Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 5, Number 3, September, 1995 Page: 165
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Supreme Sacrifice: Colorado County's World War II Dead
People whose bodies were never recovered, and are not known to have a memorial
marker anywhere: Edward H. Bubolz, Ernest Louis Connor, John Henry Stahl, Kearby
Watson, Everitt Wright, Jesse P. Yanez
Those known to be buried in military cemeteries elsewhere: Elo Ahlgrim (Honolulu),
Preston Brasher (Luxembourg), Robert W. Brown, Jr. (Italy), Jerrald P. Evoritt (Luxem-
bourg), William Grogan (Italy), James Boyd Harris, Jr. (buried at sea off Okinawa),
Marion D. Jackson (Italy), Norman L. Lanier (Epinal, France), Israel Ed Selph (Italy),
Robert Shimek (Arlington National Cemetery), Louis Donald Vaughan (lost at sea,
memorialized at Manila).
Those whose burial sites are unknown: Leroy Addicks, Frank Blassingame, John
Brosman, James M. Davis, Jr., Fred E. Estlinbaum, Leroy J. Krenek, Leonard Maxwell,
Laurin P. Otting, Frank I. Shimek, Hoyt Stewart, C. B. Stockton
Diary of Kearby Watson
The sporadic diary of Kearby Watson, kept while he was a prisoner of war of the
Japanese during World War II, was originally printed in the August 9 and August 16,
1945 issues of the Colorado County Citizen. The newspaper inserted titles, and
apparently paragraph breaks, and, most probably, made a few typographical errors, all
of which have been eliminated herein. The last entry, with its uncanny prescience, raises
suspicions about its authenticity.
August 16, 1942
Three months and six days in camp and I still have my barracks orderly. Tobacco and
a helper now, for my stomach gives me lots of trouble.
August 24, 1942
Chow is a little better now. We got some flour for bread.
September 14, 1942
Six of us got some flour, seasonings, and sour dough and made us a batch of bread
yesterday. It was so good that I ate too much and almost died with my stomach last night.
I can't eat rice, so I live on what little bread and gravy I get. Sometimes I don't have much
as rice is the main dish every meal except Sunday mornings when we get three or four
hot cakes. I weighed today and have lost about 25 pounds. No rain for two days and
water is so short that it is hard to get a drink. We can't bathe or wash at all.
September 28, 1942
We finally got water piped into camp so that we at least have drinking and cooking water.
S-Sgt. Gnebee and I have a little room walled of on one end of the barracks. It is warmer
and I sleep a little better.
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