His brother, Homer Raymond Sherman, born 29 November 1914, served in the USAAF, 303rd Bomb Group, 360th Bomb Squadron, Sergeant, # 16036177, enlisted 16 December 1941, was killed in action on 23 October 1943. He was buried in the St. Johns Cemetery, Somonauk, Illinois.


His brother, Donald Sylvester Sherman, born 29 November 1920, served in the USAAF, Staff Sergeant, # 16100996, 379th Bomb Group, 527th Bomb Squadron, ball turret gunner, enlisted 21 August 1942 and died while a POW on 1 June 1945. On 14 October 1943, B-17F, # 41-58224, departed the airfield at Kimbolton, England, on a mission at 23,000 feet over the ball bearing factory at Schweinfurt, Germany. MACR 958. The crew was comprised of pilot Capt. Walter F. Carnal Jr, 0-791280, co-pilot 1stLt William S. Davidson, 0-731836, navigator 2ndLt Albert J. Chudoba, 0-679602, bombardier 1stLt Leslie M. Gross, 0-731370 (KIA), top turret gunner TSgt Dean L. Wyland, 37146042, radio operator-gunner TSgt Leonard F. Cruzan, 38128407, right waist gunner SSgt Nick G. Rukavina, 35361517 (KIA), left waist gunner SSgt Monico R. Rodriguez 18077394, and tail gunner SSgt Milton M. Fisher, 14133868. He was a POW of the Germans in Stalag Luft 3, Sagan-Silesia, Bavaria, and moved to the Nuremburg Langwasser. He is buried in the St. Johns Cemetery, Somonauk, Illinois. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

Crew of B-17 with SSgt Donald S. Sherman

CASEY, LEROY, Technician 4th Grade, # 38027845, U.S. Army


Leroy Casey was born on 31 August 1921 in Marlin, Falls Co., Texas to Franklin Frederick Casey (1880-1958) and Iva McAnally (1900-    ). Siblings were Jimmie Loyce (Casey) Stineff (1917-1994), Homer Stewart Casey (1923-1963), Franklin F. Casey Jr. (1925-1987), Mildred Katherine (Casey) Malone (1927-1994). Living with them in 1930 was paternal grandmother, Texanna (Brown) Casey (1859-    ) (widowed – Thomas Calvin Casey (    -1906) CSA from 1861-1865; Walker’s Division, Carter’s Regiment (21st Texas Cavalry), Co. D).