Ford Luther Kitts was born 21 December 1921 at Liberty Hill, Tennessee, the son of Herman Luther Kitts and Matilda Lay
Died 3 February 1944

Private First Class

PFC Kitts was killed in action at Kwajalein Island. He is buried at Washburn Cemetery, Grainger County, Tennessee.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 15 February 1944
Knoxville’s first death from the battle of the Marshall Islands was reported today. Pfc. Ford L. Kitts, who had fought through  the battles of Kiska and Attu, was killed Feb. 3, on the Kwajalein atoll, Marshall Islands. Word of his death came in a telegram from the War Department to the parents, Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Kitts, 612 Morgan Street. Pfc. Kitts was 22 years old. He attended Knoxville High School and was employed by the Southern Railway before entering the service 14 months ago. He was a member of Washburn Baptist Church, but attended Broadway Baptist Church here.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 December 1921
  • Date of death: 3 February 1944
  • County: Grainger
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 184th Infantry
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Kiska, Attu
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Washburn Cemetery, Grainger County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Middle Panel
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