Houston Akins was born in 1923 in Georgia to Stanley Earnest Akins and Sallie B. Patterson.
Campaigns: Algeria – French Morocco
Summary of Service;
Pfc. Houston C. Akins 14071587 509th PIB, Home of Record Chattanooga TN, Entered Service TN, 41 – 46, Died 19-Feb-44, page 386 book Stand in the Door by Charles H. Doyle
Pvt. Houston C. Akins A Company 509th PIB 11-Jan-44 SO 4 Removed from Jump Status
Pvt. Houston C. Akins, D Company, 2nd Battalion, 509th PIR, Home of Record Chattanooga TN, Entered Service TN, 8-Nov-42 Plane 3 Seat 11 Combat Weight 244 lbs
Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy, Plot A Row 14 Grave 12
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 17 March 1944
Pfc. Houston C. Akins, son of Stanley C. Akins, 2108 East 24th Street Place, was killed Feb. 19. A paratrooper, he was with American forces in Italy when he was killed. Pfc. Akins, who would have become 21 on March 4, attended East Lake Junior High School and was working on the Happy Valley Farms when he volunteered for the Army in December. 1941. Overseas for 22 months, he first was stationed in England. He participated in the invasion of North Africa and was with American forces in Italy when killed. Young Akins is survived by his parents; seven sisters, Mrs. Lela Brotherton and Mrs. Dorothy Harris, both of Baltimore, Md.; Mrs. Nina Anderson, Route 3, Rossville; Mrs. Anna Ruth Bentley and Mrs. Mary Burgess, both of Route 4, Rossville; Miss Doris Akins and Miss Norma Jean Akins, both of Chattanooga; two brothers, Jack and Bobby Akins, also of Chattanooga.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 4 March 1923
- Date of death: 19 February 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart, Parachutist Badge
- Burial/Memorial Location: Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, Nettuno, Italy
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
- Sponsored by: Betty Pitts
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