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Cloud, Carl William (P2, C1, L20)

carl william cloudPrivate First Class Carl William Cloud, 18, of McWhorter, Laurel County, Kentucky, died on 17 July 1955 from an electrical shock when lightning struck a tree he was seeking shelter under during a storm while at Annual Training at Camp Breckinridge. Private Edwin Clyde Miles of London was killed in the same incident. Cloud was a member of Company D, 149th Infantry Regimental Combat Team of London, Kentucky. Cloud enlisted on 31 August 1953 at the age of 17 and had only recently graduated from Hazel Green High School in Laurel County. Cloud is buried in the Pleasant Grove cemetery in Laurel County.

    Lightning Kills Two Local Men

    The Sentinel-Echo, 21 July 1955, p. 1.

    Two Laurel County youths undergoing training at the National Guard camp at Camp Breckenridge, near Morganfield, Ky., were electrocuted at 7:30 o’clock Sunday evening when lightning struck a tree under which they had taken shelter during a thunderstorm. They were Pvt. Edwin C. Miles, 17 years old son of Mrs. Daisy Jones Miles of London, and Pfc. Charles William Cloud, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Evan Cloud of McWhorter. Lt. Harry Hiott, Frankfort, Ky., public information officer for the Guard unit in training at Breckenridge said Miles and Cloud were waiting under the tree while a companion, Donnie Ray Miller, son of Dan Miller of London, went after raincoats.

    Caught In Downpour

    Hiott said the youths had been assigned to a detail in their company area when caught in the sudden downpour. They failed to respond to artificial respiration and efforts to revive them at a camp hospital. Miles and Cloud, members of Company D, 149th Inf. R. C. T. (Regimental Combat Team), Kentucky National Guards were in training with several other guardsmen from London. Both were students in Hazel Green High School and Cloud played basketball there last year. Year before last, Miles attended the Tennessee Military Institute in Columbia, Tenn. Funeral services for Private Miles will be held at 2 o’clock this Thursday afternoon at the Colony Baptist Church with the Rev. Caleb McFadden officiating. Burial will be in the Colony cemetery at Bernstadt.

    Military Rites

    Last rites for Private Cloud were at 10:30 o’clock this morning at Pleasant Grove, and interment followed in the church cemetery at Benge House Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements of both services at which military rites were conducted at the graves by a firing squad from Camp Breckenridge. Maj. Cecil R. Hickman, Louisville chaplain at Breckenridge, accompanied the bodies here and assisted in the services.

The Kentucky National Guard Memorial Fund, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3). EIN 26-3705273

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