Roscoe Hensley was born in Tennessee in 1924, the son of Emory Edward Hensley and Florence Elizabeth Hickle.

He enlisted with the Coast Artillery Corps on 1 February 1941 at Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. He was reported Missing in Action in 1942 and officially decleared dead in 1946. He is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 11 April 1942
Eighteen-year-old Pvt. Roscoe Hensley was probably the youngest of some 20 Knox Countians fighting on Bataan or Corregidor before the Bataan front collapsed this week. Volunteering before his 17th birthday, this Knoxville boy was a “MacArthur veteran” of one year and two months’ service in the Philippines. He is the son of Emory Hensley, of 911 Euclid Avenue, but spent much of his boyhood in Mead’s Quarry community where his brother and sister, Claude and Miss Elsie Hensley live. Young Hensley attended school at Mead and Moses grammar schools. “The last we heard from him was the Christmas greeting,” the sister said today.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of death: 1 February 1946
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 59th Coast Artillery Regiment
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Bottom Panel
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