Heath Autry Photo 1

Sgt. Heath was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Raymond G. Autry of Route 1, Marshville, N. C. He was born on May 15, 1925. He attended Lanes Creek Grammar School and Union High School. At seventeen years of age he worked for the Rock Hill Printing & Finishing Co. in Rock Hill, S. C. Then later for J. A. Jones Construction Co. in Monroe, N. C.

On September 3, 1943 after his eighteenth birthday in May, Heath was inducted into the United States Army Camp Van Dorn, Mississippi. Then in May, 1944 he was sent overseas where he saw action in France, Belgium, and Germany.

Heath received an Expert Combat Badge, the Silver Star and also the Purple Heart. He was a member of Philadelphia Baptist Church. He had two brothers and two sisters; Coyte Autry, Wade Autry, who also served two years in service, Miss Lessie Autry and Mrs. Winfred Jenkins.

Heath served about five months with the 4th infantry overseas before he was killed in Germany by a machine gun fire on November 29, 1944. He was buried in the United States Military Cemetery plot F. F., Row 3, Grave 59, Hensi Chapelle, Leige Belgium.

Heath Autry Photo 2


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