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Pfc Stanley W. Cornell, Jr.

Pfc Stanley W Cornell, Jr

Company C - 134th Infantry Regiment

Pfc. Stanley W. Cornell, Jr. served as a Rifleman in the First Platoon of Company C. He was Killed in Action near Manhoue, France on September 27, 1944.

PFC Stanley Cornell, Jr of Canton, an infantryman fighting with General Patton's Army in France, met death in action on September 27, according to information received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Cornell of 1 State Street, Tuesday last. Further particulars were not learned.

The family had heard from him from time to time after he left for overseas in April. He had been in England for a time and advanced with the invasion into France in June with General George S. Patton's Third Army, arriving at the German frontier with that army. It was along here in the intense fighting that was carried on for days that it is believed he met his death.

PFC Cornell entered service in Aug 1943 and had training in Camp Butner, NC and Camp Hood, Texas. Before entering service he had been employed for nearly two years as an official motor inspector at the Buffalo plant of the Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Engine Co.

He was born in Canton on Aug 28, 1920. He received his education in Canton public schools, graduating from Canton High in June 1940. He was interested in athletics and other school activities and excelled usually in everything he undertook, was a good student and a hard worker. Like his father who was a motorcycle enthusiast and competitor in many races throughout the north country, he was early interested in riding a motor cycle. He had many tricks, riding his wheel at a terrific speed and jumping to the saddle standing while it was going at what seemed to the novice a very dangerous position. He attended a motorcycle instructor's school in Springfield, Mass. He was a member of the First Methodist church of Canton.

He leaves his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Cornell; two brothers, Sgt William G. Cornell of the US Air Corps, an Ithaca College man, and before entering the service a teacher of Dramatics in Hudson Valley NY; Jack Cornell, a graduate of Canton High school in June; three sisters, Mrs. Harry (Dorine) Lord of Massena; Miss Alma Cornell, a Junior in Potsdam Teachers College, and Betty Cornell, a sophomore in Canton High School. There are also a niece and a nephew, Nancy Michell and Philip Cornell Lord, Massena.

This adds another gold star to the memorial on the park. There were eleven stars. Now there will be 12.

Canton (NY) Commercial Advertiser - Tuesday October 17, 1944

Thanks to his nephew, Jack W. Cornell, for submitting this photograph. Mr. Cornell's son is named after his uncle.

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