Saturday, June 18, 2016

PFC Lyman Newman

courtesy of Helen Collins
PFC Lyman Newman was born 3 May 1921 in Sevier County, Tennessee. He was the 3rd of 8 children born to William Arthur and Deborah K. (Reagan) Newman. Most of his ancestors were the first European families of Sevier County. His father operated a store and later farmed. In 1940, Lyman was working as a farm hand, likely for his father.

Lyman was working in the lumber industry when he was drafted in August 1942. After basic training he was sent to England and assigned to B Company 116th Infantry. He trained with that unit for the amphibious assault that took place at the Normandy beach code-named "Omaha" on 6 Jun 1944. PFC Newman fought with the unit until killed in action on 18 Jun 1944.

PFC Newman was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Middle Creek Cemetery in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Brother, Quinice Frank Newman, served in the U.S. Navy 1943-1945. Great-grandfather, Richard Reason Reagan, was Color Sergeant in E Company 2nd Tennessee Cavalry (USA) and a PVT in G Company 6th Tennessee Infantry (USA) in the Civil War.

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