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World War II


Ensign, U. S. Naval Air Corps. Home address: Pawhuska, Osage County. Mrs. Josephine Mathews Caudill, Mother, 100 East 12th Street, Pawhuska. Born .August 4, 1918. Enlisted December,' 1941. Of Osage Indian descent, nephew of John Joseph Mathews; grandson of William J. Caudill, delegate to Oklahoma Constitutional Convention. Graduated Pawhuska High School, 1937; Notre Dame University (B.A. ) , 1941. Called to active service as aviation cadet in June, 1942. Trained at Naval Base, Glenview, Illinois, and Corpus Christi, Texas, where he was commissioned Ensign in Naval Aviation Reserve and received his wings as Fighter Pilot on .April 17, 1943. In operational training at Naval .Air Base, Melbourne, Florida. Died June 2, 1943, in airplane crash near Malabar Field, Florida. Funeral services at Immaculate Conception Church and burial at Pawhuska.

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