Military Men & Women

This page is to give recognition of those local men and women who gave the ultimate price to serve our country and preserve our freedom. Some of their bodies may have never made it home; however, their spirit lives on with the preservation of the life the children of Klickitat County enjoy today due to their sacrifice.

Please note that these are only a few of those who gave their lives.
Also see the Stonehenge WWI Memorial and the Klickitat Veterans Memorial on our main cemetery page.

Name Birth Death Notes
Allison, Edward Curlin (Jr) 06-26-1912 01-10-1945 State College of WA - The Chinook Yearbook 1933 Photo   Ed Allison is Killed in Pacific (link by Jeffrey Elmer)   Edward Curlin Allison, Jr. was born *June 26, 1912 to Daisy [Dunlap] and Edward Curlin Allison. He married Amy "Carolita" Hazeltine on September 2, 1936 in Pacific County, Washington. She was the daughter of Amy [Wood] and Frederick Hazeltine, the renowned publisher of the South Bend Journal. The Allisons had two children Robert (Bobby) and Ditty Kay. He was in partnership with his father, Edwin Sr, as owners of Allison's Pharmacy in Goldendale. Edward was killed in action on January 10, 1945 while serving in the US Navy during WWII, when he was involved in a successful effort to save his ship from the Japanese attackers when they were in Philippine waters. He posthumously was awared the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Lt. Edward C. Allison was buried in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines. His widow Carolita married Don M. Davis on August 19, 1947 in Klickitat County. She passed away at the age of 87 in Lacey, WA on May 26, 2001.
[Researcher Sources & Notes: Newspaper Stories (link above); WA State Digital Archives (Marriage Records); (1920, 1930, 1940 US Censuses; US Army Enlistment Records) - *Discrepancy Note re birth date: WA Births 1907-1919 list his birthdate as August 24, 1912; WA Births 1883-1935 cite it as June 26, 1912. The newspaper reports of his death cited it as August 8, 1912. Edward's Findagrave Memorial lists it as June 26, and therefore, that is the date that we utilized here, recognizing that a discrepancy exists.]
Brown, Robert Dyer 04-05-1924 06-06-1944 Paratrooper Brown Killed in France on Invasion Day (link by Jeffrey Elmer)   Funeral Set For War Dead, Home From Overseas (Column 6)   Private Robert Dyer Brown was born on April 5, 1924 to Dr. and Mrs. Dyer W. Brown. He was killed on June 6, 1944 - "D" Day in Normandy, France as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division. This Klickitat County hero's remains were repatriated home to White Salmon in 1948, and he was buried on May 14, 1948.
Smith, Harry Lee   10-26-1944
Harry Smith Killed in Action (column 1)   Detail of Death of Harry Lee Smith   (column 5)   Harry Lee Smith (son of Amanda Ella [Wylie] and Jefferson Davis "Ren" Smith and born and raised in Klickitat County) died on October 26, 1944 as the result of enemy action when a bomb hit the ship he was on "during the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines Island's." There is a Memorial for BM2 Harry L Smith in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Philippines.
Wren Smith receivedthe purple heart which was awarded his son
(column 3)   The community was saddened (column 1)
Trowbridge, James F. about 1924 12-01-1944
Memorial Services Held at Church for Jimmy Trowbridge (column 2)   Trowbridge Burial is in Holland (column 3)   James Trowbridge was killed in action on December 1, 1944 in Germany. He was serving in the 333rd Infantry 84th Division. Private Trowbridge was awarded the Purple Heart Medal (awarded posthumously). He is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial cemetery in Margraten, Limburg, Netherlands. james' parents were Buelah Mary [Frizzell] and Dr. Willis Chester Trowbridge. They are buried in the IOOF Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale.
Jeffrey Elmer's summary of stories on Jim Trowbridge
White, Eugene Albert 09-08-1921 01-22-1944 News Reports of Eugene's Death (Link and Research by Jeffrey L. Elmer)   *Last Rites   Pvt Eugene Albert White was born to Anna Eliza [Garrison-Ellsworth] and Albert O. White on September 8, 1921. He enlisted in the US Army on October 7, 1942, serving in the Air Transport Command. Albert died from heart pneumonia while in the service of his country during World War II. (Legion)
[Researcher Sources: Findagrave Memorial; (1930 & 1940 US Censuses; US Headstone Applications for Military Veterans) - *Note: The newspaper masthead for the article on Last Rites is incorrect. The newspaper's issue date is October 28, 1948.]

The following is dedicated to those who served, were injured, and who suffered ultimately lethal consequences due to their military service

Name Birth Death Notes
Akin, Irvin(g) Grant 01-11-1893 04-12-1922 Military Honors Given Remains (Research & Link by Jeffrey Elmer)   Irving Grant Akin was born on January 11, 1893 in Boyceville, Dunn, Wisconsin to Hettie Ann [Sly] and Grant Akin. The Akin family came to Klickitat County while Irving was still a young boy. He married Lottie Iris Rhines in Vancouver, Clark, WA on November 8, 1913. Irving served in the US Army from August 1918 to January 1919 where his health was compromised by the training camps, and he never recovered from the effects. He died at the age of 27 on April 12, 1922 in Coachella, Riverside County, California. [According to Jeffrey Elmer's Research linked above] The Coachella Valley Submarine, Friday, April 21: "Akin was in the service during the late war and sacrificed his life as truly as if he had fallen on the battlefield." Irvin(g) is buried in the White Salmon IOOF (West Klickitat District 01) Cemetery.   (Irving's widow Lottie was remarried to Orval W. Zumwalt in 1923. She is buried in the Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, WA, and is listed on this page in the "Out of Area" burials.)   [Researcher Sources: Newspapers as linked above by Jeffrey Elmer; (WWI Draft Registration; WWI Civilian Draft Registrations; 1900, 1910, 1920 US Censuses; CA Death Index; WA State Certificate of Marriage, County of Clark; Wisconsin Births 1820-1907; Wisconsin Births & Christenings Index 1826-1908) -- *Note: Almost all documents cited his name as Irving Akin, which is how he signed it on his WWI Draft Registration.]
Drury, John Theron 08-22-1922 05-23-1953
Pfc. John T. Drury Missing In Action In Germany Dec. 14 (column 6) A telegram from the war department was received by his parents, Hazel Mae [Ingraham] and John R. Drury. Pfc. Drury had gone overseas in August, first going to England and later to Belgium. He had been in Germany at the front for three weeks before being declared missing...He was with the 310th infantry..." John P. Drury is Prisoner of War (column 2). After being a prisoner of war for nearly six months Drury Home from German P.W. Camp (column 5).   John Drury never recovered from the trauma of war and suffering beatings and starvation as a prisoner of war: WWII POW Shoots Self. John had gone to war as a very young man, and as the newspaper report of his death stated: "As surely as if his German Captors had killed him, John T. Drury, 30, of Goldendale was found dead with a bullet in his forehead." The war may have ended, but for John it never ended. (John is buried in the IOOF Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale - Legion)
Hartz, Henry Christian 03-18-1891 12-15-1925 Casualty List   Obit 1 Link   Obit 2 Link   Henry Christian Hartz was born March 18, 1891 to Mr. and Mrs. James Hartz at Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, but became a naturalized citizen of the United States after immigrating with his family about 1893. Henry's injuries during WWI in France in 1918 kept him hospitalized, and he would eventually succumb to pneumonia on December 15, 1925. Henry died in the VA hospital at American Lake. [Note: American Lake is located near Tacoma at Fort Lewis]
[Researcher Sources: Henry's Obituary; Newspaper Casualty List; (WWI Draft Registration; 1910 & 1920 US Censuses)]

The following is dedicated to those who served and died while in the service to the United States, but whose deaths were non-combat related.

Name Birth Death Notes
House, Ernest Leroy (Jr) 12-21-1958 11-24-1996 Ernest Leroy House Jr   US Fallen Warriors   Petty Officer First Class Ernest Leroy House, Jr was born December 21, 1958 to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest "Ernie" Leroy House. He was a 1976 graduate of Goldendale High School. "Roy" was married on May 12, 1979 in Goldendale to Marsha L. Bartlett. He died in an accident (a non-hostile incident) in the United States while serving with the US Navy on November 24, 1996. He is buried in the IOOF Mountain View Cemetery in Goldendale.
[Researcher Sources: WA Death Index; US Soc Sec Death Index; see 25 years ago (2nd paragraph); MMI Roy House (column 5)]