|Birth: ||Sep. 13, 1918|
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1944, Italy|
Published in THE TUSCALOOSA NEWS, TUSCALOOSA, ALABAMA, internet edition, SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 23, 1944, FRONT PAGE
LT. ETHRIDGE KILLED IN ITALY: VETERAN OF 3 MAJOR INVASIONS DIES JUNE 27
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Ethridge of Alberta City have been notified by the War Department of the death of their son, Lt. Harold C. Ethridge, in Italy on June 27.
Lieutenant Ethridge was born in Uniontown where he received his education and joined the U.S. Army in 1937. He was at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941 during the Jap attack and was later transferred to the European theater in February of 1943. A veteran of three major Mediterranean invasions, Lieutenant Ethridge took part in the North African, Sicilian and Anzio operations.
He was injured in Sicily but after hospitalization in North Africa was in the invading force at Anzio where he was wounded. Upon return to active service he was with the American forces that captured Rome.
Lieutenant Ethridge was awarded the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.
His parents received a letter from him dated June 27, the day of his death, in which he told of the progress of the Allied forces in Italy. He stated that the day before the Allied forces had captured so many Germans that it was difficult to keep up with the captives. Most of the opposition encountered by the Allied units then came from rear guard action of the Germans, he wrote.
Surviving besides his parents are his widow, Mrs. Em Ethridge who resides at Lake Forest, Ill., and seven sisters: Mrs. J.L. Black, Victoria, Texas; Mrs. J.W. Mathews, Haynesville, Ala.; Mrs. William Adams, Schnectady, N.Y.; Miss Sara Ethridge, Highland Park, Mich.; Miss Ruth Ethridge, Sylacauga and Mrs. J.L. Brooker and Miss Lucy Ethridge who reside with their parents in Alberta City.
Lieutenant Ethridge's widow will come to Alberta City to visit with her family this week.
Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery
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NARA Home of Record: Perry County, Alabama...Killed In Action...Your service and sacrifice must never be forgotten.|
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2LT, 442 INF, 34 INF DIV WORLD WAR II|
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