Loren Brooks Owens was born on 24 May 1924 at Johnson City, Tennessee, the son of Hobart Brooks Owens and Maymie Winters.
Died 7 February 1944
Buried at Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, TN

Loren Owens served on the U.S.S. LCI(L)-211. He died at Anzio Harbor in Italy due to enemy action and was initially buried near Anzio.

Father: Mr. Hobart Brooks Owens, PO Box 723, Johnson City, TN

The Johnson City Press-Chronicle,  August 5, 1948
The body of Loren Brooks Owens, who was killed February 7, 1944, in action during the invasion of Italy, was returned to Johnson City yesterday morning on Train No. 46.
A son of Mrs. H.B. Wens, 16 Orleans street, Owens volunteered for naval service May 25, 1942. He attended Keystone and Junior High School before entering the armed forces. He was born May 24, 1924. Owens was a seaman gunner on board the LCI-219 which was engaged in landing Army assault troops and supplies on the Anzio beachhead during a German air attack. He underwent recruit training at Great Lakes Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. Later he saw considerable Atlantic service and participated in two major African invasions. While in the Hampton Roads area near Norfolk, Owens suffered a neck fracture in an accident and was offered a disability discharge at Portsmouth, Va., Navy Hospital, but he declined. A brother, Robert G. Owens, served as a fireman first class aboard the destroyer USS Lawrence (DD-250) in the Southwest Pacific. Their father, Hobart Brooks Owens, who served in the Navy during the first war, died September 21, 1946. Survivors are his mother, three brothers, Robert G., Riley G., and Carroll Owens, and a sister, Mrs. Juanita Gobble, all of Johnson City.

Photo courtesy; Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)

  • Rank: Seaman First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 May 1924
  • Date of death: 7 February 1944
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Johnson City
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS LCI(L)-211
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Anzio
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Monte Vista Burial Park, Johnson City, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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