FUNK, Gerald Chester, Second Lieutenant, # 0-671415, USAAF   

 

Gerald C. Funk was born 6 October 1917 in Tustin, Osceola Co., Michigan, to Donald “Don” G. Funk (1895-    ) and Amelia E (Carlson) Funk (1894-    ). He enlisted in the USAAF on 21 April 1941 (enlisted service # 36155340) at Kalamazoo, Michigan, and trained as a bombardier on the B-24. He was sent overseas to India He bailed out, was captured and became a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment (a former British prison). He was freed about 4 May 1945 and, after treatment, returned home. He died 2 November 2000 in Sand Lake, Michigan.

HUBBARD, JOHN WILLIAM, Technical Sergeant, # 34279839, USAAF

 

John W. Hubbard was born 27 June 1919 in Jackson, Mississippi, to Flavius J. Hubbard (1885-    ) and Kate (Cunningham) Hubbard (1891-    ). A brother was Flavius Joe Hubbard Jr. and a sister was Martha (Hubbard) Slaughter of Dallas, TX (1922-    ). He married Bobbie (Vance) Hubbard  and their children included Robert Dale Hubbard and Beverly Jo Hubbard. A brother was Flavius Joe Hubbard, Jr. of Dallas, TX.

 

He first enlisted 15 June 1942 and completed the school as an engineer/mechanic on the B-24 at Keesler Field, Biloxi, Mississippi (now Keesler AFB), and advanced schools at San Diego, CA, and Harlingen, TX, and Fort Bliss, El Paso, TX. He was sent overseas to India He bailed out, was captured and became a POW in the Rangoon Cantonment (a former British prison). He was freed about 4 May 1945 and, after treatment, returned home. He was discharged 12 October 1945. He re-enlisted 20 November 1945 and was subsequently discharged as a Master Sergeant on 24 November 1947. He was awarded an Air Medal and Purple Heart. He died 4 March 1958 and is buried in Lakewood Memorial Park, Jackson, Mississippi.  

 

Brother Flavius Joe Hubbard Jr., born 23 July 1917, enlisted 7 May 1942 in the Artillery Corps, a Sergeant, # 14042518, Hqs, 2nd Battery Battalion, 60th Artillery Regiment (Anti-Aircraft), and served in the AAA defense of Manila, then was captured at Corregidor, the Philippines, and was held as a POW of the Japanese until 1945. He was honorably discharged 31 March 1946. He died 13 November 1997 and is buried in the Davis Family Cemetery, Seminary, Covington Co., Mississippi..

 

5 Mar 1958 - Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Mississippi) – Passes Away at VA Hosp – J. W. Hubbard of  Rte 3, Heard St., Jackson – after an brief illness; a son of F J Hubbard and Kate (Cunningham) Hubbard. A Milner Chevrolet mechanic, the service was at Galloway Memorial Methodist Church. Survivors: wife, Bobbie (Vance) Hubbard; son Robert Dale Hubbard; daughter Beverly Jo Hubbard; brother Joe Hubbard, Dallas, sister Martha (Hubbard) Slaughter, Dallas.

25 Jan 1945 – awarded Air Medal.