Henry Ray LaVonne Maulden

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Personal and Family Information

Henry was born on 16 NOV 1921, the son of unknown parents. The place is not known.

He died on 1 JUN 2009 in Faulkner County, Conway, Arkansas.[Note 2]

He had two marriages/partners. His first wife was Georgia Juanita Reedy, who he married in 1947. The place has not been found. Their six known children were Jimmy LaVonne (1950-?), Georgia Ellen (1953-?), Charles Ray (1956-?), Keith (1964-?), Joe (c1961-?) and Laura (1967-?).

His second wife was Marcell Nickles, who he married in 2001. The place has not been found. They had no known children.

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Birth16 NOV 1921
Death1 JUN 2009
Place: Faulkner County, Conway, Arkansas
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Note 1

Lavonne "Vonne" Maulden

November 16, 1921 - June 1, 2009

Lavonne “Vonne” Maulden, a native of Faulkner County, died June 1st. He was 87. Mr. Maulden was born November 16, 1921, a son of the late Grover C. and Uda R. (Gadberry) Maulden. Also preceding him in death were brothers, Willie and Vernon; sisters, Willard, Wilma, Reba and Lee. He was a retired Alcoa aluminum worker.

Mr. Maulden was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific in the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division, which logged a total of 654 days of combat, more than any other U.S. Army division. Mr. Maulden fought in the New Guinea campaign and in two major Philippine battles—the Battle of Leyte and the Battle of Luzon. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Maulden also received medals for participating in the Asiatic Campaign, the American Campaign and received the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).

Mr. Maulden operated the BAR or Browning Automatic Rifle which was the frontline standard weapon in the latter days of World War II. With the ability to fire 20 rounds at a time, operators of the BAR, like Maulden, established what was called “marching fire” on the battlefield. This was when the BAR operator laid down “suppressive fire” while walking forward, pinning the enemy down until advancing squads could move forward against the enemy line. As a member of the army of occupation in Nagasaki, Japan, Mr. Maulden saw the effects of the atomic bomb just weeks after the historic explosion that ended World War II and was designated an “atomic” veteran.

In 1947, he married Juanita Reedy, also of Faulkner County, and the couple followed many who migrated west on Route 66 to California. They stayed for three years operating a chicken ranch north of San Francisco before returning to Arkansas. They raised six children—Jim Maulden of Bryant, Georgia Lovell of Benton, Charles Maulden of Maumelle, Joe Maulden of Little Rock, Keith Maulden of Omaha, Nebraska, and Laura Collins of Haskell. There are eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Juanita Maulden died in May of 1999. The couple was married for 52 years. Mr. Maulden married the former Marcell Nickles in 2001, whom he had last seen and dated before World War II.

He is also survived by two sisters, Dee Newman and June Johnson.

Funeral will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2009, in the chapel of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway, with Mr. Paul Jackson and the Rev. Michael Burden officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway. 501-327-7727. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 3, from 6 – 8 :00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Lavonne "Vonne" MauldenNovember 16, 1921 - June 1, 2009Lavonne “Vonne” Maulden, a native of Faulkner County, died June 1st.He was 87. Mr. Maulden was born November 16, 1921, a son of the late Grover C. and Uda R. (Gadberry) Maulden. Also preceding him in death were brothers, Willie and Vernon; sisters, Willard, Wilma, Reba and Lee. He was a retired Alcoa aluminum worker.Mr. Maulden was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific in the famed 32nd Red Arrow Division, which logged a total of 654 days of combat, more than any other U.S. Army division. Mr. Maulden fought in the New Guinea campaign and in two major Philippine battles—the Battle of Leyte and the Battle of Luzon. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantry Badge, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Maulden also received medals for participating in the Asiatic Campaign, the American Campaign and received the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal (Japan).Mr. Maulden operated the BAR or Browning Automatic Rifle which was the frontline standard weapon in the latter days of World War II. With the ability to fire 20 rounds at a time, operators of the BAR, like Maulden, established what was called “marching fire” on the battlefield. This was when the BAR operator laid down “suppressive fire” while walking forward, pinning the enemy down until advancing squads could move forward against the enemy line. As a member of the army of occupation in Nagasaki, Japan, Mr. Maulden saw the effects of the atomic bomb just weeks after the historic explosion that ended World War II and was designated an “atomic” veteran.In 1947, he married Juanita Reedy, also of Faulkner County, and the couple followed many who migrated west on Route 66 to California. They stayed for three years operating a chicken ranch north of San Francisco before returning to Arkansas. They raised six children—Jim Maulden of Bryant, Georgia Lovell of Benton, Charles Maulden of Maumelle, Joe Maulden of Little Rock, Keith Maulden of Omaha, Nebraska, and Laura Collins of Haskell. There are eight grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Juanita Maulden died in May of 1999. The couple was married for 52 years. Mr. Maulden married the former Marcell Nickles in 2001, whom he had last seen and dated before World War II.He is also survived by two sisters, Dee Newman and June Johnson.Funeral will be 1:00 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 2009, in the chapel of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway, with Mr. Paul Jackson and the Rev. Michael Burden officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, under the direction of Roller-McNutt Funeral Home, Conway. 501-327-7727. Visitation will be Wednesday, June 3, from 6 – 8 :00 p.m. at the funeral home.