The Men and Women of Hamilton County, Texas in WWII: Sheldon-Short

Seaman 1st Class Sheldon, Weldon Dwight “Boots.” Born 11 Jul 1926 in Star, TX. Son of Beatrice A (Arnold) and Chester W Sheldon. Married Virgie May Soules of Star. Graduated from Evant High School. Entered Navy 1945. Trained in San Diego. Discharged 1946. Died 12 Apr 2014.


Pvt. Sheldon, Elbert Warren (18241535). Son of Beatrice A (Arnold) and Chester W Sheldon. Born 31 Dec 1927 in Evant, TX. Attended Evant High School. Entered Army Air Corps 21 Mar 1946 at Dallas. Trained in San Antonio and Lowry Field, CO. Died 21 Jun 2003. Buried in the Hurst Ranch Cemetery, Hamilton.


Cpl. Sheldon, Leslie Chester. Born 23 Jan 1920. Son of Beatrice A (Arnold) and Chester W Sheldon. Attended Evant High School. Attended Tarleton State University before joining the Army. Entered AAC 4 Aug 1942. Trained at Scott Field, IL, CA, and VA. Served in Italy and Africa. Awards include AT, EAME, Victory Medals with two overseas bars. Discharged 26 Dec 1945. Died 1 Nov 1982 in Evant.

Gatesville Messenger 1 Jul 1955

While at Tarleton, Stephenville, TX. 1940, Leslie was a member of D Co. J.T.A.C. His major was agricultural Engineering.


Tech 5. Shepherd, Robert Wayne (38634101). Born 11 Jan 1925 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Robert Henry and Era (Murphree) Shepherd. Married Viola Koehlor of Cranfills Gap 27 Dec 1943. Graduated from Gransfills Gap High. Entered Army 30 Aug 1944 at Dallas. Trained at Camp Robinson, AR. Served on Leyte and Japan. Died 5 Jul 1999. Buried in the Fairy Cemetery, Fairy, TX.


Tech 4. Shipman, James Fulbright “Tex”(39079730). Born 19 Aug 1918 in Hamilton. Son of Alva Ernest and Leah (Fulbright) Shipman of Hamilton. Attended Hamilton High. Entered Army 22 Apr 1941 at Sacramento, CA. Trained at Fort Ord, CA. Served in Aleutians. Awards include Am. Defense, AP Ribbon with one bronze star. Discharged 1945. Died 10 May 2003 in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. Buried in Standing Rock Cemetery, Kent, OH.

S/Sgt. Shipman, George Lafayette (38632124). Born 19 Jan 1926 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Alva Ernest and Leah (Fulbright) Shipman of Hamilton. Married Louise Ann Plagge. Attended Hamilton High. Entered Army 27 Jul 1944 at Dallas. Trained at Camp Wolters, TX and Fort Ord, CA. Served in Hawaii, Guam, Leyte, Saipan and Iwo Jima. Awards include Combat Infantry Badge, AP Ribbon with one battle star and Purple Heart Medal Wounded 1945. Died 24 Feb 1984 in Buena Park, CA. Wounded in Action, 22 Jun 1945, Austin American


Sgt. Shipman, John Clovis (317159). Born 5 Aug 1919 in Gonzales, TX. Son of John Landers and Bettie Alabama (Willeford) Shipman. Married Mary Maxine Havens of Hamilton 5 Aug 1945. Graduated from Hamilton High. Entered Marines 15 Jul 1941 at Dallas. Trained in San Diego,CA with 3rd recruit Bn. Assigned to Sea School, Recruit Depot, MC Base, San Diego 1-31 Oct 1941. Assigned to Co B, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor T H 1-31 Jan 1942. Shown on the muster rolls of the Marine Detachment USS Astoria 1-30 Apr 1942. The Astoria was lost 9 Aug 1942 during the Battle of Savo Island. Assigned to the Marine Detachment USS Portland 1-31 Oct 1942. Transferred 31 Oct 1942 to the Marine Detachment USS Pensacola with a footnote “For duty with staff of Rear Admiral Mahlon S Tisdale, USN.” Assigned to Marine Detachment, USS. Honolulu 1-31 Jul 1943. Assigned to 1st Guard Co, Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Mare Island, CA 1-30 Apr 1943. Shipman boarded the USS Callaway May 1944 en-route to a secret landing site in Japanese held territory. On 15 June the 4th Marine Division made their landing on Saipan – See Photo Gallery: Battle of Saipan. Shipman was assigned to C Company, 1st Bn, 23rd Mar Regt, 4th Mar Div. He was wounded in action 17 Jun 1944 while his company attempted to secure Mount Fina Susu. On that day, the company took its worst casualties while battling for Saipan and the second worst in its Pacific campaigns. On 17 June, forty-five marines were wounded and four were killed in action from C Company. Shipman arrived at San Francisco on the USAT Yarmouth and was attached to Casual Co. #2 Marine Detachment, US Naval Hospital, Oakland, CA. 31 Oct 1944. From 1-30 Jan 1945 Shipman was shown on the muster roll of Casual Co, Marine Barracks, NATB Corpus Christi, TX. It appears from 1-8 Jan he was on furlough and returned to he placed in the Navy hospital “sick” from 9-12 Jan. on the 16th he was transferred to the West Coast R&R Center, MCB San Diego. Stationed with 1st Casual Co, Guard Bn, MC Base, San Diego Jul 1945. Sent from there to the separation center. Discharged late 1945. Awards include the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and Good Conduct Medal. Died 16 Jun 1995. Buried in Gentry’s Mill Cemetery, Hamilton.

Austin American 9 Sep 1944.

USS Callaway (APA-35) carried 1/23rd Marines to Saipan, June 1944.

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Sgt. Shipman, Robert William (38369525). Born 26 Oct 1923 in Hamilton, TX. Son of John Landers and Bettie Alabama (Willeford) Shipman. Brother of John Clovis Shipman. Graduated from Hamilton High. He worked for Taylor and Byrne in 1942 on Camp Hood. Presumably, this was the construction and establishment of Camp Hood (The later Fort Hood), which opened in Sep 1942. Entered AAC 8 Jan 1943 at Abilene. Trained at FL, SD, and WI. Served in India and China. Awards include GCM, Victory, AT, and AP Ribbons. Discharged 1946. He and his second wife, June L., lived in Albuquerque, NM in 1956. According to the directory he worked as a route man for Creamland Dairies of Albuquerque. Died 29 Aug 1987. Buried in Hamilton.


Sgt. Short, Garland Henry. Born 13 Jun 1926 in Hamilton, TX. Son of William Henry and Effie Leona (Mack) Short. Worked at the A&P Tea Store before the war. Attended Hamilton High. Dropped out at seventeen to join the army. Entered Army 1944. Trained at Camp Hood, TX. Assigned to Headquarters Battery, 11th Field Artillery Battalion, 24th Infantry Division. Served in the Marshalls, Philippines and Japan. Died 26 Jan 2013 and was buried in the New IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton.

Garland Henry Short Obituary

Garland Henry Short, 86, passed away Saturday, January 26 at a local hospital. Funeral services have been set for 2:00 P.M. Monday, January 28 at Riley Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, January 27. Burial will be in the New IOOF Cemetery. Garland was born in Hamilton, Texas on June 13th, 1926. He enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17 before he graduated from high school. After leaving the service with a rank of Technician Fourth Grade from the Headquarters Battery 11th Field Artillery Battalion November 20th, 1946 due to demobilization, he came back to Hamilton to pursue his GED and began employment at the A&P Grocery Store in 1947, working there until it closed. He went to work for A.G. Thompson Grocery, eventually entering into a partnership with A.G. and Willie Thompson. Thompson Grocery Store sold in the 80’s and he served as Commissioner in Hamilton County. He was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years from 1954 till 1976, the Masonic Lodge for 57 years, Quarter Master at the VFW for several years and member of VFW Post 4148 for 67 years from 1946 till 2013. Garland liked to hunt & fish in his younger years, while in his later years enjoyed gardening at home and care-taking at the family farm. Riley Funeral Home in Hamilton is in charge of the arrangements.


Pvt. Short, Travis Leon. Born 12 Jul 1926 in Hamilton, TX. Son of Herbert Randolph and Omalie (Dingler) Short. Married Floy Nell Hood. Graduated from Hamilton High. Entered AAC 23 Mar 1946. Trained at SAACC Field. Assigned to Squadron D, 611th AAF Base Unit, Eglin Field, FL. Discharged 22 Sep 1947. Died 14 May 1954 in Beaumont, TX. Buried in the New IOOF Cemetery, Hamilton.