Wyomingites

Gave Their All
 
WW II

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American Flag                    Mainer's                    Wyoming Flag

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Completed

All weblinks within this document are " BLUE "

INCLUDING:   Ships, Army Divisions, and Marine Divisions !

LAST UPDATE:

December 4, 2019

( Originally created January ~ 2018 )

In Memory

     The following list was created in the memory of the brave men and women from Converse County, Wyoming that gave their all for their State and Country during World War II.  Soldiers, Sailors and Merchant Marines, are all included on this listing.

     There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men and women that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see their personal memorial that has been created for them.   On "many" of the online memorials you will see a small biography for each soldier which includes: parent's names, where they lived and where and how they actually died.   If you see one without a bio and you have information on them please email me and I'll update their records.

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Converse County had a total of:

" 20 "

Soldiers, Sailors & Merchant Marines who "Gave Their All" during World War II

( I'm 99.9% sure all from Converse County are included )

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     Also please note:   The records show these men and women as either enlisting, being originally from, or having strong ties to Converse County.   Therefore some of these soldiers may not necessarily be from the particular county noted.

     On some of the records you will note that the "Cemetery/Memorial" column shows "unknown".   If you know where any of these men or women are interred please let me know by sending me an "email - (by clicking here)" and I'll insure that the information is noted for their record.


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Whether a soldier or sailor was " Killed In Action ", " Missing In Action ",
" Died of Wounds ", or even died in the " Line Of Duty "   ......   

Whether a soldier or sailor was awarded medals or not   ......   

They are all " HERO'S " in my book and deserve all the recognition they can get !!


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Special Thanks To "Volunteer" Find A Grave Members:

" Eric Ackerman "
         For all his great research work For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Janice Hollandsworth "
         For her great help locating burials and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Jeff Hall "
         For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" John C. Anderson "
         For his valuable help with documenting soldiers & sailors in Arlington National Cemetery !
" John Dowdy "
         For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials and flight crew reports For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" ShaneO "
         For his great help locating burials, taking photos, and record updates For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !
" Steve S "
         For his great photos in the Manila American Cemetery, Philippines !
" Tim Cook "
         For his great help with the Army Air Force, locating burials, taking photos, and flight crew reports For Soldiers & Sailors Nationwide !

Key to Abbreviations and Notes:

AM = Awarded the " Air Medal " ~ ( Meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. )
AM+ = Awarded " Multiple Air Medals " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Air Medal. )

BS = Awarded the " Bronze Star " ~ ( 4th highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service )
BS+ = Awarded multiple " Bronze Stars " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Cluster attached to " First " Bronze Star. )

DFC = Awarded the " Distinguished Flying Cross " ~ ( Awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight. )

DSC = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest award for extreme gallantry and risk of life. )

DSM = Awarded the " Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for Exceptionally meritorious service to the Government of the United States. )

FDC = Awarded the " Croix de Guerre " ~ ( Awarded by France for those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism. )

LOM = Awarded the " Legion Of Merit " ~ ( Awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. )

MM = Awarded the " Mariner's Medal " ~ ( Awarded to the Merchant Marines for being wounded or killed in action )
MM*  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar " ~ ( Awarded to Merchant Mariners who have been in combat action )
MM**  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Combat Bar Star " ~ ( Combat Star's awarded to those who are forced to abandon ship when attacked or damaged )
MDS  =  Awarded the " Mariner's Distinguished Service Medal " ~ ( Awarded for " Heroism Beyond the Call of Duty ". )

MOH = Awarded the " Medal Of Honor " ~ ( Highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. )

NC = Awarded the " Navy Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard. )

PH = Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded in action. )
PH+ = Awarded " Multiple Purple Hearts " ~ ( Noted as Oak Leaf Clusters attached to " First " Purple Heart. )

POW = Awarded the " Prisoner Of War Medal " ~ ( Awarded for serving as a Prisoner of the enemy. )

PUC = Awarded a " Presidential Unit Citation " ~ ( Awarded to a unit for heroism or extraordinary achievement. )

SM = Awarded the " Soldier's Medal " ~ ( Awarded for distinguished heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy )
SS = Awarded the " Silver Star " ~ ( 3rd highest award, awarded for gallantry in action )

Other Medals
      Such as Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

" Cause Of Death " ~ Color Coding:
      " RED " = Died during Battle.
      " MAROON " = Died of a "non-battle" related incident.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial
= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial
N/A ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
N/A ~ ( in photo field ) = not available

Cenotaph = A memorial stone only, remains not recovered or possibly interred somewhere unknown.

Those Included: = Died during the war - " December 7, 1941 " through " September 2, 1945 ".
            ( Some others have been included that died close to the war's end possibly from wounds or illiness )

            

Quick Link by first letter of Last Name for Converse County

( Those letters "not highlighted" in " blue " currently have no soldiers listed )

A ] - B ] - C ] - D ] - E ] - F ]

G ] - H ] - I ] - J ] - K ] - L ]

M ] - N ] - O ] - P ] - Q ] - R ]

S ] - T ] - U ] - V ] - W ] - X ] - Y ] - Z ]

Last Names starting with " A " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Beach,  Kenneth R.
          PH ~ Italy ~

Staff
Sergeant
513th Bomber Squadron
376th Bomber Group
Air Force
Converse County
Killed In Action
August 15, 1944
Jefferson Barracks
National Cemetery
Lemay, MO
" Yes "

  Booth,  Marion B.
          N/A ~ France ~

Technician
Forth Grade
1134th Engineer
Combat Group
Army
Converse County
Line Of Duty
January 24, 1945
Epinal
American Cemetery
France
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Cannon,  James O.
          PH ~ Okinawa ~

Private
First Class
381st Infantry Regiment
96th Infantry Division
Army
Converse County
Killed In Action
June 6, 1945
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "

  Chavez,  Fred
          N/A ~ unknown ~ N/A

Private
Army
Converse County
Line Of Duty
unknown
Cemetery /
Memorial
" Not Found "
" Yes "

  Clayton,  John C.
          MM** ~ Atlantic ~

Oiler
S.S.
Gurney E. Newlin

Merchant Marines
Converse County
Missing In Action
October 28, 1942
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Cook,  Douglas W.
          N/A ~ Louisiana ~

Second
Lieutenant
Air Force
Converse County
Line Of Duty
July 17, 1944
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Dawes,  Claude E., Jr.
          N/A ~ Texas ~

Private
359th Infantry Regiment
Army
Converse County
Line Of Duty
May 17, 1942
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " E " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " F " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " G " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " H " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " I " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " J " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Kant,  Charles W.
          AM PH ~ Germany ~

Second
Lieutenant
704th Bomber Squadron
446th Bomber Group
Air Force
Converse County
Missing In Action
December 20, 1943
Cambridge
American Cemetery
England
" Yes "
Cenotaph


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Larson,  Joseph E.
          PH ~ Pacific ~ N/A

Fireman
First Class
U.S.S. Astoria
Navy
Converse County
Missing In Action
August 9, 1942
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

Last Names starting with " M " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " N " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Olson,  Richard F.
          PH ~ Germany ~

Sergeant
13th Infantry Regiment
8th Infantry Division
Army
Converse County
Killed In Action
April 16, 1945
Fort Snelling
National Cemetery
Minneapolis, MN
" Yes "

  Owen,  Charles V.
          PH ~ Germany ~

Sergeant
839th Bomber Squadron
487th Bomber Group
Air Force
Converse County
Killed In Action
March 11, 1945
Ardennes
American Cemetery
Belgium
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " P " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Q " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Rupe,  Maurice J.
          N/A ~ Washington ~

Corporal
115th Cavalry
Army
Converse County
Line Of Duty
May 30, 1942
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Schilling,  William
          POW PH ~ Pacific ~

Private
First Class
194th Tank Battalion
Army
Converse County
Died While POW
October 24, 1944
Manila
American Cemetery
Philippines
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Shelden,  Harold R.
          PH ~ Holland ~

Private
First Class
504th Parachute Infantry
82nd Airborne Division
Army
Converse County
Killed In Action
September 21, 1944
Netherlands
American Cemetery
Netherlands
" Yes "

  Slaughter,  Russell C.
          N/A ~ Texas ~

Private
Air Force
Converse County
Line Of Duty
March 28, 1943
Memphis
National Cemetery
Memphis, TN
" Yes "

  Squires,  Wayne P.
          N/A ~ Pacific ~

Ensign
U.S.S. Manila Bay
Navy
Converse County
Line Of Duty
October 1, 1944
Honolulu Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Swickhamer,  Ray E.
          N/A ~ Alabama ~

Private
Infantry
Army
Converse County
Line Of Duty
October 5, 1943
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "


   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Turner,  Floyd E.
          PH ~ Pacific ~

Ensign
Navy
Converse County
Killed In Action
February 16, 1945
Douglas Park
Cemetery
Douglas, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " U " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " V " ~ " There Were None ! "

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.
          Awards ~ Place Of Passing ~ Photos
Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
Residence
Cause of Death
Date Of Passing
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on
" Yes "

  Witt,  William A.
          PH ~ Germany ~

Private
First Class
260th Infantry Regiment
65th Infantry Division
Army
Converse County
Killed In Action
March 18, 1945
Luxembourg
American Cemetery
Luxembourg
" Yes "

  Wright,  Charles E.
          PH ~ Pacific ~

Private
First Class
165th Infantry Regiment
Army
Converse County
Killed In Action
March 4, 1945
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " X " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Y " ~ " There Were None ! "

Last Names starting with " Z " ~ " There Were None ! "

            

Email any questions or comments to:

Russ Pickett

( russpickde@comcast.net )