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Death Notice

 Cornwall, Earl, Jan. 25, 1990

(The Wenatchee World, Wenatchee, WA, 1 Jan 1990 - courtesy of Tedd Cocker)

Earl Ray Cornwall was born on February 26, 1924 in Wenatchee, WA . Like so many other young men at the time, Earl enlisted a few days after graduating from high school,

He enlisted at Ft. Lewis, WA on July 23, 1942.

Between August 3, 1942 and October 31, 1942; Tec/5 Cornwall completed thirteen weeks of special training in Infantry and Heavy Weapons at Camp Roberts in Paso Robles, CA.

On December 24, 1942, he completed training as a qualified Parachutist ; and qualified as a Parachute Rigger at the Parachute School, Airborne Command,-US Army on January 23, 1943. Upon graduation he was attached to the 508th PIR.

After his jump in Normandy he wandered, lost and disconnected for several days before he recognized US uniforms at which time he joined them and fought along side until the Regiment returned to Wollaton Park.

He is believed to have been with the 508th when they dropped into Holland and then fought in the Battle of The Bulge.  He was still with the 508th) when the regiment was assigned as the General Eisenhower's Honor Guard in Frankfurt am-Main on March 1, 1845.  He was released from duty in November of that same year.

After the war he was a natural salesperson and was on the road for Nalleys, Kraft and Golden Grain and was responsible for opening the market in the Denver area  for Golden Grain. He had a keen wit and wonderful smile.

Earl passed away on January 23, 1990 on the 47th anniversary of his certification of having completed Parachute School-Airborne Command as a qualified Rigger.

Headstone for Earl Ray Cornwall in the cemetery in Wenatchee, WA.

Earl loved boating and had commented that "in his next life, he wanted to come back as a sea gull so he could spend all his time on the beach".

The seagulls on the stone represent the seven kids he and Della combined into their family when they were married in 1966.

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