World War II and Korean War Madison Parish Draft Board Scrapbooks

Martha Boney Sevier (Mrs. W. P. Sevier, Jr.)

Richard P. Sevier February 2016

When Madison Parish began to send draftees to the Armed Services 75 years ago in 1941, Martha Sevier, Clerk of the Madison Parish Draft Board (and my mother), started a scrapbook that contained pictures and news of the draftees. She would photograph the draftees at the Bus Station as they prepared to leave for the services, sometimes as early as four o’clock in the morning. She considered these men, whether colored or white, to be “her boys.” Although they were selected by the Draft Board, I think she felt some responsibility for them.

As more and more “candidates” were sent to WWII, the scrapbook grew into at least two scrapbooks and another was added when the Korean War was started.

After the Korean War she retired and kept the scrapbooks at home. Her intentions were to donate them to the Madison Parish Library. Martha passed away in 1983, and her home was partially burned in 1984.

When I became involved with Madison Parish history about 1995 I thought the scrapbooks would be better preserved on the Madison Parish Historical and Genealogical Website where everyone interested could see them, and began to look for them. The library didn’t know anything about them, nor did anyone with the Madison Historical Society at Hermione House, The scrapbooks were missing!

After searching for over 20 years the scrapbooks finally turned up this year. As it turned out Charles Michael Finlayson had found them in a pile of refuse from the 1984 fire and thought they were valuable enough to save.

So we now have two of the three from the beginning of the World War II draft in October 1940 to May 1943 and one from the Korean War with dates from September 1948 to December 1959. Unfortunately the gap contains the most important time of World War II.

If complete, the scrapbooks would contain the names of everyone from Madison Parish who was drafted into the service; when they were drafted; pictures of most of them and all news releases concerning them. As would be expected, the scrapbooks, especially World War II, were in terrible condition with age, fire and water damage rendering them almost useless. The paper was so brittle it fractured into many pieces with the slightest touch. Some of the pages were loose and scrambled, so that it was almost impossible to date them, sometimes even to the year. Many photos and news articles were loose or missing and some were stuck to each other and faded almost beyond recognition, although a little soaking in water and modern digital photo restoration corrected some of this.

What was resurrected from these scrapbooks follows. Many scanning typos, especially hyphens, still need to be found and corrected, but the data and photos came out much better than expected. Every attempt was made to put everything in chronological order, but that was almost impossible because of the condition of the data. Note that anything in blue was typed directly onto the scrapbook sheets by Mrs. Sevier. Anything in red indicates either missing or questionable data. Some educated guesses were made out of necessity though. In some cases obituaries or biographies have been hyperlinked to individual names. Of course the hyperlinks are also in blue.

Individual names can be found by using the “Find” function of your browser. Usually best results are obtained when only the last name is entered. Sooner or later the search engines Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc will index the site, and it will be totally searchable.


World War II October 1940 to May 1943 (This web page.)
       Unknown Pictures

World War II June 1943 to 1946 Missing.

Korean War September 1948 to December 1959 (A seperate web page.)
       Unknown Pictures

World War II


Machinery Ready for Draft Registration

Gov. Jones Announces the Personnel Of Local Draft Boards And Related Agencies To Handle Work
Madison Journal October 1940


Governor Sam Jones Wednesday announced the personnel of the local selective service boards in the various parishes of the state which will classify men between the ages of 21 and 36, those who are to register on October 16.


According to a notice which has already been published in, the Journal, places in each ward of the parish have been designated for these liable to register, and appointments have been made for those who will assist in the registration. Every man between the prescribed ages will he required to register, and will be subject to a penalty if he fails to do so.


At least one board was named by the Governor for each parish in the state but several parishes with large populations will have more. Also named Wednesday were the examining physicians, government appeal agents, the advisory boards, medical advisory boards and the district boards of appeal.


The Boards named for Madison parish are:


Selective Service Board, John A Helgason, Mound, E. E. Shamblin Tallulah, C. H. Todd, Tallulah.


The examining physician for Madison parish, Dr. Howard C. Sevier.


Members of the Board of Appeals for the Fifth District: S. L. Herold, Shreveport, Dr. J. E. Knighton, Sr., Shreveport, T. J. Doyle, Shreveport, Willis W. Newcomb, Shreveport, E. G. Hinkle, Monroe.


Members of the Advisory Board for Madison Parish: L. M. Spencer, Tallulah, chairman, W. L. Rountree, Tallulah, J. P. Millikin, Waverly, T. E. Williams, Tallulah.



Registration Day, October 16, 1940, dawned bright and beautiful in Tallulah, La. The flags were flying in the downtown section and a holiday spirit was noticeable every­where among white and colored alike. The Tallulah High School Band and S.A.L. Drum and Bugle Corps paraded and gave stirring renditions of patriotic selections on the Court House lawn. Registration of men between the ages of 21 and 35 was accomplished in the Parish without incident; the total number registered was 2253, 597 white and 1656 colored. (From MBS Scrapbook)


Numbers Posted Here For Those Registered
Each Man Who Registered Is Given Number In List Which Has Been Posted At Clerk's Office
Madison Journal October 1940

It will require some patience for the registrant for selective service to find his serial number, because he will have to thumb through many pages of names until he finds his own with the number beside it.

The search for the number which has been given the registrant by the local board will be somewhat like looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. After the registration had been completed, all the cards (those for both white and black) were shuffled and mixed until they were completely remainder missing


Beginning of Draft in Madison Parish

All Men Between 21 and 35 Required to Register for Army Service in the Ward Where He Lives
Madison Journal October 1940


J. N. Harvey, Madison Parish Clerk of Court, announced this week that he had made the appointments of persons in this parish who would assist with the registration of all men in Madison parish be­tween the ages of 21 and 35 on October 16. Mr. Harvey was appointed by Governor Jones to take charge of the registration in Madison parish and was directed to see that sufficient persons were appointed at each point in the parish where the registration is to be held.


Mr. Harvey states that he desires to call attention to the fact that the law makes it mandatory for every male person between the specified ages to register on this date, and if he fails to do so, will be subject to severe penalties. The law applies to white and black, rich and poor alike.


Mr. Harvey states that most of the persons who have been appointed to assist in this registration have been contacted and have signified their willingness to serve. Others, he said, he felt sure, would be glad to volunteer their services for this cause. There will be no pay in connection with any of this work, it being the intent of the law that those who assist in the registration donate their services.


Those who have been appointed by Mr. Harvey are:


Ward 1 Precinct 1, Wm. Yerger's Residence

E. B. Towne, Chief Registrar.

Helpers: Mrs. Wm. Yerger, J. J. Gore. Mrs. E. B. Towne, Mrs. Edw. M. Yerger.

Ward 2 Precinct 1, Long's Store
John A. Helgason, Chief Registrar.

Helpers: Miss Lillie M. Long, Mrs. R. C. Webb, Jr., R. Burney Long, C. F. Hobson.

Ward 2 Precinct 2, Mound Store

H. W. Burleigh, Chief Registrar.

Helpers: N. Dickson, Mrs. N. Dickson, Mrs. E. C. Woodyear, George S. Yerger, Jr.

Ward 3 Precinct 1, Hewe's Store

W. H. Hewes, Chief Registrar.

Helpers: M. A. Verhegan, Geo. W. Webb, F. G. Hewes, J. D. Martin.

Ward 4 Precinct 1, Levee Board Office

R. C. Leeves, Chief Registrar.
Helpers: Mrs. B. R. Pinkston, Mrs. Ellen Fortner, F. S. Thomas, George W. Sevier.  

Ward 4 Precinct 2,
Local Board Office
W. H. Harvey, Chief Registrar
Helpers: Mrs. V. H. Davis, V. H. Davis, R. E. Gilbert, Jas. W. Davis.  
Ward 4 Precinct 3, Old Jail

To register the Negroes of this Ward
J. N. Harvey, Chief Registrar
Helpers: R. D. Naylor, R. T. Campbell, W. B. Eisely, W. C. Purdy.  
Ward 5 Precinct 1, Gilfoil's Store

W. R.. Gilfoil, Chief Registrar
Helpers: H. R. Maxwell, Homer Gibson, H. P. Buford, A. D. Kimbrough  
Ward 6 Precinct 1, Waverly Store

J. P. Millikin, Chief Registrar
Helpers: Mrs. J. P. Millikin, Mrs. A. L. Hightower, C. A. Crump, E. E.  Warrick.  
Ward 7 Precinct 1, Olvey Store

W. A. Lancaster, Chief Registrar
Helpers: Mrs. Otis Florence, L. C. Duchesne, N. C. Lee, Mrs. W. P. Lancaster.

Ward 8 Precinct 1, George W. Montgomery's Store

E. C. Montgomery, Chief Registrar
Helpers: A. S. Holloway, George W. Montgomery, Mrs. Eva Stubbelfield, C. C. Jarrett


The Local Board office of Madison Parish has moved from the Court House to the second floor of the Tallulah State Bank on November 1, 1940. The personnel at this office consisted of Captain Colvin H. Todd, Chairman; John A. Helgason, Vice Chairman; E. E. Shamblin, Secretary, Mrs. John Sevier, Chief Clerk, and Mrs. Will Sevier, Jr., Assistant Clerk, replacing Will Harvey, who resigned.


Our first call for one white man was received on November 22, this man to be inducted on December 5, 1940. A lottery was held to determine which of our eleven volunteers was to go, and David Hardy Sims' name was drawn. Mr. Sims was rejected because of deafness in one ear and Edward Lee Aaron was sent to replace him on December 14, and was accepted.


First Man Sent To Army Claims Service Is Fine
Madison Journal February 1941 


Edward Lee Aaron, first man sent to the army from Madison parish, was here the other day, and stated that he thought army life was fine, after he had served three months of his year. He made a visit to the local selective service office to tell them what he thought of army life.


Aaron is from the eastern part of the parish near Milliken’s Bend and was sent to camp in the first contingent. He reported that he had gained twenty pounds on army rations and that he is now stationed at Camp Shelby and is attached to a medical unit.


Officials of the local board stated this week that they were expecting a new call for men every day. It was announced from area head­quarters recently that another call would be made the latter part of March.


Call No. 1 for colored men was filled by J. D. Jackson, Thomas Ishman and Willie Shields, Jr., on December 12, 1940. Shields was rejected and replaced by B. D. Kroninger on January 16, 1941.


Call number 2 for white men was filled on January 13 much missing. All were accepted.


Call number 2 for colored men was filled on January 16, 1941 by the following men: David Clark, Samuel Atewmon, Luther Griffith, Chester Robinson, Square Lewis, Harvey Lexing  and James Morgan, all of whom were accepted.


Call number 3 for white men required thirteen, and was filled by the following volunteers who appear in the picture below (picture missing.) In spite of the freezing temperatures, a large crowd was out to witness the send-off of the men.


March 5th and 8th call

35 Negroes To Follow On March 8; All Have Been Ordered To Be Sent To Camp Livingston
Madison Journal February 1941


The local Draft Board announces that in answer to a recent call, thirteen white men will be sent to Camp Livingston, Alexandria, La., on March 5. They are scheduled to leave Tallulah by bus at 10:00 o'clock in the morning, and J. A. Helgason, Commander of the local post of the American Legion, has announced that the local Sons of the Legion Drum and Bugle Corps will give a performance that morning prior to the departure of the men for camp. The public is invited to be present.


Those who have been selected for induction into the service on March 5 are James Calvin Ates, Robert E. Lee Cole, Roy Mack Rainwater, Leroy McKinney, Leland Black, Farbest Browder, George B. Lewis, Sam Scurria, Jr., Ed Dean, Atlas Harrison, Adrian Willett, William M. Bray, and Clayton Browder.


Those who have been selected as replacements for the above men are Walter Vincent Dugdale, Frank Anderson Jones, James K. Vardaman Stewart, Joseph Edgar Magee, Jr., Julian Parks Laird, John Pat Bailey, Ludis A. Burns, David Kaiser Minter, Jesse James Jones, and Jesse Alton McCormick.


A contingent of negroes also is scheduled to leave Tallulah on March 8 and is to report at Camp Livingston. They also will leave by bus at ten o'clock in the morning. Those who are scheduled to leave are:

Artie James Banks, Willie Wheaton, Ernest Gultery, Venal Marshall, Erwin Franklin, Andrew Williams, Walter Jackson, Jr., Noble W. Jackson, Paul Minor, James Vernon Douglas, Alfred Evans, Delmus Crews, Cleotha Crew, Henry Williams, Jonnie Buggs, Jonnie Robinson, Agee Julius Gordon, Edmon Simpson, Alexander Lisby, Willie Bell Hankins, R. C. Corkram, Walter Ecans and Willie Glenn, L. J. Jones, Jesse Graham, Ferd Aitmon, Levy Johnson, Clifton Ennis, Robert Jones, Willie Perkins, Walter Scott, DeSoto Page, Henry Grayson, Samuel Green, Lee Throne Smith.


Those who have been selected as replacements for the above men are:

Albert Minor, Joe Savage, Robert Bell McCallum, Edward Thomas, Willie William Griffin, J. B. Murry, James Jefferson Chappel, Sid Spain, Clemie Watkins, Manuel  Lockett, James Smith No. 2, George W. Hamilton, J. P. Mays, Albert Digins, Mason Kiper, Mason Thomas, Herman Williams, James Williams, Charlie H. Richardson and Ralph Williams.


It has been announced that Mr. Hugh Stoghill, of Rayville, has recently been named inspector of draft boards for the Fifth District. He takes the place of Major Val Iron who was recently called from the officers reserve corps into active service.


Exercises Held For Selectees Going To Camp
Madison Journal March 7, 1941


Appropriate exercises were held here Wednesday morning when thirteen men were sent from Tallulah to training camp at Alexandria. Those sent were James Calvin Ates, Robert E. Lee Cole, Roy Mack Rainwater, Leroy McKinney, Leland Black, Farbest Browder, George B. Lewis, Sam Scurria, Jr., Ed Dean, Atlas Harrison, Adrian Willett, William M. Bray and Clayton Browder.


The ceremony began when members of the local Post of the American Legion brought the colors to the Courthouse, accompanied by the Sons of the Legion drum and bugle corps. They marched to the front door of the court house where the thirteen selected men joined them before a large crowd of onlookers.


Henry C. Sevier, local appeal agent for Selected Service, made an address to the men and the invocation was given by Rev. Clarence Crow, pastor of the Baptist church. After several numbers by the drum and bugle corps, the unit marched to the bus station, where the men left, under the leadership of Adrian Willett, for camp.



Negroes Go Saturday


Thirty-five negroes are also scheduled to leave Tallulah on Saturday morning for camp. Those who are to go are Willie Wheaton, Venel Marshall, Erwin Franklin, Andrew Williams, Walter Jackson, Jr., Noble W. Jackson, Paul Minor, James Vernon Douglas, Alfred Evans, Delmus Crews, L. J. Jones, Fred Aitmon, Levy Johnson, Clifton Ennis, Robert Jones, Willie! Perkins, Walter Scott, DeSoto Page, Lee Thorne Smith, Cleotha Crew, Henry Williams, Johnny' Buggs, Edmon Simpson, Alexander Lisby, Willie Been Hankins, Albert Minor, Joe Savage, Robert Bell McCallum, Edward Thomas, Willie William Griffin, J. B. Murry, Manuel Locket, Clemmie Watkins, Mason Thomas, Samuel Green.


A program, under the leadership of local prominent negroes will mark their departure. They will assemble for the meeting in front of the courthouse where they will be addressed by a prominent negro, and will be accompanied by a band or the Legion Drum and Bugle corps. They will also leave by bus at ten o'clock in the morning, and will be in charge of James Vernon Douglas, who has been appointed leader. Desoto Page was made assistant leader. A special bus has been provided to take them to camp, which is located at Alexandria.

Calls 4 and 5 called for no men.

Call No 6 required no colored men, but fourteen white men filled this call on April 8. This was the first call in which anyone was drafted, the other calls having been filled by volunteers.

Men who filled Call No 6, April 8, 1941, reading left to right: Dowell Capshaw, Joe Mack Thornton, Bennie Griffin, Everett Bedgood, Saniford Lee Parker, William W. Wilson, Arnold Sargent, Allen Kelly, Carley Williamson, Alton Almon Curry, Walter Vincent Dugdale, Joe Magee and John Bailey. Julian Osborne Lynch is not shown in picture.


Call No. 7 did not include any white men, but ten colored men left for Camp Livingston on April 15, 1941.

No. 8 was filled by seven colored men on April 23 and three white men on May 28, 1941. (From MBS Scrapbook)

Fourteen Men Go To Camp April 8th
Board Receives Call for Ten Negroes Who Will Be Sent To Camp Livingston on April 15th
Madison Journal April 1941

Fourteen white men will leave Tallulah for Camp Livingston on April 8. Those who are scheduled to leave are:

John Pat Bailey, Alton Almon Curry, William W. Wilson, Jesse Arnold Sargent, Joe W. M. Thornton, Allen W. Kelly, Walter Vincent Dugdale, Carley Williamson, Everette W. Bedgood, Saniford Lee Parker, Bennie Robert Griffin, Julian O. Lynch, Dowell Capshaw, Joseph Edgar Magee, Jr.

The following men have been selected as replacements for the above and selection will be made from the following list in case one or more from the first list will be unable to go to camp.

James K. V. Stewart, Julian Parks Laird, Ludis A. Burns, David Kaiser Minter, Jesse James Jones, Jesse Alton McCormick, W. C. Dunning, George A. Rhynehart, James M. Sykes, Edward Jones.

The local board recently received a call for ten colored men and the following have been selected to be sent to Camp Livingston on April 15:

Artie James Banks, Fred Aitmon, Willie Green, Ralph Williams, Willie Glenn, Robert Anderson, Charlie Henry, Henry Grayson, George Taylor, No. 1, James Jefferson Chappel.

The following is the list of replacements selected for the above list:

Oatis C. Patterson, Will Nelson, Rufus Cooks, George Matthews, Willie Huddie Jackson, Benjamin Brown, Osie Rong, Benard Lewis, Spencer Whalary, Columbus Johnson.  

Joe Magee Gets His First Taste of Life in the Army

Writing home, he says he is now a buck private and is a helluva long way from home.
Madison Journal April 1941

 Mr. and Mrs. Joe Magee, of Tallulah, have released a part of a letter which their son, Joe Magee now in the army, recently wrote them. Joe was one of the selectees who left here on April 8 when a contingent of fourteen was sent from Tallulah to Camp Livingston. The extract from Joe's letter fol­lows:


"You should see me now; a sure enough buck private in Uncle Sam's Army--and just-- a helluva long way  from home.


There's a lot and yet not so much to write so I'll give you a synopsis of my merry-go-round ride into Uncle Sam's Army. We left Tallulah, 14 of us, around ten thirty Tuesday on a special bus and ate lunch in Monroe. I, acting as Leader for the bench bought the bus tickets and paid for the meal. In Monroe, we added 18 more to our group and proceeded to Alexandria, thence to Camp Livingston. The bus ride was a very memorable one; all the gang having their last minute fun. Laughing, joking and some just plain cussing. At Camp Livingston we were practically jerked out of the bus by a 1st Sergeant who was just a plain Yankee missing. We were lined up and were called; after this we were assigned to tents and later by the call of a whistle given bedding for the night. We were mixed with about one hundred and fifty who were leaving out that night. Again to the sound of a whistle we were given mess kits up for the mess hall. All the leaders of the different groups were pushed forward and assigned to check on these kits as the boys came out from the dish missing two large sinks. I was made “general” of the leaders and returned to the sergeant. The chow consisted of a plateful of 'slop' but went down ok. The 'Five o'clock Whistle' got us up at six o'clock. We were finished with breakfast by seven-thirty and picked up scrap paper and cigarette butts until 9 when they started sending us over for physical examinations. That would call for too much writing. After the examination, a history your past and present work large part missing


carried over and given tents, had roll call and marched over for mess, After dinner, we were issued uniforms and other clothing; boy, they carried us through the mill there. My uniform is some fit and the play suits are just cute, all long underwear and have I burned up! After this we were put to work, still cleaning up and later cleaned up and put on full dress for chow. After chow we lined up and were marched over for our first sight of the inside of a 'Canteen' division store; mostly tobacco and beer were the purchases made.


The next day started with another whistle at 6 o'clock and mess at 6:30. After that we were lined up and all the big boys sent to unload a coal car—one time when my size made it rough on me. At 10 o'clock we were given time to clean up and dress, full dress; then marched up for a check on equipment, and carried over to mess, and what a mess!--no, the chow was very good at Shelby. After chow we were marched up to headquarters to answer roll call and be told by the Colonel that we were being sent to Ft. Bragg, N. C., and a few other things in general about army life. Again we were put on the train about two in the afternoon and hot as h-- in all this uniform. This time we were confined to one coach with appointed guards. The trip up carried us across Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. We arrived here about 8 o'clock and what a tired out, motley bunch we were, 250 of us. The trip up was very nice with more gambling, joke telling and arguing as to what the next town would be. Upon arriving here we were at first assigned to several barracks in a line and later assigned to the different corps. I rated the Engineering Corps by some hook or crook and brought way over to one of the outposts. This will be permanent quarters for quite a while I understand. Fort Bragg is approximately 75 miles by 30 miles and contains some 50,000 men, the largest in the world. Shelby had some 30,000 and Livingston about the same. This man's army is an immense thing and I find it quite interesting to watch everything in general. Easter Sunday we spent doing nothing in general and are allowed to use the canteen, for most anything you remainder missing

7 Colored Going into Army from Here April 23rd
Madison Journal April 1941

The local Draft Board announced this week that they had received call No. eight, and this will take seven colored volunteers into the army from this parish on April 23. Those who are to go are: Will Nelson, Willie Glenn, Osie Rong, Willie Huddie Jackson, Charlie H. Richardson, Spencer Whalary and Benjamin Brown.

The alternates are: Columbus Johnson, Phillip E. Bell, Mack McKinley Finley, Jim Knight, Jr., Paul Rochelle, Isaac Jackson, Jr. and Robert Wilmore.

Of the fourteen white men who left here April 8, two were rejected, one for weak eyes, one for high blood pressure. The 12 who were accepted have been sent to Fort Bragg, N. C., and report "It's a swell life."

The following office hours will be observed by the Local Board: Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.; Saturdays, from 8:00 a. m. to 12:00 m.

To date the Local Board has sent 31 white men and 54 colored men to the army for their year's training. The quota through June 11, 1941 is 151 men, leaving us a total of 66 men to be supplied before that time.

This Board is also credited with 20 white men and four negroes who have entered the army other than through the Selective Service System.

Many Volunteer after Colored Soldiers Pass
Madison Journal April 1941

Several colored citizens here remarked during the week that if another trainload of negro soldiers passed through Tallulah, there would not be a young negro left. During the first part of the week a trainload of colored troops passed through Tallulah, and Tuesday the local board stated that eight negroes had volunteered, most of them being under draft age, and not subject to call. Officials of the board also state that at present it has a waiting list of fifty negro volunteers, and that heretofore all calls for colored men had been filled by this board solely with volunteers and it appears that it will be some time before men will have to be selected from any list other than the volunteers.

It is also stated that this list of fifty is waiting for call in spite of the fact that a large number of negroes have failed to pass the blood test. In a number of parishes a clinic has been arranged to give these men blood treatments so that they can pass the army examina­tion. No such arrangements, however, as yet has been made for Madison.

Officials of the local board also state that due to the fact that a shortage is beginning to appear in farm labor, and due to the fact that they now have a considerable waiting list among the colored volunteers, they have discontinued accepting colored men who wish to volunteer if they reside on a farm.

The records of the local office show that Madison has the largest percentage of negroes who are placed in class one in the state. About seventy percent of the negroes of this parish are being found available for service and are placed in class one. The percentage of white men is running about twenty-two. This figure is nearly the national average.

On May 12, 1941 we sent our first transfer from another Board to camp - John Edward Hughston, whose home is in Tallulah, but was registered in Pointe a La Hache.

Two White Men Going To Camp As Replacements
Madison Journal May 1941  

The following white men will leave for Camp Livingston on May 29 as replacements for the men who have been rejected through May. They are both volunteers:

Gus Beetles Eaker, Jr. and James Thomas Welch.


There is a call for nine white men on June 4th, their names will be announced next week.


The following colored men are delinquent in returning their questionnaires:

Nathaniel McDuffy, Cleveland Smith, Frank Cooper, Albert Thompson, Leroy Hendrix, Eddie Ammonds, Henry Clark, Dave Weatherspoon, Melvin Henderson, WillieLewis, Floyd Sanders, Joe Nathan Freemont, Jessie James, Dozie Whitaker, Isaac Lee, Sandy Evans and John Henry Chapman.

Son in Pacific Talks to Mother Here Last Week
Madison Journal May 1941

Mrs. W. H. Pitts, of Tallulah, was a happy mother last week when she heard her son's voice over the telephone from the Hawaiian Islands. Mrs. Pitts says she had not heard from him in several weeks and decided that she would try to talk to him over the phone. In a short while after she had placed the call she was talking.

Her son is a sergeant in the army, and told her over the phone that owing to the duty to which he was assigned he was unable at the present time to write, and that was the reason she had not heard from him. He also said that he had received letters from friends which he was unable to answer, but that he desired them to continue to write and he would answer when the opportunity offered.

Sgt. Pitts is an employee of the Chicago         Mill and Lumber Company here, where Sergeant Pitts attended high school. He joined the army in 1941.

Call No. 9 was filled by the following white men on June 4, 1941:

James E. Vardaman Stewart, Louis A. Burns, James Marion Sykes, Edward E. Jones, Max Lamar Sewell, Robert Virgil Nelson, Len Hal Moore, Harry Watts and Noah Jeen Booty, who failed to report. The eight who reported were accepted.

Call No. 9 was filled by the following colored men, three of whom were rejected:

Noble Walton, Henry Warner, Isaac Jackson, Jr., Charlie Barksdale, Jim Knight, Jr., Alfred Bailey, Mose Davis, Thomas Alvin Washington, George Willie Hamilton, Robert Wilmore; Johnnie Thomas, George Miller Jones, Paul Rochelle and John Luther Starks.

First Order Number Sequence Calls Nine Men to Livingston
Madison Journal May 1941

The following white men will leave for Camp Livingston June 4 to fill Call No. 9 from this parish. This is the first call to be filled by order number sequence instead of volunteers. Some men who would have been in this call have been deferred long enough to lay by their crops and will be inducted at a later date. To date Madison Parish Local Board has had accepted 33 white men and 78 colored men, for their year's training.

James K. Vardaman Stewart, Ludis A. Bums, Jesse James Jones, James Marion Sykes, Edward M. Jones, Noah Jeen Booty, Max Lamar Sewell, Robert Virgil Nelson and Len Hal Moore.

Because one or more of the men named above may not be inducted at the induction office by the armed forces, the following named men may be required as replacements.

Any man who is required to report as a replacement shall be duly notified at least five days before he is required to report:

John Arthur Higginbotham, Bishop Floyd, Elvie Lee Beall, James Elijah Parker, Lon Crane, Carl Everett, Donald August Belott, Daniel L. Thornhill, and Archie Verhagen.

Call number 10 required no white men, but 20 colored volunteers were sent to camp on May 19, as shown below (but partially incomplete.)

A replacement call was filled by James Thomas Welch and Gus Beetles Eaker on May 29, 1941, and by Andrew Lee Parker, Paris Walton Hill and Eldridge Douglas Walker, colored, on May 23, 1941. The literacy test now required had cut down considerably on our volunteers.

20 Colored Going to Army Camp June 12
Madison Journal May 1941

The local Draft Board announces that call number 12 for colored men provides that 20 will be sent to Camp Livingston for Army service on June 12. The following men will fill this call: Joe Nathan Freemont, Willie Robinson, Willie Gibson, Monroe Evans, George Sylvan Harris, Mose Anthony Hightower, Pierre Andrew Scott, Leader, Stacy Wilson, Leon Claiborne, John Oscar Neal, George Murphy, Wesley J Carol, Charlie Hubbard, Lonzo Rounds, Willie Hampton, Robert Freemont, Joe Burke Lewis, Willie Jack Gaines (remainder missing.)

Madison Journal June 1941

(Missing data) call number 9 for white men has been filled by the following who left Tallulah June 4 under the leadership of Hal Moore: James K Vardaman Stewart, Loudis A. Burns, Jesse James Jones, James Marion Sykes, Edward M. Jones, Max Lamar Sewell, Robert Virgil Nelson and Harry Watts.

Several promotions have been announced for servicemen from here. Joe Magee, who left here in April has been made a corporal and is stationed at Fort Bragg, NC. This is a splendid record they say, as Joe had no previous military training.

Joe Mack Thornton, who also left in April, is now a sergeant at Camp Shelby. He had previously served six years in CCC camps in Louisiana and California.

J. D. Jackson, who was in the first group of colored man to leave Tallulah, has been promoted to a corporal and is located at Camp Livingston.

A coat of arms and designed by Walter Vincent Dugdale, who formerly taught art at the Tallulah high school, has been accepted officially for the Fourth Corps area and will be worn on the uniforms of all officers in the area (missing data.)  

Arnold Sargent Writes Of Life At Fort Bragg

Life of a draftee at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is pictured vividly in a letter from Arnold Sargent, former employee of Naylors' Service Station, to friends in Tallulah.
Madison Journal June 1941


The letter reads:

June 15, 1941. Dear Friends:


I am trying to catch up on my correspondence today. Sorry I haven't answered your letter before now. I've certainly had time because there is nothing much to do here but write letters and read. Fayetteville is only eight miles from here but to have any fun there would cost four or five dollars and we can't make many trips on twenty-one dollars a month. I went last Saturday a week ago but didn't do anything but go to the show. Got back to the post before the lights went out. They always give us a weekend pass in case some may want to spend the night.


I went with one of the sargeants. We had few drinks, ate supper, went to the show and came back to camp. I got up the next morning and walked over to the Service Club and ate breakfast. We don't do that often because we have to pay for it when we don't eat at the mess hall.


Well, it looks like I am going to be a truck driver. I was one of the first to get a license to drive. There are about fourteen out of this battery (250 men) with license. There will be more before we leave here. The first week they made us drive in all kinds of places. Through the woods and swamps, up and down hills, and through some very close places, without slowing down. Most of us were expecting to crash at any time. But since then I have just been sitting in the cab with another man instructing him how to drive and picking out the best drivers. I have a new "Diamond T" truck. It weighs over 13,000 pounds, empty. About a week ago we went on a four-hour night drive. The trucks were loaded with men, so all we regular drivers had to drive.


Last Friday night we went on a blackout march. We had new drivers to drive until dark. Then we parked on the side of the country road 'til 9:30 and then came the blackout. Boy, was that a thrill? The sky was cloudy and the trucks were full of men and we're going about 25 or 30 miles an hour just guessing where the road was. I ran into a ditch one time but cut back on the road without changing gears. My sargeant was in the cab with me and we really had a time during that ride. He stood on the running board (missing)


I may stay here as a driver instructor, but if I don't I will still make pretty good. I'll get promoted to first class private with fourth class rating which pays $51 a month. I will sure be glad when my four months are up so I can make more.


We will leave here around the first two weeks of July. I don't know where we will go. We might go to Tennessee. I hope so because I get to come home then. I sure miss all of you and the gang too.


Well, it's about time the lights were going out and so I will close. Answer and tell me all the news.




Plans Complete Here for New Registration

 Place Selected In Each Ward Where Men Just Over 21 May Appear To Register July 1st.
Madison Journal June 1941

Announcement has just been made by the Madison Parish Selective Board that plans have been completed in this parish to handle the registration of all young men who have reached their twenty-first birthday since October 16, 1940.


The following persons have been selected to register the men at the places named:

Ward 1; C. F. Hobson, Registrar at Hobson's Store, Delta, La.

Ward 2; H. W. Burleigh, Registrar at Mound Store, Mound, La.

Ward 3; Earle Read and W. H.  Hewes, Registrar at Hewes Store, Hewes Plantation.

Ward 4; Local Board Office, Tallulah, State Bank Bldg., Second Floor, Tallulah La.

Ward 5; Jim Gilfoil and W. R. Gilfoil, Registrar, Gilfoil Store, Omega, La.

Ward 6; Maude Frazier and J. P. Milliken, Registrar, Frazier's Store, Waverly, La.

Ward 6; E. E. Warrick, Registrar, Tendal Store, Tendal, La.

Ward 7; John Frank Olvey and W. A. Lancaster, Registrar, Olvey's Store, Araby, La.

Ward 8; Eddie Montgomery, Registrar, Warsaw Store, Warsaw, La.


The registration will be held in accordance with the proclamation which has been issued by the president of the United States, and will take place on Tuesday, July 1, 1941, between the hours of 7 AM and 8 AM. Every male citizen and alien who has reached the age of 21 since wellness stuff the October 16, 1940, will be required to register for possible military service.


Young Men Registration for Service July 1

Few Questions Will Be Asked, And Registration Will Take Only A Few Minutes Of Time
Madison Journal June 1941


When young men from Madison Parish register for possible military training under the Selective Training and Service Act on Tuesday, July 1, they will be required to answer only 10 simple questions, Mr. C. H. Todd, Chairman of Local  Board of this Parish, said today.


Pointing to a statement made this week by Brigadier General Raymond H. Fleming, Director of the Louisiana Selective System, in  which the General asserted that the Registration will involve no complex procedure, Mr. Todd said that the questions the registrants must answer are contained on a four-by-six-inch filing card, and include the following:      

1. Name of registrant

2. Place of Residence

3. Mailing Address (if other than Place of Residence)

4. Telephone

5. Age in Years

6. Place of Birth

7. Occupation

8. Name and address of person who will always know your address

9. Employer's name and address

10. Place of employment or business.


Registration should not take longer than five minutes for each individual; it was pointed out, although in some cases it probably will be extended to 20 or more minutes


While it is essential that registration be conducted as rapidly as possible, Local Board (missing) every question on the registration card be answered properly.


As a convenience to these men who live so far from their local boards that it would be a hardship for the on them to travel in to register, Mr. Todd said the following  substations would be established on July 1, and those men who live in those areas would merely go to the nearest local selective service station and register.


Beside the local board headquarters, which is located in Tallulah, men in Madison parish may register at any the following places: Delta, LA, Mound, LA, Tendal, LA, Waverly, LA, Gilfoil’s store Omega, LA,  Olvey’s store Araby plantation, Eddie Montgomery’s store in the eighth Ward, Hughes store Route one.


No questionnaire will be answered by registrants when they register July 1, Mr. Todd said, and he also pointed out that there will be no physical examinations at the time of registration, these latter do be given only after local boards have considered the registrants classification and determined that, subject to his physical test, he is eligible for military training.


After a registrant has answered the questions and signed his name to the registration card, he will be given a registration certificate signed by the registrar. (missing) He should keep his certificate in his possession at all times as under the selective service regulations failure to possess a certificate or to show it to authorized persons, constitutes a violation of the regulations and is to be considered prima facie evidence of failing to register.  


Volunteers must register if not already in Army
Madison Journal June 1941


The local selective service board has received a notice from headquarters stating that volunteers who have not yet been inducted into the Army, and who have become 21 years of age since October 16, 1940 and prior to July 1, 1941, must register on July 1.

Men who have volunteered and have not been accepted into the Army are considered as civilians and not members of the Armed Forces, and consequently it is required that they be in the registered lists if they are of the proper age. However, this registration will be merely for record purposes and will in no way affect their status as a volunteer, and will not hurry or delay their acceptance.


All First Registrants Questionnaires Mailed

Registration Of Young Men July First Here Is Estimated To Reach Approximately 100
Madison Journal July 1941


Local Selective Service officials report that questionnaires have been sent out to all men in Madison parish who were in the first registration, and that the indications are approximately 100 will be registered in the July 1 registration, which was set for those who have reached their twenty-first birthday since last October.


The local office states that there were 698 white men who were sent questionnaires and 1,816 Negros. These were in the first registration, and all these questionnaires had been mailed last Saturday. It is said that a number of questionnaires have not been delivered by the post office department, and local officials are calling attention to the fact that all questionnaires have been mailed, and state that anyone who registered in October and who has not received a questionnaire should call at the office and get one. Those who do not have their questionnaires completed will be placed on the delinquent list.


Up to Wednesday the local office states that they have received the registration of approximately 75 young men in this parish who registered July 1. They had not at that time received a report from Waverly, Mound, or Delta. It was estimated that this number would reach approximately 100.


The local board had received a call for 24 white men to leave here on July 8. They had this quota ready, but lately received an order to defer all men over 28 for sixty days. There were fourteen of these in this list, and consequently there are only ten men left to fill this quota. They state, however, that they have two volunteers, and that if they can have their physical examination completed in time, they will be included, making fourteen men on this quota of 24. This would leave this parish in the hole for ten men on this call, and this would be added to a future call.


They also state that they have a call for 41 negroes to be sent on July 21. This list is now being made up, but will not be completed for a couple of weeks, as it is necessary to classify more questionnaires before the list can be completed.


One Hundred Four Are Registered Here July 1

List For Madison Parish Is Completed, And Each Registrant Has Been Assigned A Serial Number
Madison Journal July 1941


The local Selective Service Board announces that one hundred four were registered in this parish July 1, that being the number here to become twenty-one years of age since the registration last October. Included in the list are one oriental and one Mexican. The balance are either white or colored. Also included are two negroes over twenty-one years of age who should have registered last October.


The list registered follows:(many are missing because of paper deterioration)

Nathan Hendon, negro, Tallulah, La.

Horace Williams, negro, Tallulah, La.

Heigen Minor, negro, Tallulah, La.

M. C. Major, negro, Tallulah, La.
Annias Smith, negro, Mound, La.
Louis Colbert, negro, Tallulah, La.

Elmer Taylor, negro, Newellton, La.

James Preston Foster, negro, Tallulah, La.

Lonze "Son" Kinsey, negro, Tallulah, La.

Oather Lee Tillis, negro, Tallulah, La.

Willie B. Thomas, negro, Mound, La.

Robert Howard Snowden, negro, La.

John A. Dixon.white, Sondheimer, La.

Richard Talbert, white, Tallulah,  La.

Howard Thompson, negro, Tallulah, La.

Jimmie Dudley, negro, Tallulah, La.     

George Dalton Perkins, white Waverly, La.

J. C. Montgomery, negro, Tallulah, La.

Marvis Jasper Simpson, white, Delhi, La.

Willie Green, negro, Tallulah, La.

Nathaniel Collins, negro, Tallulah, La.

Wesley Rose, Jr., negro, Tallulah, La.

Philip Cornelius Coleman, white, Baton Rouge, La.

Louis Thompson, negro, Tallulah, La.

James Otis Richardson, white, Delhi, La.

Jimmie Murphy, negro, Tallulah: La.

Thomas Wade Wilson, negro, Tallulah, La.

Edward Donald Luster, negro, Mound, La.

Samuel "Dog" Johnson, negro, Tallulah, La.

Henry Batheclor, Jr., negro, Omega, La.

William Lee Hopkins, white, Tallulah, La.

Joe Nathan Page, Jr., negro, Waverly, La.

Ezekiel Williams, negro, Waverly, La.

David Jones, negro, Tallulah, La.

Roy Scott, negro, Sondheimer, La.

Walter Freeman, egro, Tallulah, La.

Leandrew Clay, negro, Tallulah, La.

Theodore Curtis, negro, Tallulah, La.

George Kent, negro, Talulah, La.

Clarence Madison, negro, Newell­ton, La.

Ferguson Stamps, negro, Tallulah, La.

Harry Lockard Holt, white, Tallulah, La.

George Tribles, negro, Sondheimer, La.

Isaac McNeal, negro, Tallulah, La.

George Washington, negro, Tallulah, La.

Curtis Lee Miller, white, Monroe, La.

William Benny Brown, negro, Tallulah, La.

Kee Eagles, negro, Tallulah, La.

Harvey Brown Rodgers, white, Tallulah, La.

Willie Bartlett, negro, Tallulah, La.

Henry Patterson, negro, Tallulah, La.

Howard Jones, negro, Tallulah, La.

William Kepner, Jr., negro, Tallulah, La.

Dan Lester Herman, white, Tallulah,    

Saul McJimson, negro, Tallulah, La

Jimmie Thomas, negro, Tallulah, La.

William Heathmon, negro, Tallulah, La.

Rufus Lee Axton, white, Waverly, La.

Will Fletcher, Jr., negro, Mound, La.

Marshall Perry Sargent, white, Tallulah, La.

Eddie "Skipper" King, negro, Tallulah, La.

Marces Godina, Mexican, Tallulah, La.

Claud Warner McCurry, white, Delhi, La.

Cordes Earl Williamson, white, Tallulah, La.   

Nelson Goss, white, Tallulah, La.

Willie Buster Moore, negro, Tallulah, La.

Willie Kline, negro, Mound, La.

Louis Allen Nettles, Jr., white, Minden, La.

Samuel Jones, negro, Mound, La.

Ruben Howard, negro, Mound, La.

Burnell McNeal, negro, Delta, La.

Brown Vernel Douglas, negro, Tallulah, La.

Bark Lum Yee, oriental, Tallulah, La.

Edward Harvey Lightsey, white, Delhi, La.

Isaac Jack Sanders, negro, Tallulah, La.

Arthur Lee James, negro, Tallulah, La.

Monroe James Martin, white, Delhi, La.

Edward Carmena, negro, Tallulah, La.

George Howard Bosley, negro, Tallulah, La.

Anthony Joseph Scurria, white, Tallulah, La.

Eddie Thomas, negro, Tallulah, La.

(These two registrants were over 21, should have registered October, 1940.)

Sylvester Junius Riley, negro, Tallulah, La.

Nobel Perkins, negro, Tallulah, La.

(missing) Rencher, negro, Tallulah, La.

Herman Thornton, Jr., white, Tallulah, La.

William Leggins, negro, Tallulah, La.

Jesse Julius Jingles, negro, Delhi, La.

Walter Ray Vaughn, white, Delhi, La.

William McKinley Shaw, negro, Tallulah, La.

Napoleon Dew, negro, Tallulah, La.

Overton Seals, negro, Tallulah, La.


Call No. 11 required no white men, but was filled by the following colored volunteers:

Alfred Chalk, Forest Miller, Lawrence Hamilton, Louis Taylor, Jake Berryhill and James McGee.


Call No. 12 was filled by Thirteen white men on Jul 8. Twenty-four were called, but due to the Over-Age Bill, only thirteen were available. Woodroe Moreland and William Tenant White were transferred for induction to Winnemucca, Nevada and Seneca, Oregon, respectively. The men who left Tallulah were as follows: William Martin, Frank Williamson, John William Purvis, James Elijah Parker, Carl Everett, Archie Morton Verhagen, Henry Spurgon Allen, Doyle Lloyd Tabor, Ernest Clifford Hopkins and Max Watson. Two were rejected.


Twenty-Four White Men Called To Army

This Call Will Make A Total of 69 White Men Sent To Army From This Parish
Madison Journal July 1941


The local Selective Service Board announces that they have received a call for twenty-four white men to be sent to the army, from Tallulah on July 8. This will be the largest number from here at one time and will bring the total number of white men in the army from here to 69. The total number of colored already sent from here is 82. Those who will be inducted into the service on July 8 are:

John Arthur Higginbotham, Tallulah, La.

Bishop Floyd, Waverly, La.

Lon Crane, Texarkana, Ark.

Carl Everett, Tallulah, La.

Donald August Belott, Tallulah, La.

Daniel L. Thornhill, Tallulah, La.

Archie Marton Verhagen, Tallulah, La.

Jack Alive Miller, Tallulah, La.

Henry Spurgeon Allen, Alexandria, La.

Muriel Floyd Deckard, Tallulah, La.

Robert Bruce Carter, Waverly, La.

Donald Deloes Lancaster, Dallas, Texas.

John C. Sherwin, Tallulah, La.

Doyle Lloyd Tabor, Oak Grove, La.

William Tenant White, Seneca, Oregon

Emmett Eula Lancaster, Tallulah, La:

Oiddie James Womack, Crystal Springs, Miss.

Morgan Morgan, Tallulah, La.

Edgar Hunter Lancaster, Jr., Tallulah, La.

Ernest Clifford Hopkins, Tallulah, La.

Lyttleton Lee Rabb, Tallulah, La.

Terrill Lewis, Waverly, La.

Max Edwin Watson, Tallulah, La.

Fred Campbell Massey, Tallulah, La.


The above list is subject to some changes, as some men may be deferred until a later date on account of the work they are doing, and if there are any volunteers before the induction date, this will affect the status of some of those named. The Board announces that at the present time they have only 44 men who have been placed (remainder missing)


Call number 12 was for 20 colored men and was filled on June 12 by the following men: Jesse Allen, Joe Nathan Freemont, Willie Robinson, Willie Gibson, Monroe Evans, George Sylvan Harris, Mose Anthony Hightower, Pierre Andrew Scott, Ralph Stacy Wilson, Leon Claiborne, John Oscar Neal, George Murphy, Wesley J. Carrol, Charlie Hubbard, Lonzo Rounds, Willie Hampton, Robert Freemont, John Burke Lewis, Willie Jack Gaines and Phillip Jordan. Three were rejected. The five men drafted in this call were the first colored men sent to the Army who were not volunteers.


An effort was made to take a picture of this group; this was accomplished with difficulty as all of the women present wanted to be included. The result is shown below.

Fifteen Whites Are Called For Service

Call Number 13 Gets Thirty-Eight Negroes From This Parish, Sent To Camp On July 21st
Madison Journal July 1941


The local selective service board announces this week that they have received a call for fifteen white men who will be sent to camp from here on August 15. A list of these men will be published later, as they have not as yet been selected.


The board sent off thirty-eight colored men on July 21 to fill call number 13. Their leaders were Curtis Russell Owens, and Leon Gregory. Out of this group 25 were volunteers, 13 being under 21. Madison parish stands close to the top in number of volunteers for the State of Louisiana. Of 142 colored men who have been sent to camp from Tallulah, only 19 have been drafted. The balance of this number was volunteers. Those who were sent to fill call Number 13 were:


Hezzie Clay Jack, Richard James Holmes, Johnny Epps, James Harris, Jr., Peter Collier, Alfred Chalk, Jr., Robert Haywood, William Howard Jones, Robert Lee Diggs, Edward Miller, Louis Dawson, Elvin Joe Johnson, James Wilson, Willie Kline, Eddie Skipper King, Minor Heigon, Willie McKinley Shaw, George Washington, Isaac Jack Sanders, Joseph Skinner, Leandrwe Clay, Leon Gregory, Harry Linton Hill, George Bell Lomax, Johnnie Lee, Jr.


James Worthy, Albert Page, Johnnie Allen Jones, Curtis Bussell Owens, D. C. Gulley, Johnnie Kyle, Junius Anderson, Arthur Alexander Diggs, Bennie Clarke, Jack Price, Hamp Lee, George Washington Cooper, Jessie Rice.

Those Delinquent

The Board announces that it has quite a list of men who are delinquent in returning their questionnaires. The law requires every registrant to attend to getting and filling in his questionnaire. If he does not get it, this is no excuse for not filling it in. One may be secured at the local office at any time. The Board has been reluc­tant to turn in the names of those delinquent, hoping that they would soon turn up. However, they are required to give these names to the federal authorities, and if this is done, the penalty for not sending in a filled out questionnaire on time is much as five years in a federal (remainder missing)


Call number 13 called for 41colored men, but only 38 were available, due to the fact that some were deferred to harvest their crops and others could not pass the Literacy Test.


Following is a list of these men, all but thirteen being volunteers: William Howard Jones, Peter Collier, Joe Elvin Johnson, Louis Dawson, Robert Haywood, Hezzie Clay Jack, Robert Lee Diggs, James Wilson, Richard James Holmes. Alfred Chalk, Jr., James Harris, Jr. Edward Miller, Johnnie Epps, Heigon Minor, Joseph Skinner, Willie Kline, Eddie King, George Washington, Leandrew Clay, William McKinley Shaw, Isaac Jack Sanders, Leon Gregory, Harry Linton Hill, George Bell Lomax, Johnnie Lee, Jr., James Worthy, Albert Page, Johnnie Allen Jones, Curtis Russell Owens, D. C. Gulley, Johnnie Kyle, Junius Anderson, Arthur A. Diggs, Bennie Clark, Jack Price, Hamp Lee, George W. Cooper and Jesse Rice. Seven were rejected.


2000 Troops Pass Through Tallulah to La. Maneuvers
Madison Journal August 1941


Approximately 2,000 motorized troops passed through Tallulah Tuesday and Wednesday enroute to maneuvers somewhere in Louisiana.


The caravans traveled in 30-unit groups, each requiring three minutes, or more, to pass. Between each group there was a five minute break, to allow civilian traffic to pass.


The column, approximately 70 miles long, included trucks and cars of many various types, representing nearly every kind of army motor unit. Both groups were of the Second Armored Division, from Fort Benning, Ga.


Meanwhile, large quantities of equipment and troops are going into the maneuver areas by train. Detailed information regarding these trains is withheld, but dispatches from Fort Benning said that about 700 tanks, 44 field guns, and 2,500 men will be moved into Louisiana by rail.


Men Selected By Local Board Will Leave August 18
Madison Journal August 1941


The following named men have been selected for induction by the Madison Parish Board and will leave for Camp Livingston, La., August 18:

William Frederick Gandy, leader, George W. Lawrence, Ralph Lee Coleman, W. C. Dunning, Ralph Cilton Paulette, Bishop Floyd, Donald August Belott, James Monroe Hipsher, Samuel Edward McFarland, Edward Lloyd Hargon, Henry Parker Mayson, Dennis Carl Wiley, Clarence Benjamin Weems, Walter Manfries Kern, Howard Erwin Busby, Transfer.


Questionnaires are being mailed out to all men who registered July 1 and should be returned 10 days after mailing.


Call number 13 for 15 white men was filled on August 8 by the following as shown in picture. Four were rejected: William Frederick Gandy, Ralph Clinton Paulette, Dennis Carl Wiley and Clarence Benjamin Weems.



Men Filling Call No. 13, August 18, 1941

Top row, reading left to right: William Frederick Gandy, Leader, Ralph Lee Coleman, Samuel Edward McFarland, Henry Mayson Parker, Dennis Carl Wiley, Ralph Clinton Paulette, Edward Lloyd Hargon, Donald August Belott, George W. Lawrence, James Monroe Hipsher; bottom row: Clarence Benjamin Weems, Howard Erwin Busby, Transfer, Walter Manfred Kern, Bishop Floyd and W. C. Dunning.


Monroe Morning World September 1941

TALLULAH, La., Sept. 9—Arrangements have been made for dances at the high school gymnasium here for the soldiers under  the direction of the "Military Maids," Mrs. A. H. Willett, general chairman assisted by Mrs. Dean Moberley, Miss Hazel Jean Moberley, Mrs. James Wallace and Mrs. W. P. Sevier, Jr.


The affairs will be formal and the list of girls attending will be taken from an approved list, each girl having been recommended by a sponsor. The dances will be well chaperoned and no one is allowed to leave the gymnasium during intermissions. Sandwiches and punch will be served.


L. G. Storey will be in charge of the music and for the dance on Wednesday, September 10 an orchestra from Monroe will furnish the music.


Call number 13–A for 5 colored men was filled on September 18, 1941, by the following men, all of whom were accepted: Albert Clay, Spencer P. Davis, Will Jones, Berrie Lomax and Fred Cockrom. They were all volunteers.


Call number 14 for two white men was filled on September 10, 1941 by Fred Campbell Massey and Charles Frank Beasley. Both were accepted.


Two Sent To Army This Week from Tallulah
Madison Journal September 1941

Fred Campbell Massey, Tallulah, and Charles Frank Beasley, of Monroe left Tallulah  Wednesday morning to be inducted into the Army at Camp Livingston, Louisiana filling Call No. 14 for this Board. A call for 22 white men has been received to he filled on October 3rd. A list of the men in this call will be published later.

The following colored men will be inducted September 18 in answer to call No. 14: Albert Clay, Fred Crockrom, Spencer P. Davis, Will Jones and Berrie Lomax.

The men inducted from Madison Parish Local Board are making a splendid record, a great many of whom have been promoted to First Class Privates, Corporals and Sergeants, including both white and colored.

All men who had reached the age of 28 before July 1st, 1941, and who had not been inducted previously, are now being placed in Class 1-H. These men will not be called at the present time but can be inducted should they wish to volunteer.

First Dance Here For Military Men Is Great Success
Madison Journal September 1941

A Military Maids organization has been formed in Tallulah, sponsored by the local Rotary Club. Mrs. A. H. Willett has been made General and will be assisted by the following ladies: Mrs. R. N. Ware, Mrs. Dean Moberley, Mrs. James Wallace, Miss Alice Gilbert, Mrs. Jerome Gilbert, Miss Hazel Jean Moberley and Mrs. W. P. Sevier, Jr. The object of the organization is to furnish entertainment for the visiting members of the armed forces with dances, refreshments etc. Over one hundred local girls have been approved and given cards which they will be required to present at each function. Any girl who is not now on the list and wishes to become a member can do so by being sponsored by her church and approved by the Committee. It is planned to conduct weekly dances at the Gymnasium for the enlisted men, the first one being held last Wednesday night. A dance for the officers will be held at the Shamrock at a later date. Each dance will be chaperoned and the girls will not be allowed to leave the floor during the dance. They will arrive and leave with, their chaperone. Formal evening dresses will be worn by the girls.

The first dance held Wednesday night was a great success, both the girls and soldiers and marines having expressed themselves as having had a wonderful time. The Entertainment Committee wishes to thank the ladies who so generously donated sandwiches and the business firms and individuals who gave cases of Coca Cola.

Madison Journal September 1941

Tallulah and Madison Parish turned out Sunday afternoon for the exhibition at the Encampment grounds, and airfield. One Lieut. from Chicago, remarked, "There surely isn't anyone in town, with all these people out here." And the officers and men were so courteous, perfect hosts in every way. While showing the planes to an ever so interested sub deb, a young corporal made this crack, "Now, this is the propeller, these wings, this the engine, this the tail, all between is a military secret."

Saturday evening a group of businessmen entertained forty officers with a barbecue supper on the spacious lawn of Mandeville Kell's home. A prevalent remark Sunday was, "Say, we were royally entertained last night, that barbecue was wonderful, Tallulah people are very hospitable."

Last Wednesday night the enlisted men were entertained with a dance in the Gym, with the people of Tallulah as hosts. Mr. Storey was in charge of the music. Mrs. Gus Willett, Sr., in charge of the Military Maids, who attended the dance and were partners for the soldiers. Young ladies from Lake Providence also attended. (Missing) was enjoyed until eleven pm when the truck took the Marines and Soldiers back to camp. The men were orderly and well behaved, and seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. They expressed appreciation at the nice type of dance, and responded to any requests made them. There will be another such dance Thursday evening in the Gym. Sandwiches and cold drinks are donated by the citizens of Tallulah.

"Invite a soldier to Sunday dinner," is in vogue." And do these homesick, lonesome kids go for it. The usual custom, if you do not have an acquaintance among the soldiers, is to ask an officer to send as many as you wish. From reports of the various hosts, we understand that both soldier and his hosts enjoy the visit. The citizen learns all about camp life and the soldier revels in a glimpse of "home."

The Recreational Center has proven most popular giving the men a place to relax. The Tallulah Book Club is open to soldiers each day from 4:30 p. m. until 9:00. Provisions are there for reading and stationery and tablets and lamps for writing letters. The ladies of the Book Club serve as hostesses each day.

After all, each citizen has someone who is dear to them, who is or may soon become one of these boys. A good thing to remember.

Call number 14 for 19 colored men was filled on October 22, 1941, by 12 men, nine of whom were accepted. Those accepted were Roosevelt Atemon, Willie Clarks, Robert Williams, James Foster, Jr, George Willie Hamilton, George Washington, Hezekiah Richardson and James Smith, Jr, volunteers, and George Jackson and Homer Van Wheeler, selectees.

Call number 15 for 22 white men on October 3, 1941, was short 15 men. Those who left Tallulah were Ellis Paxton Hancock, Marvis Jasper Simpson, Charlie Kirkham, John Arie McCulley, Marshall Perry Sargent, Kenneth Edward Hollifield and William Edwin Towne.  Kirkham was rejected and Towne failed to report.

Seven Going To Camp Livingston from Here Today
Madison Journal October 1941

Out of a call for twenty-two, the local Selective Service Board will send seven to Camp Livingston this morning at nine o'clock. Those who leave are Ellis Paxton Hancock, Leader, Marvis Jasper Simpson, Charley Kirkham, John Arie McCulley, Marshall Perry Sargent, Kenneth Edward Holyfield, William Edwin Towne.

The call came this week for twenty-two white men for this contingent, but local board officials state that the above seven are the only men they have available for  the call. They will leave Tallulah by bus.


Call No. 15 for three colored men was filled on November 17 by one man, Charles Williams. Jessie James Inglam failed to report and Howard Holland was rejected.

Call No. 15 (16?) for three white men was filled by Fred Alton Lott and Lucian Mayo Roy, both of whom were accepted. The pictures taken of these boys were a failure.

Two White Men Inducted from Here Nov. 26th
Madison Journal October 1941

At the present time, the Madison Parish Local Board has furnished 75 white and 144 colored men to the Army through Selective Service. Sixty-five white and nine colored men have enlisted voluntarily in different branches of the services.  

Call No. 17 for white men for Madison Parish was filled by Curtis Lee Miller and William H. Wallace, on November 26, 1941.

Call No. 16 for colored men will be filled on December         2, 1941 by the following men: Jessie Inglam, George Jackson, Elmer Green, John D. Washington, Willie V. Rancher, and Jesse Julius Jingles. Alternates are James Arthur Lee, Herman McDowell, Willie Johnson, Jesse Goodwin, Dave Rogers and Mark Norris.  

Calls No. 18 and 19, white, were for no men.


Call No. 15, November 17, 1941, for three colored men was filled by Charles William, Jessie James Inglam and Edward Holland. Only the first was accepted.


Call No. 16, for six colored men on December 2, 1941, was filled by Jessie James Inglam, Jesse Julius Jingles, George Jackson, Willie V. Rancher, John D. Washington and Elmer Green. All mere accepted but John D. Washington.


Call No. 17, for thirteen colored seen, was filled on January 20, 1942, by Lee L. Brown, Lawrence Hamilton, J. B. Johnson, Freeman Privitte. Eddie Taylor, George Gulley, Jack Henderson, Jams Taylor, Arthur Lee Jams, Edward Carmena, Elmer Jones and Robert Lee Ford. In this call several men, who had previously been rejected for illiteracy, were accepted.


Call No. 18, for colored men, called for no men.

Board To Have All Class 1-A Men Examined
Madison Journal December 1941

The Madison Parish Selective Service Board announced this week that they had received instructions from State Headquarters to have all men on their list who could possibly be classed as Class 1-A physically examined as soon as possible. Acting under these instructions, they stated that all men who have not received a classification card and have not been examined, will be examined next week, from Tuesday through Friday. If any man should fail to receive a card through mail instructing him the date and hour to report, he should notify the local board at once.

They stated that due to the national emergency which now exists, this is an important matter, and any attempt to evade this examination will be vigorously prosecuted.

Board Tells Men to Notify Them of New Address
Madison Journal January 1942

It is earnestly requested by the Madison Parish Local Selective Service Board that all registrants who have changed addresses, notify the Board at once. It is also very important that the Board be notified of any changes in dependency; for instance, a man who was classified 3-A a year ago might have no dependents now, or he might have more. This additional information should be presented in writing to be included in the registrant’s file. In accordance with instructions from National Headquarters, the dates and number of men required by future calls will not be published; however, the names of the men will be published after the call has been filled.

The following colored men left Tallulah on January 20, 1942, to fill Call No. 17: Edward Carmena, Jack Henderson, Eddie Taylor, Lawrence Hamilton, Freeman Privitter, Jr., J. B.  Johnson, Arthur Lee James, Lee L. Brown and George Gulley.

Five Local Boys Enlist Recently In Armed Forces
Madison Journal January 1942


Several Madison Parish boys have enlisted in the armed forces of the United States within the past few weeks and are now located at their permanent bases.


Jim Henry Gilfoil is with the Marines at San Diego, California, together with Bill Yerger and Herbert Massey. Jack Motley is taking a six weeks course in Pharmacy at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Miss., and writes that while the Army is not like home, it is better than he expected. Lyt Rabb is also stationed at Kessler Field in a Mechanical Division. William Wallace Ziegler is with the Ordnance Department of the Air Corps at Brookley Field, Mobile, Alabama.     Ernest Nuten Stocks is with the  Signal Corps at Camp Beauregard,  Louisiana, and reports Army food  to be plentiful and good.

Davis to Handle Reemployment of Returned Soldiers 
Madison Journal January 1942

The appointment of Mr. V. H. Davis of Tallulah, La., as Reemployment Committeeman for Madison Parish Local Board has been announced by Brigadier General Raymond H. Fleming, State Director of Selective Service. Major Val Irion, who was recently named Chief of the Reemployment Division of the Louisiana Selective Service System, will direct the reemployment in this State.

The Reemployment Committeeman will act as liaison agent between returning soldiers and employers.

It is our moral and patriotic responsibility,” General Fleming said "to make certain that the men who made sacrifices to fit themselves for the armed defense of our liberties in order that civilians might be protected from future hardships be themselves protected from present hardships. It is of vital importance that the reinstatement of these men into industry be facilitated so that the returning soldiers will feel that the Government has fully kept its promise of assistance by conserving their means of livelihood while they were in the armed forces.”

Locations Selected for Registrations of All Men Between 18 And 44 Years
Madison Journal February 1942

The Madison Parish Local Board is this week announcing locations for the Third Registration of the Selective Service System, in accordance with a Proclamation made by President Roosevelt and another made by Governor Jones.

All men between the ages of 20 and 44, that is, those who have attained their twentieth birthday on or before December 31, 1941, and, have not attained their forty-fifth birthday on February 16, 1942, are to be registered, except those who have previously registered.

The Local Board office will be open for registration on Saturday, and Sunday, February 14 and 15. In addition to the Local Board office, all places of registration will be open on Monday, February 16 from 7 a. m. til 9 p. m. This will give ample time for everyone in the Parish to register on schedule. However, if for any reason someone does not register on these days, he should report to the Local Board office as soon as possible afterwards for the purpose of registering.

Following is a list of places to register, together with the name of the chairman of each registration place

Ward No. 1, Residence of Mr. William Yerger, Ed Yerger, Chairman.  
Ward No. 2, Hobson's Store, Delta, La., J. A. Helgason, Chairman  
Ward No. 2, Mound Store, Mound, La., H. W. Burleigh, Chairman.  
Ward No. 3, Hewes Store, Hewes Plantation, La., W. H. Hewes, Chairman.  
Ward No. 4, Local Board Office, Tallulah State Bank Building, C. H. Todd, Chairman.  
Police Jury Room, Court House, Tallulah, La., V. H. Davis, Chairman      
Levee Board Office, Court House, Tallulah, La., Rodney Naylor, Chairman  
Court Room Upstairs (Colored) Tallulah, La. Gray Goza and F. H. Thomas, Chairmen        
Chicago Mill & Lbr. Co., Tallulah, La., Paul Schwartz, Chairman
Ward No. 5, Gilfoil Store, Omega, La., W. R. Gilfoil, Chairman
Ward No. 6, Frazier's Store, Waverly, La., J. P. Milliken, Chairman
       Tendal's Store, Tendal, La., E. E. Warrick, Chairman
Ward No. 7, Olvey's Store, Araby Plantation, J. F. Olvey, Chairman
Ward No. 8, Warsaw Store, Warsaw, La., E. C. Montgomery, Chairman.

1,256 register for selective service here February 16
Madison Journal February 1942

To date, the total number of men to register in the Third Registration in Madison Parish is 1,256, 47 of these were residents of other localities and their cards have been transferred to their respective boards. 352 white and 857 colored come under the jurisdiction of the Madison Parish Local Board, making a total of 1,209. It was estimated that 1,344 would register in this Parish and is possible that approximately this number will be reached as many men who registered for Home Defense understood that they were not to register again. Anyone between the ages of 20 and 45, who has not yet registered for selective service, should report to the Local Board office as soon as possible for this purpose.

The chairman of the Local Board wishes to thank all the voluntary registrars who gave so willingly of their time and energy in this registration.

Call number 19, for 40 colored men on February 21, 1942, was filled by Willie Spann, Walter Bailey, Alex Owens, leader, Leroy Duncan, Arthur Riggs, Lonzo Kincey, Jacob Long, Junior., Louis Jackson, Johnny Howard, Willie Snowden, Varies Roper, EliJah Bucana, Junior, Albert fair, Albert Goss, Aaron Hicks, Ike Nichols, Willie Edward Fowler, William Lieut., Bennett, Frank Fountain, Tom Ellis, Robert Smith, Johnny Bernard Brocks, Sam Bowser, Grover Page, James Weatherspoon, Tom Taylor, J. C. Montgomery, George Warren, Arthur Whitley, Thomas Wade Wilson, John Henry McCall, Elmer Edmond, Ernest Alfred Bowie, Henry Batchelor, Junior, Roy Scott, Arthur Hardin, Ike Oliver, Clarence McDowell and Sam Scott.

Call number (supplemental) for (missing) men, John Bluid Cooper, Jesse James, Jimmy Cubby, J. C. Gay, Jesse Holt, John Henry Woodruff, Manual Anderson, Booker T. White, Joe Williams, Sylvester Calvin. Three rejections. (Several additional names on this list were illegible.)

Call number 20, for 14 white men was filled on February 10, 1942, by James Albert Fondren, Robert Wyly Gandy, leader, Jesse James Jones, Dudley Prewitt, Hilma William Nagel, Noah Jean Booty, John Arthur Higginbotham, Daniel Levi Thornhill, Donald Deloes Lancaster, Oiddie James Womack, William Lee Hopkins and Leroy Tech Fondren. All accepted.

Call number 21, for eight white men, on March 3, 1942, was filled by Harold Trim, Willie Jinks, Clarence Ernest Kirkham, William Shelton Townsend, George Washington Revelle, John Pierce Morgan, William Martin Pemberton, Louis Allen Nettles, leader. Trim and Jakes were rejected.

Call number 21–A, for 4 white men was filled on March 19, 1942, by Claude Warner McCurry, Roy Larkin Horsman, illegible, Charles Eugene Watson. Horsman was accepted.

Call number 22, for 6 white men was filled on April 9 by TJ Lishman, James Joseph Hill, Jack Lott, James Monroe Hipsher and Ted Robert Baker. Lott and Baker were accepted.

Call number 22, second part, for three white men, was filled on April 14, 1942, by Len Crane, rejected, Joe Milton Clark, who was given form 150 to enlist in Air Corps, and William Troy McMillan, the first man registered in the third registration to enlist.

Board preparing for Registration Here April 27
  Madison Journal April 1942

The Madison Parish Local Board announces that plans are being made for the Fourth Registration under the Selective Training and Service Act. All men between the ages of 45 and 65 are to be registered on April 27 between the hours of 7 AM and 9 PM at designated registration places. The Local Board office will be open for registration on April 25 and 26 from 9 AM until 6 PM. Other places of registration will be the same as in the third registration a list of which will be published next week. Men registered in this age group will not be called for active military service.

Roy Horsman, Ted Robert Baker and Jack Lott have recently been inducted into the United States Army through the Madison parish local board.

The many friends of Sgt. Dowell Capshaw will be pleased to learn that he is successfully passed the necessary examinations and will enter the Officer’s Candidate School at Fort sill Oklahoma on April 21. Sgt. Capshaw volunteered for service through the local board and was inducted into the Army April 8, 1941. He is with the field artillery, in which branch he has made a rapid rise from private to staff Sgt. in the past year

Questionnaires are being mailed out to men of the Third Registration, and, on the orders from headquarters, local boards may select men from this registration to fill the June call. The local board states that the call for men next month could be filled from this registration, but that they are of the opinion that they already have a sufficient number of men to fill that call.

Notes Released On Madison Boys Now In Service
Madison Journal April 1942


It seems that Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Nelson are the only parents in Madison Parish who have three sons in service. Bobbie Nelson, who was inducted into the Army through the Board in June, 1941, has now been made a Corporal and is located at Camp Blending, Fla. Jack Motley enlisted in January, 1942, and a has a Pharmacist's rating with the Medical Detachment at Albrook Field, Canal Zone. Raymond Motley has recently been inducted and soon enters an Officers Candidate School at Camp Barber, Abilene, Tx.


Corporal Hal Moore, who has been located at Fort Winfield Scott, San Francisco, California, is spending a 30-day furlough in Tallulah before being transferred to the Air Corps.


Corporal Fred Massey of Camp Walters, Texas, is enjoying a furlough at home prior to entering an Officer’s Candidate School.


Private Pat Bailey is now a Flying Cadet at Brooks Field, Texas.


Private Adrian Willett is here from Ft. Monmouth, N. J., but has been reassigned to Ft. Meade, Virginia, where he will be made an instructor.


Donald Belott, who was inducted into the Army last August, has now been made a Sergeant Technician and is located. at. the Camp Shelby Induction Station.


Word has been received that Charles Gerald Curl of Mound, La., has arrived safely in Australia.


Joe Mack Thornton is now located in Alaska.


Thomas Howard Gandy, a graduate of the Louisiana State University, was recently commissioned an Ensign, Medical corps, United States Navy.


Jim Sevier Folk of Tallulah, a graduate of Vanderbilt University, was recently commissioned an Ensign to serve as Deck Officer, United States Navy.


William Anthony McCready, Rt. 1, Box 214, Tallulah, has successfully completed a one-month course in preliminary flight training, and has embarked upon advanced flight training at one of the two big flight training centers at Corpus Christi or Pensacola.


Madison Journal April 1942


Lieutenant Hunter Coad, stationed at Westover Field, Chicopee Falls, Mass., is reported to be the first Madison Parish boy to receive a commission. Lieut. Coad is an engineering officer for 39th Bombing Squadron.


Friends of the family recall that Hunter was born June 20, 1918 when one of the largest draft trains left Tallulah on the "Iron Mountain" for service in the World War.


Sam J. Scurria, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Scurria, received his commission as a pilot in the Air Corps this week. He is reported to be the first boy in the parish to receive this commission. He is now stationed at Valdosta, Ga. Lieut. Scurria was a classmate of Lieut. Coad, at Tallulah High School.


Arrangements Complete for New Registration

Men From 45 To 65 Will Be Registered April 27; Registration Places In This Parish Listed.

 Madison Journal April 1942

Arrangements have been completed for the Fourth Registration under the Selective Training and Service Act, to take place on Monday, April 27th, 1942. All men between the ages of 45 and 65 are to be registered but they will not called for active military service, therefore no lottery will be held in Washington to assign order
numbers. The Local Board Office will be open for registration on Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th, from 9 a. m. til 6 p. m. Other places of registration will be open only on the 27th, from 7 until 9 p. m.


Calls number 20 and 21 for men were skipped.


Call number 22 for 11 men was filled on March 22 by Robert Bradford, Danny Hicks, Percy Magee, McKinley Crosby, leader, Porter Thomas, James Watson, Frank Wymer, Roscoe Marshall, Leandrew Lucas, Clint Phane, Matthew Moore Junior, and Joe Sims. Robert Bradford, Danny Hicks, and Clint Phane were rejected. Lieut. Van Zelfden then delivered an inspiring talk to these men before their departure.


Call number 23 for 13 colored men was filled on May 11, 1942, by Frank Wymer Junior, James Smith, Joseph Wilson, Eli Young, Spencer P Neely, Robert Williams, Edgar Thompson, Jack Nord, James Zininon,   Dan Tyler, Robert Morehouse, Joseph Mason, and Eddie King. Wymer and Wilson were rejected.

Van Zelfden Is Commissioned As 1st Lieutenant
Madison Journal May 1942

Cornelius Van Zelfden, of Tallulah, was last week commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the army. This is the same rank he held when he was discharged at the end of the other war, after having served over seas.

Mr. Van Zelfden, soon after the Pearl Harbor attack, applied for his old commission, but at the time it was not granted on account of his age. He then volunteered for guard duty, and has since been serving in the state police for guard duty at Shreveport. At the same time he has been pushing his application for his commission, and this came through last week. He was in Tallulah this weekend, on his way to Atlanta, where he has been ordered to report for duty.

Notes of Boys of Madison Now in Armed Forces
Madison Journal May 8, 1942

The many friends of Hunter Coad will be pleased to learn that he has been promoted to First Lieutenant.

Corporal Bobby Nelson is enjoying a furlough with his family in Tallulah. He is now stationed at Camp Blanding, Fla.

Jim Henry Gilfoil has been heard from at an undesignated post. He states that he is well and happy and enjoying life in the Marines.

Corporal Marion Schilling of Lawson Field, Ft. Benning, Ga., is spending a few days with his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. John Sevier. Corporal Schilling is from Amite, Louisiana.

The Local Board is pleased to announce that one of their first selectees has been commissioned a Second Lieutenant. Carley Williamson volunteered and was inducted into the Army in March, 1941. He made steady progress and trained for Officers' Candidate School at Camp Shelby, Miss. He is now connected with 141st Field Artillery, Camp Sutton, Monroe, N. C.

Lieut. Jimmy Wade who has been commissioned in the Air Corps as Communications Officer, is visiting friends in Tallulah. He reports to the Air Base at Orlando, Fla., on June 1st.

J. C. Sherwin left for New Orleans, La., on May 26th, where he was sworn in as Second Class Machinists Mate in the Coast Guard.

Leslie L. Erwin, Jr., of the 42nd Mat. Sq., Esler Field, La., has recently been promoted from Corporal to Sergeant. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie L. Erwin, of Tallulah.

Ellis Hancock Made Corporal at Fort Riley
Madison Journal May 8, 1942

Private Ellis P. Hancock, who was employed in Tallulah prior to entering the U. S. Army, has been promoted to the rank of corporal at the Calvary Replacement Training Center at Fort Riley, Kansas. Corporal Hancock's duties will be those of a Training Instructor at the Calvary Replacement Training Center.

Call No 23, for Twelve White men was filled on May 27, 1942 by Thomas Irvin Murphy, Emmett Lafayette Thornton, and Elliga Turnage, Jr., volunteers under age; Harry Don Morton, transferred to Texas, Vincent S. Scurria, Leader, Norris Alvah White, Byron Lee Bailey, Albert Pepper, Anthony Joseph Scurria, John Francis Dundas, Transferred to California., and Doyle Clifton Penton, accepted in Marines.

Men Who Filled Call No. 23, May 27th, 1942, left to right: Murphy, Garner, Bailey, Pepper, Scurria, Thornton, White, Turnage and Scurria, Vincent.

Twelve White Men Going From Here to Army May 27
Madison Journal May 1942

Call No. 23 for white men will be filled by the following men, whose leader will be Vincent Scurria. They will leave Tallulah on May 27, 1942, for Camp Livingston. Where warranted, these men will be granted 10 day furloughs before reporting for active duty. The list is as follows, the first three being volunteers: Thomas Irvin Murphy, Eliga Turnage, Jr., Emmett        Thornton, Harry Don Morton, Vincent S. Scurria, Norris Alvah White, Byron Lee Bailey,  Albert Pepper, Anthony Joseph Scurria, and John Francis Dundas. David Garner of New Roads, La., and Jesse Virgil McCoy, of New York City, are also included in this list as transfers.

The Madison Parish Local Board announced that all regular and occupational questionnaires have been mailed out to men who were in the third registration, that is, those who registered on February 16, 1942. If anyone of these registrants has not received his questionnaire, he should report the fact to the Local Board over the Tallulah State Bank Building.

Doyle Clifton Penton, of Waverly, has been accepted in the U. S. Marine Corps and is now located at the Marine Corps Base at San Diego, Calif.

Friends of Ellis E. Cole will be interested to know that he is now in Sidney, Australia, where he is connected with the mechanical division of the Air Corps.

William Wallace Ziegler, who enlisted in the Air Corps in January, 1942, has been promoted to corporal.

Anthony J. Scurria graduated from Keesler Field, Miss., as an airplane mechanic last week.

Many Soldiers Finish Course As Plane Mechanics
Madison Journal May 1942

A large number of Southerners who spent the last sixteen weeks at Kessler Field learning what it takes to keep warplanes of the United Nations in combat condition were graduated recently as qualified airplane mechanics.

These men, few of whom were mechanically experienced in civilian life, are now ready to take  their place "on the line" to "keep 'em flying." They were selected for this intensive training because of the high scores they made in army mechanical aptitude tests.

Pvt. John George Gaines, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Paul Gaines, and Pvt. Anthony Scurria, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scurria, were in the class of 150 who graduated November 19; and Pvt. Byron L. Bailey and Pvt. Thomas I. Murphy were in the class of 200 who graduated on November 26. All four of these boys are from this parish.

Madison Journal May 1942

Lieut. Billy Bray is spending a few days at home before reporting to Barksdale Field, La. Lieut. Bray has just completed training at an Officers Candidate School at Camp Lee, Virginia, and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant May 23rd.

Thomas Andrew (Billy) Boswell has enlisted in the Marine Corps, and is here awaiting call.

Elroy Curl Is Picked By Navy For Radio Work

Lieutenant G. L. Dosland, Commanding Officer, Naval Training School (Radio), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, has announced that Elroy Arvel Curl, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles O. Curl, of this parish due to outstanding aptitude, has been selected to undergo a course of training in Naval Radio work at the Naval Training School (Radio), Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.

At the expiration of his course, he will be assigned to duty with one of the various fighting units of the U. S. Navy which include the Naval Air Corps.

Elroy underwent "Boot" or Recruit training at Great Lakes, Ill. and was assigned to the Naval Training School (Radio), Miami University for advanced study to further prepare himself to take his place in the armed forces afloat and in the air.

He attended the public school in Tallulah graduating this year. He entered the service on June 11 1942 enlisting at New Orleans, La

Madison Journal June 1942

TALLULAH. La.. June 5.—(Special —Wesley Whitfield, lieutenant pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force and son of Mr. and Mrs. Davis Whit field of Transylvania, community between here and Lake Providence will broadcast from London, England at 6:30 p. m. Saturday, according to a cablegram received today by his parents. The broadcast may be heard over WLW at New Orleans or by short wave radio.

Lieutenant Whitfield has been overseas two months. He is a graduate of Tallulah High school and received his preliminary training at Barksdale Field.

Madison Journal June 1942

Word has recently been received here that Torbert Slack, Jr., graduated May 20 in the Air Corps at Spence Field, Moultrie, Ga., and received a commission as Second Lieutenant. He is now assigned to an instructor's school at Montgom­ery and will be assigned as an instructor somewhere.

Young Slack received his primary training at Decatur, Ala., and his basic training at Greenville, Miss., and went to Moultrie, Ga., for his final work. He is the son of Torbert Slack, Sr., formerly of Tallulah, and is a nephew of Mrs. O. D. Bratton, who resided in Tallulah until several months ago.

Ten Going to Army from Here Saturday
White Men to Fill Call No. 24; Three Local Boys Entering Service With The Marine Corps
Madison Journal June 1942

Ten white men from here will report to Camp Livingston on Saturday, June 10, under the leadership of Horace Collins, to fill call No. 24 on the local Selective Service Board.

Those who are to fill the call are Norwood Conrad Lee, Carl Hershall Girod, John Armstead Seldon, Joseph Oscar Beaupre, Horace Collins, John George Gaines, Ezra Capper Thornton, Robert Lee Rippy, Dewey Drew Denton, and Walter Watson, transferred from Dewitt, Ark.

Besides these men, three others, Billy Boswell, Jack Jones, and Elroy Curl left Wednesday morning to report to New Orleans for final examination for enlistment into the Marine Corps.

Local Selective Service personnel are suggesting that friends be on hand Saturday to bid the contingent farewell. They will leave about ten o'clock Saturday morning by bus, and will be no objection to friends being on hand at the time.

Walter Watson, Dewey Denton, Conrad Lee, Carl Hershall Girod, Ezra Thornton, Oscar Beaupre, Jack Selden, Robert Rippy, John Gaines and Horace Collins, Leader

Corporal Gus Eaker of Headquarters Company, Second Armored Corps, Camp Polk, La, is enjoying a ten day furlough in Tallulah. Another brother, Bobby Eakers, is a corporal in the Army Air Corps and is now on duty in Australia. A third brother, Edward Eaker, is Motor Sergeant also connected with the Second Armored Corps at Camp Polk.

William H. Wallace, who was drafted in November 1941, has notified his family of his safe arrival in Ireland.

Archie Verhagen is visiting his family near Tallulah.  

Saniford Lee Parker is spending a furlough with his family. He is now a Corporal and is stationed at Camp Roberts, California. Corporal Parker was recalled to active service after Pearl Harbor, having been released last August.

Navy List Shows Two Parish Boys Lost In Action
Madison Journal June 1942

Two Madison Parish boys are reported missing in action in Casualty List No. 4 released by the United States Navy Department. They are Leroy Melvin Bowen, Seaman First Class, son of Mr. Lee Washington Bowen, Tallulah; and Wilfred R. Matheny, private, Marine Corps, son of Mrs. Mary E. Deloach, Tallulah.

Occupational questionnaires are now being mailed out to men who registered in the first and second registrations, that is, October 16, 1940 and July 1, 1941. Anyone who wishes help in filling out these questionnaires should take the Office of the Employment Bureau, next to the Cameo Theatre.

Miss Clotese Burns, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Burns of Waverly, has received a commission as Second Lieutenant in the Naval Reserve and reports to Portsmouth, Virginia on June 9, 1942. Miss Burns received her training at the Shreveport Charity Hospital. As far as is known, Miss Burns is the first Madison Parish girl to be commissioned.

Harry Holmes Talton, who formerly lived in Tallulah, visited friends here last week. He is now an Assistant Electrician in the Naval Reserve and is stationed on the battleship "Arkansas."

Sergeant Joe Magee is home on a ten day furlough from Fort Bragg, N. C., where he is connected with Battery B, 12th Battalion, Fourth Training Regiment, F.A.R.C.

Edward Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Thomas of Tallulah, has been accepted in the Marine Corps and will be sworn in at Jackson, Mississippi, on June 9, in a special ceremony of "Pearl Harbor Aven­gers." The ceremony will take place exactly six months from the moment Pearl Harbor was attacked.

Elkin S. Dew Is Promoted to the Rank of Captain
Madison Journal June 1942

The Marine Corps announced on May 30 the temporary promotion of 663 Marine Corps line and aviation officers from the rank of first Lieutenant to the rank of Captain. Lieutenant Elkin S. Dew, of Tallulah was among this number.

During the maneuvers last year Lieutenant Dew was stationed at Tallulah at which time he held the rank of Second Lieutenant. Soon after the maneuvers, he and Miss Helen Margaret Yerger, of Tallulah, were married, and several months ago his promotion from Second Lieutenant to First Lieutenant was announced.

Edwin Freeman Gets Commission in A ir Force
Madison Journal June 1942

Now it's Second Lieutenant Edwin S. Freeman. He is the son of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Freeman of Liberty, who saw their son receive his commission at Kelly Field last Saturday.

Edwin S. Freeman, Jr., son of Dr. and Mrs. E. S. Freeman, was among the 32 young men who received commissions as second lieutenants in the army air forces from Kelly Field, Saturday.

He goes forth from the Kelly Field Navigation School to active service in the army air forces, primed by hundreds of hours in ground and aerial training. His training there will enable him to go to any spot on the globe and help fight the enemy.

Dr. and Mrs. Freeman were present for the exercises at Kelly Field. They have another son with the army air forces James K. Freeman, now an aviation student at Stamford. A third son, Bob, who attends Louisiana Tech, and who is also at home, has made application for admittance to army reserve corps.

Former Shreveport Girl, Husband, Daughters at Manila Home
Shreveport Times June 20, 1942

A former Shreveport girl; her husband, who is a native of Madison parish; and their four daughters, all of whom have been interned by Japanese at Manila since its fall on Jan. 2 of this year, have been released by their conquerors and returned to their home in Manila, according to a communication received yesterday through the International Red Cross at Geneva, Switzerland.      

The family is Mr. and Mrs. William Gilfoll and their four daughters, Betty Kaye, 11; Mary Louise, 9; Patricia Ann, 7; and Lyda Alice, who was born there last June. Mrs. Gilfoll is the former Katherine Noel, daughter .of Mrs. L. A. Noel, 845 Ontario, Shreveport.

The message was sent to Mr. Gilfoil's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Gilfoil of Omega, near Tallulah, La., in Madison parish. It was received last night from the Washington Red Cross by Mrs. E. Otis Edgerton, executive secretary of the Tallulah chapter, and read: "Just received cablegram from International Red Cross as follows: Japanese Red Cross replied Mr. and Mrs. William Gilfoil and four daughters released to their home, 83 Sanluis Pasy. All are well."

This is the first word received from the family since the fall of Manila.

Mr. Gilfoll went to the Philippines In 1937 to take a position as a chemist with a sugar company, and his wife joined him there the following year. They have not been home since, Mrs. Gilfoil also has a sister in Shreveport, Mrs. J. B. Hudson, and a brother, W. D. Noel of Gilliam.

Allowed to return to their home In Manila after being interned by the Japanese in the Philippines are William Gilfoll (inset above); Mrs. Gilfoil, the former Katherine Noel of Shreveport, and three of their four daughters, who are: Betty K., 8; Mary Lou, 5; Patty, 3. Another daughter, Lyda Alice, born In Manila last June, Is not pictured. Mrs. Gilfoil Is the daughter of Mrs. L. A. Noel, 845 Ontario, Shreveport. Gilfoil, a native of Omega, Madison parish has been employed as a sugar chemist in Manila since 1937. NOTE: Betty Kaye Gilfoil graduated from Tallulah High School in 1948. She pased away in 2005.

Madison Journal June 18, 1942

News by cablegram was received Thursday morning from Corp. William Wallace Ziegler that he had arrived safely and was feeling fine. The message was marked Great  Britain and was addressed to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Ziegler, of Tallulah.

Vicksburg Evening Post June 19, 1942

Lieutenant John T. Roy, Jr., of Tallulah is leaving for Washington where he will attend the provost marshal general's school for military police at Fort Meyer, Va. After this, he will return to Camp Beauregard, La., where he has been stationed.

Lieut. Roy was a student at Mississippi College and held a commission in the officers reserve corps. Before being called to active duty, he was employed by the U. S. bureau of entomology and plant quarantine and was known in entomological circles in Mississippi Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

Madison Journal June 25, 1942

Dr. Ben Perry Folk, who received his commission as First Lieut. of the Medical Corps of the U. S. Army, recently was a visitor of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Folk this week. Dr. Folk has just completed his internship at Vanderbilt, and will leave July 1st for an Army Post in Pennsylvania.

Plans Complete For Fifth Registration
The Registration Places Are Selected All Over This Parish Where Men From 18 To 20 May Register.
Madison Journal June 25, 1942

C. H. Todd, Chairman of Madison Parish Local Board, states that plans have been completed for the Fifth Registration under the Selective Service and Training Act. This group will be comprised a men between the ages of 18 and 20, that is, those born on or after January 1, 1922, and on or before June 30, 1924. The registration will be held between the hours of 7 a. m. and 9 p. m., on Tuesday, June 30th, 1942, at the following places:

Ward No. 1--Residence of Mr. William Yerger, Mound, La.
Ward No. 2--Hobson's Store, Delta, La.
Ward No  2. Mound Store, Mound, La.
Ward No. 3. Hewes Store, Hewes Plantation, La.
Ward No. 4. Local Board Office, over Tallulah State Bank Building, Tallulah, La.
       Police Jury Room, Court House, Tallulah, La.
       Levee Board Office, Court House, Tallulah ,La.
       Court Room, Upstairs, for Colored, Tallulah, La.
       Chicago Mill & Lumber Co., Tallulah, La.
Ward No. 5. Gilfoil Store, Omega, La
Ward No. 6. Frazier's Store, Waverly, La.
Ward No. 7. Olvey's Store, Araby Plantation, La.
Ward No. 8. Warsaw Store, Warsaw, La.

The following colored men have been selected to fill call No. 24 on June 29, 1942. They will report to Camp Livingston under the leadership of James Worthy: Sherman Frisco Butler, Joe Ben Henson, Jr., C. J. Carold, Robert Taylor, Willie Kie, Isaac Davis, John Reed, Willie Carter, Jace Marshall, Percy Daniels, Joe Albert Johnson, Cleo James, Dave Rogers, Mack  Joe, Alex Johnson No. 1, Jesse Allen and George Young, transfer from Bay City, Texas.

Lieut. Billy Bray spent Tuesday in Tallulah with his family before leaving to reporting at an unannounced post.

Madison Journal July 1942

Robert Wiley Gandy, Jr., graduated June 30 from the Army Air Force Technical School as a radio operator and mechanic. He has been stationed at Scott Field, Ill., but this week he was transferred to Langley Field, Va.

William Frederick Gandy, brother of Robert Wiley, who has been engaged in defense work at Baltimore, Md., for several months, recently enlisted in the Engineers' Corps. He is now at Fort Belvoir, Va. William Frederick was selected for the army by the local board here several months ago, but at that time he was rejected on account of defective eyesight. It was not until the requirements were lowered that he was able to get into the service. This makes three Gandy boys in the service. Thomas Howard is an Ensign in the Navy; and is yet at school completing a medical course.

July 15, 1942 Call 3 1972 Miller, Jones, Eskew and McGee

Lake Providence Soldier to Train at Fort Knox, Ky.
Shreveport Times July 1942

Fr. KNOX, Ky., July 10—Acting upon orders issued by Maj. Gen. Jacob L. Devers, chief of armored force, Pvt. First Class Roy L. Horsman, 6th armored division. Camp Chaffee, Ark., brother of Mrs. O. L. Kirkland, of Lake Providence, La., who has been in the service since April, 1942, today reported to the armored force school for a special course of instruction at the clerical department of this "Armouraider" college which trains men for the ultra-mechanized branch of the army.

Headed by First Lieut. Max B. Kirkbride, the clerical department trains the typists and clerks needed to keep track of equipment and personnel for the vast, rapidly-expanding army. After learning military clerical form and procedure, these men are assigned to army offices all over the country.

The mammoth 500 building school, only one of its kind in the United States, trains the thousands of technicians needed to repair and maintain the vehicles, radio sets, and weapons used by armored divisions, plus the clerks needed in the administration sections. Started Nov. 4, 1940, the school is commanded by Brig. Gen. Stephen G. Henry, graduates more men, skilled technicians and junior officers annually than any other institution of learning in America.

Robert Todd Is Now Instructing Flying Cadets
Madison Journal July 1942

Robert (Son) Todd, of Tallulah, recently completed his aviation course at Albuquerque, N. M., and has received his certificate as a flight instructor. Young Todd was the only one of his class to receive a certificate authorizing him to instruct, the others merely receiving a rating as a commercial pilot.

After completing the course, Todd was transferred to Clovis Field, N. M., where he is now a flight instructor, highest bracket, for army air cadets. He is now 20 years of age, and when he reaches 21 he will receive his commission as an army pilot.

Thomas Taking Naval Reservist Pilot Training
Madison Journal July 1942

Edward Thomas of Tallulah, has been assigned to Civilian Pilot training at Louisiana Polytechnic College in the first class of Naval Reservists to begin training as flying Naval officers by first completing the civilian course, according to the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board, 910 Canal Bldg., New Orleans.

The civilian course will be full time and continue for eight weeks. It will include radio codes, meteorology, science, air discipline, servicing of aircraft and intensive flight training.

Living quarters, subsistence and training will be at government expense. Upon satisfactory completion of civilian pilot training, he will be assigned to active Naval duty for further training, leading to a commission as ensign in the Naval Reserve.

This assignment is in line with the Navy's recent announcement that its reservists will be assigned to C.P.T. classes prior to their being assigned to active duty. The course, it was explained, offers a splendid opportunity to make more, certain the successful completion of the Naval flight training course and the acquisition of a commission and the Navy "wings of gold."

Candidates for Naval flight training are chosen by the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board from among applicants who have at least completed high school, and who are between their 18th and 27th birthdays, unmarried and in good physical condition. Applications should be made by getting in touch with the Selection Board.

Cliff Adams Is Promoted To Be 1st Lieutenant
Madison Journal July 1942

Promotion of 2nd Lt. Cliff C. Adams of Tallulah to first lieutenant has been announced by the public relations office of the New Orleans Port of Embarkation.

Lt. Adams has been on duty at the port since March and had served approximately four months on active duty when promoted.

Mrs. Adams, the former Elizabeth Holt, and their son, Calvin Adams, Jr., are residing in New Orleans with him at 2003 Army Parkway, Bienville Homes. Lt. and Mrs. Adams are both members of prominent families in Tallulah where he has been practicing law since he was admitted to the bar in 1936.     

After receiving his B. A. degree at Louisiana State University in 1933 he studied law. At the university he belonged to a number of organizations including Delta Kappa Epilson, social fraternity; Pi  Sigma Alpha, honorary government fraternity; Samurai interfraternity  society; Panhellenic, the governing body of fraternities, and Scabbard and Blade, honorary military organization.

Corp. Harry P. Mayson, son of Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Mayson, Tallulah, has recently been promoted to his present rank at the army air base at Perrin Field, Texas.

Approximately 300 young men, white and colored, registered for selective service on June 30th, in Madison Parish. These men will be order-numbered in accordance with their ages, the oldest having the lowest order numbers. At the present time, only those who have reached the age of 20 can be inducted into the Army, unless they have the written consent of their parents. As these boys reach the age of 20, they will be called into service.

Dr. Webb Makes Excellent Score with Army Rifle
Madison Journal July 1942

A recent dispatch from the United States army in northern Ireland recounted the activities of the troops, and among the exploits mentioned was the shooting of Lieut. George M. Webb, of Tallulah. It stated that Lieut. Webb, of Tallulah, La., a medical officer, hit a sixpence (about the size of a dime) at thirty yards the first time he ever fired a Springfield rifle. Medicos aren't armed, but a lot of hunting in Louisiana, the article said, made Webb a crack shot.

Lieut. Webb is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Webb, of this parish, and enlisted many months ago. He has been in Ireland several months. Be­fore leaving the country he was married to Miss Dorothy Ann Verser, a teacher in the Tallulah High School.

James Elijah Parker of Camp Polk is spending his furlough with his family, Mr. and Mrs. B. H. Leatherwood of Tallulah. This young man who left Tallulah in July, 1941, is now a Mess Sergeant and urges young men who are going to be drafted, to volunteer.

Friends will be pleased to learn that Edwin S. Freeman, Jr., of Liberty, Texas, has received a commission as second lieutenant in the Navigation Branch of the Army Air Corps from Kelly Field.

Pvt. George Washington Revelle is home on furlough from Camp Forrest, Tennessee, and states that the Local Board did him a great favor when they drafted him. He was inducted in March, 1942, has gained 15 pounds and likes the Army fine.

Fred Alton Lott has reported his safe arrival in Australia.

A Regional Meeting of the Selective Service System was held in Ruston Tuesday, July 7th. Several members of the Headquarters Staff in New Orleans were present and gave interesting and instructive talks, including Brigadier General R. H. Fleming, Major J. Lester White, Lieut. Colonel H. P. Agnew, Captain James Connor and Major Davis. Also present from the Staff of Director of Selective Service Ira B. Hershep, was Colonel Andrew Jackson Lewis, who spoke on the new classification by categories. Those in attendance from the Madison Parish Local Board were Messrs. L. Z. Naylor, J. A. Helgason, and J. W. Davis, members of the Board and Mesdames John Sevier, Will Sevier, Jr., and Douglas Fortner, clerks.

Madison Journal July 1942

William H. (Billy) Benjamin, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Benjamin of Tallulah, is now in training at Nashville as an army air cadet. Young Benjamin enlisted some time ago in the army air corps, and was immediately given a furlough, which was later extended. However, last week he was ordered to report Tuesday morning at Camp Beauregard, and he was accompanied to the camp Monday by his father.

Large Number of White Men Going To Army Monday
Madison Journal July 1942

In one of the largest calls ever received by the Madison Parish Local Board, the following young men men will leave Tallulah, Monday, July 13th for Camp Livingston: This group will be under the leadership of Arthur Gould Bray and Rufus Taft Yerger. On July 14th, a supplemental call will be led by Luther Thomas Miller. Those leaving the 13th are as follows: Charles Harrison Carlisle, Willie Aurdey Jinks, Harold Trim and Yuen How Yee, volunteers; Allen W. Kelly, Woodrow Pershing Cagnolatti, Willard Lorenzo Hughes, Yee Kee, T. J. Lishman, David Clardy Sims, Rufus Taft Yerger, Burlin McCune Busby, Labaron Pitts, Arthur Gould Bray, Iven Myers, John Francis Dundas, Bruce Merlin Tyner, Roy Lester Clark, and Bland Towne, Jr. Those leaving the 14th are Luther Thomas Miller, Joe Eskew, George Washington Jones and Joseph Harmon McGee.  

CALL NO. 1 - JULY 13, 1942 
Top Row: Yee Kee, Burlin Busby, Allen Kelly, Charles Carlisle, Ellie Pitts, David Sims, Iven Myers, Buddy Bray, Harold Trim, Rufus Yerger,       Jinks and L. Hughes; Bottom Row: Yuen How Yee, Roy Clark, Odo Cagnolatti, Bruce Tyner, E. B. Towne, T. J. Lishman and Elton Stinson, transferred from Arkansas. Mr. Cliff Clark in background.

108 Colored Men Go From Here to Army Next Week
Madison Journal July 1942

On next Monday and Tuesday, July 21 and 22, Madison Parish will send 108 colored men to Camp Livingston to be inducted into the Army. Alvin Foster Jackson and Ike Perkins will be in charge of the group Monday, and Johnny Henry will be the leader Tuesday. Upon acceptance into the Army, these men will automatically be given two week furloughs before being transferred to permanent camps. If there is any one in the following list who has not received his order to report for induction, he should get in touch with the Local Board as soon as possible. Those listed are as follows:

Herman Dorsey, J. B. Johnson, Albert Page, Jim Brown, Howard Holland, Robert Taylor, Willie Kie, Louis Taylor, Elwood Vivens, Hamp Lee, Thomas Lee, Thomas Sims, David Newman, John D. Washington, Lurenza Moore, Willie Best, Alvin Foster Jackson.

Sam Williams, No. 1, Louis Hedgmon, Wilson Calvin Walker, R. C. Cochran, Carter Buckner, John Henry Jackson, James Winnfield Jones, Sidney Anderson, Earn­est Henderson, Andrew Turpin, Albert bert Thompson, John Evans, Grover Fisher Cleveland, Nathaniel McDuffy.

Lee Derris, John Klines, Jr., Walter Mack, Elzee David Miller, Henry Williams, Jr., Ollie MacFail, Ernest Johnson, Albert Jordon, Terry Turner, Granville Jackson, Norman Henderson, Willie Tread, William Lonzo Killingsworth, Jimmie Dudley, Eugene Jones.

Willie Green, Jesse Cleveland,  Rufus Washington, Edward Donald Luster, John Scott Glasper, Guy William Jackson, Jr., Walter Wells, Thurdo Roosevelt Johnson, Willie Jefferson, Jr., Alfred Pete Adams, Wallace Gibson, Dakota Edwards, Ernest Jackson.

James Willis, Theodore Curtis, Ike Perkins, Booker T. Thomas, Bernard Lewis, James Brown, Wallace Jones, Oliver Trask, Lugene Moore, Rogers Lutcher, Robert Brown, Jr., Booker T. Washington, No. 3, Freeman Butler, Sam Turner, Roy Little.

McKinley Turner, Willie Mayweather, Willie Lee, Jimmie Lee Brooks, Charles William Walton,  Willie Dawson, Sim Collins, Lee Hicks, Leroy Elms, Junius Palm, Jonny Henry, William  Heathman, Frank Tucker, Square Calvin, Amos Rice, Joseph McGin­ty.

Roosevelt Anderson, Booker T. Washington, No. 4, Willie Johnson, Jr., Grant Fower, L. T. Bradshaw, Elmo Cloud, Willie Hawkins, Jimmie Loyd Claiborn, William Marshal, James Vickerstaff, Goldman Briles, George Jordan, Chappel Walker, Henry Tyler.

Roosevelt Oliver, Herman Book, three more illegible.

News Notes Of Local Boys In Armed Forces
Madison Journal July 1942

Congratulations are due to Ellis Hancock, who has recently received a commission as Second Lieutenant, Calvary, at Fort Riley, Kan. Lt. Hancock was formerly employed by Franklin Furniture Company in Tallulah and is married to the former Miss Odene Grayson, of Delta.

Technical Sergeant Louis Nettles is spending his furlough with his family, Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Nettles, Sr., of Tallulah. He is now located at a camp in Columbus, Ga.

 , of Camp Wolters, Texas, has returned to camp after visiting friends and relatives in Tallulah.

Corporal Ernest Stocks, of Air Base, Camp Beauregard, La., is spending a few days in Tallulah.

Private Emmett Thornton, of Camp Davis, South Carolina, is spending his first furlough at home after volunteering for service two months ago.

Marshal Massey of Tallulah says this week that his son, Fred, graduated from the Officers' Training School at Fort Benning, Ga., yesterday, and received his commission. Mrs. H. C. Massey, Fred's mother, and Mrs. Fred Massey, his wife, left Tallulah the first part of  the week to be present at his graduation,

Lieut. William (Billy) Bray, of Barksdale Field, Shreveport, was recently placed in Charge of a truck, company consisting of colored soldiers. Reports are that Billy had shown previously his ability to handle such a company satisfactorily.

Local Colored Soldier Now In Engineer Unit
Madison Journal July 1942

Johnnie Henry Jr., of Tallulah, who recently entered military service, has arrived at the Engineer Replacement Training Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for an intensive training program in preparation for combat engineer duty.  He is assigned to the 7th Engineer Training Group (Colored).

Training will include basic subjects like close and extended order drill, manual of arms, rifle marksmanship and combat principles as well as the functions of military use of tools, equipment, building of fixed and floating bridges, demolitions and construction of roads and obstacles. Soldiers go from here to tactical units or to special training or officer candidate schools.

Information on Two Of Our Boys; Word From Greece
Madison Journal July 1942

Second Lieutenant Ben Dowell Capshaw is visiting his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. D. Capshaw, Sr., at Waverly. Lt. Capshaw received his commission on July 14, 1942, after successfully completing his officer's training course at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He will report to Camp Butner, N. C., July 20th as an instructor.

Fred Edgerton has been made sergeant in the army air corps, and is stationed at Ellington Field, Houston, Texas.

Mrs. James Cosse, of Tallulah, recently heard, through the Red Cross, that her relatives in Athens, Greece, are all right.

Two Local Boys Enter Air Force Mechanic School
Madison Journal July 1942

A report to the Journal from Kessler Field, Miss., to the Journal states that Private Anthony Joseph Scurria, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scurria, of Tallulah, and Private John George Gaines, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. Paul Gaines, of Tallulah, were enrolled as students this week in the Mechanics School of the Army Air Forces Technical Training Command at Keesler Field, and have started an intensive 19-week course to qualify as airplane mechanics. Privates Gaines and Scurria, who went to Keesler Field from Camp Beauregard reception center, have already completed their basic training which includes marching, target practice, gas mask and bayonet drills, and orientation lectures. At the completion of the Air Mechanics course they will be prepared for assignment to active line duty.

Flying Officer
Madison Journal July 1942

Harry Lockard Holt, 22, son, of Mr. and Mrs. Neal T. Holt of Tallulah, Louisiana was a member of the latest class of aviation cadets to graduate from the new Columbus Army Flying School near Columbus, Miss., on July 26. He received the silver wings of a flying officer and commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.

Lieut. Holt entered pilot training last December 23, 1941, and attended flying schools at Helena, Ark., and Greenville, Miss., before his graduation at the advanced flying school near Columbus, Miss. Before he enlisted for pilot training he had attended Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., and played football and tennis for two years. Previous military experience includes a year of R. O. T. C. at L. S. U. with some fighting unit of the Army Air Forces.

The course begins with instruction in aircraft maintenance fundamentals, and then advances to airplane structures, hydraulic systems, propellers, instruments, engines, fuel and electrical systems and engine operation. Before completing the course, the student is given thorough training in the inspection of single and multi-motors planes.

John R. Medlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Medlin, of Tallulah, was recently promoted to the grade of sergeant. Medlin has been stationed at Keesler for some time.

Notice for Call in Army Received By Local Board
Madison Journal July 1942

The following men have been selected to fill Call No. 5 for white men on August 7, 1942, and will report to Camp Livingston under the leadership of Lewis B. Furr: Floyd Dewitt Lewis, Christ Aultman, Homer Hendrickson, Irvin Wilson Heflin, Edward Payton Corkram, Jr., Claude Huston Brownell, Hudson O'Donnel Nelson, Jerome Ralph Minsky, William Henry Harrell, Coronel Winston Moffett, Vester William Bachus, Buford Willie Ashley, Floyd Malven McCready, Henry Peter Chelette, Lawrence Blackwell Morris, Homer Ward Howard, Doyle William Hutton, Benjamin Ramshur and Malcolm Andrew Cagnolatti.

William Ray Burns of Waverly, Louisiana, has been accepted in the Coast Guard and has reported for duty.

Earmon Vernon Young, who registered June 30, 1942, has enlisted in the Regular Army and is located at Camp Beauregard, La.

Richard Melvin Horn and William Carlton Curry have been accepted in the Marine Corps and transferred to San Diego, California for training.

Private James Fondren of Camp Shelby is spending his furlough with his family south of Tallulah. James volunteered at eighteen and says he has no regrets.

Harvey Rodgers, formerly employed by Perry Lumber Co., in Tallulah, received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps at Columbus, Miss., July 27th, 1942.

Pvt. Lucian M. Roy visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Roy, Sr., here this week before leaving for Ellington Field at Houston, Texas. Pvt. Roy has been transferred from the 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion at Camp Chaffee, Ark., where he was a communications specialist and radio technician, to the Air Corps, to enter training as a Flying Cadet.

CALL NO. 5 - AUGUST 7, 1942 
Top Row: Minsky, Bachus, Corkram, Jr., Morris, Ramshur, McCready, Burns, Aultman, Chelette, Bottom Row: Heflin, Harrell, Furr, Hutson, Ashley and Moffett

124 Colored to Leave Here For Army August 27
Madison Journal August 1942

124 colored men are scheduled to leave Tallulah on August 27 for Camp Livingston for induction into the armed forces. They will go by bus leaving in the morning. Those who are to be included are: Judge Douglas Washington, Adolphus Lee Benson, Manual Branch, George Washington, Homer Roberson, Willie Jamerson, A. J. Pamplin, Louis Colbert, T. P. Walker, George Jones.

Lee Arthur Nichols, Elbert Doss, Earnest Henderson, Willie Lewis, Wilbert Williams, Arthur Lee Patterson, Fleming Johnson, Leroy Bennett Bess, Walter Wells, J. D. Hinton.

James Abner Geer, Willie Baldwin, Sam Gee, W. D. Collins, T. P. Horton, Henry Patterson, Frank Kline, A. J. Ervin, Henry Boykins, Mack Edgar Thomas.

Cleveland Harris, William Polk, Willie Alex Cleveland, Abe Washington, Emmitt Anderson, Wallace Jackson, Joseph Porter, Henry Paul Kendrick, Will Skinner. Leon Edwards Lewis.

Solomon Newman, Alex Fountain, Walter Chambliss, Grant Rembert, Larry Brown, Percy Claiborn, Fulton White, Walter Banks, Jake Day, Eddie Cleveland.

David Jones, Jr., Percy Ellis, Harrison Hall Brown, Jr., K. C. Berrel, Tommie Rogers, Sim Jackson, Mose Howard, A. B. Smith, Ike Daniel, William Cooper.

Joe Jackson, Johnnie Stokes, Sherman Davis, Charlie Keys, Handy Sanders, Langam Carr, Charlie Gilbert Taylor, Leon Mays, James Epps, Henry Jenkins.

York Fountain, Julius Mike, Willie McNeal, Jesse James Streeter, John Lawson, Oleander Harrison, Wesley Roggerson, Lawrence Moses, Eligah Tutt.

Cleveland Long, Frank Evans, Leo Whitehead, Dave Ellis, Joe James, Willis Strong, Lock Escoe, Jr., Thomas Benjamin Williams, leader, Edward Eugene Taylor, Harry Jordan.

Nathan Young, Robert Boyd, Isaac Ellis, General Grant Greenwood, Willie Davis, Leon Bolden, Robert Stevenson, Bozzy Wyche, Assistant leader, Willie Brown, Roosevelt Freeman, Joseph Burks, Johnnie Bethea, Isaac Hills, Jimmie Hair, Wesley Clarks, Fred Worthy, Mose Melton, John Knight, Henry Frank Cannon, Square Bell.

Leonard Williams, John Henry Buckles, Henry Haybee, Isreal Dykes, Cleve Porter, Sam Washington, Ossie B. Adams, Ben Jackson, Vermell Redden, Leonard Earl Robert.

Elmo McKinley Adams, transfer, Squares Brown, transfer, Alex McKinney, Jr., Illegible Simmons.


Call No. 6 August 28, 1942 (names missing)

Enrolled as Aviation Cadet
Madison Journal September 1942

William Harbert Benjamin son of Mr. and Mrs. Percy O. Benjamin, of Tallulah, La., is now enrolled as an aviation cadet in the Army Air Forces Pre-Flight School for Pilots at Maxwell Field, located on the outskirts of Montgomery, capital of Alabama.

In the Pre-Flight School for Pilots, Cadet Benjamin will receive nine weeks of intensive military, physical and academic training, preparatory to his 27 weeks of flight training, which leads to the highly-coveted wings symbolizing the role of a flying officer in the nation's air forces.

Upon completion of his training at Maxwell Field, he will be sent to one of the many primary flying schools in the Southeast Army Air Forces Training Center.

Cadet Benjamin was graduated from Tallulah High School and attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston. La. He was accepted as an aviation cadet on April 3, 1942. In his latest letters to his father Billy says he is now (remainder missing.)

G. W. Revelle September 1942 Nashville, TN

Salo Abrahm, Jr., Now At Oklahoma City Air Depot
Madison Journal September 1942

Pvt. Salo Abrahm, Jr., formerly of Tallulah, is now stationed at the Oklahoma City Air Depot. He is a member of a supply squadron at this newest Air Service Command establishment for the maintenance and repair of aircraft and the training of air depot groups.

Private Abrahm is the son of Mrs. Felice Abrahm, 816 Tampa Street, Tallulah. He is a graduate of Tallulah High school and Tyler Commercial College, Tyler, Texas. Before entering the army, he was personnel clerk in the quartermaster corps at Camp Livingston, Louisiana.

September Selectees Leave Here On Monday
For First Time, Contingent Will Report To Fort Humbug, Shreveport; Enlistments Cut Call
Madison Journal September 1942

The September contingent of selectees from this parish will leave Tallulah on Monday, September 14, and they will report to the new induction center at Fort Humbug, Shreveport. This is a new induction center for this area, as formerly men from here had to report to Camp Livingston.

The original call was for a larger number of men than is being sent, but the number necessary was decreased on account of the number who have recently enlisted in the armed forces from this area. Every time a volunteer enlists, his home parish is given credit for the enlistment, and the quotas in the calls are cut that much.

Those who will leave Monday are: Julian Parks Laird, Lucas Lopez Gonzalez, Drew, Miss., Jack Lidell, Joseph Noland Schregleman, Jr., Thomas Stanley Harmon, Billy Burton Eaker, Hurn Goza, Ellie Labaron Pitts, Charles Abraham, Malcolm Andrew Cagnolatti, F. M. Magee, Hubert Dunbar Carter, Wiley Fred Grayson, William Bogart Bowers, Alvin Jerrel Fairbanks, No. Freedom, Wisconsin, Johnny J. Albert Rushing and Guy Yeager Lewis. Malcolm Cagnolatti will be the leader.

Also counted in this         call but already in service are Carlos Edward Walker, commissioned a Lieutenant, (j. g.) in Naval Reserve; George Robert Kimbrough, enlisted in Coast Guard; Charles Fred Monsell, Aviation Cadet, Army Air Corps; William Edwin Towne, U. S. Navy; Clinton McCay Ritchie, Jr., U. S. Navy; Joseph Clinton Smith, Jr., U. S. Army; Ora Phillip Mueller, U. S. Navy;  John Homer Erwin, Jr., Aviation Cadet, U. S. Naval Reserve; William Clarence Pate, Meridian, Miss.,  U. S. Navy; Sidney Warren Hughston, Enlisted Reserve Corps. U S. Army; Lafaya Douglas Lynch, U. S. Marine Corps.

Father and Son Are Among Group Going Into Army
Call No. 9 colored September 21, 1942
Madison Journal September 1942

A contingent of negro men is to leave Tallulah on September 21 for Camp Humbug, Shreveport, for induction into the army, and for the first time here there will be included in the group a father and son combination. Bozzy Wyche, of Tallulah, is the father, and he has been appointed leader of the group. The son is John Wyche, and he has been made assistant leader.

Heretofore selectees from here, both white and colored, have been reporting to Camp Livingston for induction, and this is the first contingent of negroes to go to Camp Humbug. The first contingent of white men went to Camp Humbug from here the first of the week.

Previously a considerable percentage of negro selectees from here have been turned down at camp, in some cases running over fifty per cent. However, the percentage was lower for the last call, and it may be that further change will be made in this contingent reporting to the new induction center.

Those who are to leave here Monday are: Pat Miles, James Henry Thomas, John Ford, Joe McJimson, John Haywood, Nathan Brown, Jackson Berry, Guss Jackson, Harrison Brown, Isere Lee, accepted in the U. S. Navy.

Phillip B. Moore, Andy James Stevens, John McCormick, Dave Whitney, Sam James David, Joseph Latchison, Eli Brown, Arthur Page, Jr., Harry T. Tucker, Percy Louis Wallace.

Joseph Walker, Bozzy Wyche, leader, Tom Dillard, Frank Williams, Clarence Sutton, Walter Griffin, Reuben Howard Cornist, enlisted Reserve Corps, Edison Car­ter, Leon James Tiffith, Henry Davis.

James Stewart, Henry Bolden, Ralph Jackson, Jr., Dave Winter. Roosevelt Kensey, Eddie Crutcher, Martin Lucas, Lawrence Albert Harris, John Wyche, assistant leader, Ben Williams.

Roscoe Batchelor, Henry Kary, Andrew Carter, Jr., Frank Allen, Lazarus Dunlap, Horace Routh, Standard Jackson, Albert Franklin, Dempsy Shell, John Manning.

William Luckett, Leon Howard Baulwin, Giant Evans, John Harden, Foster Hayes, Jr., Willie Young, Fred Lloyd, Fred Jackson, Robert Johnson, Lee Dorsey.

Elves Levingston, Clemon Wilson, Lafayette Brown, Eugene English, Willie Hartwell, Millard Emile Bowie, Leeroy Lewis, Charlie Runnels, Mose Bellfield, Curtis Bizzer, Fred Boman, Henderson Bynum, Jr., Henry Watkins, Jr., Jim Ivey, Jr., Robert Elmore, Robert Laa Blakes, James Bartley, Alex Harvey, Jesse Charles Cook, Edward McDowell.

Columbus Riggs, Homer McCallum, George Smith, Fred Woodard, Cicero Scott.

Aerial Cotton Dusting Prepared Him for R.A.F.
Back From England, This Louisiana Boy Will Fly for Navy
Shreveport Times September 1942

From dusting cotton to fighter escort for bombers in a year's time may sound like a modern movie to some, but it's true for 22-year-old Wesley T. Whitfield.

Whitfield, lean and wiry and sporting a clipped British mustache, arrived in Shreveport Monday afternoon to visit his relatives, Mr. and Mrs. Reid Wherritt of 742 Unadilla street. He presented a striking picture in the jaunty cap and sky-blue uniform of the Royal Air Force.

Lieut Wesley T. Whitfield

As an operational officer, which is equivalent to a second lieutenant in U. S. Air Forces, Whitfield has seen service as a bomber escort on several raids. In American-made fighters known as Mustangs he has escorted bombers on missions over LeHarve and St. Nazarre. He has participated in many patrol sweeps over occupied countries and France, where with no particular objectives in mind they have blown up ammunition dumps, airdromes and trains.

First Training Here

From Transylvania, La., Whitfield.came to Shreveport in the summer of 1941 to earn his private license at the Badgett Flying school. He got the license, but then was turned down by the navy upon application, in New Orleans. So he went to Dallas to sign up with the Royal Air Force as a volunteer.

After a few weeks' wait at home he was ordered to Glendale, Calif., there for two and a half months he received further instructions in U. S. planes under civilian instructors at an R.A.F. flying field. Upon receiving his commission he was granted a 10-day leave. From Glendale he went to Transylvania for a visit with his parents Davis and Annie Mangnum Whitfield, and then to Canada. With 12 newly commissioned young Americans be sailed on a troop ship. He admits the food was good and the voyage a safe one.

Thinks He Shot Down Two

After several weeks in England the group went to a base in central England for a conversion course.

Following the course came assignments to a combat squadron and action on bombing raids. He speaks guardedly of actual combat, but does say that he has seen actual devastation and that the occupied countries have been very hard hit. He got two German planes "probably" In combat.

"They were very nice to us because we were Americans," said Whitfield, "but food was rationed just the same. We had fairly good food but not much variety. Turnips, cabbage and mutton. No fresh fruits and only one egg a week when we were in       actual operation. There was plenty of coffee but they are such big tea drinkers, that they just don't know how to make a good cup of coffee."

When asked about the famous; "gremlins," the mythical imp-like creatures who are said to put Ice on the wings and cause engines to "konk out" he said that they were mostly "hangar talk" and that the pilots kid each other when mistakes were made and blamed it all on the, "gremlins" as an alibi.

Accepted by Navy

Whitfield said that many American fliers are transferring from the R.A.F. to the air services of our own army and navy. Turned down once by our navy, he recently tried again at the American embassy in London and was accepted with the rank of lieutenant, junior grade. He is now looking forward to swapping his sky-blue R.A.F. uniform for the Navy blue of our own Naval Air Corps and hopes to see service on an aircraft carrier.

He feels no bitterness or grimness about this business of war and killing and wants to see more actual combat.

After a day here he plans to leave for home and plenty of home cooking, this last he emphatically expressed as his greatest need.

British girls, he said, are all too busy for much social life and, "Besides, they aren't as pretty as American girls."

Lieut. Provine Gets Orders To Report For Duty
Madison Journal September 1942

Lieut. Henry S. Provine, U. S. Naval Reserve, of 107 North Chestnut St., Tallulah, has been ordered to report to the Commandant of the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Florida, it was announced this week by the office of Public Relations of the Eighth Naval District, New Orleans.

Lieut. Provine has been practicing medicine in Tallulah for several years, being associated with Dr. G. W. Gaines, under the name of Gaines and Provine. During his absence in the armed forces, his place here will be filled by Dr. Gaines' granddaughter, Dr. Attie Leeves, who received her diploma some time ago from Tulane University. Dr. Leeves lately has been associated with a hospital in Shreveport.

Madison Journal October 1942

James Brown, otherwise known in Tallulah as "Jabo" and at one time an employee of the Journal office, recently received a certificate of proficiency showing that he had qualified as Marksman with machine gun. The certificate, presented to the Journal by his mother, was dated October 3, 1942. Jabo is located at Camp Rucker, Ala., and in a letter home said he had not been in the guard house since he has been in the army.  

White Selectees Going From Here to Camp Oct. 16th
Madison Journal October 1942

The following white men have been ordered to Camp Humbug, Shreveport, on October 16. There is, of course, excepted from order those who have already enlisted, as indicated, for which enlistment the local board has received credit:


Frank Anderson Jones, Waverly, La.

Dalton Leonard Hebert, 907 2nd St., Alexandria, La.

Joe John Dean, 600 Johns Ave., Morgantown, W. Va.

Woodrow Perishing Cagnolatti, Tallulah, La.

Elmore Sant Pickett, Rt. 2, Delhi, La.

Henry Sproles Provine, Tallulah, La., Commissioned in USNR.

Alton Mac Alderman, 305 Ave., E. Galveston, Texas.

Barton Metz Sevier, Tallulah, La., leader.

Eula Emmett Lancaster, Tallulah,

John Bryant Lawrence, Box 21, Tallulah, La., enlisted in Air Corps.

Ezra Capper Thornton, Box 805, Tallulah, La.  

Frank Rural Sistrunk, 2610 Franklin Ave., New Orleans, La., Navy.

Robert Cecil McReynolds, Waverly, La.

Audrey Melvin Covington, Tallulah, La.

Norman Wright Gayle, Box 1089, Tallulah, La.

Robert Milton Ross, Tallulah, La. enlisted in Coast Guard.

Howard Winston Poe, Baton Rouge, La., enlisted Reserve Corps.

Eulos Denton Coleman, Tallulah, La.

Eufrasico Godina, Tallulah, La.
Vores Joseph Colligan, Jr., Tallulah, La.

Robert Melvin Paulette, Rt. 2, Delhi, La.

Robert Burke Gaumnitz, Box 373, Tallulah, La.

Rollin O. White, Rt. 1, Box 163, Tallulah, La, enlisted in Air Corps.
Charles Winfred Moffett, Sondheimer, La.

Edward Eugene Ratcliff, Rt. 2, Box 69, Newellton, La.

Joseph Louis Jones, Tallulah, La.

Barney Grayson Presley, Waverly, La.

Thomas Herbert Nunnery, Rt. 2, Delhi, La.

Roy Daniel Robertson, Tallulah, La.

Herman Ivy, Mound, La.

Collins Shields Thomas, Box 467, Tallulah, La., enlisted in U.S.N.R.

Arvil Leo Covington, 404 E. Darrow St., Tallulah, La.

William Louie Barton, Rt. 1, Delhi, La., enlisted in Marine Corps.

Edward Thomas, Tallulah, La., enlisted in Air Corps.

M. A. Phillips, Pineville, La., Commissioned Lieut. (j. g.) USNR.
J. D. Porter, Waverly, La.
James Pinkman Morgan, Jr., Tallulah, La.
Lonnie Sanders, Tallulah, La., transferred from Winnsboro.

Pate Ernest Given, Jr., Tallulah, La., enlisted in Air Corps.



The above men were accepted and left for camp in November 1942

Lt. Raymond Motley, son of Mrs. A. V. Nelson, of Tallulah, who recently received his commission as Second Lieutenant at Fort Benning, Ga.

42 Colored Men Are Ordered To Report for Army
Madison Journal November 1942

The forty-two colored men from this parish have been ordered to report for induction into the army at 5:45 a. m. on November 15th, 1942, by the local board.

They will be sent to Camp Humbug, Shreveport, for examination and induction. A new regulation has cut the time allowed for furlough from two to one week. Those who pass the examination will be inducted and granted this week if they ask for it. Local board officials have cautioned these men to be on time so that they will not miss the bus. They are: Howard Davis, Madison Station, Miss.; Joe Nathan, Las Vegas, Nevada; Floyd Sanders, Biloxi, Miss.; Sandy Evans, Tallulah, La.; Cal  Carpenter, Tallulah, La.; Sam Williams, Tallulah, La.; Frank Simpson, Mira, La.; Maye Burns, Tallulah, La.; Joseph Samuel Perkins, Tallulah, La.; Henry Newton Major,  Tallulah, La.


Fred Tiffith, Tallulah, La.; Sam Morris., Sondheimer, La.; Richard Steward, Tallulah, La.; Lemon V.  Davis, Tallulah, La., transfer; Robert Lee Goodall, Chicago, Ill.; Warren Flunker, Tallulah, La.; Roosevelt Isley, Tallulah, La.; Albert Foster, Tallulah, La.; Cicero Martin, Tallulah, La.; Eulens Grey, Tallulah, La.


Robert Elmore, Tallulah, La.; Doc Johnson, Las Vegas, Nev.; James Melton Carter, Burnswick, Miss.; Jim Page, Tallulah, La.; Peter Ellis, LaCompte, La.; Len Trotter, Tallulah, La.; Henry Hall, Waverly, La.; Robert Rowan Poke, Tallulah, La.; Leon Henry McDowell, Delhi, La.; Edd Ball, Tallulah, La.


Ben Giser, Tallulah, La.; Henry Dyson, Tallulah, La.; Shelby Cleveland, Tallulah, La.; Arthur Campbell, Tallulah, La.; Walter Joiner, Tallulah, La.; Richard Chaney, Tallulah, La.; Tom Jackson, Sondheimer, La.; Lloyd West, Tallulah, La.; Albert Staten, Delhi, La.; Tom Edwards, Tallulah, La.; Robert Hooker, Tallulah, La.; Rufus Isaac, Tallulah, La.



Madison Journal November 1942


Ralph R. Taylor, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph R. Taylor of Tallulah, La. was a member of the eighth class of aviation cadets to graduate from the new Columbus Army Flying School near Columbus, Miss., on November 10. He received the silver wings of a flying officer and a commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces.

Lieut. Taylor entered pilot training last January 20, and attended flying schools at Ocala, Fla. and Greenville, Miss., before his graduation at the advanced flying school, near Columbus, Miss. Before he enlisted for pilot training he had attended Northeast Junior College at Monroe.


Note: Ralph "Junior" Taylor piloted one of the planes in the group that bombed Hiroshima, Japan.


Monroe Morning World November 1942

Ralph Taylor, Jr, of Tallulah, former Northeast Junior college student, is now a lieutenant in combat training at Hendricks field. Sebring, Fla. He is first pilot in a B-17-E and in another month is expecting to be assigned to a Flying Fortress overseas. Taylor was an outstanding student in leadership and athletics at the college here. He received primary, secondary and cross country training in flight at the college in Monroe under the CAA. He stated in a letter received here that the training given at the college here is as fine or finer than any given anywhere within his knowledge.


Madison Journal November 1942

Jim Folk, ensign, U. S. Navy, was a visitor in town this week. He visited his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. P. Folk, while here. Ensign Folk has recently completed a training course at Cornell University and was enroute to New Orleans to report for duty.

Madison Journal November 1942

The Navy Recruiting Station at Monroe announced that the following men from this vicinity had enlisted in the Navy: Tommy Earl Leoty, 909 South Elm St., Tallulah; Alfred Amos Homan, Waverly; Aaron Erving Ballard, St. Joseph; and Hollis Muse, Route 2, Newellton. Mack Sansberry, Jr., colored, of Tallulah also enlisted in the Navy and is now in training.


Petty Officer B. J. LeRay of the Monroe Recruiting Station is in Tallulah at the Courthouse every Thursday morning for the purpose of giving, information about the Navy and make out applications.


Frederick Gandy entered officers' candidate school October 1st at Fort Belvoir, Va. His company is H 19th, second engineering school regent.


Rollin White, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. White, left Monday for Baton Rouge where he will enlist in the army air corps.


In Navy Seabees Arden Lee Scales Enlists Recently
Madison Journal November 1942

Petty Officer B. J. LeRay of the U. S. Navy Recruiting Station at Monroe announced that Arden Lee Scales of Tallulah, had enlisted in the Seabees, the construction regiment of the navy, during the past week and is now on inactive duty.

A number of Petty Officers rating have recently been opened in the Seabees and any man who qualifies physically and has sufficient construction experience should take advantage of these oppor­tunities.


Petty Officer LeRay is at the Court House in Tallulah every Thursday morning and will give information about the navy or make out applications.  


Twenty-nine are Called for Army Duty This Month
Madison Journal November 1942


The following list of white men have been ordered to report for induction into the army on Sunday, November 22, at 6:00 A. M. Of the 29 in the call, thirteen have enlisted and they will not be included in the order. Of those who have enlisted Louis Pierre Delacroix is the first from this board to qualify as a volunteer officer candidate. Mr. Delacroix has been connected with the Ladelta Cooperative Association, and is a member of the local post of the American Legion. The list follows:

R. E. Franklin, Pattison, Miss. (Enlisted in Army).

John Grady Oliphant, Tallulah, La.

Ralph Clinton Paulette, Delhi,  La.

Wilmer Sistrunk, Tallulah, La.

Hamilton Pankey Hutson, Columbia, La. (Enlisted in Army)

Floyd Dewitt Lewis, Waverly, La.

Charles Holman Calhoun, Tallulah, La. (Enlisted in Navy)

Lester Ezre Walker, Transylvania, La. (Enlisted in Army)

Bennie Frank Smith, Delhi, La. (Enlisted in Army)

Otis C. Childress, Avery, Tex.  

James Joseph Hill, Vicksburg, Miss.

Leonard Malcolm Robertson, Tallulah, La. (Enlisted in Army)  

David Clardy Sims, Delhi, La.

James Maxie Townsend, Newellton, La.

Alfred W. Kyzar, Tallulah, La.

Quay Thomas Collins, Newellton,         La.

Guy Carter, Waverly, La.

John Garland Pope, Spring Hill, La. (Enlisted in Navy)        

Louis Pierre Delacroix, Tallulah, La. (VOC)

Floyd Malven McCready, Tallulah, La.

Doyle William Hutson, Vidalia,  La.

George William Montgomery, Jr., Delhi, La.

Leroy Bickerstaff, Jr., Tallulah, La.

Vernon Thomas, San Diego, Cal.

Phillip Lochbrunner, Tallulah, La. (Enlisted in Army)

Wilson Melvin Powell, Delhi, La. (Enlisted in Army)

David Dewitt Arnold, Delhi, La. (Enlisted in Army)

Hubert William Burleigh, Jr., Mound, La. (Enlisted in Air Corps)

Tommy Earl Leoty, Tallulah, La. (Enlisted in Navy)


CALL NO. 14 - NOVEMBER 22, 1942

Alfred W. Kyzar, Louis Pierre Delacroix, VOC, Ralph Clinton Paulette, Brady Oliphant and James J. Hill. Mr. Delacroix was later released from service in order to engage in defense work.

Lt. Hunter S. Coad Engineering Officer with the 39th Bombardment Squadron

Hubert Burleigh Passes Tests as Army Air Cadet
Madison Journal November 1942


In a letter dated November 5, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Burleigh, Sr. received the information from Maj. Gen. H. R. Harmon, U. S. Army, with headquarters at Randolph Field, that their son, Hubert, Jr. (Billy) his qualified for training as an Army Air Pilot.


He is now stationed at San Antonio, Texas, but is scheduled to leave immediately for flight school. Billy successfully passed all mental, technical and physical tests (missing) classification.


He graduated from Tallulah High School, and attended Tulane University and Southwestern at Lafayette. It was while attending Southwestern that he received his private pilot's license and was inducted into the Army Air Corps Reserve for immediate service. It was not until recently, however, that he was called to report to New Orleans and sent on to San Antonio, Texas.


Jack E. Byron Is Commissioned In Army Air Force
Madison Journal November 1942

Corporal Jack E. Byron having successfully completed his three months course at the Air Forces Candidate school at Miami Beach, Florida, has received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Forces of the Army of the United States. His duties will be to direct vital administrative and supply operations of the rapidly expanding Army Air Forces ground forces, thus relieving the trained pilots for full time flying duty.


As a civilian, Lt. Byron lived with his mother, Mrs. Pearl K. Byron, at 300 Oak Street, Tallulah.


Madison Journal November 1942

Joe Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Clark, of this parish, recently received his commission as Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Corps. He was here this week on a visit to his parents, but left Thursday for Meridian, Miss., where he is stationed at Key Field.



Seven White Men And Five Colored Enlist In Army
Madison Journal November 1942

Corporal Simon Caplan, substation commander here in charge of recruiting, announces that he has enlisted seven white men and five colored in the army recently.


The white men enlisted were Pate Earnest Givens, Jr., James Lenzie Morris, Stanley Arden Arneson, Fred Shelby Sterrett, Leonard Malcolm Robertson, Robert Eugene Franklin, Jr., and Wilson Melvin Powell.


The colored men who volunteered were: Jimmie George Steward, Dennie Watson, Leroy Bobbey, Martin Anderson and Willie Carter.


Madison Journal November 1942

Sergt. Gus B. Eaker, San Jose, California, and Sergt. Bill Eaker, Jackson, Miss., were visitors in their home here this week.


Percy Benjamin, aviation cadet, Maxwell Field, is enjoying a visit with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P. O. Benjamin. Before returning to Maxwell Field he will visit his brother, Billy Benjamin, also a cadet at Tuscaloosa, Ala.


Sergt. Joe Magee of Fort Bragg, N. C., and Pvt. F. M. Magee of Keesler Field, Miss., are visiting in their home here.


Madison Journal November 1942

Miss Edith Holland, public health nurse of this parish, left Tuesday for Austin, Texas, where she enters the Army Hospital as a staff nurse.  


CALL 16 December 5, 1942

 Madison Journal December 1942


Announce Dates for Sixth SS Registration

Blanks Will Be Provided At Local Selective Service Office on Dates Selected For Registration
Madison Journal December 1942


State headquarters of Selective Service emphasizes the date set for the sixth registration by the proclamation of the President.


 "Arrangements are being made by state selective service officers for registration within the state of Louisiana. The chairman of each local board is charged with providing registration places and securing volunteer registrars without expense to the government to complete the registration in each local board area. In practically all instances, the registration is to be accomplished at the local board office, unless for various reasons  the chairman of the local board  designates and publicly announces some other place.


"The same procedure and regulations governing this sixth registration which is being accomplished each week beginning December 11 and ending December 31 and thereafter, as each registrant attains the eighteenth anniversary of the date of his birth, will be the same as has been previously used."


The proclamation of the President establishes the date for the sixth registration as follows:


"The registration of male citizens of the United States and other male persons, who shall have attained the eighteenth anniversary of the day of their birth during the periods indicated below, shall take place in the United States and the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii, and in Puerto Rico, between the hours of 9 a. m. and 5 p. m. on the days hereinafter designated for their registration as follows:


(a) Those who were born on or after July 1, 1924, but not after August 31, 1924, shall be register on any day during the week commencing Friday, December 11, 1942, and ending Thursday, December 17, 1942;

(b) Those who were born on or after September 1, 1924, but not after October 31, 1924, shall be registered on any day during the week commencing Friday, December 18, 1942, and ending Thursday, December 24, 1942;

(c) Those who were born on or after November 1, 1924, but not after December 31, 1924, shall be registered on any day during the period commencing Saturday, December 26, 1942, and ending Thursday, December 31, 1942;

(d) During the continuance of (d) During the continuance of the present war, those who were born on or after January 1, 1925, shall be registered on the day they attain the eighteenth anniversary of the day of their birth; provided, that if such anniversary falls on a Sunday or a legal holiday, their registration shall take place on the day following that is not a Sunday or a legal holiday.


"The forms are being prepared and will be shipped in sufficient quantities to each local board prior to December 10 for accomplishment of this sixth registration."


Announcement was made this week that registrants of the Parish of Madison will be registered at the Selective Service Board office in the Tallulah State Bank building in Tallulah.


Son Of Tallulah Couple Blows Up Jap Battleship
Madison Journal December 1942

Capt. John W. Carpenter, whose parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter now live in Tallulah in the old Charles Coltharp home, was the pilot of a Flying Fortress which claimed the sinking of a Jap battleship recently.


According to a dispatch from somewhere in Australia, the crew of the Flying Fortress disagreed with the language of the official communiqué of November 6, which stated that the Fortress had sunk a Jap heavy cruiser on October 31. The crew said it was a battleship and not a cruiser.


Gen. MacArthur's communiqué of Nov. 1 had reported a direct hit on a heavy cruiser on October 31, adding that the ship blew up.


A spokesman at his headquarters suggestion at the time that the ship might been a battleship, saying     its sometimes difficult to distinguish a battleship from a heavy cruiser from the air.


Captain Carpenter (formerly of Oklahoma, whose wife lives in Binghamton, NY) pilot of the Flying Fortress, said that it definitely was  a battleship, the second Japanese battleship destroyed by Boeing four-motored bombers.


The first was knocked off by Capt. Colin Kelly.


Carpenter's bombardier, Sgt. Herman Langjahr of Pine Hill, N.J. scored two direct hits and two very near misses with four quarter-ton bombs on the big warship and it blew up.


Pilot Tells Story

The pilot described it as follows:

"Hunting was good Halloween morning. The waters were full of Jap ships.


"First we located a cruiser at which we made several passes but didn't drop any bombs     because the cruiser's rapid maneuvering, coupled with trouble from searchlights and heavy, fire from its pom-poms --that ack ack was coming up almost between the engines—made it tough for us to get into the right position.


"I circled to make another pass and that proved a break for us, for few minutes later we spotted a battleship which was the biggest thing which I've ever seen in my life.”


Couldn’t Dodge

The battleship took refuge been two small islands, and thus hemmed herself so that she could dodge the Fortress's bombs.


"On our first pass we dropped our 500-pounders which hit about 300 feet beyond the battlewagon.


"I turned and came right back the battleship, expecting teriffic ack ack, but, surprisingly, the Japs didn't fire.

Drop 4 More Bombs

"Langjhar dropped four more bombs and the next thing I knew the bottom turret gunner yelled over the plane's radio, 'We blew the rear end off that big baby.' Then the tail gunner shouted, 'Holy Hell! She just blew up!'


"Langjahr, with four quarter-ton bombs, had made two direct hits and two near misses which practically grazed the sides of the ship.


"He must have hit the powder magazine because the ship blew up so completely it wasn't even burning when we came back later to survey the damage.


"This warship had been spotted the previous day by reconnaissance  and was identified by an intelligence officer as one of the Jap so-called mystery ships which are known as monitor mattideships "They have a light superstructure, plenty of speed and a flock of gun turrets. I understand these ships specialize in shelling land po­sitions.


"Langjahr's sinking of the big baby has been definitely confirmed."


The action was scored in the Buin Faisi area of the northern Solomons.


Mrs. Carpenter, mother of Capt. Carpenter, stated to the Journal representaitve this week that naturally they are proud of their son's exploit. Mr. Carpenter came to Tallulah from Mississippi where he recently lived, originally they came from Oklahoma. He is the owner of the plantation near Duckport which is operated by Mr. C. C. Clark.


Madison Journal December 1942

Capt. and Mrs. John Carpenter III and daughter, are visiting in Tallulah for Christmas. Captain Carpenter was the pilot of the Flying Fortress which sank a Jap battleship, October 31 of this year. The first Jap battleship sunk was by Capt. Colin Kelly. Capt. Carpenters was the second.


Capt. and Mrs. Carpenter are now stationed in Washington, D. C. Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Yerger of Mounds are entertaining at the family home for Capt. and Mrs. Carpenter on Wednesday evening.


Capt. Carpenter is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Carpenter, who live in the former home of Mrs. Chas. Coltharp. Mr. Carpenter is the owner of Duckport plantation.


Madison Journal December 1942

Vera Van Zelfden, first WAAC from this Parish, received her orders Wednesday. She reports in New Orleans on November 28 and from there she will go to Fort Des Moines, Iowa, for active duty with WAAC.



Aviation Cadet James H. `Speck' Nelson is spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Nelson of Helen Street. Avia­tion Cadet Nelson is awaiting shipping orders after which he will begin to study to be a navigator.



Sergt. Jimmie Whitehead, who is now in the medical department of the army at Fort Benning, Ga., was a recent guest here of Mr. and Mrs. Hunter Whitehead.



Lieut. Ben Dowell Capshaw received a promotion from second lieutenant in the United States Army Field Artillery to first lieut­enant on December 12, at Camp Butner, N. C.


Lieut. Capshaw entered the army in March, 1941. He received his commission as second lieutenant, July 15, 1942, at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.



Cadet Burney Long, U. S. Coast Guard, stationed at New London, Conn., is home on furlough.


Red Cross Gives Wrecked Soldiers Coffee and Eats
Madison Journal December 1942

As soon as word of the wrecked  soldier train was received in Tallulah early last Saturday morning, local Red Cross officials, headed by C. H. Todd, Chapter Chairman, and Ray Radford, Disaster Chairman, got busy and prepared a huge amount of coffee, doughnuts and cookies and took them to the scene of the wreck out near Waverly.


Gus Aivages, proprietor of the Highway Cafe here, offered to prepare coffee, and long before daylight he was busy with the work. Coffee was taken to the soldiers in large milk cans. When the Red Cross offered to pay the Highway Cafe for the coffee, Gus refused payment, stating that he did not charge for either the coffee or the services.


The soldiers were delayed several hours on account of the wreck when several cars left the rails. The cars blocked the tracks so that traffic was delayed until it was cleared around noon on Saturday. It was while they were thus delayed without anything to eat that the Red Cross served coffee, doughnuts and cookies.



Word has been received from BILL YERGER, who is now serving with Uncle Sam's forces somewhere in the South Pacific, that he has been promoted to corporal. BILL is well remembered in Shreveport, where he formerly made his home.



Pfc. William P. Yerger, Jr., U. S. Marine Corps, was a visitor here this week to his parents, Dr. and Mrs. W. P. Yerger. Bill, as he was known here, joined the Marines a year ago and has been stationed on the West Coast. He has just recently completed his training course before coming home on furlough. His present address is Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Cal.



George Kimbrough, U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, was a visitor in his home here over the weekend. He is now stationed at Port Arthur, Texas.



Vernon Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Thomas, of Tendal, volunteered and was accepted in the parachute unit of the United States Army during the past week. He is  now stationed at Fort Blanding.


Vernon has been employed in the air craft industry in San Diego, Cal., and had been deferred because of his employment, but he chose to enlist and be one of the boys of the armed forces, he states.

FRANK M. THOMAS, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Thomas of Tallulah, who recently received his commission as a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces at Randolph Field, Texas.


Frank M. Thomas Commissioned In Army Air Force
Madison Journal December 1942

A group of new army pilots, including Frank M. Thomas, 21, son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank S. Thomas of Tallulah, who have just completed a streamlined experimental course which cuts in half the time normally required for flight training, received the gold bars of second lieutenant and the silver wings of a pilot in the army air force at Randolph Field, Texas, on December 13. Thomas is a graduate of the Tallulah High school and attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute 1937-41. He served in the regular Army Air Forces a year before starting his flying career.


These airmen logged as much flying time in 13½ weeks as the regular training program includes in 27 weeks. They also took the longest mass cross-country training flight ever made from this field—a jaunt of more than 1000 miles.


After completing the regular course at the Central Instruction school, Kelly Field, Texas, they will  become instructors at basic flying school in the Army Air Forces Gulf Coast Training center. As a result, an even larger percentage of graduates of advanced schools will now be available for combat duty.


Skipping the primary trainers in which cadets usually learn to fly, this experimental class started on 450-horsepower, 2½ ton airplanes, and finished with 600-horsepower ships. Many of them who had never been in a plane before soloed after 10 hours' instruction in the big low-winged basic trainers.


Members of the group were assigned here after finishing the regular pre-flight training. They formed "Class 42-X" of the Gulf Coast Training center—"42" for the year of graduation and "X" for the Army's regular designation of an experimental unit.


These lieutenants will be the first ever to receive wings at the West Point of the Air. Cadets normally graduate from advanced training schools elsewhere in the Army Air Forces Training center after completing the basic course.


Ora P. Mueller Finishes Course With High Grade
Madison Journal December 1942

Philip Mueller of Tallulah, and father of Ora P. Mueller, states this week that his son graduated the day after Thanksgiving from the San Diego Naval Base Internal Combustion School with a grade of 97. Ora missed a week at the last of the school and thought he would have to make up the work before he could graduate. This time was missed when he came home during the illness and death of his mother. But when he return­ed his commanding officer inform­ed him that on account of his high grade, he would be permitted to graduate with his class, and in addition he would be given the privilege of attending a more advanced school which will take from four to six months additional. He was one of six from the entire class to be given this privilege.


Ora has been in the navy about four months.



Tommy Leoty Is Now Training At Great Lakes, Ill.
Madison Journal December 1942

The most recent arrival at the U. S. Naval Training Station at Great Lakes, Ill., from Tallulah is Tommy Earl Leoty, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl C. Leoty, 909 South Elm Street. He reported to begin recruit training last week.


Now classified as a "boot", this new recruit is being trained and instructed in various fundamental phases of naval routine, hardened through the Navy's vigorous phy­sical toughening program, and will soon graduate from recruit training a full-fledged Bluejacket. At that time, he will be granted a nine-day leave at which time he may come home.


Recruits in the Navy have a selection of 49 different trades to learn in the various Navy training schools if they qualify when taking their aptitude tests during recruit training. Graduation from a Navy service school makes a man eligible for a petty officer's rating.


Brothers In Army From This Parish Meet In England
Madison Journal December 1942

Mrs. W. T. Hopkins, who lives on the Trinidad plantation south of Tallulah, received a telegram from her son, William Hopkins, who is in the army in England, saying, "Just met Ernest. Both doing fine." Ernest is another son in the army. Naturally, Mrs. Hopkins was glad to hear that both were doing fine, and she was glad that they had met each other in a foreign land.


William joined the army in February, 1942. He attended the Tallulah High school before getting into the army, and Ernest joined in July, 1941. He attended school at Woodville, Miss., and Mound, La. The family lived at Woodville before coming to this parish.


Madison Journal December 1942

Lieut. M. A. Phillips, jg, who is stationed at the Naval Base Training School in Gulfport, Miss., expects to receive his assignment this week for duty aboard ship for a six week training course. Lieut. Phillips has recently completed a four weeks training course in Naval Training station in Boston, Mass.


Mrs. Phillips is With Lieut. Phillips in Gulfport and expresses in her letters to friends here, both for herself and Lieut. Phillips a desire to keep in touch with our town.


Ten White Men  Going To Army December 18th
Madison Journal December 1942

The next call for white men for this parish will include only 10 white men. This is the shortest call this board has had for many months, and it is due to the recent ruling that no man over 38 would be sent into the army and on account of the deferment of some workers actually engaged in farming operations. Those who are to leave Tallulah on December 18 for Camp Humbug for induction are:

Edward Franklin Smith, Dept. of La. State Police, Baton Rouge.

Landon Harold Barnes, Sherrill, Arkansas.
Henry Talmadge Wicker, Delta, Louisiana.

Henry DeWitt Lay, Tallulah, La.

Leonard Arnold Grayson, Delta Louisiana.

Joseph D. Harmon, Okla. Ordinance Works, Pryor, Okla.

James Ben Watts, Newellton, La.

Earl Edward Foust, Waverly, La.

Hudson O'Donnel Nolan, Tallulah, La.

Vail Jones, Tallulah, La.

Lieut. Harry Holt, Air Corps Pilot, Now In England
Madison Journal December 1942

Lieut. Harry Holt, Who is pilot of a bomber in the United States Army Air Corps, is now in England. His Parents, Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Holt, received two letters this week from England. One was dated November 29 and was received after a V-mail letter writ­ten at a later date. Lieut. Holt says he received all of his Christmas presents, and some 25 letters at once, but that he had not had any mail for a month and that he certainly enjoyed hearing from the family and friends. He reports the people of England most cordial and says he has met many distinguished persons.


Now a Captain
Madison Journal December 1942


First Lieutenant RICHARD H. WIGGINS, now on leave as assistant professor of journalism at Louisiana State University, has been promoted to Captain, the War Department has announced. Captain Wiggins was graduated from the Tallulah High school in 1930, and from the University in 1934, later serving as manager of student publications. He "cut his eye teeth” of his journalism career in the Journal office, where he was associated during the four years he attended high school.


Tom Fortner, Now A Captain Here On Visit
Madison Journal December 1942

Friends here of Tom Fortner, formerly of this parish, will be glad to learn that he was commissioned as Captain about two months ago. He and Mrs. Fortner and "Mickie" passed through Tallulah Wednesday on their way to Vicksburg from their home in Monroe to visit Mr. Fortner's relatives. From Vicksburg Mrs. Fortner and "Mickie" will return to their home in  Monroe, and Capt. Fortner will return to his Engineers unit at Fort Hayes, Indiana. When he lived here Capt. Fortner was connected with the Louisiana Tractor and Machinery Company.

Madison Journal December 1942

Pvt. Thomas Stanley Harmon has been promoted to Private First Class, December 16.  

Madison Journal December 1942

Corp. Bill Pierce of Keesler Field, will spend the holidays with his mother, Mrs. C. S. Pierce.
Sergt. Don Belott of Camp Shelby, will spend the holidays with his family here.
Lieut. and Mrs. Clifford Adams and son, Calvin, will arrive Sunday for a holiday visit with their families.
Pvt. Harry Watts, U. S. Army, will be home for Christmas.
Pvt. Max Roy of Keesler Field, Miss., will spend Christmas with his family here.
Lieut. J. T. Roy of Camp Beauregard, La., will arrive Christmas week for a visit with his parents,
Jim Folk, Ensign in U. S. Naval Section Base, at Burrwood, La., is expected for the holidays.
Salo Abrahm, P. V. C., of Oklahoma City Airport, is visiting his mother, Mrs. Salo Abrahm.
Tommy Leoty of Naval Station at Great Lakes, Ill., is expected for the holidays.

Madison Journal March 1, 1943

Rufus T. Yerger of Tallulah recently graduated from the Harlingen, Texas, army gunnery school as a gunner sergeant. Sergeant Yerger, son of Mr. and Mrs. George S. Yerger, will soon Join a combat crew.

Madison Journal March 1, 1943

Sergeant Rufus Yerger was recently promoted to Staff Sergeant and made an instructor. He is stationed at Harlingen, Texas. Mrs. Yerger and young son are making their home in Harlingen to be near Sergeant Yerger.

Madison Journal March 1, 1943

Sgt. Bruce Tyner of Camp Beauregard, was a recent visitor with his family here. He was en route back to Beauregard after accompanying soldiers to California for embarkation.

Lewis Furr Is Commissioned At Officer School
Madison Journal March 19, 1943

Lewis B. Furr, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Furr, of this parish, arrived in Tallulah this week wearing shining new bars of a Second Lieutenant. Lieut. Furr graduated Tuesday from the Officers' Candidate School for infantry at Fort Benning, Ga. He will be here for about a week visiting his parents.

Lieut. Furr is a graduate of the Tallulah High School, and received his diploma from Louisiana Tech at Ruston in 1941. He majored in agriculture.  

Madison Journal May, 1943

Lieut. Frank M. Thomas of Eagle Pass, Texas, left Wednesday after spending eight days with his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas. Lieut. Thomas is an Instructor in pursuit plane flying.

Unknown newspaper Unknown date


R. Burney Long, Jr., of Delta, La., has entered the U. S. Coast Guard Academy of New London, Conn., after having qualified in nationwide examinations.


Burney was salutatorian in the Tallulah High School class of '41, and attended Louisiana State University last year, where he made an excellent record. He was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity.


He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Long, Sr., prominent residents of Delta.


Two football players on the team of the Pearl Harbor Submarine Base try on grass skirts in the Navy Exchange at the base. The two gridders, B. B. Stevens, seaman (left) of Spartanburg. S. C.. and Noel H. Wilkins, Jr., radioman, second class, U.S.N. of Tallulah, La., helped the squad chalk up a 35-33 win over the University of Hawaii. (Circa 1945)






Billy Bray March 1941

Camp Blanding, Florida

Saturday evening
March 1941

 Dear Martha,

Well from Livingston to Shelby and Blanding in one week is really something. We got here the following Wednesday morn. As far as knowing we are in Florida or seeing Florida is just about like being on a sandbar with pine trees and tents. Maybe before the year is out though I will get to see some earth and grass in Florida. As far as everything else is concerned it is real nice. We, in this company, don’t work hard at all and the food as a rule is good.

Have been down to see Bobby, Adrian and Sam several times. Was down there last night and they were working like the devil trying to get ready for inspection Thursday. I was lucky to get in this company. We don’t drill much and have lectures that are really interesting. We have been having gas drilled for the past two days.

We have a nice bunch in an our tent. One of the boys here in the tent sent home for a radio and needless to say we enjoy it a lot.

Well so far I have not gotten home sick however lots of the boys have. Has been a job for lots to get adjusted. We have been out of quarantine for a week today and that helps lots.

Would take 40 illegible to give you our routine and guess you are familiar with it at any rate.

Give Mrs. John Sevier my regards.

Remember me to Mrs. Boney and the rest of the family. How are those cute twins?



Julian Lynch April 1941

Fort Bragg, NC
Monday morning
(April 1941)

Just a line to let you know how we boys are enjoying life. We left Tallulah April 8. After riding three different buses, we finally got to Camp Livingston, leaving there the following day Wednesday at 2 PM. We went to Camp Shelby, Mississippi. Going by the way of New Orleans made as trip much longer. Staying at Camp Shelby only a short time, leaving Friday evening at 1:30 PM, we were headed for Fort Bragg, North Carolina. We rode for 31 hours, arriving here at 8:30 Saturday night. Sunday we went to church, and got settled into permanent quarters. In this area which is very large, only Arnold Sargent and I are still together. We are restricted to camp for two weeks, then if our conduct has been good we can get a pass to town, which is 10 miles. We think it’s a swell life.

Julian Lynch
Arnold Sargent

Dowell Capshaw April 15, 1941

Fort Bragg, NC
(Mailed April 15, 1941)

Selective service office Tallulah Ms. Sevier and Mrs. Sevier

We were all sent to this camp and are doing fine. We are all pleased and like the Army immensely. Tell all the other fellows they are missing something. I think we will be here 12 weeks and then we go to Oklahoma and from there to California – last to Texas – 12 weeks in each.


Dowell Capshaw
Fort Bragg, NC

Joe Magee May 19, 1941

May 19th 1941

Local draft board Tallulah, LA

Hello “all”,

My job is to find the targets and aim these “big babies”, field artillery, instrument and survey. I shall give you a good description of life in general here soon. I read my letter in the Journal, thanks for the publicity – pretty illegible at present, a year worth in three months.

 Joe Magee

 Arnold Sargent June 16, 1941

Fort Bragg, NC
(Mailed June 16, 1941)

Mrs. John and Mrs. Will Sevier
c/o Selective Service
Tallulah, LA

Dear friends

Just a card to say hello. Sorry I couldn’t before now. This picture is not quite true as most of us got good fits. Getting along fine and so far the Army is swel, leaving here soon, maybe for Tennessee.

Best regards


July 1, 1941 Unknown

Joe Magee September 2, 1941

Fort Bragg, NC

 September 2, 1941

Mrs. John and “Buck” Sevier,

Enclosed you will find two pictures, pictures I promised, you would not get, but due to the fact you were so kind in sending me one, that I do and shall always prize very highly, I just had to break that promise so here they are, one for each of you. They’re not very good snapshots, couldn’t be and be me, but all I have it present.

Life, in the Army, is more or less a pretty routine thing now for me. I have been kept here at Fort Bragg, FARTC as an instructor or Cadreman. I have the rank of Corporal and a lot of hard work and study before me.

I know that I can talk a lot better than I can write so I’ll just save the rest for that home fire. Keep it burning and I’ll try to make use of it sometime around 15 September.

Yours, Louisiana bound:

Cpl. Joe E Magee Junior

Jack Jones August 29, 1942

San Diego

August 29, 1942

 Dear Mrs. Sevier

Before I left Tallulah you asked me to write and tell you how I liked the Marines. Well I’m sure I couldn’t have chosen a better branch of service. I am indeed very well satisfied. In fact I think it’s the best.

I have received a letter from my Chinese friend, Howard Lee, who is stationed at Camp Walters, Texas. He seems to feel the same about the Army as I do toward the Marines. I’m glad he got into a branch of service – because he feels the same as I do about Japan, and I’m sure you understand both our emotions.

Again, I’ll say – the Marines are the finest even though we are the smallest.


Jack Jones

Guy Lewis September 20, 1942

Air Corps Technical School
Keesler Field, Mississippi

9 – 20 – 42


Ladies of local board

Tallulah LA

Just to say that after being in the Army a week that I want you to know that I heartily agree with you about the boys who left on 9 – 16 – 42.

This is a beautiful place, good breezes and the food is fine.

Tell the other boys to try for Air Corps. It’s fine. Only four weeks here and we’re off again for another school.

Best wishes

Guy Y. Lewis

Edythe Holland December 1942

December 1942

Holiday Greetings (Card)


Dear Mrs. Sevier


I gave Tallulah as my home when taking the oath of office. As soon as I have a snapshot taken in my military uniform I will send you one.


Edythe Holland


Long Pine, Arkansas

1st week in February


 dere bill,


your money has started rollin from washington and we been awful rich sense that first check got here. No sooneren we got that check swapped fer honest money your ma barged rite into sears roebucks and a slick talkin feller in there loaded her up with one of these here new fangled bathroom outfits like the one you writ about havin down florida way. I wooden here to that feller comin out and puttin it up cause I figured to save al that work and high wages he was talkin about for some plum union. i will try to discribe the gaget so you can just see it in our shanty.


over on one side of the room is a big long white thing like hogs drink out of, only you kin get in the thing and take a all over bath in the summer time. but that aint nuthin, on the other side of the room is a little white gadget that is called a sink, and that is fer lite washin of your hands, face, nek and years, the dern fool sent along a reel of white writin paper but fergot to send the envelopes with it.


but boy, over in the north corner of the room we got a thing I bolted to the floor where you can really wash yore feet after a hard days plowin or jes settin around. you put one foot in and scrub it, then you pull a chain hard and git some more fresh water to wash the other foot in. we all wash our feet every night now, and some of the nabers are beginnin to come down here and use it. its just down rite cute how smart that thing is—you just pull down on the chain and before you know it theres fresh water for another foot in it. they sent two lids with this foot washer, but we aint hed no use for them in the bathroom, your ma is usin one of them for a bread board, and we have framed granpappys pitcher in the other one. you shore be proud of what your war money is buying once you git home agin. we quit the WPA and our Crop the same day yore money got here. keep it comin son.


yores for long war




Mr. Headquarters U. S. Army


Dear Mr. Headquarters:


My husband was inducted into the surface long months ago and I ain't received no pay from him since he was gone. Please send me my elopement as I have a four months old baby and he is my only support and I kneed him every day to buy food and keep us inclosed.


I am a poor woman and all I have is at the front. Both sides of my parents are very old and I can't suspect anything from them as my mother has been in bed for 13 years with one doctor and she won't take another.


Please send me a letter and tell me if my husband made application for a wife and child, and please send me a wife form to fill out.


I have already written Mr. Roosevelt and got no answer and if I don't hear from you I will write Uncle Sam about you and him.


Yours truly,


(Signed) Mrs. Paul Quinn


p.s. My husband says he sets in the Y. M. C. A. every nite with the organ playing in his uniform. I think you can find him there.