Sgt Charles Harris “Cotton” Vickers Jr.

Sgt Charles Harris “Cotton” Vickers Jr.

Birth
Hemphill, Sabine County, Texas, USA
Death
11 Mar 1944 (aged 34)
Solomon Islands
Burial
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Plot
Section T lot 76
Memorial ID
14563714 View Source

182nd Infantry, Americal Division, Co. F
World War II

Charles H. Vickers
Sergeant, Infantry, AUS

Killed in action as he led his group in sustained fire against enemy positions from dug-in positions for more than 32 hours on March 10 and 11, 1944, on Bougainville, the Solomon Islands. Sergeant Vickers was the husband of Kathryn Corine Vickers, 1525 Stephens Avenue, Shreveport, and the son of the late Charles Harris and Kate Bennett Vickers of Hemphill, Texas. He was born August 31, 1909, and attended Hemphill School and Centenary College, Shreveport. Entering the Infantry August 6, 1942 at Alexandria, he went to the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Wolters, Texas, then to Camp Stoneman, Cal., for embarkation January 23, 1943, for Caledonia. He served as Army Specialty Squad Leader in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, and the Fiji Islands, and acquired the name Mr. Fix-It of the South Pacific. He was in combat in the bitter fighting on Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomons to the time of his death March 11, 1944, at Bougainville. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, presented to his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Vickers, at Shreveport, and also the Purple Heart for his wounds which cost his life.

Source: the book "The Fighting Men of Louisiana and a History of World War II", by Granville D. Davis. pg 12. Prepared under the supervision of The Louisiana Historical Institute Shreveport, LA. Copyright 1946.

182nd Infantry, Americal Division, Co. F
World War II

Charles H. Vickers
Sergeant, Infantry, AUS

Killed in action as he led his group in sustained fire against enemy positions from dug-in positions for more than 32 hours on March 10 and 11, 1944, on Bougainville, the Solomon Islands. Sergeant Vickers was the husband of Kathryn Corine Vickers, 1525 Stephens Avenue, Shreveport, and the son of the late Charles Harris and Kate Bennett Vickers of Hemphill, Texas. He was born August 31, 1909, and attended Hemphill School and Centenary College, Shreveport. Entering the Infantry August 6, 1942 at Alexandria, he went to the Infantry Replacement Training Center at Camp Wolters, Texas, then to Camp Stoneman, Cal., for embarkation January 23, 1943, for Caledonia. He served as Army Specialty Squad Leader in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, and the Fiji Islands, and acquired the name Mr. Fix-It of the South Pacific. He was in combat in the bitter fighting on Guadalcanal and the Northern Solomons to the time of his death March 11, 1944, at Bougainville. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action, presented to his wife, Mrs. Kathryn Vickers, at Shreveport, and also the Purple Heart for his wounds which cost his life.

Source: the book "The Fighting Men of Louisiana and a History of World War II", by Granville D. Davis. pg 12. Prepared under the supervision of The Louisiana Historical Institute Shreveport, LA. Copyright 1946.