Cpl. John Franklin Acuff was born in Ooltewah, Tennessee, then the county seat of James County, on October 6, 1893. He was the oldest son of Hugh Alexander Acuff and Georgia Aurora Stanford Acuff, had five siblings, including Henry, Samuel, Cecil, Annie, and Winifred Acuff. Born into a rural family, he spent his formative years as a farmer before registering for the draft on June 5, 1917. He was killed in action at St. Souplet, France on October 18, 1918, and is buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Rank: Corporal
- Date of birth: 6 October 1893
- Date of death: 18 October 1918
- County: Hamilton
- Hometown: Ooltewah
- Service Branch: Army
- Division/Assignment: Company M, 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War I
- Battles: Bellicourt area
- Burial/Memorial Location: Chattanooga National Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar III, Middle Panel
- Sponsored by: Cindy Spangler
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