Theodore Wolfenbarger was born in 1915, the son of William Robert Wolfembarger and Hattie Olive Thorp. Siblings: Terry Wolfenbarger, Lovena Wolfenbarger, Allisse WOlfenbarger, and Irene Wolfenbarger. He married Lucille Atkins in 1943.

Served on the U.S.S. Morrison (DD560). He was killed in action.
On the morning of 4 May 1945 the U.S.S. Morrison (DD560) was operating as the fighter director ship in radar picket station number one, off Okinawa, Ryukyus Islands. The Morrison was attacked by Japanese planes.

Memorialized at Honolulu Memorial in Honolulu, Haiwaii

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 25, 1945
Chief Boatswain’s Mate Theodore Wolfenbarger, Knoxville seaman who participated in many famous naval engagements in the Pacific against the Japanese, has been killed in action at Okinawa, Mrs. Lucille wolfenbarger, 228 East Tennessee Avenue, said today. He was 30 years old.
Seaman Wolfenbarger, a veteran of such battles as Midway, the Coral Sea and the Solomons, had been in the Navy more than seven years. Details of the tragedy were lacking.
Survivors include the wife, parents, Mr. and Mrs. William R. Wolfenbarger, 1911 Linden Avenue, a brother, Terry R. Wolfenbarger, Key west, Fla., and two sister, Mrs. Dillard McCarter, 1911 Linden Avenue, and Mrs. George Cronos, 1828 McCalla Avenue.

  • Rank: Chief Boatswains Mate
  • Date of death: 4 May 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Navy
  • Division/Assignment: USS Morrison (DD-560)
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Okinawa, Midway, Coral Sea, Solomons
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Middle Panel
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