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Verlin Elwood DOUCE, 37753902, 128th Infantry Co. B, 32 Inf. Division was born on the DOUCE farm northwest of Haddam, KS, July 18, 1924 and
was killed in action on May 10, 1945 at the age of twenty years, nine months and twenty-two days.

Verlin graduated from Horseshoe rural school. He is the third graduate from Horseshoe to lose his life in
World War II. His schoolmates, Vernon KAUFMAN and Cleo CLINE also made the supreme sacrifice.

In 1941 Verlin graduated from Haddam Rural High
School (probably will find his photo in the front hall of the school). The following year he returned as a post-graduate-student.

He taught one term of school. Later he helped with the farming at home until his entry into the service of his country, Oct 13, 1944. After his training at Camp Fannin, TX, Verlin returned home for his only furlough Feb 13, 1945.

He was sent to Fort Ord, CA, Feb 23, 1945 and left for duty in the Pacific early in March. On May 10, 1945 less than seven months after his entry into service, Verlin was killed by a sniper's bullet while in combat on Luzon. The Purple Heart was awarded posthumously.

In his early teens Verlin publicly confessed his faith in Jesus Christ and was accepted at a member of the Methodist Church of Haddam.

Verlin is survived by his parents, Jay and Elva DOUCE; two sisters, Mrs. Lois RYSER and Mrs. Arva SHUM, both of Haddam; one brother, Wayne of the home; one aunt, Mrs. John STRNAD of Haddam; an uncle, W T DOUCE of Lawrence, KS other relatives and friends.

He set aside his future plans. His every youthful hope and dream, He visioned all mankind his friends And gave for the gift supreme.

Transcribed and Contributed by Delores Raines

Last Updated:  Tuesday, December 18, 2001 20:27:22

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