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Report: Military Service - Navy

         Description: A list of our ancestors who served in the United States Navy

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# Full Name Military Military: Place Military: Date
1 Donald Duane Atwood  AD3; United States Navy during World War 2
2 Albert Clay Lovell  Albert served in the Sea Bees unit of the U.S. Navy.     
3 Donald Armond Rusby  Discharge from the Navy  Orange, Orange County, Texas   7 Apr 1947 
4 G.O. Curbow, Jr.       
5 Juan Francisco Gallegos  Enlistment; United States Navy; World War II; S1    20 Jul 1943 
6 Edward Dick Bratton  Found on the Van Zandt County Genealogical Research Group site: Men & Women Who Served During World War II: "Bratton, Edward D.: SF 2/c Edward D Bratton, son of JH Bratton, Grand Saline, attended Grand Saline Schools. Entered the Navy 1942, trained in Norfolk, VA and Camp Polk CA. Served overseas in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and New Georgia. Has three Battle Stars. Discharged 1945."    1942-1945 
7 William Spencer Murry  Notes from James Dudley:
Bill was a Navy Corpsman in World War 11 and retired from Tinker Air Force Base after 28 years of service.  
8 R.D. Brown       
9 Richard Ernest Montoya  Second Tour to Vietnam - Da Nang Air Base. Da Nang was a Republic of Vietnam Air Force facility. The United States used it as a major base during the Vietnam War, stationing Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine units there.     1970 - 1971 
10 Charles Jackson DeRamus  Served in the Navy, Army and the Air Force      
11 J. R. Cowan  Served in the United States Navy during World War 2.
12 Leonard Eugene Atwood  U.S. Navy      
13 Thomas Robert Havins, Jr.  United States Navy
World War 2 
14 Norman Neely Ham, Jr.  United States Navy     
15 A.A. Miller, Jr.       
16 T.W. Miller       
17 Jerroed Vaughn Roberson  United States Navy     
18 Homer David Barton  United States Navy     19 Jun 1942 - 27 Jun 1945 
19 Preston Ayers Reed  United States Navy - Enlistment date; discharged on 17 Jul 1920    12 Nov 1917 
20 Michael Eugene Muller  United States Navy - Vietnam veteran     
21 A. C. Gee  United States Navy - World War 2     
22 Charles Dee Werley  United States Navy - World War II Veteran - Radioman     
23 Clarence Lackey  United States Navy veteran     
24 Garland Eugene Wier  United States Navy veteran; World War II     
25 Clint Odis Frazier  United States Navy. World War 2. Mr. Frazier was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II, serving aboard a mine sweeper in the Pacific.     
26 L. Grantham, Jr.       
27 Floyd Douglas Bond  United States Navy; Korea     
28 Wilmer J. Byler, Jr.  United States Navy; Korean Conflict; SA     
29 Harris Staton, Jr.  United States Navy; World War II     
30 George Henry Muller, Jr.  United States Navy; World War II    10 Jan 1945 to 31 Jul 1946 
31 Joe Perry Curbow  United States Navy; World War II Veteran     
32 Max Lester Carson  United States Navy; World War II Veteran: Stationed at Pearl Harbor Submarine Base for a year, then shipped out in 1943 on an amphibious landing craft. Participated in the invasion of Saipan, Guam, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Seriously wounded at Iwo Jima     
33 Pervie Donnell  United States Navy; World War II; CM3     
34 Robert Stanley Mitchell  US Navy and US Marine Corps; Veteran of World War II.     
35 Donald Armond Rusby  Utah, Military Records, 1861-1970: Enlistment; United States Navy: Don Armond Rusby; born 8 Apr 1926 in Mammoth, Utah; Father: Glen Rusby; Mother: Berneice Rusby, age 18.   Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah   4 Apr 1944 
36 Roy Orville Curbow  World War 2 - United States Navy; Seaman 1st Class; Seabees; Served in Okinawa    18 Jan 1945 
37 Virgil Eugene Brown  World War 2: He was a veteran of WWII, serving three years in the Navy.     
38 Milton Pete Zimmerle  World War 2: Notes from his niece Beverly Neil Atwood:
Uncle Pete was in the United States Army and was captured on Java in the first days of World War II and spent the entire war in a POW camp in Japan, barely surviving. Uncle Pete was in a Japanese prison camp for 3.5 years, he said he and another man would have starved to death if it had not been for a Japanese girl that would hide a pint of milk every day for them, he said they would have killed her if she had been caught. He said a dog ran through camp one day and they caught it and killed it and ate it. They were that hungry. He said when they said the war was over they all went running down a hill, there was a Japanese man pulling a cart and he was run over and killed. He said when he just got there they would bring them rice and it had bugs in it, they would take the bugs out but later it was just more to eat. After the war he married Fae Ola Satterwhite and they had two children: Milton Wayne who lives in Lawn; and Rita Gayle who lives in Lawn. Pete died in 1992 and is buried in Dewey Cemetery. Fae Ola lives in Lawn.

The Lost Battalion Association is composed of the men of the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery and those men who swam ashore from the Cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) when it was sunk, and who survived 42 months of "hell" as prisoners of the Japanese during World War II. Only 368 of the total complement of 1011 men of the USS Houston managed to reach shore. The remaining 643 shipmates, including their skipper, Captain Rooks, went down with the ship. Within a few days, all the survivors became prisoners of the Japanese. This Army and Navy group of POWs suffered together through 42 months of humiliation, degradation, physical and mental torture, starvation and horrible tropical diseases, with no medication. The hardest part was watching friends die slowly, day by day, with the survivors often thinking, fleetingly, that maybe they were the "lucky ones." One of the toughest pills to swallow was not being able to communicate with families and loved ones at home. Sharing all this mental and physical anguish together built a special relationship among the survivors and each man knows how the other will react in almost any "chips-down" situation and most are pleased at what they have learned about their fellow survivors. Moving by ship from Java to Singapore and thence to Burma, Thailand or Japan, the men were packed like cattle in the lower holds, taking turns sitting, squatting, standing or laying down while suffering from sea sickness, dysentery, malaria or other tropical diseases, while standing in their own, or their neighbor's filth, because it was impossible, or not permitted to get to the ship side latrine on the main deck. Then, the men worked in the steaming jungles and the "monsoon" seasons of Burma chopping down jungle trees, hand building road beds and bridges and laying ties and rails with primitive tools in construction of the now infamous "Burma-Siam Death Railway". Some of the men were mining coal and/or working on the docks in Japan while living in sub-standard housing, without any heat or sufficient cover during two Japanese winters, where real starvation was a daily companion. Of the 902 men taken Prisoner, 668 were sent to Burma and Thailand and worked on the "Death Railway" (of Bridge on the River Kwaii fame). Of the total 163 men who died in Prisoner of War Camps, 133 died working on the railroad. After completion of the railroad, 236 of the men were disbursed to Japan and other Southeast Asian Countries to work in coal mines, shipyards, docks, etc. and a few remained at "Bicycle Camp" in Java. The wives of some of the men of the 2nd Battalion 131st F. A. arranged to have a "Welcome Home" celebration in Wichita Falls , Texas on October 23, 1945. The idea "snow-balled" and all survivors that had returned to the U. S. (and could be located) were invited to attend. Such a good time was had at this Reunion , that it was decided to meet every year, on the weekend nearest August 15th. The first Reunion was designed to Honor the 2nd Battalion, 131st F. A. survivors, who had been nicknamed "TEXAS LOST BATTALION," by the news media of Texas , since that Battalion had disappeared when the Island of Java had surrendered. No one knew where they were, apparently including the War Department and nothing was heard from them for about three years. Of course, the people who arranged for the first reunion, did not know of the existence of the LISS Houston prisoners, but the oversight was put to right by Battalion personnel, who invited some of their "buddies" to the first Reunion and made them permanent members of the "Lost Battalion Association" at the next reunion and the Survivors of the USS Houston (CA-30) voted to become a part of the Association.

So, each year since 1945, the survivors of the POW "hell" along with their families, meet in August to keep their Bond of Brotherhood inviolate and to remember and pay honor to the 163 who died in Prison Camps and the 504 who have died since liberation and the 646 who died in action, in a futile effort to save Java. As of July 1, 1998, there were 236 of the men of the Lost Battalion Association left alive.

It may be of interest that, (1) the 2nd Battalion, 131st F. A., 36th Infantry Division (TNG) is the "Most Decorated Unit" in Texas of any War and (2) the Heavy Cruiser USS Houston (CA-301, is the "Most Decorated" vessel of it's class in the U. S. Fleet.
  After 25 Nov. 1940 
39 Lewis Preston Ligon, Jr.  World War I - United States Navy - (Information from granddaughter Kim Frost-England.)    1914-1918 
40 Oliver Jennings Gibson  World War I veteran - United States Navy