James Nebraska Frye was born on 19 June 1915 at Dandridge, Tennessee, the son of Mack Buford Frye and Mollie Josie (Mary) McSpadden. Husband of Ila Grace McCoig.
He Died of wounds 27 March 1945 suffered in Germany (Wesel area).
Buried at Shady Grove Cemetery, Dandridge, TN
251st Combat Engineers Battalion, Company B
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 18 April 1945
Sgt. James N. Frye, husband of Mrs. Ila M. Frye, 409 Scottish Pike, died March 27, of wounds received in action in Germany, his wife has been notified. Sgt. Frye was 29. He was a combat engineer with the Ninth Army and had been overseas since September, 1944. He had seen action in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. A graduate of Maury High School in Dandridge, Sgt. Frye was employed at ALCOA before induction. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. M.B. Frye of Dandridge. Three other brothers are in service; Pvt. Charles B. Frye, in Germany with the Third Army; Cpl. Ernest Frye, also in Germany with the First Army and Prentis M. Frye, who is in the Pacific with the Navy. Just a few days before his death Sgt. Frye obtained a 48-hour pass and visited Cpl. Frye. This was the first time the brothers had seen each other for two years.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 15 July 1945
The Silver Star medal has been posthumously awarded Sgt. James N. Frye, 409 Scottish Pike, has been notified. The award was given Sgt. Frye for saving the life of 12 of his comrades, an exploit in which he lost his own life during a crossing on the Rhine on March 27. Sgt. Frye’s boat, loaded with his squad, was stuck on the River bottom when the Germans opened fire. He jumped from the boat and shove it into deep water and it was during this act that he received the wound which resulted in his death a few hours later.
- Rank: Sergeant
- Date of birth: 19 June 1915
- Date of death: 27 March 1945
- County: Jefferson
- Hometown: Dandridge
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 251st Combat Engineers Battalion, Company B
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart, Silver Star
- Burial/Memorial Location: Shady Grove Cemetery, Dandridge, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
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