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Information sought on deceased WWII veterans
Trinity Standard - July 2008

TRINITY – Local historian Dan Barnes is seeking information on the Trinity County veterans who died during World War II.

Barnes, who has been involved with the project for the past several years, said he has almost completed his research on the 31 war dead from the city of Trinity and is now seeking additional information about those who came from other parts of the county.

“I have the families, military units and general circumstances surrounding their deaths now,” Barnes said of the Trinity casualties. “I am now just adding pertinent details that I can still find.

“If all goes as I hope, I hope to have about 24 photographs (of the Trinity men),” he said.

Barnes said he could still use additional general information on a sailor, Burl Down Scott, who died when the U.S.S. Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine late in the war.

“He was said to be a nephew of the Scotts who had a hotel here at that time,” Barnes said.

Barnes said he is now gathering information on other Trinity County war dead and said he has identified 47 thus far.

The almost 80 Trinity County men who died during their WWII military service is 2½ times the national death rate for the war and is similar to the rate recorded in Great Britain.

 “I need additional information on all 47, especially Billy Womack, Henry Helton, Joe Johnson and Troy King. I also need to know if there are any names that need to be added to the list,” he said.

Those with information are asked to call Barnes at (936) 662-9850 or write to him at P.O. Box 1851, Trinity, Texas 75862.




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