John Clarkson Bratton moved to Gray, Washington County, Tennessee after his marriage. He enlisted in the United States Army at Camp Blanding, Florida on 21 December 1942 with service number 34536892 and listed his home as Washington County, Tennessee.

After Boot Camp, John was assigned to the 195th Field Artillery Battalion at Fort Ord, California. The 195th fired the Tractor-Drawn 8-inch Howitzer. John departed New York Harbor, New York on 11 February 1944 and arrived England on 23 February.

John and the 195th were then assigned to the VII United States Corps and arrived Normandy, France on 16 June 1944, D-Day plus 10. John participated in two Unit Campaigns: Normandy and Northern France. He was Killed in Action on 1 September 1944 and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. John was 24 years old.

John’s the son of James Gregory Bratton and Rebecca Temperance Sharpe. He was married to Katheryn Pearl Isenberg from Gray, Washington County, Tennessee.

Submitted  by Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)

The Kingsport Times, 20 September 1944
Jonesboro, Va. – Mrs. Kathry P. Bratton has received word from the War Department that her husband, PFC John C. Bratton, has been killed in action in France. He was killed on September 1. Besides his wife he is survived by his daughter, Rebecca Ann.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 17 November 1919
  • Date of death: 1 September 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Gray
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 195th Field Artillery Regiment
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Rose Hill Cemetery, Kissimmee, Osceola County, Florida
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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