Gurdine Wills was born 16 May 1916, the son of James Fleming “Dock” Wills and Lilly Mae Long. Husband of Marie Etta Darnell and father of Charles Harold Wills.
Killed in Action 8 June 1944
Buried at Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, C, 161
12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division, Company C, 1st Battalion
Pvt Wills was a passenger on the U.S.S. LCI (L) 526 sailing from Salcombe, England on 5 June 1944. He died 2 days after the D-Day assault on Utah Beach, Normandy, France. He was the son of Dock and Lillie Wills. Husband of Marie Etta Darnue.
The Weekly News-Bulletin, 9 June 1949
The funeral of Pvt. Gurdine Wills, 28, whose body was returned to Greeneville for burial, was held this afternoon at Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home. Interment was in Andrew Johnson National Cemetery. His survivors include one son, Charles Wills of Spring Creek, N.C.; his mother, Mrs. Lillie Wills of Greeneville; his father, Doc Wills of Hot Springs, N.C.; four sisters, Miss Tennie Mae Wills, Mrs. Edgar Knight and Mrs. Paul Plemmons, all of Greeneville and Mrs. Charles Kesterson of Midway, and one brothers, D.G. Wills of the U.S. Army, now stationed in Japan.
Pvt. Wills spent most of his life as a farmer. In 1942 he was called into service and was later killed in action.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 16 May 1916
- Date of death: 8 June 1944
- County: Greene
- Hometown: Greeneville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Normandy Campaign
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Andrew Johnson National Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Bottom Panel
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