The Men and Women of Hamilton County, Texas in WWII: Arnold-Atchley

T/Sgt. Arnold, Derrell Wayne. Born 4 Oct 1925 in Lampasas County, TX. Son of Bannie Tafton  and Myrtle LaVada Bell (Adams) Arnold. Married Katherine Elizabeth Perry of Blue Ridge. Graduated from Goldthwaite High Sch. Entered Army 19 May 1944. Trained at Camp Fannin, TX. Served in USA. Awards include the Good Conduct, American Campaign and WWII Victory Medals. Discharged 16 Feb 1946. Died 16 Apr 1976 in Lampasas.


Sgt. Arnold, Wilson Laverne. Born 2 Jan 1919, Bennett Creek, Lampasas County, TX. Son of Forrest Fred and Elva Lava (Erskine) Arnold of Hagerman, NM. Married Lenora Hanna Marwitz 14 May 1940. Entered Army 1942. Trained at Camp Chaffee, AR, TN, and KY. Served in France and Germany. Awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Good Conduct Medal and European – African – Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with two battle stars. He is wearing an Armored Division shoulder patch. Discharged 1946. Died 27 May 2013. Buried Langford Cemetery, Evant, Coryell County.

*Arnold appears to have lived his life on the Coryell side of Evant. He was, however, listed in the original Hamilton County veterans’ book of 1946.


Blue Star Mother

Martha Anne “Annie” Rambo was born 2 Apr 1886 in Searcy, AR. Daughter of Ambrose and Susan Ann (Dawson) Rambo. Martha married George W. Ashmore 20 Feb 1908 in Falls, TX. She died 18 Sep 1949 in Hamilton, TX. Martha was buried at the New IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton. The marriage of Martha and George produced twelve children, ten lived to adulthood. Three of the ten children were boys, Eugene, George and Floyd, all three served in the U.S. Army during WWII.

CPL. Ashmore, Floyd Adarion (38632126). Born 8 Feb 1926 in Hamilton, TX. Son of George William and Martha Ann (Rambo) Ashmore. Graduated from Hamilton High Sch. Entered AAC 27 Jul 1944 at Dallas. Trained at Shepherd Field, TX, AZ, FL. Served in Japan, occupation forces. Died 16 Sep 1995.

SGT. Ashmore, Eugene Ray (38075674). Born 18 Sep 1919 in Lott, TX. Son of George W. and Martha Ann (Rambo) Ashmore. Married to Wandalene Maddes 20 Dec 1941. Attended Hamilton High Sch. Entered Army 6 Feb 1942 at Fort Sam Houston. Trained at Camp Wolters and Camp Bowie, TX. Served in England, France, Belgium and Germany. Awards include the European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with four battle starts, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. Discharged 30 Nov 1945. Died 23 Jan 2000. Buried Memory Gardens of the Valley, Weatherford, TX.

PFC. Ashmore, George William “Bo” Jr (38135479). Born 20 May 1921 in Lott, TX. Son of George W. and Martha Ann (Rambo) Ashmore. Attended Hamilton High Sch. Worked on the construction of Camp Swift (1942) before enlistment. Entered Army 12 Aug 1942 at Abilene. Trained at Camp Wolters, TX, MI, and MD. Served in Australia, New Guniea and the Philippines. Awards include Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medals, Combat Infantry Badge, and the Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal with three battle stars. Wounded on Leyte Island 1944. Discharged 1945. Died 11 Mar 1978 in Fort Worth. Buried in the New IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton.


PFC. Askins, Cecil Edwin (38047158). Born 3 Oct 1923 in Denton, County, TX. Son of Cecil Claud and Ada Pearl (Medlin) Askins. Attended Hamilton High Sch. Married Beatrice Odell Rhoades of Gatesville. Entered Army 11 Dec 1941 at Dallas. Trained at Camp Roberts CA. Served in Alaska and Europe. Awards include Bronze Star Medal, Asiatic–Pacific Campaign and European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medals. Discharged 15 Nov 1945. Died 27 Jul 1985 in Dallas.

Cecil Askins is wearing the shoulder patch of the Alaskan Defense Command in the above photo.

PFC Askins, Thomas Charles (38534646). Born 6 Jun 1926 in Roanoke, TX. Son of Cecil Claud and Ada Pearl (Medlin) Askins. Attended Hamilton High Sch. Entered Army 29 Sep 1943 in Dallas. Trained at Camp Roberts, CA., Fort Bliss, TX. and MD. Served in the USA. Discharged 2 Jul 1946. By 1951, Thomas had fallen from society’s grace. He was imprisoned that year at Huntsville, serving an eight-year sentence. He was released early in 1956. He married Hildagard Anna Martha Feldmann 12 oct 1957 and began a new life. Died 6 Oct 1977 in Hamilton.


Seaman 2nd/C. Atchley, James Douglas “JD” (9811053). Born 20 Apr 1921. Son of Robert Lee and Alberta Ray (Stepter) Atchley. Married Mary Jane Harris of Evant. Graduated from Evant High Sch. Entered Navy 1944. Trained at San Diego. Served on USS Shangri-La (CV-38). James came onboard the Shangri-La 5 Feb 1945 from San Diego. Transferred 21 Dec 1945 to Camp Elliott, CA. for movement to Camp Wallace, TX. for discharge. Discharged 1945. Died 31 Jan 2015. Buried in Live Oak Cemetery, Hamilton.

USS Shangri-La (CV-38)

JD Atchley near the close of his life, still proud of his service aboard the “Shang”


Seaman 1st/C. Atchley, Darvin (9813501). Born 8 Jan 1920 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Earnest A. and Alice Mae (Flippen) Atchley. Graduated from Shive High Sch. Married Mary Lois Williams of Hamilton 24 May 1940. Entered Navy 27 Jan 1945. Trained in San Diego. Served on Saipan, Guam, Okinawa and Japan. Received aboard LST 213 from Camp Elliott, CA. 22 Jun 1945. LST 213 was decommissioned 11 Mar 1946. Atchley was discharged Apr 1946. Awards include the American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and World War II Victory Medals. Darvin worked as a carpenter  in the Hamilton community after the war. Died 21 Feb 2005. Buried in the Evergreen Bundradt Cem. Aleman, TX.