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JIM: Freedom is neither cheap nor free

Homage to a hero of WWII: Elmer Ray Rubarts, Jr., Knifley, KY

By JIM

Seventy years ago today -- July 4th, 1944 -- Elmer Ray Rubarts, Jr., became the 12th Adair Countian killed in action or who died from wounds received in battle during World War II. Sadly, many more Adair Countians would die and hundreds more injured before the United States decisively ended the warfare in mid-August, 1945.

Young Rubarts volunteered for military service in the summer of 1940, three months past his eighteenth birthday, while still was a student at Knifley High. At the time of his death, a few weeks past his twenty-second birthday he was serving as a Tank Commander with the 759th Light Tank Battalion.

The 759th landed at Normandy on D-Day +10. Stated one source, "From June 28 until July 8, 1944, the 759th Tank Battalion was attached to the 101st Airborne Division, where it helped with mopping up operations and patrolling the east coast of the Cherbourg peninsula [in France] between St. Mere Eglise and Valognes."



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