Owen Earl Hoover
Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Owen A. Hoover, 512 Schofield Street, Knoxville
Killed in action on Okinawa May 7, 1945.

He was my uncle and I was 11 years old when he got killed. He was first buried in a large cemetery in Okinawa. When they brought his body (bones) back he laid instate at our house. He was identified by his partial missing in front. His front teeth were knocked out playing football at Rule High School in early 40’s. He wanted to serve his country before going on to college. He got a weeks leave after basic and was shipped overseas…..Never to return. A motto he wrote in my autograph book while on leave was: “Always strive for that extra yard in life.”
Submitted by Delores Peigh

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 15 December 1924
  • Date of death: 7 May 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Marine Corps
  • Division/Assignment: 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Okinawa
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: New Gray Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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