Hugh Sylvester Gosnell was born on March 28, 1912, in Sevier County, TN to Roderick Sylvester Gosnell and Elizabeth “Eliza” Baker. He was married to Stella Williams in April, 1933. Siblings: James Pink Gosnell, Henry Henderson Gosnell, Melinda Mevina Gosnell, John Arthur Gosnell, Sherman Gosnell, Jessie Ellen Gosnell, and Josie May Cunningham Gosnell.

PFc Gosnell enlisted on April 18, 1941 and had been overseas since October, 1942. He was killed in action on June 6, 1944 in France. He is buried at Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France

Historical Note: The 70th Tank Battalion landed at Utah Beach on the 6th of June 1944. It was in support of the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Infantry Division.

I’m Jacques GRESSIN from France and since seven years I’m searching informations on a WW2 soldier called Hugh Sylvester GOSNELL from company A, 70 th Tank Battalion. For that I’m reading a book now called : Armored strike force from Charles C. Roberts Jr. On page 163 is made a reference to a document called : Company A Diary 70th Tank Battalion Roberts Armory Collection . I think I could find on this document informations on Hugh, who died on UTAH Beach June 6 1944. Could it be possible to have a copy of this document ?

For your information I’m God Father or sponsor of Hugh’s sepulture in Colleville Cemetery Normandy France to honor his memory.

Thanks a lot for your help !

Best regards.


Monsieur Jacques Gressin takes care of Private First Class Hugh S. Gosnell’s grave at the Normandy American Cemetery in France.
If you have remembrances or photos you can share, please contact him at the above email address.  Photos below were provided by Jacques Gressin.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 28 March 1912
  • Date of death: 6 June 1944
  • County: Knox
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 70th Tank Battalion
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
  • Sponsored by: Jacques Gressin

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