Oscar Lorenzo Joyner Jr.

Headquarters 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 06/22/1944

 

 

 

Oscar Joyner was born in North Carolina in 1919.

His hometown was listed as Kernersville, North Carolina.
His religion was listed as Protestant.

He graduated from Davidson College, North Carolina, Class of 1940, where
he was a member of Scabbard and Blade.

Insignia of Scabbard and Blade

 

 

At the time of his death Joyner was the Executive Officer of 1st Battalion. He had been
with Headquarters 4th Infantry Division, and was assigned to 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
as Major John Dowdy's Executive Officer sometime between June 13 and June 22, 1944.

 

A page of the Daily Journal of the 22nd Infantry Regiment for June 13, 1944 showing that at 9:02 a.m. on June 13
Captain Oscar Joyner was assigned to the 22nd Infantry. (marked by a red asterisk)

Daily Action Journal courtesy of John R. Tomawski

 

 

 

Captain Joyner was killed in action in France during the attack toward Cherbourg, in the area around Gonneville.
Captain Clifford "Swede" Henley, Comanding Cannon Company 22nd Infantry recorded in his diary that the
1st Battalion Command Post was ambushed by the Germans while moving forward and that Captain Joyner
was killed by machine gun fire.

Oscar Joyner was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 4th Divison General Orders # 75
dated 17 October 1944.

He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal in 4th Division General Orders # 76
dated 18 October 1944.

 

 

 

Oscar Joyner's decorations

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

Oscar Joyner was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery
Sainte Mere-Eglise #2 at Carentan, France in Block B Row 2 Grave 25 and was moved to the permanent
cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, most likely in 1948 when the temporary cemeteries were shut down.

Burial:
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
Colleville-sur-Mer
Departement du Calvados
Basse-Normandie, France

Plot E Row 28 Grave 37

 

Grave marker for Oscar L. Joyner

Photo from the Les Fleurs de la Memoire website

 

 

 

Grave marker for Oscar L. Joyner

Photo from the Les Fleurs de la Memoire website

 

 

 

VFW Post 5352 in Kernersville, North Carolina, is named the Oscar L. Joyner Jr. Post
in his honor.

 

 

To view a tribute to Oscar L. Joyner click on the following link:

Les Fleurs de la Memoire

 

Top photo and newspaper article by SleepingDog from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

 


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