Lloyd Clarence Goolsbe was the son of Sylvester L. and Sarah DeLilan Johnson. He had two sisters, Mildred Viola Goolsbe and Gertrude Goolsbe. His brother Pvt. Arthur L. Goolsbe was killed in France in 1944. He was the husband of Margaret Courtney.
He attended Knoxville High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps on September 21, 1940, in New Orleans, LA. He served at the Marine Barracks in Parris Island, SC, from October to November 1940 and in the Provisional Company K in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in December 1940.

Buried in Knoxville National Cemetery on May 28, 1948 (Section B, Plot 5880)

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 23 March 1944
Marine Sgt. Lloyd C. Goolsbe has been killed in action in the South Pacific, according to his mother, Mrs. Sylvester Goolsbe, 229 Haywood Avenue, and his wife, the former Miss Margaret Courtney, 1148 Luttrell Street. Sgt. Goolsbe, 23, joined the Marines four years ago after attending Knoxville High. A younger brother, Pvt. Arthur L. Goolsbe, is in England. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Roy Chambers and Miss Gertrude Goolsbe of Knoxville. Sgt. Goolsbe went to the Pacific almost two years ago, but his family had never learned in what local area he was stationed. He had seen much action.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 27 May 1948
Double funeral services for two brothers killed in action while serving in the U.S. Armed forces in 1944 will be held at National Cemetery. They are Pfc. Arthur Luttrell Goolsbe and Sgt. Lloyd Clarence Goolsbe. Pfc. Goolsbe was killed July 27, 1944, while serving in France with the 117th Infantry, 30th Division. Sgt. Goolsbe was killed Feb. 22, 1944, in the Marshall Islands, while he was with the U.S. Marines. Both are sons of Mrs. Sylester (Lila) Goolsbe, 229 Haywood Avenue. The bodies were returned here and are at Roberts Funeral Home.

  • Rank: Platoon Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 4 November 1920
  • Date of death: 22 February 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
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