Chapter Fifteen



Updated 4 November 2019 by author Lawrence Eugene Vaughn Jr

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Warrant Officer (Junior Grade) Eugene Vaughn – 1956

Table of Contents

  • Marine Corps Basic Training
  • Hay Fever and Inaptitude
  • Butter Pats
  • Missouri State Guard
  • 1944 Corporal
  • 1944 Bivouac
  • 1945
  •  Staff Sergeant (SSG)
  •  1950 Sergeant First Class
  •  1951
  •  1953 Master Sergeant
  •  1954
  •  1954 Warrant Officer (WOJG-1)
  •  1956
  •  1957 Chief Warrant Officer
  •  1958
  •  1961
  •  May 11, 1985
  •  Eugene Vaughn Memorial Plaque
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Marine Corps Basic Training

In 1942 World War Two was raging. Gene enlisted in the Marine Corps in the summer of 1942, following his graduation. He reported to St. Louis Recruiting Center for his initial physical examination, and was sent on to San Diego for Basic Training.

Hay Fever and Inaptitude

Fall was a miserable time for Gene. Constantly sneezing, and carrying numerous handkerchiefs, he always looked forward to November, and the cool weather that settled the Goldenrod pollen that caused hay fever.

But, when he arrived in California in November 1942, it was still warm, and the air was filled with pollen! He had uncontrollable hay fever, and fought it for three weeks while the base medics tried to get it under control. During basic training, he had an acute rhinitis reaction and severe allergic sensitivity to hay pollen. He sneezed constantly and uncontrollably. It just wasn’t medically possible to successfully treat hay fever in 1942.  He would, therefore, not be medically able to serve in the field. He was given a medical discharge, $100.00 cash, and summarily sent home.

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His name appears on a bronze memorial in Central Park in Hannibal, commemorating the men who enlisted from Marion County. His brother’s name appears below his. The other two Vaughns listed are unknown to me. The memorial is located on Fifth Street between Broadway and Center Streets in Central Park.

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Butter Pats

Gene told the story of not eating a pat or two of butter placed on his plate during Basic Training mess. As he prepared to scape off his plate into a large garbage can and return the plate, the drill sergeant stopped him and made quite a fuss over “wasting food.” He made him eat the butter by itself, in front of everyone else, before he could be dismissed. The drill sergeant made him hold the butter on his tongue until it melted. Gene always said that it was the greasiest butter he had ever eaten!

Missouri National Guard

A few years after his discharge from the Marine Corps, Gene joined Company D, 4th Missouri State Guard, First Infantry Brigade, housed at the Admiral Coontz Armory at Collier and Third Streets. He entered the infantry unit as a communications specialist. The Hannibal unit of the Missouri State Guard was converted, reorganized, and Federally recognized 15 November 1947 as the 35th Military Police Company, an element of the 35th Infantry Division, Missouri National Guard.

1944 Corporal

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FCC Radio Telephone Operator Permit, April 1944

1944 Bivouac

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Hannibal Unit of the Missouri State Guard Bivouac, Mark Twain State Park, Florida, MO ca 1945. Eugene Vaughn on left

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Sergeant Gene Vaughn Hitching a Ride, Florida MO Bivouac 1945

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Staff Sergeant Gene Vaughn with Command Staff, Summer Camp ca 1945

1950 Sergeant First Class

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Application Endorsement by Capt Audie S Barnett, Commanding

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1953 Master Sergeant

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Endorsement for WOJG #2 23 Sep 1953.jpg

Endorsement by 1st Lt Elmer S. Meyers, 35th Military Police, Commanding

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Endorsement by Mjr Calvin L Jones, Provost Marshal

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Master Sergeant Gene Vaughn, Military Police, Ft. Leonard Wood MO 1953


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Notification of Promotion to WOJG Effective 10 Feb 1954

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Discharge from the Army Reserve 9 February 1954

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Discharge of Master Sergeant Gene Vaughn, 9 Feb 1954

(Come back to work tomorrow as an officer!)

1954 Warrant Officer (WOJG-1)

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Appointment as Criminal Investigator 10 Feb 1954

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Inclusion in the Official National Guard Register 24 Sep 1924

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Appointed Reserve Warrant Officer, United States Army – Letter

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Appointed Reserve Warrant Officer, United States Army – Certificate

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Warrant Officer Junior Grade, 1954

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Completion of “Land Warfare” Course 9 Sep 1955

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Completion of “Thirty Series” Provost Marshal General’s School 7 Jul 1955

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Completion “Military Government” Provost Marshal General’s School – 1 Sep 1955

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Completion “Traffic Control” Provost Marshal General’s School – 9 Sep 1955

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Warrant Officer Eugene Vaughn 1955

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Orders to Attend Criminal Investigation School, Camp Gordon, Georgia – 1955

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Warrant Officer Junior Grade Gene Vaughn, Camp Gordon, Georgia – Nov 1955

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Graduation Ceremonies Program for Criminal Investigation Class NR 5 – 10 Nov 1955

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Diploma Criminal Investigator Course 10 NOV 1955


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Completion of Officer Communications Responsibilities 17 Jan 1956

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Request for Accreditation and Credentials for WOJG Lawrence E Vaughn Jan 1956

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Completion of “Military Police Battalion Staff Officers” Course – 8 Feb 1956

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Response to Request for Accreditation for Lawrence Eugene Vaughn – Mar 1956

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Certificate in Fingerprint Classification 2 Mar 1956

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Completion of “Control & Evacuation of Stragglers and Civilians” 18 JUL 1956

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Completion “Military Police Company Commander” – 28 JUL 1956

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Letter of Appreciation from Hannibal Police Chief John B Lawson

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Completion Relationships 14 Jan 1957.jpg

Completion of “Staff Relationships” 17 Dec 1956

1957 Chief Warrant Officer

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Chief Warrant Officer Eugene Vaughn, Camp Gordon, Georgia – 1957


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Army National Guard and Army Reserve Honorable Discharge 11 Sep 1961

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Fingerprints of Lawrence Eugene Vaughn, born 24 Jun 1924, died December 15, 1984, age 60

May 11, 1985

Eugene Vaughn Memorial Plaque

The month of May following Gene’s death, the Vaughn family presented a memorial plaque to The American Legion post in Chillicothe, for their longstanding support over the years for the North Missouri Armed Forces Day Observance sponsored by KCHI, under Gene’s supervision. David Vaughn made the presentation on 11 May 1985.

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His spirit lives on!

Next Chapter: Marjorie Gwendolyn White (under construction)