Willaford Swan attended the University of Tennessee in 1940. He was the son of Parke Purris Swan and Esther Cook. He married Joyce Jernigan in 1942 and together they had one son, Willaford Swan Jr.
He was killed in action at Arroncourt in France.

The Knoxville Journal, 28 October 1948
Capt. Willaford Swan, 27, of 1637 Highland Avenue, was killed in action Oct. 5, 1944 in France. The body will arrive in Knoxville today and will be taken to Rose Funeral Home. He was the son of Mrs. Esther Cook of 1637 Highland Avenue and Dr. Parker Swan of Alton, Ill. At the time of his death, he was serving on Gen. Patton’s staff of the 191st Field Artillery. He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1935 where in his senior year he was captain of the prize winning company. He graduated from University of Tennessee in 1940 and was cadet major of the ROTC, captain of the Rifle Team, member of the Pre-Medical Society and honorary member of the Scabbard and Blade. Survivors: parents, son, Willaford S. Swan Jr., Cookeville; brothers, Charles Parke Swan, Oak Ridge; Lt. Parke P. Swan Jr., Camp Breckinridge, Ky.; sister, Mrs. E.L. Irwin, Knoxville; aunt, Mrs. Sadie Cook Hogsett, Kansas City. He was a grandson of the late Dr. and Mrs. H.J. Cook.

  • Rank: Captain
  • Date of birth:
  • 2 November 1916
  • Date of death: 5 October 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 191st Field Artillery Battalion
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Greenwood Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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