Monday, December 5, 2016

PVT Leonard Ray Shaw

PVT Leonard Ray Shaw was born in 1912 in Crawford County, Indiana, youngest child and only son of George Quimby and Sarah Ella (Pierson) Shaw.  He married Dorothy L Moore about 1936 and was the father of George Ray, Betty Frances and Bonnie Fern. In 1940 Leonard was working as a farm hand, probably for Howard Davis of Adams, Indiana.

Leonard was drafted in April 1944 and first assigned to C Company, 116th Infantry 28 Oct 1944 and killed in action on 5 Dec 1944.
  I'm at a loss to understand why he was drafted as farmers and farm labor was exempted.  I suppose his employment must have changed but he is noted at being farm labor.  Leonard and Dorothy had 6 grandchildren and at least 6 great-grandchildren. Dorothy never remarried and died in 1990,  They now rest side by side in Mechanicsburg Cemetery in Mechanicsburg, Indiana.

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