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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1920 1
Tennessee 1
Death:
30 Apr 2010 2
Whitley County, Kentucky 2
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Person:
Errol W Thomas 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
1920 1
Tennessee 1
Death:
30 Apr 2010 2
Whitley County, Kentucky 2
Residence:
Place: Whitley County, Kentucky 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
01 Oct 1942 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35663063 1
Enlistment Place:
Cincinnati Ohio 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
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Occupation:
Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0974 1
Film Reel Number: 5.36 1

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WWII Service

Errol Webster Thomas, he served, along with brothers, Kenneth (USN), Truman (USA) and Elmer (NG), during WWII.  He passed away in 2010 in Kentucky.  The Corbin Daily Tribune, ran the following story on November 7,1945.  "Technical Sergeant Errol W. Thomas entered the Army Air Corps in October 1942, and was engaged as a radio-gunner in a B-24 bomber outfit in the Southwest Pacific in his first overseas hitch.  He was decorated 7 times during his 13 months in that area.  In one instance the Distinguished Flying Cross was awareded his crew where theirs was the only plane to return from a raid over Weiwak, New Guinea, on March 8, 1944.  They shot down 7 of the enemy planes in the fight then returned alone to their base at Nadzag, New Guinia.  After returning to the United States and graduating from an advanced Flight Radio School at Reno, Nevada Sgt. Thomas went to India and has been actively engaged in hauling supplies over the hump to advance bases in China and Burma to the Chinese and American forces in the Far East.  Here he was awarded his fourth Air Medal and his fourth Bronze Battle Star."

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