Orville A. Dunaway was the son of James Franklin Dunaway and Sarah Callie Raby.

Buried in Solway Methodist Church Cemetery

Orville A. Dunaway was killed in action against enemy forces (Japanese) at Cape Gloucester, New Britain area. His remains were initially interred in the U.S. Armed Forces Cemetery, Silimati Point no. 2, Cape Gloucester, N.B. Grave N. 54.

The Knoxville Journal, February  18, 1944
Pfc. Orville A. Dunaway, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.F. Dunaway, Byington, was killed in action in the Pacific, Jan. 3, 1944, the family was notified yesterday. He entered the Marine Corps, Jan. 2, 1942. He attended Solway School and later farmed. Private Dunaway’s father is a veteran of World War I, a brother, Okey H. Dunaway is in the U.S. Navy; and another brother, J.W. Dunaway, who passed his physical examination day before yesterdat at an induction center was accepted for the Navy. He also is survived by three sisters: Glayds, Evelyn and Sarah Dunaway, all of Byington.

The News-Sentinel, Sunday Magaine, January 7, 1945
The courage of Marine Pfc. Orville Arley Dunaway, of Byington, who was killed in action on Cape Gloucester, won the praise of Maj. Gen. William H. Rupertus, commanding general on the First Marine Division. “He fearlessly entered the jungle to press the attack against a well-entrenched and determined force of enemy troop,:  Gen. Rupertus said in a citation. “The fire delivered by his section was so accurate and devastating that the enemy was completely routed in that sector of the beachhead.”

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 21 July 1924
  • Date of death: 3 January 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Byington
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Solway Methodist Cemetery, Byington, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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