Major Lonnie Bernard Flowers

Major Lonnie Bernard Flowers, 8th Combat Engineers, 1st Calvary Battalion was killed in the Republic of Korea during the first month(July)of the "Police Action." He rose through the ranks from Enlisted to Officer. Highest Rank held was Major, U.S. Army at the time of his death. His 1st cousin, James C. Keathley was also killed in July 1950, Korea, while serving with the US Army. They were not in the same units.

Log Cabin Democrat, Mon., 14 Aug 1950 MAJOR FLOWERS' DEATH REPORTED

The Department of Defense today announced the following casualties in the Korean area: KILLED IN ACTION, Major Lonnie B. Flowers, husband of Mrs. Margarita Flowers, residing in the far east command. He is the son of William T. Flowers, 609 Oak Street, Conway.

From the Log Cabin Democrat, Wed., 09 Aug 1950 CONWAY MAN IS KILLED IN KOREA

Mr. and Mrs. W.T. (Tavner) Flowers, 620 Oak Street, were notified by the army today that their son, Maj. Lonnie B. Flowers, was killed in action in Korea on July 31. Major Flowers was serving with the Eighth Combat Engineers, one of the first American units to go into Korea after the Communist invasion.

He became the first Faulkner County casualty in the Korean War. Major Flowers, aged 37, was in the army 15 years. He served in the African and European theatres during World War II, and went to Japan with the army of occupation two years ago. His wife, Mrs. Margarita Flowers, and two daughters, Margaret Ann and Nancy Elizabeth, of Laredo Texas are living at American Command Headquarters in Tokyo.

Notification of Major Flowers' death came from Edward F. Witsell, Adjutant General of the Army. A letter of confirmation has not reached the Major's parents.

Major Flowers is also survived by two brothers, Joe Flowers of Conway and Herbert Flowers of Troup, Tex., and two sisters, Mrs. Marie Eckerling and Mrs. Elva Asbury of Chicago.

*Note: He is buried in Catholic Cemetery, Laredo, Webb Co. TX. He was born April 12 , 1915, Mt. Nebo, Faulkner Co. Died July 31, 1950, at the age of 37.

Contributed by Charlie Royall 2002

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