THEY DIED IN SERVICE
The History of Craig County
Its People and Places
Volume 1 C26
County men have answered the call service in all wars since this area was
opened to settlement and many made the supreme sacrifice for their country.
This region, as
well as other parts of the Cherokee Nation, was populated with men who
had served in the Civil War -- veterans of the Confederacy and of the Union
cause. They were to watch their sons and grandsons go to war years
This part of Indian
Territory was well-represented in the Spanish-American War in 1898.
Although many were injured, limited records show that Tilden W. Dawson,
Vinita, was the only one who died in that conflict from this area.
He was killed in the Battle of Las Guasimas, June 24, 1898. The Spanish-American
War veterans post in Vinita was named for him.
20 years later, Craig County sent its young men to serve in World War 1.
The war took a heavy toll. The first reported death of a Craig County
man was that of Dale Peace, Vinita. The Dale Peace Post of the American
Legion, Vinita, was named in his memory.
The dead from
this county also included: Frederick 0. Harvey, William T. Hall, Ira C.
Price, Ned Hoskins, Jr., Benton E. Duncan, Harry H. Newman, George F. Newland,
Charles Jaques, Lawrence E. Grigsby, Verner E. Bredlow, George Johnson,
William H. Hill, James H. Beets, Herbert Dean, Ira Cleveland, George 0.
West and Ray Smith.
In a war fought
on two broad fronts that began with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7,
1941, the number of casualties from Craig County exceeded all other conflicts
combined. There were Craig County men captured in the Philippines
and in Europe. There were countless injuries to army and navy personnel.
There were men missing in action. And there were many who gave up
their lives during that conflict.
list of those from Craig County who died while serving in the United States
armed forces during World War II include:
Those who died or were MIA in Korea were Arthur Allard, Raymond Allard,
Lindy Bridges, Everett Jones, Harold Ruggles, and Elwood Overgard.
James Nobel Alexander,
Walter B. Arnold, Howard Armstrong
James L. Bankhead,
Albert W. Bates, Vester G. Beckham, Ogle Bigknife, Milton R. Bigley, Charlie
Bishop, Joseph C. Bridges, Julius E. Bright, Cecil Bryant, *
George C. Boston , Jr. *, Chester Bugher
CORRECTION: George C. Boston Jr. was not killed, but was injured and recovered
at Pearl Harbor. He resides in Oklahoma now with his wife Virginia. This
corrections is provided by has grand-daughter Melissa Maxey of Oklahoma. *
Lee Everette Carr,
Albert R. Christian, Frank Clarkson, Jr., Woodrow Coffman, Harold D. Colvard,
Charles Francis Colton, Lloyd Comer, Donald Coppedge, Riley 0. Cox, William
Wayne Davis, Eugene
Dawes, Louis Dupree, Woodrow Craig Egnor
Ed Fansler, Jr.,
Bernard C. Freeman, Samuel T. Glenn
LeRoy Haire, James
Burlyn Hale, Kenneth T. Harrison, Oliver M. Haynes, Jr., William H. Hampton,
Grover A. Heltzel, G.L. Hendrix, Jr., Charles A. Holzer, Dallas Horner,
Raymond C. Johnson,
Ralph Keener, Robert L. Kenreigh, Francis J. Koesler
Melvin L. Locklear,
A. Dempsey Mills,
Winston T. Mills, Owen W. Monger, Everett L. McGee, Perry A. Morgan, George
Oliver J. Parker,
William L. Richardson,
Leonard C. Rathjen, Harry W. Rogers
Charles F. Scott,
Clarence B. Still, Arthur Dale Stanislaus, William D. Starr, Perry Strickland,
Ben F. Slack, Jr.
Elmer Tune, Carl
Waldrop, Bearl E. Walker, Leroy Burns Webster, Roscoe Wells, Donald Willy,
Leonard Wilkins, Clyde R. Wallace and Gyppie Woodall.
Listed as casualties from this county in the Vietnam War
were: Harry Everett
Dresher, Millard Wade Farbro, Billy Lee Goins, Gary Neal Hall, Jerry William
Hill, Billy Gent, James M. McMillan, Jr., and Michael Lee Sloan.
Listed below is
the only information we have on Craig County Soldiers.
W. West Pvt. Ira C. PRICE Pvt Daniel L. Peace
|BEETS, James H.
|GRIGSBY, Lawrance E.
|HALL, William H.
|HARVEY, Frederick O.
|JARMAN, Grant A.
|NEWLAND, George F.
|PEACE, Dale I.
|PRICE, Ira C.
|WEST, Green W.
Oklahoma Spirit of '17
Soldiers Killed in World War 1
State Summary of War Casualties from World War II
Killed in Action,
Died of Wounds, or Lost lives as a Result of Operational Movements in War
Zones, for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Personnel from Oklahoma-
This list identifies
those men on active duty with the United States Navy, Marine Corps and
Coast Guard, whose deaths resulted directly from enemy action or from operational
activities against the enemy in war zones from December 7, 1941, to the
end of World War II. Casualties which occurred in the United States, or
as a result of disease, homicide, or suicide anywhere are not included.
Entries in the list are arranged into the following sections:
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