Miscellaneous WWII Clippings
These are from unknown papers with unknown dates (for the most part). Most of them are from a scrapbook
kept by a member of the WAAC during WWII.
"S. Sgt. Edgar Rucker, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for action with the U. S. Army Air
Force over Burma, China and India, recently visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Rucker at Webbville.
Sgt. Rucker has served in the Air Force for over three years and saw plenty of action in the Orient."
"3 Webbville Brothers Fight for U. S.
[Note: pictures in article]
Shown here are the three sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Rucker of Webbville, who
volunteered and are now serving in Uncle Sam's fighting forces. All three
joined early. Edgar, the first to join, is a sergeant in the Army Air Force
and recently left for service in the Pacific war zone. Victor, oldest of
the three is a private first class, also serving in the Pacific war zone.
John Warren, youngest of the brothers, is stationed at Camp Wheeler, Georgia
in a tank batallion. Mr. and Mrs.. Rucker have seven sons and two daughters
and all have either graduated from or are now attending Webbville high
WEBBVILLE GIRL JOINS WAAC'S NOVEMBER 28
Miss Dorothy Bayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Bayes of Webbville, enlisted as an auxiliary in
the Woman's Army Auxiliary Corps at the Cincinnati recruiting station Nov. 28, and has been placed
on reserve subject to call to duty in the near future.
My note: L.M. Bayes (Leonard Milton) m. Mary Green
Dorothy Bayes m. Lloyd Riggle (of Willard).
NELLIE MAE BAYS JOINS M. C. WOMEN's RESERVE
Nellie Mae Bayes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Bayes, of Webbville, Kentucky, was enlisted in
the Marine Corps Women's Reserve on 26 August, 1943 at Cleveland, Ohio.
She has been ordered home on inactive status and shortly will be called to active duty. Upon her
call to active duty she will report to the Marine Barracks, Camp Lejeune, New River, North Carolina
for training of approximately six weeks.
Prior to her enlistment Private Bayes was a beautician.
(My Note: Nellie May Bays m. 1) Borda Martin, 2) John Campbell)
OLIVE HILL BOY RESCUED FROM PACIFIC OCEAN
(Special to the Independent)
OLIVE HILL, KY., Oct. 31 - John Durham, Quartermaster 2-C, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Y. Stull of
Olive Hill, is one of Uncle Sam's sailors who lives to tell about "his ship that went down."
Durham was a member of the crew of the USS Little, which was sent to the bottom by the Japanese
on September 15, in the Solomon Islands battle.
The young seaman, in service for about a year, now home on a 30-day furlough, was in the water
for nearly eight hours after the cruiser sank, before he was picked up by a surface vessel.
Johnny said there were approximately twenty other sailors from the Little grouped about him
in the water.
The Little was attacked about 1 a.m. and sank about an hour later.
SAILOR HOME ON FURLOUGH WEDS DENTON GIRL JAN. 22
Charles Allen Cooksey, seaman third class in the Navy came last week from a post in California
to spend a brief furlough with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Mont Cooksey at Glenwood. He was
married to Miss Frieda Holbrook, 22, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Forest Holbrook of Denton, Saturday.
The ceremony was performed at Russell.
WEBBVILLE FLIER HONORED IN INDIA
Staff Sergeant Edgar Rucker, one of three sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. Watt Rucker of Webbville
serving in the armed forces, has been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for having
participated in more than 50 combat missions with the U. S. Army Air Force in the Indian
theatre (sp.) of operations against the Japs.
Sgt. Rucker is an aerial radio operator with the United States Tenth Air Force in India.
He volunteered more than two years ago.
He has two brothers in the service Cpl. Victor Rucker with the Army in Hawaii, and Cpl.
John W. Rucker at Camp Shelby, Miss.
Another brother, Paul, died July 20 at the Rucker home at Webbville following a long illness.
Lieut. Jack W. Strother, who enlisted in the Navy April 15, 1942, had arrived safely at a
post in the South Pacific according to a letter received a few days ago by his wife, the
former Miss Edith Sparks who is residing in Louisa for the duration with her parents, Dr.
and Mrs. H. H. Sparks. Lieut. Strother was connected with the Commercial Bank of Grayson
when he enlisted in the Navy
17 KENTUCKIANS ARE JAP PRISONERS
Forty-seven Kentucky men, including seven from the Tri-State section, are being held as
prisoners of war in Japanese prison camps, according to announcements made by the War
and Navy departments last week.
Tri-State men held as prisoners by the Japanese are:
...Machinist's Mate First Class Delbert L. Sparks, son of Delbert L. Sparks, Olive Hill...
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