Amos Junior Parsons was born on 16 November 1920 in Jonesville, Lee County, Virginia. His family moved in the late 1920s to Fordtown, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Amos was working at the Holston Ordnance Works in Kingsport, Sullivan County, Tennessee when he enlisted in the United States Army on 9 October 1943 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.

He received his basic “boot camp” training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and was assigned to the 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division.

Amos is the second son born to Joseph Silas Parsons and Louisa Kathryn Knowles. His older brother Leroy Lester “Roy” Parsons also served with the United States Army during World War II. Amos was married to Josephine and they had one son.

Kingsport Times-News, 22 October 1944
“Amos Parsons was a Tank Man, killed by a shell in Belgium.
Mrs. Kathryn Parsons of Kingsport, has been notified by the War Department that her son, Pvt A.J. Parsons, Jr. was killed in action somewhere in Belgium, September 12.
Before entering the service Private Parsons was employed by the Holston Ordnance Works. He had been in the service 11 months, having served overseas five months. He received his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was born in Virginia in 1920.”

He is buried at Plot E, Row 14, Grave 52, American War Cemetery Henri-Chapelle, Belgium.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 16 November 1920
  • Date of death: 11 September 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Kingsport
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 32nd Armored Regiment, 3rd Armored Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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