Memorial Day Tribute To Area Residents Who Were Killed In Wartime Actions


In observance of Memorial Day we are listing those that went to World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War from their hometowns of Travelers Rest, Marietta, Cleveland and Tigerville and never made it back home.

WORLD WAR I - Private Lake Anderson, U.S Army, 93rd Division 369th Infantry Regiment, killed in hostile action on October 28, 1918. Hometown, Travelers Rest, SC. He was buried in Romagne, France.

WORLD WAR I - Private George C. Bates, U.S. Army killed in hostile action. His hometown was Marietta, SC. His date of death and location of burial site are not listed in archives.

WORLD WAR I - Private George W. Brown, U.S. Army, killed in hostile action. His hometown was Tigerville, SC. His date of death and location of burial site are not listed in archives.

WORLD WAR I - Charlie Bob Coleman, rank listed as Cook, U.S Army, killed in hostile action on October 20, 1918. His hometown was Travelers Rest, SC. His location of burial site is not listed in archives.

WORLD WAR I - Private Larkin Cox, U.S. Army, killed in the line of duty, somewhere in France. His hometown is Marietta, SC. The following letter send from France to Larkin's mother appeared in the Greenville newspaper: "To Mrs Nora Cox, Marietta, SC, October 31, 1918, from 'Somewhere in France' My Dear Madam, It may perhaps console you somewhat in your grief over the loss of your son, Larkin F. Cox, Private First Class, in my company to know the high regard I had for him. He lived up to the high standard of being a good soldier. He was always cheerful, stout hearted and willing and he performed his duties intelligently and thoroughly. Your son died in the line of duty and you have every reason to always be proud of the way he conducted himself as a soldier in Uncle Sam's great Army. Signed, Captain George A. Lynn, 323rd Infantry."

WORLD WAR I - Private Oscar K. Foster, 93rd Division, 371st Infantry Regiment. Killed in hostile action on September 29, 1918. His hometown is Travelers Rest, SC. He is buried in Romagne, France.

WORLD WAR II - Corporal William E. Capps died seven days after his 20th birthday on November 10, 1944. U.S Army, 5th Infantry Division, 2nd Infantry Regiment. His hometown is Slater, SC. He is buried in St. Avold, France.

WORLD WAR II - First Lieutenant Joseph Ralph Cunningham, was a bombardier in the U.S Army Air Corps, 19th Bomber Group, Heavy, 435th Bomber Squadron. He was declared dead while missing near Papua, New Guinea on August 14, 1942. His hometown is Travelers Rest. On August 14, 1942 he was on the crew of the B-17 E #41-2656 "Chief Seattle" when they departed from RAAF Base in Townsville, Australia. They were on an extended recon mission over New Guinea, Rabaus, and the Solomon Islands. It is believed the aircraft was intercepted by Japanese fighters. They never returned to base and were declared missing and officially declared dead on December 7, 1945.

WORLD WAR II - PFC James Grice, U.S Army, 2nd Infantry Division, 38th Infantry Regiment. Killed in hostile action. His hometown is Cleveland, SC. He is buried in Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

WORLD WAR II - Private Oliver McCarell, U.S Army, was killed in hostile action on December 4, 1941. His hometown is the Highland Community, Geenville County, SC. He is buried at Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

WORLD WAR II - James Earl Snyder, Chief Petty Officer, U.S Navy. He was declared Dead While Missing in Action, Lost at Sea, when the submarine USS Flier (SS 250) struck a mine and sank within seconds in the Balabas Sea Philippines. Only eight members of the 70+ member crew survived. Books have been written about the sinking of the USS Flier and the few that survived. The wreckage was discovered a few years ago in 300 feet of sea. CPO Snyder's hometown is Travelers Rest.

KOREAN WAR - None KIA from Travelers Rest, Marietta, Cleveland, Slater, or Tigerville according to Gold Star Casualties of War.

VIETNAM WAR - Sgt. First Class Clarence Henry Burdett, U.S. Army 9th Infantry Division 9th Medical Battalion C Company. Killed in hostile action by rocket mortar on February 28, 1968 near Tay Ninh province, South Vietnam. His hometown is Marietta, SC.

VIETNAM WAR - Corporal Roger Dale Cox, U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry A Company. Killed in hostile action in Night defensive position on December 26, 1969 in Ho Bo Woods South Vietnam Bin Dong province. His hometown is Marietta, SC.

VIETNAM WAR - Corporal Joel Carol Foster, U.S Army 498th Medical Company. Killed in action in Quang Ngai province South Viewnam on May 21, 1967. At the time of his death his hometown was in Florida however he was born in Travelers Rest, SC in 1946.

VIETNAM - Specialist 4 Donald Lawrence Goldsmith, U.S Army 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry D Company. Killed in hostile action on November 27, 1968 in Lam Dong province South Vietnam. His hometown is Travelers Rest and he is buried at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.

VIETNAM - Corporal Don Kenneth Ledford, U.S Marine Corps, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Battalion M Company. Killed in hostile action in Quang Tri province on May 26, 1968. His hometown is Marietta, SC and he is buried at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

VIETNAM - Sgt. Roy Lollis Lipscomb, U.S Army, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment 2nd Squadron 11th Calvary G Troop. Killed in hostile action in Tay Nimh province South Vietnam on April 29, 1969. His hometown is Travelers Rest.

VIETNAM - PFC James Raymond McCoy, U.S Army, 1st Calvary, 1st Battalion, 5th Calvary C Company. Killed in hostile action in Quang Ti province South Vietnam on September 18, 1968. His hometown is Travelers Rest.

VIETNAM - Sgt. Harold Gene Miles, U.S Army, Killed in hostile action in Go Dau Ha South Vietnam. His hometown is Travelers Rest.

VIETNAM - PFC William David Poole Jr., U.S Army 101st Airborne Division 2nd Battalion 501st Infantry A Company. Killed in hostile action in Kai Thun Thien provience South Vietnam on May 18, 1969. His hometown is Marietta, SC and he is buried at Mountain View Memorial Gardens.

VIETNAM - Sgt. David Walden Staton, U.S Army, 101st Airborne Division 2nd Squad, 17th Calvary Troop B. Killed in hostile action in Thua Thien province South Viewnam on April 30, 1970. His hometown is Travelers Rest and he is buried at Tyger Baptist Church Cemetery in Tigerville.

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