Joe Vell Tester was born in Neva, TN to Tennessee Lester Tester and Rebecca Jane Church. He enlisted in 1943. He was killed in action in Germany.

Buried at Greene Community Cemetery, AKA Tester Cemetery, Forrester Road off Crackers Neck Road, Mountain City, Johnson County, TN.

The Johnson County News, December 14, 1944
Mr. and Mrs. Tennessee L. Tester of Neva received the following message: Secretary of War asks that I assume you of his deep sympathy in the loss of your son, Pvt. Joe J. Tester, who previously was reported missing in action, report now received states he was killed in action November 18, in Germany. Leteer follows. The telegram was received Dec. 9.

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 August 1925
  • Date of death: 16 November 1944
  • County: Johnson
  • Hometown: Mountain City
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 115th Infantry Regiment, 29th Infantry Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Tester Cemetery, Butler, Johnson County, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VIII, Top Panel
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