Virgil R. McAlpin, World War II CasualtyPorter County Data on World War II Casualties . . . .

Virgil R. McAlpin
First Lieutenant, Intelligence Officer, 317th Regiment, 80th Division, US Army
Date of Birth: May 10, 1915
Date of Death: April 12, 1945
Burial: Margraten Cemetery (Plot J, Row 5, Grave 5), Margraten, The Netherlands
Cause of Death: Died of Wounds
Date of Enlistment: March 18, 1941
Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart
Hometown: Hebron

Newspaper Notices:
Hebron Man War Victim

Lt. Virgil McAlpin, 35, of Hebron, died April 12 in Germany of wounds received in action, according to word received in Hebron Sunday night by Harry Fry, adjutant of Wilson-Bates Post, American Legion.

Word of his death was received from his wife, Mrs. Mamie McAlpin, who is staying in Benton, Ill., with a sister, following the birth of a son about two months ago.

McAlpin, an intelligence officer with the 317th Regiment, 80th Division, was born and reared in Hebron. His mother, Mrs. Nettie McAlpin, resides in Hebron.

Before going overseas last fall to Europe, McAlpin served two and a half years in the south Pacific as an intelligence officer for the 164th Infantry. While there he contracted malaria, and was returned to the states.

He later took advanced training in intelligence work at Camp Hood, Texas, and in November went overseas.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; April 23, 1945; Volume 18, Page 1, Column 6


Memorial services for 1st Lieut. Virgil McAlpin, who gave his life for this country in Germany, were held on Sunday afternoon at the Methodist church. Mrs. Elwin Nichols at the organ, accompanied Leland K. Buchanan, who sang, Rock of Ages, and Under His Wing. Robert McGinley, representing the American Legion, read the ritualistic services of consolation and comfort. Arthur Wilson, veteran of World War I, sounded Taps and response was made by Neil Hough, veteran of World War II. Rev. M. C. Bishop gave the address. The widow and several relatives from Logansport, Fowler, Ind., and from Waukegan, Benton and Kankakee, Ill., attended.

Mr. and Mrs. A. R. McAlpin, of Des Plaines, Ill., were guests of Mr. and Mrs. E. T. Sweney over the week-end and also attended the memorial service.
Source: The Vidette-Messenger, Valparaiso, Porter County, Indiana; May 18, 1945; Volume 18, Page 8, Column 1

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Information abstracted and transcribed by Steven R. Shook


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