Avery Brothers
WWII Soldiers
Hamilton County, NY



Source: From Brenda Howe's grandmother's photo album. Donated by Brenda Howe.

3 Articles from unknown newspapers


Bodies of Six Area Soldiers Nearing Home

The bodies of 2nd Lt. Milton L. Avery, Army Air Force, and 1st Lt. George H. Slater, both of Gloversville, are among those of 50 area service men returned this week to the United States aboard the U.S. Army transport, Lawrence Victory, with World War II dead from Italy.

Other area service men whose bodies were listed aboard are Pfc. Raymond B. Danforth, Army, son of Earl Danforth, Speculator; Pfc. Homer P. Jump, Jr, Army, son of Homer P. Jump, Sr., Canajoharie; Sgt. Frank E. Homrighaus, Army, son of George Homrighaus, Dolgeville and Pvt. Edgar B. Ruby, Army, son of Marian E. Ruby, Dolgeville.

Former GHS Athlete

Lieutenant Avery, a former Gloversville High School athlete, is the son of Lyman Avery, Wells, and Mrs. H.I. Abdella, of Florida. Lieutenant Slater, son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Slater, Cohoes, is the husband of Mrs. Eleanor Young Slater, 23 Prospect Aveune.

Lt. Col. Robert D. Blankenhorn, chief of the American Graves Registration Division at Schenectady Depot, stated that the above bodies will arrive in a few days, and will be scheduled for reshipment as soon as possible.

Avery, the second member of the family to have paid the supreme sacrifice in World War II, was a co-pilot of a bomber reported lost on a jaunt out of Italy on June 4, 1944. His brother, Capt. Bartle A. Avery, was killed in action April 6, 1945.

Was Doubling Up?

At the time of his death, Lieutenant Avery had made more that 20 missions and was "doubling up" - that is making more that his scheduled sorties to finish his missions in order to visit his wife and son, who then lived in Scotia. Mrs. Avery is now Mrs. Glenn Harris of Arietta.

Lieutenant Slater was attached to the Army Infantry and killed in action Oct. 17, 1944, in the Italian theatre of war. He is a native of Crescent, near Albany, and married Eleanor Young, May 5, 1943. Slater was a graduate of Lansingburg High school, the New York Military Academy and Crane Institute of Music. Before enlisting, he was instructor of music in the Morristown public schools.


Lt. Milton Avery

Funeral services for Lt. Milton Avery, U.S. Army pilot who was killed in action in the European theater during World War II, will be held tomorrow afternoon at the John W. Finocan funeral home, 13 Prospect Avenue. The Rev. Harold P. Kaulfuss, rector of the Trinity Episcopal church, will officiate.

Burial will be made in Fern Dale cemetery.

The body, which has arrived at the Schenectady distribution center, will be brought to the funeral home this morning at 11.

Survivors, omitted from a previous story are his wife, Mrs. Glen Harris, and one daughter, Linda of Arietta; his mother, Mrs. HI Abdella of Miami, Florida; his father, Lyman Avery of Wells; one brother, Robert Avery, Arietta and a sister, Mrs. Russell Newman of 35 Franklin Street.

Lt. Avery attended Gloversville High school, where he was active in sports, graduated from Swaverley Prep school in Virginia and attended the United States Navel Military Academy at Annapolis, Md.


Leading Drum Corps to Compete for Memorial Trophy

The "Avery Brothers Memorial Trophy" will be awarded at the Sir William Cavalcade of Champions Drum and Bugle Corps contest scheduled for 8 the night of Sept. 10 at Knox Field, Johnstown, to the unit attaining the highest score in the competition. Announcement of the award was made today by the Holy Trinity Cadets drum and bugle corps of the Trinity Episcopal Church, sponsoring unit.

The trophy, which will be awarded annually, is named in memory of Maj. Bartle Avery and Lt. Milton Avery, Gloversville brothers who were killed in action in World War II.

The youths were the sons of Mrs. Jennie Abdella of Lake Pleasant and Lyman Avery of Arietta.

Maj. Avery was commander of an infantry company when he was killed in action, April 6, 1945. He was promoted from captain to major just a week before his death, and had been awarded the silver star, bronze star and a purple heart.

Lt. Avery was co-pilot if a B-24 shot down over Hamburg, Germany, on June 4, 1944. He had been awarded the distinguished flying cross, air medal with four oak leaf clusters, and a purple heart.

Both youths were attendants of the Trinity Church.

Five of the top bugle and drum corps in the nation will be competing for the Avery Brothers trophy plus an additional $2,100 in cash awards at the contest. The competing units include, the Magnificent Yankees of Utica; the Apalachin, St. Rocco's of Brooklyn, the New York Kingsmen of New York City and the Cavaliers of Pittsfield, Mass.


Last Updated: Wednesday, 14-May-2008 13:36:49 PDT
Copyright © 2007:  Brenda Howe