Friday, August 5, 2016
SSG Thomas Lee Gillespie
Thomas was drafted in April 1941. After attending training he was likely assigned to M Company 116th Infantry before the 116th shipped out for England in September 1942. He trained with the unit for the amphibious assault on the French beaches and when it took place on 6 Jun 1944 had attained the rank of SGT. He survived the landing and on 20 Jun 1944 was promoted to SSG. He was wounded that same day, being struck in the right knee by shrapnel but remained on duty. SSG Gillespie was killed in action on 5 Aug 1944.
SSG Gillespie was repatriated and buried in the Riverside Church Cemetery in Smyth County, Virginia.