George Edwin Skeggs was born in Nashhville, Tenn. in 1925, the son of Leonard Preston Skeggs and Lillie Walker.
Shipped aboard freighter Thomas Sinnickson as a member of the Naval Armed Guard. While In transit across the South Atlantic, the Sinnickson was torpedoed and sunk on 7 July 1943. The only loss was George E. Skeggs. He was officially decleared dead on 8 July 1944.

Memorialized at the East Coast Memorial, New York, NY.

Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Preston Skeggs, Trailer City, Oak Ridge, TN

The Nashville Banner,  9 October 1944
George Edwin Skeggs, Seaman First Class, United States Navy, who was formerly reported missing in action since July 7, 1943, off the coast of Brazil, has been listed as killed in action, according to information from the Navy Department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. L.P. Skeggs of Oak Ridge, Tenn., formerly of Nashville. Seaman Skeggs attended East Nashville Junior High School and was a sophomore at Dickson High School, Dickson, Tenn., when he enlisted October 17, 1942. He went overseas in January, 1943. His parents recently received the Purple Heart, posthumously awarded to Seaman Skeggs. Survivors include four sisters Mrs. Charles Towe and Mrs. E.H. Fussell of Pensacola, Fla. And Miss Margaret Jean Skeggs of Oak Ridge; and two brothers, Robert and Roy Skeggs, also of Oak Ridge.

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of death: 7 July 1943
  • County: Anderson
  • Hometown: Oak Ridge
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: S.S. Thomas Sinnickson
  • Theater: South Atlantic
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: East Coast Memorial, New York
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Top Panel
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