The Last Full Measure

by Tim Harrison




With the dedication of a national World War II memorial, veterans of that conflict have been the focus of much attention. It is safe to say that every family was touched in some way by that conflict. Sacrifices were made by men and women from DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties, not only in that war but in Korea and Vietnam as well. Following is a listing of some who died in line of duty during World War II whose home of record was listed as being in DeSoto and her immediate Mississippi neighbors. Let their sacrifice be a constant reminder that freedom isn't free!

In 1946 the U. S. War Department published the ?World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing? for the State of Mississippi. This list was made up of those who ?died in a line-of-duty? status while serving in the Army or Army Air Force. Likewise in 1946 the U. S. Navy published its ?State Summary of War Casualties [Mississippi], listing casualties in the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard ?resulting directly from enemy action or from operational activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941 to the end of the war.? The Navy list includes those who were wounded, while the War Department list does not. Neither list gives the date or location of death, but the Navy list gives the name and residence of next of kin.


Army/Amy Air Force List:


Name Rank Type of Death Home
Alexander, Joe M. Private First Class Non-battle death DeSoto
Algee, Robert D. Sergeant Killed in action Marshall
Anderson, David V. Private First Class Died of wounds Marshall
Anderson, Harry C. Private Killed in action DeSoto
Ausborn, John E. Private First Class Killed in action Marshall
Barksdale, Haywood Private Non-battle death Marshall
Barnes, Lamar A. 2nd Lieutenant Non-battle death DeSoto
Baxter, Earl Private Non-battle death DeSoto
Bizzell, Richard H. Private Non-battle death Tate
Blythe, Joseph M. Jr. Captain Non-battle death DeSoto
Boggan, James A. Private First Class Non-battle death DeSoto
Boswell, Henry H. Private Killed in action Marshall
Brandon, James I. Private First Class Died of wounds Tate
Burford, Freddie M. Corporal Non-battle death Tate
Carlton, Glen E. Tech 4th Grade Non-battle death Tate
Cassidy, Johnnie Private First Class Killed in action Tate
Chambers, Jo N. F. Private Non-battle death Marshall
Coalburn, James L. Private Died of wounds Tunica
Coker, Harold C. Corporal Killed in action DeSoto
Coker, Marvin W. Staff Sergeant Killed in action Tate
Cox, William B. Jr. Private Killed in action Marshall
Dancy, John S. Private Killed in action Tate
Dean, Richard F. 2nd Lieutenant Killed in action DeSoto
De Berry, David Private Killed in action DeSoto
Dees, Mack L. Jr. Private First Class Killed in action DeSoto
Dunlap, Winfred L. Private First Class Killed in action DeSoto
Dye, Fitzhugh Private Died of wounds DeSoto
Fleming, Eugene Private Non-battle death Tunica
Freeman, Charley Private Non-battle death Tate
Furr, Maurice N. Jr. Private First Class Killed in action Tunica
Gardner, James F. Corporal Killed in action Tunica
Gillespie, Eugene Private First Class Non-battle death Tate
Graham, Tate B. Private Non-battle death Marshall
Graves, Robert L. Corporal Killed in action Marshall
Hayes, Nathaniel Private Non-battle death Tunica
Holloway, Johnie W. Private First Class Killed in action Marshall
Hollowell, Fremon S. Private Non-battle death Marshall
Hurdle, John P. Technical Sergeant Killed in action Marshall
Jackson, Everett C. Staff Sergeant Non-battle death DeSoto
Jones, John W. Private Non-battle death Marshall
Knighton, Luther T. Private First Class Killed in action Marshall
Lanier, Eugene B. Jr. Major Non-battle death Tunica
Lucas, Eugene Staff Sergeant Killed in action DeSoto
Martin, John S. Private First Class Killed in action Marshall
Mason, Roger B. Private Killed in action DeSoto
Mathews, Essie Jr. Corporal Killed in action Tunica
McClain, Earnest L. Corporal Non-battle death DeSoto
McCrory, Raymond E. 2nd Lieutenant Non-battle death DeSoto
Meredith, Robert H. Private Non-battle death Tate
Moncrief, Clifton F. Private First Class Killed in action Tate
Nelson, George M. Private First Class Killed in action DeSoto
Oaks, William Private Non-battle death Tate
Pettis, James Tech 5th Grade Non-battle death Tate
Peyton, Harold T. Technical Sergeant Killed in action DeSoto
Peyton, Virgil E. Private First Class Killed in action Tate
Phelps, Maynard W. Staff Sergeant Killed in action DeSoto
Ray, Aaron F. Staff Sergeant Died of wounds Tate
Rhea, Aaron A. Sergeant Killed in action Marshall
Scaife, John M. Jr. Tech 4th Grade Non-battle death Tunica
Shield, Vance I Jr. 2nd Lieutenant Killed in action Tunica
Smith, David Private First Class Died of wounds DeSoto
Smith, Grady C. Private First Class Killed in action Tate
Stanford, Jasper C. Private Killed in action DeSoto
Stapleton, John R. 2nd Lieutenant Non-battle death Tunica
Stevens, Marion B. 1st Lieutenant Non-battle death DeSoto
Stewart, Joe Tech 5th Grade Non-battle death DeSoto
Sullivan, Warren W. 2nd Lieutenant Killed in action DeSoto
Taylor, Jack C. Private Non-battle death Tunica
Thomas, Leo E. Private First Class Killed in action Marshall
Tubbs, Marion D. Private First Class Killed in action Tunica
Turner, Horace L. Tech 5th Grade Killed in action Tate
Turnipseed, Daniel Private Killed in action Tunica
Vandergrift, A. P. Jr. Captain Non-battle death DeSoto
Wallace, Lucas L. Private First Class Killed in action Tate
Ward, Willis Private Non-battle death Tunica
Watkins, Edgar E. Private First Class Killed in action DeSoto
Navy/Marines/Coast Guard List:


Dead Name Rank Home Next of kin
Bruce, Robert Lee Steward's Mate 1c Coldwater Mrs. Earl Bruce
Dougherty, Robert H PFC USMCR Coldwater M/M Wilfred Dougherty
Embrey, James S. Seaman 1c Hernando Mrs. James Embrey
Lamar, Thomas F. Jr. PFC USMCR Hernando M/M Thomas Lamar, Sr.
Walker, Elton Steward's Mate 2c Senatobia M/M Andrew Walker
Wounded


Burke, Robert J. Cpl., USMCR Lake Cormorant Mrs. Robert Burke
Croxton, Sam PFC, USMCR Senatobia Mrs. Inez Croxton
Falkner, Terrell M. Cpl., USMCR Nesbitt Mrs. Lillian Falkner
Hassell, James B. Seaman 2c Horn Lake M/M Aude Hassell
Jones, Wilson Jr. Pvt., USMCR Holly Springs M/M Wilson Jones, Sr.
May, Durward T. PFC, USMCR Coldwater M/M G. M. May
Meredith, Thomas W. PFC, USMCR Coldwater Mrs. Thomas Meredith
Mills, George Forrest PFC, USMCR Holly Springs M/M James W. Mills
Peeler, James R. AM Mate 2c Hernando Mrs. Edythe Peeler
Richerson, Freeman PFC, USMCR Lake Cormorant Mrs. Freeman Richerson
Spencer, Thomas E. PFC, USMCR Olive Branch Mrs. Marjorie Spencer
Strickland, Wesley R. PFC, USMCR Holly Springs M/M Henry Strickland

The full publication is on line at Army/Army Air Force

The full publication is on line at Navy/Marines/Coast Guard

Abbreviations: 1c = First Class; 2c = Second Class; AM Mate = Aviation Machinists Mate, a Navy rank; Pvt. = Private; PFC = Private First Class; USMCR = U. S. Marine Corps Reserve.


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