MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS
MILITARY SERVICE RECORDS
This section is far from complete for so many failed to say whether or not
they or anyone in the family had been in any of our Country's conflicts.
Perhaps they will now come forward that we may have their names included in
the Supplement Book.
O'HAIR, MICHAEL (Also spelled O'Hare, O'Harah, and O'Harro.)
He enlisted in the Continental Army and served with General Morgan's famous
riflemen. He fought at Saratoga, Cowpens, Guilford Courthouse and Eutau
Springs. He served as Private in Capt. John Hayes Company, 9th Virginia
Regiment, commanded by Col. George Mathews. Later he was a member of Capt.
Wm. Henderson's Company of Col. Daniel Morgan's Rifle Regiment, Continental
Troops under Major General Nathaniel Green. He served in this capacity until
the close of the war. Pursuant to an Act of the Virginia Assembly passed
November 17, 1781, he drew his final pay June 27, 1783.
FRAZIER, JONATHAN - Enlisted in the 79th Illinois Infantry, July 29,
1862 and was discharged February 18, 1863.
FRAZIER, JOHN W. --- Enlisted in the 79th Infantry- Illinois on
August 7, 1862 and was discharged September 29,1862,
HILLIS, HENRY HARRISON - 4th Sergeant of Capt Rabb E, Smith Co.
P.133rd Regiment of Indiana Volunteers. Served May 6, 1864 to Sept., 5,
1864. Discharged by reason of expiration of term of service.
LYCAN, JOHN MILTON - Enlisted with the 66th Illinois Volunteer
Infantry (Sharpshooters) as a recruit on February 4, 1864. He was at the
siege of Atlanta and battle of Kenesaw Mountain, and a number of severe
engagements. Mustered out July 7 or 18, 1865 as a Corporal in Company E.
O'HAIR, ROBERT SIMPSON --- Volunteered July 19, 1862. Joined the 6th
Indiana Cavalry. Later transferred to Co. C of the 71st Regiment of Indiana
Infantry. He was a Corporal under Captain J. H, Sands. He was a prisoner of
war in the Andersonville Prison at Andersonville, Georgia. Picture and
discharge appears on page 270 and 271.
O'HAIR, JOHN (son. of William and Polly Nickell O'Hair) was in
Sherman's March to the Sea.
O'HAIR, _______ It is said that eight of the ten boys of William and
Polly Nickell O'Hair were either Northern Sympathizers or fought in the war.
WORLD WAR I
BABER, ADIN Volunteer ambulance driver.
BLACK, ASA ROBERT --- 1st Lieutenant June 7, 1917 to March 11, 1918
139th Infantry March 11, 1918 to February 17, 1919 Air Service, Aerial
Observer Foreign Service — August 17, 1918 to February 17, 1919.
JELKE, FERDINAND FRAZIER - Enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, July
14, 1917, as a private; later was commissioned a Second Lieutenant, and was
honorably discharged, April 5, 1919. He was decorated by the French
Government with the Legion of Honor.
JELKE, JOHN F. - Ensign (P.C.) U.S. Navy, Bureau of Supplies and
Accounts, Washington, D.C., in 1917; in 1918 he saw overseas duty on the
U.S.S. "Matsonia" and was honorably discharged after the War,
O'HAIR, FRANK SWANGO
O'HAIR, GRADY - Was Captain of the Machine Gun Company of 130th
Infantry Regiment. Below is a newspaper account of a meeting held in Paris,
Illinois in 1951.
"The postmaster of Paris will be honored today and tomorrow for a highly
successful career of a completely different type.
Grady O'Hair, Paris postmaster, will be feted for his service and ability at
the annual convention of the 4th Illinois 130th Regiment Association which
is meeting here this week-end.
Mr. O'Hair was captain of the Machine Gun Company of the 130 Infantry
Regiment during World War I and was noted for his devotion to duty and
concern f or the men in his company.
This weekend the men of his company and other former members of the U.S.
Army unit honor him as one of the outstanding leaders of the organization
which fought through the battles of Meuse-Argonne, Chateau Thierry, and
Troyan sector in France.
Described as "very well thought of by both his men and officers", Mr. O'Hair
repeatedly drew regimental and division praise for his bravery, battlefield
ability, and cool-headed devotion to the safety of his men.
As commander of the machine gun company which was continually called upon to
reinforce infantry units where the fighting was the thickest, Capt. O'Hair
was in charge of 16 .30 caliber machine guns and 65 enlisted men and three
officers, which included Senior First Lieutenant W. C. McKinney of Paris and
Claude Austin of Effingham.
The Company was mustered at Dietrich, Illinois, near Effingham in July 1918
and shipped to Camp Logan, Texas from where it was sent overseas to France.
Men from Paris and eastern Illinois nearly filled the Company's roster, and
draftees were added at Camp Logan to complete the unit strength. For Mr.
O'Hair the mustering of the company was a continuation of duty to
his country. He served as a second lieutenant for several years before the
war on the Mexican border. and later was regimental master sergeant in the
national guard in duty preceding World War I."
O'HAIR, JOHN HENRY III - Served throughout the war as a Captain in
the Army, most of the time serving in France.
SHOPTAUGH, ALBERT GLENN, SR. - Captain in the U.S. Army Infantry -—
May 13, 1917 to January 19, 1919.
TRIMBLE, CHESTER BRYAN
TRIMBLE LOWELL DAVID
TRIMBLE, RUSSELL BUSH
WORLD WAR II AND AFTER
BACHERT, CLARENCE - Served in the Infantry Division from April 12,
1941 until July 13, 1943.
BECK, RAYMOND (Navy)
BONDE, BERNARD E. - Air Corps. Now stationed in Alaska.
COOK, JAMES RUSSELL
CRAIGLE, WILLIAM, Jr.
CRAVER, IVAN HAROLD - Entered the Army May 18, 1943. Received
training at Camp Stewart Georgia as a power plant operator and mechanic.
Served 18 months in Europe. He received W/2 BRONZE Stars, Good Conduct
Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Theater and E.A.M.E. Theater
Decorations. He was discharged December 30, 1945.
** CROUCH, JOHN EDWIN — Killed in Puerto Rico April 11, 1955
DAWES, CARRELLO. - Entered the Navy on April 12, 1944 and served 18
months in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, as storekeeper, he was discharged
February 23, 1946 as 3C sv6 U.S.N.R.
DEAN, BENJAMIN HENRY - #570369 U.S. Marine Corps, entered the Marine
Corps on September 25, 1944. Received training at Paris Island, South
Carolina and Camp Lejune, North Carolina. Placed in the Replacement Draft.
Went overseas on April 14, 1945 where he joined the 3rd Marine Division on
Guam in May 1945. Served in the 12th Marines, 3rd Division Heavy Artillery.
December 10, 1945 Left Guam for China where he joined "A" Company, 1st
Battalion, 1st Marine Division of the 11th Marines, Heavy Artillery. He
landed near Peiping where "A" Company was doing duty with the 1st Battalion
of 7th Marines Infantry at Chin-Wong-Tau where he did Occupational duty near
the Great Wall of China. Upon the return to the United States he entered
Great Lakes Naval Hospital due to a loss of hearing received in the
Artillery. He was discharged November 15, 1946.
FREY, ROBERT ALLEN (Air Force)
GOSS, ROBERT WILLIAM — Served in the Maritime Commission in World War
II and after graduating from college in 1950 served as Lieutenant in U.S.A.F.
in United States and French Morocco. Now with the U.S. Air Force Reserve.
HILLIS, DWIGHT NORMAN — Major, United States Air Force. Entered the
Air Force January 6, 1943, Served in the China-Burma-India theater in WWII,
was discharged as 1st Lieutenant in November 1946, Transport pilot in China.
Entered active duty as Captain, April 1950, flew a combat tour as bomber
pilot in the Korean War,
1950-1951, Presently a Major, flying B-47, six engine jet bombers and is
Base Operations Officer at McConnell AFB, Wichita, Kansas.
HOWLETT, JOHN CARL
JARRETT, HAROLD EUGENE --- Enlisted in the Navy in July, 1942 and was
honorably discharged in October, 1945. During his participation in World War
II he received a commendation medal, given by James Forrestall, secretary of
the Navy, for bravery above and beyond the call of duty in the Battle of
Siapan, June 17, 1944. He, also, received the American Defense ribbon and
Asiatic ribbon silver and bronze stars given for six major engagements.
During the Korean War he was recalled to active duty August 1950 and was
honorably discharged in May, 1951.
JELKE, CHARLES CLARKE --- Seaman, 1st Class, in the U.S. Navy Air
** JELKE, JOHN F. III - Fighter Pilot with the 96th Flying Squadron,
82nd Fighter Group, 15th Air Force, U.S.A.F., and was stationed at Foggia
Field, Italy. He held the rank of First Lieutenant and completed 43 combat
missions over enemy territory before he was 20 years old. Lieutenant Jelke
received the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, and
the European Theater Ribbon with six Battle Stars.
After the war Lieutenant Jelke lived in New York City and had been a member
of the New York Air National Guard for three years, when on a routine
training Flight from New York to New Orleans, on January 25, 1954, he and
his plane were lost. The last radio report from him was received in the
vicinity of Mobile, Alabama about 7 o'clock that evening. No trace of him or
his plane was found although extensive search was made by the Air Force and
Civilian Air Patrol. He was listed as "missing" January 25, 1954 and later
declared "dead" by the Air Force authorities in Washington, D.C.
JELKE, MINOT FRAZIER --- Served in the 48th Armored Medical Battalion
of the U.S. Army at Camp Hood, Texas, after the war.
KEE, GENEVIEVE O'HAIR — Served in the WAVES January 1943 to April
1944. Active duty was at Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, Naval Air Station.
KEE, WALTER A. — Served in the Navy from August 1942 -October 1945.
His active duty was aboard the aircraft carrier "USS Boxer".
MATTINGLY, EDWARD FRANCIS
MATTINGLY, JOSEPH WAYNE
MILES, ROBERT CLAY --- Inducted February 18, 1952, at Indianapolis,
Indiana as Private E-1. Trained in Co. L. 87th Inf. Regt., Ft. Riley,
Kansas. Active duty in Korea for eleven months. Honorably separated from
active military service and transferred to Army Reserve for completion of
eight years service on November 17, 1953, as Sergeant. Decorations included,
KSM w/ 2BSS; UNSM; CIB; 1 o/s bar; Com Rib w/MP GP 226 Hq. 40th Inf. Div.
NOEL, H. M. Oil Engineer with the Standard Oil Company was loaned by
his company to the U.S. Army for special duty. This comprised of making the
first inspection of the Pulaski oil fields in Romania after the bombing by
our services, as well as special duty Involving Inspection of army
construction facilities for oil storage in Japan during the Korean
hostilities. He also made other foreign surveys for the army in behalf of
O'HAIR, CLARENCE C. - Entered the U.S. Army September 21, 1944
trained at Camp Hood, Texas. Served with the Antitank Co. of the 17th Inf.
in the Asiatic Pacific. He received Asiatic Pacific Theater ribbon w/1
Bronze battle star, victory medal, good conduct medal, Army of Occupational
medal in Japan. He was in Korea one year, was discharged at Fort Sheridan,
Illinois November 1946.
O'HAIR, DWIGHT LEON --- Enlisted in the U.S. Navy April 13, 1937.
Received his boot training at the U.S. Naval training center at Great Lakes,
Illinois and was sent to the U.S.S. Saratoga, Long Beach, California where
he serviced 2 1/2 years making ratings of Apprentice Seaman, Seaman 2nd
class, Fireman 3rd class, Fireman 2nd class, Fireman 1st class and Machinist
Mate 2nd Class. Was sent to Cuba aboard the AP Upshur and returned to
Philadelphia Navy Yards and was given an honorable discharge at Washington,
D.C. March 27, 1941.
O'HAIR, EMORY CARL
O'HAIR, GAYLE KEYT Entered the Army of the U.S. on October 23, 1944
at Fort Harrison, Indiana. From his entry at Fort Harrison he was moved to
Camp Shelby, Mississippi where he received his 2nd stripe of Corporal. Later
was sent to Hattiesburg, Mississippi until the last of March 1944. Shipped
from New York the 1st of January 1945 to the port of France, and moved with
the 65th Infantry Division under the 3rd Army command through France on to
Germany down to Austria, meeting the Russians on the Ends River at the wars
end. During combat he was given the rank of Tec. 4 or Tec Sergeant. Was
honorably discharged March 15, 1946 from the separation center Camp
Atterbury, Indiana. Summary - Radio Operator Low Speed Served with Battery
B, 869th Field Artillery Battalion in the European Theater of Operations.
Operated a radio to communicate between the observing post, and, the fire
control station of a field artillery battery. Called back fire orders, and
target designation to the gun batteries from the outpost.
O'HAIR, HUSTON HARDING - Entered R.C.A.F. June 1940 and served later
in R.A.F. Transferred to U.S.A.A.F. January 1944 in London, England and
returned to the States Christmas 1944. Separated from service September
1945. Ranked as Flight Lt. and acting Squadron Leader. Spent entire overseas
period as single engine fighter pilot.
O'HAIR, JAMES E. M. II
O'HAIR, JAMES MELVIN - Entered the U.S. Army August 5, 1952, trained
at Camp Pickett, Virginia, as Medics. Sent to Camp Letterman Army Hospital,
California January 1953. Served in Pusan, Korea as Medic and Cook until
discharged July 13, 1954 as Sgt. He received 2 Bronze stars
O'HAIR, JOHN D. — Discharged from the army on December 17, 1956.
O'HAIR, MARION ANDREW
O'HAIR, MAX JASPER — Entered Service February 18, 1952, was sent to
Camp Gordon, Georgia for basic training. Advanced Infantry training at Fort
Jackson, South Carolina Leadership School at Camp Gordon and spent remainder
of the time as an instructor. Discharged Feb. 17, 1954.
O'HAIR, ORMOND - Was inducted on April 12, 1941 and served until
October 3, 1945. Eleven months of this time was spent overseas. He
supervised a mobile tank destroyer unit and its crew of five enlisted men in
preparation for combat duties. He was advanced to Platoon Sergeant in charge
of four destroyer units and led them in the European Theatre in France and
Germany with the 1st and 9th Army. He was wounded on February 24, 1945 and
later returned to active service in the same area.
** O'HAIR, ORVILLE STOTTS - Enlisted in R.C.A.F. September 17, 1941.
Was given rank of Sergeant in February 1942. Sent overseas in March 1942.
Given rank of Flight Sergeant in December 1942. Lost his life in raid on
Essen, Germany, January 13, 1943. Buried in Grave 31 in Bokum Cemetery,
Krefeld, Germany. His serial number was R 125 941. Reinterred - British
Military Cemetery, Cleve, Germany. Medals – 1939-45 War Medal; 1939-45 War
Star Defense Medal; The Air Crew Europe Star; Canadian Voluntary Service
Medal; Silver Cross from the King.
O'HAIR, RICHARD CHESTER — Served as an enlisted man from the 18th of
June, 1943 to 23rd June, 1944 and was commission ed to Second Lieutenant on
the 24th of June, 1944 at which time he held the grade of Sergeant in the
Cavalry. He was discharged on the 22nd of June, 1946 with the rank of First
Lieutenant. He was awarded the Purple Heart, European Theater Medal with
three battle stars, American Theater Medal, Army of Occupational "Germany"
Clasp, and the World War II Victory Medal.
O'HAIR, WILLARD STANLEY --- Active Duty: - February 7, 1942 to
February 20, 1946. Overseas Duty (Central and South Pacific) January 1, 1944
to November 7, 1945. Battles and Campaigns --- New Guinea, Southern
Philippines, Luzon, P.I. Decorations:— Asiatic Pacific Service Medal,
Philippines Liberation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantry
Badge, American Campaign Service Medal. Captain Willard Stanley O'Hair,
Executive Officer, 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry Regiment, 38th (Indiana)
Division, U.S. Army.
PERISHO, RAYMOND FRANCIS
PORTER, WILLIAM E. - Sworn into the Navy on May 27, 1944, After six
weeks training at Great Lakes was sent to California and immediately put on
the ship "General Hugh L. Scott". Saw duty at New Hebrides Island, New
Caledonia, Eniwetok, Ulithi and Saipan. After two years of South Sea Duty he
was discharged on January 10, 1946.
** RHOADS, ROY LEO — Killed in Germany in 1945.
ROBINSON, MARVIN - Enlisted in the Army June 8, 1942 and was attached
to the 32nd General Hospital of the Medical Corps. They served in the States
until September 5, 1943 at which time they were sent to the European Theatre
of Operations, where they served in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes and
the Rhineland. He returned to the States and was discharged from active
service November 13, 1945.
SHOPTAUGH, DR, ALBERT GLENN --- Capt. Medical Corps. U.S. Air Force
--- July 1, 1953 to present. Was stationed in Germany for awhile.
SHOPTAUGH, FRANKLIN RANEY - Lieutenant Junior Grade, U.S Navy --
November 11, 1953 to October 15, 1956.
SMITH, ALBERT E. JR. -- Captain in the Air Corps for the duration of
SMITH, GORDON (Stepson of Lucille O'Hair Smith) Served throughout
hostilities in the Air Corps in the second world war and is now on special
duty with the head of the public relations division of the Air Corps in the
Pentagon as a Lt. Colonel.
SMITH, SGT. LAWRENCE D. - Enlisted in the U.S. Army September 21,
1948. He has served in the Panama Canal Zone, Korea and at present is with
the 2nd Armored Division in Germany.
SMITH, RONALD ALBERT --- Served three years in the Navy in the
STEPHENS, CLAUDE POWELL JR. Captain of Ordnance throughout World War
II, most of the time in Europe.
STEPHENS, JOHN FREDERICK II -- Military Service began in August, 1941
when he was ordered to active duty with Flying Training Command, Randolph
Field, Texas as 2nd Lt • Assignments within command at Muskogee, Okla.,
Hays, Kansas, Denton, Texas, Fort Worth, Texas and Liberal, Kansas as Base
Adjutant and Personnel Officer. Attended Command and General Staff School,
Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Air Force Staff School, Washington, D.C. .
Assigned to Hqs. Air Transport Command, Washington, D.C. and as Chief,
Organization Planning Field Section was responsible for organization and
manning of ATC bases in North Atlantic Division, North African Division, and
South Atlantic Division. Relieved from active duty as Lt. Colonel March
TRIMBLE, TURNER HENDERSON
WRIGHT, HOWARD OLIVER
** Denotes the fact that they lost their lives while in military service.