Private First Class Joseph Lee Housley was born March 18, 1888, in Rhea Springs (Rhea), Tennessee. He worked in saw milling in Seymour (Blount) before entering the service at the age of twenty-nine on June 5, 1917. He was killed in action on 7 October 1918 in France. He was with Company M of the 30th Infantry Division. PFC Housley was initially buried at the American Cemetery, Bony, Aisne, France. He is buried at Chattanooga National Cemetery.
- Rank: Private First Class
- Date of birth: 17 March 1888
- Date of death: 7 October 1918
- County: Blount
- Hometown: Seymour
- 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 II, Top Panel
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