Leroy Jackson “Jay” Hansard attended Central High School in Knoxville, TN
He enlisted on February 10, 1943, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
Died on October 1, 1944 in the Netherlands and was returned from Molenhoek-Nijmegen.
Paratrooper, Battery C, 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division.
Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery (Section B Site 6214) on January 24, 1949

Parents: Patrick Ireland Hansard and Della Margaret Norton
Siblings: Arthella Hansard, William McKinley Hansard, Ruby Udine Hansard, a sister who died in infancy, and Dan Hansard (who died in infancy)

The Knoxville Journal, October 30, 1944
Pvt. LeRoy (Jay) Hansard, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.I. Hansard of 812 College Street, Fountain City, was killed in action in Holland, Oct. 1, according to a telegram which his parents received Friday from the War Department. Private Hansard entered the Army in February, 1943 and had been overseas 15 months. He was a paratrooper at the time of his death. He attended Central High School, where he was a member of the team for two years. He was attending school at the time he entered the Army. Additional suvivors inclue one sister, Miss Ruby Hansard, at home, and one brother, Mack Hansard, signalman third class who is somewhere in the South Pacific.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 23 April 1924
  • Date of death: 1 October 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 376th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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