Charles Alonzo Wright was born November 24, 1923

His parents were Alonzo “Lon” Wright & Cordie Houk Wright. He lived in Knoxville’s Little Five Points neighborhood.  He had two brothers, Herbert (“Herb”) O. Wright and Arthur R. (“Ott”) Wright and three sisters, Pearl Pickell, Bess Drummer, and Ollie Moulton.

Enlisted June 29, 1943, in Fort Oglethorpe, GA
He was initially buried at La Cambe Cemetery at Isigny, France and reburied at Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, Plot J, Row 9, Grave 10

Charles was a wonderful young man. He was a Christian man who loved his family. Junior never had children of his own, but always enjoyed playing games with the nieces and nephews. He was jolly and a lot of fun. In all of his letters to his family, he always signed “Love in Christ.” That had a lasting impression on them.
–Submitted by his niece, Judith Connie Glenn

The Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 22, 1944
Pvt. Charles A. Wright, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo (Lon) Wright, 2316 Louise Avenue, has been missing in action in France since June 16, the parents have been notified by the War Department. Private Wright has been in the Army 18 months and has been overseas a year. He formerly was an employe at Alcoa. In a recent letter he stated he had been through part of the French invasion and had so far escaped injury.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 24 November 1923
  • Date of death: 16 June 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Hometown: Knoxville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Top Panel
  • Sponsored by: Judith Connie Glenn

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