Private Charles LeRoy McGee

World War II

US Army
23rd Infantry Regiment
Service Number: 37709115
Born: February 22, 1914, Iowa
Inducted: February 21, 1944
Killed in action January 18, 1945 in Belgium
Buried: Crown Hill Cemetery, Denver

Purple Heart w/OLC

Husband of Esther E. Jesse McGee of Denver. Son of Charles H. and Cecil Kever McGee of Greeley.


Charles LeRoy McGee
Crown Hill Cemetery


Thursday February 22, 1945 The Akron News-Reporter

Memorial Services to be Held Sunday

Memorial services for Charles L. McGee will be held Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church in Akron. The services will be in charge of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, with the Rev. Frank E. Dawson delivering the message.

Mr. McGee was killed in action January 18, while serving with the infantry in Belgium. He entered the army a year ago and went overseas last July. He was wounded in action in December1, was hospitalized in England and returned to the front December 28.

He is survived by his wife and three children. Phyllis, 7, Maxine, 6, and Robert, 4, of Denver and his father, Charles H. McGee of Greeley.


Thursday March 1, 1945 The Akron News-Reporter

Memorial Services Conducted Sunday

Memorial services for Charles L. McGee were held at the Methodist church Sunday afternoon.

George Lane and Roy Horn advanced the colors with Aug. Jesse and Roy Noell as color guards, after which the national anthem was sung followed by the hymn, "Sweet Hour of Prayer."
Scripture, sermon and prayer .. Rev. Frank E. Dawson
Obit and Eulogy .. C.L. Wilkins
Ritual and memorial prayer .. C.A. Hutchinson
Hymns - "All the Way My Savior Leads Me", God Will Take Care of You"
Retiring the colors followed by Filling in Review of our Hero.

Mesdames Joe Spicknall and Tom Albright and Messers. S.B. Lewis and C.L. Gumeson sang the hymns with Mrs. S.B. Lewis at the piano.

Obituary

Charles LeRoy McGee, son of Charles H. and Cecil Kever McGee, was born at Ripley, Iowa, in Greene County, February 22, 1914, and passed away at the age of 30 years, 11 months and 4 days.

He lived in Missouri until 1932 when he came to Colorado. He was baptized in the Christian Church of Harrisonville, Missouri, April 12, 1925.

On June 16, 1936, he was united in marriage to Esther E. Jesse at the Christian Church at Greeley, Colorado, by Rev. Hannah. The first few years of their married life they resided in Akron where he was employed by Wash Bros., later moving to Denver.

To this union were born three children., Phyllis Marie, age 7, Maxine Roberta, age 6, and Robert LeRoy, age 4

Private McGee was inducted into the army on February 21, 1944. He trained at Camp Fannan, Texas, and was shipped overseas July 17 of the same year. He was injured in service September 11, 19441, in France and hospitalized in England, later going back into service.

He was serving with the 23rd Infantry in Belgium where he made the supreme sacrifice, in the service of his country.

"Mac" as his many friends knew him, was a kind and loving husband and father.

He leaves to mourn his untimely death his wife, Esther E., three children; his father, Charles E. McGee of Greeley (his mother having preceded him in death); three sisters, Opal Chitwood of California, Oma Leslie of Missouri, and Glee Burk also of Missouri, and his aged grandmother, Mrs. Emma McGee of California, besides a host of friends.


Note: The December 1944 wounded in action date in the first article or the September 1944 date in the second is probably a typo.


Credits:

1936 Charles and Esther McGee photograph donated by Billie Jesse.
1944 Charles McGee photograph donated by his daughter, Phyllis McGee Shockley.
Crown Hill Cemetery photograph donated by Terry Lasky.
Akron News-Reporter articles researched by Arlene Glenn.


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