William Archibald “Archie” Vance was born on 21 August 1922 at Shell Creek, Tennessee, the son of John Riley Vance and Sally Elizabeth “Bessie” Johnson. Husband of Marie Elizabeth Matherly.
He died 21 September 1944 in Italy
Buried at Richardson Cemetery, Shell Creek, TN
Private First Class
337th Infantry Regiment, Company F
The Elizabethton Star, 24 October 1944
Pfc. William A. Vance, 2, who was killed in action in Itlay, Sept. 21, the War Department notified his mother, Mrs. Marie Matherly Vance of Shell Creek. Vance had been in service twenty-two months and overseas ten months. Former employee of Elkton Powder Plant, Elkton, Md.
Het Johnson City Press,, 19 November 1948
The body of Private William Archie Vance, son of J.P. Vance and the late Mrs. Bessie Vance, of Shell Creek, arrived today. Vance, a member of Co. F, 337 Infantry, 85th Division, was killed in action in Italy Sept. 21, 1944. He entered the service in December, 1942 and went overseas in April, 1943, receiving his basic training in the Pacific Theater. A member of the Evergreen Church of Shell Creek, he is survived by his father; two brothers, Clarence and Howard and two sisters Mrs. Nola Shell and Mrs. Oma McGuire, all of Shell Creek.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 21 August 1922
- Date of death: 21 September 1944
- County: Carter
- Hometown: Shell Creek
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Richardson Cemetery, Shell Creek, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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