Editors note: James Cress was gracious enough to share some interesting information on Johnson County veterans from earlier wars. We thought it worthy of passing along to you, our readers:
MISSING IN ACTION FROM JOHNSON COUNTY
The US Department of Defense data base of missing servicemen (DMPO) lists 7 as being from Johnson County from World War II. 4 were in the Navy, 2 army air force, and 1 army. 2 were brothers, 2 were killed on the same day in 1945, and 2 were bomber crewmen in Europe. 2 are missing from World War I, including 1 who was buried at sea.
WORLD WAR II
ALVIN B. CLAWSON,
Alvin B. Clawson, Seaman 1st Class, U.S. Navy, Butler, Tn. was assigned to the destroyer escort USS Bowers (DE-637). The ship was on radar picket duty off the coast of Okinawa on April 16,1945 when it was struck by a Japanese kamakazi plane. The attack left 48 sailors either dead or missing. Seaman Clawson was among the missing.
WALLACE H. CABLE,
DALLACE D. CABLE,
Thomas Levi Cable and Mamie Guinn Cable of Butler, Tn. had two sons killed in action while serving in the U.S. Navy during World War 2.
Wallace Herbert Cable was a Chief Pharmacists Mate assigned to the destroyer USS Pringle (DD-445). On April 16,1945 his ship was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze plane off the coast of Okinawa. Wallace was among the 62 men listed as Missing In Action. Born August 27,1920 he had attended Watauga Academy and East Tennessee State College. He was married to Jacqueline Farthing and they had one son, Wallace, Jr.
Dallace Devon Cable was an Apprentice Seaman assigned to the heavy cruiser USS Quincy (CA-39). On August 9, 1942 his ship was sunk by Japanese ships during the Battle of Savo Island, off the coast of Guadalcanal. Dallace was one of the 370 crewmen listed as Missing In Action. Born February 28, 1926, he would have been 16 years old.
WARREN C. PRICE,
Warren C. Price, Seaman 1st Class, U.S. Navy, was the son of Mr & Mrs James Lee Price of Butler, Tn. Assigned to the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52), he was declared Missing In Action November 13, 1942. On that date shortly after midnight during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal his ship was struck by two torpedos fired from the Japanese submarine I-26 and sank in seconds after the ensuing massive explosion. Assuming there could not have been any survivors, the other US Navy ships did not search the area. However, over 100 sailors had survived the sinking. 8 days later 10 sailors remained alive and were located and rescued by search aircraft. 680 sailors had died. Among the dead were the 5 Sullivan brothers from Iowa.
CECIL M. MAY,
US ARMY AIR FORCE
Cecil M. May, Ssgt, US Army Air Force, was the son of Mrs Frances May, Trade, Tn. Assigned to the 8th Air Force, 303 Bomb Group. He was ball turret gunner on a B-17 stationed in England. On November 26, 1943, he was on his 19th combat mission with 633 other aircraft bombing Bremen, Germany. After bombing the target and on the way back to its base in England, his B-17 (Mr. Five by Five) dropped out of formation with its landing gear down and crashed in the North Sea off Den Helder, Netherlands. The body of the bombardier washed ashore in Holland but the bodies of the other nine crewmen, including Ssgt May, were never recovered.
VICTOR E. KIRBY,
US ARMY AIR FORCE
Victor E. Kirby, Ssgt, US Army Air Force, was assigned to the 15th Air Force, 455th Bomb Group. He was ball turret gunner on a B-24 stationed in Italy. On May 24, 1944, his group bombed Munchendorf Airdrome in Austria. His aircraft was hit by antiaircraft fire over the target and had to ditch in the Adriatic Sea while returning to base. 6 crewmen were saved by air-sea rescue, but 4 crewmen were lost, including Ssgt Kirby.
DWIGHT L. SHUPE,
Dwight L. Shupe, Sgt, US Army, was the son of Charlie and Ethie Shupe, Mountain City, Tn. Assigned to the 315th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. On September 29, 1944, his regiment was NE of Luneville, France attacking German forces in the Foret de Parroy, a dense forest 6 miles long and 5 miles wide. The forest was furiously defended by German forces and one of the reasons was because it had been here that Adolph Hitler was stationed in World War I. After encountering heavy German artillery and tank fire, the forest was secured. However, Sgt Shupe was killed in action and his body never recovered.
WORLD WAR I
JOHN W. FORRESTER,
John W. Forrester, Pvt, US Army, Mountain City, Tn. was assigned to the 1st Machine Gun Battalion, 1st Division. He died May 8, 1918 and was buried at sea.
NICHOLAS E. WALLACE, US ARMY
Nicholas E. Wallace, Pvt, US Army, Trade, Tn. was assigned to the 150th Infantry, 38th Division. He was killed in action October 16, 1918 and his body never recovered.
JOHNSON COUNTY PRISONERS OF WAR WHO DIED IN CAPTIVITY
WORLD WAR II
JUSTIN C. WALSH,
Justin C. Walsh, Corporal, U.S. Marines, son of Roderick Butler Walsh and Vada Ethel Shoun of Mountain City. Cpl Walsh was captured by the Japanese on Corregidor Island in the Phillipines in May, 1942. He was held as a Prisoner of War until his death while still in captivity at Camp Nagoya, Japan on August 9, 1945. This was the same day the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan. Corporal Walsh is buried in the Shoun-McEwen Cemetery on Campbell Road, Doe Valley.
HARRY L. WILSON, PFC U.S. ARMY
Harry L. Wilson, PFC, U.S. Army, 25th Infantry Division, son of Joe and Jenny Wilson of Mountain City. Taken prisoner by the Chinese Army on November 27, 1950 in the Chongchon River area of North Korea. He was held as a Prisoner of War until his death on February 8, 1951. Private Wilson is buried in the Holy Hill Cemetery in Mountain City.