PFC Onks died non battle and was initially buried a the Ipswich USAF Cemetery in Brisbane, Australia.

The Knoxville Journal, March 235, 1943
Maryville, March 24, Mr. and Mrs. Oakie Onks received a wire from the War Department today notifying them of the death of their son, Pvt. William G. Onks. Pvt. Onks was drowned on March 16, somewhere int he southwest Pacific. He was a gunner with the Coast Artillery and had been in service a year. He has served overseas for the past eight months. Before leaving the United States he was stationed in California for several months.
Surviving besides his parents, are a brother, Owen, and a sister, Ina Ruth.

  • Rank: Private First Class
  • Date of birth:
  • 19 July 1923
  • Date of death: 16 March 1943
  • County: Blount
  • Hometown: Maryville
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: Infantry
  • Theater: Pacific
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Knoxville National Cemetery, Knoxville, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VI, Middle Panel
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