Estel Henry Crum was born on 9 May 1911, the son of John Samuel Crum and Laura Emily Lowery.
Died 25 October 1944
Buried Harrison Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
414th Infantry Regiment, 104th (Timberwolf) Infantry Division, Company F
The Greeneville Sun, 7 March 1945
S/Sgt Estel H. Crum was killed in action October 25, somewhere in Holland. Sgt. Crum, who was in the infantry is survived by his mother, Mrs. John Crum, sisters, Mrs. G.B. Wilhoit, Mrs. Dessie Crum, Mrs. K.M. Johnson, and brothers, Leslie, Elmer, Sam and Wm. Crum. Sgt. Crum, aged 33, went to school at Camp Creek. He entered the service in October , 1942 and was overseas two months.
The following letter was received by his family from his commanding officer:
Mrs. Laura E. Crum
Dear Mrs. Crum:
As commanding General of the 104th Division permit me to offer my deepest sympathy because of the death of your son, St. Sgt. Estel H. Crum, a member of this Division, who was killed in action. I feel deeply saddened because of our necessary casualties on the battlefield. It has always been my endeavor to accomplish our combat mission with the minimum of danger to my own soldiers, but battle casualties are part of the cost that must be paid by a combat division, which is being used in the forefront of a major offensive. Your son died a hero’s death on the battlefield. His memory will always= be cherished in the Timber Wolf Division. The devotion to duty of our gallant dead will always be an inspiration to our remaining soldiers in finishing the task that lies ahead. I realize what sad news this must be. You have my deepest sympathy.
Major General U.S. Army
- Rank: Staff Sergeant
- Date of birth: 9 May 1911
- Date of death: 25 October 1944
- County: Greene
- Hometown: Greeneville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 414th Infantry Regiment, 104th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Harrison Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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