Private First Class Joe Laverne York was born at Morrison, Tennessee, the son of Joseph “Joe” Nathaniel York and Mary Belle Tenpenny.

He was a member of Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. He was Killed in Action while fighting the enemy in North Korea.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 5 November 1951
Army Pfc. Joe Laverne York, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph N. York of Shady Grove community near Morristown, was killed in action Oct. 3, the Department of Defense informed his parents. Pfc. York attended elementary and high school at Morristown. He was employed by General Shoe Corporation in McMinnville before entering the service last January. A member of the Seventh Regiment, First Cavalry Division, Pfc. York served as one of the guards at the United States peace parleys in Korea. He is survived by his parents; a sister, Mrs. Wynnette Gross of Morristown and a half-brother, Sgt. Willard Tenpenny of Pine Camp, New York.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 10 February 1929
  • Date of death: 3 October 1951
  • County: Campbell
  • Hometown: Morristown
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
  • Conflict: Korean War
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantrymans Badge, Korean Service Medal with 2 Battle Stars, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Shady Grove Cemetery, Morrison, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XX, Top Panel
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