Some West Virginia World War II Veterans

DEEM, FREDERICK C. - Frederick C. Deem, 78, of 19th Street, Parkersburg, died November 19, 1993, at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital after an extended illness. He was born in Wood County, a son of the late John W. and Mary Okley McHenry Deem. He retired from Union Carbide after more than 20 years of service and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He received the Purple Heart for wounds received in action with the 9th Army in the European Campaign. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for several years and had served as choir leader for 25 years. He was an avid enthusiast of local athletics. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Virginia Deem; one son, Danny Lee Deem of Morgantown; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Ruth E. Pearson of Parkersburg, Francis E. Summers of Little Hocking and Lena A. Rice of Belpre. He was preceded in death by one brother, Eugene W. Deem; and one sister, Beulah Hoyler. - Submitted by Robert S. Vail.

FELTON, FORREST WILLIAM - U. S. ARMY. Born 4 May 1928. Entered the service from Wetzel County, New Martinsville, West Virginia in 1945. Went to camp Addeberry, Indiana, then to Camp Plusha, New Orleans, Louisiana. From there to the South Pacific, Yokohama command. Served in 8001 transportation core; rank T/5. My serial # RA 15383545. Discharged at Seattle Washington, Nov 16, 1948. I now live at Rt #1 Box 176 U, Weirton, Hancock County, West Virginia with Thelma, my wife of 55 years. Photo: THELMA & BILL, 1947

FRAZIER, RAYMOND H. - U. S. ARMY. Born October 10, 1920. Grew up in Nitro, Kanawha County, West Virginia. Married Ethyl Miller from Ashland, Kentucky in 1942. One daughter, born 1943. Entered the Pacific campaign; traveled through New Guinea and Australia, among others. Received numerous awards including Bronze Stars. Retired from Army at rank of Staff Sergeant. - Returned to Nitro, had two more children (1957, 1959). Retired from Monsanto 1983. Died at Thomas Memorial Hospital July 8, 1988. -- Submitted by loving family member.

KERLEY, WILLIAM JAMES - U.S. NAVY. Born 7 July 1927 in Berwind, WV, to Clinton and Mary Nell Kerley. Entered the Navy when he was 14 years old. His parents signed him up saying he was 17. He was stationed in Norfolk, VA, and Ft. Pierce, FL. He entered as a gunner's mate and came out a frogman with the underwater demolition team. He deactivated mines in Tokyo Harbor toward the end of WWII. He left Berwind in 1950 and worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Aiken, SC, until 1959 when he went to law school in Atlanta and then moved his family to Houston, TX, where he died April 1, 1980. He left one daughter, Kristin Kerley, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren whom he never knew. He is buried next to his wife, June Law, in Houston, TX.

LAW, FRANCIS JUNE - U.S. ARMY. Born 23 August 1923 at War, WV, to Ernest Gladstone and Sarah Smith Law. June entered the Army in September 1941 and was trained as a Military Police. She was stationed at Fort Knox, KY, until the end of WWII. She returned to War, met and married William James Kerley of Berwind, and in 1950, she worked for the Atomic Energy Commission in Aiken County, SC. In 1959 they moved to Atlanta, GA and on to Houston, TX. June had one daughter, Kristin Kerley, four grandchildren, and five great grandchildren, four of whom she knew before she died 10 December 2002. She is buried next to her husband, William (Happy) Kerley, in Houston, TX.

SMITH, LAFE VERNON - Served in World War II and was badly wounded at the "Battle of the Bulge." He was from Rich Creek, Wayne County, WV and was born June 10, 1924. He traveled all over Europe serving as a "scout" under General George S. Patton and returned home with the condition known as "Shell Shock." - Submitted by

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