World War II Soldiers Remembered: Clyde Bigerton Southworth

1 Aug
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November 30, 1910–September 28, 1979

Clyde Bigerton Southworth was born November 30, 1910, in Goochland County, Virginia, to Thomas Mayo and Virgillia Clyde Pace Southworth. According to his Enlistment record, he was 6 feet tall and weighed 132 pounds. He was single at the time.

He enlisted on July 11, 1942. He had the places he was stationed engraved on his canteen including; Honolulu, Hawaii, Canton, Christmas Islands, Gilbert Islands, Saipan, Marshall Islands, and Okinawa. He brought home many photographs of his time in the Philippines. He was released on November 11, 1945.

When he returned home, he married Anne Pollard of Amelia County, on January 5, 1946

World War II Soldiers Remembered: James Harold Bowles

12 Jul
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June 12, 1921–January 17, 2019

James Harold Bowles graduated from Central High School in 1940 and attended Virginia Union University from 1940 to 1942. Bowles was 20-years-old and a student at VUU when he filled out his registration card in 1942. Soon after that he began work as a civil service employee in Pennsylvania and Hawaii from 1942 to 1944. While in Hawaii, he joined the United States Army and served two years. He resumed his studies and graduated from VUU in 1948 and from Meharry Medical School in 1952. After his internship, he returned home to Goochland County and opened his medical practice.

World War II Soldiers Remembered: Henry Powers Shelton

5 Jul
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November 5, 1910–November 12, 1983

Henry Powers Shelton was born November 5, 1910 in Goochland, Virginia. He was 29-years-old when he registered in October of 1940. According to his Registration Card, we know he was 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and had gray eyes and brown hair. He listed the Bank of Goochland as his employer.

World War II Soldiers Remembered: Edward Holman Parrish, Jr.

28 Jun
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May 19, 1925–January 29, 2008

Edward “Eddie” Holman Parrish, Jr. was born May 19, 1925 in Goochland, Virginia. He was 18-years-old when he registered in May of 1943. According to his Registration Card, we know he was married, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and had blue eyes, brown hair and was living in Columbia, Virginia. He worked on his father’s farm when not in school.

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World War II Soldiers Remembered: William Edward Fleming

19 Jun
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December 8, 1918–September 2, 2001

William Edward Fleming was born December 8, 1918 in Goochland, Virginia. He was 21-years-old when he registered for service in 1940. According to his registration card, he was the son of Lester Edward and Emma (Taylor) Fleming. He was 6 feet, 1 inch tall and had brown eyes and black hair. Fleming listed Westbrook Sanatorium as his employer. He married Josephine Elizabeth Robinson in 1943.

World War II Soldiers Remembered: Charles Massie Johnson

19 Jun
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March 17, 1916–July 31, 1986

Charles Massie Johnson was born March 17, 1916 in Goochland, Virginia. He was 24-years-old when he registered in October of 1940. According to his Registration Card, we know he was 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and had brown eyes and black hair. He listed his employer as the State Farm (James River Correctional Center) in Crozier. On March 3, 1945, he married Irene Davis Lacy in Richmond, Virginia.

World War II Soldiers Remembered: Robert Rollo Richmond

13 Jun
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November 5, 1925 – February 21, 1945

Robert Rollo Richmond was born November 5, 1925 in Goochland, Virginia. He was 18-years-old when he registered in November of 1943. According to his Registration Card, we know he was 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and had blue eyes and brown hair. He listed the State Farm (James River Correctional Center) in Crozier as his employer.

He was assigned to the 484th Bombardment Group and was stationed at Torretto Airfield in Italy. While on a bombing mission over Austria, his plane was hit by flak and had to be abandoned. All crew members had to parachute out of the plane, before they did so, they attached a static line to the severely injured Sgt. Richmond and assisted him out of the plane first. He succumbed to his injuries and was buried in an unmarked grave near Novi Sad in present day Serbia.

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Standing L to R: Charles Marshall – Pilot, John Gross Jr. – Co-Pilot, Al Denealt – Navigator, and Robert F. Anderson – Bombardier. Kneeling L to R: Charles A. “Al” Harford – Engineer, George Joe Cataldo – Radio Operator, Robert D. “Bob” Powers – Upper Gunner, Pete Regelman – Nose Gunner, Bob Sorenson – Ball Gunner, and Robert Rollo Richmond – Tail Gunner.