James Everett Gentry was born in White Top, Virginia, the son of Miles James Gentry and Mary Eula Smith.

Sergeant Gentry #306476 US Marine Corps was listed as missing in action on October 24, 1944. Sergeant Gentry was a member of the Marine detachment aboard the USS Princeton (CVL-23). He was killed in the sinking of his carrier. He is remembered on the Tablets of the Missing, Manila American Cemetery, Philippines.

The Bristol Herald Courier, December 21, 1944
Sgt. James E. Gentry, 28, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gentry of Bristol, Tenn., RFD 1, who was previously reported missing in action in the sea battle near the Philippine islands last October. Sgt. Gentry was on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Princeton, which the navy announced was sunk in the battle. He volunteered into the U.S. Marine Corps in March, 1941, trained at Paris Island, S.C., was stationed at Washington as a guard for 14 months, received additional training at Portsmouth and for the past 16 months had been in the Pacific war theatre. A brother, Guss Gentry, has been serving overseas for the past 34 months.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 28 October 1915
  • Date of death: 24 October 1944
  • County: Sullivan
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Middle Panel
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