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Thomas Field VAN METER
Birth:
21 Feb 1893
Clark co, Ky, Usa
Death:
24 Mar 1978
Cynthiana, Harrison co, Ky, Usa
Burial:
27 Mar 1978
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Marriage:
30 Jul 1914
Columbus, Franklin co, Oh, Usa
Individual Information
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#8
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                   Section 9, lot 9


Dates of birth and death from tombstone, Lexington [KY] Cemetery. Names of children from personal knowledge. LBV. Attended Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts ("three week plan"); Chester School, Chester, NH; Ohio State University, member Sigma Chi fraternity, Class of '16, left in 1914, after marriage. Fact of marriage from wedding invitation and personal knowledge. Occupation was farmer.

Winchester Democrat, p.1, Friday, July 10, 1908:       "   The first of last week Miss Annie Bright Croxton, accompanied by Master Field Vanmeter, left for Denver to attend the Democratic convention.  Out of St. Louis they took the fast California Limited train, which makes the fastest time between that city and Denver.  Near Knobnoster, Mo., a delayed local passenger train was endeavouring to make up time and reach a station in time for the passage of the fast train.  Through a mistake in orders both trains met in a head-on collision near the above city, completely wrecking the engines of bith trains and telescoping several passenger coaches.

"Six passengers were instantly killed, one of them being Mr. Storey, of Franklin, Ky., and thirty-six were seriously injured, several of the injured having since died.  Miss Croxton and young Vanmeter were the only persons in their coach that escaped an injury of any kind, and although they were severely shaken up, did not receive a bruise.  The cries of the injured were harrowing in the extreme, and many of those who were pinned in the wreckage begged to be shot to end their suffering. Willing hands quickly rendered aid, and fortunately Miss Croxton had in her possession a small Bible which afforded consolation to the dying.  Miss Croxton attributes her own miraculous escape from serious injury to the fact that she carried her Bible with her.

"A communication to her family yesterday stated that she had completely recovered from the shock of the collision, which is gratifying news to her many friends here."
                  
Florence MINISTER
Birth:
6 Jun 1892
Madison twp, Vinton co, Oh, Usa
Death:
10 Nov 1948
Winchester, Clark co, Ky, Usa
Burial:
12 Nov 1948
Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Fayette co, Ky, Usa
Individual Information
Sources:
#8
Notes:
                   Section 9, lot 9


Birth recorded Book 2, p. 100, #205. Probate Court, Vinton County, Ohio. Birth certificate lists date of birth as June 5, 1892. Date of death from death certificate and tombstone in Lexington [KY] Cemetery. Death certificate lists date of birth as June 6, 1892.

Obituary, Lexington Leader, p. 13, Thursday, November 11, 1948 [also Lexington Herald, p. 7]: age 56, wife of Field VanMeter, Clark County farmer, died Wednesday [November 10] at 5:15 p.m. at the Clark County hospital of complications resulting from a cerebral hemorrhage suffered Tuesday night at her home; never regained consciousness after being stricken at about 8:00 p.m.; native of Columbus, OH [sic], daughter of Jessie Rand Minister, Columbus, and the late George Minister; graduate, Ohio State Univ., member, Kappa Alpha Theta; resided in Clark County and in Winchester since marriage; member [?], First Christian Church, church, civic and social groups; survivors, husband, two sons, Isaac O. [sic], and George Minister VanMeter, both of Winchester, two daughters, Mrs. Orie LeBus, II, Cynthiana, and Mrs. Robert Houlihan, Lexington, a brother, Harry T. Minister, Columbus, and five grandchildren; funeral services Friday, 10:00 a.m., at Edgington Funeral Home by Dr. Hugh McLellan, pastor of First Christian Church, burial in the Lexington Cemetery.

Date of marriage from wedding invitation.
                  
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Date and place of birth per Kentucky Birth Certificate, vol. 54, certif. 26527, year 1915.
                  
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                   Section 9, lot 9
                  
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KY Birth Record, vol. 110, certif. no. 54611, year 1917.
KY Death Record: Houlihan,  Pattie F., age 74, place of residence and death, Fayette, date of death, 07-10-1992, vol. 035, certif. no. 17244, year 1992
                  
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Enlisted in U.S. Army November 24, 1943. Assigned to 15th Air Force, 843rd Bomb Group, 816th Squadron. Sailed to Europe in October , 1944; stationed in Fogia, Italy. Flew 33 combat missions over Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia as ball turret gunner on B17G. Awarded European African Middle East Campaign Medal, with silver star (battles: Northern Apennines, Po Valley, Rhineland, Central Europe, Air Combat Balkans]; Good Conduct Medal; Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters [air medal for fifteen missions, oak leaf cluster for each additional five missions]; World War II Victory Medal. Honorably discharged October 10, 1945. See WWII Honorable Discharge Book, page 230 in Clark County (KY) Clerk's office.

Graduated Winchester, Kentucky, High School in 1946; attended University of Kentucky.

Jacob L. Grimm, "Heroes of the 483rd" (1997)(c), p. 24:     "Theodore A. Burgwald Crew, 816th squadron: Theodore A. Burgwald, pilot, Chicago, Illinois; Arthur L. Hough, co-pilot, Austin, Texas; John C. O'Herron, navigator, Ithaca, New York; Vincent A. Tria, bombadier, Brooklyn, New York; William M. "Tex" Davidson, Jr., engineer; Cooper, Texas; Arthur N. Maitland, radioman, Windsor, Canada; Eugene Savage, A[?], Baltimore, Maryland; George M. VanMeter, ball turret gunner, Winchester, Kentucky; Robert W. Bergtzen, waist gunner, salt Lake City, Utah; Jonas D. Strickland [KIA], tail gunner, Sawyer, Kansas.

"The crew came together at Lincoln, Nebraska, and shipped to Dyersburg, tennessee, for 'RTU" 29 June 1944.  After ten (10) weeks of intensive training they were given eight days leave, then shipped from Lincoln to Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia.  They boarded the French liner 'Athos' at Newport News, Virginia, along with fifteen other crews that would be assigned to the 483rd.  Upon arrival at Naples, Italy, they boarded boxcars for the trip to Foggia.  They arrived at Sterparone early in November and began flying combat missions on 18 November 1944.

"Heavily defended targets included Blechhammer, Odertal, Brux, Linz, and Bruck.  They made six sorties to Vienna including 21 January 1945 when three B-17s were lost.  They were also on the Ruhland mission of 22 march 1945 when the group was attacked in force by ME-262s [jet fighters] and six of 28 bombers went down.

"Strickland was KIA flying with another crew when two B-17s collided over Linz, Austria on 25 April 1945 [thirteen days before V-E day ()].  Both planes remained under control but the tail section of Strickland's plane was cut off and he fell to earth without his parachute.

"The entire crew spent a week at Capri early in March.  the surviving members of the crew had complete most of their missions by V-E Day and returned to the States."

The story is that prior to the mission on which Strickland was killed, he had been trying to get GMV to trade spots in the plane for several missions.  On the ride to the flight line that day, GMV asked Len Ragland, who was from Lexington, whether he should switch or not.  Len Ragland told GMV that his luck had been good, the War was almost over, and that he shouldn't switch. [ Both GMV and Uncle Bob Houlihan told this story].

In 1953, moved to Texas to work in the oil fields.  Winchester Sun ( __ Jan 2003):  "50 years Ago:  A dinner was given by the Winchester Optimist Club, honoring George VanMeter, who is leaving Winchester to make his home in Texas, was held Thursday night at the Sombrero Tavern on the Lexington Road."  The oil well turned up a dry hole, he got engaged, and decided the farm wasn't so bad after all."

Occupation was farmer.  Names and dates of birth of children from personal knowledge. LBV.
                  
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Thomas Field Van Meter - Florence Minister

Thomas Field Van Meter was born at Clark co, Ky, Usa 21 Feb 1893. His parents were Isaac Cunningham Van Meter and Pattie Hockaday Field.

He married Florence Minister 30 Jul 1914 at Columbus, Franklin co, Oh, Usa . Florence Minister was born at Madison twp, Vinton co, Oh, Usa 6 Jun 1892 daughter of George R. Minister and Jessie Rand .

They were the parents of 4 children:
Living
Living
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Thomas Field Van Meter died 24 Mar 1978 at Cynthiana, Harrison co, Ky, Usa .

Florence Minister died 10 Nov 1948 at Winchester, Clark co, Ky, Usa .

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