John Wayne Bills was born in 1916, Tennessee. He was the son of William C. Bills and Cordelia Early.
Died non Battle 22 August 1942

Pvt Bills was found 6 miles east of Knoxville. He had been dead 4 to 6 days and was shot through the head. He died at the age of 26.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 25 August 1942
The body of a soldier discovered Saturday on the eastern outskirts of the John Sevier Yards has been identified as that of Pvt. John Wayne Bills, of New Market. A sister, Mrs. John L. Emory, of New Market, identified the body as that of her 26-year-old brother. Brewer’s Funeral Home checked the identification with Army authorities at Camp Rucker, Ala., and it was confirmed by tattoo Marks on the body.Mrs. Emory told the funeral home that Private Bills served an enlistment in the Army and was stationed for most of the period in a field artillery regiment at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. He re-enlisted soon after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Surviving besides Mrs. Emory is another sister, Mrs. Ethel Gooch, of Caretta, W.Va.; and two brothers, Blaine Bills, Spokane, Wash., and Jack Bills, who is in the armed forces.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of death: 22 August 1942
  • County: Jefferson
  • Hometown: New Market
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
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