William Brady Hatton, Jr. was the son of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Hatton, Sr. and was born on March 8, 1932, in Tennessee. He was a member of Powell Baptist Church, Boy Scout Troop 154, the National Guard Ordinance Division, an honor student and graduate of Powell High School Class of 1949. William had one sibling, a brother Herman.
Private First Class Hatton was a radio operator for the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, United States Army. He was killed in action while fighting the Communist Chinese forces on May 19, 1951, near Bunker Hill-Hill 1051 area of South Korea. Private First Class Hatton was returned to Knoxville on December 11, 1951, and funeral services were held the following day at Powell Baptist Church with interment services at Bookwalter Cemetery. Private First Class Hatton was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantrymans Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Meda,l and the Korean War Service Meda.l