Lieut. Joe H. Meadors, Jr.
The Dillon Herald, Dillon, South Carolina
Thursday, April 30, 1942, page 1, col. 6
Lieut. Joe Meadors Killed in Far East
Lieut. Joe H. Meadors, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Meadors, was killed
somewhere in the Far East on April 21. News of the death of Lieut. Meadors came to his parents Tuesday
in a message from the War Department. The telegram from the War Department gave no details except that
Lieut. Meadors was killed in an airplane accident and expressed commendation for the young flyer and
sympathy for his parents. It stated that a letter was following which would give further details.
Lieut. Meadors graduated from the Dillon High School and entered
Clemson College where he graduated with a S. S. degree in the class of 1935. He received an appointment
in the U.S. Army Air Corps as an instructor in one of the tactical units. Last November he entered the
Bombardment Training School at Barksdale Field, Ala and following his appointment as a cadet he was
transferred to Love Field, Dallas, Texas for primary training and upon completion of his course at
Love Field he was assigned to active duty in the Army Air Corps. How long Lieut. Meadors had been in
the Far East is not known, as it is not the policy of the War Department to give out information in regard
to assignments to active duty.
Resolutions of Commendation and Sympathy - The following resolutions of
sympathy and commendation were adopted by the local unit of the S. C. Defense Force at its meeting Tuesday night:
Company Orders - No. 19 It is with deep regret that I announce to the members of this command that
notification was received today of the death of 2nd Lieut. Joe H. Meadors, who was killed in an airplane accident
in the Far Eastern Theater of War in the discharge of his duty.
- Lieut. Meadors was serving voluntarily in the U. S. Army Air Corps.
- The officers and men of this command extend their most sincere
sympathy to the bereaved family and feel a distinct sense of loss in the
untimely death of our friend and fellow townsman. His patriotic
sacrifice will be a lasting inspiration to us in our small efforts
toward maintaining the ideals for which he gave his life.
By order of: James C. Medlin, Captain Commanding Co. E.