James Leon “J.L. (Jay)” Widner enlisted with the Field Artillery on 24 February 1941 at Maryville, Tennessee. He died non battle.
The Knoxville Journal, August 14, 1941
Maryville, Aug. 13 – J.L. Widner, 27, died at 7:30 p.m. yesterday in Chamberlain Memorial Hospital in Rockwood of injuries received Saturday in an automobile accident at Crab Orchard, Tenn., while en route home on leave. Mr. Widner was in the 191st Field Artillery at Camp Forrest. He was formerly connected with the Norton Hardware Co., of Maryville.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Charlotte Widner of Knoxville; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.E. Widner, and a brother, Clifton Widner, all of Maryville. Burial in the Lynn-Hurst Cemetery.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 9 June 1914
- Date of death: 13 August 1941
- County: Blount
- Hometown: Maryville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 191st Field Artillery
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Lynnhurst Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee,
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Middle Panel
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