Discover your inside story. Save 20% on Ancestry DNA April 21-26

May 14, 2013

WW 2 American Soldier Letters - May Have Found Sons

WW 2 American Soldier Letters - May Have Found Sons
From Olive Tree Genealogy blog readers we have some exciting finds re the Harvill brothers whose WW2 letters were found in an antique hatbox. This is a good time for other readers to jump in and lend a hand. I think we're close to sending the letters home!

For those not familiar with this case, please see two previous blog posts

Looking for Family for World War II American Soldiers' Letters Found in Hatbox

Update on WW2 American Soldiers Letters Found

Here is what readers have found:

Death Notice for Eural Dale Harvill

Anyone with access to this newspaper could help by looking up the full entry and sending it to (change AT to @)

Death notice for the younger Harvill brother, Eural Dale Harvill, apparently was published in the 13 Aug 1980 issue of the Nashville (Tennessee) Tennessean newspaper. (Info from the Nashville Public Library Obituaries database

From US military records (VA records) for the older brother, Robert Donald Harvill, he passed away passed away at Wichita, Kansas, 5 Mar 1990.
[From jdelauche]

From Donna Bailey

Name: Robt D Harvill
Gender: M (Male)
Residence Year: 1954
Street Address: 450 N Mkt
Residence Place: Wichita, Kansas
Occupation: Carp
Spouse: Jean Harvill 
Publication Title: Wichita, Kansas, City Directory, 1954

And possibly brother Eural Dale and wife
Name: Laura Harvill
Gender: F (Female)
Residence Year: 1959
Street Address: 218 Stainback av
Residence Place: Nashville, Tennessee
Spouse: Dale E Harvill 
Publication Title: Nashville, Tennessee, City Directory, 1959

Lorine's Note: Donna also found evidence that Eural and Laura had a son named Patrick Harvill and he was at one time living in Nashville Tennessee

From  Donna Bailey & Susan Yep the obit of Jean Harvill wife of Robert Duncan Harvill

This seems like a good lead if we can find the two sons mentioned below

Deceased Name: JEAN M. HARVILL

JEAN M. HARVILL , 75, of 1319 Seville, homemaker, died Wednesday, May 10, 1989. Service 1 p.m. Saturday, North Cemetery, Drumright , Okla. Survivors: husband, Robert; sons, David R. Layland, Robert J. Adame, both of Wichita; brothers, Peter Murphy of Pennsylvania, John Thornton, Sonny Thornton, both of New York City; sisters, Helen Long, Mary Thornton, Kate Thornton, all of New York City; six grandchildren. De Vorss Flanagan-Hunt Mortuary.
Wichita Eagle, The (KS)
Date: May 11, 1989
Page: 9A
Record Number: 8901180596


Anonymous said...

Mariann Regan said...

You are a good person to do this research for the family. I don't have time to participate, but I do follow the story with interest!