Decatur County TN
WORLD WAR II




Those Who Served From Decatur County

AARON, Cletus

BAKER, Joe D.

BALLENGER, D.B.
Son of Dock and Corneila Jane (Bradford) Ballinger. Born 5-04-1921 (still living on 7-6-2010) (Contributed by Linda Lewis)

BALLENGER, Frank M.

BIVINS, Erles Thomas

 

"Company "C", 110th Infantry Regiment, Rifleman 745; Combat Infantryman, Ardennes, Rhineland, Central Europe; Wounded in Luxemburg December 16th, 1944. Received the American Theater Ribbon, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with 3 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Ribbon, Victory Medal, and Purple Heart."

When Erles was wounded, he was sent to the field hospital, patched up, presented with the Purple Heart, and sent back out on the front lines to fight again. Erles served with the infamous "Bloody Bucket Brigade". He and Mary Lois Renfroe were wed on August 13, 1945. (Contributed by Vicki Bivins

BIVINS, Ernest Marvin
Enlisted 22 Nov 1942 in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA

Obituary - Age, 57, of 1673 Nelson, farmer, died at 3 p.m. Tuesday at City of Memphis Hospital. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. today in National Cemetery. Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis has charge. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Taker of North Little Rock; three sons, Johnny Bivins of Sardis, TN., and Tommy Bivins and Henry Bivins, both of Little Rock; a sister, Mrs. Lonnie White of Sommerville, TN.; two brothers, Woodrow Bivins and Erles Bivins, both of Scotts Hill, TN., and two grandchildren.

Ernest Marvin Bivins' eldest son by his 1st wife, is a Korean War Veteran and suffered severe frost bite to his feet and toes during his tour to Korea.) His name is John Marvin Bivins, son of Ernest Marvin and Mabel Bivins. Grandson of Marion and Lillie Bivins.

BOWMAN, Onnes A.

BRASHER, Vernon E.

CARRINGTON, Floyd P.

COLLETT, Howard J.

CORNWELL, Grady D.

COX, Ozra Lois
    Pvt. US Army WW II (11 February 1906 - 10 February 1993) Buried at
Yellow Springs Cemetery. Husband of Gertrude Vono

DARNELL, Jesse D.

DAVIS, Charles B.

DODSON, Leonard R.

DOHERTY, Charlie
    Tec 5 US Army WW II 13 Sterling & Gertrude (Baker) Doherty (November 1913 - 29 January 1996) Buried at
Yellow Springs Cemetery

FITZGERALD, Baxter D.

GOODMAN, James L.
    PFC US Army Born 25 October 1925 - Died 29 November 1949. Buried
Mt. Carmel Cemetery

GRAVES, Barney M.

GRIGGS, Gordon

GURLEY, Robert

HALEY, Robert P.

HARDIN, Grover

HOWELL, Curry C.

IVEY, Everett L.

IVY, Alvin B.
    PFC - Tennessee Pvt. 26 MC Bn 9 Div. World War II (born 27 December 1889 - died 24 March 1948) Burial at
Mt. Tabor Cemetery

KEETON, Charles Emerson    

PFC Army WWII

Son of Bedford Benard and Ora (Duck) Keeton

Buried at Keeton Cemetery

Born 27 July 1920 - Died 23 April 1995

Married Martha Lucille Cordle.

KENNEDY, Guy Thomas    
Born Sept. 30, 1907. Enlisted in the USNR (volunteer) in December 1942. Military locations, stations were Memphis TN; Helena AR; and Little Rock AR. Discharged in June 1945 with rank of specialist first class. Awarded the American Reserve Medal and Good Conduct Medal. Married Ethel Austin April 24, 1931. He is the son of J.D. and Ollie (O'Neal) Kennedy. Civilian employment as TVA safety officer, teacher, rural mail carrier and county superintendent. Currently retired and resides in Scotts Hill TN.
Veterans History Decatur County TN - 1846-2000

KENNEDY, HOOVER W.
Born Nov. 30, 1917. Served in the USAF in January 1945-December 1945. Passed away April 23, 1995. He was the son of E.C. and Alice (Duck) Kennedy
Veterans History Decatur County TN - 1846-2000 - (Buried at
Decaturville Cemetery)

KENNEDY, Joe T.
Born Jan. 11, 1919. Enlisted Oct. 16, 1942 and served with Field Arty. WW II. Overseas from June 1943-Dec. 27, 1945, New Guinea and Southern Philippines. Discharged Jan. 14, 1946 with rank of sergeant. Battles in which he participated -- All the little Philippine Islands. Awarded the WWII Victory Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon w/2 Bronze Service Stars and one Bronze Arrowhead, Philippine Liberation Ribbon and two Bronze Stars. Memorable events in service: When they declared peace. Memorable events after leaving service: So glad to get back home and be in the good old USA. Joe passed away June 19, 1996. He was the son of R.E. and Evie Kennedy. Married to Aileen and had four children: Ricky Kennedy, Susan Austin, Mark Kennedy and Thomas L. Kennedy who died July 18, 1988.
Veterans History Decatur County TN - 1846-2000

KENNEDY, Walbert H.
Born May 10, 1923. Enlisted in the US Army Jan. 25, 1943 and served with Reconnaissance (G2). Countries served - Northern Ireland, Wales, France, Belgium and Germany. Discharged Oct. 19, 1945 with rank of technician fourth grade.
Battles - Northern France - Ardennes and Rhineland. Awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, POW Medal, ETO Ribbon w/4 Battle Stars and Good Conduct Medal.
Memorable Events in service- Invasion of Normandy, June 1944. Captured Feb. 25, 1945
Memorable Events after leaving service - Graduation from Law School, married, birth of three sons, career in wildlife law and enforcement, special agent U.S.
He is the son of E.C. and Alice (Duck) Kennedy. Married to Gwen Gibson and sons are Dale, Mike and Pat. Retired from Civil Service Aug. 31, 1982.
Veterans History Decatur County TN - 1846-2000

KING, Curry

LANCASTER, Jessie C.

LINDSAY, William L.

LONG, Harry F.

MAYS, James F.

McCORKLE, Coy M.

McCORKLE, James

McCORKLE, Wallace

MILAM, L.B.

MONTGOMERY, William L.

MOORE, Howard E.

MORRIS, Ben Travener

MORRIS, Ben Travener
PFC Army WWII
Son of Bedford Benard and Ora (Duck) Keeton
Buried at Mt. Tabor Cemetery 1928- 1944
It is with great sadness and pleasure that I send Veterans Day Remembrances to you from Houston, TX. Ben Travener Morris, Jr ( 1925-1944) son, of Ben and Jessie Harrison Morris was honored today at the Regis School of the Sacred Heart. Ben, Jr was among the thirty-nine men from Decatur county who died in World War II. He was killed in action during the Invasion of Guam on November 30, 1944, and his body was sent home in 1948. Ben, jr. is buried in Mount Tabor Cemetery resting by his parents and grandparents. To commemorate Veterans Day, each Regis student creates a poster honoring a specific veteran who has served our country. The posters are then displayed along the fence of the school grounds for public viewing. I am happy to report that my grandson chose Ben Morris, Jr as his "My Hero". My Aunt Jessie and Uncle Ben would be proud!
Contributed by Dolores Harrison Dodge, (Rootsweb Web Messae Board) cousin of Ben Trevener Morris, Jr.

PRATT, Joseph D.

RUSHING, Virgil L.

SMITH, George B.

THOMAS, Odis A.

VISE, William G.

WARREN, Roy


These are the names that appear on the monument at the Decatur County Courthouse
They paid the ultimate price in service to our country



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