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VETERANS MEMORIAL Park in McKINNEY
HALL OF HEROES

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On the "Wall of Honor" at the Collin County Veterans Memorial Park in McKinney
there will be inscribed the names of at least 343 heroes from Collin County, Texas,
who have died in the service of our country. The Hall of Heroes contains the
pictures of 121 of those heroes.

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Hullet M. Abbott
Nevada
PFC - US Army
WWII

Served with the 175th Infantry in England and France. Killed in action 14 July, 1944 at the Battle of San Lo.

Woodrow H. Allen
 McKinney
Machinist 1st Class - Navy - WWII

Killed in explosion aboard ship near New Georgia Island in the Pacific, 4 Sept. 1943.

Archie A. Applin
PFC Army
WWII

Coast Artillery Corps. Killed in action in March of 1945 in Germany.

John C. Arnold
22 - Anna
S/Sgt - Army Air Corps - WWII

Killed 19 April, 1942, in plane crash in North Africa.

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Louis Bass
Princeton
1st Lt. - Army Air Corps - WWII

Pilot of B24, Killed on 21 April, 1944, over Germany when shot down on his third mission.

Robert Bently
McKinney
Sgt. - US Army
WWII

Killed in Action,
4 Aug. 1944, in France
Bronze Star  

Robert Blaine
27 - Plano
1st Lt. - Army Air Corps - WWII

Pilot of B24 Liberator. Killed
8 March 1943, when shot down over Rennes,  France, in raid on German U-boat facility.

Albert F. Blaske
28 - McKinney
T/Sgt. - US Army

Killed in Action in Italy in 1944. His body was returned in December of 1948 and buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

Michael Luke Boatright
25 - Frisco
Sgt. - Army
Iraq

Served as a Combat Engineer with 20th Engineer Bn. 1st Cavalry Div.  Killed by a roadside bomb, 4 December, 2004, while involved in a combat operation in the city of Bagdad. Buried at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Richard Lloyd Bolton
Plano
Seaman 1st Class - Navy
WWII

Went down with his ship, the USS Quincy, when it was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Guadalcanal in August of 1941.

 

Lindsay L. Bowen Jr.
McKinney
2nd Lt. - 15th Army Air Force
WWII

All-star football player at Rice University, killed when shot  down 15 Nov. 1944, over Czechoslovakia.

Nolan B. Bowers
Blue Ridge
PFC - Army
WWII

Served with Patton's 3rd Army. Killed in Germany
25 November, 1944.
 

Robert Ray Brown
20 - Frisco & Plano
Cpl. Army
Vietnam

Mortar Man with B Company, 4th Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, 2nd River Raider Brigade, known as the Mobile Riverines. Killed in action 1 Oct.1967 in the Mekong River Delta in an area called the Rung Sat Special Zone.
Bronze Star

Charles William "Bill" Bryan
20 -  McKinney
 Cpl. USMC
Vietnam

Played Center for McKinney Lions Football. Killed 20 Jan. 1968 while leading a 7-man Recon patrol on Hill 881 North, near Khe Sanh. Awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

Jack K. Bumpass Jr.
Farmersville
Lt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Killed in action, May 1944, at the Battle of Anzio, Italy.

Peter H. Burks
26 - Celina
2nd Lt. - Army
Iraq

Bachelor's Degree from Texas A&M. was serving as a Platoon Commander with the 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment in Iraq. Killed on Wednesday, 14 November, 2007,  just outside the Green Zone in Baghdad, when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.

William G. Burnett
Radioman 3rd Class - Navy
WWII

Killed  25 Oct. 1944, when his ship, the USS Johnston, was sunk off the coast of Samar Island in the Philippines.

Vernon Marcelle Cain
25 - McKinney & Plano
PFC - US Marine Corps
WWII

 Killed in Action in the Philippines March 2, 1945.

Jack Coogan Cameron
McKinney
Radioman 1st Class - Navy - WWII

Graduate of McKinney High School, attended Texas A&M. Flew 29 missions over Japanese territory, survived numerous battles in the Solomon Islands & Bismark Archipelago. Killed in plane crash in New Ireland. Body never recovered.

Oscar L. Cantrell Jr.
24 - McKinney
1ST Lt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Killed in bomber crash at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas, 19 Feb. 1943.

James Thomas Caraway
McKinney
1st Lt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Pilot of a B-24 reconnaissance plane. Killed in August of 1944 when his plane went down over the Hump (the Himalaya Mts. between India and China.

Thomas G. Caraway
21 - Farmersville & McKinney
PFC - Army
Vietnam

Names after his uncle, James Thomas Caraway, who was killed in WWII. High school football star; married the Head Cheerleader. Served as a rifleman with D  Co.  2nd Bg.  14th Inf.  25th Div. Killed while leading a ground assault on an enemy bunker complex, 28 Nov. 1967.

Henry D. Carpenter
McKinney
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Awarded an Expert Rifleman medal. Died of meningitis
12 June, 1945, on Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Joe Everett Carver Jr.
Farmersville
T/Sgt - Army Air Corps
WWII

Killed in action in France in September of 1944.

William Carver
Farmersville
Sgt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Airplane gunner, killed when shot down in June of 1943.

Jerry Wayne Combest
25 - Wylie & McKinney
Sp4 - Army
Vietnam

Attended North Texas State University. Pall bearer at Lanny Hale's funeral, killed 6 months later in the Battle of the Ben Cui Rubber Plantation,
21 Aug 21, 1968. Served as a Rifleman with 1st Plt.  C Co.  1st Mech. Bn.  25th Div. Buried in the Wylie Cemetery.

Billy Frank Commons
McKinney
Lt. - Navy
WWII

Football star at East Texas State University. Fighter Pilot - Killed when shot down in December 1945 over the Philippine Islands.
His name is listed on  the World War II memorial at the East Texas State University Football Stadium in Commerce.

Aenard Compton
28 - Allen
Nurse - Army
WWI

Daughter of a doctor, attended Baylor University, became a school teacher and high school principal. Left her job to become a Nurse for the Army. Stationed in Washington DC. Died of the flu, 6 Oct. 1918. She is the only Nurse from Texas to die in service in World War I.

Cooper, Marvin

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Marvin R. "Petty" Cooper
Farmersville
PFC - US Army
WWII

Served with the 3rd Army, Killed in Action 15, Nov. 1944 in France.

Charlie W. Copus
McKinney
Lt. - Army Artillery
WWII

Killed in action 18 September, 1944 near Loraine, France.

William Alton Corley
Josephine, Wylie, & Farmersville
Seaman 1st Class - Navy - WWII

Served on the Cruiser - USS Savannah.  Killed during the invasion of Salerno, Italy, by a radio bomb dropped from an enemy plane.

Courcy, Peter John
22 - Frisco
Cpl. - Army
Afghanistan

Paratrooper with D Co. 2nd Bn. 506th Inf. Regt. 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Died on 10 February, 2009, from wounds sustained when his vehicle was hit by a car-bomb attack in Salerno, Afghanistan. He died at Camp Salerno, Afghanistan.

Craft, Jewel
Courtois, Matthew R.
22 - Lucas
Sr. Airman - US Air Force
Kuwait

Served with 366th Security Forces Squadron, Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, and died 20 September, 2009 as a result of a non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait.

Jewel Neal Craft
Melissa & McKinney
Capt. US Air Force
WWII & Korea

Bomber pilot in WWII with 58 missions over enemy territory and over 2000 flying hours, was killed in a car wreck in Houston, Texas, while on his way to a new duty station with Strategic Air Command in California.

 

Arthur B. "Butch" Craver
Princeton
Sgt. - Army - WWII

Served with the 7th Div. in the Southwest Pacific. Killed in action 25 Feb. 1945, on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Sgt Craver is interred at Pleasant Grove Cemetery near the Climax community in Collin County about 5 miles northeast of Princeton on FM 2756.

Johnny K. Craver
37 - McKinney
2nd Lt. - Army
Iraq

Army Ranger & Paratrooper. Ranger Instructor. Served with 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division. Killed near Baghdad when an improvised explosive device exploded near his vehicle, 13 October, 2006. Buried in family cemetery near Leonard, Texas.

 

 
Marvin J. Curtis
21 - Pike
S/Sgt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Killed in bomber crash 13 June, 1943, near Sioux City, Iowa.

Robert E. Cuffman
21 - Allen
Pvt. - US Army

Tank Destroyer Battalion, Killed in Action in Dec. 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, near Luxembourg, Germany.

Robert J. Cuffman 
24 - Allen
Pvt. - Army
WWI

Served with  Supply Co. 28th Inf. Killed in action Oct. 1, 1918 at the Battle of St. Mihiel, France. Buried at the Allen Cemetery.

 
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Dooley, James C.

Jerral Derryberry
23 - Frisco, McKinney
Captain - US Army
Air Corp
WWII

Pilot, killed in B17 bomber crash near Soledad, California, in June of 1943. Brother of Lee.

Derryberry Lee H.
22 - Frisco, McKinney
PFC - Army
WWII

Born 21 Jan. 1922 in Frisco and later lived at 502 Barnes St. in McKinney. Trained at Ft. Bliss, Texas and went overseas in 1943 as a Pvt. with Troop A, 5th Cav., 1st Div. Was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received at Los Negros in the Pacific. Killed in action on Leyte Island in the Philippines 29 November, 1944 and was buried there. In September of 1948 his body was returned to McKinney and after his funeral at the Davis St. Church of Christ he was reburied at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

Willie J. Dicken Jr.
22 - Farmersville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

 Tried to enlist on 15 Nov. 1941, but was turned down because of flat fee. Was later drafted in January 1943. Fought in the battles of Naples, Salerno, and Foggia, Italy, with Headquarters Company, 756th Tank Battalion. On 10 Feb. 1944, at Cassino, Italy, he was killed by sniper fire while trying to recover a disabled American tank near Monte Cassino after the Rapid River crossing. Buried in Merit, Texas.

Dooley, James C.
Plano
PFC - Army
WWII


Killed in action, 5 May 5, 1945, on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines.

Sidney C. Duncan
Frisco
PFC - Army
WWII

 Killed in Action on the island of Okinawa.

 

James W. Dunn
 McKinney
Cpl. - Army
WWII

Reported missing in 1942 during Battle of Corrigador, in the Philippines later declared dead.

 

Stanly Marks Duvall
Celina
Lt. - USMC
WWII

Honor graduate at Celina High School; Was an outstanding athlete at Southern Methodist University, where he earbed a B.A. degree. Pilot of a B-25. Killed in action in January of 1944 in the South Pacific.

L.J. "Hotshot" Eubanks
22 - McKinney
S/Sgt. Army
WWII

Landed on Normandy Beach on D-Day plus 1, Killed in action 28 July, 1944 in France.

 

Howard Glenn Foreman
Farmersville
2ND Lt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Bombardier and navigator on B26, KIA Dec. 12, 1944 when shot down over Belgium.

 

Jerry Wayne Fraze
21 - McKinney
Cpl. USMC
Vietnam

 Rifleman with F Co.  2nd Bn.  4th Marines. Killed Mar 12. 1968.while leading an infantry assault on a fortified-bunker complex in the small village of Dao Do, near the DMZ. Buried at Restland Memorial Park in Dallas

Jim H. Furr
20 - McKinney
Watertender 2nd Class - Navy
WWII

Wounded at Pearl Harbor
7 Dec. 1941, on board the USS Helena. Was killed 6 July, 1943, when Helena was sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

Jesse Ray Gaddy
Farmersville
PFC Army
WWII

Paratrooper, killed in action, date and location unknown.

Jimmy Geigas
McKinney
Pvt. - Army
Infantryman - WWI

359th Infantry, 90th Division. KIA Sept. 12, 1918. The First Collin County boy to be Killed in Action on foreign soil. The American Legion Post in McKinney is named in his honor. Jimmy joined the Army when fighting had broken out in Europe. He was sent to Camp Travis, near San Antonio for training, where he became part of the 359th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Division, and then to Camp Hempstead, New York. By September of 1918, America had entered the war and their first offensive operation had begun in France, the Battle of St. Mihiel. Jimmy was part of that fight. He had been in France for just over four months. During a lull in the fighting, on September 12, the men of his unit were thirsty and out of water. Jimmy and a man named Jack Campbell collected the canteens of their buddies and went back to a spring near a small town they had crossed earlier in the day. On their way back a German plane flew over them and dropped a bomb. Jack was able to save himself by jumping into a ditch, but Jimmy was hit by shrapnel from the explosion and was killed. His body was returned home to McKinney.

Walter Max Glass Jr.
Farmersville
Pvt. - Army Electrical Engineer
WWII

Went to college at West Texas State Teachers College. Killed 6 July, 1944, on the island of Saipan in the South Pacific.

Jim B. Goodner
21 - McKinney
2nd Lt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress.
Kille 11 April, 1944, when on his third combat mission his plane was shot down over Germany.

Roby H. Greer
24 - Blue Ridge
PFC - Army
Korea

Field Wireman with the 171st Field Artillery Bn (105MM) HQ Battery, 45th Infantry Div. Killed in action 7 July, 1952, during the Battle of Old Baldy in North Korea.

Lanny Earl Hale
25 - Wylie
 Sp4, US ARMY
Vietnam

Attended Christian College of the Southwest.  Best friend of Jerry Combest. Served with 2nd Plt. A Co.  1st Bn.  6th Inf.  198th Light Infantry Brigade.  Killed in the Battle of Lo Giang, south of Da Nang, 8 Feb. 1968.

Louis Wendell Hall
Copeville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Arrived in Germany in October of 1944, Killed in action two months later.

Timothy John Hanley
24 - Culleoka & McKinney
SPC - Army
Iraq

Graduated Serenity High School in McKinney. Paratrooper with 1-502 Infantry Battalion -101st Airborne. Wounded in Action in 2005, died in 2007. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

Harrington, Charles

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Charles E. Harrington Jr.
Plano
Lt. - US Marine Corps
WWII

Killed in Action
3 March, 1945 at Iwo Jima.

Weldon B. Hartness
Farmersville
PFC - Army
WWII

Served with the 1st Army, killed in the Battle for St. Lo, France.

 

Bobby G. Harris
19 - McKinney
Sp4 - Army
Vietnam

Helicopter crewman with the 128th Helicopter Assault Co.  11th Aviation Bn.  12th Aviation Group  1st Aviation Brigade.  Shot down 17 Mar. 1971 while attempting to evacuate ARVN soldiers from an intense mountain-top battle. Listed as Missing In Action for 31 years until his remains were found on that mountain top in the deep jungles of Eastern Cambodia.  Laid to rest  on
3 September, 2004, with full military honors at National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

Tommy W. Harris
20 - McKinney
Seaman 1st Class - Navy


Served on the USS Hornet; killed in car wreck while home on leave May 14, 1965
Hayes, Jacob      
Jacob D. Hayes
24 - Plano & Allen
L/Cpl. - USMC
Iraq

Saw combat in Iraq with Kilo Co. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. Had been given a medical discharge and died 17 December 2008, as a result of seizures that began in Iraq. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

     
Ray W. Henslee
23 - Farmersville
1st Lt. Army Air Corps
WWII

Graduated from Laundig School of Mortuary Science in Houston. Had been in the war zone for only twelve days when shot down 12 Nov. 1942, over Western Europe while navigator on a bomber.

Ralph Oren Hill
Frisco
Sgt. USMC
WWII

Fought in New Guinea, Bougainville, wounded on Guadalcanal, wounded on Guam. Killed in action 21 July, 1944 in the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific.

Charles Edwin Hoffman
19 - McKinney
Sp4 - Army
Vietnam

Medic with Delta Co. 1st Bn. 14th Inf. 4th Div. Killed 9 Feb. 1968 during an NVA mortar attack, while trying to administer aid to fallen comrades. Awarded the Silver Star. Buried in Huntsville, Texas.

Thomas B. Holdbrooks
19 - McKinney
PFC - USMC
Vietnam

Rifleman with  3rd Plt.  E Co.  3rd Bn. 3rd Marines, based at Liberty Bridge. Killed 17 days after arriving in Vietnam during an NVA ambush on Go Noi Island, during Operation Auburn, 28 Dec. 28, 1967.

Joe R. Holley
23 - Allen
T/Sgt. - Army Medical Corps
WWII

Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Killed in action 19 Sep. 1944, in Germany. Awarded Bronze Star: "Volunteered to evacuate casualties under enemy artillery fire without regard for his own personal safety, and in the process saved many lives."

Billy Bain Honaker
Farmersville
Pharmacist Mate 1st Class  Navy - WWII

Killed in action 9 Aug. 1942 during the invasion of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands when his ship, the USS Jarvis, was sunk by Japanese aircraft. All hands were killed.
 

Vernon Ray Humpries
Culleoka
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Served with 386th Infantry Division, Company D. Fought in North Africa, Sicily, and France. Was killed in action 25 Apr. 1945 in Germany.

Steven W. Hutchings
19 - Celina
L/Cpl -  USMC
Vietnam

Played football for Celina Bobcats. Rifleman with 3rd Plt.  G Co.  2nd Bn.  1st Marines. Killed in action near the DMZ on 6 Aug. 6, 1968. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

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James "Jabby" Jabara
43 - McKinney
Col US Air Force
WWII - Korea - Vietnam

Fighter pilot in WW II in Europe; Became the first Jet Fighter Ace in history in the Korean War. Killed in an auto accident along with his daughter, 16 November, 1966, while on his way for deployment to Vietnam.  

Vernon Hubert Jackson
Farmersville
Sgt. - Army
WWII

Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Wounded in action at the Battle of St. Lo, France and later died of those wounds. Was awarded: Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Silver Star.

Charles Oliver Jeanes
19 - McKinney & Melissa.
PFC - USMC
WWII

Enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17. Rifleman in the battle at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, with A Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, where he was killed in action on 6 January, 1944. Awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. He is buried at Allen Cemetery, in Allen.

Mabron P. Johnson
Frisco
T/Sgt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Gunner on B24 - 448th Bomber Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force. Lost near Evreux, France, hit by flak during a mission in support of the Normandy invasion four days earlier. Johnson was a top-turret gunner and was apparently wounded before the plane caught fire and burned, Some of the other crewmembers were seen to bail out, but not he and one other.
Killed in action 10 June, 1944, buried in a nearby churchyard on 16 June, 1944. Awarded the Air Medal w/4 Oak Leaf Clusters

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Johnny C. Jones
McKinney
Engineman 4th Class Navy
Vietnam

Served as a river boat crewman in the Mekong Delta. Drowned when he fell overboard during flood conditions on the Mekong River.

James Casey Joyce
23 - Plano
Sgt. - Army
Somalia

Attended the University of Texas & the University of North Texas. Army Ranger. Member of strike team, B Company, 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, that went into the African nation of Somalia to help bring stability to the country under the control of terrorist warlords. On October 3, 1993, a raid was initiated that included 120 Rangers and Delta Force soldiers. The story of the mission is told in the book and movie, "Black Hawk Down." Killed while trying to save the life of fellow soldiers. Buried next to his father, Lt. Col. Larry E. Casey, hero of Vietnam, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Dewey Kimberlin
23 - Farmersville & Culleoka Private - Army
WWII

Killed in action on 2 December, 1944, when his unit was ambushed while transporting prisoners near Grasshaw, Germany. His body was sent home in 1948; he is buried at the Wilson Chapel Cemetery in Princeton.

Howell, Lacy
Jack Kirby
21 - McKinney
Cpl. - USMC
WWII

Machine gun squad leader. Landed on Iwo Jima Island with the 5th Marine Division. He was was part of the unit that placed the flag atop Mt. Suribachi. On 28 Feb. 1945, he lost his life in that battle.

Howell "Bud" Lacy
Altoga
T/Sgt. - US Army
WWII

Landed at Normandy on D-Day, Killed in Action 15 June 1944 in France.

John C. Lair
Celina
PFC - Army
WWII

Attended Texas A&M. Was killed in action in September of 1944, location unknown.

Landrum W. Leech
Farmersville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce. Served with the 90th Infantry. Killed in action at Normandy on D-Day, 6 June, 1944.

McCrary, Lloyd
Darrel U. "George" Mahan
20 - McKinney
Cpl -  USMC
Vietnam

Infantry Squad Leader with  G Company  2nd Bn. 1st Marines. Killed near Hill 55 when ambushed by Viet Cong on 19 Aug. 1967. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

James Edgar Malone
21 - McKinney
PFC - Army
Vietnam

Paratrooper with D Co.  501st Inf.  101st Airborne Div.  (The Screaming Eagles) Killed during the Tet Offensive near the DMZ on 3 Feb. 1968. Buried at Williams Cemetery in McKinney.

Lloyd McCrary
Farmersville
Pvt. US Army
WWII

Combat Engineer with the 49th Div. 7th Army, Killed in Action in Europe, April, 1945.

Rudd Mann
26 - Allen
2nd Lt. - Army Air Corps  WWII

Brother of Wayne. A pilot instructor, he was killed in a plane crash in January of 1942, near March Field, Riverside, California, when an engine stalled and he chose to crash into a stack of lumber instead of landing in a street full of people.

Wayne T. Mann
34 - Allen
Captain - Air Force

Brother of Rudd. Flew numerous combat operations in WWII. Died in the crash of an Air Force plane
30 November,  1951, near Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Buried at Allen Cemetery. 

Jesse D. Massey
Farmersville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Served with the 5th Army. Received Purple Heart for wounds received on 11 November, 1943. Killed in action 3 June, 1944 in Italy.

Doyle James McFarling
Navy
WWII

Sent by the Navy  to Columbia University in New York City. Was killed on 17 Nov. 1943, when his ship, the USS McKeon, was sunk near Bougainville by Japanese aircraft.

James W. Montgomery
Copeville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Killed in action while serving with the 7th Division during the during the battle for Okinawa. Buried at Thompson Cemetery.

 

J. L. Montgomery
Copeville
Sgt. - Army
WWII

While serving as a tank commander, he was killed in action in February, 1945, in Germany. He is buried at Thompson Cemetery near Copeville.
Lieutenant Colonel George K. Rubel, Commander of the 740th Tank Battalion, which was Sgt. J.L. Montgomery's unit, conducted a memorial service in May, 1945. Coming after the cessation of fighting in Germany, the memorial service was held to honor those men from the 740th Tank Battalion who had been killed during the battalion's service in the European Theater of Operations.  Lt. Col. Rubel: "To live in hearts you leave behind is not to die."  This then is the least we can do.

Dana T. Mudd
McKinney
Flight Officer - Army Air Corps
WWII

Glider pilot killed in action on 21 September, 1944 in Holland, during Operation Market Garden.

Gordon Keith Neely
Anna
S/Sgt. - Army
WWII

Trained Ski Troopers in Canada. With the 23rd Inf. 2nd Div. he landed at Normandy on D-Day. He was killed in action ten days later, 16 June 1944, in France.



Vail E. Osburn
23 - Valdasta
Cpl. - USMC
WWII

Served 16 months in the Somoa Islands. Was killed in an explosion 6 Dec. 1943 somewhere in the South Pacific. He is buried in Hawaii.

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William M. Pearson
Plano
Pvt. USMC
KIA Oct. 31, 1944, in New Guinea while on eight-man recon patrol. On the back
of the photo his mother wrote:
"Picture made before going to New Guinea during WWII. He as killed about 3 months later." The photo was made on Penelope Street in Dallas, Texas.
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His body was carried eight miles through the jungle by comrades. Buried at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

Charles V. Porter
Prosper
2nd Lt. - Army Air Corps  WWII

Was killed on 3 Aug. 1944, as pilot of transport plane that was struck by lightning and crashed while flying from Bruning Army Air Field, Nebraska, to Pierre, South Dakota. One of the passengers was Lt. Pat Neff Roberts Jr. of McKinney, along with 26 other pilots and crew.

R. Mays Powell
Anna
Pharmacist 2nd Class - Navy  WWII

Killed in combat with Japanese infantry while serving as a corpman (medic). In a joint operation with the Army infantry, he was killed on 11 January, 1945 while making a beach landing on Luzon Island in the Philippines. After being listed as Missing In Action for a year, he was then declared Killed In Action. After the war his body and others were discovered in graves. His body was returned home for burial conducted with military honors. Awarded the Bronze Star Medal posthumous.

   
James Amon Riddle
Blue Ridge
Pvt. - Army
WWII

While serving with the 32nd Battalion of the 125th Inf., he was killed in action somewhere in the Philippine Islands on 15 June, 1945.

Thomas L. Rike
Farmersville
S/Sgt. - Army Air Corps  WWII

B17 waist gunner, killed in Feburary, 1944, when his plane went down over the English Channel. His body was never recovered. Awarded the Air Medal posthumously.

Pat Neff Roberts Jr.
McKinney
1st Lt. - Army Air Corps  WWII

Attended Texas A&M. P47 pilot. Killed on 3 Aug. 1944, along with 26 other pilots and crew in crash of transport plane while flying from Bruning Army Air Field, Nebraska, to Pierre, South Dakota. The plane, struck by lightning, was piloted by Lt. Charles Porter of Prosper.

Robert W. "Robbie" Robinson
22 - McKinney
PFC - USMC
Korea

Served with D Company, 1st Tank Battalion, 1st Marine Division. Survived the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir (The Frozen Chosin). Killed 22 Feb. 1951, during a North Korean artillery barrage in the small town of Hoengsong. buried at Restland in Dallas.

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Martin LeRoy Rodgers
18 - McKinney
Sp4 - Army
Vietnam

Helicopter crew chief. Drowned when his chopper went down in the Mekong River, while on combat support mission. May have been the youngest US Army crewman to die in Vietnam. Buried at Ridgeview.

Johnie Carl Rogers
Wylie
Signalman 2nd Class - Navy  WWII

Killed in action on 10 Dec. 1944, when his ship, the USS Dan Beard, was sunk off the coast of Strumble Head, North Wales, when torpedoed by the German submarine U-1202.

Richard Hershel Ross
Plano
Cadet - Army Air Corps  WWII

Trained as an airplane mechanic, he became an Air Cadet. At Spartan Field, Tulsa, Oklahoma, on 19 July, 1943, he was killed in a plane crash while training with his instructor.

John D. Rutherford
Anna
Cpl. - Army
WWII

Served as a medic. Was assigned to duty in the Philippine Islands two months before Pearl Harbor. Died after three years while being held prisoner by the Japanese.

William E. Rutherford
Anna
Cpl. - Army
WWII

Killed in Lincoln, England, 3 Dec. 1943, in motor vehicle accident.

W. C. Scalf
McKinney
PFC - USMC
WWII

Killed in action on 25 July, 1944, on the Pacific island of Guam.

 

Royce Glenn Scoggins
18 -  McKinney
PFC - USMC
Vietnam

Machine-gunner with Weapons Plt.  I Company,  3rd Bn. 1st Marines.
First Collin County casualty in Vietnam. Killed in a rice paddy while manning an M60 machine gun during Operation Utah, 5 Mar, 1966. Buried at the Tioga Cemetery.

R. L. Scott
Blue Ridge
Sgt. - Army
WWII

Served with Company M, 143rd Regt. 36th Div.
Killed in action on 15 June, 1944, somewhere in Italy.

 


Edgar M. Seay
Farmersville
PFC - Army
WWII

Served with the 359th Inf. Killed in action in September 1944, location unknown. He is buried in France.

Nimrod Sheppard Shipp
Cook 1st Class
Merchant Marines
WWII

Killed 20 Oct. 1943, when the tanker ship he was onboard, the GulfLand, collided with another tanker off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida and sunk.

Brian Drew Smith
30 - McKinney
2nd Lt. - Army
Iraq

Eagle Scout. Bachelor's Degree from the University of Texas, Law degree from Baylor. Joined the Army and requested duty in Tank Warfare. Platoon Leader with Company A, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division. Killed by sniper fire 2 July, 2004, while leading a combat patrol near the City of Habbaniyah.

Jimmie Standifer
Plano
PFC - Army
WWII

Received a Purple Heart at Bougainville. Killed in action 23 Feb. 1945, during the Battle for Manila, in the Philippines.
 

Stanford, Cleo Photobucket
Stanford, Cleo
Farmersville
Pvt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

While serving with Glider Training Detachment, killed in glider training accident 1 Oct. 1942, at Antigo, Wisconsin.

Russell Albert Steindam
24 -  Plano
1st Lt. - Army
Vietnam

Graduated from the University of Texas with honors. In Vietnam he served with B Troop,  3rd Squadron,  4th Cav. Reg.  25th Div. On the night of 1 Feb. 1970, he dove onto a grenade and saved the lives of several men in his squad. For that he was  Awarded the CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR.
At UT in Austin, the ROTC Building is named in his honor.

Ronald Boyd Strickland
21 - Melissa
Cpl. - USMC
Vietnam

After surviving a tour in Vietnam he was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, California, 4 July, 1969.

Taylor, Claude D.
25 - Nevada
QM1-C - Navy
WWII

Born 17 February, 1920, Killed in Action aboard a Destroyer 7 March, 1945.

Trovillion, Tyler

Nolan D. Thomas
Farmersville
Sgt. - USMC
WWII

Fought in the Pacific Theatre of and reportedly died of pneumonia, date unknown.

James Oliver Trosclair
23 - McKinney
Airman 1st Class - Air Force
Korea

McKinney Lions football team. Served with the 307th Heavy Bomb Group as a crewman on a B29-A Superfortress. Killed when shot down on 13 September 13, 1952, during an attack conducted by twenty-five B-29s on the generator building at the Sui-ho Hydroelectric Plant in North Korea.

Tyler Seth Trovillion
23 - Plano
Cpl. - USMC
Iraq

Served as a rifleman with 1st  Bn. 5th Marine Regt. 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Division. During his 2nd tour of duty on 15 June 2005, his unit was involved in a combat operation near the city of Ramadi, about 70 miles west of Bagdad, when he and three other Marines were killed by the detonation of a roadside bomb. Buried at Ridgeview

Charles O. Walters Jr.
McKinney
Sgt. - Army Air Corps
WWII

Drown during a training exercise at Pine Castle Air Base, Orlando, Florida, 30 Aug. 1943.

Willis, Auddie
Auddie C. Willis
22 - Blue Ridge S/Sgt - US Army
WWII

Landed at Normandy on D-Day, Killed in Action 27 July 1944, in France.

Floyd Earl White Jr.
Plano
1st Lt. - Army
WWII

Graduated from TCU. Received Purple Heart in Italy on 6 June 1944. Five months later, 20 Nov. he died of wounds received in France.

Vernon Wayne Woody
22 - Princeton
Cpl. - Army
Vietnam

H&H Co.  2nd Bn.  34th Armor,  25th Div. Killed when accidentally run over by an armored vehicle on 30 Jan, 1970. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

 

Horace Edwin Yeary Jr.
21 - Farmersville
Pvt. - Army
WWII

Attended Texas A&M. Served with the 38th Inf. Div. in the Philippines, wounded at Luzon, and later died from those wounds in Manila.

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