William Elmer Greenwell was born on 13 June 1904, to James Oscar Greenwell and Mary Jettie Mattingly. He married Bertha Ellen Crockett on 26 November 1941.
Chief Machinists Mate Greenwell served on the U.S.S. Colorado. He was taken to the Naval Base Hospital for disposition on 10 Sepember 1943. He died at sea beyond continuing limits of the US due to chronic nephritis.
Buried at Etowah City Cemetery, Etowah, TN.
- Rank: Chief Machinists Mate
- Date of birth: 13 June 1904
- Date of death: 10 September 1943
- County: McMinn
- Hometown: Copperhill
- Service Branch: Navy
- Division/Assignment: USS Colorado
- Conflict: World War II
- Burial/Memorial Location: Etowah City Cemetery, Etowah, TN
- Location In Memorial: Pillar XV, Bottom Panel
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