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C.H. Verett, Jr.

Hometown: Ralls, Texas
Buried in Ralls Cemetery.
Birth Date: 10 Jan 1932
Birth City: Ralls
State Registered: Texas
Death Date: 13 Aug 1952
Death Country: Korea
Death Description: Killed in Action
WAR: Korean War
Title: Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Rank: Sergeant
Service: U.S. Marine Corps
Service ID: 1158304 Rank E5
Notes: Sergeant Verett was a member of Company H, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy during the battle for "Bunker Hill", Korea by enemy shrapnel on August 13, 1952. Sergeant Verett was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Unit Citation and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. Data Source: Korean War Veterans Honor Roll



US Army 38340932
146th Engineer Combat Battalion.
Entered the Service from: Texas
Killed D-Day on the Normandy Beach,
Died: June 6, 1944
Buried at: Plot I Row 7 Grave 23 Normandy American Cemetery St. Laurent-sur-Mer, France
Awards: Purple Heart


Mart was a bombarder on a B-24. Liberator with the 27th Heavy Bombardment Squadron in the Pacific During World War II. He was stationed at the Seventh Army Air Force Base in the Gilbert Islands. Mart was on the "Miss B-Haven" the lead plane of the lead flight over Mili Island, also the first Liberator to hit Kwajalein. Both Kwajelein and Mili Island are in the Marshalls. They also dropped the first bombs on the Truk in the Caroline Islands. Truk was considered the Japanese Pearl Harbor. The raid on Truk, which occurred before dawn on March 15, 1944, was the 22nd combat mission for the "Miss B-Haven" and her crew. Just nine days later, Mart was killed on March 24, on another bombing mission over Wake Island. He was the only one of his crew that was killed. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, and the Purple Heart. Mart´s body was returned to the states several years after the war. He is buried in the National Cemetery in El Paso.


J.B. Mayes U.S.Flag Word was received here Saturday by his wife and parents, that Cpl. James B. Mayes 31, had been killed in action July 14, in France.

Mayes went into service before Pearl Harbor, March 21, 1941, when drafting was first started. He was dismissed in October of that year, being past 28, but was recalled in a year. He left for overseas duties January 29, 1944 after training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Camp Rucker, Alabama, and Camp Pickett, Virginia.

Cpl. Mayes was born at Graham, Texas March 12, 1913, and moved with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mayes, to Ralls in 1916. He has lived here since, finishing High School in 1930 and then assisting his father in business until being drafted.

He was converted and became a member of the Baptist Church at the age of 12. His marriage to Miss Linnie Mae Northcutt, September 21, 1941, culminated a courtship of about 10 years. Mrs. Mayes was a typical "War wife" being his constant companion during his training, a memory the boys cherish most.

Cpl. Mayes is survived by his wife and parents of Ralls, two brothers in service, Truett of Sioux Falls, Iowa, and Billy of overseas service, one sister, Mrs. Howard Cornwell of Orange, a cousin, Mrs. Dave McClusky of Lubbock, and a host of relatives and friends whose one thought has been since learning of his death, "J.B. was such a nice boy, he hadn't an enemy."

Ralls Banner 1944

James B. Mayes with the 746 Tank Battalion was attached to the First Army. These divisions were hand picked by General Bradley, who turned them over to Lt. General Hodges. James B. was a gunner assigned to the Tank Battalion. They landed their tanks on Utah Beach, France from a Landing Ship Tank on D Day. They were advancing in battle for the break through at St. Lo., France, when their tank received a direct hit from a German Tank on July 14, 1944. This happened near the Village of St. Mere Eglise, France. J. B. is buried in the Normandy American Cemetery on Omaha Beach located at St. Laurient Sur Mer, France; Plot A, Row 15, Grave 18.

Submitted by Grace Ashley

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