Ernest served in the United States Army in World War II. He entered service August 2, 1943 in Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia and was Honorably Discharged for disability on November 16, 1945 from the Headquarters General Hospital at Camp Pickett, Virginia. During his tour of service he attained the rank of Technician Fifth Grade and worked as a Heavy Truck Driver #931. His Service Records indicate that he was 6 feet tall, weighed 153 pounds, and had brown hair and brown eyes. His service number was RA35771426. Ernest served in the campaign of Normandy, Northern France, and Rhine land. While in Belgium in 1944 he received a shrapnel wound to the left side of his forehead and suffered from frostbite while serving in Germany in 1945. Family oral history indicates that he was a Prisoner of War during the period September 9, 1944 to March 17, 1945, and that he served in the Battle of the Bulge.
Following his service in the Army, Ernest married Emogene Pink on February 11, 1946 in Louisa. Emogene was the daughter of Lewis Pinkerton from Dennis, Lawrence County, Kentucky. Ernest and Emogene had one son, George Lewis born in Louisa.
After his divorce, Ernest married Wilma Jean Wellman on April 12, 1950 at his parents' home in Louisa. Wilma was born in Wayne County, West Virginia to Haskell Wellman and Goldie Blevins. They were the parents of 8 children: Ronald Glynn born in Louisa; James Michael born in Ashland, Boyd County, Kentucky; Karen Evelyn born in Louisa; Bruce Dale born in Fort Smith, Arkansas; David Allen born in Ashland; Joseph Darryl born in Ashland; Mark Edward born in Ashland; and Jeffrey Brian born in Ashland.
Ernest entered the United States Army again on July 19, 1954 in Fort Gay, Wayne County, West Virginia at the rank of Corporal. After receiving training at Fort Knox, Kentucky he was stationed at Petersburg, Virginia. He then had a tour of duty in Japan for 18 months serving with the Honor Guard Company, Headquarters Far East Command. Upon returning to the United States, he was assigned to Headquarters Battery, Special School Command at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas. His military job was that of a Wheel Vehicle Mechanic and he achieved the rank of Technical Sergeant before his discharge on December 20, 1957. During his distinguished military service, he was awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart (2 times), European African Middle Eastern Theater Medal with 4 Battle Stars, Victory Medal, African Theater Medal, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Loops, National Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Lapel Button.
Ernest died on November 6, 1985 in St. Joseph's Hospital in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. He is buried in Rose Hill Burial Park in Ashland.--Beverly L. Pack (niece)
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