William Henry Justis was born on 24 September 1918, the son of William Tillmon Justice and Carrie McCurry.
He died non Battle 2 April 1944, of injuries in the camp area as the result of gun shot wounds incurred when his rifle was accidentally discharged while he was performing guard duty.

US Coast Artillery

Pfc. Justis is buried on New Georgia Island. He has a headstone at Cross Anchor Cemetery, Greene County in Tennessee.

The Greeneville Sun, 11  April 1944
News of the death of Pfc. Henry Justis, aged 24, who died April 2 on New Georgia Island, has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Justis, of Baileyton. Details as to his death were not given but the telegram stated a letter was following. Pfc. Justis volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard over three years ago and left with the first group of Selective Servicemen inducted from the country. He was home at the time Pearl Harbor was bombed but returned to his post immediately without completing his furlough. He was also one of the first soldiers from this section to leave for foreign service. He had been on New Georgia Island for two years. He is survived by his parents, two brothers, Kenneth of the Army, George of Baileyton and one sister, Mrs. Evelyn Weems.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 September 1918
  • Date of death: 2 April 1944
  • County: Greene
  • Hometown: Greeneville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: Coast Artillery
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: New Georgia Island
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar IX, Bottom Panel
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