Seventy-Five Years Ago

Thursday, October 4, 1945

Our Army and Navy Boys

Headquarters, 132 Infantry Regiment. San Francisco, Cal.
July 25, 1945
Dear Mrs. Vaughan;

I regret that you haven’t heard from us before, concerning the death of your husband, PFC Henry M. Vaughan, although we had written. You mentioned in a letter to PFC Richard Le Baren, of the Medical Detachment, that you had not heard your husband was killed in action on April 2, 1945, during the most crucial battle of this entire campaign…

What greater tribute can we pay your loved one than to say that he gave his life with honor, unblemished by weakness or compromise.

He was given a dangerous mission and he carried it out completely even unto death…

He was given a Christian burial with military honors. His grave is surmounted with an appropriate white cross bearing his name. The cemetery known as U. S. Armed Forces Cemetery, No. I, Cebu, Philippine Islands, will be cared for and beautified in a manner worthy of the honored dead who sleep therein…

Ever yours,
Chaplain Joseph L. Riley

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PFC Henry M. Vaughan

Henry Milton Vaughan, aged 21, years, was killed April 2, 1945, while serving his country. He had been in the South West Pacific one year, as a member of the 132 Infantry of the American Division. He had served at Bougainville in the Solomons, until the invasion of the Philippines by the United States. He had been there only a short while when he met his death on Cebu.

The deceased was a native of Pocahontas County, and the son of Milton D. and Josephine McNulty Vaughan…

On July 19, 1943, he married Arlene Brock, daughter of Gilbert and Nancy Wamsly Brock, of Rocks, Maryland, who survives. Also his father, mother, four sisters and one brother: Mrs. Neil Kinnison, of Hillsboro; Pearl A. Vaughan, New York City; Vera Sue; Mary Frances and James Edward, at home…

Memorial service was conducted in his honor July 15, 1945 at the Emmanuel Church…

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On the U. S. S. BLOCK ISLAND in the Pacific – Gerald H. Nottingham, gunner’s mate, third class, USNR, 20, son of Mrs. Gerald Nottingham, of Cass, has been serving on this escort aircraft carrier.

The first BLOCK ISLAND was sunk by a German submarine off Africa in May 1944, but accompanying destroyer escorts picked up every man of the crew and then finished off the U-boat.

The crew, almost intact, was assigned to a new escort carrier which was renamed the BLOCK ISLAND. She reached the Pacific in time to take part in the Okinawa campaign and the invasion of Borneo.

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Roscoe Reynolds is out of the Army with an honorable discharge. He saw 34 months of service across the seas. He was last with the Third Army. He wears eight battle stars.

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Lieutenant Richard F. Currence is home from the Navy on a 30-day leave. He and Mrs. Currence are spending a few days in Washington this week.

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Bedford Herold is out of the Army with an honorable discharge. He is just back from Germany. He and his father, M. B. Herold, spent last week at their summer home at Minnehaha Springs.

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T-4 Henry W. Hefner, who is on Okinawa, is awaiting his discharge and hopes to be home by Christmas.

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Private First Class Glenn R. Shrader, of the Army, and Seaman First Class Bus Smith, of the Navy, live next door to each other on Ninth Street in Marlinton. Glenn now writes home from Okinawa, an island of Japan, that he and Bus met up with each other and had a most enjoyable reunion of a night and a day together. This was the first time either of these two boys had met anyone they knew since they had been in service.

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Pfc. John Cashwell, stationed in Texas, is home on an emergency furlough due to the death of his grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Cashwell.

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Jody Moses is home from long and hard service in Italy with an honorable discharge. He and his wife are with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Moses on Main Street.


Mr. and Mrs. Henry Astin, of East Rainelle, are the proud parents of a 7 1/2 pound girl, named Dinah Lee, born September 19, 1945. This is the fifth girl.


Funeral services were held for Mrs. Amanda Moore Hannah at the Slaty Fork Methodist Church Thursday afternoon, September 27, 1945….

Mrs. Hannah, aged seventy-eight years, was the eldest of seven children born to the late William David Moore and Hannah Beverage Moore. Only the youngest member of her father’s family survives; she is Mrs. Etta Lightner, of Mountain Grove, Virginia.

On November 5, 1885, she was married to the late Samuel David Hannah, who departed June 23, 1941, having had fifty-six years of wedded life. A family of four sons and two daughters were reared: Page, Jesse, Frank, Dock, Ruby May and Goldie Gaye…

Mrs. Hannah lived a long and useful life. She was always much devoted to her home and family and served them in love and understanding. Christian principles and ideals were her standards for daily living and teaching her children and grandchildren…

She was buried beside her husband in the Gibson-Varner cemetery on Elk


Take my home. Take my furniture. But please don’t take my malty-rich, sweet as a nut Grape-Nuts! Without that concentrated nourishment, I’ll never keep a job. I’ll have to borrow from you all over again.

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