Hamilton County

Lt. William H. Jaycox




Lt. Jaycox Felt Like A Sieve!

First Lt. W. H. Jaycox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Guy C. Jaycox of Kamrar, suffered 26 wounds when hit by a burst from a German 40-millimeter shell in fierce fighting in France, he has just written his parents.

In charge of supplies in the front lines, the Kamrar serviceman wrote: “Had a little hard luck a while back—26 holes in my carcass. None very bad, but I leaked like a sieve. At least I got the ones that threw it at me. It was a Jerry 40-mm. and was too close.”

Lieutenant Jaycox added, “Keep us moving pretty fast now and get into a few hot spots, too. I’ve lost lots of equipment and quite a few of my boys, but we still keep going.”

The letter from France was not dated. At the close he declared that he was “nearly as good as new.”

Lieutenant Jaycox has been in the service for three years.

Source: Daily Freeman Journal, Webster City, IA - Aug. 17, 1944 (photo included)

William Hammond Jaycox was born Oct. 9, 1906 to Guy Cornelius and Helen Mary Hammond Jaycox. He died Dec. 8, 1978 and is buried in McCord Cemetery, Elkins, AR.

Capt. Jaycox served with the U.S. Army in World War II.

Source: ancestry.com