John Elmer Bell was the son of Murphy Everett Bell and Martha Ellen “Ella” Bacon. He was married to Alma Osborne. He received training at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. His brother Frank Samuel Bell also served during World War II.

Pfc. John Elmer Bell, son of Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Bell, Knoxville, Route 5, was killed in action in Italy, September 18. He was serving with the infantry. Pfc. Bell had been in the service 30 months and overseas a year. Mrs. Bell has received his Purple Heart and Combat Medal. He was former employe of the American Zinc Co. In Mascot and a member of three Point Baptist Church. Surviving besides his parents he is survived by his wife, Alma Bell and his daughter Martha J. Bell.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 4 January 1912
  • Date of death: 18 September 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 338th Infantry Regiment, 85th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe, Mediterranean
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, Italy
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Top Panel
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