Gene Woodrow Cox was the son of Earnest R. and Viva Cox. He was killed in action on Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands and was returned from Mausoleum No. 1, Hawaiian Islands in 1947. He is buried in Knoxville National Cemetery on November 1, 1947 (Section B Plot 6426)

The Knoxville Journal, January 8, 1944
Pfc. Gene W. Cox, U.S. Marine Corps,  son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Cox, Halls Cross Road, was killed in action in the Southwest Pacific. He volunteered for serv Sept. 17, 1942 and after a year’s training was sent to New Zealand. His parents believe he was killed in the battle of Tarawa. He attended Powell’s High School and was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Other survivors are; one sister, Mrs. Marie Livingston; two brothers, Charles and James Cox all of Halls Cross Roads.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 August 1922
  • Date of death: 20 November 1943
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Marine, 2nd Marine Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Tarawa
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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