Joseph Grayson Halliburton III was born on 22 September 1924, the son of Joseph Grayson Halliburton and Daniella Cawood. He was married to Katie Ellen Parker. His sister was Mary Gladden Halliburton.

Second Lieutenant Halliburton was a Navigator in the US Army Air Forces. He died on a B-24 named “Lillie Bell” March 6, 1944. He was not a regular crew member, but was filling in for Lt. Thom, who was sick in the hospital with a severe cold. Only Lt. Gerald J. Cyr survived the crash into the North Sea.

Buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN

Crew member of Robert S. McCook

735th Bomber Squadron, 453rd Bomber Group, Heavy

Aircraft B-24H with serial number 42-52191, nicknamed Lillie Bell, was on a operational mission to Genshagen in Germany. The aircraft ditched in the North Sea on the return flight after being badly damaged.

Crew members
Pilot, 2nd Lt Herman J. Meek
Co-Pilot, 2nd Lt Robert S. McCook
Navigator, 2nd Lt Joseph G. Halliburton III
Bombardier, 2nd Lt Joseph G. Cyr
Radio Operator, T/SGt Martin L. Kiner
Tail Gunner, S/Sgt Donald E. Wright
Ball Turret Gunner, S/Sgt William J. Gricas
Top Turret Gunner, S/Sgt William A. Koch
Right Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Thomas H. Keathley
Left Waist Gunner, S/Sgt Frank W. LeFever

The Knoxville Journal, March 25, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Halliburton of 2311 Louise Avenue received word yesterday from the War Department, saying their son, Second Lt. Joseph G. Halliburton, age 19, was killed in action over Germany, March 6. He was a navigator on a B-28 Liberator. He attended Knoxville High School and was captain of Company B, ROTC. He graduated at University of Tennessee in 1942. He enlisted for service in November, 1942, and had been in England three months. He formerly worked for his father who operates a service station at Glenwood Avenue and North Broadway. Survivors: wife, Mrs. Carolyn Parker Halliburton, formerly of Dallas, Texas; his parents; one sister, Miss Mary Gladden Halliburton; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cawood, Knoxville and Mrs. Sarah Halliburton of Miami, Fla.

  • Rank: Second Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 22 September 1924
  • Date of death: 6 March 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 735th Bomber Squadron, 453rd Bomber Group, Heavy
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Al G. Heins, Jr.

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