He had five siblings: Jesse Roland, Macon McNair, Cecil Braxton, Edith Cavelle, and Carl Donald (my father).
On May 11, 1944, he voluntarily enlisted in the US Navy as an Apprentice Seaman. Initially, he was assigned to Camp Perry in Magruder, Virginia and the USS Shamrock Bay.
- July 15, 1944: Transferred to Norfolk, VA. USS Shamrock Bay. Authorized to wear the European African Middle Eastern ARMA Ribbon.
- Dec. 16, 1944: Crossed the 180th Meridian at Lat 11 degrees, 20 East, qualified as a Shellrack.
- Dec. 21, 1944: Crossed the equator at Long 153, 20 East, qualified as a Shellrack. Authorized to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon.
- Dec. 31, 1944 - Jan 27, 1945: Participated in the invasion and occupation of Luzon (WW II Battle of Luzon in The Philippines) between Dec. 31, 1944 and Jan. 27, 1945.
- Jan 4 - 18, 1945: Lingayen Gulf Landing
- Jan. 8, 1945: Participated in action against the Japanese at Luzon.
- Feb. 16, 1945 - March 5, 1945: Participated in the invasion and occupation of Iwo Jima. Authorized to wear the star on Asia-Pacific Bar.
- March 13 - June 27, 1945: Participated in Okinawa Operation.
- June 30, 1945: Authorized to wear the Philippine Liberation Bar for action against the enemy on Jan 8, 1945.
- August 26, 1945: Authorized to wear the bronze star in the Philippine Liberation Bar for participation in Battle of Luzon. Also authorized to wear a bronze star in Asiatic-Pacific Bar for participating in the Lingayen Gulf Landing and for participation in Okinawa Operation.
- Oct. 26, 1945: Transferred to ComAirPac for further assignment.
- Feb 7, 1946 - March 13, 1945: Granted 30 days leave plus 4 days travel time for serving 18 months outside the continental US.
- March 13, 1946: Reported to Norfolk, Va.
- April 11, 1946: Transferred to Charleston, SC
- May 13, 1946: Transferred to naval station at Green Cove Springs, Florida.
- May 17, 1946: Honorably discharged from the Navy.
Summary of Battles
• Dec - Jan 1945: Battle of Luzon
• Jan 1945: Lingayen Gulf Landing
• Feb - March 1945: Iwo Jima
• March - June 1945: Okinawa
Summary of Medals
• American Area Camp Medal
• Eur-African-Mid East Camp Medal
• Asiatic-Pacific Camp Medal, 3 stars
• Philippine Liberation Ribbon, 1 star
• Point System, World War II Victory Medal
When he was 33, he married his 2nd wife, Nannie Mae LEWIS, daughter of Jesse Edward LEWIS and Lillian Mae JONES, on 28 Feb 1959 in Wake County, North Carolina.
After his service in the military, Eric was employed by Coopers BBQ Stand, Pine State Creamery, Raleigh Times, Oil Company in Wake County, North Carolina, USA.
He was counted in the census in 1930 and 1940 census in Wake County, North Carolina.
Eric was my uncle, my father's older brother. I remember him as a very happy and affectionate fellow. He was my very favorite uncle.
Eric died on 12 Jun 1998 in Wake County, North Carolina at age 72. He is buried at Mountlawn Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.