Jerry Spencer Monds was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee to Jerry Spencer Monds Sr. and Jennie Belle Ritchey. Husband of Isabell Shadrick. Father of Nancy and Kenneth Monds. He was an employe of the Lookout Oil & Refining Company before entering the service. He had been overseas since 1944. He was a former student in Chattanooga schools.

He is memorialized on the Tablets of the Missing in Honolulu, HI. He is also remembered with a headstone at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia. He was killed during the battle of Okinawa. He served on the USS Drexler (DD741).

The Drexler was sunk off Okinawa by three Japanese suicide planes. The ship went down in less than two minutes after the third hit, killing 138 crew members and wounding 52 others.


  • Rank: Fireman First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 6 April 1920
  • Date of death: 28 May 1945
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Drexler (DD741)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Okinawa
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii; Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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