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Richard C. Garst

William M. George
From Salem. Killed Feb. 28, 1943, location not disclosed. Survived by his father, Michael George.
-- The Roanoke World-News

James A. Gibbs
February 1920 - January 1945
From Roanoke. Worked for Appalachian Power Co. before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Killed in Germany at age 25. Survived by his wife, Doris Ann Gibbs; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Gibbs; and sisters, Ruby and Mary Ann, the latter of whom was his twin. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
-- Submitted by his widow, Mrs. E.H. Taylor of Roanoke

Jesse E. Gilmore
From Roanoke County. Died Sept. 11, 1943, from injuries received in North Africa. Survived by his uncle, J.K. Gilmore.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Burger S. Gish
From Roanoke. Killed Sept. 7, 1943, in North Africa. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Gish.
-- The Roanoke World-News

James Bernard Glenn
From Roanoke. Killed May 20, 1944, when his Flying Fortress caught fire near Lockburne Army Air Force Base in Ohio. Survived by his mother, Eunice.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Stephen M. Goggin
Oct. 18, 1909 - March 7, 1946
From Vinton. Served in the Army Air Forces. During World War II, he was stationed in England as a flight mechanic aboard B-17 bombers. Survived numerous air raids over Europe. After the war, was a member of the original crew selected to bomb Bikini Island. Killed in the crash of a training flight. Survived by his father, Stephen Goggin; brothers, William and Julian; sister, Kathryn Carson. Buried at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke.
-- Submitted by his nephew, William F. Carson of Salem

Cary L. Gray
From Roanoke. Served in the Army Air Forces. Reported missing in action over France on July 17, 1944. Some men in Gray's squadron wrote his father saying they saw his parachute open. The Roanoke Times reported: "They also said that they had good reason to believe that he was safe, but because of military secrecy, they wouldn't be permitted to explain themselves further. . . . They closed by saying the worst that could happen to Lt. Gray was to be taken prisoner of the Germans, but they had reasons to 'hope for better.' " Survived by his father, Wilford Gray.
-- The Roanoke Times

Herbert O. Gray
From Roanoke. Served in the Army engineers. Reported missing in action in Burma in July 1944. Survived by his wife, Lucy, and mother, Mrs. C.O. Cundiff.
-- The Roanoke Times

Walter R. Gray

George T. Greer Jr
May 15, 1925 - unknown
From Roanoke. A student before the war. Served in the Navy. Killed in a kamikaze attack on a destroyer off Okinawa. Body never recovered. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George T. Greer.
-- Submitted by a friend, Robert B. Feild cq of Hot Springs

James A. Gregory
1926 - January 1945
From Roanoke. A student at Virginia Tech before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Killed when his B-29 blew up over the Philippines. Survived by his parents, Marguerite and Joseph Gregory, and sister, Marguerite G. Slusher. Buried alongside his brother, Joseph, at Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii.
-- Submitted by his sister-in-law, Virginia G. Board of Salem

Joseph D. Gregory Jr
Nov. 28, 1921 - July 17, 1944
From Roanoke. Worked in the Norfolk and Western Railway offices before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Was a fighter pilot stationed in Hawaii. Killed when his plane crashed on a routine flight. Survived by his wife, Virginia Gregory; son, Joseph Gregory; parents, Marguerite and Joseph Gregory; sister, Marguerite G. Slusher; brother, James A. Gregory. Buried alongside his brother, James, at Punch Bowl Cemetery in Hawaii.
-- Submitted by his widow, Virginia G. Board of Salem

Edward D. Grigsby Jr.

Clifton A. Grisso

George W. Grisso
From Roanoke County. Entered the Army in April 1942. Trained as a radio operator. Sent to North Africa. Killed March 30, 1943, in North Africa. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joel Grisso; brothers, S.I. and James; sisters, Mrs. Jesse H. Grubb; Mrs. Paul W. Kesler, Mrs. James T. Kesler and Mrs. Hugh D. Whitlow.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Howard L. Gross
From Roanoke. Served in the Army. Killed June 10, 1944, in France. Survived by his mother, Ida.
-- The Roanoke World-News and The Roanoke Times

Morris P. Guerrant
1924 - April 30, 1945
Grew up in Roanoke. Before the war, Guerrant was a star boxer at Augusta Military Academy, earning the nickname "Punchy" and an athletic scholarship to the University of Maryland. Joined the ROTC at age 17 and later was called up for the Army as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. Won the Bronze Star in January 1945 for infiltrating enemy lines and bringing back information on German troops. Killed at age 21 in Germany, near the Elbe River. Guerrant was advancing ahead of his platoon over open terrain, armed only with a pistol and a hand grenade. German fire scattered his platoon, but Guerrant continued to advance, killing two Germans and forcing the rest to retreat. He then deployed his platoon and advanced alone over open ground, through direct fire. Mortally wounded, he continued to fire on the enemy until he died. Was awarded the Silver Star. Survived by his mother, Eva Morris Guerrant, and half-brothers, W. Jackson Shepherd and Everett W. Shepherd. Buried in Germany; later reinterred at Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke.
-- Submitted by his sister-in-law, Mrs. W. Jackson Shepherd of Roanoke, and a friend, Sarah Walton of Roanoke

George W. Gunter Jr.
From Salem. Joined the Army in September 1942. Killed Feb. 7, 1943, in western Europe at age 21. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Gunter.
--Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Leonard D. Guthrie

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Ralph W. Hale
From Salem. Killed Jan. 5, 1944, in a plane crash near Bolling Field, Wash. Survived by his father, W.N. Hale.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Cloyse E. Hall
From Roanoke. Graduated from William Byrd High School and was a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church before the war. Killed in Nuremburg, Germany, in April 1945. Buried in France. Survived by his wife, Sybil A. Hall; parents, Henry and Virgie Hall; daughter, Virginia Hall Arthur; brothers, Raymond, Wilson and Calvin; sister, Eloise Paxton. An Army Reserve unit in Salem is named in his honor.
-- Submitted by his daughter, Virginia H. Arthur of Roanoke

Linwood F. Hall

Marion Calvin Hall
Raised at the Baptist Children's Home in Salem and was nicknamed "Zeke." Graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in 1942, where he played baseball for three years. Killed in Leyte Bay during the invasion of the Philippines. A pharmacist mate who was below deck when his vessel was sunk. Says his friend Edward L. McCallum: "Marion was a congenial man with great promise and fitted in with any company."
-- Submitted by a friend, Edward L. McCallum of Vinton

Wesley B. Hall
1890 - 1943
Born in Pearsall, Texas. Was adopted by Leroy Obedie and Ella Mae Hall and was known by his middle name, Buda, to family members. His last name was Gibbs before his adoption. Moved to Virginia with his mother about 1902 after his father died. Served in the Army in both world wars. Died in a Japanese prison camp in Corregidor, Philippines. Buried in a U.S. military cemetery in the Philippines. Survived by his brothers, Arthur and Will.
-- Submitted by his nephew Bob O. Hall of Roanoke

William H. Hamm

Darden C. Harmon

Charles L. Harris
Graduated from William Fleming High School and Roanoke College. Joined the Army Air Forces. Killed in Sicily while on a bombing run. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.T. Harris, and wife, Peggy B. Harris.
-- "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

George B. Harris

George B. Harris Jr.

Clyde N. Harshbarger
July 24, 1914 - March 2, 1944
Grew up in Hollins. Before the war, worked as a shipping clerk at Roanoke Knitting Mills. Served in the Army. Killed at Anzio Beach, Italy, while on patrol. Survived by his parents, James and Annie; brother, Melvyn; sister, Annie Milton; nephew, Robert Harshbarger; nieces, Betty, Barbara and Carolyn Sue Harshbarger. Buried in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. Says his nephew, Robert Harshbarger: "He had intended to be married but delayed it since he was being drafted. He did not have confidence that he would survive the war. .¿. . He objected to war but felt he must serve his country. . . Clyde's last visit home was at Thanksgiving 1943 after completing basic training." After dinner, the family accompanied him to the Roanoke train station. His last words to his family were, "I don't expect to see you again. As a deacon in the church, I can't use a gun to kill another person." Harshbarger owned a dog, Jack. Says his niece: "According to family members who lived with Jack, he continued howling for a day and a half. Nothing they did could quiet him. When news of Clyde's death reached the family, it was determined that the howling took place as Clyde was dying. It was as if the dog was aware of the happenings in Anzio Beach."
-- Submitted by his nephew, Robert Harshbarger of Daleville, and his niece, Sue Bagnoli of Daleville

Dennis R. Hartman
May 27, 1917 - Jan. 10, 1943
Grew up in Roanoke. Worked on the family farm and in the Civilian Conservation Corps before the war. Joined the Navy. Served aboard a submarine, the USS Argonaut. Sub was engaged in battle with a heavily escorted Japanese convoy. The crew refused to surrender and went down with the ship off Rabaul, New Britain. Survived by his wife, Iris Hartman; mother, Mary Hartman; brothers, Clarence and Lowell; sisters, Vergie Radford, Ola Jones, Angie Williams, Dorothy Hartman and half-sister Dolly Powell. Body never found; headstone erected in Arlington National Cemetery.
-- Submitted by his sister Dorothy H. Carroll of Suitland, Md., and nephew Bennie Hartman of Roanoke

Cecil W. Haskins
June 27, 1922 - 1941
From Roanoke. Served in the Navy. Killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Body was never recovered. Survived by his parents, Mamie and Richard Haskins; sisters, Mildred H. Robertson and Grace E. O'Dell; brother, Richard C. Haskins.
-- Submitted by his sister Mildred H. Robertson of Roanoke

William M. Hawkins

Enoch H. Heath
Joined the Army Air Forces in April 1942. Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his participation in sinking two Japanese ships; awarded two other medals for sinking three other ships. Killed Jan. 13, 1944, in the Pacific. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Heath.
-- Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Hilary H. Hedrick

James P. Hedrick

Jackson R. Henry
From Bent Mountain. Worked for Virginia Bridge before the war. Served in the Army. Was declared missing Jan. 18, 1945, at age 26. He was last seen near Sessenheim, France, when his company was attacking through the woods, 50 yards from enemy lines. Fellow soldiers searched for him, but his body was never found. Survived by his wife, Betty Henry; son, Robert; parents, Elijah and Nellie Henry; brothers, Frank and Patrick; sisters, Zula Henry, Mattie Henry, Grace Largen, Aurelia Caruthers, Mary Marshall and Dulcie Parmele.
-- Submitted by his niece Elizabeth Henry Stone of Roanoke

John W. Henson Jr.

Roy Higgins

Reese C. Hight
From Roanoke. Killed Jan. 31, 1944, in Italy. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Hight.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Edwin E. Hill
June 5, 1917 - June 6, 1944
From Roanoke. Nicknamed "Eddie." Drove a school bus for disabled children. Served in the National Guard, 29th Division, 116th Infantry. Killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Survived by his father, Everette C. Hill; wife, Eva Mae Baker Hill; daughter, Virginia H. "Jenny" Hill; brothers, Carl and Paul. Buried in France. Another brother, Garnett, also was killed in the war. Says his daughter: "It was very difficult for my mother to believe her husband, my father, was dead. He was first listed as missing in action. Also, she did not receive any of his personal effects; what she received belonged to someone else. I was only 2 years old at the time, but my mother drew strength from having me to care for." She adds, "My daddy always told her to 'keep smiling.'''
-- Submitted by his daughter, Virginia "Jenny" Clinebell of Vinton

Garnett G. Hill
From Covington. Worked for a paper mill before the war. Served in the Navy. Reported missing in action; presumed drowned. Survived by his father, Everette C. Hill; brothers, Carl and Paul; wife and daughter.
-- Submitted by his cousin Louise Woolwine of Roanoke, and the Roanoke World-News

Harry L. Hinchee

Frederick A. Hippey

Robert L. Hobart
Worked as a lawyer in Roanoke. Served in the Navy. Lost at sea during a typhoon in the Pacific shortly before or just after the end of the war. Survived by his wife, Helen.
-- Submitted by a friend, Mary A. McMichael of Roanoke.

Lawerence W. Hogan

Joseph R. Holcomb

Robert B. Holladay

F. Lane Holland

John L. Holland

Max L. Holland

Leonard H. Holt
Killed at age 25 in Triangle, Va., when he was thrown off the rear of a truck when the vehicle ran into a ditch.
-- "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Elmore K. Hood
Oct. 5, 1917 - May 20, 1943
Grew up in Salem. Worked as a engineer for DuPont before the war. Served in the Navy. Killed in a plane crash. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Horace Hood Jr.; sisters Lucille Middleton, Dorothy Hood and Helen Hood; brothers, Milton, Horace and Kenneth Hood. Buried at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.
-- Submitted by his brother Horace Hood III of Roanoke

Armond N. Howard

Benjamin R. Hubbard
Jan. 20, 1914 - June 6, 1944
From Vinton. Worked for the Norfolk and Western Railway before the war. Served in the Army. Killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Buried in the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, France. Survived by his brothers, Lewis and Oscar; sisters, Lula Mae H. Woodford, Liz H. Fuqua, Nell H. Givens, Grace H. Boggess, Lucille H. Heldreth and Evelyn H. Austin.
-- Submitted by his nephew Claude E. Heldreth of Orlando, Fla.

Ralph D. Huddleston
From Roanoke. Served in the Navy. Died Aug. 11, 1943, from burns. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Huddleston.
-- The Roanoke World-News

George D. Hunter Jr.

James Harold Hurt

James L. Hurt

Welford J. Hurt
Feb. 4, 1922 - Feb. 23, 1945
Grew up in Roanoke. Served in the Army. Killed when he stepped on a land mine in Italy. First reported missing in action; family learned of his death on V-E Day. Body never recovered. Survived by his parents, William and Flossie Hurt, four sisters and two brothers. Hurt Park Elementary School is named in his memory.
-- Submitted by his brother Richard R. Hurt of Washington, D.C.

Roy Hylton

Walter L. Hylton Jr.
Feb. 4, 1921 - July 12, 1944
From Roanoke. Served in the Army. Buried at Evergreen Burial Park.
-- Submitted by his half-brother, Gene Hylton of Roanoke

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Russell W. Ingram
1922 - June 6, 1944
From Roanoke. Attended high school before the war. Nicknamed "Jack." Served in the Army as a sergeant in a heavy machine gun squad. While practicing for the D-Day assault at Barnstaple, England, Ingram fell from a cargo net, fracturing a vertebra. Says fellow veteran Bob Slaughter of Roanoke: "This was just weeks before the invasion, and many of us believed Jack would miss the 'Big Show.' Against the doctor's orders, Jack left the hospital and joined his squad. Early the morning of [D-Day], Ingram was cut down by an enemy machine gun. A healthy back might have been the difference." Buried at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.
-- Submitted by John "Bob" Slaughter, chairman, National D-Day Memorial Foundation and his cousin, Nancy Lee Hammond of Roanoke

Warren P. Irvin

 

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John R. Jamison Jr.
May 2, 1921 - Nov. 19, 1943
From Roanoke County. Was a quality control inspector at an aircraft factory in Maryland before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Studied aerial photography, then decided to attend officers school to become a pilot. Killed in the crash of a B-17 in Sicily, six miles south of Ragosa, while returning from a bombing mission. Survived by his parents, John R. and Grace Gilbert Jamison; brothers, Malcolm and Barry; sisters, Beverly Maye, Evelyn Virginia and Violet Dawn Jamison. He was the eldest of the six. Buried in Italy. After the war, he was reinterred at Antioch Church of the Brethren in Franklin County. Says his sister, Violet Jamison Penick: "When news came of his death, his brother Malcolm was serving in the Army in England. His mother was ill with cancer, so this was a very difficult time for her. He had a keen mind and a great sense of humor."
-- Submitted by his sister, Violet Jamison Penick of Roanoke

Alonzo E. Janney
1922 - 1944
From Roanoke County. A farmer before the war. Served in the Army. Died from wounds received during the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Survived by his mother, Callie Janney, and his brothers, John, Wilson and Charley. Buried overseas in an unknown location. He was the youngest of the brothers, all of whom served in World War II.
-- Submitted by his brother, John F. Janney of Roanoke

James T. Jarrett
Jan. 25, 1911 - July 24, 1944
From Roanoke. President of Jarrett Food Brokerage before the war. Served in the Army. Killed during the breakthrough at St.-Lo, France. Survived by his wife, Elizabeth Jarrett; mother, Anna Jarrett; brother, William; sister, Margaret; grandmother, Ida Andrews. Buried at Omaha Beach American Cemetery in France. Jarrett was in the Army only one year before he was killed, but he wanted to serve his country.
-- Submitted by his sister, Margaret Morris of Roanoke

Henry R. Jenks
From Roanoke County. Served in the Navy. Reported missing in action on a merchant ship in December 1942. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jenks.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Claude Woodrow Jennings
Sept. 24, 1915 - Nov. 8, 1944
Grew up in Roanoke County. Nicknamed "Dude." Served in the Army. Slightly wounded on Sept. 5, 1944, was put back into action in France and then was killed two months later. Survived by his wife, Edith Jennings; parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Jennings; sisters, Isabelle Almond and Lucille Edwards; brothers, Bill, Herman, Howard, Charles and Gordon. Buried in Metz, France. Says his sister Isabelle: "He was a hard-working and giving man; he would have helped anyone out."
-- Submitted by his sister Isabelle J. Beckner of Roanoke

Daniel M. Jennings Jr.
Jan. 1, 1917 - June 7, 1944
From Roanoke. Worked in a grocery store before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Shot when he left the plane on his arrival in France, the day after D-Day. Survived by his mother, Mrs. Daniel M. Jennings; brother, Edward Jennings; sisters, Geraldine J. McVeigh and Margaret J. Dove. Buried at Fair View Cemetery.
-- Submitted by his sister Margaret J. Dove of Roanoke

Fred J. Jewell
May 2, 1921 - Aug. 13, 1945
Born in Riner; grew up in Roanoke. Served in the Marines. Was on the USS Bullhead when it was sunk by a submarine in the Java Sea. Body never recovered. Survived by his parents, John and Clydie Jewell; brothers, Coy, Randolph, James and Alfred; sisters, Hellen and Annie Marie.
-- Submitted by his cousin Margarette J. Tynan of Buchanan

Andrew T. Johnson Jr.
Sept. 16, 1914 - Dec. 10, 1944
From Roanoke. Worked for Virginia Bridge Co. before the war. Served in the Army. Killed by a sniper in France. Survived by his wife, Mildred Toney Johnson; son, Andrew III; daughter, Margaret Lynn; father, Andrew Thomas Johnson; brother, Edwards; sister, Margaret Elizabeth. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Says his wife: "Andrew was a kind, soft-spoken Southern gentleman and was loved by all who knew him. Both his brother and sister served in the armed services, his sister in the Navy."
-- Submitted by his wife, Mildred T. Johnson of Roanoke

Darnell Johnson
From Bent Mountain. Killed June 14, 1944, in France. Survived by his grandfather, William Haley.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Ellis O'Neal Johnson

George D. Johnson
Oct. 6, 1924 - June 6, 1944
From Roanoke, the son of a prominent physician. Was a student before the war. Served in the Army. Killed in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, where he led a heavy machine gun squad. Killed as soon as he got off his landing craft. Survived by his mother, Florence Johnson, and brother, Robert Johnson. Buried at Omaha Beach American Cemetery in France. Johnson's death was very hard on his mother. Says Johnson's brother: "She was a widow, and her son's death meant half her family was gone."
-- Submitted by his brother Robert M. Johnson of Roanoke, and John "Bob" Slaughter, chairman of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation

Nathaniel Johnson

Preston O. Johnson

Robert D. Johnson
Oct. 13, 1918 - June 15, 1944
From Roanoke. Worked as an office clerk for Westinghouse Electric before the war. Served in the Marines. Killed by a Japanese sniper while leading his platoon during the landing at Saipan. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles S. Johnson; sisters, Marie Johnson Nerren and Catherine Johnson Cannady; and brothers, W. Alvin, Lawrence D. and Wilton B. Johnson. Buried at Fair View Cemetery.
-- Submitted by his sister Catherine J. Cannady of Roanoke

Alfred A. Jones
Nov. 23, 1920 - June 14, 1944
From Roanoke. Nicknamed "Alex." Attended college before the war. Served in the Navy. Killed when his fighter plane was shot down over Iwo Jima. Survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Alfred P. Jones; sisters, Betty Lacy Jones and Agnes Reid Jones Jenny; brother, Beverley B. Jones; wife, Alice Leigh Barham Jones. Body never recovered; headstone erected in Fair View Cemetery in Roanoke. "His closest friend, John W.K. Lawson, on hearing of Alex's death, wrote my parents that he would 'fly for Alex.''' Lawson flew bombers; he was reported missing in action over Japan in August 1944.
-- Submitted by his sister, Agnes Jones Jenny of Roanoke

Marshall F. Jones

Ralph Van Kirk Jones
Feb. 8, 1922 - Nov. 19, 1944
From Ault, Colo. Attended the University of Colorado before the war. Served in the Army. Killed by tank fire in Bremurn, Germany. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry E. Jones, and wife, Juanita Allen Jones. Buried in Eaton, Colo.
-- Submitted by his widow, Juanita A. Eaton of Roanoke

Roy W. Jordan
From Roanoke. Killed Oct. 8, 1943, in North Africa. Survived by his mother, Ida.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Emmitt A. Journell
1922 - April 15, 1945
From Salem. Joined the National Guard; activated into the Army. A gunner in a heavy machine gun squad. Says his friend Bob Slaughter: "Emmitt was promoted and demoted dozens of times. He met and fell in love with an English girl, and they planned to marry. A child was born that would never see its father." Survived the D-Day invasion but was ambushed and killed while hunting for elusive Germans. Says Slaughter: "We topped a rise, and all hell broke loose." Journell was D Company's last casualty of the war. Believed buried in Salem.
-- Submitted by John "Bob" Slaughter, chairman of the National D-Day Memorial Foundation

 

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Alvin S. Kaplan
May 17, 1915 - April 1944
From Raleigh, N.C., then moved to Roanoke. Worked for the federal government as a tariff examiner before the war. Served in the Navy. Killed only 10 days after he left home, when a torpedo hit his ship, which was was carrying munitions from Africa to Italy. It reportedly was sunk by American torpedoes. Body never recovered. Survived by his wife, Adeline Kaplan; daughter, Lane; brother, Marcus; mother, Ethel Kaplan.
-- Submitted by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Marcus Kaplan of Roanoke

Robert S. Kavanaugh

Eugene M. Keen

Donald D. Keesling
July 16, 1925 - Oct. 15, 1944
From Roanoke. Graduated from Jefferson High School before the war. Served in the Army. He told his mother he wasn't afraid of Hitler and was willing to fight. Killed when a bomb fell on his foxhole in Wersenlen, Germany. Survived by his parents, John and Molly Keesling; brothers, John and Cecil; sisters, Hazel Bernard, Virginia Yates and Dorothy Keesling. Buried in the U.S. Military Cemetery in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. Keesling was in the Army only four months before he was killed. The day his mother found out about her son's death, a huge blackbird had found its way into their house - in folklore, a signal that a family member was dead.
-- Submitted by his nieces, Donna K. Smith and Susan Francisco of Roanoke, and great-nephew, Andrew Francisco of Roanoke

Andrew J. Kelley
From Roanoke. Entered the Army Air Forces in September 1942. Served as a gunner. Killed Dec. 1, 1943, in Burma. Survived by his mother, Ruby K. Slusher.
-- Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

James Emory Kelly
From Vinton. Killed May 7, 1944, in Italy. Survived by his wife, Pauline, and mother, Easter.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Frank A. Kemper

James O. Kesler
June 6, 1924 - June 18, 1944
From Roanoke County. A member of the Southern District Conservation Corps before the war. Served in the Army. Killed at the Normandy beachhead 12 days after D-Day. Survived by his parents, Oscar and Lealar Kesler; brothers, Charles, Cleveland, Wallace and Clarence; sisters, Ruby Dempsey, Louise Jennings and June P. Howell. Buried in the family cemetery in Roanoke County.
-- Submitted by his sister June Howell of Roanoke

Sammie H. Kidd

Philip H. Killey II

Archer E. King Jr.
Grew up in Roanoke. Graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy; also served in World War I. Reported lost at sea. Survived by a brother, W. Courtney King.
-- "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Eugene J. King
1924 - Jan. 27, 1942
From Vinton. Joined the Navy just after graduation from high school. Killed at age 17. He was aboard the destroyer Sims when it was sunk by Japanese bombers in the Pacific. The ship sank in only three minutes. Survived by his parents, Robert and Eunice King, and sister, Tillie King. Body never recovered. His father later said, "King was a Christian boy and not afraid to die." His parents last saw their son Dec. 13, 1941, aboard the Sims at Norfolk. Six weeks later to the day, his parents received notification he was missing in action.
-- Submitted by his cousin Tommy Jordan of Buchanan

John W. King
From Roanoke. Died July 13, 1944, in England, of natural causes. Survived by his wife, Ocie.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Alvin C. Kingery
From Roanoke County. Served in the Marines. Killed at sea Oct. 18, 1942. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ada Kingery.
-- The Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Clarence E. Kingery

Walter Willard Kiser
From Roanoke. Played football at Jefferson High School. Worked for Railway Express Agency before the war. Joined the Marines in November 1940. Killed July 6, 1942, in the Pacific. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred M. Kiser; brothers, Henry Kiser and Carlton Kiser; wife, Frances Kiser.
-- Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

Philip E. Koontz
From Roanoke. Served in the merchant marine. Killed Nov. 10, 1942, in accident at sea. Survived by his sisters, Lillian and Esther.
--The Roanoke World-News

John J. Krzysko

Ralph L. Kyle

Richard C. Kyle
From Roanoke. Served in the Marines. Killed at age 21 on Oct. 12, 1942, at Guadalcanal. Survived by his sister, Mrs. Vernon Gross, and brothers, Ralph and Robert.
-- The Roanoke World-News and "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

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Fred W. LaBrie
From Roanoke County.
Died Feb. 29, 1944, at Bangor, Northern Ireland. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank LaBrie.
-- The Roanoke World-News

William H. Lambert
Wounded in North Africa. Recovered, sent to Italy, where he was killed in action. Survived by his mother, Florence Lambert.
-- "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

William B. Lane

Robert M. Lange

John W.K. Lawson
Aug. 24, 1919 - Jan. 3, 1945
From Roanoke. Attended Hampden-Sydney College before the war. Served in the Army Air Forces. Was captain of a B-29 based in Saipan. He and his 11 crew members were declared missing in action on their fifth bombing mission over Japan. Just after the raid was completed, Lawson radioed that one engine was out but he thought he could make it. However, the plane was seen leaving formation and disappearing into the clouds. Survived by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Lawson; brother, George B. Lawson Jr.; sisters, Mrs. George M. Goodridge and Katherine Lawson.

Clifton G. Lee
From Roanoke. Worked for Bedford Weaving Mill before the war. Joined the National Guard; activated into the Army. Killed June 6, 1944, in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Survived by his father, M.B. Lee; sisters, Vera Leftwich and Pearl Johnson; brothers, Robert, Homer, Jim, Walter and Willie.
-- The Roanoke World-News and The Roanoke Times

Leon E. Leonard
May 21, 1923 - April 19, 1945
From Roanoke. Worked for the Norfolk and Western Railway as a clerk before the war. An amateur artist. Served in the Army. Killed by a sniper during the battle for Okinawa. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Edward Leonard; brothers, William, Donald and Paul; sisters, Dorthea, June, Peggy and Nancy. Buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Groseclose.
-- Submitted by his sister Dorthea Leonard of Roanoke

Tony Lewis Jr.

Bert L. Light

Edward D. Light

Wheeler L. Light
Aug. 10, 1910 - Aug. 7, 1944
From Roanoke County. A farmer before the war. Served in the Army. Died in France, circumstances unknown. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.M. Light; sisters, Mrs. L.D. Cronk, Mrs. R.C. Hubbard, Mrs. F.D. Blunt, Mrs. Homer Johnston, Mrs. Pat Smith; brothers, W.G. Light, H.C. Light, C.W. Light, A.M. Light and R.V. Light. Buried in the family cemetery at Poages Mill.

Alfred E. Long Jr.
Died in the hospital in Honolulu of food poisoning, according to his father, E. Long.
-- "Roanoke Valley Casualties in World War II," compiled by Buford Stanley

F. Millard Long Jr.
Jan. 26, 1921 - Aug. 7, 1942
From Roanoke. A student at the University of Oklahoma, studying aeronautical engineering, before the war. Served in the Navy. Killed when his ship, the USS Astona, was sunk in the Solomon Islands. The Japanese caught three American ships and an Australian cruiser off-guard. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Long; wife, Eula L.K. Long; sisters, Eula L. Anderson and Edith Long; brothers, Jim and Lewis.
-- Submitted by his brother Lewis Long of Alexandria

Arlan L. Looney
Nov. 28, 1916 - Oct. 12, 1945
From Roanoke. Served in the Army. Was critically injured on a dark road on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. Taken to the hospital, but died. Says his nephew, William R. Looney of Roanoke, "His remains now rest on the mountain where he was born." Survived by his mother, Cora A. Looney, three brothers and two sisters.
-- Submitted by his nephew, William R. Looney of Roanoke

Ernest L. Loyd Jr.
July 6, 1921- July 8, 1944
From Roanoke. Worked as a service station attendant before the war. Served in the Army. Killed in Normandy about a month after D-Day. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Loyd; sister, Thelma G. Loyd; daughter, Dolores L. Corkill. Buried at Fair View Cemetery in Roanoke.
-- Submitted by his sister, Thelma G. Loyd of Roanoke

Leonard K. Lucado
From Salem. Killed July 10, 1944, in France. Survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Lucado.
-- The Roanoke World-News

Warren P. Lucas

Frank J. Lunsford
March 6, 1915 - April 17, 1945
From Roanoke. Went into the Army as a career. Killed by a land mine in France. Survived by his father and stepmother, Hugh and Nellie Jane Lunsford; brothers, Joe, Hugh, Lewis, Clarence and John Lunsford; sisters, Thelma Fraim, Rose Marie Wimmer, Betty Ferguson and Ruth Turner. Buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
-- Submitted by his brother Clarence Lunsford of Roanoke

 

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