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Draft Record and Death Certificate for Rudell E. Foster [Note: his name has been seen recorded as "E. W. Foster as well as Rudell E. Foster]

Rudell's Selective Service record shows that he registered for the draft in 1940 at age 21 and that he worked as a mechanic at Selma Motor Company in Tullos, LA, a small town 235 miles NNE of New Orleans.

Rudell enlisted in the Army at *Jacksonville Army Air Field, FL on 11 February 1942.  His name was carried as "Rudell E.W. Foster" on his enlistment records.

On 16 October 1942 Pvt Foster was a member of the cadre team transferred from the 507th PIR to the newly activated 508th PIR at Camp Blanding, FL.  Ironically Camp Blanding was, as the crow flies, only 40 miles from Jacksonville Army Air Field where he had been sworn in just 8 months earlier.

Pvt O'Malley was sent on detached Service to the 2nd Army Maneuver #3 at Camp Forrest, TN on 3 September 1943.

He vanishes from the 508th records at that juncture and nothing more is known of his service history. A hand-written notation at the top of the draft record indicates that he was discharged on 17 January 1946.

His death record indicates that he retired as the manager off a Public Service company.

*That base transitioned multiple times during and after WWII.  at the time of it closure in 1968 it was known as Jacksonville - Thomas Cole Imeson Municipal Airport.



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