I recently received this newspaper clipping from Macon County Tennessee from 1944. It concerns my 1st cousin, Pfc. Jasper T. Smith.
Jay as he was known was the eldest son of my mother's oldest Sister. As my mother was the youngest of ten children, her oldest sister was married and having children of her own by the time she was born.
Although Jay was technically her nephew they were so close in age that they we're in the same classes in school and grew up as virtual brother and sister.
I grew up hearing stories about him from my mother and members of her family but never knew the full circumstances of his death.
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