Iowa WWII Veteran Compensation application for Floyd C
Tarkett documents that he had been an enlisted man prior to commissioning.
married Arvilla Davis in Independence, IA on 16 July 1935.
His initial enlistment took place on 29 November 1939.
The 1940 census listed him as a Private serving with Company L, 4th Infantry
at Ft George Wright, Spokane, WA. His education level is shown as
being at the elementary school, 8th grade level. The census also
documents him as being divorced.
Despite the elementary school education level, he was
commissioned on 20 October 1942. coincidentally the date of the 508th's
The date of his arrival in the 508th is unknown but on 8
August 1943 the Company G Morning Report listed him as a 2nd Lt returning to
duty from leave status.
On 2 September 1943 2nd Lt Tarkett was placed on detached service and assigned as a umpire for the Tennessee Maneuvers.
He returned to
duty with the 508th on October 25th.
2nd Lt Tarkett was reassigned to the 551st Parachute
Battalion at Camp
Mackall, NC on 27 October 1943 .
What may have befallen him while with the 551st is unknown
but on 22 January 1944 he was released from active duty.
His WWII Veterans Bonus application shows that he was
never involved with foreign service but was credited with 42 months of
domestic service and received a $420.00 bonus.
On 15 August 1944 he married a second time in Russell
county, Alabama which is the location of Fort Benning. His bride's
name was not shown but in 1950 he divorced his wife Olivia in Florida.
Then in 1960 Floyd married a third time to Lois Y. Tillery
in Mower county, MN.
How he came to reside in the Los Angeles area is unknown
but his death was recorded there on 26 December 1990. His final
resting place is unknown.