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PNC Walter Pawlesh, 83, of Kennedy Township, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2007.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Deckon, and a son, Walter.

He is survived by a daughter, Barbara Kruze (Jack) and son, Thomas Pawlesh (Marina); six grandchildren, Kirk, Kris (Erica), Jaclyn and J.J. Kruze and Maggy Pawlesh; two great-grandchildren, Kameron and Karly Kruze, and a brother, Paul Pawlesh.

A veteran of World War II, he was a tail gunner on a B-17, 8th Air Force, 388th Bombardment Group at Knettishall Airfield, Suffolk, England. Shot down over Germany in 1944, he spent 14 months in the infamous prison camp, Stalag XVII. Walt retired from the American Bridge Division of U.S. Steel in Ambridge in 1980 after 38 years.

Walt was National Commander of American Ex-Prisoners of War in 1973-1974.

 

PNC D. C. Wimberly, Sr., 89, passed away January 27 in Springhill, Louisiana.
Mr. Wimberly, a native of Ringgold, was a resident of Springhill since 1954.  He was a member of Central Baptist Church and was a former principal of Sibley, Shongaloo, Springhill Jr. High School and Browning Elementary School with 37 years of service.  He was a graduate of Ringgold High School, Northwestern State University; received his Master’s Degree at LSU Baton Rouge and his Plus 30 from Auburn University in Alabama. 

He was a veteran of World War II and a POW of the US Army.  He was a Past National Commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War; was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Shongaloo Masonic Lodge and Springhill Shriner’s Club and El Karuba Temple.

D. C. was National Commander in 1974-1975.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mrs. Inez Gamble Wimberly of Springhill; daughters, Sandra W. Wren and husband Richard of Haughton; Virginia “Bess” O’Malley and husband Mickey of Ball Ground, Ga.; a son, D. C. Wimberly Jr. and wife Belinda of Bossier City; grandchildren, Kim Everett and husband Tommy, Robbie Bland and wife Mandy, April Jones and husband Chad, Angela Wimberly, Elizabeth Mullis and husband Ken, Michael O’Malley and Patrick O’Malley; great-grandchildren, Luke, Bailey, Kelli, Chloe, Balend, Gracie, Abigail, Preston and Vivian; step-grandchildren, Keeth, Kyle, Melissa, Jennifer, Alicia, Deanna and Jenny; a sister, Abbie W. Fontenot of Natchitoches; sister-in-law, Martha Wimberly; and a host of nieces and nephews.

 

PNC Richard Throckmorton passed away January 24 at the VA in Omaha, Nevbraska.

Richard was 85 years and preceded in death by parents, Elisha M. and Ada (Bass) Throckmorton. He is survived by wife, Jeanne; children and spouses: Terry Throckmorton and wife Judith Ann of Harrisonburg, VA, Richard Throckmorton, Jr. and wife Pat of Colorado Springs, CO, Kevin Throckmorton and wife Missy of Omaha, Cindy Bruggeman and husband Jim of Templeton, IA; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; brother, Adel Throckmorton of Ames, IA.

Richard was National Commander in 1998-1999.


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February 2007

BAKER, M.L. “Butch”, of Morton, TX passed away Dec. 3, 2006. He was 87. He served in the Army during WWII in Burma and was a POW of the Japanese for 3 ½ years. Butch was a charter member of the Texas Panhandle Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by two daughters, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two brothers.

BAUMGARNER, John Reed, of Greensboro, NC passed away Dec. 13, 2006 at the age of 94. In April 1942, Bumgarner was an Army doctor stationed in the Philippines when the Japanese overran the country. He was among 33,000 American troops rounded up and herded into captivity during the Bataan Death March. Later, in the crowded, ill-equipped Cabanatuan POW camp, he survived malaria, dysentery and a starvation diet. Late in the war, Baumgarner was among the group of prisoners and medics taken to Japan. He was in a POW camp on a northern Japanese island when the war ended. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evelyn, 1 son, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

BECKLEY, John W., 85, of Cadiz, OH passed away Nov. 30, 2006. He was a member of the Yellow Creek Chapter, AXPOW. John was captured while serving in the Army during WWII. He spent 10 ½ months as a POW in Luft 4. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Ann, 2 daughters, 1 son, 1 sister, 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

BRADAC, Joe, of West Virginia, member of the Yellow Creek Chapter, AXPOW died Sept. 18, 2006.

CAWTHORNE, Genevieve D., of West Virginia, member of the Yellow Creek Chapter, AXPOW died Dec. 10, 2005. Her husband, Alfred E. CAWTHORNE, passed away Sept. 7, 2006.

CLEMONS, Marvin, of Orlando, Florida, died June 22, 2005. He was a POW in Germany and spent months in a German Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Flossie, and three daughters.

CLEVON, Gale (Bucky), member of the Dakota West Chapter, AXPOW, died Nov. 17, 2006 at the age of 88. He was captured while serving with the 350th BS, 100th BG, flying over Bremen, Germany. He spent the next 1 ½ years in German POW camps. Bucky will be missed by his many friends.

DUVAL, GERALD A. died on February 18, 2006 in Pittsburg, KS. Gerald was a life member of AXPOW and a charter member of the Hutchison-Poplawski Chapter, Panama City, FL where he was active until April, 2005. During WW II Gerald served with the 459th Bomb Group, 15th Air Force. He was shot down and captured by the Germans on April 2, 1944. He was liberated by the Russians near the end of the war in Europe. Gerald was preceded in death by Thelma, his wife of 57 years, and is survived by a son, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

FISH, Joseph H. of Rego Park, Queens, NY passed away Nov. 10, 2006. During WWII, he served with the 117th Infantry and was a POW in Germany. He leaves his son, Joseph.

FORNEY, Robert, 83, of Boone, IA died Dec. 5, 2006. Bob served as a pilot on a B-24 Heavy Bomber during WWII. He was captured and held in Germany. He was a member of the Mid-Iowa Chapter, AXPOW. Survivors include two daughters, one sister, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

GALING, Bernard W. “Bernie” died Aug. 23, 2006 in Melbourne, FL. During the Korean War, he served with HQ Co., 9th Inf. Reg., 2nd Inf. Div. He was captured at the Kunuri Roadblock in North Korea and held in Camps 5 and 2 for 33 months. Bernie is survived by his wife of 56 years, Florence, 1 daughter, 3 sons and 11 grandchildren.

GENTRY, Elsie, of Temple, Texas, died December 13, 2006. A member of the Cen-Tex Chapter, she was the wife of 57 years of Walter Gentry, a POW in Germany.

HAMBY, Thornton Estill, 85, of Lubbock, TX died Nov. 23, 2006. Thornton was serving in the Marines when he was captured in the Philippines. He spent 3 ½ years in Japanese POW camps. An active and enthusiastic member of AXPOW, Thornton set up chapters across Texas, volunteering both time and expertise to the organization he loved so much. His beloved wife, Arlee, survives him; he also leaves 2 sons, 1 daughter, 1 stepdaughter, 4 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 brother and 1 sister. Thornton was a great friend to everyone he met; he will be missed by us all.

HICKS, James H. “Harry”, of New Haven, KY passed away Sept. 2, 2006 at the age of 86. During WWII, he served with the 106th Division, 590th FA, Battery A. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held POW until liberation. He leaves his wife, Margaret, 6 daughters, 2 sons, one sister, 2 brothers, 19 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

JOHNSON, Gerald, of Viroqua, Wisconsin, died November 9, 2006. He was a B-24 pilot in the 485 BG. Shot down on June 26, 1944, on his 26th mission, he was a POW until April 29, 1945, in Luft 3 and 7A. As a result, he earned his membership in the Caterpillar Club, and was a member of the Coulee Region Chapter.

KAPLAN, Irving, of Carlsbad, California, died Nov 17, 2006. A combat medic captured at the Battle of the Bulge, he is survived by his wife of 66 years, Esther.

KENYON, James R. “Dick”, 84, of Hillsboro, OR died Nov. 24, 2006. He was a member of the Pioneer Mustang Group, which was the first to escort our bombers between Berlin and England. He was shot down and captured; spending 14 months in Luft 1, Barth. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma, 1 son, 1 daughter and 3 grandchildren.

KISSLING, James L. of Wyomissing, PA passed away recently. He served in the USAF during WWII, participating in the Normandy Campaign with the 8th AF, 389th BG. After capture, he was held in Luft 3, 7A. Survivors include his wife, Joanne.

LAURICELLA, Vincent Raymond, of Hopewell Township, NJ died Oct. 31, 2006. He was captured while serving with the 8th AF, 95th BG, 334th BS. He was a POW in Germany for 11 months. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, two children, five grandchildren, one brother and one sister.

LISICA, Samuel J., member of the Pittsburgh PA Chapter, AXPOW, passed away recently. During WWII, he served with the 8th AF, 457th BG, 750th BS. He was shot down on the Merseberg Raid and held until liberation. He leaves his wife, Mary, three sons and two brothers.

McVAY, Hilda Luthi, 86, of Gainesville, GA, passed away November 6, 2006. She was a longtime member of the Middle Georgia Chapter, AXPOW, where she served as Chaplain. In 2005, she joined the Mountaineer Chapter (Georgia), AXPOW. During World War II, she served as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps. Her husband, Birch, was a B-17 pilot, assigned to the 334th Bomb Squadron, 95th Bomb Group, 8th Air Force. In addition to her husband of 62 years, Hilda leaves behind a son and daughter and numerous nieces and nephews.

MOORE, Matthew G., of Yorktown Heights, NY passed away Nov. 23, 2006 at the age of 86. He served with the 306th BG, 369th BS, flying out of Thurleigh, England. He was shot down and held in Stalag 17B. Survivors include his wife, Lori, 3 sons, 1 daughter and 9 grandchildren.

O’BRIEN, Robert L. Sr., of Carlisle, PA died Dec. 5, 2006 at the age of 90. He was serving on the USS Houston in the Navy when he was captured. He was a POW for 3 ½ years in Japanese POW camps. Bob was a member of the PA Capitol City Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by two sons, five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

RECKNER, Roger, Hoopeston, IL died Nov. 30, 2006. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge while serving with the 634th Coast Artillery. Roger was a life member of AXPOW and the Kickapoo Chapter. He is survived by his wife, Pauline, two daughters, three grandchildren and four greatgrandchildren.

RIGATTI, Richard L., member of the Pittsburgh, PA Chapter, AXPOW passed away Nov. 11, 2006. He was 82. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge while serving with the 106th Inf. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, three sons and two daughters.

ROBERTS, Charles David, 95, of Fresno, CA died Dec. 6, 2006. During WWII, he served with the First Ranger Battalion in Italy. He was a POW in Poland and Germany until liberation. He was a member of the Fresno Chapter 1, AXPOW.

SCHAAP, Leonard A. “Pete”, of Delmar, NY died Aug. 11, 2006. He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge while serving in Co. G, 104th Inf. Reg. He was a member of the Northeast NY Chapter, AXPOW. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Robin, 1 son, 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

SHEALY, Stokes K., age 82, of Columbia, SC died Oct. 19, 2006. He was captured while serving on Corregidor while assigned to the 27th BG (L). He was held by the Japanese for 3 ½ years. Stokes was a member of the Palmetto Chapter, AXPOW and charter member of ADBC. He leaves his wife, Sandra, 1 son, 4 daughters and 5 grandchildren.

VARANO, Anthony A., 84, of Palmyra, PA died Nov. 9, 2006. During WWII, he served in the Army; was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held until liberation. Surviving are his wife, Joan, two daughters, seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, two sisters and one brother.

WARREN, William L, of San Angelo, Texas, died December 19, 2006. “Bill” served in the 8th AF, 92 BG, and was a POW in Stalag 17B. A member of the Concho Valley Chapter, he is survived by his wife of more than 61 years, Ina.

WORLEY, John “Zeke”, of Kansas City, Missouri, died December 18, 2006, after a lengthy illness. He was a POW in Camp 5 in Korea, and an active member of the Heart of America Chapter. He is survived by his wife, Eloise.

 


TAPS

So many now.
Once we counted four or five.
Now, we count the pages.
Some we recognize,
Others are just names
On an ever-growing list,
All beloved of someone
Long ago they walked
Each day with death
In fearsome places
With no promise
Of long life, a family,
Of growing old.
Somehow, there is a peace
In their passing, today.
The old always pass on.
We say it’s God’s will.
Nature’s way,
All the while remembering
The young who did not make it
In that long ago.

Bea Smith of
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma


     

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