Reefer Lee Cox was born in Claiborne County, Tennessee, the son of Charles Austin Cox and Nora Belle Edwards. He was raised in Kentucky and lived there most of his life. He enlisted when he was a little over eighteen years of age on the 26th of October 1939. He married Henrietta Reece on 29 May 1943 in Harlan, Kentucky.
Pvt. Cox was killed in action November 20, 1944 in Frémonville, France in the Meurthe and Moselle region (Alsace).

Reburial of Cox Set for Tomorrow

Reburial of Pvt. Reefer Lee Cox, 23, who was killed in action Nov. 20, 1944 in Frémonville, France, will be conducted at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Edwards Baptist Church, Goin, Tenn.

Survivors: parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cox of Coxton; brothers, Lumis and Edward Cox, both of Evarts, Homer and Woody Cox, both of Coxton; sisters, Mrs. Hetti Cole of Goin, Mrs. Ethel Hall of Wilhoit, Mrs. Gala Hughett of Coxton and Mrs. Alma Hembree of Coxton.

The Rev. Jack Carroll will be in charge of services. Burial will follow in the Edwards Cemetery in Goin. The American Legion Post of Tazewell will be in charge of the military rites.

The body arrived in Harlan this morning and will be taken to the home of his parents this afternoon. He was a member of Company I, 314th Infantry.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 13 August 1921
  • Date of death: 20 November 1944
  • County: Claiborne
  • Hometown: Goin
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: Company I, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Edwards Baptist Church Cemetery, Goin, Tennessee
  • Sponsored by: Emily Ledford, cousin

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