFC for participating in the August 1, 1943 raid on the Ploesti oil refineries in Romania. On that mission his plane crashed in Turkey. He and other crew members bailed out safely and were interned for six months. He returned to his base January 1944.  The Tulia Herald, 10 May 1945.
Caraway Lt. Archie First Lieutenant Archie Caraway, son of Mr.and Mrs. S. A. Caraway of Torrence, CA, formerly of Tulia, died Monday morning May 7 from injuries received in a plane accident at Liberal Army Air Field, Liberal, KS. His body has been brought to Tulia for burial, and funeral arrangements are pending the arrival of his brother, Eddie Caraway, of Redondo Beach, CA, who has just entered the Army at Ft. Bliss, TX.  Other survivors who will be present for the funeral are two brothers, Ray Caraway and wife of Redondo Beach, CA; one sister, Mrs. C. P. Norton of New Orleans, LA; an uncle, Claude Brooks, Redondo Beach, CA; a great aunt, Mrs. W. B. Minnick, 84 years old, of Plainview and Mrs. J. A. Clynch of Electra; Mrs. Will Evans and Mrs. D. M. Julian of Plainview.  Lt Caraway recently had been specially selected for four engine bomber pilot training. He received his flying training at Pine Bluff, AR; Perring Field, Sherman, TX; and the BAFS at Waco, TX. He graduated from advanced training March 21, 1943. Prior to going to Liberal, KS, Lt Caraway spent two years as instructor at Childress Army Air Field, Childress, TX.  Born August 27, 1923, in Tulia, Lt. Caraway attended Tulia schools from which he graduated. He was an aircraft electrician prior to entering the service.  The Tulia Herald, 10 May 1945.

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