John K. Jarnigan was the son of Burl Harrison Jarnigan and Lula Rader.

Pfc. Jarnigan Died non Battle
He was returned from Tebessa, Algeria and was buried on June 24, 1948, in Knoxville National Cemetery (Section B Site 6444)

Parents: Burl H. and Lula E. Jarnigan
Siblings: Ruby C. Jarnigan and Mary E. Jarnigan

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 10, 1943
Pfc. John K. Jarnigan, 22, son of Mrs. Lula Rader of Concord, has been killed in action in Tunisia, according to word received by his a mother. Pfc. Jarnigan recently was decorated for gallantry in action on the central sector of the Tunisian front. The citation said Pfc. Jarnigan and two other American and three French soldiers fought off a superior enemy force inflicting several casualties before being forced to withdraw. The official casualty report said Pfc. Jarnigan died as a “result of intercranial hemorrhage due to severe shock, accidentally inflicted.
“Word of Pfc. Jarnigan’s death was received by his mother the day following receipt of a letter from her son in which he said he was “getting along fine” and advised her that as long as she received a check from the Government she would know he was still alive. He was the son of the late Burl Jarnigan of Grainger County.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, February 6, 1945
Tow of Knoxville’s Gold Star mothers yesterday received Silver Stars posthumously awarded their gallant sons. Above Maj. Randolph H. Percy, inspector for the Army Ground and Service Forces Redistribution Station, Asheville, pins on Mrs. Lula Rader, 1222 Boone Street, the Silver Star awarded her son, Pfc. John K. Jarnigan, infantryman who fell while severing communication Lines leading to an enemy observation post. Below Mrs. Margaret L. West, Route 9, proudly fingers her Star won by Pfc. Warren L. West, also of the infantry, who was killed crossing a River under heavy enemy fire.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 26 February 1921
  • Date of death: 5 April 1943
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army
  • Division/Assignment: Infantry
  • Theater: North Africa
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Silver Star
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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