James Earl Hurst was born 2 May 1926, the son of John Carl Hurst and Mary Davis. He attended Knoxville High School. Served on the U.S.S. England (DE 635) and killed in action on 9 May 1945 on Okinawa.
Buried at Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN

Sibling: Iva Hurst

The Knoxville Journal, 8 July 1945
Brothers hear sons killed in War action. The news that their sons had been killed in action in two different branches of service reached two Knoxville brothers recently on the same day. Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hurst, 622 King Street, have been notified by the War Department that their son Pfc. Albert Hurst, 20, was killed on Cebu Island March 31. He had been in service 20 months. A similar announcement was received by Mr. and Mrs. Carl Hurst, 114 West Anderson Avenue saying that their son, Petty Officer James E. Hurst, 19, was also killed in the Pacific theater. Date of his death was not given, but his parents had received a letter from him dated April 9, indicating that he was killed some time after his cousin. Three brothers of Pfc. Hurst are in service. They are Cpl. Glenn Hurst, Sgt James Hurst and Fireman First Class Amos Hurst.

The Knoxville Journal, March 10, 1949
Funeral services for James E. Hurst, 19, of 114 West Anderson Avenue, who was killed in action May 9, 1945, on Okinawa while serving with the Navy, will be held at Rose Chapel. Survivors include the parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Hurst; sister, Mrs. Iva Tinsley; granmother, Mrs. J.A. Hurst, all of Knoxville. Hurst attended Knoxville High School where he was a member of the ROTC. He was assigned to the destroyer USS England at the time of his death. Interment will be in Lynnhurst Cemetery.

  • Rank: Seaman Second Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 May 1926
  • Date of death: 9 May 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS England (DE-635)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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