Le Journal du Mémorial

"Ne demandons pas à Dieu pourquoi de tels hommes devaient mourir à la guerre... Laissez-nous plutôt remercier Dieu que de tels hommes aient vécus..."
Général George S. Patton

James Robert "J.R." Knight 
Born November 25, 1921 at Paint Rock, Marshall, Alabama, USA
Residence : Fyffe, Dekalb County, Alabama, USA
Died June, 6 1944 at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France
Buried in Normandy American Cimetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
 (Plot G, Row 26, Grave 23)
Civilian occupation: Farmer

Award : Purple Heart with oak leaf

Service# : 34338052
Rank : PFC (Private First Class)
Status : KIA (Killed In Action)

Father : Luther Harvey Knight (1894 - 1963)
Mother : Cordie (Keeton) Knight (1898 - 1974)
Brothers and sisters :
    Martha Irene Knight Bradford (1926 - 1999)
    Hester Mae Knight Wilborn (1928 - 2012)
    Ernest G Knight (1932 - 2004)
    William Knight, Sue Goggans

1st Div. Inf.
The Big Red One
He was Private First Class in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment (RCT), from the 1st Infantry Division
(The Big Red one)
(Co. L, 3rd Bn, 16th RCT, 1st Div. Inf).

Enlisted August, 17 1942 at Fort McClellan, Alabama
Camp : Long Bredy, Dorset (from April 1st to April 24th 1944)

Campaigns :
   - Invasion of North Africa (Tunisia) : Operation Torch
   - Battles in Sicily : Operation Husky
   - Operation Overlord, landing in Normandy (Operation Neptune)

Killed in action, June, 6 1944, on Omaha Beach
Arrival time: H+01
Sector : Fox Green
Coming from : SS Empire Anvil by LCA (Landing Craft Assault)

His family was told that JR and other soldiers approached a group of German soldiers who had hoisted a white flag ... when they opened fire, killing him and his comrades.

Personal effect found on body and sent to his family:
  - 1 Wallet

His parents receive the news of his death by mail July 6, 1944.

For the "little" story:
  - "Adopted" since 2012
  - His cousin, John Luke Hastings was incorpored in the same regiment and killed the same day in same place.. 
  - The cemetery area is a perpetual concession made ​​by France to USA. It overlooks Omaha

War Memorial
Dekalb, Alabama, USA
Newspaper article on death
of James Robert
and his cousin
Part of book "A History of WWII Veterans from DeKalb County".
IDPF - 1
(Individual Deceased
Personnel File)
IDPF - 2
Letter to family
IDPF - 3
Letter to family
IDPF - 4
Personnal objects
IDPF - 5
Report of death
IDPF - 6

Omaha Beach, Normandy, France American Cemetery

American Cemetery
G, Row n°26
Grave of
James Robert Knight
June 2012
Omaha Beach
Grave of
James Robert Knight
June 2012
Grave of
James Robert Knight
June 2012
Grave of
James Robert Knight
June 2012
Grave of
James Robert Knight
June 2012
Omaha Beach
June 2012
Omaha Beach
June 2012
Sanded Letters
(from ABMC)
Webcam Live Last visit 
  September 26, 2015

Omaha Beach
June 6, 1944 

Informations requests:
I "found" J.R during my research on his cousin, John Luke Hastings.
As I was in relationship with the families of John Luke and JR, I requested to the association "Les Fleurs de la Mémoire" if I could also become the sponsor of JR. The person who sponsored JR has agreed to let me this sponsorship. Thanks to her.

Eric Triau