Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1941

Royce McCleskey ROYCE L. McCLESKEY, 21, was the son of Roy L. McCleskey and Josephine Bishop McCleskey Strong. He was born in Ranger, TX, on November 5, 1923. He had two sisters, Margaret Jo McCleskey (RHS-1939) who married James H. Berry and Doris Jean McCleskey (RHS-1941) who married Millard W. Herweck (RHS-1938). He married Merline Miller (RHS-1943) and they had a son. Royce entered the service in January of 1943, and underwent training in Kansas and at Sheppard Field, Wichita Falls, A&M College at College Station, the Aviation Cadet Center at San Antonio, the Stamford Flying School and Perrin Field at Sherman. Prior to entering the Army Air Corps he was employed by the Gulf Oil Company. Upon completion of his training as a pilot he was sent overseas where he served in the 12th Air Force in Italy, and was awarded the Air Medal and Purple Heart. He was killed in action in San Benditto, Italy, on April 22, 1945. His father, Roy Louis McCleskey, died in 1964 and his mother in 1973.