Eugene Gore Truman "T.L." Gore Leroy Gore
Madison Hancock Earl Dean Gore David McGinty Lawrence "Bill" Gore
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GORE FAMILY
By Roberta Holt Kipper '69
As I think to Veteran's Day, 2018, I've given a lot of thought to the word sacrifice. More than just sacrifice, but that saying I've heard my entire life, as I was born shortly after WWII and at the start of the Korean War. You know the saying... "All sacrificed some, but some sacrificed all." Over the years I have made a lot of friends with our older veterans. They are very special in my eyes. My dad and his two brothers were among those special veterans.
100 years ago on November 11th at 11 AM, 1918, World War I ended. It is hard to imagine the horror of that trench warfare. Over 117,000 American lives were lost in that "war to end all wars." Northeast was only 4 ears old, and I have been unable to find if any Vikings were lost in that war. Over 407,000 American lives were lost in WWII and I do know that we have records for 105 Vikings that died in that war. We recently discovered two previously unknown Vikings who were killed, and I'm sure there are others we'll never know about.
Over the years I have made a lot of friends with our older veterans. They are very special in my eyes. My dad and his two brothers were among those special veterans.
Among our Northeast Vets, two stand out, as they have enriched my life and understanding of sacrifice and service beyond measure. My friend Ace Astry, a 1933 graduate, VIDEO and Lawrence (Bill) Gore, class of 1944. His family had 23 members who served in WWII. Mr. Gore collected their stories and photos in 1999, and has shared with me those of seven: his brother Truman, five cousins, and himself, all Northeast graduates or attendees. Eugene, Leroy and Dean Gore were also brothers. Mr. Gore is now the last survivor of his family's 23 WWII veterans.
Mr. Gore's family members who served in WWII were not high ranking officers, but common boots on the ground, troops or sailors. They served Uncle Sam and the American people, with valor and honor. Some served state-side and some abroad which was probably true for most families. Eight served in combat zones. Two cousins by marriage stood out. George Maxon was killed in Belgium. His brother Bill was awarded the Sivler Star for his actions in the Phillipines.
Several family members were being staged for the invasion of Japan when the war ended. It's clear that the dropping of the atom bombs probably saved the lives of many of Mr. Gore's family, and the lives of hundreds of thousands of other servicemen.
All the servicemen of this family came home alive, except one. George Maxon sacrificed all.
Eugene Gore In Foxhole
Battle Of The Bulge
Truman "T.L." Gore
On the 4th of April they were ordered to stop near the west bank of the
Elbe. This allowed the Soviet troops to advance and to capture
Berlin. They were then assigned to patrolling and mopping up the
fragments of the SS and other German troops hiding in the Hartz
Mountains, until VE Day in May of 1945.
The division was engaged in building bridges in Central Germany in the month of June and then went to Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. In July the division was disbanded and he was reassigned to the 20th Engineering Combat Battalion. There he was promoted to Sergeant and squad leader. They then began training and preparation for transfer to the Pacific Theater. T.L. said, "I was attending a GI Olympics in the Nuremburg stadium, along with 10,000 other GI's and General Patton, when the PA announcer broke in to say the Japanese had sued for Peace. Except for Patton, we all jumped about 10 feet in the air, cheering at the tops of our voices. As squad leader in an outfit that had already suffered very heavy casualties in the landings in North African, Sicily, and Normandy, and all across Europe. I would have been unlikely to survive the upcoming invasion of Japan."
Madison graduated from Northeast in 1942. He joined the Navy in March of 1943 and was sent to Farragut, ID for boot camp and training. He was sent to Attu in the Aleutian Islands, now part of the United States. He was there for 18 months in the supply depot before returning home on leave.
Earl Dean Gore
Dean attended Northeast and would have
been part of the class of 1945, but he chose to leave school in
1944, shortly after turning 17, and enlist in the Navy. He attended
basic training at Great Lakes Training Center in early 1945. He was
then assigned to the 114th Naval Construction Battalion (the
"Seabees") and finished his training in Davisville, RI in the
spring. He said "I'm sure I was drafted into the C.B.'s because of
my age. They needed grunts or laborers." Their mission was to supply
the trades, such as carpentry, plumbing, electrical, etc., with an
emphasis on heavy equipment operations.
His unit was sent to Pier 91 in Seattle for advanced training and in May of 1945 it was scattered throughout the Aleutian Islands off the coast of Alaska. He was stationed at Attu where they "built a lot of airstrips, bridges, garages, hangars and beer halls. I got to play a lot of ball, up and down the island chain, weather permitting." He says, "I ended up maintaining the upkeep of the dock, running steam winches, loading and unloading ships." He was promoted to Boatswain Mate 3 RD Class and was made Master of Arms of the docks "The duty was not all that exciting. But it was an experience, I'll never forget." He was discharged at Lambert Field, St Louis in 1946. Dean worked for Standard Oil in Sugar Creek until 1959. He then attended Warrensburg State Teacher's College, and then worked for Vendo in MO, TX, MS, CA and AR until 1992.
David graduated from Northeast in
1945. He became enthused with flying for the Navy while reading
as a child. In July, 1945 he got his chance. He had the
opportunity to enlist in the Navy V-5 program for potential
pilots. He was first sent to Great Lakes Training Center in
Illinois for orientation, then to KSTC in Pittsburg, KS for
classes. His was in one of the last V-5 units, which was
comprised of mostly Navy vets from carriers or NAS bases. "The
studies were a breeze, but the physical training wasn't and the
obstacle course nearly did me in."
In mid-1946 he got to observe advanced pilot training at Corpus Christi, TX, which fueled his excitement for flying. His unit was transferred to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. There they were integrated with V-12 cadets. "It was culture shock for a Midwesterner. We were not appreciated. Classes were even tougher and very large. Fortunately the physical training was easier."
Lawrence "Bill" Gore
Bill graduated from Northeast in 1944. He
started pre-engineering studies at KCJC that fall.
Because of his ROTC training, he expected join the Army. But he wanted to fly, and Army flying programs were full, so he enlisted in the Navy as a Combat Aircrewman in
April 1945. He hoped to be assigned to a carrier-based dive bomber in the final battles.
He had boot camp in Memphis, TN, and elected to train as an aviation radioman/gunner. The war ended with the dropping of the A-bombs, but his training continued. He
completed aviation radio school at Memphis as a Seaman First Class in January, 1946. He went to Jacksonville, FL for aviation gunnery school. At the completion of that course in March, 1946 the program was halted. He was given the choice to join the regular Navy, or exit the program and be prepared for discharge. He chose the later. He was sent to Atlantic City NAS, which was a base for anti-submarine patrol bombers, and was assigned to the communications office. He never got to fly, and was discharged in July, 1946.
Bill graduated from KU in 1949 as an aeronautical engineer. He worked 25 years for Boeing, and in other aircraft, missile and space programs until 1990 He now lives near Seattle, WA.
THE HOME FRONT
I wish for all of our Vikings Veterans a
day of peace, honor and recognition. You deserve not only
our thanks, but our gratitude for a "job well done." You are
the reason we are "the land of the free." I too know that
many of you are humble and dislike the attention. Please
bear with us this one day of the year.
We would be remiss in talking about sacrifice, if we didn't mention our families at home. WWII in particular was "all out," and families sacrificed everything fighting the tyranny abroad. There was strict rationing of gasoline and food. Products made of steel, aluminum, rubber, etc. sacrificed to build war goods. Families planted Victory Gardens, woman sacrificed nylons and painted seems on their legs. Woman went to work in defense factories and kept the home fires burning brightly. Here at Northeast the classes of the 40's gathered scrap metal, pennies , oil, just about anything they could find to gather funds to buy a landing craft that was christened the " Viking."
I wish for all of our Vikings Veterans a day of peace, honor and recognition. You deserve not only our thanks, but our gratitude for a "job well done." You are the reason we are "the land of the free." I too know that many of you are humble and dislike the attention. Please bear with us this one day of the year.For those of you not Veterans, if you see a Veteran or know a Veteran, stick out your hand. Thank them for their service. Tell them how honored you are to meet them. Ask them their name, listen to their stories and be proud that these men and woman, sacrificed for your freedom. Not only will it make you feel good, you will bring a smile to someone deserving of our respect.
Happy Veteran's Day, Ladies And Gentlemen
On Behalf Of A Proud Nation
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