Monday, May 25, 2015

Death of PFC Leland Cloud 1944

Remember our Veterans

1944: Funeral services Sunday for PFC Leland Cloud

Funeral services for PFC Leland Cloud were held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the Free Methodist Church. PFC Cloud, 32, died Thursday evening at 7:30 (1944)  as a result of burns received Monday in a gasoline explosion at Courtland Air Base Alabama, where he was stationed.

The body was brought back to Sumner, accompanied by soldiers from Courtland who worked with him.

PFC Cloud enlisted in the AAF November, 1942 at Scott Field. He returned to George Field in December, that year, was transferred to Seymour Johnson field, North Carolina in January ’43,
returning to George Field in November 1943. Recently he had been transferred to the  Alabama base.

Army friends of Cloud who had been stationed at George Field and transferred to Courtland served as pallbearers for the  final rites. A huge crowd attended the services which were conducted by Rev. WT Phillips of Harvey, assisted by Rev. I L Hawf and Rev. Carl Sewell. Burial was in the Sumner City cemetery.

Survivors include the widow, the former Miss Bernadine Allen of Lawrenceville, a baby daughter, his parents Mr. and Mrs. Everett  Cloud, and a sister by adoption, Molly.