CUMMINGS, HAROLD BENJAMIN, Sergeant, Service # 6970825, U.S. Army Air Force        

Sergeant Harold B. Cummings was born 27 June 1921 to Monroe police officer Marlin Wats Cummings (1890-1960) and Virgalma Ella (1894-2000) Cummings, and was from Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. He was a graduate of Ouachita Parish High School, class of 1939. He enlisted at Barksdale Field in September, 1939. In the 1940 census for Chanute Field, Rantoul, Champaign County, Illinois, Sgt Cummings is listed as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He trained as a radio operator. It was not unusual for the USAAF to assign radio operators as gunners, trained when needed. He was with the 9th Bombardment Squadron, 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 10th Air Force, assigned as a B-17E tail gunner and reportedly was captured 4 June 1942 during a bombing mission over the Irriwady River valley. His bomber was shot down by Japanese fighters that day. He was reported to have shot down three enemy fighters before his bomber crashed. He received the Silver Star (an award for exceptional bravery and valor) and Purple Heart, among other commendations.  He died on 29 November 1943 and was recovered from the Rangoon Cantonment cemetery, grave # 96. He  was survived by his parents and a sister, Hazel Wilma (Cummings) Little (1918-2013). A brother, Aviation Cadet Eldria Arlin Cummings, born 23 December, 1922, entered the military in September 1942 and trained first at Camp Kaler, California, Indiana and Tampa, Florida and then was stationed in Cleveland, Ohio, for flight training. Eldria passed away 26 February, 1971. On 20 March 1946, his father's petition for probate of his estate was published in the Monroe, LA, News-Star. On January 27, 1946, the Monroe Morning World newspaper printed a full list of the servicemen who gave their lives, stating "These Ouachita Parish Boys Died For Us That Democracy May Live" and "That these dead shall not have died in vain," through the American Legion  The family placed a memorial marker in the Kilpatrick's Serenity Gardens, West Monroe, LA.  The Boeing B-17E was known as the Flying Fortress.

COX, GLENN FRANKLIN, Jr., Staff Sergeant, Service # 36961684, U.S. Army, Graves Registration

Glenn F. Cox, Jr., was born 3 January, 1926, in Cayuga, Vermillion County, Indiana, to Glenn F. Cox, age 30, IN (1895-1966), and Ethel Marie Johnston, age 20, IN (1904-1991). His was a big family of ten children. His siblings included an older sister, Margaret Louise (Cox) Mason, 1924-1969, and younger siblings; Betty Jane (Cox) Lenfesty, 1927-2014; Walter Wayne Cox, 1931, Carl Franklin Cox, 1933, Robert Lee Cox, 1936, Elizabeth Ann Cox, 1937, Mary Kathryn (Cox) Beckner (1938-2014), and John Norman Cox, 1941. By 1930, the family had moved to Danville, IL, where his father worked as a grinder for the Allith-Prouty Co., when they lived at 916 May Street. The Danville, IL, 1945, city directory lists him with his primary family address at 119 Cunningham Avenue. Originally assigned to the Quartermaster Corp, Glenn had joined the Graves Registration before he died. On 27 April, 1942, his father had registered for the old mens' WW II draft at age 45, born 8 July 1896, Parke County, Indiana, work: DuPont, Newport, IN, living in Cayuga, IN. Glenn listed as his next of kin: Ethel M. Cox, mother, 205 Dale Ave., Danville, IL.