Henry Ira Brewer was born September 30, 1921 in Union County, Tennessee to Lewis Deering Brewer and Mary Jane Shoffner Brewer. Henry attended grammar school and was never married. He entered the service through Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. He was a member of the 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division when he was killed in action in Southern France.

Private First Class Brewer was repatriated back to his hometown of Sharps Chapel and was laid to rest at Chris Keck Cemetery in Sharps Chapel.

The Knoxville Journal, November 2, 1944
Pfc. Henry Ira Brewer, 23, was killed in action in Southern France, Sept. 28, according to a message from the War Department received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Brewer, Sharp’s Chapel. Private Brewer was a farmer before entering the service November 21, 1942. He received his basic training at Fort Hancock, N.J., and had been overseas since May 1, 1944. Surviving besides his parents, are four brothers, W.O., 322 Cottage Place, Knoxville, Oscar, Junior and Earl, Sharp’s Chapel; and one sister, Miss Mildred Brewer of Sharp’s Chapel.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 30 September 1921
  • Date of death: 28 September 1944
  • County: Union
  • Hometown: Sharps Chapel
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chris Keck Cemetery, Sharps Chapel, Union County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Top Panel
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