PFC James Albert Pinion was born 4 Nov 1918 in Elk Creek, Virginia. He was the 2nd of 4 children born to Lawrence Gwyn and Edith Beulah (Sexton) Pinion. His father farmed in Grayson County.
James was drafted in April 1941. Due to policies in effect at that time he was soon assigned to I Company 116th Infantry. He trained at Fort Meade, Maryland, in the Carolina maneuvers and at Camp Blanding, Florida. In September 1942 he boarded the Queen Mary with his unit and sailed for England. Once there he trained with the unit for the planned amphibious landing that was to be part of the invasion of occupied Europe. He took part in that attack on 6 Jun 1944 and fought with the unit until wounded on 17 Jun 1944. He was evacuated to hospital but died of his wound(s) on 18 Jun 1944.
PFC Pinion rests forever in the Normandy American Cemetery.