Grundy County Casualties of War
WWI, Korea & Vietnam
Compiled By: Janelle
and Willene N. Campbell
Some have said that there are only two who would lay down their lives for you.
Those two are Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. This article
chronicles those soldiers from Grundy County, TN, who did give their
lives in service to their country so that everyday citizens like you
and me can live free from oppression. If you have additional
information for our Historical Society about any of these men, please
contact [email protected] or 931 467-3603. World War II
soldiers were included in a similar article published Veterans' Day
2005. That article may be viewed on the following website:
Henry Fults was born April 1897, in
Coalmont, TN, to
Scott & Emma Fults. His siblings were Lawrence, Hollie, John
M., Clyde, Clara Louise, Thomas, Minnie, Lilly, Mark, Nelson and
Ruby. Henry's family was living in Illinois by 1930. Henry
died at the age of 21. (We believe this to be the correct
Henry Fults, who died in WWI.)
(Source: Research of
& U.S. Military Records)
George Robert Kilgore was the son of Goodson
McDonald Kilgore and Nancy Isabella "Nannie" King Kilgore. He was
born in Grundy County, TN, in April of 1893, and died of pneumonia at
Camp Gordon, GA, in November of 1918. George Robert is
buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Marion County, TN. He was not
married. Virginia Scott of Tracy City is his niece.
Harvey Lusk was born March 1, 1889, in Hubbard's
Cove in Grundy County, Tennessee, and died in a battle in France.
He was the son of Joseph H. and Mary Chester Rhea Lusk of Hubbard's
Cove. When he was drafted on June 5, 1917, he was living in
Phoenix, Arizona, Maricopa County, and working for the City Ice Company
as an iceman. Harvey was single, described as having a tall
slender build with brown hair and blue eyes. He was the uncle
Bonnie Fults Rieben who remembers her mother talking about the Argonne
Forest, so she assumes that Harvey was killed in the Battle of Argonne
(Source: Research of
Bettye W. Sherwood)
Marion Dolph Hargis was the son of Cal Dean Hargis
and Martha B. Roberts Hargis of Tracy City, TN. He was killed in
France & buried there in Sept. 1918 during WWI. He was never
married. Marion was later exhumed and buried at Oak Grove
Cemetery in the Tracy City area. His great grandfather James is
said to have mined saltpeter during the Civil War.
Source: Jerry Hargis
Harris Patton was born April 16, 1895, to John and
Sally Fults Patton of Burrows' Cove, TN. Harris was described on
his draft card as a farmer in business for himself having dark brown
eyes and dark brown hair. He signed the card with an X indicating
that he could not write. Harris' draft card was dated June
1917. He died November 21, 1917, of pneumonia while still in
training. He is buried in the Winton Cemetery in Burrows'
Source: Research of
Willene N. Campbell
Robert Tate was born May 30, 1897, to Joe and Flora
Tate in Sequatchie Valley, TN. He lived in Palmer, TN. He was a
private who served in Co. G 57 Pioneer Infantry. He left on ship
Sept. 6, 1918, and died September 29, 1918, of
Source: Leon Tate,
Charles E. "Bud" Meeks born 1921 in Grundy County;
killed in action September 7, 1950, in South Korea. He was the
son of Rob & Savannah Meeks of Kentucky and brother of Louise
Pocus. Corporal Meeks was a light weapons infantryman in the U.S.
Army's 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was
awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean
Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the United
Nations Service Medal. Bud was buried in Kentucky.
Service ID: RA13035040
Source: Buddy Sanders,
U.S. Military records
William Cecil Moneyheffer was born in
1928, lived in Palmer, TN, entered the U.S. Army 172nd Infantry
Regiment on September 19, 1950, and was stationed at Camp Pickett, VA.
He died of a heart attack while training on March 15, 1951. William
is buried at Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager beside his parents
William Henry & Bertha H. Moneyheffer.
Source: David Patton
William Clayburn Northcutt was born in
May 25, 1931, in Altamont, TN, to Clarence and Lydia Mae Fults
Northcutt. William was the grandson of Avery and Martha Hobbs
Northcutt. His brothers were James Claudy Northcutt and Milburn
Northcutt Army Corporal Northcutt was killed while fighting the enemy
in South Korea on September 23, 1950. He was awarded the
Heart, the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the
United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and
the Korean War Service Medal. Corporal Northcutt is buried in the
Mt. Zion Cemetery located near Viola, TN.
Service ID: 14322872
Source: Mona Moreland,
U.S. Military Records
John Everett Ross, born in 1930, was the son of
Corwin Edwin Ross and Mildred Layne Ross of Gruetli-Laager. He
was a light weapons infantryman private E2 in the Army's 2nd Division,
Unit 38 Cavalry, killed in action in North Korea on September 1, 1951.
His siblings were Joann Brownlee, Paul Wayne Ross, Lee Doug Ross, Mary
Jane Wise, Brenda Pickett, Greg Ross, & Royce Sitz.
John Everett Ross was buried at Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager.
sister & U.S. Military Records
Glenn S. Schonemann was born in 1930 and lived
in Tracy City. He was the son of Elbert and Minnie Tate
Schonmann. He received training in Kentucky and was sent to Korea
where he served about 6 months before he was killed on November 28,
1950. He died while captured. Glenn's family lived in Tracy
City and were caretakers of the Werner farm. Mary Ruth Rogers of Palmer
recalls attending school with Glenn and swapping snacks for paper with
him. Glenn's brother was Raymond Schonemann.
Mary Ruth Rogers & David Patton
Hershel Leon Tate was born in 1922 and
was the son
of Joe Carpenter Tate and Ethel Gross Tate. He was married to Ruby King
and lived in Beersheba Springs. He died in Korea on January
12, 1951, as a POW.
Source: Jean Turner
& David Patton
Charles E. Anderson was born August 14,
died in hostile ground fighting in Gia Dinh, South Vietnam, on February
16, 1968, at the age of 19. Although he was inducted from
Cleveland, Ohio, Charles was originally from Coalmont, TN. He was
in the Army; his rank was SP4 E4, and he was a member of
the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. His name on the Memorial Wall in
Washington, D.C. is on panel 39E line 057. Charles was the 741st
American casualty of the Vietnam Conflict. His parents were Lewis
"Runt" Anderson and Violet Crabtree Anderson. Charles is buried
at Coalmont Cemetery.
County Heritage Book 2004 & U.S. Military Records
The following comment appears on the
James Speer [email protected]
Knew his Mother
I worked with your Mother in Euclid. I
went to The
Wall and got a rubbing of your name, and also several pictures of the
panel your name is engraved upon. I will never forget the look on her
face when I presented her with these reminders of you. I was a lucky
one. I returned home you did so only in spirit and in memories. You Are
Not Forgotten, a fellow Vietnam Vet.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
Marshall Edward "Mad Dog" Brown was from Palmer, TN,
born June 20, 1936, and died April 13, 1967, in a crash over Khanah
Hoa, South Vietnam, at the age of 30. Marshall's rank was an Air
Force TSGT E6. His name is located on panel 18E line 021 on the
Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He was the son of Robert &
Rosalee Pocus Brown. His brother was Bobby Gene Brown. Marshall
was married to Dot Barnes Brown. They had a daughter
Melissa. Marshall is buried at Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager.
The following is a letter from a fellow
veteran and friend of Marshall's.
"I met Marshall when I was transferred to Travis,
AFB California as a C-141 aircraft flight chief, Marshall and I worked
the night shift together. We were both promoted to TSGT and applied for
flight engineer school at the same time. We were roommates at the
school and were in the same class. After graduation we went to Tinker
AFB, Oklahoma for the C-141 engineer training, we flew together a few
times while there and drove back to Travis together. Marshall was
assigned to McChord AFB, Washington, which is just South of Seattle, I
stayed at Travis so while he was moving to McChord I was flying and
completed my training. Marshall was the student flight engineer on his
first trip to Vietnam, on April 13, 1967 the aircraft landed at Cam
Rahn Bay Air Base, Vietnam to unload cargo and take on fuel.
The aircraft crashed into the bay while taking off
at night. I landed at Cam Rahn Bay AB early on April 14, 1967 and was
informed that a C-141 from McChord had crashed on take off. The ground
crewman I talked to had refueled that aircraft and remembered Marshall
because Marshall had spent the ground time visiting with him. Marshall
was a true Tennessee gentleman and a good friend."
William H. Barnes, Tijeras, NM [email protected]
Source: David Patton,
U.S. Military Records
John Allen "Little John" Cox of Palmer died in 1966
while serving with the U.S. Navy in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska.
John was the son of the late Reno Cox & Nellie
Dykes Cox Creighton and the brother of the late Ronnie Cox. He is
survived by a sister Martha Carroll Cox Hensley of Florida.
Source: Research of David
Raymond Carl Eubanks, Jr. was born March
6, 1947, in
Altamont, TN. He attained the rank of SGT E5 in the U.S.
Army 25th Infantry Division. On December 23, 1967, he was a
ground casualty of an explosion in Tay Ninyh, South Vietnam. His
name is located on panel 32E line 053 on the Memorial Wall in
Washington, D.C. Raymond was the 4,486th American casualty of the
war in Vietnam. He is buried at Grace Chapel in Beersheba
Springs. His parents were Raymond, Sr. and Josephine King
Source: Joyce Eubanks,
sister, U.S. Military records
tributes appear on the Internet.
Roscoe Knight [email protected]
he was my friend
141 Forrest Park Drive
Chickamauga, GA 30707 USA
A close wonderful friend
Ray and I were drafted same time we took
AIT together. He grew up in Altamont, TN me in Jasper, TN we become
close friends. We left home a week early to see the country, went thru
Chicago, than San Francisco. He had already gotten his port call when
he was killed. I was back in 25th Div base camp getting over an injury
from a RPG when I received word he had been KIA. I was not scheduled
yet to come home however his mother told the Army they left together I
want them to come home together. I escorted the body home. Ray had
wonderful family they acted like I was his brother.
Sure miss him?
Friday, August 19, 2005
Ray Eubanks was one of the Best Men, Soldier and
Leader that I have ever known. It was My pleasure to have served with
Ray. Not a day goes by that I don't think of Him. See You later Ray,
God, Take care of Him.
Wednesday, December 03, 2003
Tom De Losa [email protected]
served under Sgt. Eubanks in Nam.
Gilbert, Arizona 85296 USA
Sgt. Eubanks was my platoon leader, and
a brave soldier.
Sgt. Eubanks I remember you very well.
You were the
first person to speak to me my first night in Viet Nam just one short
month before you died. I took your picture the morning of the day you
died. You didn't know I took your picture and I didn't know you would
die that day. If the family of Sgt. Eubanks ever visits this site,
please contact me and I'll send you that old picture I kept for so long.
Sgt. Eubanks was a good man, soldier and teacher, I
thank you for teaching me how to survive in that god forsaken place, I
only wish you had made it home too! May God bless you my friend and
show you his light. Sgt. Tom De Losa 4&9, 25th Infantry Div.
Tay Ninh, RSVN
Wednesday, April 03, 2002
George Edward Henry was from Palmer, TN,
November 2, 1948, to George "Dibble" & Ruby Henry.
He was drafted into the Army in February
of 1969 and
attained the rank of CPL E3. George was killed on August
26, 1969, in hostile action in Quang Ngai, South Vietnam, as he was
getting off his plane.
George was the 1095th American military
Vietnam. His name is located on panel 19W line 119 on the
Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. George's brothers were Joel
B, Alan & Jimmy Dale Henry. His sisters: Leonna Henry
Green, Zina L. Henry, and Christine Tate. George Henry Road in
Palmer honors his memory. The inscription on his tombstone states
that he was a member of Co. D, 31st Infantry, American Div.
Corporal Henry is buried at Fall Creek
Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager, TN.
(Source: Research of
Lucille Campbell Scissom & David Patton)
Marvin Foster Phillips was from Gruetli,
June 30, 1946 and graduated from Grundy County High School in
1964. Marvin was drafter into the Army and became a
SP4 E4. He was 20 years old when the helicopter in
which he was riding crashed over South Vietnam on September 26, 1966.
His body was not recovered. Marvin's name is located on panel
11E line 020 on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. He
was the 2,942nd American casualty of the Vietnam Conflict. His
parents were David & Ruby Nell Davis Phillips.
Phillips, aunt & U.S. Military Records
Glenn Haskell Rollins was from Monteagle, TN, born
March 18, 1945, to Math Rollins and Louise Starlin Rollins. Glenn had
siblings Charlie and Joe Rollins, another brother and 2
sisters. He served in the Army's 9th Infantry
Division with the rank of SGT E5. Glenn died at age 23 on January
24, 1969, in Dinh Tuong, South Vietnam, as a result of wounds from an
explosive device. He was the 2,586th casualty of the war.
His name is on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. on panel
34W line 072.
Glenn is buried at Monteagle City
Source: Dorothy Rollins
Layne, niece & U.S. Military records
The following appears on the Internet:
from [email protected]
A grateful American
Melrose Park, Illinois 60161
Sgt Glenn Haskell Rollins was a member
of the 4/39th
Infantry that fought so bravely at Dong Tam, South Vietnam in 1969. The
4/39th Infantry mission in South Vietnam is well documented in the book
entitled "Steel My Soldiers' Hearts" written by Col. David H. Hackworth
who recently passed away on 4 May 2005 & was one of America's
decorated military war HEROES. To Glenn & David, thank YOU for
service & sacrifices to our great country.
Friday, May 27, 2005
Kenneth Edward Shrum was inducted from
TN, but was a native of Tracy City. Kenneth was born May
12, 1943, and was killed in action October 15, 1966. He was a
SP4 E4 in the Army 25th Infantry Division and died at the age
of 23 in hostile ground activity in South Vietnam. He was the
4,486th American casualty. His name is located on panel
11E line 078 on the Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.
The following note appears on the
Vince Fullone [email protected]
Bob Kassabaum, Lindell Richardson, and
the last night of Kenny's life with him. The only thing mentioned was
that Kenny had a mission the next day. The following afternoon we got
word that Kenny and others where killed in a PC with an armor piercing
shell. To us this was the worst day since we arrived in country. Thru
the rest of our tour Ken was mentioned every day. Rest In Peace Friend
Sunday, September 15, 2002
Reuben Charles Williams was born in Altamont, TN, on
August 12, 1944, and joined the Marine Corps where he attained the rank
of 2LT 01. He died in hostile ground activity in Quang Tri
Province, South Vietnam, on August 30, 1967, at the age of 23 while on
a mission near the DMZ. Reuben's name is engraved on the
Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. on panel 25E line 073.
Reuben graduated from David Lipscomb University in Nashville in June of
He was buried with full military honors in the
Altamont Cemetery. His parents were H.B. and Willie Mae Williams.
County Heritage Book, U.S. Military Records
The following note was posted on the
JIM THOMPSON [email protected]
BASIC SCHOOL SUITE MATES
750 PARK AVE NE 8E
ATLANTA, GA 30326 USA
A LONG TIME AGO REUBEN DIDN'T HAVE MUCH
TO SAY BUT WHEN HE DID, YOU LISTENED. IT'S BEEN A LONG TIME
(39 YEARS) BUT I STILL SEE HIS FACE AND SMILE. JIM THOMPSON
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
James Edward Wise was from Gruetli, TN,
born November 23, 1946. He was a member of the Army's 25th
Infantry Division. James was killed in hostile ground activity on
February 25, 1969, at the age of 22 in Hua Nghia Province, South
He was the 4,486th American military casualty of the war and is
memorialized on panel 31W line 062 on the Memorial Wall in
Washington, D.C. He was the son of Lyndall & Mary Hargis
Wise. James is buried at Fall Creek Cemetery in Gruetli-Laager,
TN. His tombstone states SP4 Co. A, 5 Infantry, 25 Division
Vietnam, BSM-AR-com and 2 Olc-2PH.
Wise, mother; David Patton & U.S. Military Records
The following note is posted on the
Internet with a
personal account of action the day James died.
Denis McDonough [email protected]
Fellow Bobcat 1/5 Mech
James, I just wanted you to know, you are not
forgotten. You are loved and missed. My prayers to you and your family.
If anyone knows this brave soldier who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Would you please contact me so we can honor James by having his picture
placed on his former unit the 1/5 Mech website memorial page and on the
Monday, September 20, 2004
"James was a Bobcat. He was a member of the 1/5 Mech
Co. A, 25th Inf Div. We rode in APC's (Armored Personal Carriers)
Below is an account for 2/25/69.
On February 25, 1969, at 0857 hours, Company A was
conducting a RIF operation 2 kilometers northeast of the junction of
Highways 1 and 7A, when an unknown type booby trap exploded. Three
Bobcats were wounded. At 0915 hours, in the same area the company
located and destroyed a booby-trapped 105mm and a 155mm artillery
At 1820 hours, Company A and Company A,
received small arms and RPG fire. Fire was returned with organic
weapons and artillery. Several enemy soldiers were killed in the
contact. One Bobcat from Company A was killed and four soldiers were