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Warnard S. Neely

Retired from Marshall Co,
education board

   Warnard s. "Buck" Neely, 75, of R.D. A4 -Box 49, Apr A-3, Cameron, W. Ca., died at 8:44 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 1999 in Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, W. Va.

   He was born March 27, 1924, in Marshall County, W. Va., a son of Samuel and Violet Workman Neely.
   Mr. Neely was a member of Big Run Christian Church.
  He was retired from the Marshall Board of Education, was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of Cameron American Legion Post 18.
   Surviving are his wife, Louise Lohr Neely; four sons, Larry of Maineville, Ohio, Robert of Cameron, Danny of Springfield, Ohio and Kenneth Neely of Shepherdstown, W. Va.;  stepson, Arthur Gray of Springfield, Ohio; three sisters, Jo Ann Strait of Jackson, Mich., Wanda Courtwright of Waynesburg and Ramon Cook id Washington; a brother Samuel Neely of Cameron; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

[The Observer-Reporter, Washington, PA, Thu, Apr 15, 1999]

[courtesy of Carol Neely Patterson)

Grave marker for Warnard S..Neely in Big Run Cemetery, Big Run (Marshall county), West Virginia.


Warnard registered for the draft in Cameron, WV on 30 June 1942 and was inducted into the Army at Clarksburg, WV on 11 June 1943.

On 14 July 1944, as the regiment was rebuilding strength after the Normandy campaign, Pvt Neely was 1 of 342 enlisted men assigned to Service Company, 508th PIR.  The men were immediately transferred to various companies throughout the regiment.  Warnard was assigned to Company D.

In October 1944, Pvt Neely was wounded in action when he was struck in the back by artillery shell fragments. He was treated and released to duty that same month.

On 20 January 1945 he was promoted to Pfc.

He was discharged on 27 April 1946.

His military decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Service Arrowhead device awarded for the Holland campaign and Airborne operations.

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