SHARPE, ELMER, Staff Sergeant, # 20542374, USAAF

 

Elmer Sharpe was born on 15 December 1921 in Mercer Co., Kentucky to Joe Sharpe (1898-1937) and Stella (Steele) Sharpe (1903-1966). Siblings were Vickie (Sharpe) Lamkin (1923-1997), Beatrice (Sharpe) Phillips (1926-1991), and three half siblings.

 

He served in the Kentucky National Guard, 1113th Medical Regiment, Company H, before being active duty 17 January 1941. After being selected for the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the B-24 and earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a C-54, # 42-72370, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Barrackpore, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. Last contact was when it was over Kunyang, China, at about 1346 Zulu. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial was placed in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., Kentucky. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

STOOKSBURY, JAMES WORLEY, Staff Sergeant, # 14061938, USAAF

 

James W. Stooksbury was born 10 October 1918 in Anderson Co., Tennessee to John Rufus Stooksbury (1887-1964) and Louisa “Lula” Elizabeth (Bolinger) Stooksbury (1885-1977) (married 31 January 1913, Anderson Co., TN). Siblings were Willie Maude (Stooksbury) Jackson (1913-2002), Luther Henry Stooksbury (1916-2007), Eli Clarence Stooksbury (1921-2002) and Ulysses Oscar Stooksbury (1924-2013). His father was a farmer in 1910, a farmer for the coal mines in 1920, and was a farmer in 1930-1940. Living with the family in 1940 were his maternal grandmother, Nancy J. (Cannon) Bolinger (1861-1946) (widowed – Elias Daniel Bolinger (1852-1932), and a friend, Lena Robbins (1865-    )

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, resided at N.U. A. university, Pickwick, Tennessee, and described himself as 5’8 ½”, 140 lbs, with blond hair and blue eyes. He noted that he had a scar above his left eye on his forehead. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, on 11 September 1941. After enlisting in the USAAF, he was trained to maintain and monitor the mechanical systems (engineer/crew chief) on the B-24 Liberator. He earned his crewman wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 4 July 1945 a C-54, # 42-72370, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1345th AAF Base Unit, Kurmitola, India, departed the airfield at Barrackpore, India, on a cargo mission to Kunming, China. Last contact was when it was over Kunyang, China, at about 1346 Zulu. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. A memorial is in the Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson Co., Tennessee. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross.