Corbett Roberson
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Corbett RobersonU.S.Flag   Corbett Everett Roberson was born February 6, 1925 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and was raised on a farm near Spur, TX. His parents were Everett and Viola Roberson, longtime Dickens County residents.

Corbett joined the Army Air Corps in November 1942, and I recall some of the bases where he trained were Sheppard Air Base, Wichita Falls; Laredo Air Base, and Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi.

He was a tail gunner on a B-24 bomber and was killed January 24, 1944, in a bombing raid over Rumania. He was hit in flight on the way to their mission, and was buried in a military cemetery in Bari, Italy, until after World War II ended and we were permitted to bring him home.

He is buried in Spur Memorial Cemetery beside his parents, the lot adjoins Lillian Grace Dickson Nay´s parents lot, where her brother, Ray is also buried. I remember Corbett was brought by train to Spur, and I believe this was December, 1947. We met the train with deep sadness---his Purple Heart was given to my Mom, and I have it today.

Submitted by: Byrdean Cypher

Sergeant Corbett Everett Roberson of Texas enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corp in November 1942. He was stationed at Sheppard Air Base, Wichita Falls, Texas, Laredo Air Base, Texas and Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi. Corbett, age 18, a tail gunner on a B-24, was killed in action on January 24, 1944 when his plane was hit in flight during a mission over Rumania.

His body was first buried in the military cemetery at Bari, Italy. After World War II the family was permitted to bring him home to Texas. In December 1947 his body was brought by train to Spur, Texas and was buried in the Spur Memorial Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart which was given to his mother.

Corbett was the great grandson of Frances Auxier and Henry Jackson Roberson.

Reburial Service Saturday for Sgt. Corbell Roberson

Reburial services for Sgt. Corbell E. Roberson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Roberson, Spur, will be held in the First Christian Church, Saturday, December 11, at 3 pm. The body of the young soldier will arrive in Spur Saturday morning and will remain at the Chandler Funeral Home until the time of service.

Rev. L.L. Hill will be in charge of the service, with Charlie McClain assisting.

Burial will be in the Spur Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

The American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars will conduct the military rites.

Sgt. Roberson was killed in action in Italy on January 21, 1944

©The Texas Spur, December 9, 1948

Reburial Rites Conducted for Sgt. Corbett Roberson

Reburial rites for Sgt. Corbett E. Roberson, who was killed in action January 24, 1944, on a flying mission to Bulgaria, were held at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, December 11, in the First Christian Church.

Rev. L.L. Hill, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and chaplain of Post 161, American Legion, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Charlie McClain, retired minister.

Sgt. Roberson was born in Lawrencburg, Tenn., and was killed a few days before his 19th birthday. He was reared in Spur and graduated from Spur High School in 1940.

Sgt. Roberson entered the Army Air Force in 1942, and at the time of his death was serving as tail-gunner on a B-24, Overseas. Interment was in a military cemetery in Bari, Italy.

Immediate survivors are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Everett Roberson, Spur; two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Sweatt, Dallas and Miss Byrdean Roberson, a student of Texas Tech, Lubbock, and a cousin who was reared by Mr. and Mrs. Roberson, Ralph Leighton, Anton.

Pallbearers were: Bunk Garner, Nolas Byrd, Billy Yoakum, Winiford Morrow, Dale Hunnicutt, Ralph Leighton and Junior Pickens.

Chandler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements and interment was in Spur Cemetery.

©The Texas Spur, December 16, 1948
Transcribed June 7, 2005 by DCHC Members
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