No information was found for this man who is listed on the Ashley County Veterans Memorial.
Glenn P. Reynolds
Glenn P. Reynolds is listed on the veterans’ memorial on the courthouse lawn, but not on the base of the old flagpole on the square. His enlistment records show he was born in 1918 and was from Ashley County. He enlisted in Little Rock on June 2, 1942, at Camp Joseph T. Robinson for the duration of the war plus six months. He was single with no dependants and had a grammar school education when he filled out his enlistment papers.
Harold Frederick Riley
Pvt. Harold F. Riley was born January 14, 1924, to Lula Belle Stanley and Ira Green Riley, Sr. A graduate of Hamburg High School, he entered the Army in March 8, 1944. He trained in Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and served in England, Belgium and Germany with the 28th Infantry Division and won the Purple Heart.
He was killed during the Battle of the Bulge on December 4, 1944, in Germany. Memorial services were held on Sunday, January 21, 1945, at the Promise Land Baptist Church. His remains were initially buried in the Henri Chapelle Cemetery in Belgium. Then when his remains were returned to Ashley County, funeral services were held Tuesday, November 25, 1947, at the Mount Olive Baptist Church near Berea. Rev. Stanley Jordan, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, and the local American Legion officiated at the ceremony.
John Clark Riley, Jr.
Lt. John Clark Riley, 24, only son of John Clark and Inez Riley of Hamburg, was killed August 1, 1943, while serving as a pilot on a B 24 Liberator bomber. He was 24 years old at the time of his death. He had transferred from England to the North African front shortly before his death. The son of Mrs. Inez Riley and the late John C. Riley, a former Ashley County Sheriff and later an U. S. Marshal at Fort Smith, he graduated from Hamburg High School and attended the University of Arkansas for two years. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on April 3, 1941. After certification as an aircraft mechanic and crew chief, he completed initial flight training on November 10, 1942, and was certified as a four engine (B-24) pilot on January 19, 1943. He received his commission at Columbus, MS, in November, 1942.
He also trained in Greenville and Jackson, MS. He was promoted to Second Lieutenant on April 20, 1943, and was sent to England with the "Traveling Circus," the 93 Bomb Group (Heavy). He was later detached to the "Pyramiders," the 98 Bomb Group (Heavy) at Benghazi, Libya. Shortly after taking off on his seventh mission, a raid on the Ploesti Oil Fields in Rumania, two of the four engines on the bomber failed. While the airplane was trying to return to base for an emergency landing, the plane crashed and burned, killing Lt. Riley and six other crew members.
All seven were buried in the Fort Scott National Cemetery in Fort Scott, Kansas. Memorial services for Lt. RIley were held at the First Baptist Church in Hamburg on Sunday, August 22, 1943.
Private Leroy Roark, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Roark, entered the Army in July, 1943. He trained at Camp Wolters, Texas, and Fort Meade, Maryland, and served overseas in England and France with the 115 Infantry Regiment, 29 Infantry Division.
Killed in action August 2, 1944, in France, he is buried at Plot M, Row 5, Grave 6, at the Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France. His awards include the Purple Heart.
Technical Sgt. Merlin Roberts of Bastrop, LA, was killed in action on his twenty-third birthday, April 4, 1945, in the fighting on the Elbe River in Germany with the 63 Infantry Battalion, 11 Armored Division. He was the grandson of Mr and Mrs. W. M. Ross of Route 1, Crossett, and the nephew of Everett Ross and Mrs. W. M. Hamilton of Crossett. His awards include the Silver Star and Purple Heart. He is buried at Plot O, Row 20, Grave 4, in the Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. A native of Arkansas, he also lived in Florida and enlisted at Camp Blanding, Florida, on January 2, 1944. He had a grammar school education and was a welder in civilian life. He was single with no dependants.
Robert A. (or R.) Ross
Second Lieutenant Robert A. Ross, about 23, son of Mrs. Frank Ross of Route 1, Montrose, was killed in action in the Mediterranean area according to a War Department announcement on December 2, 1943. In January, 1944, the Fifth Army in Italy announced that he had been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry. The citation read, "Lieutenant Ross, a rifle platoon leader, with contempt for obvious danger, voluntarily and alone left his place of cover and exposed himself to machine pistol and machine gun fire to cross 50 yards of open space to establish an observation post from which he could best meet the counterattack. Although Lieutenant Ross was fatally wounded while gaining this observation point, with complete disregard for his own safety, utmost courage and steadfast devotion to duty, he continued to direct his men until the enemy was repulsed." His name is shown as Robert R. Ross on the base of the old flagpole on the square in Hamburg.
Henry Eugene Sanderlin
Corporal Henry Eugene Sanderlin, 20, a son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Sanderlin of Route 4, Monticello, was reported killed in action February 19, 1945, in the initial assault on Iwo Jima. He was born June 24, 1924, and graduated from Drew Central High School where he was president of his class and a member of the FFA and the football team.
He attended one semester of college at Arkansas A&M before enlisting in the U. S. Marines on February 4, 1943. He trained at San Diego and Oceanside, CA, winning his wings as an Marine paratrooper. In July, 1944, he went overseas, serving with the Fifth Division, 27 Marines. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Shelton of Fountain Hill. His parents later moved to Hamburg. He is not listed on the Ashley County Veterans Memorial, but he is listed on the Drew County Veterans Memorial.
William Thomas Savage
Pvt. William T. Savage of Fountain Hill was killed in action on June 18, 1944, in France. He was inducted in the armed forces on July 6, 1943, after enlisting in Little Rock.
Born March 25, 1925, in Warren, he attended Vick High School and then engaged in farming and timber work. After training at Fort Wolters, Texas, he served in the United States for six months before being sent overseas with the 175 Infantry 29 Infantry Division. He served in England and took part in the invasion of France. He was awarded the European Theater Ribbon with one Battle Star and the Order of the Purple Heart (Posthumously). He wife was Geraldine Savage. The War Department officially listed him as killed in action in late October, 1944. He had a grammar school education and was single with no dependants when he enlisted.
Cpl. Elmo Sawyer was among the Ashley County Negroes who reported for induction on Monday, March 22, 1943. He served with the 308 Railhead Company and died on October 14, 1945, after the war was over. He is buried at Plot B, Row 6, Grave 23, in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten, Netherlands. Born in 1923, he enlisted in Little Rock. He had one year of high school, worked as a painter in civilian life, and he was single with no dependants. He was born in 1923.
George L. Scott
Staff Sgt. George L. Scott, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Scott of Route 2, Hamburg, was a graduate of Fountain Hill High School and Monticello A&M. He entered the Army Air Corps on August 17, 1942, at Camp Robinson. He trained at St. Petersburg, Florida, Denver, Colorado, and Wendover Field, Utah. He graduated from the Bombing and Gunnery School and Aircraft Armament School.
He was killed in a plane crash June 15, 1943, near Ruidoso, New Mexico, during a routine training flight. He was in a bomber when one engine failed, and the bomber then crashed into another plane about 10,000 feet above the ground. Of the 20 people on the planes, only one escaped by parachute. He had been promoted to Staff Sergeant in February, 1943. His body was returned to Ashley County with funeral services at the Shiloh Baptist Church and burial at the Flat Creek Cemetery in Fountain Hill.
Otis L. Sharp
Otis L. Sharp is listed on the new Ashley County Veterans Memorial, but not on the plaque on the base of the old flagpole on the square. Born in 1920, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 11, 1941. He had completed four years of high school and was single with no dependants. No information was found on the dates or manner of his death.
Francis E. “Jack” Shipman
Pvt. Francis E. "Jack" Shipman, 32, son of Claude L. and Grace Myers Shipman of Fountain Hill, attended school in New Canton, Illinois. He entered the Army March 24, 1942, and trained at Camp Barkeley, Texas, Los Angeles, California, and Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Serving overseas in England and France, he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation. His brothers were George and Leo Shipman. His sisters were Mary Robertson, Gladys Ramsey, Leta Wernowsky and Pearl Whitehead. The family lived on the Longview Road west of Fountain Hill.
Wounded in action July 6, 1944, he died from wounds on July 8, 1944, in France after serving overseas since February, 1944. After the war, his remains were returned for burial at the Flat Creek Cemetery.
Ensign James Spivey, 22, born May 8, 1922, son of Mrs. Helen Welsh Spivey and the late Sheriff J. W. Spivey, was a graduate of Hamburg High School, attended Kemper Military and Arkansas Tech. He entered the Navy Air Corps in 1942. He trained at Athens, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and Melbourne, Florida; before assignment to a combat zone. He received his wings at Pensacola, Florida, July 9, 1943, and served overseas in South Pacific. He won the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement in aerial flight as pilot of a carrier based fighter plane in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Marianas and Bonin Islands Areas in June, 1944." The citation said, "Undaunted by the intensity of enemy fire from guns of all calibers, Ensign Spivey fought his plane skillfully and with outstanding courage throughout numerous bombing and strafing runs against enemy shipping and shore installations, and during one attack on a heavily fortified airfield, relentlessly strafed and destroyed three planes on the ground. A superior airman and indomitable fighter, Ens. Spivey contributed essentially to the success of his squadron in inflicting severe damage on the enemy in this vital theatre of war and his zealous devotion to duty in the face of grave peril was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
He flew the Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter from the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. He was reported missing after he volunteered to take another pilot's place on a bombing and strafing mission over Iwo Jima, June 16, 1944, less than 30 days before he was to have finished his tour of duty. In late March or early April, 1946, the War Department changed his designation from missing in action to killed in action. In May, 1946, local VFW Post 4509 changed its name to the Spivey-Harriman Post No. 4509 in honor of James Spivey and A. W. Harriman.
His name is included as missing in action or buried at sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii. He also received the Purple Heart.
Bernard Pinkney Stell
Sgt. Bernard P. Stell, son of Mrs. George D. Johnson of Route 2, Hamburg, was a graduate of Hamburg High School. He trained in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Drew Field, Florida, and served overseas in England, winning the Air Medal. He was a waist gunner on a B-17 Flying Fortress after entering the Armed Forces on March 2, 1944, his twenty-ninth birthday. He was serving as a police officer in Camden when he was inducted. He was listed as missing in action on December 31, 1944, but in January, 1946, the War Department declared him dead. He was married to the former Dorothy Collins of Route 2, Hamburg.
On March 10, 1945, Major E. A. Bradunas of the Army Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D. C., wrote to Mrs. Stell. He said that Sgt. Stell was a waist gunner on a B-17 bomber with 100 Bomb Group which took part in a bombing mission to Hamburg, Germany, on December 31, 1944. The report said that during this mission, about 1 p.m., north of Wilhelmshaven, Germany, the bombers were subjected to enemy anti-aircraft fire, "and your husband's bomber sustained damage." The letter also noted that the aircraft's crew had radioed that it might be necessary for them to make a crash landing, "but it was neither seen nor contacted thereafter. When last seen, Sergeant Stell's Fortress was under control." Major Bradunas noted that as American troops advanced, special units were assigned to help discover the whereabouts of missing personnel. His remains were later located and returned for burial at the Promise Land Cemetery.
John Steve Sturdivant
Yeoman Third Class John Steve Sturdivant, 22, of the U. S. Navy was a graduate of the Crossett High School and was employed in Los Angeles, CA, before entering the U. S. Navy in September, 1942.
The son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard E. Sturdivant, he was born in Winnsboro, LA, April 13, 1921, and moved to Crossett in 1936. Following boot training in San Diego, CA, he served in the Department of Naval Intelligence on the destroyer USS Sanders until his death on October 27, 1943. Burial was at the Crossett Cemetery after services at the First Baptist Church on Saturday, November 6, 1943.
Hugh Byron Timberlake
U. S. Army Sgt. Hugh Byron Timberlake, 21, was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Murry P. Timberlake of Snyder and a graduate of Portland High School who also attended Monticello A&M and enlisted in the National Guard in 1939. He then enlisted on January 6, 1941, as part of B Battery of the 206 Coastal Artillery, Arkansas National Guard, which had been formed in Monticello. Equipped with 3 inch guns, the goal of the unit was to prevent the Japanese from gaining a foothold in the Aleutians, and Dutch Harbor was the farthest U. S. outpost in that region. After training at El Paso, Texas, the unit left Texas August 1, 1941, on a 40 car troop train to head to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. He was awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.
He was killed in action June 3, 1942, during a Japanese attack on Dutch Harbor, Alaska. He was killed while running to his attack duty station, the post office, when he was hit by strafing fire from Japanese Zeros. Fellow troops remembered him as "a fine person well liked by everyone."
He was born in Beebe on June 21, 1920, and after spending his youth in Oklahoma, moved to Snyder when he was 15. His remains were not returned, but a memorial service was held in the Snyder Methodist Church on October 25, 1942. Rev. C. E. Whitten of the Hamburg Methodist and Rev. M. O. Barnett of the Snyder-Montrose Methodist officiated. There is a marker remembering him in the Snyder Cemetery. He was single with no dependants.
Pvt. Edwin Travis, 25, was killed in action in Italy on April 22, 1945. He was a member of the 751st Tank Battalion, and his tank was hit by antitank fire while he was fighting in Northern Italy.
He was initially buried in an American cemetery in Northern Italy, but his remains may have been returned to the United States later. Born March 28, 1920, in Morehouse Parish, LA, he was working as a log scaler and timber spotter for the Crossett Lumber Company when he was inducted on June 2, 1944. He trained at the Armored Replacement Training Center in Fort Knox, KY, and then at Fort Meade, Maryland. He arrived in Italy on January 19, 1945, and was killed in action three months and three days later. He was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church, and a Masonic memorial service was held there. He enlisted at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. He was married, but no dependants were noted on his enlistment record. He had completed four years of high school.
Charles Maurice Tremor
Pfc. Charles Maurice Tremor, 26, son of Charles B. Tremor, entered the Army in July, 1941, and trained at Camp Wolters, Texas; Camp Shelby, Mississippi; and Indiantown Reservation in Pennsylvania.
He served overseas in Australia, New Guinea and Leyte with the 128 Infantry Regiment, 32 Infantry Division of the U. S. Army. He was awarded a Presidential Citation and Purple Heart. He was killed in action November 22, 1944, in the Battle of Leyte, after serving overseas for 33 months.
He is listed on the monument at Fort William McKinley, Manila, and is buried at Plot B, Row 1, Grave 150, at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.
John Franklin Tucker
Pvt John F. "Jack" Tucker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Tucker, a graduate of Hamburg High School, entered the Army Tank Division, and trained at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, and Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.
He served overseas in England and France and earned the Purple Heart, Rifle and Expert Medal. He was listed as missing in action August 28, 1944, and with that designation later changed to in killed in action in France when his tank was hit by enemy fire. He had about a year in military service. His brother, Norman St. George Tucker, was also killed in action.
Norman St. George Tucker
Pvt. Norman St. G. Tucker, 20, a son of Mr. and Mrs. F. I. (Frank) Tucker of Route 1, Hamburg, was born May 9, 1924. He was a graduate of Hamburg High School and entered the Army April 21, 1944. After training at Camp Hood, Texas, and Fort Meade, Maryland, he left New York for France on October 21, 1944.
He served overseas in England and France with the 104 Infantry Regiment, 26 Infantry Division. He was awarded the Rifle Medal and Purple Heart. He was killed in action December 9, 1944, in France, and is buried at Plot B, Row 18, Grave 11, Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, Lorraine, France. His brother, Jack Tucker, was also killed in action.
Harold Clancy Waits
U. S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Harold Clancy Waits was born August 24, 1916, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Waits of the Beech Creek community. After attending Hamburg High School, he joined the U. S. Marine Corps in about 1938. While serving as part of a Marine guard unit, he was wounded in the Japanese attacks on Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in June, 1942, but recovered from his wounds to serve throughout the war.
He died April 4, 1948. According to his younger sister, Allene Banks of Hamburg, his death came as a result of an accident where a fishing boat sank off California where he was stationed. She noted that he was extremely proud to be a U. S. Marine and wanted to make a career in military service. He was buried at the Hamburg Cemetery with a military service, and his tombstone contains the U. S. Marine Corps insignia. His wife, the former Faustine Gifford of Fountain Hill, continued to live in California, and their son is now employed by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston, Texas.
James Uriah Walker, Jr.
Army Air Corps Aviation Cadet James Walker, 19, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. U. Walker, Sr., and a 1942 graduate of Crossett High School. He attended Arkansas State Teachers College and then entered the Army Air Corps on February 20, 1943. He trained at Shelby Field, Texas; San Antonio, Texas; at Centenary College in Shreveport, LA; Independence, Kansas; and Eagle Pass, Texas. He was killed in a plane crash in Eagle Pass, Texas, March 4, 1944, while on a mission, five weeks before he was to receive his commission and wings as a fighter pilot. He was born in Crossett on April 3, 1923.
Funeral services were at the Crossett Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 8, 1944, with cadets from Selmon Field in Monroe and with Rev. Wilford Lee officiating. At Crossett High School, he was co-captain of the football team, a basketball star, state president of Hi-Y, feature editor of the school yearbook and of the Crossett Eagle. At Arkansas State Teachers College, he was a member of Phi Lambda Chi fraternity before enlisting.
William H. White
Staff Sgt William Houston White, son of Mrs. Ocie Peters of Hamburg and Pine Bluff, was born in Wilmot on July 14, 1920, and attended school in Parkdale, Portland and Hamburg. He entered the Army October 15, 1940, and trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, for infantry and paratroop training and at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He later graduated from the Surgical Technician's School at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He left the United States with his unit in April, 1944, and served overseas in Sicily, North Africa, Germany, Italy and Holland. He was assigned to I Company, Third Platoon, 504 Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division.
Called Sgt. Arky by his fellow soldiers, he was wounded in action September 17,1944, at the Anzio Beachhead and later reported missing in action October 30, 1944, in Holland. That designation was later changed to killed in action in Germany. A fellow solider wrote, "We called this sandy-haired, slightly freckled, blue-eyed demon Arky because Arkansas was his home. He was a farmer boy, and he was not the typical infantryman. Arky had a shuffling but deceptively light gait that literally ate up the miles on hikes. He was young, about 19, standing at 5'9" and weighing in at about 160. He had a wide grin, but those blue eyes were cold, like icicles. His hands were as strong as steel and they were as quick as a flash of light. No, Arky was anything but typical. He was a focused and precise killing machine. He was born for war. He said so himself, and from the moment he entered the Army, Arky's every move went above and beyond the call of duty."
His decorations included the Silver Star, Bronze Star, campaign ribbons with Battle Stars and two Purple Hearts. His Silver Star citation states that "For gallantry in action September 17, 1944, about two miles from Nijmegen, Holland. Staff Sergeant White, platoon sergeant of Company I, was with the point of his platoon, whose mission was to contact the unit on the battalions right flank. The platoon was proceeding towards the bridge crossing the Maas Waal Canal when they encountered an enemy patrol mounted on bicycles at a bend in the road. They immediately deployed and took positions below the bend. The enemy patrol of four men began withdrawing under the protection of a terrace on the left of the road. Staff Sergeant White with utter disregard for his own life dashed across the open field towards the terrace. The enemy patrol saw that staff Sergeant White was attempting to cut off their escape and immediately concentrated fire from their machine pistols on him. Firing his TSMG from his hip as he ran through the hail of bullets, Staff Sergeant White continued on until he had reached a position in the ditch on the edge of the road to the rear of the enemy. He charged down the ditch at the four Germans firing as he moved forward, and wounded two of the enemy, but when he was still five yards from them he had fired his last round of ammunition. Grabbing his TSMG by the barrel as a club he rushed the two remaining Germans. They immediately threw down their weapons and surrendered. Staff Sergeant White's quick thinking and determined actions neutralized a patrol who would have been able to furnish the enemy with vital information concerning our whereabouts. His display of courage is a credit to the Armed Forces."
At Anzio, only Sgt. White and one other man were left out of a platoon which started with 120 men with the others wounded, killed or missing. To earn his second Purple Heart, he and two fellow soldiers charged a Nazi machine gun nest three miles west of Nijmegen, Holland, and he was wounded in the leg. His first Purple Heart came when he was wounded at the Anzio beachhead.
According to a friend, there were two stories about his death. The first was that he stepped on a land mine. The second story, which the friend believed, "he was killed while attacking a Kraut machine gun nest single-handedly. And he gave the Krauts so much hell that when they finally stopped him, they poured more than 200 rounds of machine gun slugs into his dead carcass."
Nick Williams, listed as "colored" on the plaque on the base of the old flagpole on the square in Hamburg, was born in 1920. He enlisted in the army on August 24, 1942, in Little Rock. He had a grammar school education and had been employed as a foreman of an automotive repair shop. He was married, but apparently did not have any children at the time of his enlistment. No information was found regarding the date or manner of his death or additional details about his service.
Ralph Aubrey Williams
Sgt. Ralph Aubrey Williams was born in Ashley County on April 26, 1919, and killed in the service on May 24, 1944, at Samari, New Guinea. He was the youngest of eleven children in a family from the Berea area northeast of Hamburg, and his parents, Charley Ambrose and Ella Jane Stanley Williams, are buried in the Mount Olive Cemetery.
When he was young, he moved with two of his brothers to the area of McNary, Arizona, and after finishing school, joined the Arizona National Guard. He served as a master sergeant with the Arizona Bushmasters in the 158 Infantry. He was initially buried in Grave 82 at the cemetery there in New Guinea. After the war, his body was brought back to Arkansas for burial, possibly either in Ashley County or Bradley County. He is not listed on the Ashley County Veterans Memorial.
Pfc. Truman Winkler, son of Frank and Lucy Winkler, who lived near the Arkansas-Louisiana state line south of Wilmot, attended school at Wilmot. He entered the Army June 9, 1944, when he was 27 at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Little Rock and trained at Camp Wolters, Texas. He was assigned to a battalion of riflemen. He served overseas in Philippines with the 163 Infantry Regiment, 41 Infantry Division. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star and was killed in action April 20, 1945, on Jolo Island, Philippines. He is listed on the memorial at Fort William McKinley in Manila and is buried at Plot D, Row 2, Grave 200, at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He had one year of high school and was married, but apparently did not have any children at the time of his enlistment. His brother was killed in the Asiatic theater a year later. His parents moved to California after World War II.
Warren B. Winkler
Staff Sgt. Warren B. Winkler, 24, son of Mrs. Lucy Winkler of Wilmot, attended school at Wilmot. He entered the Army Air Corps August 22, 1942, in Little Rock. Trained at Keesler Field, Mississippi, and Biggs Field, Texas, he was an engineer- gunner on a Flying Fortress with the 493 Bomber Squadron, Seventh Bombardment Group. He served overseas in India flying missions over Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands. He was awarded the Air Medal after being listed as missing in action and also won the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart.
He was killed in action April 5, 1944, over Burma. The Air Medal citation read in part, "for meritorious achievement by participating in heavy bombardment missions totaling more than one hundred hours during which exposure to enemy fire was probable and expected. These flights in which he has flown from bases in India, over Burma, Thailand and the Andaman Islands have been eminently successful. The devotion to duty exhibited in the execution of these assignments, and the cooperation displayed therein, as an essential and vital part of a combat team, has contributed much to the successes charactering these operations." He had served in the Army Air Forces for 21 months, with over four months in India with the 493 Bomber Squadron, Seventh Bombardment Group (Heavy) in the Eastern Air Command. Memorial services were held at the Wilmot Baptist Church on May 7, 1944. He is listed as Missing in Action or Buried at Sea on the Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He had a grammar school education and was single with dependants. His brother had been killed in the Philippines a year earlier.
Ben Bruin Wisner
Machine Gunner Ben B. Wisner is listed as missing in action or buried at sea on the Tablets of the Missing at the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. A marker at the Mount Olive Baptist Church Cemetery indicates that he was born November 19, 1915, and was listed as killed or missing on December 24, 1943. The son of John Charles Wisner, Sr., and Ethel Slocum Wisner, he was raised at the Gates Camp just north of the Mount Olive Baptist Church near the Berea community. The family eventually moved to Dermott, and he graduated from Dermott High School.
He entered the Marine Corps about eight years before his death and finished flight training at Pensacola, Florida. Married on December 7, 1941, he and his wife lived in New Bern, North Carolina.
Major Donald K. Yost, who was flying with Wisner over Japanese held territory in the Pacific on December 23, 1943, wrote to Wisner's wife, Fanny, "On December 23, my flight, of which Ben was a member, while escorting bombers far over Japanese held territory, was attacked by overwhelming number of enemy fights and in the melee which ensued, we all got separated from one another. I last saw Ben as the fight started, heading in to meet a Zero and from then on I had all I could do to handle the Zeros that came at me. So you can see that my first hand knowledge of his fate is very limited, but he did not return to our base after this engagement. However, a machine gunner of one of the bombers we were escorting saw one of our fighters shoot down a Zero and then in turn get shot down by other Zeros and crash. This had to be Ben because all the rest of the flight was accounted for. Ben's ability was unsurpassed by no one I have ever known and he made the supreme sacrifice for a cause which he, like the rest of us, know to be right. He fought gallantly and well against superior odds and his sacrifice was not in vain for it has been an inspiration to the rest of the squadron to do their best." He and his wife did not have any children. He received the Purple Heart. He is not listed in the Ashley County Veterans Memorial.
Arlie F. Yarbrough
Pfc Arlie F. Yarbough, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Yarbrough of Hamburg, was killed in action in Belgium on December 25, 1944. He was born in Gaston, Ark., on March 15, 1922, and inducted into the army in Marianna on October 15, 1942. He received his basic training at Camp Barkley, Texas, and Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He went overseas on April 30, 1944. He was wounded in Germany and then sent back to Belgium where he was killed in action. In a ceremony on June 10, 1945, at Selman Field in Monroe, LA, his parents were presented his Bronze Star posthumously. The citation related how he carried out his duties as an ammunition carrier for a mortar squad in the Thirtieth Division in an outstanding manner.
He served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany from July 23 to December 24, 1944. "Although subjected to artillery fire on several occasions, he has never faltered in the delivery of vital ammunition. His courage and devotion to duty have earned him the admiration of his associates," the citation stated.
T. M. Yelvington
Staff Sergeant Thomas M. Yelvington, 28, who had been living in Harlingen, TX, was killed in action on February 10, 1944. He was a tail turret gunner on a B-24 Liberator and had been stationed in England with the Eighth Air Force since the previous December.
His parents, S. W. and Verlie Gregory Yelvington, were Ashley County natives as were he and his grandparents, Thomas M. and Mary Ann Riley Yelvington and H. A. and Laura Thompson Gregory. At the time of his death, his mother had moved to Coffeeville, KS, and his wife and son, Wayne, were living in College Park, GA. His name is not listed on the Ashley County Veterans Memorial.