Shipped aboard the freighter SS Suffolk. While in transit off the East Coast of the US, the Suffolk floundered and sank with a loss of 37 Crewman and 6 Naval Armed Guard
Crossville Chronicle, February 17, 1944
Howard Upchurch, Merchant Marine of Cleveland, and formerly of Crossville, is reported killed in action. He was previously reported missing Dec. 11. He was the son of Mrs. Ollie Barnwell, of Crossville, formerly of Cleveland. He was in the ship yards at Baltimore before going to the Merchant Marines six months ago. He was home on a furlough last September and while in Cleveland he married Miss Sue Anderson. His mother and his youger brother, cornell Upchurch, make their home here. He was the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. William Barnwell.
- Rank: Able Body Seaman
- Date of death: 11 December 1943
- County: Bradley
- Service Branch: Merchant Marines
- Division/Assignment: SS Suffolk
- Conflict: World War II
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Top Panel
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