Born 17 January 1916, North Carolina
Died 12 November 1944, France
Earl Oliver considered Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee his home. He was a bus driver before enlisting in the United States Army at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on 15 September 1943.
Earl was assigned to Company H, 359th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division. He participated in three Unit Campaigns: Normandy, Northern France and Rhineland. It was during this last campaign that Earl was Killed in Action during the Battle for Metz at Petite Hettange, France. He was 28 years old and received a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross for his gallantry against the enemy.
Earl was the son of John Smith Oliver and Martha Jane Hilliard. His younger brother Fred served in the United States Navy during World War II.