PFC Earl Thomas Dempsey was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, around 1898, the son of Susie Crumby. His brothers included Claude and Lee Crumby and John Dempsey. PFC Dempsey served in the United States Army in World War I with Co. K, 166th Infantry, 42nd Division. He died of wounds received in action in France on November 6, 1918 at the age of 20. PFC Dempsey was initially buried at Sedan American Cemetery, Letanne, Ardennes, France, Grave 132, Plot 3, Section 3

PFC Dempsey is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee, S, 14114.

John and Earl Dempsey are step brothers to Lee and Claude Crumley. Susan Ann (Thompson) Crumley, Dempsey, Potter is the mother of these 4 son’s by separate husbands, Thomas Benjamin Crumley, Enoch Dempsey, and lastly William C. Potter. She had no children with William Potter. The name “Crumby” is from a census taker that misspelled the name “Crumley”. I descend from Jesse Claude Crumley Sr., who is my grandfather, and then from Jesse Claude Crumley Jr. my father. Jesse Claude Crumley Sr. is married to Lucy Mae Frost. She is the sister of Nellie (Frost) Fyffe. Jesse Claude Crumley is a (brother in law) to Col. James Perry Fyffe 114th Machine Gun Battalion WWI Chattanooga TN.


  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 22 December 1896
  • Date of death: 6 November 1918
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Company K, 166th Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War I
  • Battles: Lorraine, Champagne, St. Mihiel, Argonne
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar III, Top Panel
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