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Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII

131st Field Artillery 2nd BN

 
 
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By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
1. Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII Marker
Inscription. Mobilized at Abilene, Texas, 25 November 1940. Captured by the Japanese forces, 10 March, 1942. Liberated, 18 September 1945.

Battery Officers
T.A. Dodson, Capt. • H.G. Allen, 1st Lt. • W.R. Slone, 1st Lt. • M.A. Straughan, 2nd Lt.

Sergeants
F.F. Gilliam, 1st Sgt. • A.B. Cumberledge • J.G. Fender • F. Fujita • D.N. Heleman ★ • G.B. Killian • B.W. Robertson • N.W. Rogers • H.R. Spalding • R.H. White • D.A. Williams • O.B. Williams

Corporals
R.R. Choate • C.J. Eaton • P.G. Gosler • N.O.F. Kalich ★ • B.C. Keith • C.T. Minshew • H.B. Plant • C.F. Powers • C.J. Preslar • A.N. Winn • R.A. Wuest

Privates 1st Class
U.M. Carter • R.G. Cook • J.B. Croft • J.S. Davis • P. Evans • T.C. Gilbreth • H.E. Hanks • J.N. Holder • T.E. Lawson ★ • G.W. Lynn • J.G. Martinez • W.F. Matthews • E.W. Miller • V.E. Morrison • O.C. Mygland • C.J. Shelton • M.M. Snelling • P.D. Stein • R.L. Stubbs • C.L. Tucker • W.A. Visage • M.D. Woodall • D.C. Woods • T.B. Woody

Privates
E.D. Adams • J. Aleman • C.E. Barker • O. Campbell • J.P. Campbell • F.P. Ciplinksi • C.C. Clements • E.L. Costlow • F. Cuellar • E.L. Donaho • T.N. Drake • W.L. Farmer • J.W. Farrar • C.C. Garcia • H.A. Garland • G. Conos • L. Hargett • A. Hernandez ★ • R.
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By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
2. Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII Marker
Hinton • H.L. Holder • C.D. Lofley • A.W. Martin • R.P. Martinez • D.G. Mayo • R.W. McMahan • J.P. Mendoza • R.N. Moses • C.O. Noddin • L.O. Norris • L.H. Ortiz • F.T. Perez • W.J. Robinson • R.R. Rosas • R.D. Savell • A.T. Salinas • H.T. Sharp • A.E. Shelton • R.E. Shields • W.A. Starnader • L.P. Staver ★ • B. Thomas ★ • J.E. Turner • C.L. Vancleave • T.P. Watson • A. Wetsel • E. Wisman ★ • C.R. Woodward • M. Zimmerle

★ Died while Prisoner-of-War

 
Erected by American Ex-Prisoners of War.
 
Location. 32° 26.758′ N, 99° 43.947′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Oak Street and S. 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north on Oak Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in the front lawn of the 1914 Taylor County courthouse building. Marker is at or near this postal address: 301 Oak St, Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat" (a few steps from this marker); 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Thornton's Store (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct
Marker in Front Lawn of 1914 Taylor County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
3. Marker in Front Lawn of 1914 Taylor County Courthouse
line); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Texas & Pacific Railway (approx. Ό mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. Ό mile away); Pine Street Shootout (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
More about this marker. The marker includes the distinctive unit insignia of the 36th Infantry Division and the 131st Field Artillery Regiment.
 
Also see . . .
1. Lost Battalion. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on December 19, 2014.) 

2. Lost Battalion Association. From the Texas Military Forces Museum. (Submitted on December 19, 2014.) 

3. ‘Lost Battalion’ survivors endured living hell. Article from the August 12, 2013 edition of the San Antonio Express-News noting Lost Battalion members J.L. Summers, Carl Clements, and Alex Salinas. (Submitted on December 19, 2014.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. American Ex-Prisoners of War
The American Ex-Prisoners of War, the organization who erected the marker, is a Congressionally-chartered
Markers in Front of 1914 Taylor County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
4. Markers in Front of 1914 Taylor County Courthouse
Lost Battalion marker is on the left side of the lawn
veterans’ service organization.
    — Submitted December 19, 2014.

 
Categories. War, World II
 
View to North Along Oak Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, December 14, 2014
5. View to North Along Oak Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 296 times since then and 70 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 19, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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