Dwight Leanord Guinn was born on 6 July 1918 to Blaine Arthur Guinn and Zora Tilson.
He died of Wounds 29 September 1944 in Italy
Buried at Clear Branch Cemetery, Erwin, TN

Private First Class
339th Infantry Regiment, Medical Department

The Johnson City Press-Chronicle, November 19, 1948
The body of Private First Class Dwight L. Guinn who died of wounds received in Italy September 29, 1944, arrived here today for reburial. The body will be taken from Kiser Funeral Home, Johnson City to the home of his parents. Funeral will be held at Clear Branch Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Blaine Guinn, Erwin, Route 2;  a brother, James H. Guinn; six sisters, Mrs. Eva Martin, Mrs Kathleen Hoyle, Miss Reta Guinn, Miss Elouise Guinn, Miss Dora Dean Guinn and Miss Dorotha Guinn; and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Tilson, all of Erwin, route 2.
Guinn, who was 26, at the time of his death, was employed in Portsmouth, Va., shipyards before entering the Army September 28, 1942. He was assigned overseas duty in December, 1943, and served with the 339th Infantry. He was a member of Clear Branch Baptist Church and attended Unicoi County High School at Erwin. He had been awarded posthumously the Bronze Star Medal for his heroic action in tending to a wounded comrade, although he himself was wounded three times while trying to Carry his friend to safety. He did manage to get his comrade under cover and made his way to a first aid station. A Squad was then detailed to bring back the other wounded man for further medical treatment. The Fifth Army in Italy announced the presentation was made for “heroic achievement” while serving with the 85th “Custer” Division on the Fifth Army front. Guinn was slightly wounded in Italy previous May 26 and was returned to active duty.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 July 1918
  • Date of death: 29 September 1944
  • County: Unicoi
  • Hometown: Erwin
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 339th Infantry Regiment, Medical Department
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Clear Branch Cemetery, Erwin, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Top Panel
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