Obituary Wichita Beacon, December 8, 1941, page 1
of Jap Air Raid
Gordon Mitchell, Hoisington, Was Member
of U.S. Air Corps
Hoisington, Kas., Dec. 8.--In a terse message from the war department,
Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Mitchell were notified last
night that their son, Corp. Gordon Mitchell, 28, was killed in the Japanese air raid on
Mitchell was in the air corps and was a member of a ground crew stationed at Hickam Field.
He enlisted at Detroit, Mich., in October. 1940, and arrived at Honolulu December 12, last
No details were contained in the message telling the Mitchells of their son's death. It
was assumed he died as Hickam Field personnel went into action to defend themselves
against the surprise Jap assault.
Young Mitchell was a native of Hoisington and a graduate of Hoisington High School. He was
the first Kansan reported killed in the Jap war on the United States. Surviving, besides
his parents, are a brother, Milton, an employee in a defense industry plant at Los
Angeles, and a sister who also lives in California.
The elder Mitchell, long a resident of Hoisington, conducts a tinning and plumbing
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