The Men and Women of Hamilton County, Texas in WWII: Geye-Goens

Tech/4. Geye, Arthur Raymond. Born 2 Feb 1914 in Carlton, TX. Son of Fred and Carrie Elvira (Johnson) Geye of Carlton. Married Mary Lou Edmiston of Hamilton. Graduated from Carlton High Sch. He worked (bookkeeper) for WF & JF Barnes Lumber of Marble Falls before enlisting. Entered Army Feb 1943. Trained at Camp Wolters, TX. Served in Africa and Italy Awards include Good Conduct, WWII Victory and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medals. Discharged 9 Dec 1945.  

Austin American 8 Jun 41

After his service, Arthur returned to manage his prewar company. Austin American 14 Aug 46. He died 9 Apr 2005 in Hot Springs Village, AR. He is buried in the Cedar Vale Cemetery, Hot Springs Village, AR.

Tech/SGT. Geye, Fred Nolan (38045882). Born 15 Apr 1920 in Carlton, TX. Son of Fred and Carrie Elvira (Johnson) Geye of Carlton. Graduated from Carlton High School. Entered Army 17 Oct 1941 at Dallas. Trained at Fort Sill, OK, KS, TX and CA. Served with B Troop, 91st Reconnaissance Squadron. Served in Africa and Europe. Discharged 8 Sep 1945. Awarded EAME with six battle stars, American Defense and GCM. Died 14 May 1996.

SF 2nd/C. Gibson, Zora Gleydth (6161514). Born 15 Feb 1911 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Andrew Johnson and Emma Josephine ( Newton) Gibson. Andrew probably died 25 Apr 1924, leaving Emma to raise the children alone. Married Lou Brazill of Comanche 17 Jun 1939. Attended Hamilton High Sch. Entered Seabees 9 May 1942. Trained at Camp Allen, VA. and Port Hueneme, CA. Served in Pearl Harbor, HI. and Johnston Island. Assigned to Section II, 10th Naval Construction Battalion. Transported from Johnston Island to 3rd Regimental Headquarters, Pearl Harbor aboard USS Panay 4 Jan- 11 Jan 1944. Discharged 22 Jun 1945. Died 26 May 1988 in San Angelo.

SGT. Gilmer, Art Thompson. Born 7 Jul 1922 in Gatesville, TX. Son of William Henry “Willie”and Stella Odelle (Sellers) Gilmer. Art graduated from Ireland High Sch. Entered AAC 9 Dec 1942. Trained at Shephered Field, TX. Served in USA. Discharged 9 Dec 1942. Married Billie Marie Glaze 1 Oct 1949. Second tour of duty, USAF 1 May 1951-19 Mar 1952. Died 15 Jul 2009 in Lancaster, TX. Buried Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Served through the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

Art’s father, William, served in the 47th Infantry Regiment, 4th Inf. Div. during the Great War.

Captain Gleason, Benn Arnold. Born 31 Oct 1915 in Fairy, TX. Son of Benn and Aurora Virginia “Rora” (Alford) Gleason of Hico. Married Janie B. Joiner of Lott 16 Nov 1941. Graduated from John Tarleton College. Entered Army 1942. Trained at Camp Barkley, TX, CA and NJ. Served in Europe with the 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. Awards include the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern with five battle stars and arrowhead, and Combat Infantry Badge. Discharged 1945. Died 26 Jun 2016 in Waco. Buried in the Hico Cemetery, TX.

Glover, Ardist DeLoma Jr. Born 8 Apr 1922 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Vida Adline (Stevens) and Ardist DeLoma Glover of Pottsville. Married Mattie Marcille Clark of Houston 31 Oct 1942. Entered AAC 23 Dec 1942. Trained at Jefferson Barracks, MO., Geiger Field, WA. In July 1944, the couple lost a child, born premature, and A D gave his address as Waco Army Airfield. Served in New Guinea, Finch Haven, Holland. Awards include Marksman and Hand Grenade Badges. Discharged 15 Aug 1944. Died 28 Sep 1984 in Houston. Buried in the Brookside Memorial Park, Houston.

CPL. Glover, Cecil Doyle. Born 20 Jun 1926 in Texas. Son of Jay and Bessie (Coalson) Glover of Hamilton. Attended Riverside, CA. schools. Entered AAC 19 Feb 1946 at March Field, CA. Trained at Keesler filed, MS., FL., NB. Served in USA. Died 30 Jan 1982. Buried in Riverside National Cemetery, CA. Highest rank earned Master Sergeant USAF.

PFC. Glover, Winifred Darnell (38542164). Born 15 Mar 1925 in Comanche County, TX. Son of Vida Adline (Stevens) and Ardist DeLoma Glover of Pottsville. Attended Jonesboro Sch. Worked at the Houston Ship Yards before entering service. Entered Army 21 Aug 1943 at Houston. Trained at Camp Glubber, OK for for basic training and then Camp Phillips, KS. Assigned to Company F, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. At 2045 hours, 14 Jun 1944 the USS LST 53 completed loading of troops, including the 314th. By 2100, LST 53 was underway and headed for Southampton, where they would collect the convoy. At 0002 the convoy was formed and all ships headed across the Channel toward Normandy beaches. At 1910 on the 15th, LST 53 pushed her nose up onto Fox Red, Omaha Beach sector. Unloading of all personnel and equipment was done by 2345. The 314th was in the fight.

At 0500, 19 Jun the 79th set out on its first major mission to relieve the 90th Inf. Div and then spearhead the attack on Cherbourg. Following the liberation of Cherbourg, the 79th carried the fight to Fort du Roule. The Army Air Force soften the target prior to the 314th advance on 25 Jun. The 2nd Battalion was credited with taking the german’s strongpoint. Glover’s F Company captured a large enemy motor pool. Company F (Fox) linked-up with E Company and the two attacked the fort. By nightfall the fort was silent. The 2nd Bn. secured the fort the following day while the 314th other two battalions entered the town. On 27 June, the division moved into position to relieve the 90th.

On 6 Jul the 314th began their attack. By evening they had reached the crest of Hill 84, in sight of the town of La Haye Du Puits. The following morning, the 313th and 314th Regiments made their first assault on the town. What gains were made during the morning were quickly lost when the German counterattack, infantry supported by tanks, struck in early evening. The Germans were repulsed by the defenses on Hill 84 but the 314th were compelled to dig-in for the night with little to show for their efforts. Glover’s 2nd Bn. was relieved by the 28th Inf. Regt. of the 8th Div on 8 Jul. It was left to the 1st Bn., supported by armor to clear the town house by house. The 2nd Bn returned to the fight the following day, this time in efforts to take Hill 84 – by then called “Bloody Hill.” The hill was cleared on the 9th and withstood a German counterattack that afternoon. All three battalions were committed to the assault with 2nd on the right flank. Further advances were slowed by rain. The regimental history skips from 9 to 13 Jul with the regiment moving south, the town was supposedly cleared on 9 Jul.

Glover’s headstone reads, killed in action at La Haye Du Puits, Normandy, France 12 Jul 1944. The date is either incorrect or the location of his death. In the below article he was said to have died on the 27th of Jun. That date would have placed him at Cherbourg. Obviously, there are incorrect facts in the newspaper piece. Glover did not arrive in France “48 hours after D-Day” but eight days after. It is also possible that Glover was wounded and died later of his wounds. Nevertheless, he was killed in combat action while liberating the French people from Nazi oppression.

Glover’s awards include Expert Rifleman Badge, Purple Heart, WWII Victory and European-African-Middle Eastern Medals. Glover’s body was returned to Texas and he was reburied in the New IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton.

The La Haye Du Puits Offensive

S/Sgt. Gossett, Edgar Allen. Born 6 Oct 1919 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Loranzo Ransey and Mary Louise “Mae” (Duncan) Gossett. Married Charline Carroll of Evant. Attended Fairy High School. Entered Army 14 Dec 1942. Trained at Camp Howze, TX. and Camp Claiborne. LA. Served in Belgium, Holland and Germany. Awards include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, ET Ribbon with two bronze stars, Combat Infantry Badge and Good Conduct Medal. Wounded in germany 1944 and Elbe River 1945. Discharged 10 Dec 1945. Died 5 March 1987.

Pvt. Goains, Vernon William (38075870). Born 2 Jan 1917 in Iredell, TX. Son of Thomas Olie and Ira Savana Lee (Chaffin) Goains. Married Floy Vera Taylor of Hamilton. Attended Meridian Schools. Entered Army 7 Feb 1942 at Fort Sam Houston, TX. Trained at Camp Wolters, and Camp Bowie, TX. Awards include EAME with four battle stars, Good Conduct Medal and six service stripes. Discharged 14 Oct 1945. Died 29 Apr 1986 in Temple, TX. Buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Iredell.

PFC. Goins, Dolph Eugene (919418). Born 15 Jun 192 in Lampasas, TX. Son of Randolf D. Goins and Nora Lee (Neal) Goins Hutchinson of Hamilton. Randolf died in Jun 1926. Attended Gentry’s Mill Sch. Married Imogene Jeschke 17 Aug 1948. Entered Marines 29 Oct 1943. Trained in San Diego and Camp Elliott, CA. Served in South Pacific, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Guam and Peieliu and Japan. Awards include the Presidential Unit Citation. Died 19 Jun 2004. Buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Hamilton. Gravestone reads: “MSGT US Army WWII, Korea, Vietnam” RA (18335961).