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married Frances Cabaniss in 1931. He had resided in Houston since his marriage. He
enlisted November 14, 1942, and was in the Engineer Petroleum District Unit,
Detachment B. The sketchy reports that have come to hand stated that Parker was
accidently killed somewhere in or near North America. He was survived by a twin sister,
Mrs. O. A. Bunge, and three brothers, Noel, Tate, and Percy Parker. He was initially
buried in Bermuda, but he seems to have been relocated to Colorado County in 1947.
His name appears on two memorials in Colorado County: the Eagle Lake High School
plaque and a gravestone in the Eagle Lake Masonic Cemetery. The inscription on his
gravestone, "killed in the line of duty," provides one more brief scrap of information
regarding his death.32
Pvt. Clarence Ross Cone
August 11, 1900- April 27, 1943
At the age of 39 years, 3 months, Parker was one of the oldest men from
Colorado County to die during the war. The only man known to have been older, Clarence
Cone, was the next to die. Cone was born in Rosenberg, Texas, August 11, 1900. He
was the son of Ross and Sallie Cone. His family moved to Colorado County in 1908. Cone
was inducted into the U. S. Army Air Corps in September 1942. Newspaper accounts
state that Cone had an appendectomy in October 1942, and another sometime after the
first day of 1943. He was scheduled to receive a medical discharge in three weeks, but,
on April 27, 1943, he unexpectedly died at a hospital in Denver, Colorado. His death was
attributed to an intercranial hemorrage that resulted from a brain concussion sustained
when he slipped and fell in the shower. His mother received his last letter on the day
before the telegram came announcing his death. He had written about meeting Franklin
D. Roosevelt when the president passed through Denver.
Cone's body was returned to Colorado County on April 29 under military
escort. Funeral services were held in Weimar at First Methodist Church, with interment
in the Weimar Masonic Cemetery. Rev. C. E. Bohmfalk officiated at the service. Cone
was survived by his mother and three sisters, Mrs. Karl Essig of Galveston, Mrs. Ned
Burford of Columbus, and Marguerite Fitzpatrick.33
Lt. Robert L. Plagens
August 13, 1917 - May 3, 1943
Robert L. Plagens, a son of Adolf H. and Ruby Horton Plagens, was born
August 13, 1917 in Weimar, and became the first man from the Weimar area to be killed
in combat with the enemy. Plagens had graduated from Weimar High School in 1934,
then attended John Tarlton and Texas A & M, where he received a B. S. in Chemical
Engineering in 1939. He volunteered for the air corps on June 9, 1941. He trained with
Leon Kallina and Elliot Roosevelt. Plagens was sent to China in 1942 and stationed on
32 Eagle Lake Headlight, February 26, 1943, March 19, 1943; Colorado County Death Records,
Book 6, p. 431.
33 Weimar Mercury, May 7, 1943; Colorado County Citizen, April 19, 1943.
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