Copple Oren Bullock never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on January 8, 1918 in Illinois. His parents Thomas and Eliza were also both born in Illinois. His father worked as a coal mine laborer and later as a coal mine tracklayer. Copple had an older brother, older sister, and a younger brother who enlisted in the army before Copple and served for eight years. By 1940 Copple had completed four years of high school. He was living at home and was not employed. He married Olevia Faye Harland on June 6, 1941.
He enlisted in the army on February 27, 1943, a month after his daughter was born. He was a private first class in the HQ Company of the 937th Engineer Aviation Camouflage Battalion. It's role was to supervise and conduct camouflage operations for the Army Air Forces from Normandy to the Ardennes-Alsace campaign.
Pfc. Bullock died on January 26, 1945. I was unable to find out the circumstances.
His grave is at Mulkeytown Cemetery in Illinois. I don't know what happened to his widow. His daughter died in 1971.
Last year on this date I profiled Herbert Feist of the 1st Marine Division. You can read about Herbert here.
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