Monday, August 29, 2016

PFC Raymond Jackson Pauley

PFC Raymond Jackson Pauley was 23 Oct 1917 in Lincoln County, West Virginia. He was the 4th of 5 children born to Willie Edward and Bertha May (Miller) Pauley.The family farmed until some time in the 1930-1935 period when they moved to Huntington, West Virginia and then to Charleston, West Virginia. In 1940 they were living at 709½ Virginia Street in Charleston which they rented for $20 a month. Everyone was working, Willie as a roofer, Bertha as a waitress, and the sons as roofers. The 1939 household income for the 7 adults was reportedly $5340.

Raymond was still working as a roofer when he was drafted in October 1943. Sent to the European theater after completing his basic military training, he was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944. PFC Pauley was wounded on 16 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit via the replacement depot on 22 Aug 1944. PFC Pauley was killed in action on 29 Aug 1944 at the beginning of the unit's attack on Brest.

PFC Pauley was repatriated in 1949 and re-interred in the Forks of Coal Cemetery in Alum Creek, West Virginia.

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