Friday, November 18, 2016

PFC Lester Hawthorne

courtesy Gary W. Adams
PFC Lester Hawthorne was born in 1920 in Jasper County, Texas to Johnnie Clayburne and Mary Ella (Wilkinson) Hawthorne.  The family farmed.  In 1940 Lester was at a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. 

Lester was working as a pattern maker and was married to Elsie Sue Sheffield when he was drafted in August 1943.  By the time he was transferred from the replacement depot to B Company 116th Infantry he had attained the rank of PFC.  Lester was wounded on 3 Aug 1944 and evacuated to the hospital.  He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 5 Sep 1944.  PFC Hawthorne was killed in action on 18 Nov 1944. 

courtesy of Joy
PFC Hawthorne was repatriated and buried in Friendship Cemetery in Roganville, Texas.  There is a street named for him, Lester Hawthorne Street, in Kirbyville, Texas. His wife re-married, there were no children by either marriage.

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