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2 Soldiers From
Walhalla Missing

   WALHALLA. Aug. 3. Two Walhalla officers are missing in action in Europe, according to word received here last week by their parents.
   Probate Judge W. Frank Gillespie, of Walhalla, received a message Friday from the War department informing him that his son, Lt. Fred E. Gillespie, had been missing in France since June 6, Invasion day.
   Lieutenant Gillespie is a paratrooper -lid has been overseas for several months. He has been in service for approximately two years and prior to going into service attended Wofford college at Spartanburg. He is a graduate of Walhalla high school.
   Lieutenant Gillespie's father suffered a heart attack following receipt of the telegram, and now Is a patient, at the Oconee county hospital. Mrs. Gillespie died a few months ago.
   Second Lt. Howard Ballenger, son of Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Ballenger. of Walhalla, has been reported missing in action after a bombing raid over Europe. Lieutenant Ballenger has been in service since January, 1942, and served with the Eighth Air force in England eight months before becoming an aviation cadet. He received his wings and was commissioned a second lieutenant in November at Freeman field, Seymour, Ind. Lieutenant Ballenger ls a graduate of Walhalla high school and attended Clemson college.

[The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 05 Aug 1944, Sat,  Page 2]





Interment record and grave marker for 1st Lieutenant Fred E. Gillespie at Plot A Row 14 Grave 35 in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

Lt. Gillespie was killed in action on June 6, 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart

Although his  family opted to have him buried in Normandy ,they installed a memorial stone in Silver Brook Cemetery, Anderson (Anderson county), SC.  His parents are boy buried there as well/

Fred made quiet a name for himself while attending g Wofford College in Spartanburg, sc..

He was vice-president of his class his  junior year and excelled in ROTC before graduating in

See next page for new articles regard ing Fred in college.

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