WWII Military Dead and Wounded, 1944-1946 record of Ernest being
missing in action
Ernest L. Dilburn
Is Prisoner Of War
Warrant Officer Ernest Lee Dilburn, who has been reported
missing in action since D-Day, is a prisoner of war in Germany, according
to a message received August 22 through the International Red Cross
by his mother, Mrs. H. N. Dilburn of 106 South Appletree street.
WWII Military Dead and Wounded, 1944-1946 record of Ernest as a Liberated Prisoner of War.
3 Mary 1945, WO Dilburn was in a group of of ex-POW's returning to
the U.S. aboard trhe USAT Monticello (AP-61), arriving New York, NY.
His home address was listed as 105 S Appleletree, Dothan, AL
of Judy Samson-Shealy)
Grave marker for Ernest L. Dilburn
in Memory Hill Cemetery, Dothan (Houston county), Alabama.
Ernest began his military career as an enlisted man.
On 26 June 1940, Pvt Dilburn was a volunteer for the Parachute
He appeared in the 1940 census, a Corporal, age 23,
living in U.S. Government Barracks at Fort Benning (Chattahoochee),
GA, occupation soldier.
By June, 1944 he was a Warrant Officer when captured
Following the war, however, he was made a master sergeant due to a
reduction in force.
On 17 January 1949, he married Thea Ida Friedrich [1923–1993] in
Ernest retired on 30 April 1958 with the grade WO-1 under the
classification of S-2 (EM or WO advanced to higher grade)