Four men of the 44th Infantry Division were killed in maneuvers
on August 07, 1952 at the Hunter Liggett military reservation, 120
miles north of Camp Cook, California. The tragedy
occurred when a transport truck plunged over an embankment at Hunter
Liggett. Seven others were injured.
Six officers and 74 enlisted men of Battery A, 209th Field
Artillery Battalion (Alton's National Guard unit) had been stationed
at Camp Cooke since February of that year with Battery C of
Edwardsville and Battery B of Belleville. Two of the
fatalities were from Illinois. A third one was from Missouri and the other
was from South Carolina.
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Elliott, Sgt. Dwight Troy Jr. (Rock Island, Illinois) -
Dwight was born March 06, 1929 in Illinois, a son of Dwight
Nixon Elliott (1888-1957) and Zada Catherine Borell Elliott
(1886-1971). His siblings were Richard A. Elliott
(1920-1965), Harold D. Elliott (1922-1946) (killed in military
service), and Arnold E. Elliott. Dwight, a member of the
44th Division, 223rd Field Artillery Battalion, was buried in
Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island.
Miller, Cpl. James A. (Spartanburg, South Carolina) -
Muggins, Pfc. Donald G. (Rock Island, Illinois) -
Sherwood, Cpl. James Monroe (Shelbyville, Missouri) -
Corporal Sherwood was born August 13, 1931 and was a member
of the 44th Infantry Division, 223 Field Artillery Battalion.
He is buried in Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island.