Thomas Wesley Kersey

Company C 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry

4th Infantry Division

KIA 11/20/1944

 

 

Thomas W. Kersey was born in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia on August 31, 1921.

He enlisted in the National Guard on September 16, 1940 at Brunswick, Georgia. His home of residence
was listed as Glynn County, Georgia and his civilian occupation was listed as Bookkeeping Machine Operators.
He had completed three years of High School and was married. His religion was listed as Protestant.

2nd Lieutenant Kersey was killed in action in Germany during the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest
on November 20, 1944.

He was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 4th Division General Orders # 13
dated 25 January 1945.

 

Killed 20 November 1944 just west of Aachen in the front of the US Army movement from Belgium to Berlin.
Had been in National Guard while in high school in Brunswick. Was physical training officer gaining Second Lieutenant.
Joined the invasion force in the spring of 1944 leaving family for the last time on his mother's birthday, 6 March 1944.
He was first injured 25 June 1944 and transferred back to England hospital. He rejoined his troops in Belgium.
He received his field promotion to First Lieutenant. His fatal wounds by sniper on 20 November were when he was
preparing to lead his men on a recon mission. His widow, Beulah Greene Kersey, never remarried and died 16 July 1991.

(bio by: Thomas Wesley Kersey)
from the Find A Grave website

Ed. Note: The above mentioned promotion to 1st Lieutenant could not be confirmed. Kersey is recorded as a 2nd Lieutenant
in the 22nd Infantry casualty lists and also in the Rosters of World War II Dead Quartermaster General's Office.

 

Above: The entry for Thomas W. Kersey in the casualty lists of the 22nd Infantry for the month of November 1944.

 

 

Thomas W. Kersey was buried in the temporary U.S. Military Cemetery,
Henri-Chapelle Cemetery, Eupen, Belgium and some time later
his remains were returned to the United States where he was
reinterred in Georgia.

Burial:
Palmetto Cemetery
Brunswick
Glynn County
Georgia

 

Grave marker for Thomas W. Kersey

Photo by Thomas Wesley Kersey from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

Grave monument for Thomas W. Kersey

Photo by Thomas Wesley Kersey from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

The grave of Thomas W. Kersey

Photo by Thomas Wesley Kersey from the Find A Grave website

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Thomas W. Kersey by KellyDonna52 from ancestry.com

 

 

 

 

 

 


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