born in Texas on 10th October 1927
died in Texas on 17th January 1996
Remembering . . .
Fifty years to the day before his death on 17 January 1996, a form letter was being prepared for then 18-year-old FORREST LEE POUNDERS of Rockdale, Texas. That form letter, dated & mailed 17 Jan 1946, was an Order to Report for Induction, & it was signed by M. N. Stricker, representing Local Board No. 1, Milam County. The letter read, in part, as follows.
Having submitted yourself to a local board composed of your neighbors for the purpose of determining your availability for training & service in the land or naval forces of the United States, you are hereby notified that you have now been selected for training & service therein. You will, therefore, report to the local board named above at City hall, Rockdale, Texas at 1:30 p.m., on the 3rd day of February, 1946.POUNDERS (aka Fuzzy) was inducted into the U.S. Army on 04 Feb 1946. Six months later, at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, he received an Honorable discharge for C of G to enlist in the Regular Army. His mustering out pay was $200.
One year later, POUNDERS received his second Honorable Discharge at Camp Stoneman, California. At the time of his separation, his Military Occupational Specialty & No. was Message Center Clerk 667. He received a World War II Victory Medal as well as an Army of Occupation Medal - Japan. His mustering out pay was $100.
His Report of Separation indicated that POUNDERS had attended Signal Corps School while at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as well as Message Center School in Kokura, Kyushu, Japan. This same report listed his prior employment at Jones Grocery & Market in Rockdale in 1945.
As a Message Center Clerk, POUNDERS had . . . Received & logged incoming & outgoing messages, communications & publications in a message center & distributed them in accordance with the prescribed procedures. Coded & decoded secret & confidential messages in accordance with standing operating procedures.