Travels through Grainger County

My father’s side of the family resided in Grainger County going as far back as the mid 19th century.  My family had a continious existence in Grainger County until my aunt Mildred passed away in 2006.  My great-great grandmother Serena shows up on the 1860 census.  Her son Bruce (my great-grandfather) was born around 1896. I have seen his World War I draft registration card for 1917. He never was sent overseas however.  My grandfather served as a medic in Burma and my great-uncle Robert “Junior” was a replacement soldier sent to France in November 1944 until the end of the war. His first combat experience was on December 23, 1944 at the Battle of the Bulge. “Tip” Pratt served at Guam and Saipan. (pictures courtesy of her daughter Priscilla)

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