John G. Cornwell November 14, 1923 August 30, 1945 Son of Irvin and Lula Cornwell Dallas Morning News, July 17, 1949, page 8, John Cornwell to be reburied at Waxahachie Special to the News Waxahachie, Texas, July 16, Reburial services for First Lt. John G. Cornwell, 21, who lost his life in a plane crash in Japan August 30, 1945. Lieutenant Cornwell, a graduate of Waxahachie High School, was a student at the University of Texas when he entered the Air Corps April 6, 1943. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. In high school he was co-captain of the football team. He was killed when he volunteered for a mercy flight transporting supplies to American prisoners of war on the island of Kyushu. He had completed fifteen missions as a B-29 pilot when the war ended. He had been awarded the Air Medal, a Presidential Citation and the Purple Heart. Funeral Services were conducted by Dr. Joseph Boone of Tuscaloosa Alabama, and Dr. C. E. Colton of the First Baptist Church of Waxahachie. Burial followed in the Waxahachie City Cemetery. Survivors were his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Irvin Cornwell of Waxahachie; a sister Mrs. Kenneth (Jane) Tudor of Abilene; an aunt, Mrs. Leonard (Emily) Keplinger, and an uncle Oscar K. McElheny of Dallas, and Aunt Mrs. W. T. (Lois) McNeill of Beaumont. Burial: Waxahachie City Cemetery Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas.
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