Adams County

S/Sgt. Cecil R. Gravett


News of Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Cecil Gravett, who has been stationed at Camp Rucker, Alabama, arrived last Friday for a fifteen day furlough to be spent with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Gravett, and with other relatives and friends.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, June 24, 1943, Page 4

News from Nevinville

Sgt. Cecil Gravett, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gravett is spending a ten day furlough with his parents near here. He is stationed at Camp Butner, N. C.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, February 17, 1944, Page 5

S. Sgt. Cecil Gravett Is
“Missing In Action”

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gravett, residing a mile south of Nevinville, Iowa, Wednesday morning received a telegram from the War Department, stating that their son, S. Sgt. Cecil Gravett, has been missing in action in France since August 25th. It is known that Sgt. Gravett was with the Third American Army.

Cecil, aged 26 and unmarried, went into service in February, 1941 and took most of his training at Camp Patterson, Ark. He went overseas last May. It is hoped that further word may be received that he is safe or has been taken prisoner.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, September 14, 1944, Page 1

News of Adams County
Men and Women in the Service

Pfc. Clifford G. Gravett, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Gravett of Cromwell, Iowa, is now serving with an anti-aircraft unit in the Southwest Pacific area. Pfc. Gravett entered he army in January, 1942, and trained at Camp Callan, California. He was later stationed a Vallajo, California, before going overseas in September, 1942. He has a brother and sister now in the armed forces of our country. Sgt. Cecil R. Gravett is now serving with an infantry outfit in France. Geraldine Gravett is a Pfc. in the Women’s Army Corp, now stationed in Florida. Pfc. [Clifford] saw considerable action on Guadalcanal, taking part in the First American offensive against Japanese aggressors. His organization was responsible for the anti-aircraft defended Henderson Field for a period of eleven (11) months and is officially credited with shooting down a number of Japanese planes. After leaving Guadalcanal, Pfc. Gravett enjoyed a rest period in New Zealand and saw a great deal of our Allied country. He has just been recently assigned to the New Guinea area.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, December 28, 1944, Page 4



Cecil Rex Gravett, oldest son of Joseph and Emma Dicks Gravett, was born at Wilmot, Minnesota, February 25, 1919, and gave his life at Souppe, France, August 25, 1944. He attended school in Adams county, Iowa, and was graduated from Corning high school in 1936. After graduation he was engaged in farming near Prescott until he was called into service in February, 1941. He was inducted at Camp Robinson, Arkansas, and took part in the famous Louisiana maneuvers of that year. He was transferred to Camp San Louis Obispo, California, shortly after Pearl Harbor. Later he transferred to Camp Butler and in May, 1944, was sent to England, then into France where he served with Patton’s 3rd Army, a S/Sgt. with Co. F, 137th Inf. 35 Division. He was killed liberating the town of Souppe, France, and was one of the two American soldiers given a funeral service by the citizens and buried in the church yard there. Later he was moved to a Military Cemetery at Solers, France.

Besides his parents, Cecil is survived by seven sisters and two brothers: Geraldine, Wilma and Jeanette of Des Moines; Clifford of Anaheim, California; Jean Currence of Washington, D. C.; Elizabeth Mulcahy of Des Moines; Carol, of Iowa City; Virginia Harris of Baltimore; and Larry at home.

Cecil was a member of the Methodist church of Prescott. He had many friends wherever he lived, both at home and among his Army buddies. He was laid to rest at Quincy, Iowa, October 31. The Prescott Legion Post had charge of the services, which were conducted by Rev. R. V. Felt of Red Oak, assisted by Rev. Henry of Prescott.

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News from Nevinville

The body of S. Sgt. Cecil Gravett was laid to rest in Oakland Cemetery this past Sunday. The soldier was killed in action in Gemany in 1944.

Clifford Gravett left Friday for his home in Anaheim, Calif., after spending a week here with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Gravett; his sister, Mrs. Verle Currence and son David of Washington, D. C., will leave Wednesday for their home. They were here to attend the funeral of their brother, Sgt. Cecil Gravett, whose body was returned from Europe where he was killed in action during the war.

Source: Adams County Free Press, Corning, Iowa, Thursday, November 11, 1948