Ernest Leony Vance was born on 26 January 1925, the son of Robert Henry Vance and Maude Annis Phipps. He entered service May 13, 1943 and went overseas in September of that same year. He arrived in African in December, 1943 and from there was sent to Italy. He was wounded in Italy on February 9th, 1944, and remained in the hospital until May, when he returned to his company and was sent to Southern France. He was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in Italy. He was killed in action 21 September 1944 in Southern France.

Buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, TN

142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Company E

Bristol Herald courier, May 9, 1948
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Vance have received word that the body of their son, Pvt. Ernest L. Vance is being returned to this country from France. Pvt. Vance was killed in Southern France, September 21, 1944. He is survived by his parents, eight brothers, Paul, Eldridge, Joe, Ralph, Douglad, Cebert, George and Gerald Vance; and two sisters, Mrs. Lee Dixon and Imogene Vance.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 January 1925
  • Date of death: 21 September 1944
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Bristol
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, Company E
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Middle Panel
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