Roy Goodman was born in Tennessee in 1921, the son of Henry Goodman and Vanell Smith.
Private Roy Goodman was assigned to the 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division. The Division landed across Utah Beach on 10 June 1944, D-Day +4, and cut off the Cotentin Pennisula, and then took the Port of Cherbourg. Moving back into the mainland the Division began an intense period of battle in the hedgerows of the Normandy region.
Private Goodman was killed in action on the 17th of July 1944. He is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France, plot F, row 12, grave 11.
I have been looking up information on my family, and we come from a small town in East Tennessee; most are coal miners etc etc and are not very good in expressing themselves or talking about the past. I’ve always been interested in my family’s history and a lot of the old timers are respected and appreciated in our small town and have a lot of history; my papaw is Timus Goodman and we are in Caryville, Tennessee, and he is the youngest and only living one left I think; I believe Roy was his eldest brother.
–Submitted by James Grant Goodman
- Rank: Private
- Date of death: 17 July 1944
- County: Campbell
- Hometown: Caryville
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 39th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division
- Theater: Europe
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Normandy Campaign
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
- Sponsored by: James Grant Goodman
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