World War II
CAUDILL, JOHN ELLSWORTH
Fireman, Second Class, U. S. Coast Guard. Home address: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County. Mrs. Nouvella C. Caudill, Mother, 1236 West 3rd Street, Oklahoma City. Born February 26, 1920. Enlisted March. 1940. Decoration : Order of the Purple Heart, awarded posthumously. Member of Church of Christ, Culbertson Heights, Oklahoma City. Attended Central High School; participated in Golden Glove tournament. Attached to Amphibious Boat Pool. A letter from U. S. Coast Guard Commander, St. Louis 9th Naval District, Acting, stated: "He was the type of man who would go out of his way to do just a little more than his orders called for. He served with credit to himself, his family, and his country." Died .A"11gust 18, 1943, in action during the initial invasion of Baanga, Island, New Georgia, Southwest Pacific.
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