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Remembering that over 1,300 served in WWII from Adair County

Cook, Powell, Adkins, Hutchison, Cape, Shipp, Green, Martin, Tutt, Moore, Yarberry and Moss were in the News in 1945
When Adair Countians answered the call to arms in World War Two, NaziGermany, Fascist Italy, and Imperial Japan never stood a chance.

Over 1,300 men and women from Adair County proudly served in the UnitedStates Armed Forces during the war. Their absolute determination to whipHitler, Hirohito, and Il Duce and bring the Axis tyrants to their kneesis amply demonstrated by the stream of reports of their courage andheroism found in the Adair County News.

Several shining examples grace the five issues of the News printedbetween May 30 through June 27, 1945 (this is far from a complete listfrom these five issues):

PFC William D. Cook -- posthumously awarded the Silver Star for"gallantry in action against the Japanese" at Minien, Luzon, PhilippineIslands, on January 13, 1945. "When his patrol withdrew [from anambush], Cook remained with his truck to assist in the evacuation of thewounded..."

PFC Woodruff Powell -- awarded the Bronze Star Medal for "heroicachievement...against the Japanese" at Minien, Luzon, PhilippineIslands, on January 13, 1945. "Under intense enemy fire, Powell movedforward and covered a demolition man who was placing charges in theenemy positions."

PFC James W. Adkins -- awarded the Silver Star for "holding his positionwith a tank destroyer against an enemy tank attack."

SGT Ernest M. Hutchison -- awarded the Bronze Star for "heroism againstthe Japanese along the San Jose-Guimba Highway, Luzon, P.I., on February6. With his platoon pinned down Hutchison crawled forward and killedthree members of a Jap machine gun crew..."

SGT Garvis Cape -- awarded the Bronze Star for "distinctiveheroism...against the enemy on September 16, 1944, near Cote De Fey,France. Sergeant Cape, serving as an assistant squad leader, bravedwithering enemy fire to organize his sector against fierce enemycounterattacks..."

1st LT Gene Kenneth Shipp -- posthumously awarded the Purple Heart.Before his death in January 1945 over Stuttgart, Germany, he had alsobeen awarded the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, theDistinguished Flying Cross, and a Presidential Unit Citation, amongother medals and awards. (Lt. Shipp was a great-grandson of anotherAdair County military man, Colonel Frank Lane Wolford of Civil War fame.)

SGT Crystal Green -- awarded the Bronze Star in 1944 and the Bronze OakLeaf Cluster, the latter for "distinctive heroism against the enemyduring January, 1945, in Luxombourg."

PFC Charles S. Martin -- awarded the Bronze Star for "heroic achievementagainst the enemy on April 13, in Germany... Pfc. Martin and another manacting as scouts for the spearhead platoon...directed the capture of 12enemy and aided in capturing 8 more later..."

PFC Billy Tutt -- awarded the Silver Star for "gallantry in action onDecember 7 and 8 near Bergstein, Germany... Pfc Tutt constantly exposedhimself to enemy observation and intense enemy fire as he moved todifferent positions on a certain hill in order to deliver his automaticrifle fire upon the enemy with utmost effectiveness... Pfc. Tutt'sdisregard for personal safety and his display of heroic courage were agreat inspiration to his comrades..."

SGT Clay T. Moore -- awarded the Silver Star for "gallantry in action inthe Philippines, for crossing one hundred yards of open area covered byenemy fire and rocket and machine gun fire from strafing planes."

S/SGT Zuel S. Yarberry -- awarded the Bronze Star for "heroism in actionagainst the Japanese near Mount Mataba, Luzon, P.I., on April 6...Yarberry, aided by three other men, crawled through heavy enemyartillery and small arms fire to reach [a] wounded man, administer firstaid and carry him back to safety on an improvised litter."

PFC James W. Moss -- awarded the Bronze Star for "heroic achievement inthe Caraballo mountains of northern Luzon... 'Through his undauntedcourage and bravery, Pfc. Moss greatly inspired the members of hisbattalion who were present, reflecting credit upon himself and themilitary service.'"

The next time you see Old Glory snapping in the breeze, the next timeyou take a breath of sweet freedom, thank God and thank a soldier. - Cyrus

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