Nov. 8, 1922 Corinne Pushmataha County Oklahoma, USA
Jul. 4, 1944, France
Herbert Eli Berry was born November 8, 1922 in Corinne, Oklahoma (Pushmataha County), son of Wilburn Orlando Berry (1890-1937) and Laurisetta 'Dottie' Rhine (1898-1986).
Herbert had three brothers: Wilburn Foster Berry (1916-2007); Cleborn Berry (1918-2001); and Billy Gene Berry (1925-1989).
The 1930 Federal Census for Antlers, Oklahoma (Pushmataha County) shows Herbert Berry, age 7, born in Oklahoma; living with his father, Wilburn Berry, a public works laborer, age 48, born in Texas; and his mother, Laura, age 35, born in Illinois. Also living in the household were Herbert's siblings: Wilburn F. Berry, age 13; Cleborn Berry, age 12; and Billie Gene Berry, age 5 years 6 months; all born in Oklahoma.
Herbert's father died in October 1937, leaving his mother with four sons to finish raising. The 1940 Federal Census for Antlers, Oklahoma (Pushmataha) County) shows Herbert Berry, age 17; living with his widowed mother, Dottie Berry, age 43, born in Illinois. Also living in the household were Herbert's three brothers: Wilburn Berry, a drugstore clerk, age 23; Cleborn Berry, age 21; and Billy Gene Berry, age 15; all born in Oklahoma.
Herbert had enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 5, 1939. War broke out in the European theatre, and Herbert sailed for duty overseas on March 25, 1944. He served as a Private First Class in the 331st Infantry, 83rd Division. He was killed in action a short time later in France on July 4, 1944. He was buried in the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, in Basse-Normandie, France. Herbert had received the Marksmanship and Good Conduct medals during training, and he was awarded the Order of the Purple Heart posthumously.