Rufus Ralph “Jack”Webb was born on 28 March 1925 at Rogersville, Tennessee, the son of Nich William Henry Webb and Mollie Ashe.
Private Rufus R. (Jack) Webb, 18, was killed in action in Italy on 31 January 1944.
Buried at Highland Cemetery, Rogersville, TN

142nd Infantry, Company G

Rogersville Review, August 5, 1943:
Pvt. Rufus R. (Jack) Webb of Rogersville, is taking his basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala. He likes the army fine and expects to be home on furlough soon. In the meantime he wants his friends of Rogersville to write him. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Webb of Rogersville, his adress at Fort McClellan is Pvt. Rufus R. Webb, Co. D, 18th Bat., 6th Regt.

Rogersville Review, April 6, 1944:
Another Hawkins county boy has given his life to his country! The family of Pvt. Rufus R. (Jack) Webb, of Rogersville, was notified last Thursday that he was killed in action in Italy. Jack, as he was known to friends here, was in the infantry. His death occurred on January 31st, the War Department reported. Jack was 18 years of age and would have attained his 19th birthday on March 28th.
He was well known around Rogersville, having worked for some time before going into the army for the B and J Grocery. He entered service on May 17, 1943.
A memorial service for this boy who fell in battle will be held on Sunday, April 9th at 2:30 at the Rogersville Baptist church.
Jack is survived by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. Will (Nick) Webb; sister, Ada, Mrs. Helen Stewart, Mrs. Margaret Davis and Mrs. Stella Hilton of Kingsport; two brothers, James and Bill Webb of Rogersville.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 28 March 1925
  • Date of death: 31 January 1944
  • County: Hawkins
  • Hometown: Rogersville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 142nd Infantry, Company G
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Italy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Highland Cemetery, Rogersville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: William F. Breeding

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