Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 153
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War II Dead
would have known him, and though he may have lived in the area for a time, he should
probably be considered a Lavaca County casualty.
Boggess, a nephew of Will and Tom Waddell of Eagle Lake, was killed in
action on Iwo Jima in 1945.98
PFC John R. Brosman
John Brosman was born at Nada. His family moved to El Campo, and he
graduated from El Campo High School. He was killed in action in 1944. He had family
in the Weimar area.99
2nd Lt. Robert W. Brown, Jr.
Died December 20, 1943
Robert W. Brown, Jr. was born at Sheridan. He moved to Lissie as a small
child. Men from Lissie pose the thorniest problem when determining their county of
origin. Because Lissie is in Wharton County, they are listed as residents of that county
by the Texas Veterans Commission. Brown, like most of the others from Lissie who were
killed in the war, are listed on the monument at the courthouse in Wharton. However,
Lissie itself is barely a mile from the Colorado County line, and the families there had
stronger ties to Eagle Lake than to any other Wharton County town. For example, most,
if not all, of the men from Lissie went to Eagle Lake schools. Brown graduated from Eagle
Lake High School in 1940. He enlisted October 14, 1940, and performed well enough
that he was sent to officer's candidate school and became a pilot. He was trained to fly
B-24 Liberator bombers. Brown left the United States in early November 1943 for North
Africa and Italy. Brown had been overseas less than two months when, on a bombing
mission over eastern Bulgaria on December 20, 1943, his aircraft came under anti-
aircraft fire, collided with an enemy aircraft in mid-air, and fell to earth. The notice from
the War Department listed Brown as missing in action over Bulgaria. Brown's death was
later confirmed. He was survived by his parents, his wife of Blytheville, Arkansas, and
a sister, Esther Raasch of Lissie. Brown is listed by the Texas Veterans Commission as
being from Wharton County and his name is on the Wharton County veterans monument.
However, he was born in Colorado County and he is included on the Eagle Lake High
98 Eagle Lake Headlight, April 6, 1945.
99 Colorado County Citizen, November 2, 1944.
1 00 Eagle Lake Headlight, January 21, 1944, May 5, 1944. Additional information provided by Glen
Raasch. William R. Cook, who is discussed in Section I, was also from Lissie. His family chose to include him
on the Colorado County plaque. He is not listed as a Wharton County man on any list of war dead.
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