Heroes of Johnson County WWII

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Heroes of Johnson County WWII

 

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  Sgt. Albert F. Anthony: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Anthony of Venus. Sgt. Anthony entered the Air Corps in 1942 and trained at Camp Wolters and Sheppard Field. Sgt. Anthony served in Australia, New Guinea, Netherlands and East (?). He was awarded the GC Medal, Presidential Citation, A-P Ribbon and six Battle Stars.

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 CM 1/c N. A. Anthony: Son of Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Anthony of Venus and husband of Jo Russel entered the Navy in 1944 and trained at Farragut, Idaho. He served in the South Pacific, New Guinea and Philippines and was awarded 1 Battle Star, A-P Ribbon, Phil. Ribbon and ATO Ribbon.

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 Capt. Hiram M. Anderson: Son of Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Anderson of Venus and husband of Sophia Worthington. He entered the Army Air Corps in 1943 and trained at MacDill Field, Louisiana, Columbia Army Air Base and Morris Field, North Carolina.

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 Lt. Robert L. Anderson: Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Anderson of Alvarado and husband of Myrle Johnson. Lt. Anderson trained at Nava Indoctrination School in Tucson, Arizona and Communication School in Los Angeles, California. He served in Amphibious Forces, Pacific Fleet, American Training Command and Amphibious Combat. Lt. Anderson was awarded the ATO Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal.

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 Master at Arms Delma E. Anderson: Son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Anderson of Cleburne. Master at Arms Anderson entered the Marines in 1944 and trained at St. Petersburg, Florida. He served in the European Theater.

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 T/5 Berry B. Anderson: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson of Cleburne and husband of Viola Anderson. T/5 Anderson entered the Army and trained at Camp Hood., Ft. Francis and served in Manila.

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 Pvt. Harvey A. Anderson: Son of Mr. and Mrs. U. Anderson and husband of Marge of Cleburne entered the Army Air Corp in 1943. Pvt. Anderson trained at Sheppard Field and served with the 24th Air Corps.

2 Harvey A.

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 2nd Lt Robert L Anderson Jr.: Son of R. L. Anderson of Cleburne and husband of Ms. Blackburn. 2nd Lt. Anderson joined the Army in 1943 and trained at Camp Fannin and served as instructor at Camp Maxev.

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 S/Sgt. Virgil A. Anderson: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson of Cleburne and husband of Georgia Ree. He entered the army in 1941 and trained at Camp Wolters, Camp Robertson and Camp Fannin.

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S/Sgt. Herbert R. Anderson: Son Mr. and Mrs. Anderson of Cleburne. S/Sgt. Anderson trained at Sheppard Field and Baton Rouge. He served in Africa, Sardinia, Corsica, Sicily, Naples, Foggia and Rome. S/Sgt. Anderson was awarded the EAME Campaign with six Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal and Dist. Unit Badge.

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 Capt. Alva R. Beans: Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. D. Beans of Cleburne and husband of Martha Demaree. Capt. Beans entered the Texas National Guard and then entered Federal Service in 1940. He trained in Field Artillery Units of the 36th, 80th and 106th Divisions and served in the European Theater. Capt Beans was awarded the ETO Ribbon with two Stars, Purple Heart, American Def. Ribbon.

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 Capt. Leon M. Altaras: Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Altaras of Cleburne and husband of Ella Wrba. Capt. Altaras entered the Army in 1944 and trained in Carlisle Barracks, PA. He served in England, France and Germany and was awarded the ETO ribbon, Victory Ribbon and two Battle Stars.

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Lt. Francis Altaras: Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Altaras of Cleburne and husband of Katherine Branan. Lt. Altaras entered the Navy in 1944 and served in the United States.

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 Lt. Jack C. Altaras: Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Altaras of Cleburne and husband of Marian Tolleson. Lt. Altaras entered the Army in 1942 and trained at Camp kWolters. He served in England, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, Germany. Lt. Altaras was awarded the American Def. ribbon, Victory Medal, ETO Ribbon and 5 Battle Stars.

 

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Sgt. S.W. (Dub) Osborne: served in the 132nd Field Artillery Battery "B", 36th Division, US Army in the National Guard (joined in 1933) until the end of World War II.  His National Guard unit originally met at what is now Johnson County Feeders Supply in Cleburne, Texas.

 During WW2, he served in North Africa, the invasion of southern France, Italy, Austria and Germany. 

 After the War he worked for the Santa Fe Railroad 1965.  After retirement he raised cattle, traded horses and worked part time as a Johnson County Deputy for Sheriff Cliff Benson.   

 He belonged to several Johnson County Riding Clubs and began raising spotted donkeys and mules in the mid 1970's - competing in shows all over Texas and several other states where his animals won many awards.  He served 2 terms as President of the Southwestern Donkey & Mule Society (Awarded Lifetime membership in 1999) and was a registry inspector for the American Donkey & Mule Society.  Because of the animals, he came to know people all over the US as well as in England and Australia.

 Sgt. Osborne passed away April 9, 2005 and is buried in Section 21, DFW National Cemetery.           

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 Sgt.  1st Class, Roy G. Allen: Son of Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Allen of Ft. Worth and husband of Ruth Morgan of Cleburne entered the Navy in 1944. He was trained at the Naval Training Station in Farargut, Idaho and served on the USS Converse in the Philippines and Okinawa campaigns. Sgt 1st Class Allen was awarded Phil. Lib. Ribbon, one Star, A-P Theater Robbin, 2 stars, American Theater Ribbon.

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Staff Sgt. Lowell Larkin Harris:  (l906-1991) He was born in Cuba (now called Sand Flat, TX) His parents were Dr. LL Harris, MD and Nellie Goldman Harris.  

He and Florence Hartman married in 1933 and he entered the Army Air Corps in 1942.  Lowell "Red" Harris studied propeller mechanics in Lincoln, Nebraska, Chanute Field Illinois, Tullahoma, TN, and Walterboro, SC before going to France on the Queen Mary in 1944.  

 As a P47 propeller specialist, he rose to the rank of Staff Sgt. with the 494 Fighter Bomber Squadron, 48th Fighter Bomber Group.  Campaigns included Europe, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe and the Ardennes.  He also was a carbine marksman and expert gunner.  

 LL Harris came home on the Henry Gibbons and discharge October 1945 after 34 months in the US Army Air Corps.  

 Before the War he had worked for Schepps Bakery in Cleburne and played semi-pro baseball.  After the War he worked for a newspaper in Lamesa, Texas where their daughter was born.  After returning to Cleburne, he took accounting courses on the GI bill, worked as a bookkeeper then for the US Post Office until retirement in 1972.  

 

An avid fisherman, he and his wife traveled as much as possible and he enjoyed watching baseball, football and golf on television.  They attended St. Mark's Methodist Church.  Lowell Larkin Harris died the last day of 1991 after living virtually his entire life in Cleburne, Texas.  He and his wife are buried in Cleburne Memorial Cemetery.   

 

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Sgt. George W. Allen: Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. E. Allen of Cleburne and husband of Mary Ann Horton. Sgt. Allen entered the Army in 1943, trained at Camp Howze and Ft. Sam Houston. He served in Africia and Italy and was awarded the Silver Star Medal, Purple Heart with 1 cluster, FAME campaign ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars. Sgt. Allen was wounded in 1944 and was killed in action in 1945 in San Martini, Italy.

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 Albert J. Allen: 1st Sgt. Allen, son of Mrs. L.V. Allen of Cleburne and husband of Lillie M. Barrett of Burleson, entered the Army in 1940. He trained at Camp Bowie, Texas; Ft. Bragg, North Carolina; Ft. Jackson, South Carolina; and Ft. Dix, New Jersey. 1st Sgt. Allen served in France, Normandy, Ardennes, Central Europe and Rhineland. He was awarded the Silver Star, American Def. Metal, GC Medal, EAME Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars and 1 Bronze Arrowhead.

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 Willie Joe Allen:  Pvt. Allen, son of Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Allen of Cleburne and husband of Betty Lou Lothian of Keene entered the Army Medical Corps in 1945. He trained at Ft. Lewis, Washington and served in the European Theater.

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 Jimmie H. Alexander: Pfc. Alexander, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Alexander and husband of Robbie Thompson of Alvarado entered the Army in 1940. He trained at Camp Bowie, Camp Blanding and Camp Edwards. Pfc. Alexander served in Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, France and Central Europe. He was awarded EAME Campaign Medal with 5 Bronze Stars, American Def. Service Medal an GC Medal.

2 Jimmie Alexander

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 Robert E. Adcock: Lt. Adcock, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.L. Adcock of Cleburne entered the Army Signal Corps in 1943. He trained at Camp Wolters, Camp Maxey and Camp Crowder, Missouri and was Commissioned at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey. Lt. Adcock served in Manila and the Philippines. 

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 Zelma A. Withee: 1st Lt. Withee, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R.T. Duncan of Alvarado entered the Army Nurse Corps in July, 1942. She served in France, Holland, Belgium and Germany. 1

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 William T. Alford: Sgt. Alford, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Alford of Cleburne entered the Army in1942 and trained at Camp Barkely. He served in Norway, Northern France and Central Europe. Sgt. Alford was killed in action in 1944 and is buried at Ardilly, France. 

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 Lorena B. Long: Pfc. Long, daughter of Mrs. E.Y. Brown of Cleburne and wife of Joseph Long entered the Army Air Corps (WAC) in 1943. She trained at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia and served in Post Library at Mather Field, California. She was discharged in 1945.

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James W. Bell: Pfc. Bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Bell of Cleburne entered the Army in 1942. He trained at Camp Swift and served in Hawaii, Solomon Islands and New Hebrides. Pfc. Bell was awarded BC Medal, Soldier Medal, APO Ribbon and Champaign Medal. He was discharged in 1945.

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 Luther B. Adams: Luther, son of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Adams of Cleburne entered the Army Air Corps in 1942. He trained at Sheppard Field and served in Eastern Flying Training Command. He was awarded the GC Medal, ATO Ribbon and Victory Medal.

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 Pauline E. Lane: Pfc. Lane, daughter of the late R.E. Lane of Cleburne entered the WAC in 1943. She trained at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia and served in the Bronx Area Station Hospital in New York. Pfc. Lane was awarded WAC Service Ribbon and GC Ribbon. She was discharged in 1945.

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 Hershal L. Miller: Sgt. Hershal L. Miller, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Miller, Alvarado; attended Alvarado HS. Entered Marines in 1939; trained in San Diego, served on Wake Island and Pearl Harbor. Sgt. Miller was POW 44 months. Awarded Presidential Unit Citation, A-P Ribbon, 1 Battle Star, Marine Campaign Ribbon.

Uncle Herchel

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 Homer Richard: Pfc. Homer Richard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Richard entered the Army in 1941. He trained at Fort Warren, and Camp Bowie. Pfc. Richard served in the European Theater and was awarded ETP Ribbon with five Battle Stars. He was discharged in 1946.

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 James C. Bankston: Watertender 1st Class Bankston, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Bankston of Alvarado entered the Navy in December 1940 and trained in San Diego. He served in Africa, Sicily, Italy, England and France. Watertender 1st Class Bankston was awarded  Commendation, American Theater, EAME, GC and Pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbons as well as six battle stars.

Uncle Dub

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 George D. Miller: Cox Miller entered the Coast Guard in August of 1942. He served in the Atlantic Theater and was awarded ATO Campaign Ribbon with one Star and GC Ribbon. He was discharged in 1945.

Daddy

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 Morgan Bouldin: Pvt Morgan Bouldin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Green Bouldin of Cleburne entered the Army in 1942. He trained at Fort Warren, Wyoming and in California. Pvt. Bouldin served in Italy, Africa, France and Germany. He was discharged in 1945.

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 Jewel R. Crow: 2nd Lt. Jewel R. Crow, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. D. Crow of Alvarado; graduated from Alvarado High School and Harris Hospital of Nursing; entered Army Nurse Corps in 1944; trained at Ft. Sam Houston and Camp Claiborne, Louisiana.