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Mark Raymond Yeagley Sr.

S/SGT in Signal Co, Special : Radio B

Military occupational specialty: 766 (radio operator, high speed, manual)


Born 1921 in PA, Died 1989

County of enlistment: Harrisburg, PA
Other residence(s): Lebanon, PA; Mesa, AZ
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: carpenters
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945; ; photo courtesy Lebanon HS yearbook and Ancestry®

Mark Yeagley was born on January 30, 1921 in Fredericksburg, PA, the second of five children. His father worked as a carpenter.

Mark grew up in Lebanon, PA, graduating from Lebanon High School in 1938. His high school yearbook recorded his nickname as "Doc," and reported that he planned to work as a carpenter. By 1940, Mark was indeed working as an apprentice carpenter, possibly for his father.

Mark registered for the draft on February 16, 1942, and enlisted a few months later, on June 17, 1942. Six weeks later he married Julia Louise Paine in Fort Knox, KY.

He was assigned to the Signal Company Special and served in Europe with the unit during the war. He was discharged from the Army on September 22, 1945.

Mark and Julia had two children in the 1940s—Mark, Jr. and Warren. The 1950 census indicates that he was still living in Lebanon, and working as a roofing contractor. Sadly, the Yeagleys lost two sons (Kevin and Jeffrey) in infancy in the early 1950s, but then became the parents of two more children: Marsha and James.

During his time in Lebanon, Mark was also active in the Churchmen's Brotherhood of the United Church of Christ in Annville, PA. He served as secretary of the organization in 1958, VP in 1959, and president in 1960.

In 1962, the family of six moved to Mesa, AZ where Mark continued to work as a carpenter. He died on February 21, 1989 in Mesa, and is buried at Green Acres Memorial Park in Scottsdale, AZ.


1930 census

1938 Lebanon HS yearbook

1940 census

1942 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1950 Pennsylvania Veterans Compensation File

1950 census

1958 article in the Lebanon Daily News (PA) about his volunteer work

1960 article in the Daily News (Lebanon, PA) about his volunteer work

1960 city directory for Lebanon, PA

1969 son's wedding announcement in the Arizona Republic (Phoenix AZ)

1989 Social Security death index

1989 VA death record

1989 Find a Grave record*wm6z2n*_gcl_au*NjA2MDkyMzIzLjE3MDI2NDU4MTk.*_ga*MjEwNDk0NjE3Mi4xNzAyNjQ1ODE4*_ga_4QT8FMEX30*MDUxYTFmZjEtMmFjOS00MGMyLTk2NzgtZGE3YzkzOTM5YjY0LjEuMS4xNzAyNjQ3NTM5LjU0LjAuMA..*_ga_LMK6K2LSJH*MDUxYTFmZjEtMmFjOS00MGMyLTk2NzgtZGE3YzkzOTM5YjY0LjMuMS4xNzAyNjQ3NTM5LjAuMC4w

1989 death notice in the Arizona Republic (Phoenix AZ)

2015 wife's obituary

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