Private First Class Johnnie B. Cope was assigned to the 751st Tank Battalion. In April 1945 the 751st was supporting the 10th Mountain Division in the final offensive of the Italian campaign. The 751st was the first armored unit to enter the Po Valley.
PFC Cope was killed in action on 18 April 1945, and was interred in the Florence American Cemetery, Florence, Italy, at H,7,10.
In 1990 me and my wife traveled to Italy. We first went by taxi to his original burying place-found he had been moved to his present resting place. Taxi took us there. A beautiful cemetery with 5 thousand US soldiers. The two US soldiers walked us to Uncle Johnnie’s grave. I have never felt such a warm spirit. We made several pictures. We returned home and told my mother (sister). She was so happy.
–Submitted by his nephew, Gentry Barnes
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of death: 18 April 1945
- County: Hamilton
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 751st Tank Battalion
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster
- Burial/Memorial Location: Florence American Cemetery, Via Cassia, Italy
- Location In Memorial: Pillar X, Middle Panel
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