Paris Lester “Pete”Dulaney was born in the Lamar Community of Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee on 4 August 1923 and graduated Lamar High School, Class of 1942. He was very active in school and was a member of the Beta Club, the President of the Future Farmers of America, Team Captain of the 1941-42 Basketball Team in which he played Guard, a member of the Football team and played Right End and was the Athletic Editor of their Senior Yearbook. Paris was also voted in as their class’s Most Athletic. Prior to enlisting, he was associated with the Apprentice School and Shipyard at Newport News, Virginia.

Paris enlisted in the United States Army on 13 April 1944 and completed training at Camp Blanding, Florida, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland and Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Paris was assigned to the Anti-Tank Company, 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division and deployed with his unit to Europe in December 1944. The 70th was assigned to General George Smith Patton’s Third Army. He participated in two unit campaigns; the Rhineland and the Ardennes-Alsace. While engaged with the enemy during the Battle of Philippsbourg (Battle of the Bulge), Paris was Killed in Action at Philippsbourg, Moselle, Lorraine, France on 20 January 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. Paris was returned home in August 1948 and laid to rest in the Mayberry (formerly Vincent United Methodist) Community Church Cemetery.

Paris was 21 years of age and the second son of Ira Shafter Dulaney and Jessie Mae Kyker. He was married to Geneva Childers and they had one son: Jimmy. Jimmy sadly died in an automobile accident when he was 17. Paris’younger brother Sherman also served in the United States Army during World War II.

Submitted by Allen D. Jackson, USAF (Ret)


  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 4 August 1923
  • Date of death: 20 January 1945
  • County: Washington
  • Hometown: Jonesboro
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 274th Infantry Regiment, 70th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Mayberry Church Cemetery, Washington County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIX, Middle Panel
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