Billy Jack Cox was born at Davis Town, Alabama, the son of John Calvin Cox and Nannie Pearl Jones.
rivate Billy J. Cox was assigned to the 168th Station Hospital based in England.
He died non-battle on 7 December 1944 and was interred at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England, located at F,1,59.
The Chattanooga Dialy Times, 24 February 1924
A former employe of the Associated Dairies in Chattanooga, Pfc. Billy J. Cox, son of Mrs. Nannie P. Cox, 1803 Highland Park Avenue, was killed Dec. 2, 1944, when struck by a truck while riding a bicycle near his camp in England, the War Department informed his mother. In the army 20 months, Pfc. Cox was praised by both his first sergeant and chaplain for fidelity and devotion to duty in the military service. He had sered overseas 15 months with a medical unit. In a recent letter to his mother, F/S Robert Rehm stated: “Speaking on behalf of myself and my men, I wish to say that your son was one of my best men and that he was one of the most liked of all the men in this command. Billy had been associated with us for more than a year, and during that time he had proved to all that he was made of the stuff that goes to make up a soldier. His loss has been taken to heart by all.”
Capt. George E. Schubarth, chaplain of the 168th Station Hospital, also wrote Mrs. Cox the details concerning her son’s fatal accident. He stated, in part: “Your son was buried in England with full military honors on Dec. 12 *** He did not die a hero’s death on the battlefield while in action against the enemy, but the type of work he was doing here – that of caring for, and helping those who had been wounded, is certainly a noble and honorable work. Billy did his work faithfully and well, and you have every reason to be proud of him.”
OPfc. Cox, entered the army in June, 1942, and went overseas in October of the same year. He is survived by his mother; four sisters, Mrs. Paul Presley, Henegar, Ala.; Mrs. Ernest Wheeler, Pisgah, Ala.; Mrs. T.W. Arnold and Janice Glynn Cox, both of Chattanooga; aunt, Mrs. Hugh Williams, 1805 Highland Park Avenue, and grandparents, Henegar, Ala.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 30 March 1925
- Date of death: 7 December 1944
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 168th Station Hospital
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Top Panel
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