David Byron Monroe


My father was David Byron Monroe - 1st cousin to Vaughn Monroe. My father was born December 21, 1903 to Lucy and Luther Burton Monroe in Exline, Iowa. He died July 5, 1965 and was laid to rest at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis MO. His memorial and the only picture I have of him and my mother (who were not married) can be found at:

I would be honored to join. 3/12/06

Birth:  Dec. 21, 1903
Appanoose County
Iowa, USA
Death:  Jul. 5, 1965
Saint George (St. Louis County)
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA

David was born to Lucy (Pugh) and Luther Berton Monroe in Exline Iowa (farmers Appanoose County, Iowa). He had a brother, Kendal and a famous first cousin, Vaughn Monroe the band leader and actor from the 30's.

On page 90 of the History of Exline 1996 there is a class photo of David. He graduated from Exline High School in 1923.

He is listed with picture (age 39 in 1942) on page 221 of the Exline History 1996. Beneath his picture it says, "Tech Sgt. David B. Monroe, 39, Exline, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.B. Monroe, wife Geneva; trained in Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, now with Signal Corps in Ireland: former farmer".

Later he moved to St. Louis, Missouri.

On January 21, 1953 a daughter was born to him and Ethel Porter, named Claudia.

He is the grandfather of Michael, Brian and Sean Haslett and the great grandfather of Alexis Haslett.

He died July 5, 1965 of a heart attack / heart disease. He was a moderate smoker.

My memories of him was he was a conservatively well groomed, quiet, gentle and intelligent man with beautiful intense hazel eyes that sparkled every time we met.

He enjoyed having a beer and watching the Perry Como Show on Saturday night.

He was laid to rest at Jefferson Army Barracks, Missouri.

David's mother was named Lucy and she was born to Samuel and Dicindia Pugh. Lucy had a brother named Van who is pictured on page 147 of the Exline History 1996.

Van Pugh was mayor of Exline, Iowa in the late 1920's and was married to Lettie Maring on 12/12/1901.

I believe Lucy and Luther Burton Monroe are buried in Appanoose County, Exline Iowa area.

On page 230 of the History of Exline 1996 it says, " The Monroe cemetery is located one and one fourth miles northwest of Exline, is the first burial ground". Mrs. Beers recalls.

Anyone out there stumbles across Lucy and Luther B. Monroe's grave please let me know. It would be nice to have a picture of them and or their graves.

"To you it may be just another old photo, to someone else it is their heritage".

Stats on where to find my father's grave: Monroe, David Byron, b. 12/21/1903, d. 07/05/1965, US Army, M SGT, Plot: E 0 221, bur. 07/08/1965

Jefferson Army Barracks, St. Louis Missouri

David Monroe is my biological father (out of wedlock). His first cousin was Vaughn Monroe


Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
Saint Louis
St. Louis County
Missouri, USA
Plot: E 0 221


Submitted by: Claudia Haslett Monroe