Born 1916, Georgia
Died non Battle
Resided at Chattanooga, Hamilton County in 1940
Enlisted on 17 September 1942 at Camp Forrest, Tennessee
The Chattanooga Daily Times, 29 August 1945
Chattanooga’s first soldier death through violence occurred yesterday afternoon about 5 o’clock when Pvt. Grover Burnett, who was residing with his brother-in-law at 304 East Third Street, was shot and killed at 304 Central Avenue. John Trinner, 317 Line Street, was arrested by cit police officers and held on a charge of murder. The shooting occurred “because Trimmer thought Burnett had taken some money from his (Trinner’s) wife and abused her,” Chief Edmonson said last night.
Officer J.B. Carr and R.L. Parker said Trinner went to his home, where he obtained a .38-caliber pistol and went to the Central avenue address and shot Burnett.
Burnett was taken to Erlanger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival by hospital authorities. He died from a bullet wound in the face, records state. Officers Caar and Parker arrested Trinner about two blocks from the scene of the shooting and a full confession, Edmonson said. Carr said the pistol was found at Trinners’ home, where he had returned it. Trinner was placed under arrest by Capt. Charley Hartness and Officers Carr and Parker. He was held without bond on a murder charge.
Survivors: sister, Mrs. Pauline Foust, city; Brother, Pfc. Cornolue Barnett, overseas; cousins, Mrs. Gladys Woody, Mr. James Hopkins, Mrs. Valine Barnett and Mrs. Sarah Barnett and other relatives.
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 1 January 1915
- Date of death: 28 August 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Chattanooga
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Conflict: World War II
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XII, Top Panel
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