1st Lieutenant John Franklin Walls was a glider pilot during the invasion of Normandy. He was killed in action on D-Day +1, the 7th of June 1944.
He was from Oliver Springs, TN

The Clinton Courier News, July 6, 1944
Lt. Franklin Walls, 29, of the Army Air Corps, was killed in action in France on D-Day, June 6, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Dave Walls of Oliver Springs have been notified by the War Department. The parents received a letter from him written on D-Day, in which he said that he was all right and asked them not to worry about him. Lt. Walls attended Oliver Springs High School and was for several years connected with the Oliver Springs Drug Store. He last visited home in October.

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  • Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Date of birth:
  • 25 May 1914
  • Date of death: 7 June 1944
  • County: Roane
  • Hometown: Oliver Springs
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 436th Troop Carrier Group
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Oliver Springs Cemetery, Oliver Springs, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar XVII, Top Panel
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