James E. Roe was born on 4 April 1920, the son of Willis Roy Roe and Ada Fields.
He Died of wounds 28 July 1944 in France
Buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Bristol, VA

Technical Sergeant
47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Division, Company C

The Bristol Herald Courier, 25 September 1943
Staff Sergeant James E. Roe, 21, of Bristol, recently has received the Silver Star for gallantry in action during the North African campaign, relatives here have learned. Sergeant Roe, the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Roe, of Holston Valley, is serving in the Amphibious Command, and has seen action both in North Africa and the South Pacific. His father said yesterday that Roe, who has been in service three years, was in the Solomon Islands for ten weeks before returning to the United States and being sent to North Africa. Roe was wounded four times during the bitter fighting that raged around Kasserine Pass in early stages of the North African campaign and has received the Purple Heart. Recovering from his wounds, he rejoined his command in time to take part in the invasion and conquest of Sicily. Letters have been received from him since he landed in Sicily, his father said. Roe is married and his wife, the former Miss Hazel Jones, is with her parents on Virginia street.

The Bristol Herald Courier, 20 August 1944
Mrs. Hazel Jones Roe, 308 Virginia Street, has been informed by the War Department that her husband, Tech. Sgt. James E. Roe, was seriously wounded on July 28 in France. Sgt. Roe is the son of Mrs. Ada Roe, of 817 Russell street. Sgt. Roe was wounded before, in the Africa campaign, and was awarded the Purple Heart and also the Silver Star for gallantry in combat. He is a member of the 47th Infantry, 9th Division, and participated in the Sicilian and Italian Campaigns. He has been overseas almost two years. Sgt. Roe volunteered for the army in October, 1940, and had trained at Fort Bragg, N.C., before going overseas.

Photo courtesy; Frederic Blais

  • Rank: Technical Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 4 April 1920
  • Date of death: 28 July 1944
  • County: Sullivan
  • Hometown: Bristol
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 47th Infantry Regiment, 9th Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Combat Infantryman's badge
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Mountain View Cemetery, Bristol, Virginia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVIII, Middle Panel
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