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James Edward "Mac" Connolly, Jr

James Edward "Mac" Connolly, Jr[1, 2, 3, 4]

Male 1924 - 1945  (20 years)

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  • Name James Edward "Mac" Connolly 
    Suffix Jr 
    Born 15 May 1924  Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1930  Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    1930 U.S. Federal Census
    1930 U.S. Federal Census
    Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Caldwell, Texas; Roll: 2303; Page: 13B; Enumeration District: 0005; Image: 765.0; FHL microfilm: 2342037.
    Residence 1 Apr 1940  Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    1940 U.S. Federal Census
    1940 U.S. Federal Census
    Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas; Roll: T627_3996; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 28-3.
    Military: WWII 1945 
    Texas 1st Lt., 33 Armd. Regt., 3 Armd. Div. World War II  
    Silver Star
    Silver Star
    Silver Star, WWII
    Died 14 Apr 1945  Dessau, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Headstone Application, U.S. Military
    Headstone Application, U.S. Military
    Headstone Application, U.S. Military
    James E. Connolley
    Connolly, James E Jr
    Connolly, James E Jr
    James E Connolly, Jr
    Plot: E
    Notes 
    • SILVER STAR AWARDED POSTHUMOUSLY

      Camp Swift, Texas - The Silver star, awarded posthumously to First Lt. James E. Connolly, Jr. of Lockhart, who lost his life trying to aid the withdrawal of a crew from a
      crippled tank, was presented Saturday to his wife, Mrs. Mariellyn Connolly. The ceremony took place in the office of Col. O. P. Houston, post commander. Members of the family who was present were Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Connolly, Sr., parents of Lt. Connolly; Tommy Connolly, his brother; Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Andrews, parents of Mrs. Connolly, and Mrs. Henry Thraxton, 302 East 12th, Austin, Mrs. Connolly's aunt.
      Lt. Connolly was a member of Company 1, 53rd Armored Division. A native of Lockhart, he was a student at Texas A&M when he entered the service in 1943. He was killed in action April 14, 1945.
      The citation read by Maj. C.H. Latson, post judge advocate, related the lieutenant's heroic action as follows:
      "Lt. Connolly was leading his platoon of tanks in the vicinity of Dessau, Germany, when the tank in front of his was hit and disabled by bazooka fire. Although he was without infantry support and he was in the face of well emplaced bazooka teams, he went forward with total disregard for his safety in order to enable the crew of the disabled vehicle to withdraw. His tank was also hit and he was killed.
      Lt. Connolly's courage and devotion to duty reflect the highest of credit upon himself and the armed forces of the United States."
      SOURCE: Lockhart Post Register, Thursday, October 11, 1945, Lockhart, Texas, p. 1

    • Lt. "Mac" Connolly Killed In Germany

      Mrs. Mariellyn Andrews Con-nolly received from the War Department Sunday morning the distressing information that her husband, Lt. J.E. Connolly Jr. had been killed in action in Germany.
      He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Connolly, Sr. He was a member of
      Company I, 53rd Armored Regiment.
      The information is that two tanks had previously been shot from under him. The effect of the news on Lockhart people was depressing in the
      extreme. It was passed from one to another in whispers or low tones.
      Another son, one of the flowers of Lockhart manhood, gives his life
      in the cause of Freedom just as the day of Liberty is dawning over the
      world. He is one of those who has won the thanks of millions yet to
      live on the earth. If sympathetic words could alleviate the keen grief
      of the sorrowing family, they would be spoken without limit and written in volumes. The words of David Russell, poet laureate of Texas, apply in the present instance:
      "When sorrow comes no word the mind can frame
      Can bear the burden of our sorrows weight.
      There is no shadowed syllable so great.
      That it can clothe our grief. Tears are lame
      Though they speak well. Silence alone can claim
      Dominion in that hour, silence alone.
      So in this hour we falter, blood nd bone,
      Speechless before the news that leaps like flame."
      "Mac" Connolly was a young man who enjoyed every opportunity in life and be it said to his credit, he availed himself of every advantage.
      He was graduated from the Lockhart High School in 1941, entered
      A. & M. College at the next term thereafter and while a student enlisted in the service of his country.
      Edward Connolly's life was that of a true man, his death was that of
      a hero. Though for him this community grieves, of him i is justly proud.

      SOURCE: Lockhart Post Register, Thursday, May 10, 1945, Lockhart, Texas, p. 1
    Person ID I17885  MRP Tree
    Last Modified 15 May 2014 

    Father James Edward Connolly,   b. 1 Sep 1902,   d. 28 Jan 1954  (Age 51 years) 
    Mother Jessie Mary McMillan,   b. 23 Dec 1904,   d. 17 Jan 1988, Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F8106  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mariellyn, (Mrs. Connolley),   b. Abt 1925 
    Last Modified 15 May 2014 21:29:37 
    Family ID F31453  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 15 May 1924 - Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1930 - Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Apr 1940 - Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Apr 1945 - Dessau, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Lockhart, Caldwell, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S9] Family Trees and LDS, This information is obtained from Public and Private Family Trees and Data Collections including but not limited to: LDS, Ancestry, WFT, MyFamily etc., (Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual private or public files. This infomation is not a "Primary Source".).

    2. [S61 ] Find a Grave, Cemeteries, Headstones, Various Private and Public Records including: Actual Headstones and Cemetery Records, Find A Grave, BillionGraves, and U.S. Veterans Gravesites and U.S. Headstone Applications, ((Click link to Find a Grave etc)), http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=63518280.

    3. [S61 ] Find a Grave, Cemeteries, Headstones, Various Private and Public Records including: Actual Headstones and Cemetery Records, Find A Grave, BillionGraves, and U.S. Veterans Gravesites and U.S. Headstone Applications, ((Click link to Find a Grave etc)).

    4. [S137] Texas Birth Index, Texas Dept. of Health.
      Name: James Edward Connally
      Date of Birth: 15 May 1924
      Birth County: Caldwell
      Certificate Number: 28291
      Roll Number: 1924_0004

    5. [S13] 1930 United States Federal Census.

    6. [S36] 1940 United States Federal Census.


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