Howard Raymond “Ray” Heaton was born on 3 July 1923, the son of Columbus Franklin Heaton and Verna A. Lewis.
He Died non Battle 2 July 1944

433rd Army Air Force Base Unit Squadron (AAFBU Sq.)

The Elizabethton Star, 4 July 1944
Pvt. Howard R. Heaton, 21, son of Mrs. Verna Heaton of near Butler, was fatally injured in a truck accident Saturday night at Camp Beale, Calif. He died Sunday morning. He is survived by his mother; three brothers, Pvt. Columbus Frank Heaton, with the AEF in North Africa, Clay and Dean Heaton, both of Butler; two sisters, Mary Ruth and Jewel, both of Butler; four half-sisters, Mrs. Maude Bourne of Bristol, Mrs. Anna Mae Jordan of Elizabethton, Mrs. Beulah Edmondson, Johnson City and Mrs. Goldie Edens, Gap Creek, and grandfather, W.B. Lewis, Creston, N.C.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 July 1923
  • Date of death: 2 July 1944
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Hampton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 433rd Army Air Force Base Unit Squadron
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Mountain Home National Cemetery, Johnson City, Washington County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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