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May 26, 2019

Revolutionary War, Civil War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan Johnson County, Missouri

Revolutionary Soldiers - Johnson County, Missouri
 Link to Missouri Patriot Graves
Bradley, Richard T. born 1765 (1766) Wales, died. April 1838 age 73, buried Blackwater Cemetery., Johnson County., Missouri, servvice Pvt GA, married  Abadiah Dickey.

Brooks, Henry born 1752 Viriginia, died. between 25 January 1837-4 February. 1837, Johnson County, Missouri (Lafayette Co., MO), service Pvt. VA Pens. #13596, m. Rachel Prost.

DeMasters, James born 1763 Virginia (Albemarle, Amherst or Nelson Co.), died 10 Mar 1836 Lafayette Co., MO, buried Will filed Johnson Co., MO, serv. VA, m. Mary.

Ferguson, Moses born February 1762, d. (aft. 15 Mar) 1845 Johnson Co., MO, bur. Blackwater Cemetery,service Pvt SC Pens. #25792, m. Elizabeth Cox.

Simpson, Thomas born ca 1840, age 95 in 1835, died 1835 Johnson Co., Missouri, buried on Crowder farm in southeast. Johnson Co.

Warren, Martin born 8- -1763 Greenbrier Co., Virginia or possibly Augusta Co., Virginia, died 8-19-1852 Warrensburg, Johnson Co., Missouri, buried Sunset Hill Cemetery., service Pvt. VA, m. (1) Sallie Dunbar (2) Ruth Cole.

Floyd Nathan Faulconer

World War II Veterans

All gave some. These men gave all.


Shanklin Ebenezer Gilkeson

Born: Warrensburg, missouri

home of record: Claremore, Oklahoma 



  1. Distinguished Service Cross
    Awarded for actions during the World War I
    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Sergeant Shanklin Ebenezer Gilkeson (ASN: 7111), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with 167th Ambulance Company, 42d Division, A.E.F., at St. Benoit, France, 16 September 1918. While the regimental dressing station was under heavy shell fire Sergeant Gilkeson volunteered to lead a squad of litter bearers to rescue several wounded men of another regiment who had been caught in a heavy barrage. Although he was wounded himself, he succeeded in leading the squad for a distance of 3 kilometers through a constant severe bombardment under direct observation of the enemy artillery and snipers to an outpost outside of his own regimental sector. He brought in one wounded officer and seven severely wounded soldiers without losing any of his men.
    General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 131 (1918)
    Action Date: 16-Sep-18
    Service: Army
    Rank: Sergeant
    Company: 167th Ambulance Company
    Division: 42d Division, American Expeditionary Forces
Warren B. Adams        S. Sgt.  KIA AAF
Norman E. Alley           Pfc  KIA  18th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
Asa Burlingame           1st Lt   DNB buried in Defoe Cemetary, Moniteau Cty, Missouri. Eugene T Bradshaw   1st Lt   KIA Lt. Eugene Tipton Bradshaw: Lt. Bradshaw’s life was cut short when he was killed in action flying over Belgium during the second World War. 21 year old Bradshaw served our nation in numerous military segments including the 57th bomb squad. 
James C. Bradshaw    Pfc    KIA
Birth20 May 1921
Death13 February 1945
Warrensburg, Missouri, United States

Bronze Star
Purple Heart

Robert N. Brooks         Pfc      KIA
Birth:   Feb. 16, 1926
Death: Apr. 11, 1945

Info from DAR records Johnson County Historical Society.
Mo. Pfc. 120 Inf. 30 Inf. Div,Purple Heart. 

Burial:Kingsville Cemetery
KingsvilleJohnson County
Missouri, USA

Robert Brunow             Pvt      KIA
NameRobert Brunow
Service Number17054500
RankPrivate, U.S. Army
Regiment83rd Chemical Battalion
City, StateMissouri
Date of Death1-26-1944
BuriedPlot D Row 9 Grave 12, Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
Cemetary DetailsSicily-Rome, Italy
AwardsPurple Heart
Ralph M. Burr               Pvt      KIA
Earl Caldwell Jr           S. Sgt. KIA Purple Heart, Blue Devils 350th Infantry Regiment?
Marion H. Colster        Cpl      KIA Missouri CPL 162 INF 41 INF Div World War II
Birth25 April 1917
Death8 September 1943
Warrensburg, Missouri, United States
William H. Cramer      Pfc       KIA
Leland W. Crumbaugh 2nd Lt DNB
Chester L De Shurley  FLO   DNB Silver Star, Operation Varsity,
When the 435th's 144 gliders, loaded with airborne infantry and equipment, cut loose over the landing area, they came under heavy ground fire with substantial casualties among the infantry and glider crews. Once on the ground, they continued to be hit by sniper and mortar fire that had to be subdued before they could move to their assigned area of two crossroads--one that would earn the name "Burp Gun Corner." There they cleared several houses, taking a large number of prisoners before digging in for the night.
Several times, small groups of German soldiers attempted to infiltrate their defensive positions but were driven off in a series of firefights. The defenders knew that German troops, retreating ahead of British forces, would attempt to overrun their position, probably supported by armor and mobile guns. The ground held by the glider pilots was at the top of a ridge, the country sloping away toward Wesel, the direction from which an enemy attack would come. The reverse slope would allow enemy forces to advance almost to the 435th's area before coming under fire.
About midnight, the first attack by a German tank, supported by a large number of infantry, hit the crossroad defended by the 75th Platoon. They came under heavy fire and retreated. Thirty minutes later, a German tank and approximately 200 German infantry, supported by two 20-mm flak guns, attacked the position defended by the 77th Platoon. As soon as the enemy troops were in close range, the glider pilots of that platoon, where the attack was concentrated, opened fire. Small-arms fire took a heavy toll on enemy infantry during the hour-long battle.
Flight Officers Chester Deshurley and Albert Hurley held their positions, firing their machine guns until the tank came within fifteen yards of them, as did Flight Officer Robert Campbell, armed with a tommy gun. At that point, Flight Officer Elbert Jella severely damaged the tank with his bazooka. The retreating tank ran over one of its flak guns; the other was captured by the glider pilots.
At daybreak, the glider pilots defeated several smaller attacks and joined up with British forces coming out of Wesel. Their job was done with the professionalism of veteran infantry troops. They soon were relieved from further duty as ground soldiers. Overall, they suffered 31 casualties in the operation, killed a large number of enemy troops, and captured several hundred prisoners.
"The Battle of Burp Gun Corner," a unique event in Air Force history, was covered by Stars and Stripes but then slipped into obscurity. In March 1995, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Ronald R. Fogleman learned from retired Maj. Charles Gordon of the heroic actions of these glider pilots turned infantry and directed that appropriate awards be made to those who took part in the fighting. At the 435th Troop Carrier Reunion in October 1995, Flight Officers Jella, Deshurley, Campbell, and Hurley each were awarded the Silver Star. All others who fought in the battle were awarded the Bronze Star, but many of those more than 280 men had died before their heroism was recognized.

George Diemer, Jr       Lt.    KIA  
Lt. George Diemer Jr. was from Warrensburg, Missouri, and graduated from Central Missouri State Teachers College in 1940.  His father was president of the college.  He and his twin brother (my father) organized a dance band in college for a couple of years.  He taught high school for one year and joined the Marines in the summer of 1942.  With the Marines he went to Pensacola, Miami, Norfolk, and Parris Island.  He got to the South Pacific in September 1943 and eventually got to Roi, where he flew F4U-1 Corsairs.  He drowned following a crash on takeoff on May 26, 1944.  His body was recovered a few days later. Lt. George Diemer Link

Lt. Diemer at his tent
Lt. George Diemer, Warrensburg, MO


VMF 311
David R. Eppright, 2nd Lt  FOD Thousands served America under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur during the second World War. While serving in the 63rd Bomb Squad, 1st Lieutenant Eppright vanished into the mountains of New Guinea. David and eight fellow crew members gave their lives fighting for freedom having accomplished the mission.  
LAID TO REST May 26, 2006 By 1st Lt. Mary Olsen 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs After 63 years of uncertainty, Helen Pennington was finally able to give her late husband a hero's farewell. First Lt. David Eppright was laid to rest in Warrensburg's Sunset Hill cemetery Tuesday. It's been more than six decades since Lieutenant Eppright's B-24 departed from Dobodura, Territory of New Guinea, for an armed reconnaissance mission. The plane, carrying a crew of nine, departed on Nov. 4, 1943. Just a few hours into their mission, the crew sighted a convoy of Japanese ships in the Bismarck Sea south of Kavieng. The B-24 continued to follow the convoy and sunk a Japanese light cruiser, but then never returned back to Dobudura. A later search attempt failed to locate the plane. Ms. Pennington was pregnant with their son just before she learned of her husband's fate. When she found out she was pregnant, medical personnel asked her if she wanted them to notify her husband. “I told them I wanted to be the first one to tell David,” she said. But Ms. Pennington never got the chance to tell her husband that they were expecting a child. The men aboard the B-24 were said to be missing in action and in January 1946, the United States War Department declared them all dead. Ms. Pennington said she never thought she'd have closure, but in April, she was notified that her husband's remains were positively identified. “It was a shock,” she said. “I couldn't believe it.” In 2000, a hunter in Papua New Guinea stumbled upon airplane wreckage. He found bones and dog tags and kept them for two years before turning them into the U.S. embassy. Another two years of search, recovery and investigation of remains and items belonging to many of the crew members would go by before Lieutenant Eppright was identified. “I just can't believe they searched this long and hard to find those men,” Ms. Pennington said. An old stone marker was placed at the cemetery long ago to memorialize Lieutenant Eppright, but he now has a new headstone and grave by the rest of his family. “When we were dating, David brought me out here to show me where his father was buried,” Ms. Pennington said as she looked at her late husband's grave. “He so dearly loved his father and he wanted me to be a part of that - so we came here. When he was MIA, I put this stone here, and now we can have another stone.” Lieutenant Eppright's memorial service concluded with a 21-gun salute and flag folding by Army members from Fort Leavenworth, Kan., and a three ship F-15 flyover by members of Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Fighter Wing unit located near St. Louis, Mo. “It was such a beautiful ceremony,” Ms. Pennington said.  Adrian L. Ford             Pvt      KIA  3206th QM Sv Co, Died in Exercise Tiger Tragedy,, 37502064, Army, 04/28/1944
John Gray, Jr               Pfc      KIA
William H. Green         Pvt       KIA
Emery I. Hancock        Pfc      KIA 83rd Division Battle Deaths During WWII, 330th Infantry Regiment Marvin L. Hayhurst      Pvt       KIA July 24, 1944     Normandy, 47th Infantry, 9th Division
Edwin O. Jennings      Sgt       KIA Charles K. Talley,        KIA, Normandy France, June 28, 1944 Marshall R. Lockard   Cwo    DNB Died April 13, 1944, Buried in the Cambridge American Cemetary and Memorial, Cambridgeshire, England Clifford C. Longacre  Corp.  
Corp. Clifford C. Longacre, USMC

Birth: Apr. 27, 1914
Johnson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Oct. 3, 1944
Peleliu Island, Palau

Clifford ‘Bud' Longacre was born in Holden Missouri on April 27 1914.
Bud was the youngest son of Chat Younger Longacre and Maude Elizabeth Stevens.
Bud was the second great grandson of Ben Longacre, the first Longacre to enter into Missouri and the fifth great-grandson of Anders Peterson Longacre, born 1657, and Magdalena Cock Longacre, born 1659, the first Longacre's born in America.
From the Hardin Tribune July 28, 1916 - "C.Y. Longacre and his family arrived in July with his wife and family from Strasburg Johnson Country , Missouri, making a 1500 mile trip in a Ford car, with a Trailer. They were on the road just a month."
Clifford would have been two years old during this trip.
Story is the family was planning on going to Oregon and decided to stay in the Hardin, Montana area.
Bud was a genuine cowboy. He would buy cases of bullets, large wooden cases, and practice shooting until he was as good a shot as anyone around. In his letters home from the Marines he always expressed concern about his pony. The war starts up and he joined the Marines, a real cowboy.
A family story states that he couldn't hike or run in Marine Corp boots. He received a medical exemption that allowed him to wear cowboy boots while in training. We also believe he was wearing cowboy boots when he was killed.
Bud married Berry Bull on March 9, 1940 in Montana. She was 6 years younger than Bud.
The story is the Longacre family didn't like her and that she was from a wealthy family in the East that disowned her for marrying Clifford.
They had a son in May 1941.
Bud enlisted in the Marines in April 1942.
In February 1943 he wrote that he hadn't heard from Berry for a long time and he didn't know where she was. And expressed concern that his cow pony, Pistol, wasn't being ridden and wanted Slim (his uncle) to ride him. And wonders if he might get home before Pistol dies of old age.
In March 1943 the first thing he brings up is that he wants Slim to use his saddle and ride his pony, Pistol.And expresses concern about Berry, this must be around the time she filed for divorce. He admits that it is mostly his fault and that all he lived for was the letters from her.
In his May letter he doesn't mention Berry at all and is concerned that Pistol has enough pasture and that no one else rides him Clifford was killed before the divorce was final. There were those in the family that believed Clifford had received the divorce papers just before this happened and that was the reason he drove into the gun fire.
On the other hand, the 1st Marine Division suffered 6,500 casualties, over a third of their force while on Peleliu.
From the Billings Gazette, His mother had remarried; this is why she is called Mrs. Hamlett in the article.
Mother Receives Marine's Award
Officer Presents Medal at Ceremony
The Silver Star medal posthumously awarded to Marine Corporal Clifford C. Longacre was presented at a ceremony Thursday morning to his mother, Mrs. M.F.Hamlett at her home at 3312 Second Avenue north.
Captain Maynard W. Schmidt, commanding the Salt Lake district office of the marines presented the medal to Mrs. Hamiett.
The citation accompanying the award read in part " For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a driver of a half track while serving with the Seventh Marines, First Marine division against enemy Japanese forces on Peleliu island , Palau group on Oct. 3,1944 .
"Expertly covering the night withdrawal of the half tracks and accompanying troops from the perilous area, Corporal Longacre courageously drove his vehicle into the face of intense enemy mortar and small arms fire and steadfastly carried out his vital and hazardous task until mortally wounded by Japanese fire.
"Corporal Longacre's heroic determination and fearless devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Untied States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country."
Corporal Longacre was employed as a rancher and cowboy near Hardin prior to enlisting in the Marines in April 1942. He was sent overseas in July 1942, and was also awarded the Purple Heart and the Presidential Unit Citation.
Frank E. Luvin             Pfc      KIA   Pfc. Frank E, Luvin,  506 W. Gay St., Warrensburg
Jay W. Martin              CPL   KIA 93rd Bomb Group
Glen F. McCluney       Tec5   KIA
C. L. McMurphy, Jr     Pvt      DOI
Charles A. Petty          2nd Lt.  KIA Synopsis: The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Charles A. Petty, Second Lieutenant (Air Corps), U.S. Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces on 5 October 1943, in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations. Second Lieutenant Petty's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the United States Army Air Forces. Headquarters: U.S. Army Air Forces-Mediterranean Theater of Operations, General Orders No. 18 (1944)
Emery J. Phipps          Pvt        DNB
Victor S. Pryor             S. Sgt   KIA
Paul H. Quick              PFC     KIA
George R. Raker         PFC     KIA
Lynn G. Ramsey          Pvt       DNB
James L. Riddle          Pvt       KIA Vaughn E. Salsbury, 1938-39, LT CDR USCG, AVH, Warrensburg, MO plane crash near Fort Worth, TX, December 18, 1945, Air Medal
Robert L. Shore          T. Sgt   KIA
David A. Stapleton      Pvt       KIA
Roy E  Stout                Pfc      KIA
Charles K Talley         Pfc       KIA
Ethmer West               Cpl      KIA Basse-Normandie Region, France
Jerry E Wiley               Pfc       DOW
Wiley J. Winfrey          Pfc       KIA  St. Louis Post-Dispatch 1944 [KIA] Article 11/10 p4A
Chester D. Wonderly  Sgt      KIA  Killed in his glider during Operation Varsity between Hamminkeln and Wesel, Buried in the  American War Cemetary Margraten. 1st Battalion, .  194th Glider Infantry Regiment
Morris E. Wood          Pvt      DNB
William C. Wright       Pvt       KIA
Richard T. Yoder        2nd Lt  DNB Casualty codes are: KIA-Killed in Action; FOD: Finding of Death; DNB:Died, Not Battle; DOW: Died of Wounds. If you have any information to add please email

War Memorial Johnson County, Missouri WWII 52 Casualties


Killed in action in the battle of St Lo in France in WWII. July 24, 1944 Private, U S Army 37242685, 47th Infantry regiment, 9th Infantry Division. Entered service in Missouri. Died: July 24, 1944. Buried at: Plot D Row 4 Grave 15, Normandy American Cemetery. St. Laurent-sur-Mer,France. Awards: Purple Heart
More About Marvin Lee Hayhurst:
Burial: Unknown, Plot D Row 4 Grave 15 Normandy American, Cemetery.

Elmer R. Judd
Birth: Sep. 30, 1919
Death: Mar. 11, 1945

Family links:
Franklin R. Judd (1886 - 1973)
Lula May Judd (1889 - 1969)
Adams E. Judd (1907 - 1980)*
Curtis Ray Judd (1914 - 1991)*
Elmer R. Judd (1919 - 1945)
Missouri. Pvt 7 Cav. 1 Cav Div. World War II.
He was killed on Luzon, Phillippines 1945
Adams Memorial Cemetery
Bristle Ridge
Johnson County
Missouri, USA

Korean War Casualties, Johnson County Missouri
Corporal Floyd N. Faulconer
Birth: Feb. 8, 1927
Death: Feb. 14, 1951

Corporal Faulconer was a member of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division and was killed in action while fighting the enemy near Chipyong-ni, South Korea on February 14, 1951.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, The Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Cation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal.
Family links:
  Nathan Dewey Faulconer (1897 - 1938)
  Frances Jane Fisher Faulconer (1904 - 1985)
Floyd Nathan Faulconer
Note: Killed in Korea
Burial Mount Zion Cemetary, Dunksburg, Johnson County Missouri

A Medal for Bravery at Fort Sanders
Warrensburg. Mo., Aug, 1 (Special) For bravery at Fort Sanders, Knoxville, Tenn , November 20, 1863 , Color Corporal John A. Falconer, of Company A. Seventeenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry, has been awarded a medal by congress. Corporal Falconer is now a resident of Warrensburg and is a member of Colonel Grover post. No. 7. G.A.R. It. He received his medal yesterday.

Private James. R HopkinsAUGUST 27, 1951
Service Branch:ARMY
Date of Death:8/27/1951
Hostile:Killed In Action
Home of Record City:JOHNSON
Home of Record County:Johnson
Home of Record State:Missouri
Sgt. Floyd James Robert Jackson
  • Date of death: MIA as a Prisoner of War (Korean War)
  • Home of record: Littleton, Colorado
  • Status: POW

  • Floyd Jackson was captured during the Korean War and interned as a Prisoner of War. He was not among those returned at the wars end, and is listed as Missing in Action. His remains have never been recovered.


  1. Prisoner of War Medal
    Awarded for actions during the Korean War
    Sergeant Floyd James Robert Jackson (ASN: RA-17261501), United States Army, was held as a Prisoner of War after he was captured on 12 December 1950 during the Korean War. He was unaccounted for after the war and is presumed to have died or been killed while in captivity.
    General Orders: Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office
    Action Date: December 12, 1950 - MIA In Captivity
    Service: Army
    Rank: Sergeant
    Division: Prisoner of War (Korean War)

Jackson, Floyd J. R.
Army12/12/50Family DNA ObtainedN/APOWJohnson County, MO
Iraq War

Army Spc. Joseph B. Cemper

Died April 16, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 21, of Warrensburg, Mo.; assigned to the 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky.; died April 16 at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an Afghan National Army soldier attacked him with multiple grenades. Also killed were Capt. Charles E. Ridgley Jr., Sgt. 1st Class Charles L. Adkins, Sgt. Linda L. Pierre and Staff Sgt. Cynthia R. Taylor.
Names of Campbell soldiers killed in grenade attack released
The (Clarksville, Tenn.) Leaf Chronicle
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. — Fort Campbell has released information on the four 101st Airborne Division soldiers killed April 16 in Afghanistan.
They died at Forward Operating Base Gamberi, Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an Afghan National Army soldier attacked them with multiple grenades.
All four soldiers were assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 101st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Sustainment Brigade.
* Sgt. 1st Class Charles Lewis Adkins, 35, of Sandusky, Ohio, was a maintenance supervisor.
He joined the Army in November 1995 and arrived at Fort Campbell in June 2002.
Adkins is survived by his wife, Sarah C. Adkins; sons, Garrhett C. Adkins and Gavin M. Adkins; daughters, Makayla R. L. Adkins, Mackenzie S. Adkins and Gabriella G. Adkins, all of Clarksville. He is also survived by his parents, Charles E. Adkins of Milan, Ohio and Shelia Good of Hudson, Mich.
* Staff Sgt. Cynthia Renea Taylor, 39, of Columbus, Ga., was a wheeled vehicle mechanic.
She joined the Army in November 2003 and arrived at Fort Campbell in April 2004.
Taylor is survived by her daughter, Maggie J. Taylor of Clarksville and son, Joseph L. Goodwin of Oak Grove, Ky. She is also survived by her mother, Judy A. Hart of Clarksville.
* Sgt. Linda Lamou Pierre, 28, of Immokalee, Fla., was a human resources specialist.
She joined the Army in November 2006 and arrived at Fort Campbell in September 2009.
She is survived by her father, Jean Lamour and mother, Elvina Pierre, both of Immokalee, Fla.
* Spc. Joseph Brian Cemper, 21, of Warrensburg, Mo., was a transportation management coordinator.
He joined the Army in September 2009 and arrived at Fort Campbell in February 2010.
He is survived by his son, Liam Cemper of North Richland Hills, Tex. and his parents, Eugene B. Cemper and Angela D. Cemper of North Richland Hills, Texas.
Also killed was Capt. Charles E. Ridgley Jr., 40, of Baltimore. He was assigned to the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.