Cpl Francis (pictured right) was born December 9, 1921 in Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee and was killed in action on June 15, 1944 during the airborne invasion of Normandy.|
Cpl Francis is the son of Louis Francis Sr [b. 6/9/1881 in Mahoney City, Schuylkill, PA and died 1/19/1952 in Knoxville, TN] a coal mine operator and the son of Lena Duke Hawkins Francis [b.6/11/1889 in Frankfort, KY and died 11/9/1975 in Knoxville, TN].
The 1930 US Census for Knoxville, Knox County, TN shows Louis residing at # 1207 Broadway with his parents and 3 sisters, Lucille [b. 1911 in Pa] Margaret [b. 1913 in KY] and Mary B [b. 1919 in KY] and a brother Phillip [b. 1917 in Coxton, KY].
Cpl Francis enlisted in the Army on April 15, 1942 at Camp Forrest, TN His enlistment records states Louis had completed 4 years of high-school was 5’9’’, 152lbs and was single.
Cpl Francis was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Croix de Guerre Unit Citation [French], the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead, World War II Victory Medal, WWII Honorable Service Lapel Button, Parachute Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge and the Presidential Distinguished Unit Emblem.
Cpl Francis is interred at the Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, France at Plot ‘F’ Row “24’ Grave ‘28’.