July 20, 2012 — Island, McLean Co., Ky.
Hubert N. Hayden, born June 14, 1921 in McLean Co., Ky. to Lester Patrick Yeaden of Claywell, Grainger Co., Tennessee and Lelia I. Kittinger of Mclean Co., Ky. Hubert was known to all his friends and family as, "Hubo." Three other children was in the Yeaden family. Gilberta B. born Aug 16, 1916 and died Oct 13, 1918 with influenza followed with bronchiel pneumonia. Aldred L. Yeaden was born May 16, 1918 McLean Co., Ky. and died Apr 18, 1936. He died with pneumonia.Elstonlee Gerald Yeaden born May 30, 1920 Mclean Co., Ky. and died Sept 21, 1951 in Los Angeles,California.
After the death of Hubert's parents,(while living in Colorado) he and his brother returned from Colorado and Hubert lived with his Uncle Jim and Aunt Rena and Elston along with Aldred, lived with their Mother's brother. Aldred was only a senior in high school when he died with pneumonia.
Hubert and Elston went to Chicago to find work, after graduation. Hubert worked in a recording studio until drafted in the Army Air Force. Elston married Jean Andrew . She had lived in McLean Co., Ky also. Elston served in the Marines during WWII.
Hubert was stationed in Cerignola, Italy and led successful missions all over Eastern Europe. In 1945 Hubert's plane was shot down over the Austrian Alps. As he and the rest of the crew was parachuting down Hubert said a gust of wind caused him to land hard against the mountainside and his ankle was broken. He was picked up by the Germans and taken to a POW camp where it was set by British POW doctors.
One day while in camp, bagpipes were heard in the distance and not knowing what they were and where they were coming from disturbed the Germans. While the Germans were trying to find out what the problem was, Hubert (while still on crutches) went to the flag pole and removed the German flag. He put the flag in his clothing and kept the flag until someone broke into his home and took the flag, along with other important papers. (This was about 1960)
Hubert completed 20 years in the Air Force Reserve and was honorably discharged with rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
My husband and I lived with Hubert and his wife while in Corona, California, for about one year and learned to love and respect this wonderful man. We truly miss him. Hubert N. Yeaden is mentioned in "missing soldiers."