Jack Childers was born on 11 September 1924 in Kentucky, the son of James Martin Childers  and Gertrude Rose
Died non Battle 24 April 1943

Private First Class
Air Corps

PFC Childers is buried at Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County. Kentucky.

The Lexington Herald, 26 April 1943
Jack Childers, 18, an Army Air Force radio student at Truax Field, Wis., drowned Saturday night when his canoe overturned on Lake Monona, his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Rose Childers, 329 Aylesford place, was notified yesterday afternoon. A companion, Leon B. Kravik, 19, Auburn, Wash., also was drowned. Both were private first class. The bodies of the two radio students were recovered by police yesterday about an hour after their canoe was found on a lake beach a mile north of Madison, Wis. Search was begun Saturday night when the two soldiers failed to report back to the boathouse at 10 p.m.
Private Childers enlisted in the Army last December while in his first year at Berea College. A graduate of Berea high school, Childers also attended Bryan Station and Faulconer school in Fayette County. He was a member of the Park Methodist Church. Besides his mother, Childers is survived by his father, J.M. Childers of Chattanooga, Tenn., and one brother, Marcus Childers, 23, stationed with the United States Army at Camp Gordon, Ga. The youth’s father left yesterday for Madison and will return with the body to Lexington.

Picture from the Berea College, Kentucky, yearbook 1943

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 11 September 1924
  • Date of death: 24 April 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lexington Cemetery, Fayette County, Kentucky
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Bottom Panel
  • Contact us to sponsor Jack Childers

Image Gallery

Click a thumbnail below to view at full size.

Submit more information on this veteran →