Willard McKinley Radford was the son of Homer Clarence Radford and Gertrude “Gertie” H. Crowder.

US Cavalry

Died non Battle 10 Oct 1943 in an accident at Meridan, Mississippi.
Buried Chattanooga National Cemetery, Internment date: 14 Oct 1943

The Chattanooga Daily Times, 12 October 1943
Pvt. Williard M. Radford, 26, son of Mrs. Gertie Chadwick, 3003 Rossville Boulevard, suffered fatal injuires yesterday in a traffic accident near Key Field, Meridian, Miss., according to word received here last night. According to the report, an automobile driven by Pvt. Radford struck a concrete roadway abutment about one mile from the flying field. Radford was thrown from the vehicle and he died a short while later. Pvt. Radford is survived by his mother, Mrs. Gertie Chadwick and stepfather, R.J. Chadwick, 3003 Rossville Boulevard; father Homer C. Radford; grandmother, Mrs. M.E. Eddington of Chattanooga.


  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 20 March 1925
  • Date of death: 10 October 1943
  • County: Hamilton
  • Hometown: Chattanooga
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 65th Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XI, Middle Panel
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