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Milam County, Texas: List of Honor --
Individuals Who Have Given Their Lives in the
Defense of Their Country from World War I through Vietnam

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Owen Foch Williams [1]

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Korean War


Service No.: O-306472

Born: 25 Mar 1919, Hays Co., Texas [2]

Died: 17 Sep 1952 [3]

Age at time of loss: 33 years, 5 months, 23 days

Home of Record: Compton, CA

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


Attended: Minerva Schools, Milam Co., Texas; San Pedro High School, San Pedro, CA


Prior Service: veteran, World War II

Entered Service:

Overseas Duty:

Ship/Unit: 193rd VF Fighter Squadron, USS Princeton (CV-37)

Aircraft: Vought F4U-4 Corsair

Awards: Navy Cross

Casualty Type: Non-hostile, died (airplane crash)

Cause of Death:

Casualty Location:

Soundex Code: W-452


Parents: W. J. Williams and ___________ Williams, Rockdale, Texas

Brothers: Willie B. Williams, Rockdale, Texas; Lee Williams, San Angelo, Texas; Cage William, Lometa, CA; Fred Williams, Oceanside, CA; Everett Williams, San Pedro, CA; Zed Williams, Eldo, NV

Sisters: ____________ Williams George (Mrs. Thad), Carlsbad, CA

Paternal Grandparents:

Maternal Grandparents:

Wife: Nadine Claire Holt Williams

Children: Dennis Williams, Michael Owen Williams, Terry Williams

Burial: Body Not Recovered

Arrangements: None

Milam County War Memorial:

"Rockdale Pilot is Killed in Korea" [4]

Lt. Owen F. Williams, 33, of the U.S. Navy Air Force has been killed in Korea, according to a telegram received by his father, W. J. Williams, who lives 7 miles northwest of Rockdale.

The wire reported Lt. Williams was killed while attempting to takeoff from a naval plane-carrier. The plane exploded and the body was never recovered, the wire stated. The accident occurred Wednesday, September 17.

Williams was a World War II veteran, having served 6 years in the naval air force at that time. He returned to active service in 1950 and has been flying in the Korean conflict for the past six months.

Born in Hagg County, Texas, on March 25, 1919, Williams attended school in Minerva, later transferring to San Pedro High School in California. He has been away from this community for the past six years.

Lt. Williams is survived by his wife, Nadine; three sons, Dennis, Michael and Terry; his father W. J. Williams and six brothers and one sister as follows: W. B. Williams of Rockdale, Lee Williams of San Angelo, Cage Williams of Lometa, California, Fred Williams of Oceanside, California, Everett Williams of San Pedro California, Zed Williams of Eldo, Nevada, and Mrs. Thad George of Carlsbad, California.


[1] No Individual Deceased Personnel 293 File, U.S. Army Total Personnel Command Center, Alexandria, VA

[2] Birth Certificate No. 74544, Hays Co., TX

[3] Texas Death Certificate, None found

[4] Rockdale Reporter, 25 Sep 1952, p. 1

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Created 26 Dec 2004 and last revised on _______ 2004