ROBERTS, HAL EATON, Corporal, # 34812243, USAAF

 

Hal E. Roberts was born on 25 February 1925 in Hartselle, Morgan Co., Alabama, to Eaton Ryan Roberts (1901-1990) and Lois Camilla (Kracke) Roberts (1905-1947). Siblings were Virginia Roberts (1938-    ) and Martha Roberts (1939-    ). His father was a retail merchant.

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 25 February 1943 while a student at the Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama, and described himself as 6’, 181 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort McClellan, Alabama, on 16 July 1943. He was trained to maintain and operate the radio equipment on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas. On 14 July 1945, a C-46A, # 43-47294, nicknamed “Miss Virginia” and “Lil Bit of Texas,” assigned to USAAF, 20th Air Force, POA, 1st Air Transport Squadron, Naha, Okinawa, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kharagpur, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and on a memorial in the Hartselle City Cemetery, Hartselle, Alabama. He was awarded the Air Medal.

HARRIS, JAMES CLIFTON, Sergeant, # 34319780, USAAF

 

James C. Harris was born on 3 May 1921 in Vance Co., North Carolina to Harvey Clifton Harris (1887-1958) and Annie Hunter (Fleming) Harris (1888-1975). Siblings included Minnie Louise (Harris) Reavis (1915-2004) and Martha Evelyn (Harris) Overby (1919-2004).

 

He registered for the WWII draft on 16 February 1942, resided on Rte 3, Henderson, Vancs Co., North Carolina, employed by Standts Bakery, and described himself as 6', 175 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He enlisted in the USAAF at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, on 2 September 1942. He was trained to maintain and repair the mechanical systems on the Curtiss C-46 Commando. He was sent overseas. On 14 July 1945, a C-46A, # 43-47294, nicknamed “Miss Virginia” and “Lil Bit of Texas,” assigned to USAAF, 20th Air Force, POA, 1st Air Transport Squadron, Naha, Okinawa, departed the airfield at Bhamo, Burma, on a cargo mission to Kharagpur, India. He is remembered on the wall of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines, and on a memorial in the Hartselle City Cemetery, Hartselle, Alabama. He was awarded the Air Medal.

Hal E. Roberts