Doddridge County Roots

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Wetzel Camden KIMBALL

Male 1917 - 1944  (27 years)


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  • Name Wetzel Camden KIMBALL 
    Born 16 Jul 1917  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1930  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1940  Cove District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Listed as a lodger in the household of Thurman & Nannie (Simpson) Spurgeon.
    Education Doddridge Co HS (1936), Potomac State College, Salem College  [2
    Occupation War Production Board, Washington DC  [2
    Occupation 1940  [3
    school teacher 
    Military S/Sgt, tailgunner, 9th Army Air Force, WW II, Europe (KIA, DFC, Air Medal, Purple Heart)  [4
    Died 25 Nov 1944  France Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • over La Neuville
    Buried Hollywood Cemetery, Jackson, Madison Co, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Reburial in Nov 1948.
    Notes 
    • A graduate of Doddridge County High School, Wetzel C. Kimball attended Potomac State College for two years and Salem College for one year. Prior to entering the Army, Wetzel Kimball worked for Cove Valley Block Co, Rice Electric Co, the War Production Board in Washington DC, and had been an elementary school teacher in Doddridge County. His military training included Power Turret School at Lowry Field in Denver, Colorado, and Aerial Gunnery School at Tyndall Field, Panama City, Florida, graduating as a Power Turret & Gunsight Specialist.

      He was assigned to the 8th Air Support Command, England, and the 9th Air Force in England and France, classified as an armorer-gunner and serving as a tail gunner on a B-26 Martin M Marauder, dubbed "Five by Fives," one of the Flying Stripe Group. On Nov 25, 1944, he was killed in action over La Neuville, France. He had completed seventy combat missions in the European Theater of Operations. Awards included the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart. At the time of his death, two brothers, Coy and David, had been prisoners of the Japanese since the fall of Corregidor. [2, 6]
    Person ID I79451  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2016 

    Father Coleman Ervin KIMBALL,   b. 9 Jun 1895, Tyler Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Oct 1973  (Age 78 years) 
    Mother Mllee DAVIS,   b. 24 Oct 1884,   d. 5 Oct 1964  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 12 Apr 1916  Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F23844  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Camille OWEN,   b. 21 Aug 1915, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 2002, Charleston, Charleston Co, SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 25 Apr 1943  Bay Co, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F34006  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Jul 1917 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    S/Sgt Wetzel C. Kimball
    S/Sgt Wetzel C. Kimball
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    79451_KIMBALL_Wetzel_MemorialPlaque.jpg
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    79451_WetzelCKimball_USArmyAirForce_WW2_Portrait.jpg
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    Documents
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2569] West Virginia Births Index, 1853-1969 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com).

    2. [S2582] West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives Database, (http://www.wvculture.org/history/wvmemory/wvvetmem.html).

    3. [S2636] 1940 Census, Doddridge County, WV (Cove District).

    4. [S2596] World War II Prisoners of War, 1941-1946 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com and National Archives).

    5. [S934] Findagrave.com.

    6. [S14] Obituary.

    7. [S2443] Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001 [database on-line], (Ancestry.com and Florida Dept of Health).

    8. [S110] Obituary of husband.