Honor List for Casualties of WWI, WWII and other Wars

As the family story is told, my mother, Eunice Davis Burgin’s eldest brother, Paul L. Davis was killed in Germany during WWII. We do not know the story of his death. We don’t even know if the coffin returned to his parents held his remains.

When his father was ask about not knowing, it is told that his response was…”Guess it’s not for us to know. I’ll treat him as if he is my son and maybe wherever he is, they will treat him the same – with a Christain burial.”

Uncle Lawrence is buried in Salem Baptist Church Cemetry, next to his son and parents.

While searching for items to post on the NCGenweb site for McDowell County, NC, it was suggested to go to the National Archives website. I found the file of “World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing Army and Army Air Forces Personnel from:   North Carolina.”     The original list was published by the War Department, June 1946, with a list of sixty-two McDowell County, NC men. (on page 22 of publication).   Here is a link to the National Archives website, the different branches of the Military are found as well as information on obtaining Veterans’ Service Records. A table below list the 62 men from WWII and was transcribed just as typed in the 1946 published document.

We still do not know the exact circumstances of his death, but we now know Uncle Lawrence was killed in action serving his country. He was part of the long line of Davis men and relatives serving his country in the military.

Of course that raised my curiosity, so I searched for WWI and came up with casualties from NC that included 500+ men listed. Other resources such as WWII casualties for the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps was harder to research, as the publications were scanned, not indexed by county.

Then the casualties list for the Korean War is a searchable file by state then name. The list of men from McDowell County, NC is below in a labeled table.

There are also the Vietnam War Casualties, that is searchable by State, then using a “find” command to locate name or county.

WWII Casualties

Surname

Name

Rank

Casualty*

Allison

William H

TEC5

DNB

Anderson

Harold E

PFC

KIA

Arrowood

Elmore R

TEC5

KIA

Bradley

John A

SCT

DNB

Bradley

J D

PVT

KIA

Byrd

Fred L

SCT

DNB

Carpenter

Hoyt B

PVT

KIA

Carr

John A

PFC

KIA

Carter

Richard C

PVT

DOW

Davis

Fred

TEC5

DNB

Davis

Paul L

PFC

KIA

Day

Clifford C Sr

S SG

DNB

Dixon

Dewey W

PFC

KIA

Duncan

Thomas F

PFC

DNB

Eller

Earl

PVT

DNB

Ellington

Roy NMI

PFC

KIA

Evans

William A

PVT

KIA

Freeman

Virgle C

PFC

DNB

Freshour

James E

PFC

DNB

Gibson

Robert L

TEC5

KIA

Grant

Carroll W

CPL

KIA

Greene

Everett D

SGT

DNB

Greene

Garland A

S SG

KIA

Gregory

Warren

PFC

KIA

Hicks

Edward C

PFC

KIA

Hogan

Lester J

PFC

KIA

Hunter

Claude J

S SG

KIA

Isenhour

Bascom M

SGT

KIA

Johnson

William S

PVT

DNB

Kincaid

William J

SGT

KIA

Kirksey

Pat A

S SG

KIA

Lewis

Charles

SGT

DNB

Little

Creel M

S SG

KIA

Loftis

Howard D

S SG

KIA

Lytle

Charles C

PVT

DNB

Manick

Albert A

PFC

DNB

Mashburn

George L

CPL

DNB

Mason

Charles A

PFC

DNB

McCormick

John W

PVT

KIA

Morgan

Clarence

PVT

DNB

Mull

Harrison B

SGT

KIA

Nesbitt

Clyde B

PVT

DOW

Padgett

Delos A

PFC

KIA

Parker

Roy L

PVT

KIA

Parkins

Walter C

S SG

KIA

Perkins

Clifton

PFC

DNB

Plemons

Hubert J

PVT

DNB

Poteat

Bruce B

PVT

KIA

Raby

Eugene M

PFC

KIA

Riddle

Luther A

PVT

DNB

Robbins

Turner L

PVT

KIA

Shufford

James L

PFC

KIA

Simmons

Willie

PVT

DNB

Sinclair

Charles S

PVT

KIA

Sparks

Claude R

PFC

KIA

Swan

James H

PVT

DNB

Thomas

Albert

PFC

DNB

Walker

Howard L

PVT

DNB

Wall

Herbert E

PVT

KIA

Washburn

Samuel L

PFC

DNB

Wilson

Jabaze

PVT

DNB

Young

Ernest E Jr

PVT

KIA

*Type of Casualty:

  • KIA – Killed in action, whether at the front or by enemy action in the rear areas, or if a prisoner of war, whether by air bombardment of his prison camp or by being shot while escaping.
  • DOW – wounded and later died of wounds
  • DOI – Died of Injuries. Suffered fatal battle injuries as opposed to wounds, in combat or in combat areas, and died in a line of duty status
  • DNB – Died, Non-Battle are line-of-duty deaths, such as from sickness, homicide, suicide or accidents outside combat area (including training and maneuver deaths.
  • FOD – Find of Death, dead under Public Law 490
  • M – missing.

 

 

Korean War:

 

Name

Service

Rank/

Rate

Home of Record:

Incident or Death Date (YYYYMMDD)

Remains Recovered

City

County

BIGGERSTAFF GUY K ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19511128

Y

BRADLEY FLOYD JR ARMY PVT UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520927

Y

GREEN WILLIAM S JR ARMY SFC UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520112

N

MORGAN DONALD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19520711

Y

PITMAN ARNOLD ARMY CPL UNKNOWN MCDOWELL 19501212

N

WHITE NOEL EDWIN ARMY PVT OLD FORT MCDOWELL 19500927

N