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Samuel H. Rainey

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Branch: AIR FORCE Rank: Corporal Outfit: 15th Air Force, 98th Bombardment Wing, 345th Bombardment Squadron
On the evening of March 28, 1952, Mount Ephraim resident Corporal Samuel H. Rainey lost his life while on a bombing mission during the Korean War. "Sam" was born on January 23, 1933 in Philadelphia, PA to parents Abraham and Margaret Rainey. Younger brother John “Jack” was born 2 years later. Samuel's parents emigrated from Randalstown area, Antrim County in Northern Ireland to Philadelphia in 1929, where the family lived until moving to Mount Ephraim some time prior to April 1950. The Rainey family lived at the corner of Fourth Avenue and N. Black Horse Pike, where they operated a small grocery store, known as the Quaker Store. Sam joined the U.S. Air Force in July 1950 after convincing his parents to allow him to enlist early at the age of 17. After completing basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio Texas in August 1950, he went on to aerial gunnery …

Jerry J. Giordano

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Branch: ARMY Rank: Private First Class Outfit: 4th Infantry Div, 12th Infantry Reg, Co. “K”
Jerry was born Gennaro J. Giordano on November 7, 1917 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania to Italian immigrant parents, Pasquale and Rosina “Rose” Giordano. Jerry was the eldest child of Giordano family. His siblings were Angelo born in 1918, Frank born in 1920, Nicholas born in 1922, and Charles who was born in 1923 but died from diphtheria at 9 months old. The family lived at 1839 Morris Street by 1920 and later at 1733 Cleveland Street. Both address are located in the Point Breeze section of Philadelphia.  According to the 1930 Census, the Giordano family had moved to 57 West Kings Highway in Mt. Ephraim (presently the office of Kingsgate Realty). All of the children were attending school and Pasquale was working at a company that manufactured gas stoves. By 1940, Jerry had left school after attending 7th grade and was working in sales for the stove manufacturer that his father and now his brother Ang…

Robert A. Dixon

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Branch: ARMY Rank: Private Outfit: 3rd Infantry Div, 15th Infantry Reg, Co. “C”
Robert was born on August 2nd,1909 in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania to parents Albert and Mary Dixon. Port Carbon is a coal mining town located in Schuylkill County, 80 miles from Mt. Ephraim. Robert had a twin brother Richard, who died of pneumonia at the age of 2. He also had several half brothers: Arthur, Leo, William and Jerome. He attended school up to the 7th grade and by the age of 19, he moved out on his own, working as a laborer for the railroad but still residing in Port Carbon. By early 1940, Robert moved to Muncy Creek Township, which is situated a few miles east of Williamsport, PA., where he worked for a lumber company.  On August 28, 1940, Robert enlisted into the Army at Harrisburg, PA. After his basic training, he was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment. He could have been under the command of then Lt. Colonel Dwight D. Eisenhower, who headed the 1st Battalion of the 15th…

Willibold A. Stefan

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Branch: ARMY Rank: Private Outfit: 36th Infantry Div, 141st Infantry Reg, Co. “L”
Willibold A. Stefan “Willy” was born in 1913 to parents Adam and Marie Stefan in Neumarkt, Czechoslovakia, now known as Úterý, Czech Republic. This town is located 60 miles east of the city of Prague. While in Czechoslovakia, he attended school up to end of 8th grade.  On December 11, 1930, Marie, Willy, and his brothers Joseph, John and Rudolph left their home and came to the United States aboard the SS Albert Ballin. This passenger ship departed from Hamburg, Germany and arrived in New York City on December 20, 1930. From there they traveled to Mt. Ephraim to reunite with father, Adam who had emigrated here in November of 1923. Adam got a job working for the Hinde and Dauch Paper Company located on Jersey Avenue in Gloucester City. With the wages he earned, he was able to purchase a house at 132 Baird Avenue. I unfortunately do not have much information about Willibold's life prior to the war, but his …