WWII  in
Bourbon County, KY

CCC - 1933 - 1934 at Benton, Marshall Co., KY:  Before WWII started for the United States on December 7, 1941 with the bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, a young man's fancy might turn toward basketball. The above young men were part of the Civilian Conservation Corps. ("CCC"), a government organization hiring during the Great Depression to work on selected projects, from artistic creations to building roads and bridges. Names and hometowns written on the back of the photo: Top Row: Tom Benton, Paris KY; Capt. Markoff, 100 Inf. Res.; Ed Dalzell, Paris KY; 1st Lt. Paul C. Howell, 100 Inf. Res.;   Middle Row:  Arthur Dale, Williamsburg KY; Bennett Holland, Benton KY; Barkley Blagg, Benton KY; Clay Benton, Paris KY; A. Enix, Wallinscreek, KY;  First Row: J.J. Parrent, Paris KY; green Abner, Clay KY; Tom Bird, Wilmore KY; Bill Moore, McKee KY; Joe Bratton, Paris KY.
Once accepted into the Service, a soldier or sailor could ask for an allowance for his family who were dependent upon him. Although generally given to a spouse and children, allowances were also made to dependent parents or siblings.
Men of military age were required to register for the military draft.
Servicemen were given training to qualify them for specific duties.
New Soldiers and Sailors were assigned to a Company in Boot Camp.
Having successfully completed schooling, soldiers were allowed a Pass to visit their families.
Food and strategic materials, such as gasoline, were rationed during WWII and for sometime afterwards.
SHARE YOUR WWII PHOTOS AND MEMORIES of those from Bourbon Co. The collection below was contributed by a Paris resident whose father served during WWII. Thanks so much for her generosity in scanning and sharing all of these items with us.  Like many G.I.'s, Clay Benton used his military training in his career, working for the Paris Post Office. The old Post Office building now serves the County Historical Society as a museum to display their collection and items donated for specific exhibits. The photo above is of my Dad, a WWI vet. who served as a Sea-Bee during WWII.

Samuel Clay Benton




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Military Index
Men from Bourbon County killed in WWII

Omar Cord
submitted by Mary Hatton
Source: The Paris Daily Enterprise, date: Tuesday, December 12, 1944
Bourbon Boy is Killed in Action in Germany
Word has has been received here from the War Department that
Private Omar Cord was killed in action on Nov. 25th in Germany.
Pvt. Cord has relatives living on Kelly Street in Paris. His father
died about a year ago at the Liggett & Meyers Redrying Plant, it is said.
Other info from Ancestry.com:

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Omar Cord
Birth Year: 1923
Race: White, Citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky
State of Residence: Kentucky
Enlistment Date: 20 Apr 1943
Enlistment State: Ohio
Enlistment City: Cincinnati
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment:  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
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Farm hands, general farms
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 49
Weight: 055

World War II Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas

Name: Omar Cord
Inducted From: Kentucky
Rank: Private
Combat Organization: 8th Infantry 4th Division
Death Date: 25 Nov 1944
Monument: Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
Last Known Status: Buried

U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945

Name: Omar Cord
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Cemetery Name: Henri-Chapelle Permanent Cemetery, Belgium
Grave number: b 7 30
Disposition: According to next of ki
Service Branch:  Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 35800012


Howard Giles
submitted by Mary Hatton

Source: The Paris Daily Enterprise, dared: Dec 17, 1944
PFC. Howard Giles Killed In Action in Germany
Mrs. Elsie May Giles, who lived on the North Middletown Road,
received word from the War Department yesterday that her husband,
PFC Harold Giles, was killed in action on Nov. 30th some where in
Germany and that a letter would follow lated

World War II Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: Harold Giles
Inducted From: Kentucky
Rank: Private First Class
Combat Organization: 407th Infantry 102nd Division
Death Date: 30 Nov 1944
Monument: The Netherlands
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal

In checking Ancestry.com, I found the following: http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&db=RostersWWIIDead&rank=1&new=1&MSAV=1&msT=1&gss=angs-d&gsfn=harold&gsfn_x=XO&gsln=giles&gsln_x=XO&gskw=bourbon+county%2c+kentucky%2c+USA&dbOnly=_F0003C61%7c_F0003C61_x%2c_F00027D8%7c_F00027D8_x%2c_F0003C65%7c_F0003C65_x%2c_F0003C67%7c_F0003C67_x%2c_F0003C69%7c_F0003C69_x%2c_F0003C6C%7c_F0003C6C_x&_83004002=white&uidh=pq1&_83004003-n_xcl=f&pcat=WAR_ALL&fh=0&h=113149&recoff=1+2
Source Information:
Ancestry.com. U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: United States. Army. Quartermaster Generalís Office. Rosters of World War II Dead (all services). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army.

U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Harold Giles
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
  
Cemetery Name: Margraten (Permanent Cemetery), Margraten, Holland
Grave number: f 11 22
Disposition: According to next of kin
  
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Private First Class
Service Number:  3565477

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U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945
Name: Harold Giles
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Disposition: According to next of kin
Rank: Gunnerís Mate 2nd Class
Service Number: 237405

Cecil Clay Risen
submitted by Mary Hatton


Name: Cecil C Risen
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
  
Cemetery Name: Any private cemetery in Kentucky
Disposition: According to next of kin
  
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service Number: 15056895

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: United States. Army. Quartermaster Generalís Office. Rosters of World War II Dead (all services). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army.

From The Paris Daily Enterprise-Thursday December 14, 1944-front page

Memorial Service To Be Held For Sgt. Cecil Risen
Staff Sgt. Cecil Clay Risen, 23, formerly of Paris but now of Sharpsburg, Ky., who was killed in action in France on Sept. 26th a memorial will be held at 3PM Sunday at the Paris Christian Church. Rhodes Thompson will be be in charge.
Besides his parents, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Ledford Stegall and Miss Waverline Risen, both of Paris; three brothers, John, William Robert, and Franklin D. Risen, Sharpsburg.
He entered service on September 1940 and had been overseas since October 1941.



Sgt. James Mattox
submitted by Mary Hatton

Name: James M Mattox
Gender: Male
Race: White
Religion: Protestant
  
Cemetery Name: Any private cemetery in Kentucky
Disposition: According to next of kin
  
Service Branch: Army
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 35713015
Source Information:

Ancestry.com. U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: United States. Army. Quartermaster Generalís Office. Rosters of World War II Dead (all services). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Army.

The tombstone for Sgt. James M. Mattox, Date of Birth-Sept. 16. 1921stated: 12th Armored Div., US Army Killed in Action in France, Dec. 10, 1944.
He is not dead. He is just away.
The Paris Daily Enperprise, Tuesday,December 19, 1944, Front Page

Sgt. James Mattox Killed in Action In France
Mrs. Amy B. Mattox of Paris, Route 4, received word from the War Department that her son was killed on Dec. 10th in France and said a letter as follows:
Sgt. Mattox entered the armed forces on Dec. 16, 1942  and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Mattox, who lived at the Tarr Station, on Paris -Millersburg Road.
Mr. and Mrs. Mattox have the sympathy of the community in the loss of their fine son.