World War II Oklahoma service members buried in Draguignan, France

Here are the names of World War II Oklahoma service members buried at Rhone American Cemetery in Draguignan, France, or those listed on Tablets of Missing.
Oklahoman Published: May 27, 2012
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Pvt. Ovid E. Lamar, 23, U.S. Army, 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Muskogee. Died Aug. 30, 1944. Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster. (Plot B, Row 8, Grave 12.)

Tech. Sgt. John M. Lawry, 25, U.S. Army Air Forces, 429th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group (Heavy), Oklahoma City. Died Feb. 4, 1944. Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

Pvt. William O. Lawson, 20, U.S. Army, 540th Engineer Regiment, Lincoln County. Died Aug. 18, 1944. Purple Heart. (Plot A, Row 1, Grave 15.)

Staff Sgt. Frederick M. Lemon Jr., 20, U.S. Army Air Forces, 429th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group (Heavy), Oklahoma City. Air Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

1st Lt. Charles J. Olson, 28, U.S. Army Air Forces, 34th Bomber Squadron, 17th Bomber Group (Medium), Bartlesville. Died Aug. 18, 1944. Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

Pvt. Andrew Perry, 23, U.S. Army, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, Choctaw Code Talker, Stigler. Died Aug. 20, 1944. Purple Heart. (Plot A, Row 3, Grave 11.)

Technical Sgt. Jack G. Steles, 22, U.S. Army Air Forces, 766th Bomber Squadron, 461st Bomber Group (Heavy), Tulsa. Died July 12, 1944. Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

Pvt. Benjamin Tom, 27, U.S. Army, 40th Engineer Combat Regiment, Kennaday. Died Sept. 7, 1944. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

Pvt. Joseph F. Van Ness, 26, U.S. Army, 517th Parachute Infantry Regimental Combat Team, Oklahoma City. Died Aug, 31, 1944. Bronze Star, Purple Heart. (Plot C, Row 4, Grave 21.)

Staff Sgt. Floyd Villarreal, 23, U.S. Army, 645th Tank Destroyer Battalion, Custer County. Died Aug. 16, 1944. Bronze Star, Purple Heart. (Missing in action or buried at sea. Tablets of Missing.)

Contact

The Franco-American Society of Draguignan and the American Battle Monuments Commission welcome any information about those buried or memorialized. If you have information on the Oklahomans, or any other soldier buried at Rhone American Cemetery, contact society Correspondence Secretary Jennifer Fournier at j4kneea@aol.com, or Alison Libersa, Rhone American Cemetery associate and certified interpretive presenter, at libersaa@abmc.gov or rhone@abmc.gov.

— Mary Phillips, research specialist for The Oklahoman and author of “The Archivist” blog.


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