Samuel Willis Starnes 34601308
He was buried at the Waxhaw Baptist Cemetery on Sunday, August 22, 1948. Rev. Clevland Caulder officiated assisted by Rev. Earl Cook and Rev. Harley Falkenberry. He had full military honors furnished by the Monroe National Guard. He was killed overseas on April 20, 1945 on Luzon Islands and his body was shipped home. He didnt have a memorial service.
He attended Jackson High School and graduated with the class of 1937. He was a member of the Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church and was a Sunday School teacher and a very active member. He was also active in young people’s work. He played basketball on the high school team. He was employed by the Griffith Implement Company. He was married to Miss Rachel Yandle. He had two brothers, Arthur C. and Thomas D. both of Union County.
He joined the National Guards in September, 1940 aand was stationed at Fort Jackson. He received a discharge the following April but was recalled to service January 23, 1943, and was stationed at Fort Bragg and Camp Maxey, Texas from which he left for overseas duty in the Pacific area. He was stationed at New Guinea, the Philippines, and o0n the Luzon Islands. He served with the Field Artillery outfit. He was overseas about a year. He was awrded the Purple Heart bearing three stars and two bars and engraved with his name.
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