Pfc. Gordon Stonebraker, 26 years old Veedersburg veteran of Africa, Sicily, Italy and France was Killed in Action in France on August 28 according to a telegram received by his father, Ora Stonebraker, at noon last Sunday. Pfc. Stonebraker had spent his entire life in Veedersburg until his induction in the Army December 1, 1941. He took training at Ft. Bragg, NC and Camp Blanding Fla before going overseas July 3, 1942. His father last heard from him on August 15.
Gordon's death is a shock and bitter news to his friends and relatives back in Veedersburg. His death is the price of democracy.
He was born in Veedersburg on December 15, 1918, the son of Ora and Edith Shoaf Stonebraker. His mother died several years ago. Survivors in addition to his father, are four sisters: Mrs. Margaret Bentley; Mrs. Doris Bunnel; Mrs. Francis Ward and Miss Dorine Stonebraker and one brother, Harry all of Veedersburg.
Source: Scrapbook of Rose Marie Sutherlin of 1940s obituaries (given to me by my dear genealogy friend, Betty Dotson) - kbz
Pfc. Gordon Stonebraker, was killed in France on Aug 28, according to a telegram from the War Department received Sunday by his father, Ora Stonebraker of Veedersburg. Pfc. Stonebraker had been overseas two
years last July 3, and had seen action in North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and finally in France. He was a member of a heavy artillery battalion. He was inducted into the Army Dec 1, 1941 and took training at Ft. Bragg, NC and Camp Blanding, Fla before going overseas. His father had heard from him last on Aug 15. Pfc. Stonebraker was born in Veedersburg Dec 15, 1918 the son of Ora and Edith Shoaf Stonebraker. His mother died several years ago. Survivors, in addition to his father, are four sisters: Mrs. Margaret Bentley; Mrs. Doris Bunnell; Mrs. Francis Ford and Miss Dorine Stonebraker; and one brother, Harry all of Veedersburg.
Source: Lafayette Journal and Courier 18 Sept 1944 (Mon) p 9
Veedersburg, Sept 18 – Two local soldiers are dead in Europe, according to messages received here. Pfc. Gordon Stonebraker, 25 was killed In Action in France, Aug 28, his father, Ora Stonebraker has been informed. Inducted Dec 1, 1941 he had been overseas two years last July 3, and as a member of a heavy artillery battalion saw action in North Africa. Sicily, Italy and France. A native of this community, he is survived by his father, four sisters and a brother. Sgt. Wayne Marsh, 28 died in England, according to word sent his wife in Detroit, who notified his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Marsh. No details were given. A letter which he wrong September 3 said he was well. Born here, he was graduated from the local high school in 1934 and then married Dorothy Gardner, Covington. Entering the Army three years ago, he had been in England nearly two years, serving as a military police in the Air Corps. The widow; his parents, a brother inducted in the Army a week ago and a sister, survive.