Fallen Veterans of Hillsdale County

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Exchange Club of Hillsdale County, Michigan, honors military veterans of Hillsdale County who died while serving our country. A Veterans Cross Healing Field is put on display several times each year to honor local veterans from any branch of service who died while on duty. The field is composed of white crosses with the identity of the soldier, and era of service engraved in black. The cross is completed with a miniature American Flag affixed to the cross. We have researched the names of these fallen service men and women from World War I to the present. We have accumulated and verified the names of many local soldiers. Each cross is etched with the veteran’s name on the crossbar and the era of service on the upright.

Below is the current list of honored veterans sorted first by era of service, then by alphabetical order. Additional names may be added as we discover and verify more veterans who died while in the service of the United States Military. We realize that we may have missed some veterans. Anyone is welcome to submit additional names to the Exchange Club of Hillsdale County for consideration of honoring any soldier who is not currently on our list.

FALLEN SOLDIERS OF HILLSDALE COUNTY-World War I

CORA BARTLETT, US Army, Signal Core. Cora was born in February of 1887 and died on June 23, 1919 of typhoid. Cora is buried in the King Lake Cemetery, Bankers, Michigan. Cora’s parents were Levi H. and Helen B. Bartlett. In 1900, she lived with her family in Cambria, Michigan and had one brother.
GUY BELL, Private, US Army, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division. Guy was killed in action on May 28, 1918 and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Somme American Cemetery, Bony France. In 1910, he lived on Saloon Street in Hillsdale, Michigan. His parents were Edward and Emma Bell. He was born on June 1, 1892. He was of medium built and height and had blue eyes. He married Helen Urban on June 21, 1913. During the marriage they had two children. They divorced on August 29, 1917. He then married Emma Harlan on March 16, 1918.
GEORGE H. BRITTON, Private, US Army, 38th Infantry, 3rd Division. George was killed in action on October 21, 1918 and is buried in plot G row 35 grave 22 in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was from Pittsford, Michigan. George was born on December 11, 1890 and in 1900 was living in Jefferson Township, Hillsdale. He was the son of Wilber Orendo and Angelia E. Britton.
GALE S. BROOKS, Corporal, US Army, Company E, 128th Infantry, 32nd Division. Gale was killed in action on August 31, 1918 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He was born on January 16, 1894 in Williams County, Ohio. At the time of his enlistment he was working on a farm in Sheridan Township and he was single. He listed Albion, Michigan as his home in 1917. Gale was the son of Lyman P and Clara B Brooks. He had medium height and build with dark blue eyes and dark brown hair. In 1910, Gale was living in Cambria, Michigan with his parents. Gale married Ella Marie Tech on August 19, 1917 and they started their life together in Hillsdale, Michigan.
SAMUEL A. COMBS, Wagoner. He died from disease. He was from Allen, Michigan. He was born on May 13, 1895. Samuel died on December 26, 1918 and is buried in Charlotte, Michigan. He married Allie M. Brawn on November 10, 1917 and were living in Allen, Michigan. In 1910, he was living with his parents in Wheatland Township, Hillsdale. His parents were Alvin and Alma Combs. By 1910 the family had moved to Allen, Michigan. He was of medium build and height with blue eyes.
MELVIN LAFAYETTE CRANDALL, Private, US Army, Company D, 168th Infantry. He was killed in action on July 27, 1918 in Chateau Thierry. Melvin was born on January 25, 1893 in Pittsford, Michigan. He was the son of Wesley A. and Amy S. Crandall and had four other siblings. Prior to his enlistment, he was a jeweler in Hudson and was single. He was of medium height and build with light blue eyes and brown hair. He has a grave marker in the Leonardson Memorial Cemetery in Pittsford, Michigan. In 1910, Melvin was living in Jefferson Township with his family.
EUGENE E. EWING, Private, US Army. He was killed in action. Eugene was born on January 26, 1893 in Orchard Lake, Michigan. At the time of his enlistment, he was in the Addison area and worked as a foreman for W.D. Ewing Lumber Company in Addison and was single. He had attended Michigan Agricultural College. He was tall with a medium build with blue eyes and brown hair. He was the son of William B. and Delia A. Ewing with three other siblings. In 1910 he was living with his family in Dowagiac, Michigan. Sometime before he enlisted the family moved to Litchfield, Michigan because that is the address of his parents in the 1920 census. His parents were William B and Augusta D. Ewing.
LYMAN FENSTERMAKER, Private First Class, US Army, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. Lyman was killed in action on October 8, 1918 and is buried in plat A row 14 grave 3 in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was born on April 27, 1894 in Ohio. Prior to his enlistment, he was working for a farmer in Camden, Michigan and was single. He was tall with medium build with brown eyes and black hair.
GERALD ELLIS FISH, Private, US Marine Corps, 5th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division. Gerald was killed in action on July 18, 1918 and is buried in plot D, row 14, grave 14 in Oise-Aisne American Cemetery, Fere-en-Tardenois, France. He was born on February 14, 1900 in Pittsford, Michigan. He has a grave marker in the Leonardson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsford, Michigan. In 1910 the family had moved to Jefferson Township, Hillsdale, Michigan.
BYRON EDWARD FOSTER, Sergeant, US Army, 125th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division. Byron died on October 10, 1918 from battle wounds and is buried in plot D row 34 grave 30, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in Romagne, France. He was born in the year 1896 in the State of Indiana. In 1910 he was living in the Hudson, Michigan area and prior to that the family was in Van Wert, Ohio. His parents were Charles A. and Sarah A. Foster.
VERN J. FULLERTON, Private, US Army, 38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division. Vern was killed in action on October 11, 1918 and is buried in plot C row 24 grave 25, Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France. He was born on April 27, 1895 in Amboy Township. At the time of his enlistment, he was working on a farm in Camden, Michigan and was single. He was short and slender with blue eyes and light brown hair.
OLEN NELSON HINKLE, Sergeant, US Army. Olen was born on July 31, 1895 in Frontier, Michigan and died from disease in 1919. Olen was the son of Oscar and Minnie Hinkle and had one sibling as of 1900. At the time of his enlistment, he was a farmer and single. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. Olen is buried in the Frontier Cemetery.
EARL W. KELLERMYER, Private, US Army, Company C, 3rd Division. Earl died from wound suffered in the Argonne Forest. He was born in March 16, 1894 in Delaware, Ohio. At the time of enlistment, he was farming in Cambria, Hillsdale, Michigan and was single. He was of medium height and build with blue eyes and brown hair. He was survived by his parents, Cyrus A. and Anna F. Kellermyer and two siblings. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan.
MASON EDWARD NIXON, Private First Class, US Army, Company C, 5th Field Signal Battalion, 3rd Division. Mason was killed in action on October 8, 1918. Mason was born in December of 1896 in Alabama and was still living there in 1900. By 1910, the family had moved to South Street, Hillsdale, Michigan. His parents were Onslow and Carrie Nixon. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
WINFRED L. PERRIN, Private, US Army, Company C, 26th Infantry. Winfred was killed in action on March 26, 1918 in Ansauville, France. He was from Pittsford, Michigan and was born in the year 1897. He has a grave marker in the Leonardson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsford, Michigan.
CHARLES MORTIMER ROY, Corporal, US Army, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division. Charles died on June 27, 1918 from disease. He was from Jerome-Somerset, Michigan. Charles was born on September 5, 1887 in North Adams, Michigan and was the son of Calvin M. and Martha Roy. He lived in 1900 in Somerset, Michigan. He had one sibling. At the time of his enlistment, he was working for a farmer and was single. He had three years of prior military service. He was tall and had a medium build with blue eyes and light color hair.
GOLDEN TENNEY, Private, US Army. Golden died from disease. He was from Moscow, Michigan and was born on March 28, 1894 in Butler, Michigan. He was the son of Fremont and Rosa Tenney and had two other siblings. Golden was also known as Ariden. Prior to his enlistment, he worked as a laborer for the Moscow Township and was single. He was medium in height and build, had gray eyes and light brown hair. In 1900 he was living in Moscow Township with his family.
HARRY THOMAS WATKINS, Corporal, US Army, 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Division. Harry was killed in action on August 1, 1918 and is buried in plot A row 9 grave 20, Oise-Aisne American Cemetery in Fere-en-Tardenois, France. He was from Allen, Michigan and was born in April of 1897. He was the son of Henry and Harriet Watkins and had two brothers and two sisters. He has a marker in Allen Cemetery.
GEORGE WHEATEN WOODARD, Ensign, US Navy, USS Ticonderoga. George was listed as missing on September 30, 1918 and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Suresnes American Cemetery, Suresnes, France. He was born on December 3, 1893 and is the son of Katherine Woodard. Prior to his service, he was principal of the High School in Litchfield, Michigan. He was medium in height and build, had blue eyes and light brown hair, He was single at the time of his enlistment.
LEIGHR A. WRIGHT. Private, 100th Aero Squadron, Signal Corps. He died on February 5, 1918 while on board the ship Tuscany which was sunk by an enemy torpedo. It was the first ship carrying American soldiers that was sunk. He was buried at the Mull of Oa, Islay on February 5, 1918. He was identified by his fingerprints and listed as body number 2 at the Mull of Oa. His body was relocated to Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan on October 18, 1920. He is the only son of James and Mary Wright. He was born in May of 1898 in the State of Ohio. The American Legion Post #53 in Hillsdale, Michigan is named after this soldier. In 1900, the family lived in Fulton, Ohio. In 1910, the family moved to Hillsdale Street, Hillsdale, Michigan. He was known as Learl, Leozer or Leoghr.

FALLEN SOLDIERS OF HILLSDALE COUNTY-World War II

AMOS R ALLEN, Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Force, 760 Bomber Squadron, 460th Bomber Group, Service Number 0718984, Purple Heart. Amos was born on November 19, 1919 and was missing in action over Germany on July 19, 1944. He is buried in Little Arlington Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan. Mrs. Anna Allen of Lansing, Michigan requested the headstone. At the time of his enlistment, he was a teacher in Jonesville, Michigan. Amos was also survived by a wife and baby who lived in Crystal, Michigan at the time of his death.
RAYMOND C. AMBROSE, Private, US Army,262nd Infantry, 66th Division, Service Number 36977618, Purple Heart. He is missing in action and declared dead on December 25, 1944. He was born in the year 1926. He enlisted from North Adams, Michigan. He was survived by his parents, Leland and Rhea Ambrose plus two siblings. He had moved from Somerset, Michigan to Genesee, Michigan prior to 1935 but had moved back to North Adams prior to 1940.
ALPHEUS FRANKLIN BERLIN. Alpheus was killed over Germany in 1945. Alpheus enlisted on April 17, 1941 at Kalamazoo, Michigan. He had completed high school. He was single without dependents at that time, was five foot 6 inches tall and his weight was 138 pounds. Alpheus was born in August 18, 1917 in Hillsdale County, Michigan. He is buried in the Memorial Park Cemetery, Battle Creek, Michigan. He was married to Bernita H. Berlin at his death. In 1940, he lived in Bedford, Michigan with his parents, Melson M. and Clara Kern Berlin and two other siblings. He resided in Pittsford area of Hillsdale County at one time.
R D BOWERSOX, Private First Class, US Army, 382nd Infantry Regiment, 96th Infantry Division, Service Number 36405979, Purple Heart. He was killed in action on November 3, 1944 and is buried in plot D row 4 grave 225, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. R D was born in Hillsdale County in the year 1916. He enlisted at Kalamazoo, Michigan on October 22, 1942. He had completed grammar school and was working construction. He was divorced with children and was five feet 9 inches in height and his weight was 134 pounds. His daughter is Dolores Bentley.
RICHARD F. BOWMAN, Private, US Army, 6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division, Purple Heart. Richard was born in 1924 and died on January 8, 1944 and is buried in the Nettuno Cemetery, Sicily- Rome Cemetery Nettuno, Italy. Richard enlisted on November 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan. At that time, he was a resident of Washtenaw County. He had completed three years of high school. He was single without dependents, was five foot 6 inches tall and his weight was 128 pounds. His father was Hershel C. Bowman of Hillsdale, Michigan.
ROBERT H. BROTHERSTON, Private First Class, US Army, 127th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, Service Number 36156034, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. Robert was wounded in action in the southwest Pacific on January 3 and later died from the wounds on May 31, 1944 and is buried in plot J row 5 grave 13, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. He was born in the year 1919. He enlisted at Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 28, 1941. He had completed four years of high school and was working as a sales clerk. He was single, without dependents and was five feet 9 inches in height and his weight was 145 pounds. He graduated from Hillsdale High School.
GERALD BUTLER, Technical Sergeant, US Army, 27th Infantry, 25th Division, Service Number 25099866. Purple Heart. Gerald was born in 1910 in the State of Ohio. He died on April 12, 1945 and is buried at Fort William McKinley Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. In 1930, he was lived in Jonesville, Michigan with his wife, Pearl Butler and his brother, Donald Butler. He was working in a grocery store at that time. Gerald in buried in Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Michigan.
JAY R. CARNCROSS, Private First Class, US Army, 58th Infantry Battalion, 8th Armored Division, Service Number 36469182, Purple Heart. Jay was killed in action on April 10, 1945 and is buried in plot D row 17 grave 25, Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. Jay was born in the year 1926. He enlisted at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on July 7, 1944 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale County, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was working as a sales clerk. He was single, without dependents and was five feet 8 inches in height and his weight was 146 pounds. His father was Ray Carncross.
FRANCIS FRANKEY CARPENTER, Private First Class, US Army, 411th infantry Regiment, 103rd Infantry Division, Service Number 36413217. Francis died of non-battle wounds on February 14, 1945 and is buried in plot B row 34 grave 53, Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France He was born on May 9, 1922. He was the son of John and Jane Carpenter. He married Julia Fogg on June 23, 1944. Francis lived in the Ransom and Reading, Michigan areas. He enlisted on December 4, 1942. At time of enlistment, he was Five foot 11 inches tall and his weight was 145 pounds. He had completed grammar school and was employed as general labor.
DONALD W. CHAMPION, Private First Class, US Army, Company M, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, Service Number 36980793, Purple Heart. Donald was killed in action on April 10, 1945 and is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Quincy, Michigan. He was the son of William A and Bessie M. Champion and had 5 siblings. In 1940, he was living with Lester and Marian Bette in Jonesville, Michigan and was working 50 hours per week with yearly income of $300.00. Prior to this period he was living in Branch County.
BENJAMIN LEE CLARK, Torpedo Man’s Mate First Class, US Navy, Service Number 03111119. He was first reported as missing in action in March 23, 1943. Benjamin was aboard the U.S.S. Ambeyack in the South Pacific while on patrol operation. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines. He had served nine years in the Navy. Benjamin was born in 1918. He was married and his wife lived in New London at the time of his death. He resided in Camden area of Hillsdale County at one time. Benjamin was the son of Fred and Grace Clark of West Amboy. He was also survived by three brothers and two sisters.
RALPH L. COLES, Private First Class, US Army, 349 Infantry, 88th Division, Purple Heart, Bronze Star. Killed in action on May 21, 1944 and is still missing in action. He is memorized on monument in Sicily and Rome, Italy. Ralph was born in 1922 and by 1930 was living with his family in Paris, Kent, Michigan. In 1940, Ralph was living with Frank and Elizabeth Luebke and one other sibling in Pittsford, Michigan. He completed high school. He enlisted in February 4, 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At that time he stated he was born in Michigan and was a resident of Lenawee County. He was working as a farm laborer, was single without dependents, was five foot 5 inches tall and his weight was 158 pounds.
EDWIN F. COLON, Private, Company H, 31st Infantry, Service Number 19054282. Edwin was born on December 29, 1922 and died on November 3, 1942. He is buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery Litchfield, Michigan. Edwin enlisted on February 6, 1941 at Fort Missoula, Montana. His enlistment papers set forth Michigan as his birth state. He was living in Broadwater, Montana at time of enlistment. He had completed grammar school, was single without dependents, was five foot 3 inches tall and his weight was 141 pounds. Edger Colon from Dearborn, Michigan had requested the headstone.
VAUGHAN D. COMSTOCK, Private, US Army, Company D, 171st Field Artillery, 45th Division, Service Number 36181245. Vaughan was born on November 18, 1908 and died on November 10, 1943. He is buried in North Adams Cemetery, North Adams, Michigan. Vaughn enlisted on June 2, 1942 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. At time of his enlistment, he listed his residence as Wayne, Michigan. He had completed grammar school. He was single, without dependents, was five foot 7 inches tall and his weight was 193 pounds. In 1930, he lived on Mead Street in Hillsdale as a boarder with Mable and Wilma Burgess. At that time, he was an inspector at an auto parts factory. L. Z. Comstock of Pittsford, Michigan had requested the headstone.
FREDRICK HAL CONVERSE, Corporal, US Army Air Force, 877th Bomber Squadron,, 499th Bomber Group, Service Number 35544778, Purple Heart, Air Medal. Fred was born in 1924 and was killed in action on January 10, 1946. He is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu. Prior to enlistment, he living in Amboy Township, Michigan with his parents, F. Clair and Mary Edith Converse.
LEWIS D. COOK, Seaman First Class, US Navy Reserve, Service Number 8944544, Purple Heart. Lewis was missing in action on January 12, 1945 and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Lewis was from Reading, Michigan and was the survived by his parents Weir R. and Katie Cook plus three siblings. He was on the USS Belknap and he arrived on board the ship on June 28, 1944.
OWEN W. CRADDOCK. Owen was killed in action on Guadalcanal on November 1, 1942. He is buried in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Owen has a headstone in the Camden Cemetery, Camden, Michigan. Owen was born in the year 1922. In 1930 he was living with his parents, Burt H. and Mabelle M. Craddock in Reading, Michigan. In 1940 they moved to Camden Township in Hillsdale County. He had two other siblings.
DONALD V. CRANDALL, Staff Sergeant, US Army Air Corp, Gunner, Service Number 36455848. Donald was killed in action on June 9, 1944 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 12 Site 6401. He enlisted at Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 11, 1943. He received his training at Keesler Field, Mississippi. Later he was sent to mechanic and army air force gunnery school at Harlingen, Texas. He had graduated from Jonesville High School and was a tool sharpener. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 6 inches in height and his weight was 115. He was survived by his parents Vern D. and Alice Crandall and one sister. Crandall was a native of Mosherville and was born on June 11, 1924.
GEORGE W. CRAWFORD,(JR.) Technical Sergeant, US Army, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, Service Number 36197849, Purple Heart. George was killed in action on October 26, 1944 and is buried in plot A row 15 grave 72, Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France. In 1920, George lived on Howder Street in Hillsdale with his father, George Crawford, a brother and two sisters. George was born in 1914 or 1913 in the either Ohio or Michigan. In 1940, George was stationed at Fort Brady with the US Army in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan. In 1940, he was a private first class and was living in governmental quarters. George had completed the third year of high school.
VERLIN DORRE CROUSORE, Gunner’s Mate Third Class, US Navy, Service Number 3113434, Purple Heart. Verlin is missing in action on January 23, 1942 and is memorialized at the Court of the Missing, Court 5, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Up until prior to the 1940 census Verlin was living with first his parents, Harry and Edith Crousore on Jefferson Ave in Detroit, Michigan and later with his mother and stepfather, Frank and Edith Adams on Lawton Street in Detroit, Michigan. For the 1940 census, Frank and Edith Adams moved to Plain Street, Scipio Township, Hillsdale, Michigan. Verlin was listed as being from Mosherville, Michigan in the records of Navy casualties. Verlin enlisted on September 12, 1939. He was on the USS Neches which was torpedoed and sunk.
GERALD M. DAVIS, Private First Class, US Marine. His sister was Mamie Palmer of Safford. Gerald was born in 1906 in the State of Michigan. In 1940, he was living with his wife and child in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was working at the flour mill and had completed high school. Not sure if these records are of the same person. There is another Gerald M. Davis who was from Michigan. This Gerald was Technician Fourth Class, US Army, 126 Infantry Regiment, 32nd Infantry Division, Service Number 36154825, Purple Heart. He was killed in action on November 21, 1942 and is buried in the Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines.
JOHN S. DEKA, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36159285, Purple Heart. John was killed in action on November 8, 1942 in Africa and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Section 12 Site 5158 on June 14, 1948. He was born on January 20, 1919. He enlisted at Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 31, 1941. He completed grammar school and was working on a farm. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 8 inches in height and his weight was 126 pounds. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Deka of Lake Pleasant Road, Osseo. John was Hillsdale County’s first fatality in the African campaign.
CARROL W. DEWEY, Private, US Army, Service Number 36453838, Purple Heart. Carrol was killed in action. He was born in the year 1923. Carrol enlisted at Kalamazoo, Michigan on March 1, 1943. He had completed grammar school and was working on a farm. He was single, without dependents. He was the son of Lenna and Clara Dewey. Carrol was from North Adams and was born in 1924.
FRANK H. DRAGGOO, Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Corp. He was a B-17 co-pilot in the 8th AAF, 390th Bomber Group, 570th Bomber Squadron. On his first combat mission into Germany, he went down with his plane. Frank was killed in action on November 30, 1943. The 1930 census for Hillsdale County shows Frank was 11 years old and lived in Camden, Michigan. In the mid 1930’s Frank attended Reading High School. While he was in High School, he played football, basketball and was on the track team.
MERLE L. DOPP, Private, US Army, Company l, 351st Infantry Regiment, Service Number 36881609, Purple Heart. Merle was missing in action on July 24, 1944 someplace over Italy and has a marker in the Waldron Cemetery, Waldron, Michigan. He was born on September 16, 1944 and was living near Waldron, Michigan. He was the son of Lewis Alvin and Sylvia Dopp and had four other siblings.
WARREN L. [BUD] ENNIS, Private, US Army, Company C, 317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, Service Number 36977495, Purple Heart. Warren was killed in action on January 21, 1945 in Luxemburg. He is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan. He was born on March 1, 1921. He enlisted on May 9, 1941. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ennis of Marion Street, Hillsdale. Warren was married to Pauline who lived on Meade Street when he entered the service.
ROY FARRELL, Private, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Service Number 36965090. He was born on February 24, 1919 and died from combat wounds on December 18, 1944. He is buried in the Leonardson Memorial Cemetery, Pittsford, Michigan. He is listed as a causality from Lenawee County, Michigan. In 1920, Roy L. Farrell was living on Church Street in Hudson, Michigan with his parents, Clarence and Edith Farrell. In 1930, he was living in Pittsford, Michigan with his family.
DALE E. FAST, Private, US Army, Company L, 184th Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, Service Number 36917315, Purple Heart. Dale was killed in action on May 23, 1945 and is buried in Floral Grove Cemetery, Montpelier, Ohio. Dale was born on February 17, 1924. He enlisted on October 2, 1944. Dale’s mother, Hazel Fast, made application to the National Jewish Welfare Board in 1945. In 1940, Dale was living in Cambria, Michigan with his parents, Lorenzo E. and Hazel Fast plus 7 siblings. Prior to that location the family was living in Prattville, Michigan.
EDGAR J. FERGUSON, First Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps, Service Number 0-681364, Purple Heart. Edgar was killed in action as a pilot of a B-24 bomber over Germany in June on his 14th mission. Edgar was born in the year 1918. He enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on April 11, 1942 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was a machinist. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 10 inches in height and his weight was 157 pounds. Edgar was the son of Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Ferguson of North Adams. Edgar was married to Jean Milnor.
JACK B. FIELDS, Captain, US Army Air Forces, 444th Bomber Squadron, 320th Bomber Group, Medium, Service Number 0-855389, Air Medal. Jack died of non-battle wounds probably disease on November 13, 1944 and is buried in plot B row 36 grave 12, Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France. He was born in the year 1918. He enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on June 6, 1942 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed four years of college and was teaching secondary school. He was single, without dependents.
VIRGIL J. FISK, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36413254, Purple Heart. Virgil was killed in action in France on July 9, 1944. Virgil was born in the year 1922. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 4, 1942 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was working at a fruit farm. He was single, with dependents and was five foot 5 inches in height and his weight was 124 pounds.
MAX FOGG, Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Force, 87th Transport Squadron, 3rd Air Transport Group, Service Number 0887762. Max was killed in plane crash on January 6, 1945 and is buried in Epinal American Cemetery, Epinal, France. Records indicate he was from Michigan. His wife, D. Fogg, was living in Canada at the time of making the headstone request. Max was from Jonesville, Michigan
MARVIN J. FOLTZ, Private First Class, US Army, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, Service Number 36159293, Purple Heart. Marvin was killed in action on July 9, 1944 and is buried in plot G row 13 grave 6, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. in 1920, Marvin was living with his parents, John and Pearl Foltz in Moscow, Michigan. In 1930 the family had moved to Adams Township, Hillsdale, Michigan. He was born in 1917.
ARTHUR B. FREESE, Private, US Army, Service Number 36884671, Purple Heart. Arthur first listed as killed in action on December 25, 1944 but that was changed to February 16, 1945. Arthur was from Litchfield and his religion was listed as protestant. He was listed in the National Military Records of those who died in the war as being from Litchfield, Michigan.
BEVERLY RAMSEY GIBBON, Captain, US Army, Service Number 0-297375. Beverly died from non-combat wound. The military records indicate that he was a First Lieutenant, 59th Coast Artillery Regiment, C Battery with the Harbor Defenses of Manila and Subic Bays in the Philippine Island. Records indicate that he was liberated from the POW Camp at Luzon. He was a reserve officer for several years and left the United States for service in the Philippines in July of 1941. He was taken prisoner in May 1942 with the fall of Corregidor. Other military records indicated that he died from non-combat wounds but I assume it was the after mat of being a POW. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Gibbon. His wife, Virginia, and four year old son Phillip lived in Marshall at the time of his service. He was buried May 12 at the Camden Cemetery. Beverly graduated from Camden High School and attended Michigan State College before entering the Army.
ANTHONY GIBSON, Private, US Army, 20th Armored Regiment, 20th Armored Division, Service Number 36450368. Anthony died from non-combat wounds on December 23, 1943 and is buried in plot F row 8 grave 41, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy. His brother was Frank Gibson of Coldwater, Michigan. In 1930, Anthony Gibson lived in Branch County with his parents, John and Mary Gibson and three sisters. He enlisted from Hillsdale County on February 4, 1943. He was born about 1916. Anthony had completed grammar school and was working as farm labor. He was 5 foot 10 inches and his weight was 173 pounds. He was single at time of enlistment.
CARL R. GIDDINGS, Second Lieutenant, US Army, 363rd Infantry, 91st Infantry Division, Service Number 0514912, Purple Heart and Silver Star. He was killed in action on October 14, 1944 and is buried in the Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. He enlisted on July 22, 1942 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He had three years of college, was single without dependents and listed acting as his occupation. He was born in the year 1921 in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1930, he was living in Somerset, Michigan with his parents, Jesse R. and H. Lucile Giddings along with two other siblings.
DALE EDWARD GOTTSCHALK, Private First Class, US Army, Company C, 2nd Infantry, Service Number 36977491, Purple Heart. Dale was killed in action on January 19, 1945. His date of interment at the Arlington National Cemetery was July 22, 1949 in plot 34 grave 4745. He was born on November 20, 1923. On August 1, 1943, he married Phyllis Elaine Lockwood in Jonesville, Michigan. His parents were Fred and Daisy Gottschalk. In 1930, Dale lived in Reading with his parents and sister.
ROBERT H. GRAY, Corporal, US Army Air Corps, 32nd Photographic Squadron, 5th Reconnaissance Group, Service Number 16149962, Purple Heart. Robert is missing in action and is memorialized on Tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. Robert enlisted on November 9, 1942 in Detroit and listed that he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed high school and was single without dependents. He was 6 foot tall and his weight was 155 pounds. In 1940, he was living in Jefferson Township with his parents, Clifford and Naomi Gray. The family moved to North Adams, Michigan sometime prior to 1940. He was born in the year 1923.
WILLIAM NEWTON GREGG died on March 17, 1942 in Nueces, Texas. He was born March 39, 1918 and was the son of E.T. Payne. The Census of 1920 and 1930 place him in the City of Hillsdale living with his parents William C and Elizabeth Gregg. His father either died or his parents were divorced and thus his mother’s name was Elizabeth T. Payne in 1942
ROBERT GENE HALE, Private, US Army, 306st Infantry, 77th Infantry Division, Service Number 36914407, Purple Heart. Robert was killed in action on July 7, 1945. Robert was born on May 3, 1925. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale. In 1930, he lived on Marion Street, City of Hillsdale with his parents, Robert W. and Veda C. Hale and a sister. Robert attended Hillsdale High School and was involved with the Booster Club, Hi-Y, Debate Team, and the Class Play. He also lived on 86 Reading Ave, Hillsdale in 1931. He was also known as Gene Hale.
RAY H. HAMMONS, Private, US Army, Service Number 16011831. Ray died from non-combat wounds. Ray is buried in the Jerome Cemetery. He was listed in the National Military Records of those who died in the war as being from Hillsdale.
EARL WAYNE HART, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36455851. Earl enlisted on March 11, 1943 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was born on April 2, 1923 in the State of Ohio. At time of enlistment, he stated he was a resident of Washtenaw County but prior to that period was a resident of Prattville, Michigan. He had completed one year of high school and working in aircraft manufacturing. He was single without dependents and his weight was 110 pounds. In 1940, he was living with his parents William and Eva Hart in Ransom Township, Hillsdale, Michigan.
WALTER BENNETT HASKINS, Staff Sergeant, US Army, Company L, 301st Infantry, 94th Division, 3rd Army, Service Number 36155931, Purple Heart. Walter was killed in action March 1, 1945 and is buried in Arlington Cemetery. Walter was born on June 2, 1914. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 29, 1941. He had completed four years of high school and was working on a farm at the time of his enlistment. He was six foot in height and his weight was 174 pounds. He was the son of Earnest and Mae E. Haskins and had six siblings. In 1920, Walter was living in the Pittsford area. He married Edris Eva Delcamp on November 15, 1941 and they were living in Pittsford, Michigan.
EDWIN [NED] CUMMINS HAVENS. Second Lieutenant. He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in December 1942. He was with the tactical reconnaissance flank. He received his commission as second lieutenant and his silver wings at Dothan Georgia on March 17, 1944. He died in January of 1945 someplace over Biak, Indonesia and Leyte, Philippines. He graduated from Hillsdale High School and attended Hillsdale College. His parents were Mr. and Mrs. R. R. Havens
NORMAN CLYDE HERGERT, Machinist’s Mate First Class, US Navy, service Number 3111017, Purple Heart. Norman was missing in action on November 25, 1945 and listed as dead on December 18, 1945. He is memorialized on Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Norman was from Hillsdale and was son of Kate Hergert who was staying at the Keefer Hotel. His ship was the USS Yorktown.
CHARLES JUNIOR HIRTH, Private, US Army, 11th Infantry Division, 5th Division, Service Number 36472431, Purple Heart. Charles was killed in action on February 6, 1945 and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Litchfield, Michigan. Charles was born on July 26, 1925. He enlisted at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on August 2, 1944. He had completed three years of high school and was a truck driver. He was married at this time of enlistment. Mrs. Russell King of Litchfield was a relative. At the time of his enlistment, his address was 64 Salem Street, Hillsdale.
ELLIS HORSFALL, Private First Class, US Army, Company L, 383 Infantry, 96th Division, Service Number 36472708. Ellis was born on February 9, 1919 in Tennessee and died on April 12, 1945. He is buried in the North Adams Cemetery, North Adams, Michigan. Ellis enlisted on August 5, 1944 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He had completed one year of high school and was married. He stated at the time of his enlistment he was a resident of Jackson, Michigan. In 1940 he was living in Hanover, Michigan with his wife, Lucy M and their son Donald J. At that time he was farming. He also stated that in 1935 he was living in Lenawee, Michigan. The person that requested his headstone was Elmer G. Horsfall of North Adams, Michigan
WILLIAM L. HUKILL JR., Private, US Army, Company L, 1st Platoon, 26th Infantry Regiment, Service Number 36977494, Purple Heart. William was killed in action on December 23, 1944 and is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan. He was born on February 9, 1926. William enlisted on May 9, 1944. He was the son of Mrs. Myrtle Hukill Sziber.
FRANCIS W. JENKINS, Private, US Army, 3rd Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, Serial Number 36462841. Francis died from non-combat wounds on December 7, 1944 and is buried in plat A row 8 grave 1, Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France. Francis was born on February 21, 1923. He was the son of William H. Jenkins of Hillsdale, Michigan.
KENNETH JOHNCOX, Private, US Army, Service Number 36991856. Kenneth was born on June 22, 1919 and died on February 21, 1945. Kenneth was wounded in Luxembourg but died in February when he was wounded and it penetrated the abdomen and congestion of the lungs developed. He is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Hudson, Michigan. He was a resident of Hudson Michigan but that part of Hudson in Hillsdale County. He reported to US Army on June 27. He was survived by his father, M.E. Johncox; wife, Berneita of Adrian and two children.
WILBERT M. JONES, Technician Fourth Class, US Army, 3616th Quartermaster Truck Company, Service Number 36177839, Purple Heart. Wilbert was born on September 4, 1918 and was killed in action on February 19, 1945 and is buried in plot B row 44 grave 3, Ardennes American Cemetery, Neupre, Belgium. Wilbert has a grave marker on the Oak Grove Cemetery in Hillsdale. He was the son of Louis and Myra Jones. In 1930, Wilbert was living with his parents in Cambria, Michigan. He was listed in the National Military Records of those who died in the war as being from Hillsdale.
DONALD KING, Private, US Army, 337th Infantry, Purple Heart. He was born in August 13, 1922 and died on October 27, 1944. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Litchfield, Michigan. The 1930 Census placed him with his parents, Irvin J. and Ina J. King and three other siblings in Pulaski, Jackson County, Michigan. Newspaper listed him from Litchfield, Michigan.
RICHARD JACK LAMBRIGHT, Private First Class, US Army, Company K, 172nd Infantry Regiment, Service Number 36461606, Purple Heart. Richard was killed in action on January 29, 1945 in Luzon, Philippines and is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan. Richard was born on April 29, 1924 in Ohio. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on April 13, 1943 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He completed one year of high school in Hillsdale and was working on a farm at the time of his enlistment. He received his basic training at Camp Walters, Texas and left for overseas in November of 1943. He was survived by his wife, Ruth. He was the son of Jess S. and Effie M. Lambright and had five brothers and one sister.
LEWIS LANE, Sergeant, US Army Air Force, Service Number 36989040. Lewis was killed over Germany on April 2, 1945 and was buried in the Somerset Cemetery. He was born on July 16, 1918. In 1930 he was living in Somerset, Michigan with his parents, Elmer B. and Elvira H. Lane and five other siblings. He is listed as causality from Lenawee County.
JOHN EDWARD LASKEY, Seaman First Class, US Navy, Purple Heart. John was the son of John J. Lasky and Llorinda Laskey. John was born about 1926 and in 1930 and 1940 was living in Allen, Michigan with his uncle, parents and one sister. He was missing in action probably on July 3, 1945 and official declared dead on August 19, 1945. He is memorialized at Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines.
ROYAL E. LENNOX, Private First Class, US Army, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, Service Number 36159279, Purple Heart. Royal was killed in action on June 15, 1944 and is buried in plot F row 5 grave 28, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Royal was born in 1917. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 31, 1941. He had completed grammar school and was a truck driver at that time. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 7 inches in height and his weight was 126 pounds. In 1920, he was living on Salem Street, Hillsdale, Michigan with his parents Walter and Susie Lennox and two other siblings. By 1920 he was living on Willow Street in Hillsdale with his mother and the other siblings.
RICHARD J. LOCKWOOD, Private First Class, US Marine Corps, Service Number 313520, Purple Heart. Richard died on October 26, 1942 and was buried at sea plus is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. Richard was from Jonesville and was the son of Mabel Boyce.
RALPH G. McCLELLAN, Private, US Army, 26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Service Number 36196266, Purple Heart. Ralph died on March 29, 1943 and is buried in North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. He has a marker in the Old Maplewood Cemetery, Reading, Michigan. Ralph enlisted in April 2, 1942 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He listed his birth State and present residence as Ohio. He was born in 1908 in the State of Ohio. He had completed grammar school and was working in the manufacturing of furniture. He was single, without dependents, was five foot 7 inches tall and his weight was 147 pounds. A resident of Reading, Michigan at one time. In 1920, he was living in Reading, Michigan with his mother, Ira McClellan and four other siblings. By 1930, the family had moved to Allen, Michigan
SHIRLEY FRANKLIN McOSCAR, Seaman Second Class, US Navy. Shirley was born on April 4, 1919 in Ohio and moved to Hillsdale County with his parents when he was one year old. He died in 1942. He is buried in the Lehman Cemetery, Payne, Paulding County, Ohio. He was a naval radio student at the University of Wisconsin and died at Madison, Wisconsin hospital of pulmonary tuberculosis. He had been ill for 18 days prior to his death. Shirley had enlisted in the Navy in August of 1941 and after being stationed at Detroit for nearly a year was transferred in August to the school in Madison. In 1930 he lived with his parents, Roy J. and Addie McOscar living near Bird Lake, Hillsdale, Michigan. He lived there with four other siblings. In 1940 he was still living with his parents but they had moved to Spotts Road, Jefferson Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan. Shirley’s occupation was listed as a laborer.
JOHN RUSSELL MOORE. John was born in 1922 and in 1940 was living in Jonesville, Michigan with his parents, John A. and Florence Moore plus one sibling. He completed high school. His date of death is 1944 and John is buried in the Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Michigan. He was the son of John A, Moore and Kathryn Moore. He was born about 1922.
F. RUSSELL MOREHOUSE, Private First Class, US Army, 262nd Infantry Regiment, 66th Infantry Division, Service Number 36977500, Purple Heart. Russell was missing in action on December 25, 1944 and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France. He has a grave marker at the Northlawn Cemetery, North Adams, Michigan. He was born on February 15, 1926. In 1930 he was living with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd A. Morehouse in Somerset, Michigan.
ROBERT F. MORLEY, Private, US Army, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, Service Number 36863887, Purple Heart. Robert was killed in action on October 13, 1944 and is buried in plot E row 11 grave 51, Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgiuhsim. In 1940, Robert lived with his mother, Elsie Morley, and his sister on West Street in Hillsdale. In 1930, Robert lived with his mother in Detroit, Michigan. Robert’s aunt, Ada Davis, of Cement City requested his interment records. He was either born in about 1921 or 1925.
GEORGE P. NACHTRIEB, Corporal George P. Nachtrieb was a Infantry Ranger and he living in Wright Township with his parents, Bruce and Villette Nachtrieb in 1930. He had a birth year of 1917. He was former part owner of the Hudson coffee shop. His wife was living in Adrian at the time of his death.
CARL F. NELLIGAN, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36469150, Purple Heart. Carl was killed in action. Carl was born in 1918 and was from Hillsdale, Michigan. He enlisted on July 7, 1944 at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. He had completed four years of high school and was working in manufacturing. He was single at the time of his enlistment. He was 5 feet 6 inches in height and his weight was 160 pounds.
HAROLD DALE PETERSON, Hospital Apprentice First Class, US Navy Reverse, Service Number 6227879, Purple Heart. Harold was missing in action on November 12, 1943 and is memorialized on tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia. In 1920 and 1930, Harold was living with his parents, Charlie and Carol Peterson in Wheatland Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan.
HARVEY C. PRICE, Private First Class, US Army, Company L, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, Service Number 36155951. Harvey was born on November 14, 1917 and died on January 5, 1943 in New Guinea. He is buried in Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Michigan. He was the son of James Harvey and Mayme Price.
RICHARD H. QUACKENBUSH, Staff Sergeant, US Army Air Forces, 21st Bomber Squadron, 28th Bomber Group Heavy, Service Number 36173796, Purple Heart, Air Medal. Richard was missing in action on January 12, 1946 and is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing, Court 7, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. Richard enlisted on February 26, 1942. He stated he was born on November 4, 1915 and resided in Reading, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was working as a filling station attendant. He was single, weighed 157 pounds and was five foot 7 inches. He was the son of Leon C. and Mae D. Quackenbush.
PAUL E. RAWSON, First Lieutenant, US Army Air Forces, 54th Fighter Squadron, 57th Fighter Group, Service Number 0-812873, Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. Paul was killed in a plane crash in Italy on September 12, 1944 and is buried in plot F row 13 grave 22, Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy. Paul graduated from Hillsdale High School
DANIEL C. READ, Private First Class, US Army, Company L, 127 Infantry, 32nd Division, Service Number 36156235. He was born on September 10, 1918 in Indiana and died on December 18, 1942. Daniel is buried in Sunset View Cemetery, Jonesville, Michigan. Daniel enlisted on April 30, 1941 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and at that time was a resident of Branch County. He had completed grammar school and was working as a blacksmith. He was single without dependents, was five foot 8 inches tall and his weight was 145 pounds. He was the son of Adrien S. Read of Jonesville, Michigan.
RUFUS L. ROBERTS, First Lieutenant, US Army, 56th Field Artillery Battalion, 8th Division, Purple Heart, Air Metal and additional Army Awards. He was born in 1915 and was killed in action on August 9, 1944 and is buried in St. James Cemetery, Brittany, France. Rufus enlisted on April 1, 1941 in Jackson, Michigan. He had completed three years of college, was single without dependents, was five foot 8 inches tall and his weight was 136 pounds. He was the son of Lemuel S. Roberts of North Adams, Michigan.
HILLARD JEFFERSON RODGERS. Hillard was the son of Floyd and Millie Rodgers and was born on February 21, 1918 in Treece, Kansas. They moved to Missouri and after his father died, he and his mother and sister moved to Frontier, Michigan in 1932. He was a member of the Pleasant View Church and married Bertha June Baker in 1936. They had two children. In May of 1944, he entered the Navy and went to the Great Lakes Naval training station where he completed his boot training and his advanced course. He became sick with pneumonia and died on September 8, 1944. He is buried in Floral Grove Cemetery, Pioneer, Ohio.
WAHSEAKA SAWYER, Private First Class, US Army, Company G, 127th Infantry, 2nd Battalion, Service Number 36402185, Purple Heart. Wahseaka was killed in action on December 16, 1944 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan. Wahseaka was born on September 29, 1920. He has two different enlistment dates. One is September 20, 1942 and the other is October 13, 1942 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. His level of education was grammar school and was listed as single without dependents on that enlistment date. He was 5 feet 4 inches in height and weighed 143 pounds.
LESTER E. SCHELLING, Private, US Army, Company A, 149th Infantry, Service Number 35284460. Lester died from his wounds on December 5, 1944 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Montpelier, Ohio. He was born on October 1, 1918. He enlisted on February 10, 1942 at Camp Perry Lacarne in Ohio and stated he was from Hillsdale, Michigan. His education level was listed as grammar school and was 5 foot 10 inches in height and his weight was 177 pounds. At the time of his enlistment he indicated that he was married. Two of his relatives were Alfred Schelling (maybe father or brother) and Wanetta B. Schelling (maybe wife). Lester lived in the Reading area.
VICTOR H. SCHULTE, Captain, 273 FA BN, Service Number 01176502. He was born April 14, 1915 and died on December 9, 1944 and is buried in Wyuka Cemetery, Lancaster County, Nebraska. The headstone is marked Michigan and is listed as causality from Wayne County. Victor was a compositor in the composing room at the Hillsdale Daily News prior to his induction into the service. Victor entered army training in June of 1942. He graduated from officers training school at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in November of 1943 and in January of 1943 was transferred to the field artillery replacement center at Camp Roberts, California and later to Camp Beale, California. He was deployed overseas in July of 1943 and was in military intelligence with Patton’s Third Army.
PATRICK SEARFOSS, Private, US Army, lived in Hillsdale and worked at Stocks Mill for 18 months. His original home town as Pennsylvania. He was killed in action on June 27 on Saipan.
WARD L. SEELEY,(Newspaper had it as Seely) Technician Fourth Grade, US Army, Service Number 36876232. The records give two killed dates being “Killed N. 12-27-44 SW Pacific and Killed 2-12-45 Pacific.” Ward was born in 1921 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Reading, Michigan. In 1930 and 1940 he was living with his parents, Ben C. and Clyne B. Seely in Camden, Michigan. Early census records have his last name as Seeley and Suley. Ward completed high school and was working on his father’s farm on Franks Road. Newspaper listed him from Camden.
LEONARD TROYLESS SIMMONS, Corporal, US Army, 127th Infantry, Company H, 32nd Red Arrow Division, Service Number 36155932, Purple Heart. Leonard enlisted in April of 1941. He was born on June 1, 1918 and was killed in action on Luzon in the Philippines on April 30, 1945. He is buried in the Waldron, Michigan Cemetery. In 1940 he was living in Waldron (Wright Township), Michigan with his mother, Dora Simmons and siblings, Melvin, Marion, Royal, Zola and William. VFW Post in Waldron, Michigan is named after Leonard T. Simmons.
CLOYCE K. SPADE, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36462848. Cloyce died from non-combat wounds probably disease on February 5, 1945. Cloyce was born in 1925. When he enlisted on April 23, 1943 he was from Osseo, Michigan. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on that date. He had competed three years of high school, was single without dependents and his weight was 107 pounds. The military record reports his height at 94 inches but was probably a typing error which should have been 65 inches.
CHARLES E. (JACK) SPERBECK, JR., Technician 5th Grade, US Army, 26th Infantry Division, Company I, 101st Infantry Division, Third Army, Service Number 39704548. Charles was born April 7, 1925 and lived in Montgomery, Michigan. He was killed in action on March 14, 1945 in Germany. He is buried in the Frontier Cemetery, Frontier, Michigan. Charles enlisted on July 13, 1943 in Los Angeles, California. He received his training at Ft. Benning, Georgia and Camp Meade, Maryland. He was sent overseas in January of 1944. He had completed three years of high school and was single without dependents. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Sperbeck.
MILTON J. SPOONER, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36450378, Purple Heart. Milton was killed in action. Milton was born in 1923. Milton enlisted on February 4, 1943 and at that time stated he was from Washtenaw County, Michigan. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was skilled in building aircraft. He was listed as being single, without dependents, was five feet 6 inches in height and his weight was 159 pounds. Milton lived in the Litchfield area for a period of time. He was born on August 3, 1923 and is buried in Litchfield, Michigan. In 1930, he was living with his grandfather, Fedrick Spooner in Litchfield.
JACK H. SPROWLS, Private First Class, US Army, 377th Infantry Regiment, 95th Infantry Division, Service Number 36184577, Purple Heart. Jack was killed in action on November 9, 1944 and is buried in plot G row 6 grave 3, Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France. Jack was born in 1921. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on July 2, 1942. He had competed one year of high school and was working in the area of fabrication of metal. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 10 inches in height and weight 219 pounds. He was a sister to Lucille M. Bach Watson. In 1940, he was living in Cambria, Hillsdale, Michigan with his employee. He was working as a hired farm hand for Sherman Barnhardt.
GERALD RAY STRAW, Corporal, US Marine, Company A, 5TH Division, Service Number 0472053. Gerald was born on November 13, 1923 and died in action on March 8, 1945. Gerald is buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan. In 1930, was living on Logan Street, Hillsdale, Michigan with his George N. and Laura B. Straw and three siblings and was attending school.
DONALD V. SWAGER, Private, US Army, Company F, 134th Infantry, 35th Infantry Division, Service Number 36469179. Donald died from non-combat wounds on March 7, 1945 and is buried in the Osborn Cemetery, Amboy Township, Michigan. He was born on March 3, 1919. He enlisted at Fort Sheridan, Illinois on July 7, 1944. He had competed grammar school and was married at the time of his enlistment. He was the son of Ralph H. Swager.
DELBERT A. TIMBERMAN, Private First Class, US Army, 36th Armary Infantry Regiment. Delbert was born on October 4, 1911 in Ohio. In 1940 he lived in Wright Township. He graduated from High School. He was married to Neva Timberman and had a son, Eugene who lived in Adrian. He was killed in action in France on August 1, 1944 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Adrian, Michigan. The newspaper stated that Delbert spent his entire life in the vicinity of Waldron. He graduated from Waldron High School. He moved to Adrian after he married and was employed at Hurd Lock and Manufacturing Company. He received his training at Camp Blanding, Florida.
EVERETT C. TIMBERMAN, Staff Sergeant, US Army, 9th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Service Number 36158582, Bronze star, Purple Heart. Everett was killed in action on August 14, 1944 in France and is buried in plot J row 6 grave 3, Brittany American Cemetery, St James, France. He was survived by his father, George Timberman, five brothers and four sisters. Everett was born in Prattville on February 4, 1919. At time of enlistment he was living in the Pittsford area. He entered military service in June of 1941 and received his training at Camp McCoy, Texas. He began his overseas service in September in Ireland and later in England. He was part of the invasion of France as a member of the Commandos.
GLENN FRANKLIN TREMAINE, Sergeant, US Army Air Corps, Service Number 16160563. Glenn died from non-combat wounds probably disease on November 19, 1944 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Hillsdale. Glen was born on September 21, 1922 in Hillsdale, Michigan. He enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on December 10, 1942. He had completed four years of high school and listed his occupation as machinists. He was single without dependents and was five foot 7 inches in height and his weight was 149 pounds. In 1930, he was living on Salem Street in Hillsdale with his parents, James and Josephine Tremaine and three siblings.
ROBERT A. TREMAINE, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 15101868, Purple Heart. Robert was killed in action on June 6, 1944 and is buried in Lake View Cemetery, Hillsdale. He was born on April 7, 1922 in Hillsdale County. He enlisted at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana on April 18, 1942. He had completed three years of high school and stated that his occupation was being an unskilled laborer in the manufacture of paper and pulp. He was single, without dependents and was five feet 9 inches in height and his weight was 130 pounds. In 1940, he was living with his family on Oak Street in Hillsdale and prior to that they were living on Willow Street in Hillsdale.
OLEN R. VINCENT, Private First Class, US Army, 379 Infantry, 95 Division, Service Number 35333094, Purple Heart, Silver Star. Olen was killed in action on March 4, 1945 and is buried in Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands. Olen was born in 1920 in the State of Michigan. At time of enlistment he was living in Huntington, Indiana. He enlisted on July 25, 1942 in Toledo, Ohio. He had completed three years of college and was single without dependents. He was five foot 6 inches tall and his weight was 157 pounds. He was the son of Carl A. and Mabel A. Vincent and in 1930 had one other sibling. In 1930, Olen was living in Ransom Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan.
FREDERICK L. WAITE, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36410965, Purple Heart. Frederick was killed in action. Frederick was born in 1920. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on November 21, 1942 and stated he was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed four years of high school and was semiskilled machinist. He was single, without dependents and was five foot 9 inches in height and his weight was 172 pounds.
CLARENCE J. WARREN, Private First Class, US Army, Signal Corps, Service Number 36415630. Clarence was missing in action on November 14, 1944 and is memorialized on tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Fort William McKinley, Manila, Philippines. Clarence was born about 1924. In 1930, he was living in Hillsdale, Michigan with his mother Edith M. Warren and 5 other siblings. In 1940, he was living in Hillsdale with his step-father, Fred Patchett, his mother, and two siblings, two other minors and his grandmother. At the time of his enlistment, he listed his occupation as stock clerk and stated he was a resident of Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was single and was five foot six inches tall and his weight was 128 pounds.
ALMON D. WATKINS, Private, US Army, 112th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, Service Number 36972821, Purple Heart. Almon died on March 20, 1945 from non-combat wounds and is buried in plot B, row 4 grave 10, Rhone American Cemetery, Draguignan, France. Almon was born on March 13, 1917 and was married to Donna J. Watkins. Almon was born on March 13, 1917 in Cambria Township, Hillsdale, Michigan. He married Donna Jean Hatfield on April 16, 1939 and they planned on living in Cambria Township.
DONALD LERAY WEESE, US Navy. Donald was born on September 11, 1922 in the State of Ohio and died in 1944. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Litchfield, Michigan. He was the son of Raymond and Bessie Weese and had two other siblings. Donald had completed 3 years of high school in 1940. In 1940, he was living in Litchfield, Michigan and attending school.
CLINTON WHEELER. Clinton was born in 1918 and died in 1944. He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Ransom Township, Hillsdale County, Michigan. He was the son of William J. and Viola Wheeler. The 1940 Census placed his residence in Amboy Township. He had completed the 8th grade and was living with his parents and five siblings. Clinton was working as a laborer.
HORACE W. WHITEHEAD, Technical 5th Class, US Army, 390th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Service #39558937. He died on December 2, 1944 and is buried in Plot B, Row 30, Grave 34, Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Auold, France. Horace was born in either 1906 or 1920 and was living in Jonesville on Harleigh Street. He was the son of Fred H. and Jessie E. Whitehead. Records indicate no other siblings in the home. The records state that his birthplace was in Michigan.
HOWARD R. WISE, Fireman First Class, US Navy, Service Number 3115233, Purple Heart. Howard is missing in action on November 25, 1945 and is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines. In 1920 and 1930, Howard was living with his parents, Samuel and Myrtle Wise in Pittsford, Michigan with four siblings. He was worn in 1918. His parents made a request to the National Jewish Welfare Board on December 26, 1945.
HAROLD G. WOLF, Private First Class, US Army, 127th Infantry, 32nd Division, Service Number 36155949, Purple Heart. Harold was killed in action on January 18, 1943 and is buried at Fort McKinley, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines. Harold was born in 1918 and the 1920 census had him living in the City of Hillsdale. He was the son of George and Lettie Wolf and had three siblings. In 1940, he was living with his brother-in-law in Somerset. Harold had completed two year of high school and was a farm laborer. His enlistment records indicate that he was a resident of Indiana on his date of enlistment which was April 28, 1941 but he enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Harold was single, was five foot 9 inches tall and his weight was 152 pounds. Harold was listed as a catholic. His mother made application to the National Jewish Welfare Board on March 5, 1943.
MAX B. WOLFF, Private First Class, US Army, Service Number 36158590, Purple Heart. Max was killed in action. His father, Burr J. Wolff made application to the National Jewish Welfare Board on October 25, 1944. Burr Wolff was from Pittsford, Michigan. A Max B. Wolff enlisted on June 30, 1941 at the Kalamazoo enlistment center and stated we was born in 1916 and resided in Montana. He had completed two years of high school. We are assuming that Max was living with his father at the actual time of enlistment and thus could be from Pittsford, Michigan. He was listed in the National Military Records of those who died in the war as being from Hillsdale.
GEORGE G. WOLTZ, Private, US Army, 318th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division, Service Number 36413241, Purple Heart. George died from his wounds on August 25, 1944 and is buried in plot F row 2 grave 3, Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England. He was born in 1916. He enlisted in Kalamazoo, Michigan on December 4, 1942 and stated he was from Hillsdale, Michigan. He had completed grammar school and was a semiskilled heat treater, annealer and temperer in the manufacturing business. He was divorced with dependents at the time of his enlistment. He was five feet 6 inches in height and his weight was 159 pounds. He was the son of George A. Woltz who lived on North Street in Hillsdale.
RAYMOND L. ZEITER, JR., Second Lieutenant, US Army Air Corps, Service Number 0-730319. Raymond died during a training plane crash in Hutchinson, Kansas in February of 1943. Raymond was born on April 19, 1922 in Williams County, Ohio. Raymond enlisted in Detroit, Michigan on February 25, 1942. He had completed one year of college and listed that he was an actor. He was single without dependents and was five foot 10 inches in height and his weight was 146 pounds. Newspaper had listed him as Lawrence Raymond Zeiter. In 1940, Raymond was living with his parents, Raymond and Edna Zeiter in Hillsdale, Michigan along with six siblings. He attended Hillsdale High School and was the sophomore class treasurer.

FALLEN SOLDIERS OF HILLSDALE COUNTY-Korean War

HERBERT WENDELL ANDRIDGE, JR., Major, US Air Force, 67 FTR BOMB SQ, 18 FTR BOMB GROUP, Service Number 6618A, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Herbert died on April 10, 1951 while on a combat mission of strafing enemy positions when his aircraft crashed. He is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing, Court 8, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was from Pittsford, Michigan and was born on November 3, 1915.
RICHARD DOUGLAS CLARK, Private First Class, Marine Corp, Company H, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Service Number 1185302. Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Richard was killed in action while fighting the enemy in Korea on November 24, 1952. He was from Jonesville, Michigan and was born on December 3, 1931.
DARREL E. DRAKE, Private, US Army Reserve, 34th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Service Number 16315400, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Darrel was killed in action while fighting the enemy near Taejon, South Korea on July 20, 1950. He was from Hillsdale, Michigan and was born in the year 1931.
ROBERT C. EGELKRAUT, Private First Class, US Army Reserve, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Service Number 16296391, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Robert was killed in action while fighting the enemy near Hansan Dong, South Korea on September 19, 1950. He was from Reading, Michigan and was born on September 1, 1930 and is buried in Maplewood Cemetery, Reading, Michigan.
DONALD JACK KIMBALL, Sergeant, US Army, C Battery, 15th FA Battalion, 2nd Division, Service Number 16328118, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Donald was listed as missing in action while fighting the enemy near Hoengsong, South Korea on February 13, 1951. He is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing, Court 6, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was from Hillsdale, Michigan and was born on January 1, 1931.
ARNOLD L. LEFEVRE, Corporal, US Army, 21st Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, Service Number 16253813, Purple Heart. Arnold was killed in action on July 10, 1950 while fighting the enemy near Chochiwon, South Korea. He was from Hillsdale and was born in the year 1929.
DONALD L. MAYO, Sergeant, US Army Reserve, Company E, 180th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division, Service Number RA15211349, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. He was killed in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on February 2, 1953 and is buried in Hopkins Cemetery, Bedford, Indiana. He was from Hillsdale and was born on September 23, 1927.
WILLIAM J. ROBERTSON, Specialist First Class, US Army, 23rd Infantry, 2nd Division, Light Weapons Infantry Leader. William was killed in action on May 18, 1951 while fighting the enemy in the Republic of Korea. He was born in the year 1928 and was a resident of Hillsdale, Michigan.
RAYMOND CLAUDE ROGERS, Sergeant First Class, US Army, Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, Service Number 16265463, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Raymond was listed as missing in action while fighting the enemy in North Korea on December 12, 1950. He was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. He is memorialized on the Courts of the Missing, Court 6, Honolulu Memorial, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was from Hillsdale, Michigan and was born on January 1, 1929
ROGER N. TRALL, First Lieutenant, US Army Reserve, Company A, 70th Tank Battalion Heavy, 24th Infantry, Division, Service Number 0-1119445, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Roger was killed in action on August 16, 1950 while fighting the enemy in South Korea and is buried in Fisher Cemetery, Homer, Michigan. He was from the Homer, Michigan area and was born on February 19, 1924. Peggy F. Trall was a relative and could have been his wife, mother or sister.
BURL DEAN WHITE, Corporal, US Army, 2nd Replacement Company, 2nd Infantry Division, Service Number 16223805, Purple Heart, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Burl was killed in action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on September 1, 1950. He was from Hillsdale, Michigan and was born on November 25, 1929 and is buried in Maple Grove Cemetery, Jackson, Michigan.

FALLEN SOLDIERS OF HILLSDALE COUNTY-Vietnam War

DAVID KEITH AESCHLIMAN, CWO, W2, Reserve, 1st AVN BDE, Army. Records indicate that his tour began on August 17, 1969 and he died on January 16, 1970 in Long An, South Vietnam. He was a helicopter pilot and died from wounds after his helicopter was involved in hostile fire. David was born on May 17, 1949 and resided in Camden, Michigan. He was listed as a single man and listed the Church of Christ as his religion.
WARREN LEROY ANDERSON, Colonel US Air Force, 16th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, 377th Combat Support Group, Tan Son Nhut Air Base, South Vietnam. On April 26, 1966 he was flying in a McDonnell Phantom II Reconnaissance Fighter on an unarmed night reconnaissance over North Vietnam, when radio contact was lost. His remains were not recovered. One source stated that his tour of duty started on April 26, 1966 and the casualty was on January 9, 1978, His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. He was born on December 27, 1932 and resided from Camden, Michigan. He was listed as a married man and listed Methodist as his religion.
FRANK EDWARD BELCHER, SP4, E4, Selective Service, 4th Infantry Division, Army. Records indicate that his tour began on February 12, 1968 and he died on June 7, 1968 in Kontum, South Vietnam from hostile fire. Frank was born on October 29, 1945 and resided in Osseo, Michigan. He was listed as a single man.
DONALD LEE BENNETT, SP4, E4, Selective Service, 1st Cav Division (AMBL) Army. Records indicate that his tour began on December 5, 1966 and he died on March 11, 1967 in Binh Dinh, South Vietnam from hostile fire. Donald was born on November 29, 1946 and resided in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was listed as single and was listed as a Baptist.
CLIFFORD LYNN BREEDEN, PFC, E3, Selective Service, 1st Infantry Division, Army. Records indicate that his tour began on June 22, 1967 and he died on October 17, 1967 in Binh Long, South Vietnam from hostile fire. Clifford was born on May 7, 1945 and resided in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was listed as a single man and was listed as a Presbyterian.
DALE ELWYN COLLYER, MSGY, E8, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Army. Records indicate that he served for 22 years and his tour began on October 24, 1968 and he died on January 9, 1969 in South Vietnam. He died from a heart attack that was caused from illness and injuries of battle. Dale was born on January 31, 1921 and resided in Hillsdale, Michigan. Dale was married and listed his religion as protestant.
CLAIR DUANE DOTY, SP4, E4, MACV Advisor, Army. Records indicate that he died on May 5, 1964 in South Vietnam as a non-crew member of a fixed wing plane that crashed. Clair was born on January 5, 1940 and resided from Hillsdale, Michigan. He was married and listed his religion as Congregational Christian.
DAVID SCOTT GREILING, Commander, US Navy, Attach Squadron 82, Carrier Air Wing 6 aboard the aircraft Carrier USS American. On July 24, 1968, he was the pilot of a Vought Attack Aircraft Corsair II on a night armed reconnaissance over Mui Ron, North Vietnam a hook shaped peninsula in the Bay of Tonkin. He bombed a convoy of trucks, ejected the cabin, crashed to the ground and exploded. His remains were not recovered. One source stated that his tour began on July 24, 1968 and the casualty was on September 14, 1973. That source also stated he died in a crash at sea. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial. He was born on Mach 25, 1935 and resided in Hillsdale, Michigan. He was listed as a married man and was listed as a protestant.
GARY LEE HIGBEE, Captain, 03, Reserve, Army. Records indicate that his tour began on December 6, 1967 and he died on August 8, 1968 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam as a member of a helicopter crew that crashed under hostile fire. Gary was born on February 27, 1945 and resided in Montgomery, Michigan. He was single and was listed as a Baptist.
GARY LYNN KLINGLER, Specialist 4th Class, US Army, 4th Infantry Division, Service Number 54967904, Purple Heart. He died in hostile small air ground battle in Kontum, South Vietnam on August 30, 1968. Gary was born in Kansas on August 15, 1947 and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arlie Klingler. He moved to Hillsdale County and graduated from Waldron High School. He entered the military service in June of 1967 and his tour of duty in Vietnam commenced on November 16, 1967. Gary worked in Morenci, Michigan and Bryan, Ohio before entering the service. Gary was married at the time of his death and was survived by his wife and son, his parents and three brothers.
RONALD JOE MARKEL, LCPL, E3, regular Marine Corps. Records indicated that his tour began on September 21, 1967 and he died on May 9, 1968 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam from hostile fire. Ronald was born on May 14, 1947 and resided in Waldron, Michigan. He was listed as a married man and was listed as a protestant.
LARRY DALE MYERS, PFC, E3, Selective Service, 25th Infantry Division, Army. Records indicate that his tour began on July 17, 1966 and he died on January 11, 1967 in Binh Duong, South Vietnam from hostile fire. Larry was born on April 17, 1945 and resided in Camden, Michigan. He was married and listed his religion as Lutheran, Missouri Synod.
DAVID AMON SANFORD, SFC, E7, 1st Cavalry Division (AMBL) Army. Records indicated that David had serviced 16 years but his tour this time began on September 24, 1967 and he died on February 7, 1968 in Thua Thien, South Vietnam from hostile fire. David was born on April 5, 1931 and resided from Shadyside, Michigan. He was married and was listed his religion as Lutheran, Missouri Synod.

FALLEN SOLDIERS OF HILLSDALE COUNTY-Gulf War

WILLIAM FITSGERALD PALMER, Specialist 4, CPL, US Army, Military Police, Second Armored Division, Service Number 371885827, Bronze Star, Purple Heart. He died in hostile fire on February 24, 1991 while leading a reconnaissance patrol near the Iraq Kuwait border during Operation Desert Storm. He had military service at Fort McClellan, Alabama; White Sands, New Mexico; Fort Hood, Texas and Saudi Arabia. He was born on April 17, 1967 and graduated from Hillsdale High School. He was the son of Perry and Elaine Palmer. The William Palmer Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in his memory. He is buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Hillsdale, Michigan.
MICHAEL PAUL HODSHIRE, Sergeant, US Marine, 3rd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 2D out of Camp Lajaune, North Carolina, Service Number 285766067, Navy Commendation Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart. He died of wounds sustained from a vehicle bomb explosion during combat operations near Al Anber Province, Iraq on October 30, 2005 while on his second tour of duty during Operation Iraq Freedom. Michael was born on September 15, 1980 in Montpelier, Ohio. He graduated from North Adam-Jerome High School. He was the son of Edwin Hodshire and Tarry Eicher. Michael is buried at the Northlawn Cemetery, North Adams, Michigan. In memory of Michael the Michael P Hodshire Memorial Education Fund was established.
AARON DONALD JAGGER, First Sergeant, US Army, Company C, 1st Battalion, 37th Armored Regiment, 1st Armored Division, Friedberg, Germany, 2 Bronze Stars, Meritorious Service Medal, 5 Army Commendation Medals, Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart. He died of wounds sustained on August 9, 2006 from a improvised explosive device detonated near his Humvee during combat operations in Ar Ramadi, Iraq during his second tour of duty during Operation Iraq Freedom. Aaron had served in Germany, Bosnia, Kuwait and Iraq. He was born on October 21, 1962. He graduated from Camden Frontier High School and attended Covenant College. He was a member of the VFW in Montgomery, Michigan. He was married with children at the time of his death and was survived by his wife. He was the son of Dale Jagger and Carol Bailey. He is buried at the Berg Cemetery, Montgomery, Michigan.

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