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Those Who Served
Surname - B - Index
BAGENT, Earl
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois)

BARTLETT, Lois M.
Pfc. Lois M. Bartlett returned to her station at Ft. Des Moines, Ia., after a pleasant 17 day furlough which she spent visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Woodward, of Baylis, and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Charles Bartlett, of Pittsfield. Pfc. Bartlett entered the WAC in February, 1944, and this is her first furlough since entering service. Her husband, S-Sgt. Wilbur Bartlett, is stationed at Camp Bowie, Texas.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), Feb. 13, 1944

BARTON, Lawrence
Died of Wounds Germany

BARTON, Paul
Killed in Action Bastogne, Germany

BARTON, Logan Burdette
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Barton of Pleasant Hill was discharged from the army at Camp McCoy, Wisconsin. He entered the service early in 1944 and was sent to Camp Lee, Virginia, for training. In October he was transferred to Ft. Lewis Washington for further training and in July 1943 was sent into the Pacific with an Engineers Construction Company, and was stationed sometime on I. E. Shima, the small island on which Ernie Pyle, famour correspondent was killed by the Japs. This island is about 2 miles from Okinawa. (Discharged)
Contributed by John Thomas and Billie Browning

BATLEY, Robert M.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois)

BELL, Ray
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bell received a message Sunday morning from the War Department telling them that their son, Cpl. Ray Bell, was missing since January 9. Cpl. Bell was a gunner on a B-29 which was based on Saipan and is believed to have been in one of the planes which have been reported in the daily papersas having been in recent missions over Tokyo. The family have had several letters from Ray since he left this country a few weeks ago, the last which was written on January 4 reached here January 14. Ray's older brother, Charles Bell, Jr., is with the Seabees and is somewhere in the Pacific area. He has three sisters, Mrs. Florence Murphy, Miss Doris Bell and Mrs. Earl Wilcoxson, who arrived here last week from the state of Washington as her husband, Lt. Wilcoxson, is leaving soon for overseas duty.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), January 17, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bell received a message Sunday morning from the War Department telling them that their son, Cpl. Ray Bell, was missing since January 9. Cpl. Bell was a gunner on a B-29 which was based on Saipan and is believed to have been in one of the planes which have been reported in the daily papersas having been in recent missions over Tokyo. The family have had several letters from Ray since he left this country a few weeks ago, the last which was written on January 4 reached here January 14. Ray's older brother, Charles Bell, Jr., is with the Seabees and is somewhere in the Pacific area. He has three sisters, Mrs. Florence Murphy, Miss Doris Bell and Mrs. Earl Wilcoxson, who arrived here last week from the state of Washington as her husband, Lt. Wilcoxson, is leaving soon for overseas duty.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), January 17, 1945

BENJAMIN, Leslie Russell
After almost 3 years of anxious waiting definite information has been received regarding the fate of Leslie Russell Benjamin of Pleasant Hill, who was reported missing in action when the USS Houston was sunk in an engagement with the Japanese navy in the Java Straits on Feb. 28, 1942. The following report has been received by his brother, Loyd Benjamin of Rockport, from the US Navy Department:
January 2, 1946
My Dear Mr. Benjamin:
Your brother, Leslie Russell Benjamin, 3/C Gunner's Mate, U.S.N., lost his life by enemy action on February 28, 1942. He was serving on the U.S.S. Houston when it was sunk during an engagement with an enemy ship in Soenda Straits, while enroute from Batavia, Java to Tjilatjap, Java. Since Russell Benjamin was first reported missing in action his brothers and sisters have waited and watched for favorable reports, hoping he had been interned in a Japanese prison camp or had been rescued by natives and was safe on some island in the Java Sea, and their hopes were given encouragement by reports of members of the Houston's crew being found in various places in the Pacific after the Japs surrendered, and relatives never fully conceded their hopes would not be realized until the message of Jan. 2nd. The Houston, a part of the remnant of the United State Navy, after the treacherous attack on Pearl Harbor, was sent to assist in holding the Japs back in their advance on US possessions in the Pacific and hold them from the west coast of our mainland. It was by the gallant offensive of the Houston, and our Pacific fleet, always outnumbered in every engagement, that the "buck toothed" heathens were driven back toward their homeland, finally afraid to come out onto the seas and then completely collapse under the rocking of 2 atomic bombs. The victory won over the enemy was won by the Houston and other ships that fought against big odds, and gave the Japs a final salute as they sank beneath the waters with guns blazing.

BENJAMIN, Russell
* Missing in action - Java Sea

BLACKETER, Carl Houston -

Another Photo - 21 Sep 1923 - 23 Apr 2004, US Navy S1 - 1943 Gunner Merchant Marine WW II, Son of Marvon Houston Sylvester and Thelma (Chapin) Blacketer - Married Marjorie Grimsley - Buried Samuel Taylor Cem
Photo by Billie Browning


BLACKLEDGE, Jesse Lonnie
PFC US Army WW II - 24 June 1926 - 30 October 1990 - Married Gladys D. 21 July 1943 - Buried at Samuel Taylor Cem
Photo by Billie Browning

BLACKLEDGE, Thomas R.
SSgt. Army WW 2 - Born 3 March 1918 - died 4 January 1986 - Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
Photo by Billie Browning

BLACKETER, Carl Houston
SSgt. Army WW 2 - Born 3 March 1918 - died 4 January 1986 - Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
Photo by Billie Browning

CLAY E. BOLLMAN

JOHN BOLLMAN JR.

RAYE E. BOLLMAN
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois)



BORROWMAN, C. Lloyd
SSGT US Army, Air Force WW II - 10 April 1920 - 20 Nov 2004 - Buried at Wells Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

BRADLEY, John T.
Pvt US Army WW II - 12 April 1928 - 08 February 1977 - Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

BROKAW, John William
Of Rockport, IL - joined the U.S. Marine Corps Jan 4 1942 - Served on Guadalcanel during "mop up" operations, participated against the Japanese enemy at Tarawa atoll, - - Nov 20 1943 to Dec 1943, at Saipan Jun 15 to July 10 1944, at Tinian M.I. - Jul 24 to Aug 1 1944 with the 2nd Marine Division. Authorized to wear the Presidential Unit Citation with star. - Spent 27 months in the Pacific
Contributed by Billie Browning

BROWNING, Delbert Lorraine
Mr and Mrs. Harry Browning received a very interesting letter (August 1944) from their son S/Sgt Lorraine Browning that was mailed Aug 10 from Guam. He wrote that he was still on Guam and it was hard to get a Marine to move once he had a sack to lay on.I happened to be one of the first ones on the beach on THE day it was quite an experience and it was just the beginning for the next few days. He had a few patrols and found business real good too. They live like rats live in caves and as they had to be taken care of we were willing to oblige by blowing them up.Heard a few commit their so call honorable retreat from life. May sound rude but I don't mind it a bit. To see them laying around just reminds me of dead animals.. If they keep the army out, there won't be many left. It's all over now and our job is to straighten up again. Going native by wearing shorts, shoes and a close haircut. Would like to have some home rolls, butter and fried chicken. Buried at Pittsfield West Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning - Pleasant Hill "Weekly Messenger"

BROWNING, Irvin R.
CM2 Navy - Born 6 August 1902 - Died 26 May 1977 - Buried at Miller Cemetery
Contributed by Mary Davis