SSGT Freebourn E Durrett

SSGT Freebourn E Durrett

Jones County, Texas, USA
Death 6 Jun 1942 (aged 34)
Burial Lakeview, Hall County, Texas, USA
Plot Lot 2
Memorial ID 45879126 · View Source
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Durrett Brothers Rites Thursday

MEMPHIS, Aug. 10 - Joint funeral services for Robert Barton Durrett and Freebourne E. Durrett, World War II casualties, sons of Mrs. and Mrs. B.E. Durrett of Lakeview, will be held at 3:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon in the Lakeview Methodist Church. Officiating will be Rev. O.C. Evans, Rev. J.T. Hoggatt, minister of the Nazarene Church, and Rev. L.M. Clemanas, minister of the Baptist Church, all of Lakeview.

Joint military services will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Posts of Lakeview and Memphis. The Memphis VFW post is named in honor of Freebourne Durrett, one of the first Hall County boys killed in action in World War II. He was reported missing June 6, 1942, when his plane was shot down 300 miles northwest of Midway.

The body of Robert will arrive in Memphis Wednesday morning. He was killed during an enemy infiltration attack early on the morning of April 21, 1945, in the vicinity of Imugan, along the Villaverde Trail on Luzon, Philippine Islands.

Freebourne was born Sept. 9, 1907, in Jones County, Tex. Robert was born Sept. 25, 1912 at Hamlin, Tex. They moved to Hall County with their parents in 1917.

Freebourne was educated in the Lakeview schools and graduated from high school with the class of 1924.

He entered the Army in 1934, and the Army Air Forces in 1939, for foreign service. He received his training at Hickam Field, Hawaiian Islands. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Robert was educated in Lakeview and Memphis schools, graduating from the Lakeview High School with the class of 1929.

He enlisted in June 1943, receiving his training at Ft. Sill. He sailed Dec. 20, 1944, for the Philippines, where he was assigned to the 32nd Infantry Division.

Freebourne and Robert are survived by their parents; one brother, Castle Vernon Durrett, of Lakeview; and one sister, Mrs. Lloyd C. Byars, of Amarillo. Robert also is survived by his wife, Mrs. Estelle A. Durrett, of Parnell, Hall County.

The body of Robert will be buried in Lakeview Cemetery, under the direction of Murphy-Spicer-Estes Funeral Home of Memphis.

(Published in Amarillo Daily News (Amarillo, Texas) - 11 Aug 1948, Wed - Page 7)

See also: Freebourne E Durrett at Honolulu Memorial

U.S., World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas
Name: Freebourn E Durrett
Inducted From: Texas
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Combat Organization: 72nd Bomber Squadron 5th Bomber Group
Death Date: 6 Jun 1942
Monument: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Last Known Status: Missing
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
Silver Star Medal

U.S., World War I, World War II, and Korean War Casualty Listings
Name: Freebourn E. Durrett
State Registered: Hawaii

Death Date: 6 Jun 1942
Cemetery: Tablets of the Missing at Honolulu Memorial
Cemetery Burial Plot: Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Cemetery City: Honolulu
Cemetery Country: Hawaii

War: World War II
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Title: Staff Sergeant
Rank: Staff Sergeant
Service: U.S. Army Air Forces
Service ID: 6544624
Division: 72nd Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy
Data Source: World War II Honor Roll

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  • Maintained by: Edith Guynes Stanley
  • Originally Created by: Nan Hubbard-Kelly:)
  • Added: 27 Dec 2009
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Freebourn E Durrett (9 Sep 1907–6 Jun 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 45879126, citing Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeview, Hall County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Edith Guynes Stanley (contributor 47114458) .