Charnold Allen Kerley was the husband of Rosa Belle Thurman. Son of Robert Elsea Kerley and Sarah J “Sallie” Coppinger.

He was returned from Guadalcanal-Solomon Islands

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 15 August 1945
B2C Charnold Allen Kerley, husband of Mrs. Rosa Belle Kerley, Lupton City, Tenn., has been posthumously commended by his commanding officer for “loyal performance of duty” during the sinking of the Susan B. Anthony by an enemy mine in the Seine Bay. In a letter to Kerley, Commander Thomas L. Gray wrote: “Your conduct at that time was such as to render assistance to your commanding officer in maintaining the perfect order and discipline necessary to the successful disembarkation to all on board. Your performance of duty on this occasion was in keeping with the highest traditions of the naval service.”

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 23 October 1949
The body of Charnold Allen Kerley, BC2, U.S. Navy, who was killed at Okinawa in May, 1944, will arrive here for funeral services and burial.
He is the son of R.E. Kerley, Hixson, Route 2. Other survivors are a daughter, Neva Rose Kerley; four sisters, Mrs. G.R. Sneed, Daisy, Tenn., and Mrs. J.H. Gewart, Mrs. L.T. Adwell and Mrs. J.S.  Bolt of Chattanooga and two brothers, James T. Kerley of Lansing, Mich., and Hobert Kerley of Chattanooga. He was a member of Red Bank Baptist Church.

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  • Rank: Baker Second Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 27 May 1913
  • Date of death: 4 May 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Lupton City
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Susan B. Anthony
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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