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GALLOWAY, Ross
Killed in action - Italy

GARCELON, Bruce
Mrs. Grace Garcelon has received the New Testament that saved the life of her son, Buddy Garcelon, who was wounded in fighting in Italy last summer. Buddy was carrying the Bible in his shirt pocket over his heart when the bullet hit him. The bullet passed all the way through the Bible and wounded Buddy, but not seriously and he is now back to fighting again. Mrs. Garcelon said the Bible saved her son's life and that it will also save the lives of everyone who accepts it's teachings (March 1, 1945)
Contributed by Billie Browning

GARNER, Gerold Lloyd
Lived at Kinderhook IL. Entered the Service: Oct. 3, 1944 - Navy Trained at Great Lakes IL; Camp Bradford VA. Sent OverseasJul 11, 1945 and April 28, 1945. Theatre of Operations: European and Mediterranean. Decorations: Good Conduct Medal; American Theatre Medal; European Theatre Medal He returned to US Sept. 13, 1947. Discharged at Newport RI; Nov 4, 1945, Coxswain, served 37 months Present occupation Railroad Laborer, Wabash. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Clare Garner, married to Evelyn Black and has a stepdaughter Cheryl Ray Black.
Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
Information from "The Album" contributed by Candace Smith
Headstone photo by Billie Browning


GARNER, Paul Edwin
IL Pvt. Air Corps WW II - 03 June 1900 - 11 January 1948 - Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

GAY, Hobart
The railroad had stops like Dutton Station, Maysville Station, and Shinn Station where people would gather to be picked up for travel. Wayne Ator told about Horton Station in a Pike County Historical Society program in 1997. He said that transportation was needed in the horse and buggy days. North of Rockport in the bottoms was Horton Station. The train stopped there, the "Old Jerk" they called it. And I'm sure it was justified from what they said. You had to have a pretty strong constitution to ride the Jerk.

General Gay was born in Rockport in 1894 and died in El Paso, Texas in 1983. He is buried at Fort Bliss National Cemetery. His career ended in 1955 as the Commanding General,Anti-aircraft and guided Missile Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. One of the people who rode it became very well known in this world. He was Hobart Gay. My mother was staying with his family and teaching at Horton School near Horton Station. She saw Hobart catch the "Jerk" and ride to Quincy to high school.

He didn't stop there. After graduation from Quincy High School, Hobart went to Knox College and was commissioned a second lieutenant on graduation in 1917. He went on to serve as Chief of Staff of Patton's 7' Army and Patton's 3rd Army in World War II. He was one of the most decorated men in the service but was so modest that not even his wife knew he had so many awards until he had to give the government a list of them. In September of 1945, the General planned to visit his mother, Mrs. Josephine Gay, in Rockport and the town planned a huge celebration to honor him and other servicemen.

The Pike County Democrat Times newspaper of Sept. 19, 1945 described the preparations and the parade line up was listed as the following: "The Famous Camp Grant Military Band with a platoon escort and two official cars, the Scott Field Military Band will be there as well as several other bands and ones from Pittsfield and New Canton Community high schools. The. Sons of American Legion Drum Corps from Quincy will be present if they can get excused from school. General Gay is scheduled to leave Paris on the September 19th by plane and arrive in the states on the 20th. He and his wife will probably fly to Lambert Field near St. Louis, and then come to Rockport by auto. The speakers for the program will be Circuit Judge A. Clay Williams, County Judge Lee Capps, Lieutenant Governor, Hugh Cross, and State Senator Frank Dick who attended Quincy High with General Gay."

The paper then lists General Gay's military record. He was in eight campaigns: Moroccan, Tunisian and Sicilian when he was Chief of Staff of Patton's 7th Army. After his service achievements, the article lists Gay's family ending with "two brothers, Lawrence and Henry live at Rockport." The next week's paper (9-26-1945) did not depict the wonderful celebration. It started with, "A huge but patient crowd awaited arrival of Major General Gay from Lambert Field on Tuesday....Bad weather grounded his plane in Dayton, Ohio so he was enroute home by car and couldn't get to Rockport until sometime Tuesday night, too late for the celebration.

Some of the crowd left, but many stayed to hear the speakers. Judge Williams said in his speech, "Never in the history of the county have we welcomed home a Major General of the U. S. Army." Not only didn't the guest of honor show up, but the plans were disrupted in many ways. The weather threatened rain several times. The Camp Grant band and escort couldn't come. The Scott Field band developed car trouble on the way and a truck went from Rockport to bring the band members to the celebration. They arrived late but played in the parade.

The October 5" issue of the Democrat Times had a front-page article about General Gay being at the Rotary club. He told the Rotarians, "History would prove General Patton was one of the 'fightingest' generals of the war." Today, a biography of General Hobart Raymond Gay can be found on the internet encyclopedia, wikipedia. He is represented in the film, "The Last Days of Patton" by actor Murray Hamilton. Riding the "Jerk" to high school was rough and uncomfortable as the train meandered through the Mississippi River Bottoms from Horton Station to Quincy. As Wayne Ator said, "you needed a strong constitution" and Hobart Gay of Rockport developed that character trait to become a great general.

Another Notice.. The War Department announced last week that Col. Hobart R. Gay, of Rockport, had been awarded the Silver Star for gallantry Nov. 8 when he passed through bombing and hostile infantry fire to reach Drench officials in Casablanca. He is a, son of Mrs. Josie Gay of Rockport. His wife lives in Birmingham, Alabama. Col. Gay has been in the United States army for me past 25 years. (Jan 6, 1943)
(From "The Pike County Express" by Carol McCartney)
& Contributed by Billie Browning


GOODIN, Wallace

GRAY, Hewert G. Contributed by Delaine Donaldson

GREGORY, Henry
Tec 4 Army - 3 November 1911 - 12 January 1976 - Buried at Park Lawn Cemetery
Contributed by Billie Browning

GRIMSLEY, Gerald Edward
U.S. Navy - Killed in Action
Photo from Carmen Megehe
As was stated in last weeks issue, Gerald Grimsley S1-c was reported missing, the message coming on July 6th. On July 11th a message confirming his death, stating disposal of body unknown, was received by the parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Grimsley, who have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their youngest son in the invasion. He is the first service man from Rockport and Atlas township to give his life for his country.
Grimsley's Death Announced - First Atlas Casualty
The death in action of Gerald Grimsley, seaman first class, first casualty from Rockport and Atlas township in World War n, was confirmed hi a message to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Grimsley of Rockport, last Tuesday, July 11. Gerald had previously been reported missing in a message received July 6 by the parents. The death notification contained word that disposal of the body was unknown. It is believed Gerald was killed in the invasion action, since he wrote his family early in May that he was then in England. Gerald entered the service Dec. 22, 1943, and received his boot training at Great Lakes. He was home in February for a 15 day leave, reporting at Great Lakes, Feb. 18. He left the following day for Norfolk, Va., and soon afterward was sent to the Mediterranean theater. Gerald, who was 19 years old on June 5, was the youngest boy in a family of five sons--and seven daughters. (July 19.1944)
Buried at Samuel Taylor Cemetery

GROTE, William
In Memory Of "Skipper Bill Grote"
Buried at St. Stephens Cemetery
Contributed by Ella Tittsworth

GUTHRIE, Lawrence
Killed in action - Romania

GWARTNEY, Harold J.
WW II 12th Regiment 1st Cavalry Division - Died 12-2-1944 - Monument Cemetery - Fort William McKinley, Manila, The Philippines - Grave# A 16 93
Contributed by Carmen Megehe