Donald William Cockrum was the son of Robert William Cockrum and Nora O. Helm.
Private First Class Donald W. Cockrum was assigned to the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. In September 1944 the 11th Infantry Regiment was engaged in the reduction of the fortified city of Metz.
PFC Cockrum died of his wounds on 9 September 1944 and was interred at the Lorraine American Cemetery, St Avold, France, K,45,24.
The Knoxville Journal, January 21, 1945
Pfc. Donald W. Cockrum died Nov. 1 from wounds received in France, Sept. 9,his mother, Mrs. Nora H. Cockrum has been notified by the War Department. Pfc. Cockrum entered service in May, 1941 and served overseas one year. He has two brothers, Corporal George Cockrum of Camp Gordon, Ga., and Pvt. Jas. Cockrum of Cam Maxey, Texas.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 11 March 1918
- Date of death: 9 September 1944
- County: Grainger
- Hometown: Rutledge
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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