CPL Richard Austin Dickerson

CPL Richard Austin Dickerson

Birth
San Augustine County, Texas, USA
Death 7 Dec 1941 (aged 22)
Pearl Harbor, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Burial Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 52223664 · View Source
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Son of Richard Livingston Dickerson and Annie Elizabeth "Bonnie" Tullis. His mother was the first "Gold Star" Mother of World War II in El Paso County, Texas
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El Paso Herald Times, February 1942
HE DID A WONDERFUL JOB OF FIGHTING
"He did a wonderful job of flighting on Dec. 7."
They are the words of Lt. Carl W. Mumm, Hickam Field adjutant, Hawaii, in a letter to Mrs. R. L. Dickerson of 3653 Bishop street, El Paso County's first Gold Star Mother of World War No. 2, about the death of her son, Cpl. Richard Dickerson, who was killed in action at Hickam Field in the Japanese attack. That letter revealed that Cpl. Dickerson fired at Japanese planes with a rifle, ignoring machine gun bullets.
"He was the corporal of the Fifth Group Guard and was between Hangars 5 and 7 when the Japanese came over in their second attack. Lieutenant Mumm. "Corporal Dickerson was kneeling and firing a rifle at the planes which at this altitude were bombing from a high altitude. A few were strafing the hangar line with machine gun bullets from about 500 feet. Corporal Dickerson did not run for shelter but fought back. A large piece of shrapnel hit him in the right shoulder. It was a bad hit and Staff Sgt. Quentin A Teige ran over to him a few seconds afater he was hit. Your son was dead when Sergeant Teige reached him."


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  • Created by: Paula J
  • Added: 10 May 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 52223664
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for CPL Richard Austin Dickerson (26 Jul 1919–7 Dec 1941), Find a Grave Memorial no. 52223664, citing Hillcrest Cemetery, Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paula J (contributor 46489742) .