George Dewey Owens was born 1922, Tennessee, the son of Hugh H. Owens and Lucy Elizabeth Whitmore. Husband of Virginia Theresa Peterson and father of George Dewey Owens Jr.
Pvt. Owens was killed in action in Cherbourg, France. He is buried at Riverhead Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York.

Rogersvilel Journal, December 23, 1944
Pfc. George Dewey Owens of Rogersville is now serving with General Patton’s Third Amry in France. Pfc. Owens went into the service May 17, 1943 and received his basic training at Camp Ellis, Ill. He came in on the Normandy beachhead July 9th, in the invasion of France.

The Johnson City Press, 17 September 1944
Hugh Owens of 180 East Millard street has received word from the War Department that his son, Pvt. George D. Owens, 22, previously reported missing in action since June 17, was killed on that date in France. He served with a infantry division. Surviving besides his father are the widow, Mrs. Virginia Peterson Owens of River Head, N.Y., and five sisters, Mrs. Rhoda Gilley, Edith Owens and Mrs. Mae Tipton, all of Johnson City, and Mrs. Kate Campbell and Ethel Owens of Roanoke, Va., and a brothers, Charles E. Owens of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Atlantic area. Private Owens was inducted into the Army November 14, 1942, and trained at Fort Hancock, N.J., River Head, N.Y., Camp Pickett, Va., and Fort Meade, Md. In civilian life he was employed with a bottling company here.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 7 January 1922
  • Date of death: 19 June 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 8th Infantry Regiment
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Riverhead Cemetery, Suffolk County, New York
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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