James Robert Conner was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, the son of William Radford Conner and Lilly Mae Smith. He enlisted in Ohio and died of wounds at the age of 19. He was returned from St. James-Avranches, France in 1949.

The Knoxville Journal, September 1, 1944
Pvt. James Robert Conner, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. William R. Conner, 518 West Vermont Avenue, formerly an employe in the mail order department of a Knoxville department store, died August 8 in England of wounds received in France. Young Conner was with the first contingent of Americans in the invasion of France. The father said a message from the War Department announced several days ago that James had been seriously wounded in action. He was returned to England for hospitalization. Another telegram from the War Department yesterday announced the young man had died of his wounds. The parents said James was wounded on his nineteenth birthday anniversary. He attended West View School and the J. Wesley Hill Sunday School class. Survivors are the parents; seven brothers, Kenneth, Billy, Leroy, .N., Franklin D., Wayne and Charles and a sister, Barbara Jean.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 8 August 1925
  • Date of death: 8 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 121st Infantry, 8th Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Bottom Panel
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