Lake County men served all over the globe during World War II, from the Philippines, to Australia, to D Day. They belonged to the Army –Infantry, Army Air Force and Cavalry- Navy, Marines, and Merchant Marines. Some were prisoners of war. To Lake County folks, they were still Lake County men, even those who had moved away. The newspapers commemorated their losses. Some of them rest in Lake County cemeteries, others in military cemeteries on other continents. This month the Time Machine offers a sampling of stories about Lake County men who died in service.
James Butler was another Lakeport boy who served during World War II. His flying and combat skills earned him the title of “ace” and he was interviewed by a war correspondent. Butler was awarded a posthumous Distinguished Flying Cross.