Saturday, February 25, 2017

SGT Benjamin F. Jolley

SGT Benjamin F. Jolley was born in 1922 in Detroit, Michigan to Laura Helen Jolley.  The family moved to San Diego, California.  After one failed marriage his mother re-married.  Benjamin's step-father, Leo Renno, worked for the railroad and reported a 1939 income of $1428.  Benjamin was working as farm labor in 1940 and reported a 1939 income of $75.  The family paid $7 a month rent for their house.

Ben was drafted in November 1942. We don't know where he went after basic training but on 6 Jul 1944 PFC Jolley was transferred from the replacement depot to C Company 116th Infantry. Ben was promoted to SGT on 25 Jul 1944. While serving as a squad leader, SGT Jolley was wounded on 8 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 14 Dec 1944. On 17 Dec 1944 he was sent on temporary duty for 6 days to the 29th Infantry Division training center and returned to duty with C Company on 23 Dec 1944.  SGT Jolley was killed in action on 25 Feb 1945.

SGT Jolley is buried at the Netherlands American Cemetery.  His mother died in 1991.

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