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Ex-city man dies in Maryland

   Abel Nichols Flores Jr., 49, a native of Robstown and a resident here until a few years after World War II, died Monday in a Rockville, Md., hospital, following a long illness.
   He had worked for the federal government exchange student program.
   Funeral services will be Monday in Arlington National Cemetery. He was a World War II veteran.
   Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Abel Flores of Robstown; four sisters, including Mrs. Gloria Gonzalez of Corpus Christi, and four brothers including, Joe N. Barrett of Corpus Christi.

[The Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Corpus Christi, TX, 20 Nov 1971, Sat, Page 36]


[courtesy of G. Shewan]

Grave marker for Abel Floes in Section 25, Site 4031, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington (Arlington county), Virginia.

Abel was born in Gregory (San Patricio county), TX on 24 February 1923, the 4th child to his parents. Abel and Clara Flores.

Abel was inducted at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, GA and volunteered for parachutist duty.

On 28 February 1945, Sgt Flores was transferred from the 509th PIR to Company F, 508th PIR.

On 21 May 1945, Sgt Flores was transferred to the Reception Station, Fort Sam Houston, TX.  He arrived in New York, NY aboard the SS Sea Porpoise on 26 May 1945.


Abel's draft record was updated on 10 August 1945 in Nueces, TX. On 26 January 1945, he re-enlisted and returned to Europe where on 25 June 1946 he married Simone Jeanne (nee?) in Nice, France.


She last arrived in the U,S. in alien status on 12 June 1948 aboard an American Overseas Airlines, Lockheed L-049 Constellation, christened as the "Flagship Great Britain." The aircraft was just 2 years old as it had been delivered to AOA on 29 March 1946. 

Simone became a naturalized citizen in the U.S. District Court, Macon, GA, on 15 September 1952.

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