PFC Orie Bernard Weeks, Hq Battery 2nd Battalion, 200th Coast Artillery (Anti-aircraft)

Orie Bernard Weeks was the son of Bernice Glasgow and Esther Pannia 'Essie' (Anderson) Weeks of Port Neches, Texas. Before entering the Army, Weeks was an employee of the Texas Company (later Texaco) at Port Neches, and a 1932 graduate of Port Neches High School.

 

He had four brothers who also served in WWII. Howard served two years in an Army infantry division before he was given a medical discharge in England. Alfred, an officer in the Army Air Corps, served in the South Pacific. B. G. Weeks, Jr. joined the Navy. Clarence, also a Navy man, saw action at Leyte, Guam and Palau. Additionally, the Weeks parents had a grandson, O. C. Bradley, Jr. who was the same age as Clarence, and who served in the Pacific with the Marine Corps.

 

In October 1943, Mr. and Mrs. Weeks received a card from their son Orie, the first word they had received from him after he was taken prisoner in 1942, which read: Fine and well here. Give my regards to Wilma and all friends. Japs have been very good to us, since we have been prisoners. Don't worry, will see you, when quiet and peace reigns again. Consult International Red Cross for information concerning answer to this. Chins up until we meet again.

 

Orie Weeks was living in Beaumont, Texas when he died in a car accident outside Kirbyville, Texas on March 4, 1972.

Orie Bernard Weeks
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