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VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK in McKINNEY
WALL of HONOR TIMELINE
 

There are 377 names on the Wall of Honor. When possible, each listing will be as follows:
Date of death – Name – Age – Hometown(s) – Branch of Service – Rank – Unit Designations – Summary of information – Location of burial site or memorial.

Abbreviations used:
RANK:
Pvt. – Private - E1
PFC – Private First Class - E2
L/Cpl – Lance/Corporal – E3
Cpl. -  Corporal – E4
Sp4 – Specialist 4th Class –E4
Sgt. – Sergeant - E5

 

S/Sgt. - Staff Sergeant – E6
T/Sgt. – Technical Sergeant - E6
Lt. – Lieutenant - O2
Capt. – Captain - 03
Col. -Colonel - 06

 


MILITARY UNITS
      :
Plt. – Platoon
Co. – Company
Regt. – Regiment
Bn. – Battalion
Div. - Division
AAF – Army Air force
USMC – United States Marine Corps

 

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK in McKINNEY

WALL of HONOR

 

1913

22 Jan. WILLIAM CHESTER BENNETT – 21, McKinney. US Navy, Fireman 2nd Class. Drowned while serving aboard the USS Maryland at Mare Island, California, when the launch in which he was riding collided with a coal barge. Buried at Mare Island Cemetery, the oldest Navy cemetery on the Pacific Ocean. First of 351 Collin County heroes to die in the service of our country in the 20th Century

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WORLD WAR I ERA

1917

29 April JAMES ROBERT GANTT – 19, Princeton. US Navy, Apprentice Seaman. Died of pneumonia while in basic training. The first official Collin County casualty of World War I. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

13 Dec. IRA R. SELLERS – 19, Blue Ridge. US Army, Pvt. Co. F. 19th Inf. 18th Div. Killed in Port Arthur, Texas, while on guard duty at the shipping yards; found lying in the warehouse, dead, with a gunshot wound in the back and his rifle at his feet. Buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery.

17 Dec. JOHN L. EMERSON – 22, McKinney. US Army Pvt. Aviation Section, US Signal Corps, 16th Aero Squadron. Died of pneumonia while serving in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney.

23 Dec. WILLIAM ERWIN RUCKER JR - 23, McKinney. US Navy, Seaman Apprentice. Died of septicemia at Great Lakes Training School in Illinois. Buried at Pecan Grove.

1918

5 Jan. JEPTHA T. “JEP” ALLEN – 26, McKinney, Sgt. US Army. Died in Emory Texas, Jan 6, 1918, at the home of his parents, while on furlough from Camp Travis, Texas. The day he died his appointment to Officers Training Camp was announced in the newspaper. Buried at Pecan Grove, McKinney.

5 Feb. JOHN DEWITT GREER - 20, Anna. US Army Air Service, Mechanic, 677th Aero Squadron. Died of meningitis at Newport News, Virginia. Buried at Van Alstyne, Texas.

6 Feb. JAMES F. SPARKMAN –28, Frisco. US Army, Pvt., Co. C, 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA (killed in action) along with 264 others, in the sinking of the chartered troopship Tuscania, of the Cunard Lines, when torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Scotland. Originally buried at Port Charlotte, Isle of Islay, Scotland, later reburied at Arlington National Cemetery. First Collin County boy to be killed due to enemy action in WWI.

1 Mar. JAMES VASCO ESTEP – 19, Anna. US Navy, Seaman 2nd Class. Died at Great Lakes Naval Hospital, Chicago, Illinois. Buried at Elm Grove Cemetery, Westminster, Texas.

20 Mar. WALTER LEWIS WRIGHT – 29, McKinney. After serving in the US Navy he enlisted in the US Army. Pvt. Co. 56, 11th Bn. (Battalion) 166th Depot Brigade, 90th Div. Died of meningitis at Camp Travis, Texas. Buried at Wilson Chapel Cemetery, McKinney.

July CUDD, HUBERT C. – 25, Collin County, Sgt. US Army. Entered the service July 15, 1918, and sent to Camp Cody, New Mexico, where he was trained with Company 11, 388th Infantry. Through efficient service he was promoted to Line Sergeant. While training at Camp Cody he fell ill with pneumonia, which resulted in death in 1918. He is buried at Aubrey, Texas.

5 Aug. ALBERT E. STELZER – 24, Celina. US Army, Cpl. Headquarters Plt. (Platoon), Co A. 359th Inf. 90th Div. Died of pneumonia, in Recy, France. The first Collin County boy to actually die in the war zone. Buried at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France.

12 Sept. TILLMAN GUINN – 25, Celina. US Army, PFC (Private First Class), Co. G. 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA at the Battle of St, Mihiel, France. First Collin County boy killed in action on foreign soil. Buried at Old Celina Cemetery.

12 Sept. RALPH FURR - 23, McKinney, US Army. Machine Gunner with the 359th Texas Infantry. KIA Sept. 12, 1918, in France and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

13 Sept. JOHN CLAUD LONG – 24, Princeton. US Army, Pvt. Bakery Co. 321, 36th Div. Died of pneumonia in France. Buried at Van Winkle Cemetery, Climax, Texas.

14 Sept. ROY EDGAR MATTHEWS – 25,  Altoga, Westminster. US Army, 1st Lt. Co. A, 359th Inf. 90th Div. Intelligence Officer before becoming Infantry Officer. KIA at St. Mihiel, France. Buried at Oakland Cemetery, Dallas.

15 Sept JAMES HENRY “JIMMIE” GEIGAS – 27, McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co. A, 359th Infantry, 90th Division. KIA at St. Mihiel, France. The first McKinney boy to be killed in action on foreign soil. The American Legion Post in McKinney is named in his honor. Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Collin County.

15 Sept. PETER J.  HARDING – Plano. US Army, Cpl. Co. A. 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA St. Mihiel. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

16 Sept. JAMES ADAMS – 22, Anna. US Army, Cpl. Co. H. 81st Infantry Regt. (Regiment).  KIA at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne, France. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia.

16 Sept. OSCAR MARVIN WALTERS - 23, McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co A, 359th Inf. 90th Div. Wounded on 14 Sept. at St, Mihiel; killed in action two days later at Meuse-Argonne. Buried at Forest Grove Cemetery. McKinney.

17 Sept. LEE S. EADS – Pike, Captain, US Army. KIA in France. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 60th Infantry Regiment, 5th Division, A.E.F., near Regnieville, France, September 15 - 17, 1918. Prompted by his great devotion to duty Captain Eads preferred to remain on duty with a detachment of his company organized as a carrying party, desiring to see that his detail performed the work assigned to them to the very utmost. While thus engaged he received severe wounds, which proved to be the cause of his death. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

23 Sept. ROBERT BRYAN JOHNSON – 21, Princeton. US Navy, Carpenter’s Mate. Died of influenza aboard ship at Quebec, Canada.  Buried at Princeton.

26 Sept. OSCAR C. KEY – McKinney. US Army, 2nd Lt. Co. C. 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France.

26 Sep. BENJAMIN FRANK BRIDGES – 27, Wylie. US Army, Pvt. Co. H, 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France.  Buried at Wylie Cemetery.

26 Sep OSCAR B. COPAS - 23, Lucus. US Army, Pvt. Co. F, 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA in action at Meuse-Argonne, France. Buried at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

28 Sept. HENRY LEE CURRIN – 22, Josephine. US Army, Pvt. Co. C. 138th Inf. 350th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France. Buried at Nevada, Texas.

28 Sept. CLARENCE C. DRY – McKinney, Sgt. US Army. Killed in Action 28 September, 1918; Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company I, 140th Infantry Regiment, 35th Division, A.E.F., at Exermont, France. Volunteering to ascertain the location of an enemy machine-gun nest, Sergeant Dry walked into the open to draw its fire, and when he was about 50 yards from the hostile position, he was killed. His self-sacrificing act enabled his platoon to destroy the enemy nest. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

29 Sept. ALPHEUS E. STEWERT – Fairview, Pvt. US Army. KIA 29 Sept. 1918. Awarded the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company G, 107th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F., east of Ronssoy, France. Private Stewart, having been wounded in the head, advanced with fearless disregard for his own personal safety against an enemy machine-gun nest and succeeded in putting it out of action by bombing the gunners. He was killed immediately thereafter by enemy machine-gun fire.

1 Oct. ROBERT JORDAN CUFFMAN - 24, Allen. US Army, Pvt. Supply Co. 28th Inf. Wounded at the Battle of St. Mihiel; KIA at the Battle of Meuse/Argonne, France. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

1 Oct. PORTER W. JOHNSON – Millwood. US Army, Pvt. Co. F. 26th Inf. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France.

6 Oct. AENARD “ANN” COMPTON – 28, Allen. Attended Baylor University, became a teacher and high school principal, left her job to serve in the US Army Nurse Corps. Died of influenza. The only servicewoman from Texas to die in WWI. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

6 Oct. GEORGE SHRADER MATHERS – Rockhill, McKinney, Prosper. Doctor, US Army, Captain. Chaplain with the Medical Corps. Died of pneumonia at Camp Meade, Maryland. Buried at Military Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois.

7 Oct. SAM RODGERS – McKinney. US Army, 2nd Lt. 153rd Pioneer Infantry Regiment. KIA at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. Buried at Hartsville Cemetery, Hartsville, Tennessee.

7 Oct. JOHN WILLIAM FLOYD – Allen. US Army, Pvt. Quartermaster Corps, Section 306, Graves Registration. Died of pneumonia at Gievres, France. Buried at Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Rowlett, Texas..

8 Oct.  THADIS O. GILBERT - 26, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Co. C, 143rd Regt.

36th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

9 Oct. AMBER B. RODERICK – Frisco. US Army, Pvt.  Co. H, 142nd Inf. KIA in France. Awarded, by Marshall Petain from the French Government, the “Croix de Guerre” Medal. The citation reads: Displayed courage , bravery and skill. Crossed a terrain violently bombarded by large caliber shells and machine-gun fire. Was killed while accomplishing his duty. Buried at Pecan Gap Cemetery, Delta County, Texas.

11 Oct. JAMES M. “MATT” ANDERSON – 20, Chambersville and Anna, Cpl. US Army. Sent to Camp Stanley, Texas, for training, died 11 Oct. 1918, of pneumonia. Buried at Chambersville Cemetery.

14 Oct. ROBERT LEE TYLER – McKinney, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. 337th Field Remount Squadron, Camp Stuart, Va. Cause of death unknown. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

15 Oct. JAMES OSCAR TIMMS – Wylie. US Army, Pvt. Co F, 23rd Inf. 2nd Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne. Buried at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

15 Oct. CALVIN E. HINDS – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Medical Corps. Died at Camp MacArthur, Texas, cause unknown. Buried at Bullard Cemetery, Smith County, Texas.

16 Oct. GEORGE WILLIARD THURMAN – Celina. US Army, Pvt. Co. A. 123rd Inf. Died of pneumonia at Camp Hoboken, N.J. Buried at Old Celina Cemetery.

16 Oct. ARTHUR LAFAYETTE PHILLIPS – Anna. US Army, Pvt. 2nd Co. Central Officers Training Camp. Died of pneumonia at Camp McArthur in Waco. Buried at Elm Grove Cemetery, Westminster, Texas.

16 Oct. JAMES L. BALLEW - 19, Melissa, Private, US Army. Died 16 October, 1918, of Spanish Influenza at his home in Melissa, after contacting it during training at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas. He is buried at Altoga Cemetery, Altoga, Texas.

17 Oct. FRANK BUNCH – Celina. US Army, Pvt. Medical Corps. Died of pneumonia at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Buried at Cottage Hill Cemetery, Collin County.

21 Oct. JOSEPH LOUIS SMITH – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co. L. 143rd Inf. 32nd Div. Died of pneumonia in France. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery, McKinney.

22 Oct. SIDNEY PEEBLES – 22, Weston. US Army, Pvt. 46th Co.12th Bn. 163rd Depot Brigade. Died of Influenza. Buried at Chambersville Cemetery.

25 Oct. GEORGE WASHINGTON CLARK – McKinney. US Army, PFC, Quartermaster Corps. Died of pneumonia at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Buried at Red Oak Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas.

25 Oct. CLARENCE REEDY FARRELL – Plano. US Army Air Service, Cpl. 79th Observation Balloon Co. Died at Camp John Wise, near San Antonio, Texas. Buried at Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano.

31 Oct. OSCAR HEUSTIS BISHOP - Frisco & Celina. US Army, Pvt. 41st Co. 11th Bn. 165th Brigade. Died at Camp Travis, Texas, cause unknown. Buried at Gunter, Texas.

1 Nov. ALEXANDER JACKSON McCANDLESS – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co. B, 124th Inf. 31st Div. Died of influenza at Camp Merritt, N.J. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

2 Nov. CLARENCE ESTELA HENDRIX - 25, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Co. A. 359th Inf. 90th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne, France. He is buried at Huson Cemetery in Farmersville where the American Legion Post is named in his honor.

5 Nov. CHRISTOPHER LEE BARNES – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co. A, 11th Infantry, 5th Div.  KIA in France. Buried in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Rheas Mill, Texas.

5 Nov. HENRY GRADY SPRINGFIELD – Anna & Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Co. D. 356th Inf. 89th Div. KIA at Meuse-Argonne. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

6 Nov. CARL SPRINKLE -  Farmersville. US Army, Cpl. Co A. 343rd Machine Gun Bn. Died of pneumonia in France. Buried at Huson Cemetery, Farmersville.

7 Nov. HOUSTON LEVY SMITH – Princeton. US Army, Pvt. Co. G. 9th Inf. Wounded in action in France 7 March, 1918; died of wounds 7 Nov. Buried in France.

9 Nov. EARL FRY - Blue Ridge & Pike. School teacher Blue Ridge High School. US Army, Cpl. Co. A. 359th Inf. 90th Div. Wounded in action 1 Nov. 1918, at the Battle of Meuse-Argonne. Died of wounds eight days later. Buried at AEF (American Expeditionary Forces) Cemetery, east of Esnes, France, grave number 66, reburied at Pike Cemetery, Collin County.

11 Nov. GILES RAYMOND GREER – 31, Princeton. US Army, Cpl. 356th Inf. 89th Div.  KIA on the morning of 11 November, 1918, just a few hours before the Armistice was signed, officially ending the war. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Princeton.

11 Oct. WILLIAM LAYFAYETTE “BYRD” O’DELL - 20, Celina. US Army, Pvt. Ambulance Co. 142, 111th Sanitary Train, 36th Div. Died of pneumonia in France. Buried at Cottage Hill Cemetery.

24 Nov. JOSEPH WELDON AYCOCK – 20, McKinney. US Army Training Corps, Pvt. Co. A, Students Army Training Corps, Rice Institute. Died of influenza. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

25 Nov. DAVIS LOONEY – McKinney, US Army. Was a member of Burrus Rifles of McKinney and was sent to Camp Stanley, Texas, to Officers Training School. Soon after arriving at the training camp he was taken sick with appendicitis and died November 25, 1918. He is buried in Princeton, Texas.

22 Dec. CHARLES A. SAMUEL – Celina, McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Co F, 117th Supply Train, 42nd Div. Died of typhoid Fever while serving with the Army of Occupation in Germany. Buried in McKinney.

GEORGE CASEY – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. KIA in France.

JAMES W. MURRAY – Princeton. US Army, Pvt. Died in accident.

FRANKLIN PARKHAM – Frisco. Died during the war, details unknown.

WILLIAM R. AMDREWS – 22, McKinney, US Army. Served with the 36th American Expeditionary Division and died of wounds received in France in 1918.

JEFF MORGAN TUCKER – 23, McKinney. Died of unknown causes and buried in France; body returned home in July 1921 to be buried at Ross Cemetery in McKinney.

1919

10 Feb. JASPER RAY SANDERS – Celina. US Army, Pvt. 73rd Co. 20th Grand Div. Transportation Corps. Died of unknown causes in France. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

8 March ROBERT HASKELL KINNAMON – Plano. US Army, Pvt. Co B. 1st Bn. 22nd Engineers. Died in France of unknown causes. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

30 May JOSEPH LOVE BYLER – 24, Plano. US Army, Pvt. Machine Gun Co. A, 345th Machine Gun Bn. 90th Div. Fought in France, died of spinal meningitis. Buried at Forest Grove Cemetery.

23 July  JACK J. LEWIS – 23, Farmersville. US Army, Sgt. (Sergeant) Co. A. 359th Inf. 90th Div. Died in USA from being gassed at the Battle of St. Mihiel, France. Buried at Huson Cemetery, Farmersville.

1920

14 Oct. HUBERT McKINLEY CROWDER - 17, McKinney. US Navy. Died aboard ship in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California. Buried at Rowlett Creek Cemetery, Plano. Youngest known Collin County boy to die in the service.

1921

20 Oct. JOHN V. DUCKWORTH - 23, McKinney. US Army, American Expeditionary Forces. Died of wounds three years after the war from the effects of German poison gas.

1923

15 Feb. TOMMIE ENGLAND – 22, Weston, McKinney, Melissa, Clear Lake and Wylie. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. Died from infection in the Panama Canal Zone. Buried at Wylie Cemetery.

May EDWIN M. KIRK - 25, McKinney. US Army. Wounded at the Battle of St. Mihiel, France; died five years later from the effects of German poison gas. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

1929

26 July, 1929  EARNEST ASHLEY HIGHSAW - 21, Culleoka, US Navy, Stricken ill with appendicitis while aboard the USS Raleigh off the coast of Sweden, and died 26 July, 1929, in Stockholm. He is buried at Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Texas.

1932

7 April IRA OVAL WILSON – 25, McKinney, barber at Nelson’s North Side Barber Shop. US Navy, Aviation Machinist Mate 3rd Class. Killed aboard the USS Langley (the Navy’s first aircraft carrier), when struck by an airplane propeller during training exercises off the California coast. Buried at Altoga, Texas

24 June ELKIN L. FRANKLIN – 47, McKinney. US Army, Lt. Col.  West Point graduate. Served in the Mexican War and the Philippine Insurrection; WWI hero, awarded Distinguish Service Cross and Croix de Guerre for heroism in France. Died of injuries received in a US Army polo match in Hawaii. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Oldest and highest ranking Collin County native to die in the service.

 

World War II ERA

1941

10 July HENRY JOHN  McNEIL – 27, McKinney, US Army, PFC. Left his job with McKinney Independent School District to join the Army; developed Yellow Fever while serving overseas; died at Randolph Field, Texas. Buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Rheas Mill, Texas.

7 Dec. CARL JAMES ESTEP – Anna. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. KIA 7 Dec. 1941, during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Listed on the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Honolulu  Memorial. First reported Collin County casualty of WWII.

7 Dec. HAROLD J. PATTERSON - 19,  Plano. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. KIA 7 Dec. 1941, during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Listed on the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial.

7 Dec. RICHARD PERRY RUSH – McKinney. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class.   KIA 7 Dec. 1941, during Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor. Listed on the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial.

7 Dec. RAYMOND CLIFFORD TENNELL – Plano. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. KIA 7 Dec. 1941, during Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Listed on the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii and on the “Tablets of the Missing” at the Honolulu Memorial.

1942

Jan  RUDD V. MANN - 26, McKinney. US Army Air Corps Pilot, 2nd Lt. Coastal Patrol, March Field, California. Killed in plane crash when an engine stalled and he chose to crash into a stack of lumber instead of landing in a street full of people. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

1 Feb. EARL DONNETT, JR. – Frisco. US Navy, Ensign. KIA, details unknown. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii

19 April JOHN C. ARNOLD - 22, Anna. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. (Staff/Sergeant) Killed in plane crash in North Africa.  Buried at Stoney Point Cemetery, Altoga.

25 May CURTIS A. REEVES – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. 21st Pursuit Squadron, 24th Pursuit Group, 33rd Air Corps. Captured 7 May 1942, at the battle of Corregidor, Philippines. Died in a Japanese POW camp. Buried at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

8 June  JAMES W. DUNN – McKinney. US Army, Cpl. 31st Inf. Regt.Reported missing in 1942 at the Battle of Corrigador, Philippines. Later declared dead, body recovered and buried at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

9 Aug. RICHARD LLOYD BOLTON – Lebanon, Frisco, Plano. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. KIA in sinking of USS Quincy off Savo Island in the Solomons. The ship’s captain, along with 370 Sailors, went down with the ship. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

14 Aug. ELZIEL LEON BURNS – US Army, Cpl. Headquarters Co. 4th Port of Embarkation. Died of unknown causes. Buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

 1 Oct. CLEO W. STANDFORD – 19, Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, Pvt. Glider Training Detachment, 17th AAC. Killed in glider training accident six miles southwest of Antigo, Wisconsin.

11 Oct. CLEO STILES – US Army. Killed in plane crash. Details unknown.

9 Nov. LOWELL EUGENE KINNEY -  Celina. UA Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. 423rd Bomber Squadron, 306th Bomber Group, Heavy. KIA when B17 Flying Fortress shot down over Europe. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England

12 Nov. RAY W. HENSLEE - 23,  Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. 439th Bomber Squadron, 319th Bomber Group, Medium. Navigator on a bomber. Had been in war zone for twelve days; KIA when shot down somewhere over Western Europe. Buried at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

12 Dec. LEON H. WALLACE – Pike. US Army, PFC. 31st Inf. Regt.Taken prisoner by Japanese in the Philippines, 1941. Died while a Prisoner of War. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing”, American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

WELDON H.  “STOKES” STALLCUP – 28, Celina. US Navy, Lt. Pilot. KIA IN 1942 when shot down in the Philippines. Buried at Cottage Hill Cemetery.

1943

19 Jan CHESTER D. MESSER – 24, Nevada. US Army, PFC. 32nd Inf. Regt.7th INf. Div. KIA against Japanese troops in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, the closest combat action to the Continental US during the war. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

19 Feb. OSCAR L. CANTRELL, JR. - 24, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. Pilot, killed in the crash of a B-24D bomber at Biggs Field, El Paso, Texas. Stayed with his plane while crew had safely bailed out. Buried at Stoney Point Cemetery, Valdasta, Texas.

8 Mar. ROBERT W. BLAINE - 27,  Plano. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. 67th Bomber Squadron, 44th Bomber Group, Heavy. Pilot of B24 Liberator. KIA when shot down over Rennes, France, during raid on German U-boat facility. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

10 Mar. HAROLD W. COOPER, 23, Plano High School Class of 1940, Texas A&M. Flight Officer, US Army Air Corps, 100th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium, 13th Air Force. Pilot of B25 Mitchell Bomber that went down over the island of Mindanao in the Philippines during WWII on 10 March, 1943. Classified as Missing In Action, declared Killed in Action on 10 March, 1945. Listed as MIA or Buried at Sea on the "Tablets of the Missing", Manila American Cemetery, Manila Philippines.

12 May GERALD MYRIC - 25, McKinney. US Army, Cpl. 133rd Field Artillery Bn. Died of illness. Buried at Wilson Chapel Cemetery, Lowry Crossing, Texas.

14 May AUGUSTUS F. REESE JR.  – 26, Nevada, 1st Lt., US Army Air Corps. Pilot of a P38 Lightning, serving with the 94th Fighter Squadron, KIA near Cagilari, Sardina, 14 May, 1943, when his plane struck the ground after strafing a train. Buried at Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antionio, Texas. Reese Air Force Base near Lubbock is named in his honor.

29 May GEORGE F HAGUE - 21, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. 526th Bomb Squadron.  Gunner on bomber. KIA when shot down over Europe. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

May MATHER P. MILLICAN - 21, Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. Killed in bomber crash. Buired at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

11 June WILLIAM A. CARVER -  Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, T/Sgt. Gunner on a bomber. Reported Missing in Action, later declared dead. Buried at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri, in a plot consisting of the remains of two or more servicemen interred in a common gravesite.

12 June  JERRAL W. DERRYBERRY - 23, Frisco and McKinney. US Army Air Corps, Capt. Pilot B17 Flying Fortress bomber, 391st Squadron, 34th Air Group. Saw action over North Africa. Killed in B24 crash two miles west of Soledad, California. The brother of Lee Derryberry.  Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

13 June MARVIN J. CURTIS – Pike and Blue Ridge. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. 581st Bomber Squadron. Killed in bomber crash near Sioux City, Iowa. Buried at Pike Cemetery, Collin County.

21 June VIRGIL LEWIS – Wylie. US Army, Pvt. 560th Signal Air Warning Bn. KIA in North Africa. Buried at North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

6 July JIM H. FURR - 20, McKinney. US Navy, Petty Officer 2nd Class. Wounded at Pearl Harbor, 7 Dec. 1941. KIA two years later in the sinking of the USS Helena by a Japanese submarine in the Battle of Kula Gulf. Buried at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Rheas Mill.

19 July TERRY HEATHINGTON – McKinney. US Naval Reserve, Apprentice Seaman. Died of unknown causes. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

19 July RICHARD HERSCHELL ROSS – 20, Plano. US Army Air Corps, Air Cadet. Completed training as aircraft mechanic, volunteered for flight school at Spartan Field, Tulsa, Oklahoma; killed in crash of PT-19A with his instructor 13 miles north of Collinsville, Oklahoma.  Buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.

July CYREL DWIGHT MORELAND - 19, McKinney. Merchant Marines. Killed in explosion aboard ship at Oakland, California. Buried at Altoga Cemetery.

11 Aug. CARL WRIGHT BOONE – 24. KIA in Sicily, Italy.

28 Aug. JAMES T. WRIGHT - 20, Farmersville. Branch of service unknown. Killed when accidentally shot by another soldier while on Military Police duties at Pier 98, Delaware River Depot, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

30 Aug. CHARLES O. WALTERS, JR – 21, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, Sgt.  Drown in training accident

at Pine Castle Air Base, Orlando, Fl. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

4 Sept. WOODROW HUGH ALLEN – 24, McKinney. US Navy, Aviation Machinist Mate 1st Class. Survived five major battles at sea in the Pacific, including the sinking of the USS Hornet, decorated for bravery, killed in accidental explosion aboard ship at Munda, New Georgia. Buried at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

9 Sept. EDGAR L. BLACKBURN - 28, Celina. US Army, Cpl. 141st Inf. Regt.36th Inf. Div. KIA in Europe. Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. 

11 Sept. WILLIAM ALTON CORLEY – 21, Josephine, Farmersville. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. Served on the Cruiser USS Savannah.  KIA, along with 197 fellow Sailors, during the invasion of Salerno, Italy, when their ship was hit by a radio bomb dropped from a German plane. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

22 Sept. HUGH B. PARRIS, JR – 24, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. Pilot of B24 Liberator. KIA in the South Pacific.

20 Oct. NIMROD SHEPPARD SHIPP – 23, Merchant Marines, Cook 1st Class. Killed in the sinking of a tanker ship that collided with another oil tanker off the coast of Palm Beach, Florida and sunk. Headstone inscription at Sylverino Cemetery, Fouke, Arkansas: “Lost at Sea”.

29 Oct. WILLIAM M. PEARSON – Plano. USMC, Pvt. KIA in New Guinea while on eight-man recon patrol. His body was carried eight miles through the jungle by comrades. Buried at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

16 Nov. RAYMOND DALE THOMPSON – Farmersville. US Navy, Seaman 2nd Class. KIA in the Philippines.  Listed on theTablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

18 Nov. DOYLE J. McFARLING – US Navy. Motor Machinist's Mate, Second Class. KIA in the sinking of the USS McKeon near Bougainville by Japanese aircraft. Sixty-four Sailors and 52 Marines went down with the ship. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

20 Nov. JOE HORRIS RAWLINS – Plano. USMC, PFC. KIA in the South Pacific. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

3 Dec. WILLIAM E. RUTHERFORD – Anna. US Army, Cpl. Headquarters Co. Washington DC. Killed in Lincoln, England, in motor vehicle accident. Buried at Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial, Cambridgeshire, England.  Brother of John D. Rutherford.

6 Dec. VAIL E. OSBURN - 22, Valdasta. USMC, Cpl. KIA in the South Pacific. Buried at Stoney Point Cemetery, Altoga, Texas.

17 Dec. A. L. MOUNGER – 19, Princeton. US Army Air Corps, Pvt. Killed at Alexandria Army Air Base, Alexandria, Louisiana, when struck by B17 bomber while walking across the runway. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

1944

6 Jan. CHARLES OLIVER JEANS - 19, McKinney, Melissa, Allen. USMC, PFC. 1st Marine Div. Awarded the Navy Cross for heroic acts at Bougainville; KIA at Cape Gloucester, New Britain, in the South Pacific. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

30 Jan. JAMES W (SONNY) COWLING – Westminster. US Army, T/Sgt. 7th Inf. Regt. 3rd Inf. Div. KIA 30 Jan. 1944 in Italy; buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy.

Jan JAMES MARLOW MORGAN - 18, Anna. USMC, Pvt. KIA in the Marshall Islands in the South Pacific. After a bloody all-day battle in jungle conditions, he was shot by a sniper that night. Buried at Highland Cemetery, Melissa.

4 Feb. KENNETH KRUG, JR. – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, Lt. Radio Technician. KIA, details unknown.

10 Feb. WILLIE J. DICKEN, JR. - 22, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Tank Destroyer Bn. Fought in the battles of North Africa, Naples, Salerno, and Foggia, Italy, with Headquarters Co. 756th Tank Bn. KIA by sniper fire while trying to recover a disabled American tank near Monte Cassino, Italy after the bloody Rapido River crossing. Buried at Merit Cemetery, Hunt County, Texas.

16 Feb. CECIL C. WALDRUM – 27. US Army, Cpl. Paratrooper. 82nd Airborne. Saw some of the heaviest action in Europe. KIA, details unknown. Reburied at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas, 9 Mar, 1948. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

22 Feb. THOMAS L. RIKE, JR. – Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. 360th Bomber Squadron, 303rd Bomber Group, Heavy. Waist Gunner on B17 Flying Fortress. KIA when his plane went down over the English Channel. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.

25 Feb. DUDLEY R. IVES – McKinney. US Army Air Corps. 2nd Lt. 403rd Bomber Squadron, 43rd Bomber Group, Heavy. On returning from a combat mission to home base at Nadzab, New Guinea, the group of 100 B24 Liberator bombers flew into an unexpected severe weather front that caused 37 planes to go down. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. The body of Ives and nine fellow crew members were found in the jungles of Morobe Province, New Guinea, in 2007 and buried in a single grave, with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. The American Legion Post in Ingleside, Texas is named in his honor. 

Feb. DEE FOREST BYNUM - 26, McKinney. Warrant Officer. Military lawyer, died of illness at Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia.

6 Mar. ARCHIE A. APPLIN – 21US Army, PFC. 9th Army, Coast Artillery Corps. KIA in Germany. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

Mar. TOM KELLY – Anna. US Army Air Corps, Sgt. Gunner on B17 Flying Fortress. KIA when shot down over Germany.

1 Apr. JESSE T. SMITH – McKinney. Died in England of unknown causes.

11 Apr. JIM BOX GOODNER - 21, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. Bombardier/Navigator of B17 Flying Fortress. KIA when shot down over Germany on his third mission. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

21 Apr. LOUIS F. BASS – 26, Princeton. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. AAF Bomb Squadron, Pilot of B24 Liberator. KIA when shot down over Germany on his third mission. Buried at Altoga Cemetery.

23 May. JOHN KENDALL “JACK” BUMPASS, JR. – 29, Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, Lt. 160th Field Artillery Bn. 45th Inf. Div. KIA during heavy fighting against German tanks and infantry at Anzio Beachhead, Italy. Buried at Nettuna, Italy; later re-buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

29 May RALPH W. RUSSELL – 22, Wylie, and attended the University of Houston. Staff/Sgt., USMC. KIA 29 May, 1944, while on a combat patrol, with 1st Signal Depot Battalion in the Solomon Islands. His remains were returned to Wylie for burial in March of 1948.

11 May CLIFFORD B. NANCE – Plano. US Army Air Corps, T/Sgt. 838th Heavy Bomber Squadron, 487th Bomber Group, Heavy. KIA in Europe. Buried at Normandy, American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

3 June JESSE D. MASSEY – 21, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. 179th Inf. 45th Div. 5th Army. Highly decorated for bravery. KIA in Italy. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

5 June JESSE O. BRASWELL – US Army, 2nd Lt. 75th Bomber Squadron, 42nd Bomber Group, Medium. KIA in the Philippines. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

5 June WERDNA M. PETTIGREW – US Army, T/Sgt. 13th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division. KIA in Italy. Buried at Sicily-Rome American Cemetery Nettuno, Italy.

6 June LANDRUM W. LEECH – 30, Farmersville. US Army, PFC. Military Police Platoon, 90th Inf. Div. KIA on Omaha Beach at Normandy on D-Day. Buried at Rockwall Memorial Cemetery, Rockwall.

10 June MABRON P. JOHNSON – Farmersville. UA Army Air Corps, T/Sgt.,  448th Bomber Group (Heavy), 8th Air Force.  Wounded by flak during in support of Normandy D-Day Invasion four days earlier. Shot down near Evreux, France, 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. He was buried in a nearby churchyard and later reinterred at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville, Texas.

11 June CURTIS CULVER – 24, McKinney. US Army, PFC. Landed at Normandy on D-Day, KIA five days later in France.           

13 June GLENN W. (BUDDY) RAINWATER – 20, Princeton. US Army, Pvt. 38th Inf. 2nd Inf. Div. Machine Gunner. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA one week later in France. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

14 June GIBSON E. BUSH – Allen. USMC, PFC. KIA at the Battle of Cape Gloucester, near New Britain Island in the South Pacific. Machine Gunner, accounting for over 100 dead enemy soldiers during the battle in which he was killed.

15 June R. L. SCOTT – 30, Blue Ridge. US Army, Sgt. Co. M, 143rd Regt. 36th Div. KIA in Italy.

15 June HOWELL LLOYD (BUD) LACY - Altoga, McKinney, US Army, T/Sgt. Landed on Normandy on D-Day. KIA France.

16 June GORDON K. NEELY – Anna. US Army, S/Sgt. Trained Ski Troopers in Canada. 23rd Inf. Reg, 2nd Infantry Div. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA in France. Buried at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France.

24 June RALPH S. WILLIAMS - 27, Clear Lake. US Army, Tec4. 752nd Tank Bn. Wounded in action in Italy; died two days later. Buried at Hughes Cemetery, Wylie.

25 June JOHN L. STROUP - 19, Altoga. US Army Air Corps, Cpl. Gunner on a B17G bomber. Killed in plane crash while training at MacDill Field, near Sarasota, Florida. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

26 June JACK COOGAN CAMERON – McKinney. US Naval Reserve, Aviation Radioman 1st Class. Saw action in numerous battles in Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago, 29 missions over Japanese territory. KIA on a mission over New Ireland Island, Papua New Guinea. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

June JOE BEN WRIGHT - 23, Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, Sgt. Killed in plane crash.

8 July JAMES H. ELLIOTT - 22, McKinney. US Army, S/Sgt. 9th Inf. Regt. 2nd Inf. Div. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA at the battle for San Lo, France. Buried at Van Alstyne, Cemetery.

14 July HULETT H. ABBOTT – 31, Nevada. US Army, PFC. 175th Infantry. KIA at the Battle of the Hedgerows near St. Lo, France. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

21 July RALPH OREN HILL – 25, Frisco. USMC, Sgt. Fought in New Guinea and Bougainville. Wounded at Guadalcanal and Guam. Died of wounds in the Mariana Islands in the South Pacific. Buried at Bethel Cemetery.

25 July WALTER CLINE SCALF - 18, McKinney. USMC PFC. KIA at the Battle of Guam. His body was returned home four years later, 24 April, 1948, and buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

26 July AUDDIE C. WILLIS - 22, Blue Ridge. US Army, S/Sgt. 75th Ranger Regt. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA in France. Buried at Bethlehem Cemetery, Collin County.

27 July WILLIE C. WILLIS – 23. US Army, Sgt. Co. E. 23rd Infantry. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA in France.

27 July WELDON B. HARTNESS – 28, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. 744th Light Tank Bn. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA in France. Buried at Bethlehem Cemetery, Collin County.

28 July L. J. “HOTSHOT”  EUBANKS – Farmersville. US Army, PFC. 9th Infantry. Landed at Normandy on D-Day plus one. KIA in France.

30 July ALVIS W. WORTHAM - Anna, US Army, PFC. 38th Inf. Regt.2nd Inf. Div.  KIA in France. Buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

July VERNON HUBERT JACKSON – 25, Farmersville. US Army, Sgt. Co. B, 9th Infantry, 2nd Div. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. Wounded at the Battle of St. Lo. Died of wounds in France. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

July JUAN WHITE - Blue Ridge. KIA in Italy.

3 Aug. CHARLES V. PORTER – 21, Prosper and Celina. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. Killed while pilot of transport plane that was struck by lightning and crashed in South Dakota, along with Lt. Pat Neff Roberts Jr. of McKinney and 26 other pilots and crew. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

3 Aug. PAT NEFF ROBERTS, JR. – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. P47 Pilot. Killed in crash of transport plane in South Dakota, along with Lt. Charles Porter of Prosper and 26 other pilots and crew.

4 Aug. ROBERT W. BENTLY – 24, McKinney. US Army, S/Sgt. Co. E. 23rd Inf. 2nd Div. KIA in France. Buried at Princeton Cemetery.

7 Aug. WALTER MAX GLASS, JR. – 21, Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Army Electrical Engineers. First soldier of his unit to be killed in action in the Battle of Saipan in the South Pacific. The first baseball field constructed on Saipan, Glass Field, was named in his honor. Buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California.

11 Aug. JAMES THOMAS CARAWAY - 22, McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. Pilot of F-7A, a photographic reconnaissance version of the B-24 Liberator, with 11-man crew. KIA in India while flying reconnaissance missions “over the hump” to China. “Over the Hump” meant flying 20,000 feet over the world’s loftiest and most treacherous mountain range, the Himalayas, in planes usually loaded with more weight than designed to carry. His body was never recovered; however, there is a gravestone at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville. The uncle of Thomas Caraway, KIA in Vietnam.

19 Aug. HUGH C. McCLUSKY – US Army, PFC. 15th Inf. Regt.3rd Inf. Div. KIA in France. Buried at Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France.

26 Aug. THOMAS E. CHANDLER – 21, Chambersville. US Army. 119th Inf. KIA in France. Buried in France and re-buried at Chambersville Cemetery.

12 Sept. JAMES W VAUGHN – 29, Celina. US Army, PFC. 23rd Inf. 2nd Div. KIA in France. Buried at Brittany American Cemetery and Memorial, Normandy, France.

13 Sept AUBREY F. EAST - 33, McKinney. US Army, 1st Lt. 702nd Tank Battalion. KIA in France. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

13 Sept. HENRY C. VICARS – 21, Farmersville. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. 92nd Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. Navigator on B17 Flying Fortress.  KIA when shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire over Merseburg, Germany. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

16 Sept. WILLIAM H. CLAY - 26, McKinney. US Army, T/Sgt. 357th Inf. 90th Div. KIA near Lorraine, France; buried at Lorraine American Cemetery,  St. Avold, France.

 18 Sept. CHARLIE W. COPUS – 24, McKinney. US Army, 1st Lt. 282nd Field Artillery Bn. KIA near Lorraine, France, six weeks after arriving. Buried at Fitzhugh Cemetery, Collin County.

19 Sept. JAMES P. FRENCH - 24, Plano. US Army, 62nd Tank Bn. KIA in France. Buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.

 19 Sept. OREN R. “JOE” HOLLEY - 23, Allen. US Army Medical Corps, T/Sgt. Medic. Landed at Normandy on D-Day. KIA in Germany while evacuating casualties under enemy artillery fire, without regard for his own personal safety, and in the process saved many lives.

19 Sept. BURNELL C. WHITE – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. 36th Armored Inf. Regt.3rd Armored Div. KIA in Europe. Buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

21 Sept. DANA T. MUDD – McKinney. US Army Air Corps. Flight Officer. Glider Pilot. 91st Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group. KIA in Holland during Operation Market Garden. Buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

Sept. JOE EVERETT CARVER, JR. – Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. 23rd Inf. Regt.2nd Inf. Div. KIA in France; buried at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France. 

Sept. JAMES A. BAILEY - 19, McKinney. KIA, details unknown.

Sept. WILLIAM F. EDWARDS – McKinney. USMC, PFC. KIA on Saipan in the South Pacific.

8 Sept. JOHN C. LAIR – Celina. US Army, PFC. 175th Inf. Regt.29th Inf. Div. KIA in France; buried at Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France.

28 Sept. EDGAR SEAY – Farmersville. US Army, PFC. 359th Inf. Regt.90th Inf. Div. KIA near Lorraine, France; buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

24 Oct. EDGAR M. MORRISON – Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. K Co. 31st Inf. Regt. Captured in the Philippines and held as prisoner aboard Japanese “Hell Ship” Arisan Maru. Killed when Arisan Maru sunk by US Navy submarine USS Shark. Approximately 1800 American servicemen went down with the ship. The crew of the Shark did not know there were Americans onboard. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing”, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

24 Oct. EMMETT B. TONEY – US Army, PFC. 31st Inf. Regt.KIA in the Philippine Islands. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing”, American Cemetery, Manila Philippines.

25 Oct. WILLIAM G. BURNETT – US Navy, Radioman 3rd Class. Enlisted in 1942 and trained at San Diego with his father. Radio Operator. KIA, along with 326 US Sailors, in the sinking of the USS Johntson off the coast of Samar Island in the Philippines. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing”, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines

27 Oct. CHESTER C. (PREACHER) YOUNG – 39, McKinney. US Army, S/Sgt. 79th Div. 3rd Army. Wounded in France, died of those wounds six days later. In 1948 his body was returned to the US and buried at the National Cemetery in San Antonio.

Oct. Earl White - Plano, 36th Div. KIA

2 Nov. BOBBY J. YOUNGER – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, S/Sgt. Gunner on B17 Flying Fortress. KIA when shot down over Morseburg, Germany. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

11 Nov. NOLAN B. BOWERS – 22, Blue Ridge. US Army, PFC. Co. B, 358th Inf. 90th Div. KIA with Patton’s 3rd Army in Germany. Decorated for valor and gallantry in battle. Buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery.

15 Nov. LINDSAY L. BOWEN, JR. – 22, McKinney. US Army Air Corps. 2nd Lt. 15th Army Air Force. KIA when his plane went down at Plakaoniea, near Kos, Yugoslavia. He was buried there on that day by native civilians. Declared “Missing In Action” no details of his death were known until the American Graves Registration Service located his remains in 1948, moved to a military cemetery in Belgrade and then sent home to be buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery. 

15 Nov. MARVIN R. (PETTY) COOPER – Farmersville. US Army, PFC. 35th Tank Bn. 4th Armored Div. 3rd Army. KIA in France; buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

20 Nov. FLOYD EARL WHITE, JR. – Plano. US Army, 1st Lt. 36th Infantry Div. (made up of National Guardsmen from Texas and was known as the Texas Division). Wounded in Italy 6 June, 1944; KIA in France five months later.

20 Nov. WELDON DOYLE CLINTON – 22, Farmersville. US Army, T/Sgt. KIA in North Africa in 1942, in the early days of the war. Buried at Leonard Cemetery, Leonard, Texas.    

28 Nov. VERNON BLUE – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. 553rd Bomber Squadron, 386th Bomber Group, Medium. KIA when shot down over Belgium. Buried at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

25 Nov. RAY E. FIELDS – Anna. US Army, PFC. 10th Inf. Bn. 4th Armored Div. KIA in France. Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

29 Nov. LEE H. DERRYBERRY – 22. Frisco & McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Troop A, 5th Cavalry. 1st Div. Wounded at Los Negros in the Pacific. KIA on Leyte Island in the Philippines and was buried there. In September of 1948 his body was returned to McKinney and reburied at Pecan Grove Cemetery. The brother of Jerral Derryberry.

DEE HOLMES – Farmersville. KIA at the Battle of Bougainville in the South Pacific.

2 Dec. DEWEY KIMBERLIN - 23, Farmersville & Culleoka. US Army, Pvt. 22nd Inf. 4th INf. Div. KIA when his unit was ambushed while transporting prisoners near Grasshaw, Germany. His body was sent home in 1948; buried at Wilson Chapel Cemetery, Princeton.

10 Dec. JOHNNY CARL ROGERS – Wylie. US Navy, Signalman 2nd Class. On returning from action at the D-Day Landing at Normandy, KIA, along with 29 others, in the sinking of the USS Dan Beard, by a German submarine, off the coast of Strumble Head, North Wales.  Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.  

11 Dec. GEORGE W MORRISON – Celina. US Army, PFC. Truck Driver, Troop B, 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Armored Div. KIA near Waurichen, Germany. Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery,  Margraten, Netherlands.

12 Dec. HOWARD GLENN FOREMAN - Farmersville & McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. Bombardier and Navigator on B26 Marauder medium bomber. KIA when shot down over Belgium.

12 Dec. ALFRED E. THOMAS – Plano. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. 514th Fighter Squadron, 406th Fighter Group. KIA when shot down over Germany. Buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg.

14 Dec. FORD R. SMITH – 32, Melissa. US Army, 1st Lt. Medic. 34th Bn. 5th Armore3d Div. Tank Corps. KIA in Germany. Buried at Aspermont Cemetery, Stonewall County, Texas.

15 Dec. JACK WILLIAM KELLY – US Army Air Corps, Capt. Commanding Officer of 7th Material Squadron, 5th Air Base Group. Captured in the Philippines at Corrigador. Survived the Bataan Death March; held in Japanese Prisoner Camp #1 near Manila. Killed on the Japanese “Hell Ship” Oryoko Maru, on which he was one of 1,619 American prisoners crammed aboard. The destination was Japan, but the ship was hit by US Navy bombers, who weren’t aware of the Americans aboard, and stood dead in the water off Olongopo Point in Subic Bay. The ship had to be abandoned and at least 250 men who weren’t killed in the bombing were either machine gunned by the Japanese, or drowned. Only 271 lived through captivity to be liberated in August 1945. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

18 Dec. EDWIN W. HAMPTON - 26, McKinney, Pastor of the Church of Christ, McKinney. US Army, 1st Lt. Chaplain. KIA in Belgium. Buried at Kaufman Cemetery, Kaufman County, Texas.

21 Dec. NEVIL DILLION – 28, Farmersville. US Army, 2nd Lt. 56th Inf. Bn. 12th Armored Div. KIA in France. Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France. In the same ceremony that awarded Audie Murphy (also of Farmersville) the French Croix de Guerre, Lt. Dillon's widow was presented the Silver Star.

28 Dec. ODIE W. CROSSNOE – 23, McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Cook. KIA at Elsenborn, Belgium. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery

Dec. ROBERT E. CUFFMAN - 21, Plano. US Army, Pvt. 104th Inf, 26th Inf. Div. Tank Destroyer Battalion. KIA near Luxembourg, Germany. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

ALBERT F. BLASKE - 28, McKinney. US Army, T/Sgt. KIA in Italy. His body returned home in December 1948, buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

21 Dec. LOUIS W. HALL – 21, Copeville. US Army, Pvt. 423rd Inf. 106yj Div. KIA in Germany. Buried at Thompson Cemetery, Lavon.

1945

2 Jan. BENNIE N. DAVIS – McKinney. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. Killed in an accident onboard ship.

9 Jan. JOHN D. RUTHERFORD – Anna. US Army Air Corps, Medical Corps, Cpl. Headquarters Squadron, 5th Air Base Group. Taken POW in the Philippines and survived the Bataan Death March. Held prisoner for 3 years and seven months. Killed in the sinking of the Japanese “Hell Ship” Anoura Maru. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

9 Jan. LLOYD D. McCRAW – McKinney. US Army, T/Sgt. 394th Inf. Regt.99th Inf. Div. Died of wounds. Buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

12 Jan. R. MAYS POWELL – Anna. US Navy, Pharmacist 2nd Class. Corpsman (medic). KIA on Luzon Island in the Philippines during a beach landing with US Army Infantry. The boat was attacked by Japanese machine guns and mortars; died while trying to save a wounded soldier. Listed as “Missing in Action” until his body was found after the war.

21 Jan. WAYNE DODSON – McKinney. US Army, PFC. Worked at US Army Ashburn General Hospital in McKinney (later to become the VA Hospital). KIA in Germany.

23 Jan STANLEY MARKS DUVALL – Celina; outstanding athlete at SMU. USMC, Lt. Pilot of B-25 Mitchell Bomber; member of the Marine Corps’ only squadron of large bombers, where Marine pilots developed the tactic of low-level bombing and machine-gun strafing in jungle conditions. KIA in the South Pacific, details unknown. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

9 Feb. THOMAS E. McKNIGHT – Anna. US Army, Captain. Chaplain, 1st Cavalry Div. KIA in the Philippines. Buried at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

16 Feb. FRANCIS R. LUSCOMBE – Anna. US Naval Reserve, Ensign. Pilot of F6F ‘Hellcat’ fighter based on aircraft carrier, KIA in the South Pacific.  Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii.

18 Feb. JESSE A. SMITH – Plano. US Army, Pvt. Mortarman. KIA near Kleinblatt, Germany.

20 Feb. H. R. (BLACKIE) YOUNG - 31,  McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 1st Lt. Flight engineer on B29 Superfortress. KIA flying off of Saipan Island in the Marianas, where raids against the Japanese homeland were originated.

26 Feb. GEORGE L. REIDELL – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, Sgt. Tail gunner on B24 Liberator. 858th Bomber Squadron, 492nd Bomber Group, Heavy. KIA when shot down over Duisburg, Germany. Buried at Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium.

23 Feb. JIMMIE W. STANDERFER – Plano. US Army, PFC. Wounded at the Battle of Bougainville, New Guinea. KIA at the Battle for Manila, Philippines.

25 Feb. ARTHUR B. (BUTCH) CRAVER – Princeton. US Army, Sgt. 7th Div. KIA Luzon Island in the Philippines. Buried at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, Climax, Texas.

28 Feb. JACK KERBY - 21, McKinney. USMC, Cpl. 28th Marines, 5th Marine Div. Paratrooper and Machine Gunner. KIA at the Battle of Iwo Jima Island. Marines of his unit placed the flag atop Mt. Suribachi, for the historic photograph.

28 Feb. M. T.LINECUM, JR. - 20, Altoga. USMC, Cpl. KIA at the Battle of Iwo Jima Island.

Feb. J. L. MONTGOMERY – Nevada and Wylie. US Army, Sgt. Tank Commander. KIA in Germany. The brother of James W. Montgomery.

2 Mar. VERNON M. CAIN – McKinney. USMC, PFC. KIA in the Philippines.

3 Mar. CHARLES E. HARRINGTON, JR. – Plano. USMC, Lt. KIA at Iwo Jima.

 Mar. DOUGLAS RAY REYNOLDS – Had done secret behind-the-lines reconnaissance in France in preparation for D-Day, 6 June ’44. KIA when struck by shrapnel in France.

12 Mar. HARRISON W.  PARKER – Farmersville. Lt. KIA when his plane was shot down during the battle at Iwo Jima.

7 Mar. CLAUDE D. TAYLOR – 25, Nevada. US Navy, Quarter Master 1st Class. Served 5 years at sea, participated in 9 major battles, including Pearl Harbor and the Aleutian Campaign. KIA onboard a destroyer during the Battle of the Philippines. His body returned home December, 1948. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

14 Mar. THOMAS L. DOWNS - 19, McKinney. US Army, PFC. KIA in the Mosel River Valley, Germany. His body was sent home in April of 1949. Buried at Pecan Grove.

15 Mar. AUBRY D. (JACK) POINDEXTER – Murphy. US Army, 2nd Lieutenant. 20th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy, 15th Air Force. KIA action as Navigator on B17 Flying Fortress. Buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France.

15 Mar. RABY L. JEANES – US Army Air Corps, Captain. 41st Fighter Squadron, 35th Fighter Group. Fighter pilot, KIA when shot down in the Philippines. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

15 Mar. W. C. LUNDY – US Army, PFC. 328th Inf. Regt.26th Inf. Div. KIA in Europe. Buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg .

25 Mar. NOBLE L. BIRKET – Wylie. US Army, Pvt. 314th Inf. Regt.79th Inf. Div. KIA in the Netherlands. Buried at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

4 Apr. MERCER G. ABERNATHY – McKinney. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. 548th Bomber Squadron, 385th Bomber Group, Heavt. Navigator on B17 Flying Fortress. Killed in mid-air collision over the North Sea. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

6 Apr. JIM W. SNIDER – 21, McKinney. US Army. 3rd Army, under Gen. Patton. Captured by Germans 6 Dec. 1944 while on eight-man patrol. Died while a Prisoner of War at Stalag 111A, Luckenwald, Germany. Buried at Pecan Grove Cemetery.

25 Apr. VERNON RAY HUMPHRIES – McKinney & Culleoka. US Army, Pvt. Saw action with 927th Signal Bn. in North Africa, Sicily and France. While serving with Co. D, 386th Infantry, 97th Infantry Div. KIA in the Battle for Cheb, Czechoslovakia.

28 Apr. SIDNEY C. DUNCAN - 24, Frisco. US Army Medical Corps. KIA at the Battle of  Okinawa.

Apr. JAMES W. MONTGOMERY – Copeville. US Army, Pvt. 7th Infantry Div. KIA at the Battle of Okinawa. Buried at Thompson Cemetery, Rockwall County, Texas. Brother of James L. Montgomery.

Apr. LLOYD R. McCRARY – Farmersville. US Army, Pvt. Combat Engineers, 45th Div. 7th Army. KIA in Bavaria, Germany.

5 May JAMES C. DOOLEY – Plano. PFC. KIA on the Island of Mindanao in the Philippines

May W. H. STEELMAN, JR. Culleoka. US Navy. KIA in the sinking of a destroyer by the Japanese in the Ryuku Islands during the Battle for Okinawa.

May LEEROY J. POWELL - 20, McKinney. US Navy, Fireman 2nd Class. KIA during the Bougainville Campaign in the Solomon Islands.

11 Jun. CHARLES B. ARMSTRONG – 19, Celina, Chambersville. US Navy, Seaman 1st Class. KIA, details unknown. Buried at Chambersville Cemetery.

12 Jun. HENRY D. CARPENTER – McKinney. US Army, Pvt. Expert Rifleman. Died of meningitis on Luzon Island in the Philippines. 

15 Jun. JAMES AMON RIDDLE - Blue Ridge. US Army, Pvt. 125th Inf. 32nd  Div. KIA during the Battle of Luzon in the Philippines.

12 July. BILLY BAIN HONAKER – Farmersville. US Navy, Pharmacist Mate 1st Class. KIA in the sinking of the USS Jarvis by Japanese aircraft during invasion of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. All hands were lost. Listed on the “Tablets of the Missing” at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.

9 Aug. HERMAN DUARD LAWSON – Altoga & Princeton. US Army, Sgt. Played first base for the Foster Army Air Field baseball team. After playing a game at Childress Army Air Field, Texas, and flying back to Victoria, Texas, their twin-engine Beechcraft crashed near Smiley, Texas killing all six on board. Buried at Altoga Cemetery.

15 Aug. YANDELL CAMBRON – Farmersville. KIA, along with all 10 men of his squad, in a firefight in the terraced rice-paddies of northern Luzon Island in the Philippines. Killed on the same day that Japan surrendered, officially ending the war.

2 Nov. L. J. McGUFFEE – 19, Anna. US Army Air Corps, Sgt. 30 AAF Bomb Squadron. KIA, details unknown. Buried at Van Alstyne Cemetery, Van Alstyne, Texas.

Dec. BILLY FRANK COMMONS – McKinney. Football star at McKinney High and East Texas State College. US Navy Lt. Fighter Pilot. KIA in the Philippines. Listed on the football stadium’s World War II Memorial at Texas A&M, Commerce.

CALVIN H. MOUSER – Josephine. US Army Air Corps, 2nd Lt. Killed when his plane went down in 1945; exact date unknown.

JACK K. BOWERS. JR. - Farmersville

CHARLES RAY BOYER – McKinney. US Army Air Corps. Killed in plane crash.

ALBERT D. BRASWELL - Blue Ridge. US Army Air Corps. Flight Officer. Killed in plane crash near Panama City, Florida.

HILTON H. BRYCE - 18, Branch. US Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Killed in plane crash while training at Biggs Field, El Paso. One of youngest pilots to die in WWII.

BOBBY JACK BUTLER – Prosper. US Army. KIA.

WILLIAM J. CAMPBELL - 34, McKinney. US Army, Sgt. Tank Commander. KIA in Europe.

ARISTOTLE D. COLEMAN
– 1st Lt. KIA.       

GEORGE DALTON – Princeton. US Army, PFC. KIA.

BOYCE D. DECKER – Plano. PFC. KIA.

MILES E. EVANS
- S/Sgt. KIA.

JESSE R. GADDY – Farmersville. US Army, PFC. 11th Airborne Div. KIA.

TROY B. HAMMACK - Sgt. Died of wounds.

DURWOOD HARTNESS – US Army. KIA in Europe

FRANCIS R. HAYWOOD - Pvt. Died, details unknown.

ELMER R. HUMPHRIES – McKinney.  Died, details unknown.

GENE KAUFMAN - Cpl. KIA.

WILLIE L. LAMDEN – PFC. KIA.

ELMER E. LLOYD –Celina. PFC. Died of wounds.

DUDLEY J. LOVELADY – McKinney. US Army, T/Sgt. 

VESTAL R. LUCAS - Pvt. 596th Airborne Engineer Company. Died of wounds in Southern France. 

ROBERT O. MARTIN – PFC. KIA.

ALFRED A. McCLAIN - Pvt. Died of non-battle related causes, details unknown.

MARVIN L. McMILLAN - Sgt. KIA.

CALVIN C. MILLER – 1st Lt. KIA.

CHESTER E. MOODY – US Army Air Corps, Capt. Killed in plane crash. 

ROBERT D. PETWAY – McKinney. Pvt. Died of non-battle related causes, details unknown.

LELAN A. POPE – 2nd Lt. Died of non-battle related causes, details unknown.

VERNON R. RAINES – Prosper. Sgt. KIA.

JIMMIE W. SIMPSON – Anna. S/Sgt. Died, details unknown.

GLENN STEVENS – Anna. US Army, Tec 4. KIA.

NOLAN D. THOMAS – Farmersville. USMC, Sgt. Fought in the Pacific. Died of pneumonia.

DUNCAN
THURMAN– Celina. Fought in many battles in Europe. Died aboard ship on his way home.  The VFW post in Celina was named in his honor.

ROBERT G. WARD - Capt. Died, details unknown.

DEWEY P. WILLIAMS
- Pvt. KIA.

HORACE EDWIN YEARY, JR.
– Farmersville. US Army. 38th Inf. Div. Wounded in action at Luzon in the Philippines. Died in Manila of polio.

HENRY M. YEAGER
– Plano. Pvt. KIA.

1946

10 May PAUL SKELTON – 20, McKinney. US Army, Tech 4. Saw combat with 3rd Armored Inf. Div. Killed when accidentally shot by an American sentry near Nuremburg, Germany.

 

KOREAN WAR ERA

1950

20 Jul. BILLY JAMES McLAIN - 20, Princeton. US Army, PFC. KIA, details unknown. Body returned home a year later and buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery, Blue Ridge, Texas.

25 Jul. JESSE J. WALLS –20, Blue Ridge. US Army, Pvt. 5th Cavalry Regt.(known as the Black Knights) 1st Cavalry Division. Killed in action in one of the first major battles of the Korean War against the North Korean Army at Yongdong, South Korea. Buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery.

4 Nov. DAVID RAY  BICKLEY - 18, Farmersville. USMC, PFC. A Co. 1st Bn. 1st Marine Division. KIA at the battle of the Chosin Reservoir, which because of the sub-zero conditions became known as the “Frozen Chosin”, one of the most infamous battles in Marine Corps history. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

23 Dec. KENNETH JACK HILL - 18, Frisco. US Army, PFC. 27th Inf. Regt.(Wolfhounds) 25th Inf. Div. Automatic rifleman. KIA near the Imjin River, South Korea.

1951

22 Feb. ROBERT (ROBBY) W. ROBINSON - 22, McKinney. USMC, PFC. D Co. 1st Marine Tank Bn. 1st Marine Div. Survived the Chosin Reservoir; killed in action three months later during an enemy artillery barrage near the embattled town of Hoengsong, South Korea. Buried at Restland Memorial Park, Dallas.

4 Mar. BILLY JOE RHEA - 22, Plano. US Army, PFC. 32nd Inf. Regt.7th Inf. Div. Survived a tremendous typhoon at sea; survived the Chosin Reservoir, where 80% of his unit was killed; KIA in the battle that liberated Seoul, the capital of South Korea, from the North Koreans. Buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.

9 Mar. JAMES K. REIDER – 28. US Army, Cpl. Medic. Med Co. 17th Inf. Regt.7th Inf. Div. Combat medic. KIA near Taemi-Dong, Korea, while tending to wounded comrades.

29 Mar. MAURICE JOHNSON - 30, McKinney & Princeton. US Air Force, Maj. Pilot of C-119B “Flying Boxcar” 61st Troop Carrier Squadron, 314th Troop Carrier Wing, based at Ashiya Air Base, Japan. Survived action in WWII and numerous combat assignments in Korea; killed when his plane crashed on a mission near Hongchon, Korea. Stayed at the controls until all crewmen had safely bailed out.     

10 May EVANS ODELL
ESTEP –  22, Chambersville, Weston. US Army, Private.  Died while in training. Buried at Cottage Hill Cemetery, Celina.

25 May ANDREW R. TISHLER - 22, McKinney & Celina. US Army, PFC. 15th Inf. Regt.  Captured on the battlefield by North Koreans and never seen or heard from again. Listed as “missing in action” and officially declared dead on 25 May, 1951. Body never recovered.

31 Aug. JOHNNIE E. MILLER – 20. US Army, PFC. 82nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery AW Bn. 2nd Inf. Div. KIA at the Naktong Bulge, on the Naktong River in South Korea.

2 Sep. JOAQUIN VILLANEUVA - 24, Farmersville. US Army, PFC. Medic. Med Co. 31st Inf. Regt.7th Inf. Div. Survived the Chosin Reservoir; KIA while tending to wounded comrades in North Korea. Buried at Odd Fellows Cemetery, Caddo Mills, Texas.

30 Nov. WAYNE  T.
MANN - 34, Allen. US Air Force, Capt. Decorated Pilot in WWII. Killed in National Guard plane crash near Santa Fe, New Mexico. Buried at Allen Cemetery.

1952

7 Jul. ROBY H. GREER – 23, Blue Ridge. US Army, PFC. 171st Field Arty Bn (105MM) HQ Battery, 45th Infantry Div. Field Wireman. Field Wireman, KIA against Chinese Communists in the infamous battles for Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill. Buried at Stony Point Cemetery, Altoga.

13 Sep. JAMES OLIVER TROSCLAIR - 23, McKinney. US Air Force, Airman 1st Class. 371st Bomber Squadron, 307th Bombardment Wing. Radio Operator. Shot down 13 Sept. 1952, while making a bomb run on the Suiho Hydroelectric Plant in North Korea. Listed as “missing in action”, declared dead 28 Feb. 1954. Body never recovered.

7 Oct. CLARENCE WILLIAMS - 19, Plano. USMC, PFC. Weapons Co. 3rd Bn. 7th Marines, 1st Marine Div. Taken prisoner 7 Oct. 1952, never seen or heard from again. Declared dead 16 Jan. 1956.

1953

4 Jan. JEWEL NEAL CRAFT - 28, Melissa , McKinney. US Air Force, Capt. Bomber Pilot in WWII with 58 missions over enemy territory, over 2000 flying hours. Killed in car wreck in Houston, Texas, while on his way to a new duty station with Strategic Air Force Command in California. Had been chosen as one of 1,000 men for specialized training for AF Defense. Buried in McKinney.

17 Feb. FORREST S. ROSS, JR – 20. US Army, Cpl. I Co. 3rd Bn. 15th Inf. Regt. 3rd Inf. Div. Saw combat in numerous battles; KIA in action in North Korea.

17 Apr. JAMES LEE ALLEY - 27  Blue Ridge, Farmersville. US Army, Cpl. Heavy Mortar Co. 179th Inf. Regt. 45th Inf. Division. Served in WWII and reenlisted in 1951. In Korea saw action at the Battles of Heartbreak Ridge and the Punchbowl. Survived combat in two wars, only to be killed in a truck accident on a narrow mountain road in Korea, while on his way to catch a plane for home. Buried at Blue Ridge Cemetery.  

1961

24 May, 1961 DAVID MARION HOSKINS, 25, born in Anna, graduated from Plano High School. PFC US Army. Killed, along with 17 others, in the crash of a US Air Force C-124A    Globemaster II, near Tacoma, Washington. The giant transport plane, nicknamed "Old Shaky", because of its poor safety record, crashed and burned on takeoff from McChord Air Force Base. The soldiers on board were returning to Ft.Sill, Oklahoma, after participating in Exercise Lava Plains at the Yakima Firing Center. He is buried at Highland Cemetery, Anna, Texas.

1963

3 January, 1963  Billy Ray Dennis - 34, McKinney, US Army, Specialist 5th Class. Died while on active duty with 7th Medical Battalion in Korea. Born in McKinney, 5 January, 1928, the son of Virgil S. Dennis and Eunice Lois Decker Dennis of 402 Leland Street, Billy Ray was drafted in 1946 to serve in the Army of Occupation in Germany after WWII. A veteran of 16 years service, at the time of death he was posted near Seoul, Korea. The official cause of death was listed as a heart attack.

 

VIETNAM WAR ERA

1965

14 May THOMAS WAYNE “TOMMY” HARRIS - 20, McKinney. US Navy. Served on the USS Hornet. Killed in an auto accident near McKinney while home on leave. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park, Allen, Texas.

1966

19 Mar. ROYCE GLENN SCOGGINS - 19, McKinney. USMC. PFC. Machine Gunner. Weapons Plt. India Co. 3rd Bn. 1st.Marines. KIA near Da Nang in the first major battle that pitted US forces against North Vietnamese Army Regulars. Buried at Tioga Cemetery, Tioga, Texas.

16 Jan. JAMES “JABBY” JABARA - 43, McKinney. US Air Force, Colonel. Fighter Pilot. Saw action in WWII. Became the world’s first Jet Fighter Ace in the Korean War. Killed in an auto accident along with his daughter, Carol, while on his way for deployment to Vietnam. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery in a single grave with his daughter. 

1967

20 May LAWRENCE DAVID WHITAKER - 24, McKinney. US Air Force, Airman 1st Class. Killed in an auto accident near his duty station, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.

19 Aug. DARRELL ULDRIC “GEORGE” MAHAN - 20, McKinney. USMC, Cpl. Golf Co. 2nd Bn. 1st Marine Regt. 1st Marine Div. KIA when ambushed by Viet Cong near Chu Lai. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

26 Nov. THOMAS G. CARAWAY - 21, Farmersville. US Army, PFC. D Co. 2nd Bn. 14th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Delta Devils”. KIA while leading a charge against a fortified enemy bunker complex deep in the jungle near the border of Cambodia. Buried at IOOF Cemetery, Farmersville.

1 Oct. ROBERT RAY BROWN - 20, Frisco. US Army, Cpl. Mortarman. B Co. 4th Bn. 47th Inf. Regt.9th Inf. Div. 2nd River Raider Brigade, known as “Mobile Riverines”. KIA against Viet Cong guerillas in the Mekong River Delta, in an area called the Rung Sat Special Zone, a desolate place of swamps, jungle, and deadly snakes. Buried at Lincoln Memorial Park, Dallas.

28 Dec. THOMAS BERNARD HOLDBROOKS - 19, McKinney. USMC, PFC. 3rd Plt. E Co. 2nd Bn. 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Div. KIA at a place called Go Noi Island during Operation Auburn, cut down by heavy machine-gun fire in an ambush in a cemetery. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

1968

20 Jan. CHARLES WILLIAM “BILL” BRYAN - 20, McKinney. USMC, Cpl. Bravo Co. 3rd Recon Bn. KIA while leading a 7-man Recon Patrol against an overwhelming force of North Vietnamese Army on a jungle-covered mountain near Khe Sanh. Awarded the Navy Cross for heroism. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

3 Feb. JAMES EDGAR MALONE - 21, McKinney. US Army, PFC. Paratrooper. Delta Co. 501st Regt.101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles”. KIA by small-arms fire in a Tet-Offensive battle near the DMZ. Buried at Williams Cemetery, McKinney.

8 Feb. LANNY E. HALE - 24, Wylie. US Army, Sp4. 2nd Plt. A Co. 1st Bn. 6th Inf. Regt.198th Light Infantry Brigade. KIA during an enemy mortar barrage at the Battle of Lo Giang just south of Da Nang. Buried at Wylie Cemetery.

9 Feb. CHARLES EDWIN HOFFMAN - 19, McKinney. US Army, Sp4. Field Combat Medic. H&H Co. 1st Bn. 14th Inf. 4th Inf. Div. known as the “Golden Dragons”. KIA during a North Vietnamese mortar barrage while administering first aid to wounded troops. Buried at Oakwood Cemetery, Huntsville, Texas.

12 Feb. GARY LEE ELDRIDGE -  23, McKinney. US Army, Sgt. Signal Corps. Killed in an auto accident .

3 Mar. LAWRENCE E. JONES - 22, McKinney. US Army, PFC. Paratrooper. 2nd Bn. 503rd Inf. Regt. 173rd Airborne, known as “Sky Soldiers”. KIA at the Battle of Kontum, deep in the jungle-covered mountains of Vietnam’s Central Highlands.

12 Mar. JERRY WAYNE FRAZE - 21, McKinney. USMC, Cpl. Fox Co. 2nd Bn. 4th Marines, 1st Marine Div. known as the “Magnificent Bastards”. KIA while leading an assault on a fortified bunker complex in the small village of Lam Xuan, near the DMZ. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

10 Apr. KELLY MITCHELL, 24, Plano, US Navy. Lifelong Plano resident, attended TCU, killed in car wreck near Olathe Naval Air Station, Kansas,  while on active duty. Served for almost eight years in the Naval Reserves and regular Navy. Buried at Plano Mutual Cemetery.

6 Aug. STEVEN W. HUTCHINGS – 19, Celina. USMC, Lance/Cpl. 3rd Plt. Golf Co. 2nd Bn.1st Marines, 1st Marine Div. KIA in a Viet Cong ambush while walking point position on a midnight patrol near the DMZ. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

21 Aug. JERRY WAYNE COMBEST - 25, Wylie. US Army, Sp4. 1st Plt. Charlie Co. 1st Mech Bn. 25th Div, known as the “Bobcats”. KIA deep in a dark forest known as the Ben Cui Rubber Plantation, when waves of enemy soldiers poured out of the jungle and overran his small unit. Buried at Wylie Cemetery.

27 Nov. JOE A. JOHNSON - 22, Westminster. US Army, Sp4. Radio Operator. A Co. 4th Bn. 9th Inf. KIA along with his commanding officer as they exited a helicopter during an intense battle near the Cambodian border.

1969

19 Mar. JOE S. HUSTON - 20, Plano. US Army, Sgt. A Co. 2nd Bn. 1st Inf. 196th Light Inf. Brigade, Americal Div., known as the “Chargers”. KIA during an ambush on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In complete disregard for his life he went to the aid of wounded comrades who were lying in an open area completely exposed to enemy machine guns. He was cut down after picking up one of those men and carrying him back to safety.

4 July RONALD BOYD STRICKLAND - 21, Melissa. USMC, Cpl. After serving one tour in Vietnam as an artilleryman, killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, California. Buried at Highlands Cemetery, Melissa, Texas.

4 June CHARLES L. KING - 28, Prosper. US Army, Sgt. C Co. 2nd Bn. 47th Inf. (Mechanized) 3rd Brigade, 9th Inf. Div. known as the “Go Devils”. KIA by an enemy explosive device in the Mekong Delta region.

2 Sept. RICHARD M. RYAN – 24, McKinney. US Air Force, Capt. Helicopter pilot. Killed in helicopter crash at Elgin Air Force Base, Florida, just two weeks before he was to deploy to Vietnam. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

8 Sept. PAUL GORDON LUNA – 18, McKinney. US Navy. Had just finished basic training; killed in an auto accident near McKinney, while in transit to submarine school. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

1970

30 Jan. VERNON WAYNE WOODY - 22, Princeton. US Army, Cpl. Crewman on an Armored Attack Vehicle. H&H Co. 2nd Bn. 34th Armor, 25th Inf. Div. known as the “Dreadnoughts”. Killed when accidentally run over by large track vehicle during a combat operation in a jungle encampment.

1 Feb. RUSSELL A. STEINDAM - 24, Plano. US Army, 1st Lt. Unit Commander, B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 4th Cav. Regt. 25th Inf. Div. KIA while leading a night jungle patrol when his squad was ambushed and took refuge in a bomb crater. With complete disregard for his life, he dove onto a live enemy grenade in order to save the lives of his comrades and absorbed the full impact, killing him instantly. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. The ROTC building at the University of Texas in Austin is named in his honor. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

26 July. MARTIN LEROY RODGERS - 18, Prosper and McKinney. US Army, Sp4. Helicopter Crewman. D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 5th Armored Cav. Regt. 1st Aviation Brigade, known as “Lighthorse”. Killed when his helicopter went down in the Mekong River, drowned while waiting for rescue. Youngest Army helicopter crewman to die in Vietnam. Buried at Ridgeview Memorial Park.

22 Sept. JOHNNY C. JONES - 22, McKinney. US Navy, Engineman 3rd Class. Swift Boat Crewman. Operation Game Warden, River Patrol Forces, Task Force 116. Killed on a mission after falling overboard during heavy floods in the Grand Canal of Gia Dinh Province in the Mekong Delta. Buried at Memory Lawn Cemetery, Natchitoches, Louisiana.

1971

17 Mar. BOBBY GLENN HARRIS - 19, McKinney. US Army, Sp4. Machine Gunner. 128th Assault Helicopter Co. KIA in a Top Secret mission, when shot down on an enemy controlled mountaintop, deep in the jungles of Kratie Province, Cambodia. Listed as “missing in action” for 32 years, until his remains were returned in 2004. Buried at US National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, Oklahoma.

 

GLOBAL WAR on TERROR ERA

1982

14 Sept.  GARY JOE LESTER - 25, Plano. US MARINE CORPS, S/Sgt.  Helicopter Crew Chief serving onboard the carrier, USS Guadalcanal. Killed in a helicopter crash in the North Sea, while on NATO exercises. His body, and those of the three other Marines and one Sailor onboard, were not recovered. A memorial marker stands at Arlington National Cemetery in S/Sgt. Lester's honor.

1993

3 Oct. JAMES CASEY JOYCE - 24, Plano. US Army, Sgt. B Co. 3rd Bn. 75th Ranger Regiment. KIA in Mogadishu, Somalia, as he attempted to save the life of a fellow soldier. First Collin County boy to be killed in the Global War on Terror and the last of 333 to be killed in the 20th Century. The story of the mission is told in the book and movie "Black Hawk Down." Buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

2004

2 July BRIAN DREW SMITH - 30, McKinney. US Army, 2nd Lt. Tank Commander. Co. A, 1st Battalion, 34th Armor, 1st Infantry Division. KIA when shot by a sniper while leading an armored combat patrol near Fallujah, Iraq. First Collin County boy to die for his country in the 21st Century.

4 Dec. MICHAEL LUKE
BOATRIGHT - 25, Frisco. US Army, Sgt. 20th Engineer Bn. 1st Cavalry Div. KIA by a roadside bomb while involved in combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq. Buried at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio.

2005 

15 June TYLER SETH TROVILLION - 23, Plano. USMC, Cpl. 1st Bn. 5th Marine Regt. 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, 1st Marine Div. KIA during his second tour of duty in Iraq, by a roadside bomb near the city of Ramadi, Iraq. Buried at Ridgeview.

2006

13 Oct. JOHNNY K. CRAVER - 37, McKinney. US Army, 2nd Lt. Ranger. 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Div. KIA by a road-side bomb while involved in combat operations near Baghdad, Iraq.

2007

25 Sept. TIMOTHY J. HANLEY - 24, McKinney. US Army, SPC. Bravo Co., 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Div. (Air Assault). Wounded in action near Rusdi Mullah, Iraq, when a truck bomb crashed into his bunker in 2005; died at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Buried at Restland in Dallas.

10 Oct. ERIC T.
DUCKWORTH - 26, Plano. US Army, S/Sgt. 759th Military Police Battalion, 89th Military Police Brigade. KIA by a road-side bomb while involved in combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.

14 Nov.
PETER HASKELL BURKS - 26, Celina. US Army, 2nd Lt. 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment. KIA by a road-side bomb while involved in combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.

2008

17 Dec. JACOB D. HAYES - 24, Allen. USMC, L/Cpl. Saw combat in Iraq with Kilo Co. 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. After being medically discharged, as a result of seizures that began in Iraq. Buried at Ridgeview.

2009

10 Feb. PETER JOHN COURCY -22, Frisco. US Army, Cpl. D Co. 506th Inf. 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Div. Paratrooper. Died from wounds received when his vehicle struck by a car bomb in Salerno, Afghanistan.

29 Mar. JOSHUA D. POLLOCK  – 21, Frisco High School Class of 2006, Sgt. US Army National Guard. Cavalry Scout and combat veterans of the War in Iraq. Killed 21 March, 2009 in a traffic accident while stationed at Camp Swift in Austin, Texas, awaiting deployment to Afghanistan. Buried at Ridgeview West Memorial Park, Frisco, Texas.

20 Sept. MATTHEW R. COURTOIS - 22, Lucas and Allen. US Air Force, Senior Airman. 366th Security Forces Squadron. After serving one tour of duty in Iraq, died as a result of a non-hostile incident on Abdullah Al Mubarak Airbase, Kuwait.

2010

4 Oct. CODY A. BOARD - 19, McKinney. US Army, PFC. Ranger. 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regt. KIA by a road-side bomb while involved in combat operations near Mirwais, Afghanistan. Cody, born at the Fort Sill Army Hospital, was buried at Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, Okla.

2011

3 Apr. ROBERT F. WELCH III -  26, Wylie. US Army, 1st Lt.  Ordinance Officer, Co. B, 201st Brigade, Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Task Force Duke. Died of wounds sustained during a mortar barrage on his position in Khost Province, Afghanistan, near the Pakistani Border, when his unit came under attack from enemy combatants while patrolling the perimeter of his forward operating base. Buried at the DFW National Cemetery.

 

List compiled by RD Foster, Collin County Freedom Fighters.

 

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