Camp Fannin Roll of Honor

The continued work of Elmer Horne

Fannin Veterans who died in uniform during World War II
All gave some, but some gave all.


Luce thru Mcguiness

LUCE, Thomas W., Pvt., 38481401. a) Texas. b) Jan.-May 44. c) 16 Aug. 44, St. Malo, France. d) G/329/83. e) Stanton: The 83rd reached the fortified city of St. Malo 4 Aug 44. It began the Battle of St. Malo the same day and forced back German defenders to the strongpoints of The Citadel and Dinard 9 Aug. 44. Dinard fell after severe fighting 15 Aug. 44 and The Citadel surrendered after further combat on 17 Aug. 44. f) Brittany, France. g) William H. Ayers, Rt. 10, Box 8170, Lufkin, Texas 75904, who writes: "Trained with him at Camp Fannin, stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland together, and shipped to France on the same ship. Learned of his death upon my return home." h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

LYMAN, James, M.,, Tech/Sgt. 37023623. a) South Dakota. b) Spring 44. c) 16 March 45, vicinity Salvera, Italy. d) 11th AIB, 1st Armored Division. e) Stanton: The 1st Armored Division took Carviano 8 March 1945 and fought for Salvaro 15-27 March. Esther Lyman, Jim’s wife, wrote the following to Mrs. Lois Whiteman on 1 July 1945: "One of the fellows who was in Jim’s company is home now. He said it happened at night and it was machine-gun fire while they were taking a town in northern Italy." f) Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France, Plot F, Row 1, Grave 7. g) Mrs. Kim Groff, 6414 Shoreline Drive, Little Elm, Texas 75068, phone (972) 294-8160, e-mail <kgroff@sbcglobal,net>. Mrs. Groff is author of The Fitzgerald House, which memorializes the home at 815 South Broadway Avenue in Tyler where Mrs. Lois Whiteman welcomed so many Fannin service men during the war. Mrs. Groff discovered letters to Mrs. Whiteman from many whom she had befriended including Esther Lyman, and some of Mrs. Lyman’s letters appear in her book. Additional information provided by Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666. h) Silver Star, Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

LYNN, Felmer Lonzo (“Pete”), Pfc., 34963373. a) Kings Mountain, North Carolina. b) March-July 1944, C/84/15. c) November 2, 1944 near Kommerscheidt, Germany during Hurtgen Forest Campaign. d) B/112/28. e) Stanton: On 26 October 1944, the 28th U.S. Infantry Division takes over the sector of the battle-weary 9th U.S. Infantry Division. The reinforced 28th U.S. Infantry Division is given the mission to secure the Vossenack/Schmidt/Lammersdorf area and to attack the German troops in the Monschau Corridor from the rear. H-hour will be 0900 hours on 2 November 1944, which is All Souls' Day. Therefore, the records will later come to refer to this battle as the ‘All Souls' Day Battle.’ At 0800 hours on 2 November 1944, American artillery opens fire. One hour later, the first infantry companies leave their positions in Germeter, protected by tanks. On 8 November 1944, the American troops break off combat action. Under cover of darkness, the remnants of the 112th Infantry Regiment are extracted - 300 out of formerly 2,200 men. f) First buried at Henri Chapelle American Military Cemetery, Grave 190. Body returned to Kings Mountain, North Carolina November 13, 1947. Buried in Mountain Rest Cemetery, Kings Mountain, N. C. g) Daughter, Felma Lynn Bass, 55 Allison Lane, Sparta, North Carolina 28675, born after her father’s death. h) "My father had just turned 34 years old when he was killed," his daughter writes. "He was killed on my mother's 29th birthday. I had two older sisters who were 3 and 2 at the time of his death."

MANKE, Luther, Cpl. b) 1944-45, B/82/15. c) May 14, 1945, Okinawa. g) Frank A. Smith, <>, via Cpl. Manke's niece, Janette Chambers, <>. h) Frank A. Smith writes: "Cpl. Manke was cadre and had a bunk in our barracks all the time I was in basic, from December 1944 to April 1945. He was the only cadre in our barracks."

MARTIN, Raymond, Pvt., 38550113. a) Kennard, Texas. b) Fall 1944, C/63/13. c) 2 December 1944, Camp Fannin, Texas. d) C/63/13. e) Death accidentally occurred on firing range; dead on arrival at Station Hospital. f) Sardis Cemetery, Rusk, Texas. g) Son, Raymond H. Martin, 1374 County Road 4700, Kennard, Texas 75847.

MARTIN, Robert. a) Telford, Tennessee. b) Aug.-Dec. 44, C/68/14. c) ETO. g) Carl D. Mathes, 6760 Lee Ave., Radford, Virginia 24141. In same company at Fannin, separated at Ft. Meade, Maryland.

MATLOCK, Clayton F. b) 1944, C/82. c) 2 May 1944, Camp Fannin. e) One of two 82nd Battalion trainees (the other was James J. Cox, Jr. of A/82) crushed by trees blown down by a sudden violent windstorm while the battalion was on bivouac. g) Ruby Neilson, 417 Bond St., Hillsboro, Texas 76645, widow of former CFA president Gordon Neilson. Ruby was a reporter on The Tyler Courier-Times when she and Gordon met and she found the story about Clayton F. Matlock’s death in the May 2, 1944 edition of The Tyler Courier-Times. See also story in Spring 1997 edition of Camp Fannin Guidon.

McCOY, John F., 36758561. a) Chicago, Illinois. b) Aug.-Nov. 43, D/63/13. c) ETO. d) 393/99. g) Elmer T. Horne, Jr., Tallahassee, Florida. Same company at Fannin, then together in ASTP at La. St. Univ. Official list of battle deaths, 99th Inf. Div., provided by Leon St. Pierre, Tyler, Texas. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.

MCGUINESS, William T., Pvt., 42180059. a) Kings County, New York. b) Sept-Dec. 1944, 58/12. c) March 15, 1945, at Siegfried Line south of Zwiebrucken, Germany. d) 30th Regt., 3rd Inf. Div. e) Stanton: At the end of January 1945, the 3rd Infantry Division took Horbourg and was at the outskirts of Colmar. On March 15, the division struck Siegfried Line positions south of Zweibrucken. f) Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold, France, Plot F, Row 7, Grave 7. g) Carl A. Settle, 124 Culotta Drive, Hampton, Virginia 23666, a fellow-trainee at Fannin, and Shane Olson, Halma, Minnesota, who provided numerous additional details in July 2009. h) Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge.