Pat Leon Cross was born 11 April 1920, in Oliver Springs, TN. He was raised by his aunt Julia Duggan. He married Mary Helen Perkins on April 26, 1941, in Campbell County, TN.
Sibling: Kelley Cross and Tommy Cross
Cousins: Leonard Duggan, Samuel Duggan, and Anna Duggan

Died 20 November 1944
Buried at Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville

Pat Cross served on the USS Cascade and was transferred to the USS Holland

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, November 27, 1944
Coxswain Pat Leon Cross is reported missing in action since Nov 20, according to word received hereb y his wife the former Mary Helen Perkins. PO Cross was formerly employed at Alcoa. He is the son of Mrs. Mae Cross, 2127 West Clinch Avenue, and the late Lawrence Cross. His wife, and small daughter, Linda, live with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Perkins, 429 Atkin Street. PO Cross has two brothers, Kelly S. Cross, somewhere in the Atlantic, and Tommy Cross at Castle Heights Military Academy.

The Knoxville Journal, December 24, 1944
Coxswain Pat Leon Cross, 24, son of Mrs. Mae Cross of 2127 West Clinch Avenue, was killed in action and given a military funeral before burial Nov. 24 among the dead of the Second Marine Division in the Marianas, the War Department has informed his wife the former Miss Mary Helen Perkins, 429 Atkin Street. Coxwain Cross was previously reported missing in action on Nov. 20. A graduate of Liver Springs High School, he was employed by the ALuminum Company of America before entering service April 11, 1942. In addition to his wife and mother, survivors include a small daughter, Luida Louise; two brothers, Kelly S. Cross in the Navy and Tommy Cross, student of Castle Heights Military Academy.

  • Rank: Coxswain
  • Date of birth:
  • 11 April 1920
  • Date of death: 20 November 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Holland
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Highland Memorial Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Bottom Panel
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