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Capt Eugene R Garrett
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Birth: 1917
Titus County
Texas, USA
Death: Sep. 4, 1943
Fort Worth
Tarrant County
Texas, USA

The Paris News
Bogata (Special)
Wed. Sept. 8, 1943
Pg. 3

Funeral Service for Capt. Garrett

Bogata Gymnasium Scene of Last Rites
for Marine Flyer

Hundred of friends gathered at the Bogata School gymnasium Monday afternoon for the funeral service of Capt. Eugene Garrett, United States Marine Corps flier, who died in a plane crash Saturday in Fort Worth. The service was conducted by Luther Gieger, minister of the Mount Pleasant Church of Christ, and burial was made here by Bogata Funeral Home. Lt. P. Mitchell, military escort, and Rufus Garrett accompanied the body here from Ft. Worth, and pallbearers were B. L. Bratton, Harley Arnold, W. N. Glass, and R. L. Arnold, Jr., all of Maud; F. L. Branson here, Dixie Hatcher of Paris, James Montgomery of Pendleton, Ore., and James Castleman of Terrell. "Taps" was blown by a bugler from Camp Maxey.

Capt. Garrett was killed when the plane he was piloting, a Corsair, encountered a storm and he was forced to fly so low he was unable to bail out when the plane got out of control. He was on a cross-country flight, and he and his wife had spent the night before in Shreveport, La., Mrs. Garrett driving their car from his station in the East where she had been with him. She received the news of his death at Maud, where she had gone on to visit his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Garrett. His wife was formerly Miss Irene Humphrey of Bogata, other relatives here including Mr. and Mrs. Guy Smelser. A brother J. D. Garrett, Jr., lives in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rufus Eugene Garrett was born in Talco, in 1917, and after graduating from Maud where the family had moved, attended Texas A. and M. College and Arkansas A. and M., later receiving his degree from East Texas State Teachers College at Commerce. He was a grade school principal and assistant high school coach here four years before volunteering for military service, June 2, 1941.

He was commissioned, March 24, 1942, at Corpus Christi, and was stationed successively at Cherry Point, N. C., Key West, Fla., Parris Island, S. C., and Fort Worth.
Family links: 
  Julius Delbert Garrett (1885 - 1970)
  Lura Ola Smelser Garrett (1892 - 1977)
  J. D. Garrett (1915 - 2005)*
  Eugene R Garrett (1917 - 1943)
*Calculated relationship
Bogata Cemetery
Red River County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section 2
Created by: William/Bridget Domengea...
Record added: Dec 03, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31930170
Capt Eugene R Garrett
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Capt Eugene R Garrett
Added by: William/Bridget Domengeaux, Genealogical Research
Capt Eugene R Garrett
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2nd Lt. E. R. Garrett, USMCR, designated Naval Aviator #11633 in 1942. Assigned to VMF-311 at time of death.
- Mike Weeks
 Added: Sep. 15, 2016
"Another Marine Reporting to Guard the Gates of Heaven." Capt. Garrett was a member of the newly formed Marine Attack Squadron 311. The squadron was being repositioned to the west coast in preparation of joining the war effort. On September 4, a group of ...(Read more)
- Veterans Researcher
 Added: Feb. 3, 2015
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 Added: Oct. 5, 2013
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