Sgt Oscar Cyrus “Woody” Walrod

Sgt Oscar Cyrus “Woody” Walrod

Birth
Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Death 2 Aug 1944 (aged 25)
Airan, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA
Memorial ID 32592387 · View Source
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Son of Earl Walrod & Tressie Forthy Shever. Cyrus was his Grandfather Walrod's given name.

VFW marker
WW2 Veteran
T/Sgt., Iowa 95th AAF Bomb Gp

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Killed in Action - World War II. Short funeral services for Tech. Sgt. Oscar Cyrus Walrod were held at the home of his sister, Mrs. Anson Juelfs near Cushing on Monday, January 9, 1950, with Rev. Arthur Dyson officiating. Many relatives and friends attended the services. Memorial services were held in 1945 at Axtell, Kansas. The American Legion and V.F.W. had charge of military services at the Correctionville Cemetery. Tech. Sgt. Oscar C. Walrod, son of Earl A. Walrod and Tressie Bolles, was born November 19, 1918, near Correctionville, Iowa. He died in the service of his country August 3, 1944, at the age of 25 years, 8 months and 15 days. His early life was spent around Correctionville. Prior to enlisting in the Air Corps on September 22, 1941, he went to Grizzly, Oregon, where he worked on a ranch for H.P. Newhill. He married Dorothy Deters of Axtell, Kansas, on June 5, 1943, and to this union a son, Joey, was born on August 6, 1944. Sgt. Walrod went overseas in January 1944, as a top turret gunner on a B-17 in the 8th Air Force. His plane was shot down over France while taking part in heavy bombing over Germany on August 3, 1944, which resulted in his untimely death. He was on his last mission. He received his Gunner's Wings-European Theatre, the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Good Conduct medal and the Purple Heart, and was up for the Distinguished Flying Cross when his plane was shot down. Besides his widow and son, he leaves to mourn his loss his father and mother, three sisters, Mrs. Anson Juelfs of Cushing, Ruby and Roberta Walrod of Ontario, Oregon, three brothers, Virgil of Anthon, Roger of San Bruno, California, and Alfred of Belmont, California, and many other relatives and friends.

-Source: JMeister (#47157613)


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He was the top turret gunner and flight engineer on the B-17G 'I'll Get By'
which was shot down on 2 Aug 44. T/Sgt Walrod was killed along with 6 other
members of the crew. They had flown a number of missions against Germany; but,
the 2 Aug 44 mission (his 24th Combat mission) was against French
transportation centers in order to isolate the Normandy beachhead from German
reinforcements.


The names to match the faces in the picture are- (left to right):

-SSgt William W Adamson, Waist Gunner, did not fly - replaced by Capt. Bockman
-Capt. Elmer E Bockman, Asst. S-3 95th BG Observer, KIA
-1st Lt Jasper W Kaylor, Jr., Copilot, KIA
-1st Lt Frank T Sohm, Bombardier, KIA
-TSgt Oscar C Walrod, Flight Engineer & Top Turret, KIA
-TSgt Robert V Hill, Radio Operator, KIA
-Capt. Robert Oris Baber, Pilot, KIA
-1st Lt Raymond D Dallas, Navigator, KIA
-SSgt Barney Lipkin, Waist Gunner, POW
-SSgt Walter J Collyer, Jr., Tail Gunner, POW
-SSgt Donald W Phillips, Ball Turret, POW

The photo was taken the day of their last mission.


Source- JRW1944 (#48409430)


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  • Maintained by: Kent Gebhard
  • Originally Created by: Wee
  • Added: 2 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 32592387
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt Oscar Cyrus “Woody” Walrod (19 Nov 1918–2 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 32592387, citing Correctionville Cemetery, Correctionville, Woodbury County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Kent Gebhard (contributor 47001358) .