His brother, Jeffie Wyatt Bell, born 26 January 1918, served in the U.S. Navy (enlisted 21 February 1936; service # 3559631), during WW II, on the U.S.S. Boise, CL-47, aviation unit.

His brother, Hulon C. Bell, born 22 January 1920, enlisted in the USAAF (service # 18040085) at Dallas, Texas, on 18 January 1942, serving as a Technical Sergeant with the 432nd Fighter Squadron, and spent thirty-eight months in the South Pacific theatre of war. He had devoted forty months of his life to military service, wore six battle stars, six overseas stripes and ribbons for two Presidential Unit citations. He died 8 July 1945, still on active duty, in the Camp Maxey Regional Hospital, Lamar County, Texas, after a week after returning home.

His brother, Edwin Earl Bell served in the South Pacific as well. He registered for the WW II draft 16 October 1940, employed by the Texas Highway Department, age 31 years, and described himself as 6’2”, 220 lbs, blond hair and blue eyes. He was married to Lizzie Myrtle (Pride) Bell (1910-1990). He is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Paris, Texas.

MOEN, GILFORD HARTLEY, Technical Sergeant, # 36265427, USAAF

 

Gilford H. Moen was born 12 September 1920 to Gilbert Moen (1886-1951) and Heleborg (Halverson) Moen (1890-1978), in Eleva, Wisconsin. Siblings included Evelyn Magdaline (Moen) Evans (1916-1993), Thelma Josepha (Moen) Sanford (1917-2011), John T. Moen (1923-2004) and Jean Moen (1936-    ).

 

He enlisted 11 September 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with two years of college. He died when the B-24J was attacked then struck mid-ship by the enemy fighter. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. The family placed a memorial marker in Eleva Cemetery, Eleva, Wisconsin.

 

His brother, John Thorstien Moen, born 23 June 1923, graduated from Eleva H.S. in 1941. He enlisted in the USAAF 30 October 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and served until December 1945. He was in New Guinea and the East Indies. He died 23 October 2004.

 

CHLEBOWSKI, HENRY A., Staff Sergeant, # 7021258, USAAF

 

Henry A. Chlebowski was born in 1918 in Pennsylvania, to Joseph Chlebowski (1892-    ) and Madystawa Chlebowski (1896-    ). Siblings included Wanda Chlebowski (1915-    ), Joseph Chlebowski (1921-   ), and Florence Chlebowski (1928-    ). The 1930  census shows the family on Bryn Maur in Scranton, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania (the parents were born in Poland – all children in PA).  

 

He enlisted in 1940 and was sent to Bolling Field, Washington D.C. and other locations for training in radio repair and operation on the B-24. He died when the B-24J was attacked then struck mid-ship by the enemy fighter. He was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart.