Arley Bufford French was born in Jefferson County, Tennessee, the son of Buford Arlie French and Cordie Elizabeth Erwin.

Private First Class Arley B. French, US Army, was assigned to the 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division. The division landed across the beaches at Normandy on the 22nd of July 1944 and was sent into the fight through the hedgerows of the Normandy campaign.

PFC French was killed in action on the 2nd of August 1944. He is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, G,18,24, Colleville-sur-Mer, France.

The Knoxville Journal, 30 August 1944
Pfc. Arley B. French, husband of Mrs. Geneva Swaggerty French, Strawberry Plains, was killed in action in France Aug. 2. Private French entered the service June 4, 1942 and had been overseas since Oct. 20, 1943. He was with the infantry and had won medals as a sharpshooter. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. B.A. French, Route 3, Dandridge.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 November 1915
  • Date of death: 2 August 1944
  • County: Jefferson
  • Hometown: Dandridge
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 110th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Bottom Panel
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