Eugene Wilcox MIA WWII
'Missing In Action 9 First Lieutenant Eugene Wilcox f*t AT THE £>J CHURCHED Local Women Sew For Red Cross Church of the Nazarene JAY S. PHIPPS. Pastor 10:00 a. m., Sunda" School. 11:00 a. m. Morning Worship. 8:00 p. m. Evangelistic Service. 8:00 p. m. Thursday, Prayer Our services are held in the room adjoining the Gamble Store on the United Brethren G. M. TALBOTT, Pastor 10:00 a. m., Church School, Jones, superintendent. 10:50 a. m., Worship Service. 8:00 p. m., Evening Service. A group of volunteer workers met at the American Legion home Mon,ay Mon,ay afternoon to sew for the Red ^ross. Mrs. John Veach, chairman if the sewing project, said many articles are urgently needed now hat winter is apnroaching. The hall will be open the second ind four.th Monday afternoons of each month for the sewing project and Mrs. Veach urged aH who-have spare time to come and assist. IVesley Chapel Holds Reunion Methodist Church LEROY PULLMAN, Minister 10:00 a. m., Churcli School, Mrs. E. Bishop, Superintendent. 11:00 a. m., Worship Service. Wesley Chapel 9:30 a. m., Worship Service 10:30 a. m., Church School, Phillips, Superintendent. People of the Wesley Chapel neighborhood gathered Sunday for heir annual homecoming day. The regular morning schedule of worship worship was followed after which ables were spread out-of-dooors for dinner. A program was presented presented in the afternoon. The program included an invoca- :ion by the pastor, Uhe Rev. E. L. Pullman, a trombone solo by Charles Burton, accompanied by Mrs. Lucille Cleveland, a vocal solo ay Mrs. Juanita Dooley, violin solo Casualty Is First Reported Locally Since War Began Moravia first felt the full impact impact of the war when Mrs. Ralph McDonough received a telegram Wednesdav night, Oct. 6, from the adjutant general informing her that her son, First Lieut. Eugene Wilcox of the United States army air forces, is missing in action. Wilcox was attached to a heavy bomber squadron based somewhere in England. The telegram read: "I re""- D t to inform you that the commanding general European ARA reports your son, First Lieut. Eugene Wilcox, Jr., missin^ in action action since Sept. 23. If further details details or other information of his status are received you will be promp* 1 " notified." Unofficial word that Wilcox was missing came the following morning morning from Corp. William Callen, also stationed in England, in a letter to his mother, Mrs. Fred Callen, of Moravia. Corp. Callen wrote that he had gone to visit Wilcox .but had found him to be missing. Callen had visited visited Wilcox's base Sept. 29, five days after he was reported missing. missing. Callen gave no details about the incident. Lieut. Wilcox had been shot down during a raid over the German coast in early August and landed his flying fortress in the English Channel. He and the surviving members of his crew spent two days and a night on the water before before they were rescued. Mrs. McDonough had received four letters from her son since he was shot down in August. The last, dated Sept. 4, reported that he had recovered from the ill effects effects of the first crash and was returning returning to combat duty. At that time he had only 10 more raids to go before completing the maximum number allowed. Lieut. Wilcox, 23 years old, enlisted enlisted in the army as' an air, corps cadet Jan. 23, 1942, and received his wings and a commission as second second lieutenant Aug. 27, 1942. He was sent overseas in April, 1943. In July Wilcox had participated in enourh missions over the continent continent to ciualify for the air medal, and was promoted to the rank of first lieutenant. Ut>on achieving this rank Wilcox was made pilot and commanding officer of a flying fortress. Mrs. McDonough has contacted the American Red Cross for information information about her son in the event he was forced down over enemy territory and is a prisoner of war. Information about men missing in action sometimes is delayed several several months.