The Men and Women of Hamilton County, Texas in WWII: Angermann to Arnett

M/Sgt. Angermann, Bruno Martin (38133544). Born 26 April 1917 in Aleman, TX. Son of Willie A and Freda Caroline (Brown) Angermann. Married Allie Mae “Sis” Landau 24 Jun 1943. Enlisted in the Army 15 Jun 1942 at Abilene TX. Served in Europe with the 36th Infantry Division. Discharged 22 Dec 1945. Moved to Clifton, TX. in 1966. Died 9 May 1993. Buried in the Bethel Cemetery, Hamilton County.


Cpl. Appleby, Charles Richard (18037690). Born 16 Apr 1919 in Iredell, TX. Son of Dick Wood and Lucy Mattie (Beavers) Appleby. Enlisted in the Army 23 Oct 1940 at Ft Worth, TX. Served in Company A  2nd Engineer Combat Battalion. 2nd’s WWII Campaigns included: Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Ardennes-Alsace; Central Europe. Charles died 19 Jun 1967. Buried in the Mitchell Cemetery, Iredell, TX

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Appleby, Leo James. Born 12 Feb 1927 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Andy Floyd and Alta Octava (Wright) Appleby. Graduated from Hamilton High School. Enlisted in the Army 16 Apr 1945. Trained at Camp Hood, TX, Camp Haan and NM. Served in Hawaii , Korea and Japan. Awards include the Victory and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medals. Discharged 28 Dec 1946. Died 3 Sep 1992. Buried in the Breckenridge Cemetery, Breckenridge, TX.

S/Sgt. Appleby, Norman Wright. Born 8 Sep 1924. Son of Andy Floyd and Alta Octava (Wright) Appleby. Graduated from Hamilton High School. Trained in TX, KS, MA, and NE. Entered the Army Air Corps 14 Apr 1943. Served in Saipan and Guam. Probably a member of the 20th AF. Discharged 3 Jan 1946. After the war, he worked for Nabisco in Arlington, TX for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1983. Died 14 Mar 2002. Buried Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving, TX.


Seaman 1st/c. Arbuckle, Thomas Wayne (9385660). Born 29 Dec 1925 in Terrill, TX. Son of Elmer Harrison and Winnie (Walker) Arbuckle. Graduated from Hamilton High School. Entered Navy 1944. Trained at Farragut, ID., Miami, FL. and Detroit, MI. Assigned to USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB-42) 10 Jan 1946. Married Doris Elaine Marshall 7 Aug 1948 in West Columbia, TX. Died 14 Feb 1952 in Brazoria, TX.


Capt. Armstrong, Gerald David. Born 27 Nov 1922. Son of Arch Baxter and Anna (Howard) Armstrong. Graduated from Evant High School. Married Roberteen Wilson. Entered the AAC 28 Nov 1939. Trained at San Antonio and Valdosta, GA. Discharged 30 Sep 1953. Died 16 Jan 1977. Buried in the Murphree Cemetery, Evant, TX. Served in Puerto Rico.

Arnett, Alvin Crews. Born 13 Apr 1922 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Alvin Green and Minnie Addie (Harlien) Arnett. Enlisted 18 Aug 1942 in the Coast Guard. Discharged 17 Apr 1945. Married Jean Rheubotham 30 Nov 1957. After the war, he founded Arnett Brokerage Company in Lubbock, TX. He and his wife also owned Lubbock Downs from 1980 to 2000. Died 7 Jan 1987. Buried in Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock, TX.

MM 2nd Class Arnett, Charles Oren (8396313). Born 13 Apr 1925 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Willis Wiley and Lillie Mae (DeHart) Arnett. Married Johnnie D. Ising. Attended Hamilton High School. Entered CBs 1943. Trained at Camp Peary, VA. Awarded European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one battle star. Discharged 1946. Died 2 Dec 2012 in Denton, TX. Buried in Roselawn Memorial Park, Denton, TX.

Around 325,000 men joined the Naval Construction Battalions (CB) “Seabees”during WWII. Arnett was a member of Platoon 12, Naval Construction Battalion Detachment 1040. Note the patch on his left shoulder. The 1040th operated out of Bizerte, Tunisia. While CB Battalions constructed everything from portable hospitals to acting as stevedores, their main function in the support of the Sicily and Italy landings and subsequent occupation was pontoon causeway construction. Detachments operated in small groups, usually temporary in assignment. The major operation of the 1040th was constructing causeways post-D-Day (6 Jun 1944) landings on Normandy, France. Arnett appeared on the ship’s muster rolls as a passenger on LST 1011 for Jun 44, from Bizerte to “undisclosed destination.”


Arnett, Ivan Robert (18115580). Born 17 Oct 1915 in Topsy, TX. Son of Alvin Green and Minnie Addie (Harlien) Arnett. Enlisted in the Army 11 May 1942. Served in the Corps of Engineers. Discharged 24 Oct 1945. Died 30 Oct 2003. Buried at Cook Walden Forest Oaks Memorial Park, Round Rock, TX.


Tech/5. Arnett, Melvin Vanis Jr. Born 13 May 1923 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Melvin V and Julia Dellia (Stagner) Arnett. Melvin Sr died 2 Jul 1923. Melvin Jr was raised in the home of his mother and her second husband, Al Fonzo Donald. Married Wanda Joy Henderson 28 Dec 1942 in Hamilton. Attended Blue Ridge School. Enlisted in the Army 15 Jan 1943. Trained at Camp Haan, CA and Fort Knox, KY. Served in France, Belgium, the Rhineland and Germany. Awarded European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign with three battle stars and Good Conduct Medals. Discharged 17 Jan 1946. Died 25 Mar 1977. Buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton, TX.


Arnett, Robert Lavern. Born 4 Sep 1918. Son of Eula Earl (Butler) and Robert Kooken Arnett. Married Dorothea Mae Austin. Graduated from Hamilton High School and Daniel Baker College. Enlisted in the Army 1944. Trained at Camp Robinson, AR. Served in France, Luxembourg and Germany. Awards include the Purple Heart Medal. Died 25 Dec 2012 in Bedford, TX.