Elmer Blair Hackworth was the son of Elmer Blain Hackworth and Janie Mae Cox. He married Hazel Hodges McNew on 6 December 1941 in Knoxville, Tn. Their daughter Caroly Mae Hackworth was born on 10 November 1942, a day after Pvt. Hackworth died. He enlisted on April 20, 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA

He is memorialized at North Africa American Cemetery in Carthage, Tunisia

The Knoxville Journal, December 16, 1942
Elmer Blair Hackworth, 28, of Byington, was killed in action in North Africa Nov. 9, his wife learned here today. He was inducted into the Army on April 18, 1942 and had been stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., before he was sent to Africa. Mr. Hackworth was a member of the Tank Corps. A son of the late Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Hackworth of Byinton, he was graduated from Karnes High School. Surviving, other than his widow, is one daughter, Carolyn Mae Hackworth, of Byington.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 16 December 1942
Pvt. Elmer Blair Hackworth, of Byington, was killed in action Nov. 9 in the North African invasion, a day before his daughter was born. Mrs. Hazel McNew Hackworth was informed by the War Department yesterday of her husband’s death. The 28-year-old Knox Countian was in a tank corps. Mrs. Hackworth and the daughter, Carolyn Mae, are the only survivors. They live at Byington. Before his induction in the Army, April 18, 1942, Private Hackworth was a Fulton Co. employe. He served at Fort Bragg, N.C. Before being sent overseas. He was a graduate of Karns High School. While he was employed at Fulton’s, the home was at 213 Springdale Avenue. Private Hackworth was a son of the late E.B. and Jane Hackworth of Byington.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 4 December 1913
  • Date of death: 9 November 1942
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Byington
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 70th Tank Battalion
  • Theater: North Africa
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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