|courtesy of Joy Riggers|
PFC Vanis Aaron Edison Tanner was born 31 Mar 1922 in Bokoshe, Oklahoma. He was the 5th of the 10 children born to Robert Lee and Liley Bell (McKinney) Tanner. His father farmed in the Bokoshe area. Vanis was working for Luke Peck in Dixon, California.
Vanis was drafted and after completing his basic military training was sent to Europe. He was transferred from the replacement depot to G Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944 to serve as a rifleman. He fought with the unit through the Vire campaign and in the drive to liberate Brest where he was killed in action on 5 Sep 1944.
PFC Tanner was buried in the Brittany American Cemetery.
Brother, Louie Lebanon Tanner, also served in the U.S. Army during WW2.