Ulysses Lee Tilley is my third cousin. He was born 23 May 1917 in Pearsall, Frio County, Texas to Valentine Harris "Vol" Tilley and Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough. Ulysses's grandmother was Mary (Moore) Tilley, and Mary's mother was Emily Lincecum.
Truth be told, I don't know a whole lot about cousin Ulysses. One interesting item is his entry in the United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 database at FamilySearch. This states he enlisted 25 May 1942 at East St. Louis, Illinois. How or why he went there from Texas, I do not know. The same record states Ulysses was divorced.
One other piece of information I have is undocumented, as I have been unable to get such information from other researchers: Ulysses died in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico.
Looking through the lens of "presentism," this gives me pause. What was he doing there? Just this past December, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated travel warning pertaining to Tamaulipas --
Tamaulipas (includes Matamoros, Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Tampico): U.S. citizens should defer all non-essential travel to the state of Tamaulipas due to violent crime, including homicide, armed robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. The number of reported kidnappings in Tamaulipas is among the highest in Mexico…Violent criminal activity occurs more frequently along the northern border and organized criminal groups may target public and private passenger buses traveling through Tamaulipas. These groups sometimes take all passengers hostage and demand ransom payments…Matamoros, Reynosa, Nuevo Laredo, and Ciudad Victoria have experienced numerous gun battles and attacks with explosive devices in the past year.
But Ulysses died in Nuevo Laredo 9 September 1960. Maybe things were different there fifty-seven years ago.
One final record for Ulysses is his U.S. Military Headstone Application (via Fold3). This tells me Cpl. Tilley was honorably discharged 26 October 1945, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Ulysses Lee Tilley rests under a flat granite marker with the engraving of a Latin (Christian) Cross at Laredo City Cemetery in Webb County, Texas.
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