1st Lt Arthur “Ott” L. Lowery was the pilot of aircraft P-51C-7 with serial number 42-103346. He was on an area patrol mission to the Pas De Calais area.
Statement from 2nd Lt Charles E. Shake, Air Corps: “On 22 June, 1944 at approximately 1215 hours, I was flying Lt. Arthur L. Lowery´s wing in Red four position. After we completed sweeping the area we went down to strafe a locomotive. I assumed a position behind and slightly one side of Lt. Lowery. As we went in on the locomotive, I noticed a lot of wire and lines. It is my opinion that he hit some of the wires. I was fairly low to them but he was still lower than I. His airplane rolled very slowly to the right, and when in a position of about 90 degrees bank, it struck the ground on the nose and right wing. The plane exploded and burned instantly.”
Lowery was initially buried at Saint-André-Cemetery at Évreux, France and re-buried at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France; Plot A, Row 1, Grave 32.
Emit Marin Edmonds was born on March 18, 1895 in Clinton. He was the son of John Edmonds and Minty Norman Edmonds. He had four brothers, Floyd Edmonds, Elizah Edmonds, Oliver Edmonds, and George Edmonds, and three sisters, Ella Edmonds, Cora Edmonds McBee, and Nora Edmonds Underwood. By 1900, Emit Edmonds was living with his family in Campbell County and, by 1910, the family had moved to Morgan County. Prior to joining the military, Emit Edmonds worked as a blacksmith. On March 20, 1919, he died of tuberculosis at Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg, South Carolina. He is buried in Worthington Cemetery in Anderson County.
Lance Corporal Estel Huskey was the first Sevier County casualty of the Vietnam War. He was killed in action in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam on May 4, 1966. He served with the Third Marine Division and was from Sevierville, TN.
Richard F. Kirkpatrick volunteered his services to the U.S. Army May 29, 1917. First assigned to Company F, 138th Infantry, 35th Division, and later transferred to Company L, 306th Infantry, 77th Division. Embarked for France in May 1918. Saw service on the Swiss border and in the Vosges Mountains. Attended an Officers Training School for three months and received a commission as second lieutenant. Killed in action October 1, 1918, in the battle of the Argonne.
His remains were returned under Special Order #64 of 1 September 1921. They departed Hoboken, New Jersey by train to Washington D.C. and then to Knoxville, Tennessee. He was buried at Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Service Number: 7085596
Age 25, Landed on Utah Beach; Killed in Action, near Ste-Mère-Eglise (France)
Unit campaigns: Normandy, France (6 June-24 July 1944); landed on Utah Beach, (6 June / first wave)
Interred: Monte Vista Memorial Gardens, Section D, Lot 60, Space 10, Johnson City, TN