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 Johnson 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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Johnson County had a total of:

" 16 "

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

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

Information was used from the following link for the " Army & Air Force "
at National Archives for this report:

Click Here for Archive Report:  " Johnson County, Wyoming "

"Multiple" links at the National Archives
were used for the " Navy & Coast Guard " for this report.

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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 Johnson 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 Johnson County

( Those letters highlighted in " Maroon " had no soldiers to list )

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 ]

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

Last Names starting with " B " ~ " 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 "

  Carson, Virgil B.
          BS PH ~ Netherlands ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
325th Glider Infantry
82nd Airborne Division
Army
Johnson County
Missing In Action
October 2, 1944
Netherlands
American Cemetery
Netherlands
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Christensen, Elmer E.
          PH ~ Pearl Harbor ~
          " Family Link Included "

Machinist's
Mate
Second Class
U.S.S. Arizona
Navy
Johnson County
Missing In Action
December 7, 1941
Honolulu
Memorial
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "
Cenotaph

  Claypool, Archie P.
          N/A ~ Pacific ~
          " Family Link Included "

Seaman
First Class
U.S.S. Pyro
Navy
Johnson County
Line Of Duty
January 15, 1944
Golden Gate
National Cemetery
San Bruno, CA
" Yes "

  Copps, Calvin W.
          AM PH ~ Adriatic Sea ~
          " Family Link Included "

Staff
Sergeant
830th Bomber Squadron
485th Bomber Group
Air Force
Johnson County
Lost At Sea
January 20, 1945
Florence
American Cemetery
Italy
" 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 "

  Deen, Cecil L.
          PH ~ Italy ~
          " Family Link Included "

Sergeant
2nd Special
Service Regiment
Army
Johnson County
Killed In Action
December 6, 1943
Sicily-Rome
American Cemetery
Italy
" 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 "

  Eldridge, George W.
          N/A ~ Tennessee ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
Air Force
Johnson County
Line Of Duty
January 24, 1945
Kaycee
Cemetery
Kaycee, 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 "

  Foster, Fred M.
          SS+ PH ~ Europe ~
          " Family Link Included "

Sergeant
899th Tank
Destroyer Battalion
Army
Johnson County
Died Of Wounds
October 5, 1944
Henri-Chapelle
American Cemetery
Belgium
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " G " ~ " 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 "

  Hart, Albert M.
          N/A ~ Australia ~ ~ ( Chaplain )
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
Coast Artillery
Corps
Army
Johnson County
Line Of Duty
July 16, 1942
National
Memorial Cemetery
Honolulu, HI
" Yes "

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 "

  Kepler, Vincent A.
          AM PH ~ Austria ~
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
49th Bomber Squadron
2nd Bomber Group
Air Force
Johnson County
Killed In Action
February 24, 1944
Arlington
National Cemetery
Arlington, VA
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " L " ~ " 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 "

  Madsen, Arnold
          PH ~ unknown ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
Army
Johnson County
Killed In Action
February 11, 1945
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, WY
" Yes "

  McBride, Sam A.
          DSC PH ~ Saipan ~
          " Family Link Included "

First
Lieutenant
165th Infantry Regiment
27th Infantry Division
Army
Johnson County
Died Of Wounds
June 24, 1944
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, 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 "

  Norval, Richard M.
          PH ~ Okinawa ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
First Class
7th Marine Regiment
1st Marine Division
Marines
Johnson County
Killed In Action
May 14, 1945
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, WY
" Yes "

Last Names starting with " O " ~ " 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 "

  Peck, George D.
          N/A ~ unknown ~
          " Family Link Included "

Staff
Sergeant
Air Force
Johnson County
Line Of Duty
October 8, 1944
Rose Hills
Memorial Park
Whittier, CA
" Yes "

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

Last Names starting with " R " ~ " 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 "

  Smee, Robert W.
          PH ~ Italy ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
15th Infantry Regiment
3rd Infantry Division
Army
Johnson County
Killed In Action
May 30, 1944
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, WY
" Yes "

  Still, James O., Jr.
          PH ~ France ~
          " Family Link Included "

Private
317th Infantry Regiment
Army
Johnson County
Killed In Action
September 27, 1944
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, 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 "

  Taylor, Charles E.
          PH ~ Germany ~

Private
134th Infantry Regiment
35th Infantry Division
Army
Johnson County
Killed In Action
October 2, 1944
Willow Grove
Cemetery
Buffalo, WY
" Yes "

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

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

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

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 )