Oval Amyx, 507th PIR, KIA 7/2/44
Dear Private Amyx,
One day last summer, while accompanying a friend through Morgan County, Kentucky, on a search for his Civil War ancestors' graves, we stumbled upon a little cemetery near the hamlet of Bethanna (located along SR 1593 and approximately seven miles west-northwest of Salyersville, Magoffin County, Kentucky).I noted that there was a Civil War veteran who served in the 22nd Kentucky Infantry buried there, but also discovered the stone of a soldier for whom I wasn't searching.The stone read, "Oval Amyx, 507 Parachute brig. [sic], KIA Jul. 2, 1944."
Private Amyx, I was struck by the fact that you were buried up a remote hollow in the mountains, probably near the home of your parents, and that you may have been forgotten.After all, your parents must be buried somewhere near you.It is now 57 years since you breathed your last and I know that they lived their last days with their hearts broken.
I consider it my duty to remember Kentucky's Civil War soldiers (your own ancestors), so it wasn't an extra burden to enter your name into my notebook for future reference - to tell someone, anyone, who would want to know where you are.
I'm not the brightest bulb, but was immediately aware that you must have been involved in the drops connected to the Normandy Invasion.I've searched around a bit to see if there were any veterans organizations which would want to catalogue your final resting place, but I've found nothing so far.In exasperation, I've come here to record your name and resting place for anyone who may want to know where you are buried.
I've noted from a previous post by Louie Franklin Turner that the 507th, your unit, may have been involved in the attack down the western side of the Cotentin peninsula with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and the 325th Glider Infantry.These two units attacked and overcame Hill 131 on July 3rd, 1944.Perhaps the effort to obtain this objective is the one during which you were killed in action.
In any event, I wanted to record your final resting place for anyone who may be seeking it.My e-mail address (a new-fangled device people use nowadays to maintain their distance from each other) is provided for anyone who may want directions and a description of the cemetery.I'm not a resident of the area, but I think I can provide clear and concise directions to the graveyard for anyone who wants them.
I can't explain why you've remained in my memory over this past year, especially when I have so many other names floating around in my head.You see, I am trying to tell the story of the hardships your grandfather saw when our land was rent by ambitious and self-centered men.I know that you follow the fortunes of our country even from where you are.You know better than I the dangers which beset your cousins and their children in these times, but you may also know that they will come to the fore to defend and protect that which you yourself fought and died to defend and protect.Know that there are some who place your sacrifice and those of your comrades above all other needs of our nation and that treachery and deceit will not go unpunished, that your sacrifice will not have been made in vain.
God bless those who have served and those who have paid the ultimate price to secure our freedom!
Robert M. Baker