LAWRENCE EUGENE VAUGHN
Table of Contents
- Marine Corps Basic Training
- Hay Fever and Inaptitude
- Butter Pats
- Missouri State Guard
- 1944 Corporal
- 1944 Bivouac
- Staff Sergeant (SSG)
- 1950 Sergeant First Class
- 1953 Master Sergeant
- 1954 Warrant Officer (WOJG-1)
- 1957 Chief Warrant Officer
- May 11, 1985
- Eugene Vaughn Memorial Plaque
Marine Corps Basic Training
In 1942 World War Two was raging. Gene enlisted in the Marine Corps in the summer of 1942, following his graduation. He reported to St. Louis Recruiting Center for his initial physical examination, and was sent on to San Diego for Basic Training.
Hay Fever and Inaptitude
Fall was a miserable time for Gene. Constantly sneezing, and carrying numerous handkerchiefs, he always looked forward to November, and the cool weather that settled the Goldenrod pollen that caused hay fever.
But, when he arrived in California in November 1942, it was still warm, and the air was filled with pollen! He had uncontrollable hay fever, and fought it for three weeks while the base medics tried to get it under control. During basic training, he had an acute rhinitis reaction and severe allergic sensitivity to hay pollen. He sneezed constantly and uncontrollably. It just wasn’t medically possible to successfully treat hay fever in 1942. He would, therefore, not be medically able to serve in the field. He was given a medical discharge, $100.00 cash, and summarily sent home.
His name appears on a bronze memorial in Central Park in Hannibal, commemorating the men who enlisted from Marion County. His brother’s name appears below his. The other two Vaughns listed are unknown to me. The memorial is located on Fifth Street between Broadway and Center Streets in Central Park.
Gene told the story of not eating a pat or two of butter placed on his plate during Basic Training mess. As he prepared to scape off his plate into a large garbage can and return the plate, the drill sergeant stopped him and made quite a fuss over “wasting food.” He made him eat the butter by itself, in front of everyone else, before he could be dismissed. The drill sergeant made him hold the butter on his tongue until it melted. Gene always said that it was the greasiest butter he had ever eaten!
Missouri State Guard
Soon after his discharge from the Marine Corps, Gene joined Company D, 4th Missouri State Guard, First Infantry Brigade, housed at the Admiral Coontz Armory at Collier and Third Streets. He entered the infantry unit as a communications specialist.
FCC Radio Telephone Operator Permit, April 1944
Missouri State Guard Bivouac, Mark Twain State Park, Florida, MO ca 1945.
Eugene Vaughn on left
Sergeant Gene Vaughn Hitching a Ride, Florida MO Bivouac 1945
Staff Sergeant Gene Vaughn with Command Staff, Summer Camp ca 1945
1950 Sergeant First Class
Application Endorsement by Capt Audie S Barnett, Commanding
1953 Master Sergeant
Endorsement by 1st Lt Elmer S. Meyers, 35th Military Police, Commanding
Endorsement by Mjr Calvin L Jones, Provost Marshal
Master Sergeant Gene Vaughn, Military Police, Ft. Leonard Wood MO 1953
Notification of Promotion to WOJG Effective 10 Feb 1954
Discharge from the Army Reserve 9 February 1954
Discharge of Master Sergeant Gene Vaughn, 9 Feb 1954
(Come back to work tomorrow as an officer!)
1954 Warrant Officer (WOJG-1)
Appointment as Criminal Investigator 10 Feb 1954
Inclusion in the Official National Guard Register 24 Sep 1924
Appointed Reserve Warrant Officer, United States Army – Letter
Appointed Reserve Warrant Officer, United States Army – Certificate
Warrant Officer Junior Grade, 1954
Completion of “Land Warfare” Course 9 Sep 1955
Completion of “Thirty Series” Provost Marshal General’s School 7 Jul 1955
Completion “Military Government” Provost Marshal General’s School – 1 Sep 1955
Completion “Traffic Control” Provost Marshal General’s School – 9 Sep 1955
Warrant Officer Eugene Vaughn 1955
Orders to Attend Criminal Investigation School, Camp Gordon, Georgia – 1955
Warrant Officer Junior Grade Gene Vaughn, Camp Gordon, Georgia – Nov 1955
Graduation Ceremonies Program for Criminal Investigation Class NR 5 – 10 Nov 1955
Diploma Criminal Investigator Course 10 NOV 1955
Completion of Officer Communications Responsibilities 17 Jan 1956
Request for Accreditation and Credentials for WOJG Lawrence E Vaughn Jan 1956
Completion of “Military Police Battalion Staff Officers” Course – 8 Feb 1956
Response to Request for Accreditation for Lawrence Eugene Vaughn – Mar 1956
Certificate in Fingerprint Classification 2 Mar 1956
Completion of “Control & Evacuation of Stragglers and Civilians” 18 JUL 1956
Completion “Military Police Company Commander” – 28 JUL 1956
Letter of Appreciation from Hannibal Police Chief John B Lawson
Completion of “Staff Relationships” 17 Dec 1956
1957 Chief Warrant Officer
Chief Warrant Officer Eugene Vaughn, Camp Gordon, Georgia – 1957
Army National Guard and Army Reserve Honorable Discharge 11 Sep 1961
Fingerprints of Lawrence Eugene Vaughn, born 24 Jun 1924, died December 15, 1984, age 60
May 11, 1985
Eugene Vaughn Memorial Plaque
The month of May following Gene’s death, the Vaughn family presented a memorial plaque to The American Legion post in Chillicothe, for their longstanding support over the years for the North Missouri Armed Forces Day Observance sponsored by KCHI, under Gene’s supervision. David Vaughn made the presentation on 11 May 1985.
His spirit lives on!
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