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Casualties in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1943

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Casualties in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1943

Posted: 16 Jun 2011 12:24PM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Jellison, Feltenberger, Sullivan, Reid, Tague, Ramelot, Johnson, Hulsey, Nicoletti, Soucy, Markej, Bartraw, Bagley, Gibson, Corson, Whitworth, Quinn, Koebel, McNelly, Saffa, Myers, Fraser, Egan, Long, McClenahan, Anderson, Harrison
Thought I would share a list of casualties I copied from the St. Louis Library. This comes from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch December 19, 1943. The article includes photos of most of the soldiers listed. PDF scan of newspaper, with photos of soldiers, can be found here: http://bit.ly/mBzMzP


Selbert Ralph Jellison, radioman, second class, who was serving on the aircraft carrier Liscome Bay, which was sunk last Nov. 24 in the Gilbert Islands, is listed as missing in action. The Navy Department has informed his father, Selbert Charles Jellison, 1469 Shawmut Place. Jellison, 22 years old, enlisted in January, 1942, shortly after he was graduated from Normandy High School. He is the husband of Mrs. Madge Schafer Jellison, 6425 Woodrow avenue, Normandy, whom he married here last August.

Gunner's Mate James Henry Feltenberger, 21 years old, was killed in action in the Pacific theater of war, the Navy Department has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Feltenberger, 1722 Grove avenue, Wellston. A week ago Feltenberger was listed as missing. The more recent message was received yesterday. He enlisted a year ago.

Pvt. William J. Sullivan, 23, a member of the Marine Corps, was killed in action in the South Pacific, the Navy Department had notified his aunt, Mrs. James C. Reid, 5873 Lotus avenue. Pvt. Sullivan formerly resided at 715 Carson road, Ferguson. His mother is Mrs. Esther Sullivan, of Los Angeles, Cal. He was graduated from Christian Brothers College in 1939.

Seaman Joseph A. Tague, 18, who was believed to have been aboard a destroyer in the Pacific, died of wounds suffered in action, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Tague, 905 North Charles street, Belleville, have been notified by the Navy.

The body of Second Lt. George Ramelot, 26, Army Air Forces bombadier, who the War Department announced was presumed to be dead, has been found on the German coast, the International Red Cross has informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Ramelot, 549 North Twenty-second street, East St. Louis. He was reported missing a month ago on a raid over Nazi-occupied Europe.

Staff Sgt. Louis A. Johnson, 20, Negro, was killed at Efate, South Pacific area, when an Army vehicle he was driving turned over accidentally, the War Department informed his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Johnson, 4211 Tudor ave, East St. Louis.

Staff Sgt. Russell Husley, 21, an aerial gunner assigned to a Liberator bomber in England, has been reported missing in a raid over France, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Husley, 420 State street, Dupo, Ill., were informed by the War Department. Hulsey enlisted in August 1941.

Staff Sgt. Nick J. Nicoletti, 20, radio operator and gunner on a Flying Fortress, is missing on a mission over Germany, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Nicoletti, 6929 Southwest avenue, were notified. Nicoletti, a machinist, was drafted in October 1942.

Pvt. Jimmie Soucy, 19, son of Mrs. Pearl Markej[?], 2021 South Grand boulevard, was wounded in Italy and is convalescing in a hospital in Sicily, he wrote his mother. His father, M. J. Soucy, lives at 1719 St. Louis avenue, East St. Louis.

Pvt. Robert C Bartraw, 22, a member of the Marine Corps., suffered wounds in his abdomen in the battle of Tarawa, but is recovering recovering in a Navy Hospital in the Hawaiian islands, he recently wrote his mother, Mrs. Ella Bartraw, 907 Bates Street.


A Message from the War Department that Pvt. William J. Bagley Jr., of Normandy, who had been reported missing in action, is now a prisoner of the Japanese, has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Bagley Sr., 3700 Oakmont drive, Normandy. He enlisted in 1941.

Staff Sgt. James O. Gibson, 23,Flying Fortress gunner stationed in England, has been missing in action over Holland since Dec. 1., the War Department has informed his wife, Mrs. June E. Gibson, who, with their year-old daughter, Barbara, resides at 1114 Bissell street. He had been overseas only six weeks when he was reported missing. His mother is Mrs. Margie Gibson, 10500 Mortimer lane, Overland.

In a cablegram to his parents, Pvt. Irvin Corson, 28, said he had been wounded in the left forearm in the battle of Tarawa. The message to Mr. and Mrs. Hymen Corson, 5555A Page boulevard, added that he is now in a Navy hospital "getting along fine."

Pvt. Milton D. Whitworth, 24, husband of Mrs. Viola Whitworth, 1222 West Pine boulevard, has written his wife that he is recovering rapidly from wounds received at Tarawa. A member of the Marine Corps, Pvt. Whitworth is the father of two children.

Cpl. Edward F. Quinn, 19, a Marine, was wounded in the leg in the fighting at Tarawa, he told his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank T. Quinn, 3940A Dover place, in a recent letter. Quinn is a veteran of Guadalcanal fighting, having enlisted in December 1941.

Three men from the St. Louis metropolitan area have been reported wounded in action. They are Pvt. Herbert C. Koebel, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Koebel, of Ballwin, St. Louis County; Pvt. Edward A. McNelly, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. McNelly, 1222 Union street, Alton, and Tech Sgt. Matthew F. Saffa, son of Mrs. Mary Saffa, 6208 Wyoming Street.

Pvt. Robert L. Myers, son of Russell Myers, 208 Duchouquette street, who was reported missing in action in the Mediterranean area last Monday, is with his detachment, and the original report was in error, the War Department announced.

Tech Sgt. William Lee Fraser, 22, son of Mr. and MRs. Robert Lee Fraser, 7613 Manchester avenue, Maplewood, has been missing in action since Dec. 4 in the New Britian area, South Pacific. A radio operator, Sgt. Fraser was sent overseas about Oct. 1. He enlisted in 1942.

Wounds suffered by Tech. Sgt. Matthew F. Saffa, 28, in the Southwest Pacific, are healing rapidly, the War Department informed his mother, Mrs. Mary Saffa, 6208 Wyoming street. Sgt. Saffa enlisted almost two years ago and has been in the Pacific area a year.

Pvt. James Egan, 23, an artilleryman, was wounded in action in Italy, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Egan, 1610 Clara avenue, were informed. Egan was drafted in March, 1942.

Pvt. Herbert C. Koebel, 21, an infantryman, was wounded in action in Italy, Nov 6, the War Department announced today. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Koebel of Ballwin, St. Louis County, and was drafted a year ago. He has been overseas since last May.

Pvt. Edward A. McNelly, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. A. McNelly, 1222 Union Street, Alton, who received the Purple Heart for wounds received in Sicily, has been wounded again, his parents were informed. He enlisted a year ago.

Three men from the St. Louis area, who were reported missing when they were captured by the Japanese in the Philippine Island and subsequently listed a prisoners, have informed relatives they are in good health. The are Pvt. John Long, son of Mrs. Rose McClenahan, 5421 Caseyville avenue, East St. Louis; Lt. Harold B. Anderson, son of Oscar B. Anderson, 4118 Westminster place, and Pvt. William J. Bagley, 3700 Oakmont drive, Normandy.

Herbert L Harrison, fire control man aboard the destroyer Walke, which the Navy announced was sunk off Guadalcanal a year ago, is listed as having been killed in action, the Navy Department has informed his mother, Mrs. Amy Harrison, 3953 Fairview avenue. Harrison, 22 years old, previously has been listed as missing.


PDF of newspaper, with photos of each soldier, can be found here: http://bit.ly/mBzMzP
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