Herman Ben Gentry was born on 23 April 1915, the son of Ervin Gerdine D. Gentry and Emily E Messer.
Died non Battle 23 March 1941
Buried at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Greeneville, TN

6th Cavalry, Troop E

The Johnson City Press, Sunday, 15 September 1940
Will Royal, member of Greeneville’s police department was reported at Greeneville hospital tonight to be considerably improved, from serious pistol bullet wounds in the right thigh and arm received in a shooting affray Wednesday night. No improvement was reported in the condition of Herman Gentry, 25-year-old enlisted soldier at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga., who also was seriously wounded in the gun battle. The soldier, who was here on a ten-day furlough, was wounded in the chest and neck in a exchange of shots with city and county officers who sought to arrest him following a neighborhood disturbance.

The Greeneville Sun, March 24, 1941
Herman Gentry, who suffered gun shot wounds while home on a furlough from the U.S. Army last fall, died in the Walter Reid Hospital in Washington, D.C., yesterday, according to a telegram received here by Sheriff W.J. Holt. Gentry was shot in an altercation with local officers following a drunken spree that he went on a short time after arriving in Greeneville. His spinal cord was severed and his death had been expected for some time. He spent several weeks in a local hospital, but was later removed to Fort Oglethorpe. He was sent from there to Washington, where he died. Funeral arrangements have not been made but it is doubtful that his body will be returned to Greeneville for reburial. He was the son of the late Gurdine Gentry, formerly of the Cedar Creek section. Several years ago he moved his family to the coal fields of Virginia.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 23 April 1915
  • Date of death: 23 March 1941
  • County: Meigs
  • Hometown: Greeneville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 6th Cavalry, Troop E
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Greeneville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVI, Top Panel
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