William Howard Porterfield was born in Campbell County, Tennessee. He was the son of William Edward ‘Edd’ Porterfield and Emma Welch. He enlisted on November 23, 1942, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA and went overeseas in May, 1944. He was killed in action in Italy.

Buried at New Hopewell Cemetery, Knox County, TN

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 19 Oct. 1944
Four brothers, the sons of Mr. and Mrs. Edd Porterfield of Kimberlin Heights, are in action in Europe. Pfc. Clyde and Pvt. Harce Porterfield are with the Engineers in France, and Pfc. William and Pvt. Harold Porterfield are with the ground forces in Italy. Harold was wounded July 15, and was awarded the Purple Heart. All of the brothers have been in service two years or longer. Before entering the Army, Clyde and Harold attended Young High School, William was an employe of S.H. George and Sons, Inc. and Harce was an employe of Brookside Mills.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 3 March 1915
  • Date of death: 19 April 1945
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Kimberlin Heights
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 14th Armored Infantry Battalion
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: New Hopewell Cemetery, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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