The body of Pfc. Eugene Edmond Perkins, 26, will arrive here at 12:45 p.m. Friday, via the Katy train from the quartermasters' depot, Chicago, Ill. Pfc. Perkins, killed in action in Germany, Feb. 9, 1945, was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard F. Perkins, of Noxie, whose address is Wann, Route 1.
Perkins was born Oct. 3, 1918, at Mattoon, Ill., and came to this vicinity at an early age with his parents. He attended Coffeyville schools and Oakdale district school near Noxie.
He enlisted at Bartlesville, Oct. 3, 1940, spending nine months in the States in various training centers. Perkins then was sent to Kodiak, Alaska, where he served in the army until March, 1944.
He returned to the States and after additional specialized training, was sent from New York to Germany Oct. 29, 1944. He was with the Fourth division of the Eighth infantry, Company L.
The soldier was awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Service medal and the Purple Heart. He was buried temporarily at Neuville-en-Condroz, Belgium.
Survivors other than his parents, are four brothers, Ralph A., whose home address is Route 1, Coffeyville, but who now is employed at Marcus Hook, Pa., Stanley A., Wann, Route 1, Jack T., of the home who formerly was in the infantry and was discharged in August, 1946, and Charles W. of the home; two grandmothers, Mrs. Viola Shook, Mattoon, Ill., and Mrs. Margaret E. Perkins, West Coffeyville.
The body will be taken to the Ford funeral home. Complete service arrangements will be announced later. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Coffeyville VFW post No. 1022, and burial will be in Robbins cemetery.
|Contributed by Vivian Brinker|