Mitchell, Courtney Leland (P2, C3, L31)
Courtney Leland Mitchell, 27, of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, died while serving on active duty during World War II. At the time of his death he was a First Lieutenant serving with the Army Air Corps, 31st Bomber Squadron, 5th Bomber Group, Heavy. Mitchell joined Battery F, 138th Field Artillery of the Kentucky National Guard in January 1938. At that time he listed his civilian occupation as truck driver. At the time he was inducted into active federal service with his unit in January 1941, he had been promoted to Sergeant. In Special Orders No. 43, dated 8 November 1941, Sergeant Mitchell was relieved from the active military service and returned to state status and control and assigned to the state detachment of the active National Guard of Kentucky effective 9 November 1941. However Special Order No. 249 of the Headquarters of the Fifth Service Command Services and Supply at Fort Hayes, Columbus, Ohio dated 8 October 1942, ordered Private Courtney L. Mitchell to report to the Reception Center at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, by 22 October 1942.