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Eldridge Allison Locke

Born: 10/9/1918

Died: 1/19/1998

Maiden Name: n/a

Honorific: n/a

Eldridge Allison Locke age 79 of Hugo Oklahoma, passed away on January 19, 1998 in Hugo. He was born on October 9, 1918 in Messer to Wilson and Susan (Hampton) Locke.

He was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Hugo, the VFW of Hugo and a retired insurance agent. Eldridge first served in the famous 45th infantry division from 1938-1940. At the outbreak of World War II he joined the United States Navy in 1941, serving until 1945. His first assignment was on the U.S.S. Elliott an attack troop transport ship as Yeoman first class, he participated in the invasion of Guadalcanal. On this operation the Elliot was sunk by a kamikaze pilot and Eldridge spent one day in the water before being rescued by at PT boat. After this he transferred the U.S.S. Fuller again in the capacity as Yeoman on an attack troop transport involved in the military operations at Saipan, Taipei, Leyte Gulf, and Okinawa. He served his country well.

Uncle El came home to orders to attend his fathers funeral in November of 1945 after receiving orders for assignment to the U.S.S. Missouri, the battleship on which General McArthur accepted Japans surrender.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Crystal Darter, Mary Parke and Alma Fern Locke and three brothers, frank Locked Woodrow Locke and victor Locke.