Elmore Calvin Stephens Sr.

Elmore Calvin Stephens Sr.

Moulton, Lavaca County, Texas, USA
Death 23 Sep 1957 (aged 39)
Galveston, Galveston County, Texas, USA
Burial Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 155453218 · View Source
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When Elmore Calvin Stephens was born on July 9, 1918, in Moulton, Texas, his father, William Fred Stephens (1884-1947), was 33 and his mother, Minnie Pearl Caywood (1891-1982), was 26. He had two brothers and two sisters.

He married Violet Mae Simmons on March 1, 1942, in Galveston, Texas. They had two children, Bobbie Sue Stephens & Elmore Calvin Stephens.

Due to an accidental fall he died on September 23, 1957, in Galveston, Texas, at the age of 39, and was buried in Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rockdale, Texas.

Elmore Stephens Had Remarkable Record in Army

News of the death of Elmore C. Stephens, 39, was carried in last week's Reporter. His funeral service was held on September 24, at Phillips and Luckey Chapel here.

Elmore Stephens was killed on September 23, when he fell into the cargo hold of a ship docked at Galveston, while he was working. He was an employee of McDonough Iron Works, as a machinist. He had received his discharge from the U. S. armed forces only two months before his death after serving for eleven years.

He was reared in Rockdale and a graduate of Rockdale High School, and was the son of Mrs. Minnie Stephens and the late Wm. Fred Stephens.

The following record of Elmore Stephens in service has just this week been received.

Eleven years of Elmore C. Stephen's life was spent in the Armed Forces. He served in World War 2, and while overseas at New Guinea was a gunner of a low flying Mitchell bomber named Rough Rider. While on one strafing mission, flying 100 feet above ground he was wounded b shrapnel and came in "on a wing and a prayer".

February 14, 1944, while on a bombing mission the plane was caught in a shell burst and suffered a direct hit. When the plane his the water the raft was thrown out and self inflated, all of the crew were seriously injured and pilot lost. They spent 48 hours on the raft until rescued by a plane from the Black Cat Squadron which flew them to hospital. Elmore's foot and leg was crushed, his back and head also injured.

His group had been credited with downing over 100 enemy planes. Being sent to many hospitals Elmore was later discharged. Due to the plane crash injuries he was unable to work at civilian jobs, he re-enlisted in the Army and was trained to repair medical equipment. He was then sent to Hawaii where he remained four years and was later shipped to Korea, remaining 18 months, thence to Ft. Dix, N.J. where he fell on ice and was paralyzed for sometime.

Elmore was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, the Purple Heart, as well as receiving many group citations.

Published Thursday, October 3, 1957 in THE ROCKDALE REPORTER, Rockdale, Texas on page 3, col. 4.

"Man Killed In Fall At Pier 38"

Funeral services for Elmore T. Stephens, 39, who died from injuries suffered in a fall into the hole of a ship Monday morning will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Rockdale, Texas.

Burial will be in Rockdale cemetery.

Mr. Stephens, an employe of McDonough Iron Works, a Galveston firm, was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary's Infirmary about 2:30 a.m.

According to official reports, he fell into the hole of a ship docked at Pier 38.

Mr. Stephens resided at 628 17th street, in Texas City.

Surviving are a son, Elmore T. Stephens Jr. of Texas City; a daughter, Bobbie Sue Stephens of San Antonio; his mother, Mrs. Winnie Stephens of Texas City;
two sisters, Mrs. Betty Jacobs and Mrs. Doreen Tipple of Galveston, and two brothers, B. F. Stephens of Galveston and H. L. Stephens of La Marque.

Justice of the Peace James L. McKenna is holding an Inquest in Mr. Stephens' death.

The body was taken to Rockdale Monday by Malloy & Son funeral home.

Published September 24, 1957 in THE GALVESTON NEWS, Galveston, Texas on page 6, col. 4.

U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963
Name: Elmore Calvin Stephens
Birth Date: 9 Jul 1918
Death Date: 23 Sep 1957
Cemetery Location: Rockdale, Texas

Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982
Name: Elmore Calvin Stephens
Birth Date: 9 Jul 1918
Birth Place: Gerley, Texas
Gender: Male
Race: White
Residence: Texas City, Galveston, Texas
Father: William F Stephens
Mother: Minnie Pearl Caywood
Age at Death: 39
Death Date: 23 Sep 1957
Death Place: Galveston, Galveston, Texas, USA

U.S., World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: Elmore C Stephens
Birth Year: 1918
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Texas
State of Residence: Texas
County or City: Galveston
Enlistment Date: 30 Jun 1942
Enlistment State: Texas
Enlistment City: Houston
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Attendants, filling stations and parking lots
Marital Status: Single, with dependents
Height: 69
Weight: 158

1940 United States Federal Census
Name: Elmore Stephens
Age: 21
Estimated birth year: abt 1919
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Home in 1940: Milam, Texas
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Inferred Residence in 1935: Sh, Milam, Texas
Residence in 1935: Same House
Sheet Number: 3B
Occupation: Laborer Housework
Industry: Nya Building Const
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: High School, 4th year
Duration of Unemployment: 17
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in Government work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 16
Income: 192
Income Other Sources: No
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Fred Stephens 55
Minnie Stephens 48
Elmore Stephens 21
Homer Stephens 19
Bettie Stephens 17
Doreen Stephens 10

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Elmore Stephens
Birth Year: abt 1919
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Texas
Marital Status: Single
Relation to Head of House: Son
Home in 1930: Precinct 1, Milam, Texas
Map of Home: View Map
Dwelling Number: 142
Family Number: 147
Attended School: Yes
Able to Read and Write: Yes
Father's Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Able to Speak English: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Fred W Stephens 45
Minnie Stephens 38
B F Stephens 13
Elmore Stephens 11
Homer L Stephens 9
Bettie Stephens 7
Dorine Stephens 0

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Elmore W Stephens
Age: 1
Birth Year: abt 1919
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1920: Justice Precinct 2, Lee, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's name: William F Stephens
Father's Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother's name: Minnie B Stephens
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
William F Stephens 34
Minnie B Stephens 28
B F Stephens 3
Elmore W Stephens 1

Texas Birth Index, 1903-1997
Name: Elmo Calvin Stephens
Date of Birth: 8 Jul 1918
Birth County: Lavaca
Certificate Number: 36347
Roll number: 1918_0012

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elmore Calvin Stephens Sr. (9 Jul 1918–23 Sep 1957), Find a Grave Memorial no. 155453218, citing Oak Lawn Cemetery, Rockdale, Milam County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Charles Riend (contributor 46537097) .