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Boy Scout troop devastated

     Of the 33 members of a Boy Scout troop active at London, 21 will never again don the uniform which they had so proudly worn as they attended Scout meetings, camps, did special patrol duty, or been of service in so many ways that we have come to depend on them, for a score and one answered final roll call when the London school was blown to bits Thursday afternoon. Of this troop only five escaped uninjured, seven injured and the rest – they’ve gone on.

     The list of Thursday’s Boy Scout dead in the horrific holocaust include: Calvin Corree, William Ketchum, Homer Latham, W. D. Latham, Ralph Layman, Seeb Miller, Marion Mote, Orin Newell, Robert Salee, Philo Stephens, A. D. Thomas, Aubrey Williams, Boyd Abercrombie, Alton Braden, Owen Byrom, Jack Fentress, Allen Gerdes, Joe Gordon, Graham Henson, Hubert Hudson, Lawrence Swift.

     Despite their bereavement some 620 Scouts summoned from Longview, Gladewater, Tyler, Marshall, Kilgore, Henderson, Arp, Joinerville, and Carlisle lent a helping hand in doing patrol duty acting as traffic directors, serving food and drink to those who were too busy to stop and eat, and the innumerable tasks which they performed at both Overton and London and the various cemeteries Saturday and Sunday.

(Overton Press, March 26, 1937)

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