Private First Class Proffitt was a member of the 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea.

Buried at Oak Hill Cemetery, Crossville, TN

The Crossville Chronicle, July 12, 1951
Private First Class Homer Proffitt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Porter Proffitt, of Route 2, or Oak Hill community, who was this county’s first casualty of the Korean conflict, was returned here on Thursday, June 28, for burial. Sgt. L. Ingram of Knoxville, U.S. Army, was the military escort.
Private First Class Proffitt was killed in action on July 19, 1950. Funeral services were held June 29 in the Oak Hill Baptist Church.
Besides his parents, Homer, is survived by four brothers, Royal and Douglas in homes of their own; Charles and Windell both at home; two sisters, Coreane and Geraldine; and his maternal grandfather, John Care also of Route 2. Burial with full military honors was conducted by members of the National Guard company, county veterans organizations, Post 163, The American Legion, Post 5025 Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 12 July 1929
  • Date of death: 19 July 1950
  • County: Cumberland
  • Hometown: Crossville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 19th Infantry Regiment, 24th Infantry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Oak Hill Cemetery, Crossville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XX, Middle Panel
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