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Capt Elwood O. Wells

Capt Elwood O. Wells

Birth
New Hampshire, USA
Death 25 Aug 1944 (aged 27)
Burial Epsom, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 9760633 · View Source
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Elwood O. Wells (1917-1944)
Elwood Osgood Wells was born in Epsom on August 20, 1917 to Walter Brackett Wells and Sophronia M. Yeaton. He attended Epsom Schools and graduated on June 19, 1931. He then went on to Pembroke Academy where he played baseball, played cornet in the orchestra and participated in prize speaking contests., winning one such event in 1933. Elwood also appeared in plays at Pembroke before graduating June 20, 1935. He next attended the University of New Hampshire where he was a member of the cross country team, member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, American Society of Civil Engineers, the Scabbard and Blade Honor Society and the ROTC.

It was June 2, 1941, following his junior yer at UNH, that he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces, entering Parks Air College in St. Louis, Illinois. By September he advances to Aviation Cadet at Randolph Field in Texas, then being transferred to an advanced flying school in November at Victoria, Texas. Mr. Wells was commissioned a Lieutenant in January of 1942 and began instructing cadets at Enid, Oklahoma. On January 14, 1943, back at Durham, NH, he married Miss Dorothy Head of Epping, NH, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Head. On June 2 of that year he was shipped over seas as part of the India-China Transport Service. While he was overseas, the birth of a daughter, Kathleen Mildred Wells, took place January 7, 1944 in Exeter, NH.
EPSOM HONOR CAPTAIN WELLS, KILLED IN ASIA;
EPSOM, Oct. 10 (1944) - A memorial service for Capt. Elwood O. Wells was held Sunday afternoon at the New Rye church. The church was crowed with his relatives, friends and neighnbors. A volley was fired over the Wells lot in the New Rye cemetery, and the bugle call "taps" was played following prayers. Two Liberators from Grenier Field flew over the cemetery, dipping their wings in salute. The body of Capt. Wells lies with his plane where it crashed in the Himalaya mountains on Aug. 25. Flowers were placed on the grave of Capt. Wells' mother, Mrs. Sophronia Y. Wells.
FAMILY AWAITS BODY OF WELLS;
BARNSTEAD, May 15 (1948) - Word has been recieved by Walter B. Wells of Center Barnstead that the body of his con, Capt. Elwood Wells, is being returned home from Honolulu, aboard the army transport Cardinal O'Connor.
A memorial service was held on Oct. 8, 1944 with burial June 5, 1948. The American Legion Post #112 is named in honor of Elwood O. Wells.

SOURCE; http://www.epsomhistory.com/epsom/





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  • Originally Created by: Bev
  • Added: 6 Nov 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9760633
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Elwood O. Wells (20 Aug 1917–25 Aug 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9760633, citing New Rye Cemetery, Epsom, Merrimack County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .