Lieutenant Ailor was a Knoxville attorney. He served with the 77th Infantry Division in the Pacific theater. He was part of the unit assaulting Le Shima in the Battle of Okinawa with famed journalist Ernie Pyle at his side. They came under fire and took cover in a nearby ditch when a sniper bullet killed Pyle. Ailor was also killed in the fighting three days later. He was a First Lieutenant.
He is buried in the Honolulu Memorial in Honolulul, Hawaii (Plot N, grave 248). His parents were Thurman and Lena Bell Ailor. His siblings: Earl, Eliza Christine, and Lena Kate. His brother Earl served as a captain in the U.S. Army in WWII. He was involved in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge.
1st Lt Ailor was initially buried at Ie Shima Cemetery, Ryukyu Retto.
- Rank: First Lieutenant
- Date of birth: 22 November 1917
- Date of death: 21 April 1945
- County: Polk
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 307th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Okinawa
- Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
- Burial/Memorial Location: Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XVI, Middle Panel
- Sponsored by: William Tullock
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