Earl McQueen Killed While Defending His Country In Italy        

Mr. and Mrs. J. M. McQueen of Fisk, have been notified by the War Department that their son, Pfc. Earl E. McQueen, 35, was killed in action in defense of his country. 

Pfc. McQueen first entered the Army, March 12, 1941, receiving a discharge the following October and was again inducted into the Army January 12, 1942 at Brownwood.  He received his first training at Fort Knox, Ky., and Camp Polk, La.  He received his discharge at Camp Polk.       After re-entering the Army in January 1942, he received further training at Camp Polk, Camp Hood, Texas and Camp Pickett, Va.  He served overseas in North Africa, Sicily and Italy where he was killed.      

He has two brothers, Claud and Henry who have served in the United States Army.  Claud served overseas in World War I and Henry in the present war until he received an occupational discharge.      

Pfc. McQueen was born at Silver Valley, January 21, 1908 and resided in Coleman county all of his life.  He attended school at Brown Ranch, and after which he was engaged in farming with his father.  He and the former Miss Winnie Cathy, when now resides with her parents at Burkett, were married Dec. 13, 1941 in Coleman.  They have one child, Delbert E. McQueen, age eleven months, whom he had never seen.  Other than his parents, wife and small son, he is survived by six brothers, Claud, Henry and Lon of Fisk,  Lum of Gruver, Texas, Will of Corpus Christi, Glenn of Gouldbusk, five sisters, Mrs. L. A. Kile of Coleman, Mrs. Roy McAnally of Kermit, Mrs. Oran Haney of Dumas, Mrs. Elwood Hamilton and Mrs. James Snider both of Fisk.

Submitted by Donna Kile Van Benschoten on June 6, 2001.

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