Wales Oton Standifer was born on 12 July 1923, the son of John Walker Standifer Sr. and Ada Wanita Goodwin.
Pfc. Standifer died on 26 August 1944. He was killed by friendly fire at Anzio Beach, Italy. He was returned from Vada, Italy and is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery, Y, 441.
His brother, Aviation Cadet William Thomas Standifer was killed in an plane crash in 1943. Another brother, John Walker Standifer also served during World War II.
Private First Class
14th Armored Infantry Battalion
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 16 September 1944
Pfc. Wales O. Standifer, who left U-T last year to enter the army, has been killed in action somewhere in Italy, friends here were notified today. Pfc. Standifer was active in the U-T Baptist Student Center and the First Baptist Church and was a friend of Miss Jane Stapleton, daughter of the City Recorder and Mrs. W.H. Stapleton. A native of Chattanooga, his parents are Mr. and Mrs. John W. Standifer of 217 Hillcrest Avenue there. His death occurred on Aug. 26.
Previously he had been twice wounded in action in Italy, going overseas six months after he entered the Army as an infantryman 17 months ago. A brother, Aviation Cadet W.T. Standifer, was killed in a plane crash in Arizona a year ago this months. Amont other survivors is a sister, Miss Betty Jane Standifer, a student at Carson-Newman College.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 12 July 1923
- Date of death: 26 August 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 14th Armored Infantry Battalion
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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