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the ocean war. On November 10, 1943, Liscome Bay left Pearl Harbor, bound for the
Gilbert Islands. Two weeks later, on November 24, Liscome Bay, then off the coast of
Makin, was hit by a torpedo from a Japanese submarine. The torpedo detonated its
bombstore, causing the ship to blow up and sink. Stahl was one of the 646 fatalities.
His last letters to his family were dated November 12 and November 21. He was survived
by three sisters; Marie Cooper of Rock Island, Selma Stahl of El Campo, and Emilee
Newman of Yuba City, California; and one brother, Elmer Eugene Stahl, who was then
serving in the navy in the Atlantic.46
Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Richard Lloyd Eggers
August 13, 1923 - December 5, 1943
At around the same time, another Colorado County area man lost his life in
a freak accident in California. Richard Lloyd Eggers was born August 13, 1923 in Bonus,
the son of Richard L. and Geraldine Eggers. Eggers was serving aboard a submarine in
the fall of 1943, stationed at San Diego, California. Since submarines relied completely
on their batteries for their ability to operate underwater, they were a major security
concern, and a favorite target for saboteurs. In November 1943, Eggers, who was
classified as an electrician's mate third class, was on guard duty looking after the sub's
batteries. When his shift ended, another man came to relieve him. As that man, following
regulations, checked and adjusted his .45 automatic pistol, the gun went off and the
bullet hit Eggers in the abdomen.47
Eggers was rushed to the base hospital in San Diego. Word of his injury
quickly reached Eagle Lake. According to Eggers' half-brother, George Cason, Jr., local
physician J. R. Laughlin telephoned the base hospital but could not obtain any concrete
information about Eggers' condition, and David Wintermann, who headed the local Red
Cross during the war, arranged for Eggers' mother, Geraldine Cason, to fly to California
to be with her son. She arrived at Eggers' side on December 2, 1943. Eggers reportedly
was able to talk to his mother, but he died the following Sunday afternoon, December
5, 1943, in that navy hospital.48
Mrs. Cason, accompanied by a military escort, arrived back in Eagle Lake on
December 7. Eggers' remains were taken to his mother's home until services could be
arranged. The funeral service was held at Colley Memorial Methodist Church in Eagle
Lake on Saturday, December 11, with J. N. Thompson, Garwood Methodist Church
pastor, officiating. The casket was guarded by a detachment of ten sailors from
California. Eagle Lake's Draper Stevens played "Taps" on the bugle. Eggers was buried
near the top of the hill in Lakeside Cemetery, where he would be joined in a few years
by first cousin Glenn E. Eggers, who also gave his life in the war. Eggers was survived
by his mother, Geraldine, and half-brother, George Cason, Jr.49
46 Colorado County Citizen, December 9, 1943; Eagle Lake Headlight, December 10, 1943;
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, 8 vols. (Washington: Department of the Navy, 1959-1981), vol.
4, p. 121.
47 Eagle Lake Headlight, December 3, 1943.
48 Eagle Lake Headlight, December 17, 1943.
49 Eagle Lake Headlight, December 10, 1943.
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