Horace Daniel Allen Owens was the son of Ross Owens and Alta Goodwin. Afther his father died in 1934, his mother remarried Ray E. Conner. Horace enlisted July 9, 1942, in Camp Forrest, TN and received further training at Fort Oglethorpe, Fort McClellan in Alabama and Camp Edwards in Massachusetts. He married Jessie Hawkins on 18 November 1943 at Rossville, Georgia.

Company B, 14th Armored Infantry

PFC Owens was returned from Vada, Italy.
Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery (Plot: A 5700) March 2, 1949

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 7 September 1944
Pfc. Horace D.A. Owens, 22, who earlier had been wounded in a hospital bombing on the Anzio beachhead, was killed in action on the Italian front on Aug. 25. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Jessie Owens; mother, Mrs. Alta Conner; and two sisters, Misses Shona Lee and Pauline Owens, all of 402 East Baxter Avenue. Pfc. Owens went overseas in April, 1943, a few days after his marriage. He was with his infantry outfit in Tunisian action before reaching Anzio. The young man was in the beachhead hospital recovering from an appendectomy when he received a hand wound in one of the German bombings on beachhead hospitals. Last month he left a rest camp and returned to action just a few days before he was killed.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, February 27, 1949
The body of Pfc. Horace D.A. Owens who was killed in action in Italy, Aug. 25, 1944, will arrive here tomorrow for burial. He was 22 at the time of his death. Pfc. Owens, son of Mrs. Alta Conner, 402 East Baxter Avenue, entered the Army in July, 1942. He was killed while serving with the 14th Armored Infantry. He attended Brownlow School here and worked at a cotton mill before his Army service.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 May 1922
  • Date of death: 25 August 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 14th Armored Infantry Battalion
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Anzio
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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