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Joseph Newton Armstrong

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Joseph Newton Armstrong, b. April 1924, Red Bank, Tennessee; d. December 23, 1944, Aachen, Germany.

Education: 1943, Graduate with high honors at Red Bank H.S., Red Bank, Tenn.
Military service: 1944, Killed in Action, KIA WWII, U.S.A.F. Sergeant, Gunner on B-26 Marauder Bomber, shot down over Aachen, Germany.
Burial: White Oak (now Chattanooga Memorial Park) Cemetery, Tenn.

Descendant of Sadler Methodist preachers: Louise Frances Adeline7 Sadler (Jasper Newton6, Caelie Newton5, John Wesley4, John3, Henry Sadley2, John1).

In the basement of Red Bank United Methodist Church for years has hung a framed sign with names of the church's World War II veterans. The name plate of Sgt. Joe N. Armstrong is in black, indicating he was killed in battle. The church seems to have much more knowledge of Sgt. Armstrong. He is remembered by a Sunday school class named after him.

Article from Chattanooga, Tennessee Newspaper in December 1944:

Sgt. Armstrong Now Listed as Killed in Action, KIA.

Sgt. Joe N. Armstrong, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Joseph Armstrong, was killed in action in a medium bomber mission over Germany on Dec. 23, 1944, the War Department notified his parents Thursday. He had been reported previously as missing on that date.

Sgt. Armstrong was a gunner on a B-26 Marauder bomber. It was shot down over Achen, Germany, during a mission over Neckarels, Germany.

The youth relinquished an alternate appointment by Representative Estes Kefauver to West Point in order to join the air forces as a private following graduation with high honors at Red Bank high School. He was faculty representative for the 1943 class exercises and was a member of the National Honor Society. He was also an instructor in weight-lifting at the Frye Institute.

Sgt. Armstrong held the Good Conduct Medal and the ETO Service Ribbon.

His grandmothers are Mrs. W. B. Williams of Knoxville and Mrs. Jasper Newton Sadler of Chattanooga.