Kenneth Dayle Farris

Company B 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

MIA/FOD 11/28/1944

 

 

Kenneth D. Farris was born in Texas on August 24, 1925. He was drafted into the Army
on January 11, 1944 at Lubbock, Texas. His home of residence was listed as
Collingsworth County, Texas. He had completed four years of High School
and was single with no dependents when inducted. He was married before
shipping overseas. His religion was listed as Protestant.

Private Farris was listed as Missing In Action in Germany during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest,
and on November 29, 1945 his status was changed to Finding Of Death, declared dead.

Pvt. Kenneth Dayle Farris of Dodson, who has been missing in action since November 28, 1944, is now presumed
to be dead, Major Gen. Edward F. Witsell, acting adjutant general, informed Mrs. Farris early this month. Pvt. Farris
was serving with an infantry division in Germany at the time he was reported missing. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Farris,
formerly of Dodson, now of Seagraves, and the son-in-law of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Hunt of Dodson. His wife, who was
Miss Erma Lee Hunt, now lives at Dallas.

The letter from the war department said in part:

"Since your husband, Private Kenneth Dayle Farris, 38_______, Infantry, was reported missing in action 28 November 1944,
the War Department has entertained the hope that he survived and that information would be revealed dispelling the uncertainty
surrounding his absence. However, as in many cases, the conditions of warfare deny us such information. The record concerning
your husband shows that he was a member of Company B, 22nd Infantry, which departed from east of Zweifall, Germany,
28 November 1944, on a mission to clear the surrounding wooded area of the enemy to Grosshau, Germany. During enemy
shelling of the area occupied by the company your husband was wounded but he did not reach the battalion aid station.
His last known whereabouts was east of Zweifall, Germany."

"Full consideration has recently been given to all available information bearing on the absence of your husband, including all records,
reports and circumstances. These have been carefully reviewed and considered. In view of the fact that twelve months have now
expired without the receipt of evidence to support a continued presumption of survival, the War Department must terminate
such absence by a presumptive finding of death".

The Wellington Leader
Wellington, Collingsworth County, Texas
Thursday, December 13, 1945
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Kenneth D. Farris's name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing
at the Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial, Margraten,
Eijsden-Margraten Municipality, Limburg, Netherlands

 

The name of Kenneth D. Farris on the Tablets of the Missing

Photo by Fred from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

Kenneth D. Farris is also memorialized by a marker in the family plot
at Dodson Cemetery, Dodson, Collingsworth County, Texas,
Plot: OLD Section, Plot 114, Grave D (3-H)

 

Memorial marker for Kenneth D. Farris in the Farris family plot at Dodson Cemetery

Photo by Jeanette Perrin Coaly from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

¹ From the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 


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