William (Bill) Gilmore Comerford was born on 31 July 1920, Holston Valley, Sullivan County, Tennessee. Son of William Booher Comerford and Mary Elizabeth Elswick. He Died non Battle 12 April 1943
Buried at Cold Springs Cemetery, Holston Valley, TN

Technical Sergeant
500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group

T/Sgt Comerford died at Beaufort, South Carolina due to an airplane accident.

Bristol news bulletin, April 14, 1943
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Cold Spring church in Holston Valley for Tech. Sgt. William Gilmore (Bill) Comerford, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Comerford, who was killed early Monday with six other U.S. Army fliers when a bomber plane crashed at Ridgeland, S.C., while on a routine training mission from Waterboro, S.C., to the Savannah, Ga., air base. The body will be shipped to Bristol for burial, arriving on train no. 42 at 7:25 o’clock this evening. It will be taken to the Blevens Funeral Home and will be moved to the Comerford residence in Holston Valley at 9:30 a.a. Thursday.
The popular Young Bristolian was chief radio operator on the bombing plane. Sergeant Comerford, 22 years old, was a graduate of Bristol, Tenn., high school and was employed by the H.P. King Company in Bristol until he enlisted in the service on Jan. 12, 1942. He had radio work at Scott Field, Ill., and later attended Harlington Gunnery School in Texas, receiving his wings there in October. Until recently he was stationed at Columbia air base, South Carolina, and there he qualified as a bombardiers. He was born in Holston Valley on July 3, 1920. He possessed a pleasing personality and was well liked by all who knew him. He is survived by his parents; one sister, Miss Frances Comerford, and paternal grandmother, Mrs. Naoma Comerford, all of Holston Valley.

  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 31 July 1920
  • Date of death: 12 April 1943
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Holston Valley
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 500th Bomber Squadron, 345th Bomber Group
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Cold Springs Cemetery, Holston Valley, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Middle Panel
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