Summary

Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
18 May 1917 2
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Person:
Newton F Cole Jr 1
Level of Education: 4 years of college 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
18 May 1917 2
Male 2
Birth:
1917 1
Mississippi 1
Burial:
Burial Place: Itta Bena, Mississippi 2
Residence:
Place: Rolling Fork, Miss 2
From: 1945 2
To: 1948 2
Residence:
Place: Leflore County, Mississippi 1
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Birth:
Mother: Jessie Ephelia Pritchard 2
Father: Newton Futral Cole 2
Marriage:
Lillibeth Hill 2
08 Mar 1941 2
To: 01 Jan 1989 2
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
09 May 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Serial Number:
14080557 1
Enlistment Place:
Cp Shelby Mississippi 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
Hattisburg, MS:
Camp Shelby Basic Training 1942 2
Leesville, LA:
Louisiana Maneuvers at Fort Polk, April-May, 1943 2
Palm Springs, CA:
Desert Training - Summer 1943 2
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Occupation:
Actors and actresses 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Employment:
Employer: US Army 2
Position: Artillery Sergeant 2
Place: Italy 2
Start Date: 09 May 1942 2
End Date: 31 Aug 1945 2
Employment:
Employer: Minter City Oil Mill 2
Position: Bookkeeper 2
Place: Minter City, Mississippi 2
Start Date: 1948 2
End Date: 1982 2
Education:
Institution: Mississippi State University 2
Place: Starkville, Mississippi 2
From: 1939 2
To: 1942 2
Oran, Algeria:
Jan 1944 - Landed in N. Africa. More training 2
Fort Dix, NJ:
Dec 24, 1943 - Departed for war. 2
Last Day in Combat, 2 May 1945:
Bolzano, Italy 2
Entered Combat, 11 May 1944:
Minturno, Italy 2
Source Information:
Box Number: 0155 1
Film Reel Number: 2.12 1

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Greenwood Miss

N. F. Cole Jr. had a sense of humor, especially when it came to government red tape.  His Enlistment Records asked for current Civil Occupation.  He wrote down

"Actor(Motion picture actor) or Director, Motion Picture(Motion picture) or Entertainer"

That was funny.   Dad was a simple farmer but was attending college at Mississippi Statue University.  He was allowed to leave school 6 months early to join the Army.  MSU mailed him his diploma--which was not in theater but in Agriculture.

This explains the Occupation recorded above.

 

The above photo was taken of Staff Sergeant N. F. Cole, Jr., while a member of Battery B, 328 Field Artillery Battalion, 85th Infantry Division. He served 11 months in combat in the Italian Campaign. This photo was take July 17, 1945 as he was waiting transfer back to Naples to catch a ship home.

Origin of his Name.

Dad was the second in the family to be named Newton Futral.  The family could never explain where that name came from.  He was often called "NF" by most of his friends and co-workers.  This was kinda ironic because he never called anyone by their real name.  He would often call my sister or her friends(or almost any woman) by the name of "Sally" as that was the name of my sister's favorite doll.  I think he was just not good at remembering names.

He had a brother who I only knew as Uncle "JD".  It was only after his death, that I found out he had a name; John David.  JD Cole was mentally challenged and lived his last days at Ellisville institution and he was the last of the siblings to pass away.

 

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