|Photo courtesy of TulsaWorld.com|
Over 250 letters addressed to Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Harvill of Drumright Oklahamo (Eural and Robert's parents) had been carefully stored inside the box. Ms. Gilliland hopes to find a family member so she can send the letters home.
Those who read my blog know how passionate I am about military history and returning soldier's ephemera and memorabilia to family members. So of course I jumped on this after my friend Lisa Haas directed me to the story.
I found a man in the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) on Ancestry.com who is probably Eural, the WW2 soldier. He was born in 1927 in Oklahoma and died in 1980
|Birth:||14 May 1927|
|Other:||Nashville, Davidson, Tennessee, United States of America|
There is also this listing in U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
|Name:||Eural D Harvill|
|Race:||White, citizen (White)|
|Nativity State or Country:||Oklahoma|
|State of Residence:||Oklahoma|
|County or City:||Creek|
|Enlistment Date:||6 Feb 1946|
|Enlistment City:||Fort Ord|
Best of all is the 1930 census record found on Ancestry.com for 2 year old Dale Harvill (note Eural's middle initial above) living in Drumwright, Creek Co. Oklahoma with parents Eural and Josephine Harvill.... and brother Robert D. age 7.
The 1940 census for Drumwright Oklahoma shows Eural and Josephine (misindexed on Ancestry.com as HOWELL) living at 301 Maple St with their sons Dale(12) and Donald (17). So we now know the full names of the brothers (Robert Donald Harvill and Eural Dale Harvill) and there do not appear to be any other siblings.
Here is Robert's information from U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
|Birth Date:||13 Nov 1922|
|Death Date:||5 Mar 1990|
|Enlistment Date 1:||16 Sep 1940|
|Release Date 1:||6 Dec 1945|
and here is his brother Eural's information from the same source
|Birth Date:||14 May 1927|
|Death Date:||11 Aug 1980|
|Enlistment Date 1:||25 Jul 1945|
|Release Date 1:||5 Feb 1946|
The question is - did either of the brothers marry? Did they have children? If anyone knows anything about this family or wants to join in the hunt for descendants or other family members please leave a comment on this blog post or write me privately at olivetreegenealogyATgmail.com (replace AT with @)
UPDATE: Please see Update on WW2 American Soldiers Letters Found
Read more about these WW2 letters at Yahoo News and Tulsa World