Men & Women of W. W. II.

Van Zandt County, Texas

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This information furnished by Paulette Flym. It was taken from a series that ran in the Van Zandt News in 1994 featuring Van Zandt County Men and Women of World War II. The information was originally obtained from a previously printed book. If you can't find your family member on this list, it doesn't mean that he or she did not participate in WWII. The pictures for this section were furnished by a relative of Betty Miller the restoration, if any, was performed by Betty Miller. Additions, corrections, comments, complaints and compliments should be submitted to Betty Miller and Betty Phillips.

PAGE, J. W., Pvt.

Husband of the former J. W. Willis Point, Texas; attended Wills Point, Texas School. Entered Army July, 1943, trained at Camp Roberts, CA.

PAINE, Robert E., MM 1/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Paine; entered Navy in 1942, trained at Camp Peary, VA, Floating Dry Dock Center, Tiburon, CA. Served on New Hebrides & Guadalcanal. Husband of the former Thelma Ellis.

PAINTER, Joel R., Ens.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Painter, Grand Saline, graduated from Grand Saline H.S. Entered Navy in 1943, trained at TCU, IPI, La. & Notre Dame. Served in Pearl Harbor & Panama.

PALMER, Dale C., 1st. Lt.

Huaband of the former Enone Bland, Mabank, Texas, graduated at ETSTC, Commerce, Texas. Enlisted in Army in 1942, trained at Camp Callan, CA, Camp Davis & Camp Hulen, TX. Served in Caribbean Sea & Panama Canal.

PALMER, Gerald W., T/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. H. Palmer, husband of the former Marie Bradbury, Grand Saline, graduated from GSHS. Entered Army Air Corps in 1943, trained in the ETO & Italy. Awarded Air Medal, three OLC, ETO Ribbon, with five Battle Stars & Good Conduct Medal.

PARK, Lloyd C., Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Park, Canton, husband of the former Lina Pittman, Canton, attended Canton H.S. Entered service February, 1941, trained at Ft. Bliss, Camp Bowie, & Camp Blanding, TX & Camp Edwards, MA. Served in North Africa, Italy, France, Germany & Australia. Awarded ADE, TO, Good Conduct Medal, Bronze Star, five Battle Stars & Bronze Arrowhead.

P ARKER, Buel A., Pfc.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Parker; entered Marines September, 1942, husband of former Nell Pateet. Trained in San Diego, CA. Served in New Zealand, Guadalcanal & Guam. Awarded AP Ribbon & two Battle Stars.

PARKER, Grady J., Chief Metalsmith

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Dick Parker, Elmo;, graduated from Wills Point Schools. Entered Army Air Corps in 1929, trained in San Diego. Served on Guam & in Peru, Indiana.

PARKER, Harley V., Ships Cook 1/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles C., Parker, Wills Point; entered Navy November, 1942, trained at Great Lakes, IL & Gulfport Naval Base. MS. Served in Hawaii.

PARKER, Hayword, D., Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lannie Parker, husband of former Charity Parker, Ft. Will, Okla., graduated from Edgewood H.S. Entered Army in 1936, trained at Ft. Sill, OK.

PARKER, Howard J., S/Sgt.

Son of J. H. Parker, Fruitvale, attended Wills Point Schools. Entered Army in 1942, trained in Mississippi, South Carolina & Virginia. Served in Europe & other countries. Awarded Good Conduct Medal & ETO Ribbon.

PARKER, John B., 1st. Lt.

Son of Major & Mrs. S. B. Parker. Entered Army in 1942, transferred to Air Corps. Trained at Ellington Field. Served in England. Awarded DFC, Air Medal, four OLCS, Pres. Citation, Purple Heart, ETO Ribbon & three Battle Stars. Husband of former Ruth Mills.

PARKER, Junior A., Pfc.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Greenie Parker. Entered Army Air Corps January, 1942, trained in L. J. S. Served in India.

PARKER, Lester B., Pvt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Greenie Parker; entered Army March, 1944, trained at Camp Hood, TX. Husband of former Rose Davis.

PARKER, Robert C., S/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Parker, Dallas, husband of former Daisy Melton, attended Jackson and Canton Schools. Entered Army July, 1944, trained at Camp Fannin, TX.

PARKERSON, Thomas A., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Parkerson. Entered Army July, 1942, trained at Camp Barkeley, Camp Bowie, TX, Camp Lee & Camp Roberts, CA. Served in England, France, Belgium & Germany. Awarded ETO Ribbon & four Battle Stars.

PARKS, D. Wayne, S 2/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Parks, Humble, TX, graduated at Canton H.S. Entered Navy in 1943, trained at San Diego, CA. Served at Bennett Island & Pearl Harbor.

PARSONS, Loren E., S/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Parsons, Friona, TX, husband of the former Katheleen Heard, Canton, attended Canton H.S. Entered Army Air Corps in 1942, trained at Kearns, UT, Denver, CO, Ft. Myers, FL, Barksdale, LA & Tampa FL. Served in Indai & China. Awarded Good Conduct Medal.

PAUL, Arnold H., Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Paul, Canton, Texas, husband of the former Bobbie Jackson, Canton, graduated at Canton H.S. Entered Army April, 1945, trained at Camp Lee, VA.

PAYNE, Henry C., B.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Payne, Pruitt; entered Merchant Marines in 1936, trained aboard ships, Served in South Pacific, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean & Far East. Awarded Ribbons.

PAYNE, J. R., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Payne attended school in Elmwood. Entered Air Corps October, 1942, trained at Brooks Field, Eagle Pass & Laredo, AAF, TX. Husband of the former Lorene Kinney.

PAYNE, Oliver B., CM 3/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Payne, Fruitvale, attended Fruitvale School. Entered Seabees in 1943, trained at Camp Peary, VA & in Maine. Served in Manacani.

PEACE, Frank E., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Peace. Entered Army in 1942, trained at San Marcos, TX & Mobile, AL. Served in England & France. Awarded EAME Ribbon & Victory Medal.

PEACE, William E., S/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. E. Peace. Entered Army in September, 1944, trained at Camp Hood, TX. Served on Okinawa & in Japan. Awarded Combat Infantry Badge, AP, one Battle Star & Philippine Liveration Ribbon. Husband of the former Peggy Bratton.

PEDEN, Ellis Milton, GM 2/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Peden, Canton, husband of the former Helen Trezevant Peden, Dallas, attended Canton H.S. Entered Navy September, 1942, trained at Kingsville, TX. Served in Southwest Pacific Theater.

PEEL, Marvin L., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Peel, attended Grand Saline H.S. Entered Marines in 1944, trained in San Diego & Camp Pendleton, CA. Served on Okinawa & in China. Husband of the former Lovie Joy McNorton, Grand Saline.

PEEL, Morris L., S 1/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Peel, Grand Saline, graduated from Grand Saline H.S. Entered Navy in 1943, trained in Corpus Christi, TX. Served in Pearl Harbor, Japan & Saipan.

PENNY, Leon M., Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Penny, Grand Saline, husband of former Merle Teague, Wills Point, attended Grand Saline H.S. Entered Army in 1942, trained in U.S. Served in England, Scotland, Wales, France, Belgium & Germany. Awarded ETO Ribbon, five Battle Stars, Arrowhead & Good Conduct Medal.

PERRITT, Jack, Pfc.

Son of Mrs. Charlie Gibson, Grand Saline, attended Grand Saline H.S. Entered Army March, 1943, trained at Camp Callan & San Diego, CA. Served on New Britain, Luzon, Panay & Negros. Awarded five Battle Stars.

PETTY, J. R., Pvt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Petty, Van, graduated from Van H.S. Entered Army June, 1945, trained at Ft. Sam Houston & Camp Hood, TX & Camp Grant, IL.

PHILLIPS, David S., Lt. Cmdr.

Son of Mrs. D. S. Phillips, Grand Saline, husband of former Glenna Lemon, Oklahoma, graduated from NTSTC. Entered Navy in 1942, trained in Norman, OK, Pensacola, FL & San Clements Is.

PHILLIPS, Clifford E., AERM 2/c

Son of Mrs. D. S. Phillips, Grand Saline, graduated from NTSTC. Entered Navy in 1942, trained in San Diego. Served in Pacific aboard USS Belleau Wood.

PHILLIPS, Glenn W., Flight Officer

Son of Mrs. Erma R. Phillips. Entered Air Corps May, 1943, trained at Altus AAF, OK. Served in New Guinea, Luzon, Okinawa, Honshu & Japan. Awarded three Battle Stars.

PHILLIPS, Jack, T/5

Entered Army in 1942, trained at Camp Tyson; TN. Served in CBI Theater. Awarded one Bronze Star, American Theater Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal & three Overseas Bars.

PHILLIPS, James H., 1st. Lt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Phillips, Mineola;, husband of the former Edna Attkisson, Grand Saline, attended Winnsboro H.S. Entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, trained in U.S. Served in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Holland & Germany. awarded Air Medal, nine Clusters, ATO & ETO with five Stars & Unit Citation.

PHILLIPS, J. D., T/S

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Phillips, husband of former Christene Bynum, Canton, attended Edgewood H.S. Entered Army November, 1944, trained at Camp Hood, TX. Served in Germany.

PHILLIPS, Jesse, PHM 1/c

Son of Mrs. D. H. Phillips. Entered Navy March, 1942, trained at San Diego, Ca. Served in Southwest Pacific, Manila, Philippines & Okinawa.

PHILLIPS, Vernon, Pvt.

Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. O. H. Phillips. Entered Army February, 1942, trained at Camp Hood, TX, Camp Crowder, MO. Served in Australia, West Indes.

PHIPPS, Bonham H., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Phipps. Entered Army Air Corps September, 1943, trained at Sheppard Field, TX. Served in India, China, Burma, Australia, Ceylon, Assam, CTI & FM Theaters. Awarded three Battle Stars. Husband of Travis Sue Campbell.

PHIPPS, James W., Cpl.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Phipps, Wills Point, husband of the former Lorene Hurley, attended Wills Point H.S. Entered served August, 1943, trained at Camp Claiborne, LA. Served in England, France & Australia.

PINKERTON, Melvin L., Ships Cook 2/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Pinkerton. Entered Navy September, 1942, trained at Great Lakes, IL. Served aboard Alecto A.G.P. Husband of the former Noma Mae Bennett.

PIPES, Otis L., T/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Pipes, Grand Saline, graduated from Grand Saline H.S. Entered Army Air Corps in 1937, trained at Ft. Sam Houston; served in Hawaii.

PITTMAN, Albert W., S/Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Pittman, Canton, husband of the former Louise Wright, Clovis, N.M. graduated from Canton H.S. Entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, trained in California, New Mexico, Arkansas, Mississippi, Colorado and Massachusetts; served in England, Ireland, France. Awarded Purple Heart, Air Medal, 3 OLC, European Theater Ribbon and three Battle Stars.

PITTMAN, Eldon J., S 1/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pittman, Canton. Entered the Navy in October, 1943, trained in Pacific Theater.

PITTMAN, Francis R.; PHM 3/c

Son of Walter Pittman, Canton. Entered the Navy in July, 1942, trained in Marianas and on Battle ship Idaho.

PITTMAN, Lloyd B., Sgt.

Son of Walter Pittman, Canton, husband of the former Jo Durell. Entered the Army in January, 1941, trained in U.S.; transferred to Air Force in 1942, trained in California.

PITTS, Derwood, Pvt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Pitts. Entered the Army in March, 1943, trained at Camp Barkeley, Texas; served in England, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany.

PLATTER, Haskell L., S 1/c

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Platter, Edgewood, graduated at Edgewood H.S. Entered Navy in 1944, trained in San Diego & Camp Elliott, CA. Served in the South Pacific & Guam.

POLLARD, Garland E., SF 2/c

Graduate of Canton H.S., in 1941. Entered Navy June, 1941, trained in San Diego, CA, Washington, Florida & Virginia. Served in Pacific, Hawaii, Manila, Phillipines & Luzon.

POOL, Dorsie W., 1/c Boatsman

Son of Mrs. Minnie Stone, Canton, entered Navy January, 1941, trained in Norfolk, VA. Served in South Pacific.

PRATT, John F., Jr., Sgt.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pratt, Sr. Entered Marines December, 1942, trained in San Diego, Norman, OK & El Centro, CA. Served on Bougainville, Piva Yoka, Bismark Archipelago & Guam. Has Pres. Citation. Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon & five Battle Stars.

PRESSWOOD, Claud T., S 1/c

Son of Mrs. Claudia Presswood, Grand Saline, husband of former Wilma Johnson, Los Angeles, graduated from Hollywood H.S. Entered Navy in Marcy, 1945, trained in San Diego, Chicago, IL and Del Monte, CA.

PRESSWOOD, Newell A., ARM 1/c

Son of Mrs. C. E. Presswood, Grand Saline, husband of former Fay Armstrong, Throckmorton, graduated from Grand Saline H.S. Entered Navy in 1940, trained at Charleston, S.C. Served in Corpus Christi; served on Saipan and Phillippines.

PRESTIDGE, Dillard Ray.

Son of Minton & Ludi Prestidge, Grand Saline; entered service January, 1940. Served in the Pacific. Discharged in October, 1945. (No photo available at this time)

PRESTIDGE, Walter W., Pfc.

Son of Mrs. Dee Prestidge, Grand Saline, attended Silver Lake School. Entered Army Signal Corps in 1941, trained in North Africa & Italy. Awarded Good Conduct Medal & Silver Star.

PRESTON, Ennis D., T/3

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Preston, Edgewood, husband of Dolore Craine, Wills Point, attended Edgewood H.S. Entered Army in 1936, trained at Ft. Sam Houston & Ft. Dix, NJ. Served in England & France. Has Good Conduct Medal, Pre-Pearl Harbor Ribbon and ET Ribbon with one Battle Star.

PRUITT, R. L., Pvt.

Son of Walter Pruiett, Canton, attended Canton, H.S. Entered the Army in October, 1943, trained at Camp Wolters, Texas, Ft. Meade, MD, Camp Howze; served in Germany, Belgium, England and France. Awarded Purple Heart; and other honors.

PUGH, George B., T/Sgr.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Pugh, Edom, husband of the former Verna Melton, Brownsboro, attended school at Edom High. Entered the Army Air Corps in January, 1940, trained at Barksdale Field, LA, Landley Field, VA and Bangor, ME; served in Australia and New Guinea. Awarded South Pacific Ribbon, Air Medal, Pres. Citation, three Stars and four OLC.

PUGH, James R., T/5

Son or Mrs. Myrtle Pugh, Grand Saline. Entered the Army Air Corps in 1942, trained at March Field, CA; served in England, France and Australia.

PUGH, Ray A., AS

Son of Mrs. Myrtle Pugh, husband of the former Barbara Phillips, Grand Saline. Entered the Merchang Marines in 1942, trained in the Atlantic and Pacific. Awarded EAME, North Atlantic, Pacific Theater Ribbon.

PURDY, Ben F., S/Sgt.

Nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Farris Pratt. Entered the Air Corps in November, 1942, trained at Santa Ana, CA; served in France and Germany. Awarded Air Medal, three OLC and ETO Ribbon with four Battle Stars.

 

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