Doddridge County Roots

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Roy Sylvester UNDERWOOD

Male 1919 - 1943  (24 years)


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  • Name Roy Sylvester UNDERWOOD 
    Born 16 Feb 1919  West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1920, 1930  West Union District, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation American Welding Co, Warren Ohio  [2
    Military ENLISTED 11/24/1942  [2, 3
    Cpl, U.S. Army, World War II 
    Died 28 Dec 1943  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cause: drowned when trying to rescue crew of crashed plane 
    Buried Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery, Crystal Lake (West Union), WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 4
    • Reburial in Jan 1949.
    Notes 
    • Military news item:

      "Corp. Roy S. Underwood, 25, who has been serving with the Army Air Corps in the European theater, died December 28th, 1943, as a result of drowning in an attempt to rescue crew members of a plane which crashed into the sea near Watergate Beach, England, according to word received by his widow, Mrs. Regina Swisher Underwood, and his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Underwood, both of West Union, from the War Dept.

      "A son of the late Clay Underwood of West Union, Corp. Underwood attended Doddridge County High School, and was employed in airplane factory work in Ohio before entering the service. He received technical training at Seymour Johnson Field, Goldsboro, N.C., before going overseas several months ago. He had one brother, First Sgt. James Underwood, the first volunteer to enlist in the Army from Doddridge County, now serving overseas.

      "Survivors include his widow and his mother; two sisters, Mrs. Elaine Gragg of Columbus, Ohio, and Ada Ellen at home.

      "Underwood was a nephew of Mrs. Harry Brown of Spring Ave. and Mrs. Luella Smith of the Fordyce Bldg, Clarksburg."
    Person ID I79529  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 25 Nov 2015 

    Father Clay UNDERWOOD,   b. 30 Jul 1892, Wilbur, Tyler Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Apr 1940, Los Angeles Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Mother Mary Gertrude ZEIGLER,   b. 16 Aug 1895, Canton, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Sep 1990  (Age 95 years) 
    Family ID F34024  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Regina "Genie" SWISHER,   b. 9 Sep 1922, Avon, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jan 1986, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Family ID F34026  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Feb 1919 - West Union, Doddridge Co, WV Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Masonic Memorial Park Cemetery, Crystal Lake (West Union), WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Roy S. Underwood, US Army
    Roy S. Underwood, US Army

  • 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. [S2512] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, (Ancestry.com and National Archives & Records Administration).

    4. [S1793] West Union WV Cemeteries (Doddridge County), (Wes Cochran, 2515 10th Ave, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (July 1990)).