Ordway Hobart Padgett was born at Bybee, Tennessee, the son of Hobart M. Padgett and Rowe Thomas.
Private First Class Ordway Padgett was assigned to Company C 327th Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. He died in combat near the Moder River.
Plain Talk and Tribune, April 1, 1948:
The body of Ordway Padgett, age 23, has arrived in the U.S. from Europe where he was killed in action, February 14, 1945. The body will arrive in Newport within the near future and the funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Young Padgett is the son of Mr. H.M. (Berry) Padgett of Morristown, formerly of Newport and Mrs. Rowe Thomas Padgett. He was a graduate of the Cocke County High School and was in his Junior year, midterm, at the University of Tennessee when he volunteered for service, April 6, 1943. He served in the famous 101st Airborne Division, the first Division to be cited by the President. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and served in Holland, Belgium and France.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 20 March 1921
- Date of death: 14 February 1945
- County: Cocke
- Hometown: Newport
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 101st Airborne Division, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Battle of the Bulge
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Clay Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bybee, Cocke County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
- Sponsored by: John B. Romeiser
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