Hyrum Lamar Spencer

Hyrum Lamar Spencer

Aurora, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Death 31 Dec 1944 (aged 25)
Hamburg, Germany
Burial Aurora, Sevier County, Utah, USA
Plot Block 7, Grave 05.
Memorial ID 9306517 View Source

He was born the 7th child of Austin Jabez and Hannah Elizabeth Price Spencer. He had 3 older brothers, 3 younger brothers and 4 sisters.

He married Glenda Winget of Monroe, Sevier, Utah on 23 May 1940. They had a son, Ronald Hyrum Spencer on the 1 Aug 1941. Hyrum worked in Washington DC for about a year and a half, then moved to Salt Lake City in October 1942. In May 1943, Ronald wandered away and was drowned in the Big Cottonwood Creek in Salt Lake County. Hyrum was the one to find his lifeless body while searching in the creek.

A second son, Kenneth was born in December 1943, at about the same time that Hyrum was drafted into the US Army Air Force.

He was sworn into service on 6 Jan 1944. He spent most of the year in training, which resulted in his rank of Sergeant and position of a tail gunner of a flight crew.

He and his crew left for their tour overseas in October, 1944. This flight crew in their B-17G took off from England on their 10th mission headed for Hamburg, Germany on 31 Dec 1944. They were hit and 3 crew members were killed (including Hyrum). The rest bailed and were captured by German soldiers. They were taken back to the crash site where they were able to bury those that were dead and marked their graves so they could be found after the war. The surviving crew members spent the rest of the war as prisoners of war. The family back in Aurora was told that Hyrum was missing in action.

The German authorities confirmed that he had died on 21 February 1945. On April 3, a memorial service was held in the Aurora Ward Chapel. In August 1946 his body was moved from Rotenburg Germany and buried in the US Military cemetery, Neuville-en-Concroz, Belgium. In June of 1949 his body came home to Aurora for a final burial.

He was awarded the Purple Heart award for Military Merit on the 15th of March 1945.

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