John David Maples was born 16 February 1911 to Charles Maples and Sallie Claunch.
He served in North Africa: Tunisia and died on 14 February 1943
Buried at Pleasant Forest Cemetery, Knox County, TN
701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Division
Cpl. John David Maples, 29, of 4202 Sutherland Avenue, killed in action in North Africa February 14, 1943, will arrive in Knoxville over L&N Railway, and the body will be removed to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maples, 2327 Boxwood Lane. Surviving: widow, formerly Miss Midlred Chadwick; daughter, Grace Ann Maples; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maples, Knoxville; brothers, Carl and Dan Maples, Knoxville; sisters, Misses Essie and Gladys Maples, Knoxville; Mrs. Madge Korby, Concord. Another brother, Paul Maples, was killed in the Philippines in 1945.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel, May 14, 1943
Cpl. John D. Maples, of Knoxville, was killed in action in North Africa on Feb. 14, according to a telegram received by his wife, who lives at 4202 Sutherland Avenue. On March 10, Mrs. Maples receied word from the War Department that her husband had been captured, but today’s telegram stated that information was an error, Mrs. Maples said. They have a daughter, Grace Ann, who is one and a half. Corpora Maples was a member of a tank destroyer battalion. He had been in overseas service a year, formerly having been stationed in Iceland. His death ocurred two days before his 33rd birthday. Before entering the Army six years ago, he was int he CCC. Mrs. Maples, is the former Miss Mildred Chadwick.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 16 February 1913
- Date of death: 14 February 1943
- County: Knox
- Hometown: Knoxville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 701st Tank Destroyer Battalion, 1st Division
- Theater: North Africa
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Pleasant Forest Cemetery, Knox County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XIV, Middle Panel
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