Wayne E. Meyer was born in Brunswick, Missouri on April 21, 1926 to Eugene and Nettie Gunn Meyer. His family were livestock and grain farmers working soil called gumbo by the locals. Eugene lost everything in the Great Depression and moved his family of four children north to the St. Boniface area north of Brunswick.
The first Chariton County boy to sacrifice his life in battle for the great principles of freedom and democracy is Novia L. Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Moore of Forest Green.
Mr. Moore received a telegram last Friday, conveying to him the news that his son had fallen in battle in the performance of his duty. He went the way a true soldier and of a good fighter and his memory will always be honored as the first son of Chariton County to fall in battle.
Floyd Bruce Parks was born in Salisbury, Missouri on January 16, 1911, the first child of James B. Parks and his wife Elizabeth “Bess” Ann Bowman. Floyd had a younger brother, Billy Bowman Parks, who was also a Naval Aviator during WWII. Their father died in 1924 leaving their mother a widow.