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CAMPBELL, Emory - Non Battle Casualty - Camp Fannin Texas

CAMPBELL, Ernie Dale
Seaman 1st Class - 1921 - 1432 - THREE FROM PIKE ON "HELENA", 2 MISSING, 1 SAFE - Families of Ernie Campbell, W. W. Bunfill Notified; Smith Okay

Ernie Dale Campbell of Pearl, 22, seaman first class on the U.S.S. Helena, was officially reported missing last week by the Naval Department. Ernie had been on the Helena over a year, and in a letter to his brother Emery of Pleasant Hill had referred to himself as a "bomb juggler". Emery believes Ernie helped load the seaplanes of the Helena with bombs. Ernie enlisted in the Navy just a week after the Pearl Harbor bombing, on Dec 14, 1941, and had never been home on leave. He received four weeks boot training at San Diego and then was shipped out for sea duty. He was 20 years old when he enlisted, and celebrated his 22nd birthday last Feb. 9. He had been injured early this year, sustaining a fracture of one arm and one leg but had written home that he had recovered and was returned to duty. Ernie is over 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He is a son of Charles and Della May (Null) Campbell, of Pearl. A brother Emmett, who has been in the Navy about three years, is on convoy duty. He was home on leave five weeks ago, having just returned from England. Emmett was 26 in April. Besides the brothers Emery of Pleasant Hill and Emmett of the Navy, Ernie has a brother George at Pearl, a sister; Mrs. Jesse Earl Smith of Green Pond; and a brother and sister, Everett Campbell and Mrs. Bessie Watts. Contributed by Virginia Gorton Bonne - [Pike Co. Republican, Pittsfield, 28 Jul 1943]

JEAN THOMAS CASTEEL

MERRILL CLAYTON

GERALD CONROY
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois)

CONNER, Fred
Merchant Marine: September 1, 1943: Conner, Fred is the son of Mr.& Mrs. Robert Conner and is 2nd cook in Merchant Marines. He entered the Service Jan. 12, 1943 and was first in training at St. Petersburge, Fla., then later completed his training at New Orleans. He shipped out from there and this is known as his home port, but he gets his mail through New York P.O. He was home on a furlough in June. Feb. 9, 1944: Fred Conner is an official Seaman in the Merchant Marine and is now out on a voyage. His folks haven't heard from him for some time. He has been working on a tanker but they believe he is now on a cargo ship. Fred was at home about Thanksgiving. Aug 9, 1944: Fred Conner is a Seaman in the Merchant Marine and has traveled extensively since joining in Jan. 1943. The last letter home was June 7 and he shipped out from New Orleans and was thought to be out in the Pacific. He wrote he was feeling fine and hoped to be home on a furlough this fall. Apr 4, 1945: Fred Conner is a Seaman in the Merchant Marine and has been a world traveler the past two years. His mother, Mrs. Robert Conner, advises Fred was in India and last word received from him. He is at sea most of the time so don't hear from him often. Fred has been at home on furlough several times and reports he enjoys the work. May 2, 1945: Fred Conner is at home on a 30 day leave. He is in the Merchant Marine and on recent trip was in India. He gets his mail through New York. September 1, 1943: Conner, Fred is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Conner and is 2nd cook in Merchant Marines. He entered the Service Jan. 12, 1943 and was first in training at St. Petersburge, Fla., then later completed his training at New Orleans. He shipped out from there and this is known as his home port, but he gets his mail through New York P.O. He was home on a furlough in June. Feb. 9, 1944: Fred Conner is an official Seaman in the Merchant Marine and is now out on a voyage. His folks haven't heard from him for some time. He has been working on a tanker but they believe he is now on a cargo ship. Fred was at home about Thanksgiving. Aug 9, 1944: Fred Conner is a Seaman in the Merchant Marine and has traveled extensively since joining in Jan. 1943. The last letter home was June 7 and he shipped out from New Orleans and was thought to be out in the Pacific. He wrote he was feeling fine and hoped to be home on a furlough this fall. Apr 4, 1945: Fred Conner is a Seaman in the Merchant Marine and has been a world traveler the past two years. His mother, Mrs. Robert Conner, advises Fred was in India and last word received from him. He is at sea most of the time so don't hear from him often. Fred has been at home on furlough several times and reports he enjoys the work. May 2, 1945: Fred Conner is at home on a 30 day leave. He is in the Merchant Marine and on recent trip was in India. He gets his mail through New York.
Articles from the Pleasant Hill Messenger, Contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas

CONNER, Logan
May 2, 1945: Mrs. Nita Conner recently had a letter from her husband, Logan (Navy) who is now on Luzon and he said he exchanged home town news with his brother, Truman (Jake) Conner a short time ago. Jake is on a ship but evidently it docked at a nearby port which allowed the two to meet. 1945: I want to thank you for the nice presents, they were sure nice. Also I want to thank you for sending me the Messenger. I read every word in it and enjoy it a lot. You people are doing a swell job and we appreciate it. I know the other fellows feel the same way, and with God's help may you be able to continue throughout the emergency. So wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and may we all see victory and peace in the coming year. Thanking you again for everything. -- Logan E. Conner
Jan 16, 1946: Conner, Logan arrived home with a discharge from the navy on December 4th. He returned to the states from the Philippines. He will start working at the Clendenny Garage some time soon.

Mr. & Mrs. Logan Conner - Married: 02 December 1939

Logan's Labor of Love
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), Feb. 13, 1944



CONNER, Truman, "Jake"
Sept. 1, 1943 Conner, Truman, Joined the Navy in April of this year (1943) before school ended. He was awarded his diploma at H.S. graduation although was not present to receive it. His first training was Great Lakes but is now in San Francisco. He recently was up for Gun Captain. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Conner. Feb. 9, 1944: Truman J. Conner, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Conner of Pleasant Hill, Ill., was born April 8, 1924. He attended Nebo and Pleasant Hill grade schools and Pleasant Hill High School four years. He played foot ball and basket ball while attending high school. His occupation was farm work. His hobby is football. His favorite foods are pork chops and cream pie. He is in the United States Navy, with a rating of Seaman First Class. He entered the service March 20, 1943, and received his boot training at the Great Lakes Naval Training School. His location is unknown. He is on active duty somewhere in the Pacific. Feb. 9, 1944: Conner, Truman is a S 1C and is aboard the U.S.S. Bootes and is operating somewhere in the Pacific. Last December 12 he wrote he was leaving port and no further word has been received. Aug. 9, 1944: Conner, Truman is a S 2C and is now back in New Guinea. It will be recalled he met Barney Miller in Australia a few weeks ago. His letter dated July 11th stated he had had no mail for some time. He mailed home a banner and a smoke stand as souvenirs of his travels also the ship menu for July 4th. It read like a swell meal was served that day. Jan. ??, 1945: Conner, Truman (Jake) left high school in the spring of 1943, just before graduation, to join the navy. He was trained at Great Lakes then sent to the west coast. From there he shipped out into the Pacific and has visited many of the important islands of the South Pacific war theater. Last November "Jake" arrived back in Pleasant Hill his first furlough home in a long time. At present he is at Great Lakes where he expects to receive his discharge some time soon. Apr 4, 1945: Conner, Truman was a Senior in P.H.C.H.S. in the spring of 1943 when he joined the navy. After training at Great Lakes he was shipped out into the Pacific and is there now but his location is not known. Once last summer when the shipped docked in Australia he met Barney Miller. "Jake" as he was known around Pleasant Hill, was an A-1 football and basketball player while attending high school. He is a brother of Fred and Logan. Nov 28, 1945: Truman (Jake) Conner arrived in Pleasant Hill, Sunday night, November 25th to spend a furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Conner. Jake is in the navy and has been in the Pacific war theater for many months. He landed in the states around the 18th and this is his first visit in Pleasant Hill in a long time. He has 30 days and will report back to St. Louis for further assignment. Feb. 6, 1946: Truman (Jake) Conner, who joined the navy in the spring of 1943 just a few weeks before graduating from P.H.C.H.S., has arrived home with a discharge. He was released at Great Lakes. "Jake" was shipped to the west coast and sent out into the South Pacific. His travels have taken him over miles of water and he has visited numerous islands and ports that have made war headlines. "Jake" arrived back in the states in November and was his first furlough home in many months. We haven't learned what his future plans are. While attending Pleasant Hill Community High school "Jake" was an outstanding football and basket ball player.
Articles contributed by Carolyne Conner Puskas

COOK, John
This picture of Pfc. John Cook, of Griggsville, was sent to this newspaper by the Gainsborough Evening News of Gainsborough, England. The picture was accompanied by a letter from the publisher stating the Pfc. Cook was one of a group that had visited the engineering firm of rose Bros., Ltf., of Gainsborough on November 29th. The group was made of United States soldiers and airmen who had been brought there for an afternoon's relaxation and entertainment from a nearby American hospital where they were convalescing after their experiences in Europe.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), Feb. 13, 1944

COULTAS, Russell B.
Cpl 867 Chemical Co., - 27 Dec 1906 - 29 Nov 1971 - Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

CRAVEN, Betty
Cpl. Betty Craven, daughter of Supervisor John Craven of this city, enlisted in the Women's Reserve Marine Corps last spring and received her call for training July 26, 1943. She took basic training at Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina and was promoted to Corporal and sent to Cherry Point, N. C., where she is now stationed. Cpl. Craven has just returned to North Carolina after spending a ten-day leave in Griggsville. She is the third member of her family to be in the armed services. Her brother, lt. John M. Craven is at Keesler Field, Miss. And Sgt. Joseph Craven is in England.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), Dec. 29, 1943

CRAVEN, Jack
Jack Craven, son of Mr. John Craven, has recently been promoted to the rank of staff sergeant. Jack entered the service October 16, and was stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., for his initial training. February 17 he was promoted and transferred to New York, where he is now stationed at Army headquarters.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), March 4, 1942

CRESSON Brothers
Robert W. Cresson, the oldest son of Mrs. Alfreda Cresson, of Griggsville, enlistd in the Navy on June 8, 1937 and received his boot training at Great Lakes. He was on the U. S. S. Detroit for four years, was on the carrier Hornet for a short time, later on the Noa, and since transferred to his present ship. Robert's wife and year old son, Robert Bane, live at Kannapolis, N.C. Robert has seen quite a little action and is now on combat duty in the Pacific area. His mother was in Boston last April to visit him, the first time she had seen her son in six years. Note from Lawrence Waite (his nephew) Robert William Cresson, II was born 10 Oct 1916 and died 04 July 1978 - buried Section 36 Site 2329-Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, 80 Hovey Road, Pensacola, FL., served in US Navy which he remained in for a career, Married 1st to Mildred Faye Keever - child Bert Baine Cresson - married 2nd to Margueritte Louise Haughton.

Pvt. Philiar Cresson was inducted into the service January 20, 1942 and was sent to Camp Wallace, Texas for training. He was later transferred to Camp Stewart, Georgia then sent on to a cook and baker's school in North Carolina. Philiar was shipped overseas last March, being sent to the North African area. Mrs Cresson had a letter from him last week saying that he was well and getting along fine. (Note from Lawrence Waite (his nephew) Philar Yelliott Cresson, born 11 Nov 1919 and died 23 May 2000 buried Bethel Cemetery, Pike County, IL - served in Army Infantry - North African campaign - never married

Pvt. Arthur B. Cresson enlisted and entered service May 10, 1942. He was sent to Ft. Knox, Ky., for basic training and later to Camp Beale, California. Arthur graduated from the paratrooper's school at Ft., Georgia, the first of December and is the first paratrooper among the men in service from this community. Arthur was home on leave after graduation and on his return to duty was sent to Camp Meade in Maryland. He has since been sent overseas. No word has been received from him since he was sent overseas.
Contributed by Delaine Donaldson - The Independent Press (Griggsville, Illinois), Feb. 2, 1944