Private Ernest J. Sampley was born 9 October 1926, the son of William “Thomas” Sampley and Rose Anne Dye. He served in the Army Infantry. Was killed in action while crossing the Main River in Germany on 28 March 1945.
He is interred at Fairmount Cemetery, Hamilton County, Tennessee.
Awards include the Purple Heart.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 4 November 1948
Pvt. Ernest J. Sampley, 18, son of W.T. Sampley, Dvivion Street, Signal Mountain, was killed in action in Germany March 28, 1945. His body will arrive in Chattanooga this morning. His company had crossed the Rhine into central Germany and was making a crossing of the Main River in an assault boat when Pvt. Sampley was killed. He attended the Signal Mountain School. Surviving are his father: three sisters, Mrs. Florie Dye and Mrs. Mary Hunley, Signal Mountain, and Mrs. Helen Outlaw, Gainesville, Fla., and three brothers, Andrew, Martin and W.C. Sampley, Signal Mountain.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 9 October 1926
  • Date of death: 28 March 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Signal Mountain
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Fairmount Cemetery, Hamilton County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Top Panel
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