TUCKER, HARRY DERWOOD, Staff Sergeant, # 17014288, USAAF

 

Harry D. Tucker was born 14 January 1917 in Palmyra, Lincoln County, Arkansas, to Andrew Shepard Tucker (1877-1969) and Ollie Mae (Owen) Tucker (1885-1969). Siblings included Reeves J. Tucker (1913-    ), Clarence Elton Tucker (1919-1922) and Dorothy Grace Tucker (1923-1924), and a half-sibling, Sadie R (Tucker) Atchley (1911-2002). In 1940, they lived on Palmyra Hickory Grove Road, Owen, Lincoln Co., Arkansas.

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 14 February 1941. On 10 December 1943, at about 1230 hours, a B-25D, # 41-30362, assigned to the ICWATC, Headquarters East Search Squadron, departed Chabua, Assam, India, to search the Chabua, India, area. The aircraft was downed by fire from enemy aircraft. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The family placed a memorial marker in the Hickory Grove Cemetery, Lincoln Co., Arkansas. The inscription says, “He lived to bear his country’s arms – He died to save its honor.”

DEWSNUP, RALPH LEROY, Major, # 0-346962, USAAF

 

Ralph L. Dewsnup was born in Salt lake City, Utah, on 13 June 1915 to Hyram Edmin Dewsnup (1875-1960) and Ada Mary Mariah “Jennie” (Ransom) Dewsnup (1874-1960).  Siblings included Myrtle D. (Dewsnup) Clayton (1898-1970), Edna Arvilla (Dewsnup) Calder (1900-1996), Elva Millicent (Dewsnup) Cornwall (1903-1991), Grace ‘Maurine’ Dewsnup (1909-1998) and Edwin Grant Dewsnup (1918-2014). He was a graduate of the University of Utah and a student at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was married to Ruth Ellen (Belnap) Richards nee Dewsnup (1913-1993) (married 30 July 1936).

 

He entered the military from Virginia. He was in the U.S. Army inactive reserve officers corps and was called to active duty in August, 1941, as a First Lieutenant. He was first stationed at Bolling Field. He left for overseas in May 1943.  On 10 December 1943, at about 1230 hours, a B-25D, # 41-30362, assigned to the ICWATC, Headquarters East Search Squadron, departed Chabua, Assam, India, to search the Chabua, India, area. The aircraft was downed by fire from enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal and the Purple Heart. His family paced a memorial marker to him in Memory Grove Memorial, Salt Lake City, Utah.

 

His brother, Edwin G. Dewsnup, was a reserve U.S. Army officer as well, called to active duty as a First Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain, # 0-387240,  at Fort Lewis, Washington, and discharged 26 December 1945 at Fort Douglas, Utah.