Nearly 987,000 men and women from Illinois served in World War II. It was not entirely uncommon for multiple members of the same family to be serving our country at the same time. The following story about a family from a small community in southeastern Illinois is an incredible example of going “All Out for Victory”.
Nine men from the Mieure family of Sumner, Illinois served in World War II. Five of the men (Hubert, Harold, Gerald, John, Eugene) were sons of Mr. and Mrs. Garl Mieure and four (Raymond, Delbert, Leslie, George) were sons of Mr. and Mrs. Gus Mieure. The men’s fathers, Gus and Garl, were brothers.
Hubert enlisted in the Air Corps at Chanute Field and was sent to training until August of 1941. He was then transferred to Biloxi, Mississippi and served as a technical sergeant at Keesler Field. Harold and Gerald (identical twins) were first cooks with Co. L National Guards at Lawrenceville and were transferred to Camp Forrest, Tennessee in March of 1941. Harold and Gerald actually followed each other when their unit was sent to Europe and were never more than 10-15 miles apart. John enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Chanute Field in 1939. He was transferred to Hamilton Field, California, then to Fort Douglas, Utah. From there he was sent to Honolulu and ultimately served in Australia. Eugene enlisted at Chanute Field in August of 1940 and was transferred to Glendale California and served as a clerk in the Army Services head quarters.
Raymond enlisted in the Marines in Chicago approximately seven years before the war began and served as a sergeant in the First Parachute Battalion. He was in China and the Philippines. Delbert enlisted in the Air Corps at Chanute Field in April of 1941. Leslie was in the Army with the Co. L Reserves and then was assigned to the 130th Infantry at Camp Forrest where his cousins, Harold and Gerald were assigned. George was in the Air Corps and was assigned to Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, where his cousin, Hubert was assigned.
All nine men returned safely to their families when the war was over.