PFC. JULIUS NEAL INGRAM
R.E. Ingram and the late Mr. Ingram was born Dec. 8, 1919 in Micklenburg county. He attended the Belmont Grammer school and finished his education at the Wesley Chapel High School in 1937
Base ball was his favorite form of athelectics, and he played as pitcher for four or five years. Sesley Chapel won a beautiful trophy for being undefeated champion baseball team of union county while he was pitcher.
Julius Neal married a girl from the community where he lived, Martha Price. He has three children, Patricia Gayle, 12, David Neal, 10, and John, 8. All of them were small when their father had to leave them. His widow and children make their home with me. (Mrs. R. E. Ingram)
He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, but living in the Siler Community and have such a wide circle of friends there. He took an active part in all church work, especially with the young peoples organizations. His willingness to help, ability to understand and easy going manner made him very popular with everyone. His home was a gathering place for his pals.
Julias Neals occupation was farming, although he wasnt content to just farm, but made gardening, raising livestock and chickens a hobby.
He entered wervice July 21, 1944 and took his seventeen weeks basic training at Fort McClellan Alabama. After one short furlough he sailed from Fort Dix, New Jersey on Jan. 1, 1945 for England. He was sent directly into France where he was assigned to the French First Army. Later was transferred to the seventh Army, Third Division, Company C. He was in the famous Rhine River Battles, also helped in capturing several German towns near the main river. He wrote of one visit to Nancy, Fronce, while resting between battles on the front.
He was killed by an artillery shell fragment while his company was attempting to cross the Main river, on March 29, 1945. He was over seas just about tree months from the time he landed in England, until he was killed in Germany. He received the Good Conduct Expert Marksman Ship, along with several other medals including the Purple Heart, also three battle stars.
He was buried temparily in Benchiem Germany and later to St. avold France. on Sunday Jan. 23, 1949 his funeral was held from Siler Presbyterian Church. Officiating Ministers were REV. James A. Hudson, former army chaplian, Dr. O. N. Honeycutt and Rev. C. H. Rewan, pastor of the church. Full Military honors were accorded by the National Guard and interment was in the church cementary. He is survived by his mother wife and three children, also three sisters Mrs. Ray Willians, Matthews, Pt. 2, Mrs. Paul Stone, Gastonia, and Mrs. R. E. Mingus of Charlotte. Three brothers, J. D. , J. B., and W. Frand Ingram all of Charlotte.
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