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Earl L. Cress

U.S. Army
Korean War

In loving memory of my Great Grandfather Earl Luther Cress, a remarkable soul whose life unfolded across the pages of history with courage, resilience, and profound dedication. Earl's journey began in the quiet town of Concord, North Carolina, where he first drew breath and embarked on a path that would lead him to become a distinguished member of the 11th Airborne later known as the renowned 101st Airborne Division.

Stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Earl's commitment to service during the Korean War exemplified his unwavering sense of duty. As a medic on the front lines, he not only tended to the physical wounds of his comrades but also offered solace and compassion during moments of immense hardship. Earl's selflessness and bravery in the face of adversity left an indelible mark on the hearts of those he served alongside.

Beyond his role in the military, Earl possessed a unique and skillful artistry as a tailor and presser. His hands, adept in both the art of healing and the finesse of tailoring, reflected the depth and versatility of his character. Whether in the field or at the sewing machine, Earl approached each task with precision, showcasing his innate talent and dedication.

In 1949, fate brought Earl to Staten Island, where he encountered the love of his life and kindred spirit my Great Grandmother Gloria. The union between Earl Luther Cress and Gloria. better known as Honey Bunch, blossomed into a beautiful journey marked by love, commitment, and the joys of family. Together, they built a legacy that extended to their nine children.

As we reflect on Earl's journey, let us remember a man whose life was a tapestry woven with threads of bravery, compassion, and love. May his memory be a source of inspiration, and may his legacy continue to resonate through the generations he touched. In honoring Earl Luther Cress, we pay tribute to a true hero, a loving partner, a devoted father, and a beacon of strength for us all.

Sponsored by Wade Cress

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