Additional Information on
Runnels County World War II Veterans

The Men and Women in World War II from Runnels County

In Memoriam

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Charles T. Herridge

Original Entry
Pfc. Charles T. Herridge, son of Mrs. C. T. Herridge, Ballinger,
husband of Dorothy Lake, attended Millersview High.
Entered Army, 1942, trained at Camp Crowder, Mo. Served in EAME.
Awarded AT, EAME, 3 Battle Stars, GCM and Victory Ribbons.
Discharged in 1945.

Additional info provided by
Peggy Herridge Wilson

Charles T. Herridge was born 23 Dec 1921, the son of Charles and Mary Ida (Delone) Herridge. His wife was Dorothy M. Leck.

He served in North Africa, Italy and Sicily. He was in the signal corp (U.S. II Corps) He told of "of working on a pole and bullets whizzing past and that he lost friends who were shot while on poles." and also told of "sleeping on the side of a mountain and the ground shaking from an earthquake"

Charles T. Herridge died died 01 Nov 1984 of pancreatic cancer and is buried in the Old Runnels Cemetery near Ballinger, Texas.

Peggy is in possession of Charles' dogtags as well as his discharge papers. Thanks Peggy for sharing the update information with us.

Orville Parks

Capt. Orville Parks, Rt. 2, Box 17, Winters, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Parks, Winters, graduate of Winters High.

Entered Army, 1940, trained in Texas, Kansas and Wash. D.C. Served in USA, Canada, Russia and European Theater. Awarded GCM, AT, 1 Battle Star, Pre-Pearl Harbor, 1 Battle Star, ET, 1 Battle Star, Bronze Star, Croix de Guerre, Soldiers Medal and Commendation Medal. Discharged in 1946.

Submitted by Jorita Hagins

Orville Parks was murdered in Denver, Colorado on January 15, 1982 and is buried in the Logan National Cemetery.

Picture of Orville Parks
Picture of Orville Parks, Thanksgiving 1980 - in back row with his hands on his sister's shoulders

Willis C. Davis Jr.

Would like to know how I can get my father, Willis C. Davis, Jr. added to this page. My father's name can be found on the granite marker that is located outside the courthouse in Ballinger. Believe he entered the service in 1941 and was discharged in 1945 or 1946. Once he was discharged @ Fort Bliss in El Paso, he continued to work @ the base for another couple of years before returning to Winters to farm & eventually marry my mother, Charlotte Ruth Robertson on 5/2/1948.

Armon G. Buchanan

Submitted by Phillip Buchanan, son of Armon

Armon G. "Buck" Buchanan, son of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Buchanan, Bradshaw, husband of Hallie Pounders, graduate of Bradshaw High.

Entered Army in 1943, trained at Camp Walters, Texas & Ft. Benning, Ga. Served with the 82nd Airborne Division and "jumped" into Normandy on June 6, 1944, "D-Day".

Awarded the GCM, EAME Campaign Medal, and the Purple Heart. Wounded in Normandy, 1944. Discharged in 1944.

Picture of Armon G. "Buck" Buchanan, taken on May 26, 1944 in Leicester, England, 12 days before D-Day.

George Wagner Byler

"Thanksgiving morning (1944) saw Bruce field cadets drawn up to parade in honor of a fellow member of the air forces who has given his life for the cause to which they too are dedicated. The ceremony was held for T/Sgt. Wagner Byler, of Ballinger, who met death at his post as turret gunner on a Flying Fortress in a raid over Kiel, Germany. Major Landon E. McConnell, commanding officer of Bruce field, presented three posthumous awards, along with a citation from Gen. H.H. Arnold to Mrs. Hamp Byler, mother of the youth. The awards consisted of the Air Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart." Source - Bruce Field Ballinger, Texas

Selma Overholt

Submitted by Eunice Chapmond Kilgore


TEC4 Women's Army Corps
World War II

Daughter of Thomas Earl Chapmond and Essie S. White. Born March 9, 1920 and died February 20, 1968. Buried Northview Cemetery, Winters, Runnels County, Texas