Jesse Benjiman Kirkland was born at Etowah, Tennessee, the son of Jesse James Kirkland and and Bonnie White.

He was initially buried at the American Cemetery Margraten in the Netherlands.

The Knoxville Journal, May 25, 1945
Mrs. Virginia Dunn, who is residing with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Dunn at 230 North Georgia Avenue, Etowah, has been notified by the War Department that her husband Staff Sgt. J.B. Kirkland, 28, was killed in action April 16 on the First Army front in Germany.
Sergeant Kirkland had been in service four years and four months and had been serving with General Hodges’ First Army in the European Theater of Operations six months. He was  recently cited by an infantry regiment of the 69th Division and awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge for combat participation against the enemy in Germany.

  • Rank: Staff Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 25 April 1917
  • Date of death: 16 April 1945
  • County: Blount
  • Hometown: Etowah
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 271st Infantry Regiment, 69th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Middle Panel
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