Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 159
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War /I Dead
PFC Peter D. Meyer
February 19, 1919 - November 14, 1944
Peter D. Meyer was born February 19, 1919, the son of Willie D. and Emma
Meyer of Fayetteville. He attended St. Joseph's School at Frelsburg. He entered the
service in March 1942, and went overseas in June 1944. He participated in the D-Day
invasion with an infantry unit. According to newspaper accounts of his burial, he was
killed in action in France on November 14, 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge. Actually,
however, the Battle of the Bulge is commonly held to have begun with the German
offensive that began in the Ardennes forest on December 16, 1944. Thus, it can be
concluded that Meyer was killed in the fighting leading up to that battle, though he may
well have died in the same area. He was survived by his wife, their six-month-old son,
his father, and five sisters. Meyer's body was returned and reinterred in Sts. Peter and
Paul Catholic Cemetery in Frelsburg in 1949. He is listed by the Texas Veterans
Commission as a Fayette County casualty.116
Died August 8, 1944
Hoyt Stewart was killed in action on Saipan on August 8, 1944. He was
survived by his wife, Delores Patten Stewart, and his one-month-old son. His wife was
from La Grange, though she was living in Garwood when he was killed. His name is on
the Fort Bend County veterans monument at the courthouse in Richmond.'117
PFC C. B. Stockton
May 19, 1925 - May 4, 1945
C. B. Stockton was the son of Mrs. Lena Stockton of Eagle Lake. He had been
born and raised in Hallettsville and had been in Colorado County for only a short time
when he was called into the service. He served in the Quartermaster Corps. He was killed
in action on May 4, 1945, another casualty of the fierce fighting on Okinawa, two weeks
short of his twentieth birthday. He is listed as a Lavaca County casualty by the Texas
Veterans Commission, and his name is on the Lavaca County veterans memorial on the
courthouse square in Hallettsville. He had only a brief connection to the city of Eagle Lake
and Colorado County.118
Chief Quartermaster Everitt Wright
April 11, 1920 - December 18, 1944
Third Fleet, fresh from the Leyte Gulf fight, withdrew to refuel. On December
18, 1944, at the worst possible time, with ships low on fuel and riding high in the sea,
116 Colorado County Citizen, November 30, 1944, June 9, 1949.
117 Colorado County Citizen, August 10, 1944.
118 Eagle Lake Headlight, June 22, 1945.
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