Therman Howard “Buck” Estep was the son of Robert ‘Bob’ Taylor Estep and Virginia Pearl Campbell Estep.

The Elizabethton Star, August 4, 1948
Pfc. Therman H. “Buck” Estep’s body was returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Estep of 311 Cottage Avenue, this afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at the Free Will Baptist Church. The deceased soldier held the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s badge, and the Good Conduct Medal at the time of his death. According to some men in his outfit, Pfc. Estep received the fatal chest wound which brought instant death at Luzon in the Philippines on March 13, 1945. He was temporarily interred in the Sanota Barbra Cemetery at Manila.
“Buck” entered the service in April 1943. He trained at Camp Robinson, Ark., and was sent to the Pacific area in 1943 where he served with the 32nd Infantry Red Arrow Division. From Australia he went to New Guinea, and then on to the East Indies by way of the bloody invasion roads of Leyte and Luzon. He was wounded in the leg in January of 1944 at Saidor, New Guinea.
Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Estep; two sisters, Mrs. C.F. Powell of Talladega, Alabama, and Mrs. T.H. Rhinehart of Adrian, Michigan; three brothers. Harlye M. Estep of Adrian, Michigan, Sgt. Robert Estep of Fort Bragg, N.C., and Roy D. Estep of Elizabethton; one half-brothers, Kenneht H. Estep; and a grandmother, Mrs. John Campbell of Elizabethton.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 10 November 1924
  • Date of death: 13 March 1945
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Elizabethton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 126th Infantry Regiment, 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Colbaugh Cemetery, Elizabethton, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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