Thank you for this information. I have now found Myron in census records for 1910 and 1920 and I think as Lee Thayer in 1930. I also have his father in census records back to 1900. His father had a very large family with many descendants. From his enlistment records, Myron was born in 1908, was married, and had completed 4 years of college at the time of his enlistment in 1942. The enlistment records do not provide the name of his wife nor have I been able to locate any records of their marriage or possible children. The 82nd Airborne website (www.ww2-airborne.us/units/325/325_honor_st.html) indicates that he DOW in Normandy on 6/15/1944, and the burial record for Carolina Memorial Park indicates that he was buried there on 5-16-1948. He is also listed on a French web site: www.6juin1944.com/assaut/aeropus/roll.php?unit=325 The 1930 census report for Lee Shinn indicates that he was working as a case maker in cotton mill (1930 NC Census No 4 Twp, Kannapolis Town, Cabarrus, roll 1677 pt2, pg 182B, ED9 sh 16B, image 94 on genealogy.com)
Do we know when Helen married ? Bowling. I am inclined to think that the SSN record for Helen T. Bowling is indeed that for Helen Thayer Bowling, at least the birth date seems to be correct. There was a contribution to the UNCGreensboro by Helen Thayer Bowling in 2003, which may have been made from the estate of Helen T. Bowling who died in 1999. I have not been able to locate any records for either a Shinn-Thayer family or for a Bowling-Thayer family.
In the 1930 census a Hazel J. Thayer age 9 is listed as a daughter of Charles and Nell Thayer. I have so far been unable to locate any records for her. She must have gone to the same schools as Helen, however a record, at least on the internet, seems to be absent.
Thank you again for the information! Don Thayer
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