ELYEA, PAUL ISAAC, Sergeant, Service # 36179569, U.S. Army Air Force
Paul I. Elyea was born on 24 October 1919 in Marengo Townaship, Calhoun County, Michigan, to Charles F. Elyea (1870-1960) and Cora E. (Alley) Elyea (1884-1956). On 26 July 1943, he married Lois R. Rogers (1919-2010) in Marshall, Calhoun, Michigan. The 1940 census shows the family living in Marengo, Calhun County, Michigan: His parents and his five siblings: Frances Caroline Elyea (1913- ), a nurse in the University of Michigan hospital and signed with the Red Cross for war service, Robert Peter Elyea (1914-1994), Charles F. Elyea (1915-2004), Harry R. Elyea (1917-2011), who was completing studies at the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago and George S. Elyea (1918-2013) of Marengo and a half-brother, Max E. Stone (1910-1980). His father was a farmer and Paul drove a truck. His wife, Lois, was employed by the Benson Beauty Service.
Paul enlisted on 8 April 1942 at Fort Custer, Michigan. The Battle Creek Enquirer, 26 March 1943, reported that Private Paul I. Elyea had competed armament school at Lowry Field, Colorado. An armorer and gunner aboard the B-24J, he died during an attack by enemy fighters or when the arcraft crashed on 1 December 1943. On 12 December 1943, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported that "Marengo Boy Reported Missing in Asiatic Area for Last 12 Days" - Sergeant Paul Elyea, 24, is missing in action since December 1, according in a message received from the war department by his wife. Sergeant Elyea, who graduated from Marshall High School in 1938 ..., before being accepted in the Air Corps. He was a tail gunner on a Flying Fortress. He had been on two bombing mission, 27 November and 1 Deceer, 1943. Mrs. Elyea last heard from her husband in a letter written November 15, at which time he was in West Africa. Before enlisting, he was employed in the Marshall A. & P. store. After enlistment, he was sent to Florida for basic training then to Brazil enroute to West Africa and after a bit, sent to India. He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart. His family placed a memorial marker in the Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.