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JOHN G. CORNWELL

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JOHN G. CORNWELL In Memoriam
JOHN G. CORNWELL Burial: Waxahachie City Cemetery Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas USA Birth: November 14, 1923 Death: August 30, 1945 Son of Irvin and Lula Cornwell Dallas Morning News, July 17, 1949, page 8 John Cornwell to be reburied at Waxahachie, Texas. Reburial services for First Lt. John G. Cornwell, 21, who lost his life as his B-29 crashed 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 after he volunteered for mercy flights transporting and air dropping 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. Soon after John's death, his father procured an oil painting depicting a Palomino Stallion on a cliff with a Texas Blue Northern approaching. The artist, little known at the time, was P. Salinas. The scene graced the Delta Tau House for many decades, replaced by a similarly dramatic composition by Paul W. Sansome. That, with several cousins, is his only legacy. "They were Airmen once, and young."
Published in Austin American-Statesman from June 6 to June 7, 2014
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