Jesse Arthur Summers was the first World War II casualty from Campbell County. He was born in 1922 in Bell, Kentucky, the son of Tandy Summers and Elva Lamb. He joined the army January 19, 1941 and went to the Philippines in March, 1941 and operated a machine gun on Bataan. His death came April 7, while defending American freedom against invaders and while in line of duty in active service.
He was survived by his parents, one sister, Mrs. Robert Tuttle of Straight Creekand three brothers, Edward, Floyd and Garrett.
Private Jesse A. Summers, age 18, (S/N 14043771) was hospitalized on Corregidor in April for injuries “Causative Agent: Boat, sinking, by mine or result of other and unspecified enemy action.” He died from complications arising from his injuries. Source: U.S. WWII Hospital Admission Card Files – Jesse A. Summers
- Rank: Private
- Date of birth: 4 October 1922
- Date of death: 7 April 1942
- County: Campbell
- Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
- Division/Assignment: 60th Coast Artillery Regiment
- Theater: Pacific
- Conflict: World War II
- Battles: Bataan, Corregidor Island
- Awards: Purple Heart
- Burial/Memorial Location: Manila American Cemetery, Fort Bonifacio, Manila, Philippines
- Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Middle Panel
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