Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 160
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a typhoon, with 140-mile-per-hour winds, lashed the fleet. Three destroyers, Monaghan,
Hull, and Spence, capsized and sank, taking with them 790 men. Everitt Wright, who
was born April 11, 1920 in Eagle Lake, went down with Monaghan. Wright was the son
of Mr. and Mrs. Will Wright. His family later moved to Brazoria County, where he
graduated from Angleton High School. Wright entered the navy at the age of 19 in
Virginia. After Monaghan went down in the typhoon, Wright was listed as missing in
action. However, it was eventually determined that only six men from the ship had
survived, and that Wright was not one of them. He was survived by his father and
stepmother; his wife, who resided in Houston; four brothers, Warrant Officer Willie
Wright, then in Belgium, Pvt. Henry Wright then in Louisiana, Robert Wright, and Terry
Wright of Eagle Lake; and two sisters, Lena Mae Landry and Letha Wright.11"
World War II// Deaths In Colorado County
As an addendum to this discussion of Colorado County war deaths, it would
be negligent to omit the cases of an unfortunate group of at least 23 men who, by fate
or chance, found it their lot to die in the line of duty while actually in Colorado County.
As the war got underway in earnest, large numbers of men were killed in training
accidents, and en route to and from bases. Of course, the war effort was national in
scope; therefore, military bases were established almost everywhere. Several flyers from
Foster Field in Victoria, Texas were killed in airplane crashes in Colorado County.
William David Austin of Eagle Lake was the first serviceman to die in
Colorado County. He died on November 17, 1941 as the result of an automobile accident
near Borden. His case, like that of Lawrence Gage, who also died in an auto accident,
and Gilbert Schobel, who died as the result of complications arising from an operation,
is discussed in detail in Section I.
Two other servicemen died in auto accidents in Colorado County during the
war. At 1 1:30 a. m. on July 27, 1943, Corporal John T. Horoska was apparently en route
to his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from a west coast base when he was killed east
of Columbus. Horoska had missed his train in San Antonio and hopped into the back of
a truck. Eight miles east of Columbus on Highway 90, the twenty-six-year-old soldier fell
out of the truck and its trailer ran over him, crushing his skull. A few months later, on
November 24, 1943, nineteen-year-old army private Lawrence Paul Linville of Maning-
ton, West Virginia was killed in an accident involving an army vehicle six miles west of
As stated earlier, airplane crashes were by far the commonest cause of
military deaths in Colorado County. The first occurred on May 2, 1942, when Brooks
Field airmen William H. Boyce and William L. Bloomgreen were killed in the crash of their
airplane eight miles west of Garwood on Charlie Kallina's farm. Bloomgreen, the twenty-
119 Eagle Lake Headlight, January 12, 1945, March 2, 1945, April 27, 1945.
120 Colorado County Citizen, July 29, 1943; Eagle Lake Headlight, July 30, 1943; Colorado County
Death Records, vol. 6, pp. 91, 104.
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