Adkins, Alison Wright, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1945, 745, 63rd Infantry Division
Service Years
1943 - 1945

Private First Class

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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lincoln County
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jan 03, 1945
Hostile, Died
Unknown, Not Reported
World War II
Location of Interment
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial - Epinal, France
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot B Row 44 Grave 12

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1945, World War II Fallen [Verified]

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
3rd Battalion, 253rd Infantry 63rd Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 745, 3rd Battalion, 253rd Infantry
  1943-1945, 745, 63rd Infantry Division
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 World War II
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Army Private First Class Alison Wright Adkins was born in Cabell County, West Virginia, on August 3, 1923, the son of Homer and Zona Childers Adkins of Branchland, Lincoln County. The West Virginia Marriages Index, 1785-1971, shows that eighteen-year-old Zona married twenty-five-year-old Homer in Huntington on July 7, 1921. What happened to Zona between the birth of Alison and 1930 is unclear; the 1930 Federal Census does not show her in Homer’s household, nor is she mentioned in the Wayne County News death notice of Alison on March 30, 1945.

Pfc. Adkins enlisted in the Army at Fort Thomas, Newport, Kentucky, on March 16, 1943. At that time he stated he had two years of high school, was a farm hand, and was single, but with dependents. (During World War II, enlistees often claimed a parent or other children in the family as their dependents.) Records in the National Archives indicate that he may have been an automobile serviceman. Alison was assigned to the 253rd Infantry Regiment of the 63rd Infantry Division.

Pfc. Alison Adkins was reported killed in action in Germany on January 3, 1945. A day-by-day account of the war includes the following synopsis of the action in Europe on the date of Pfc. Adkins’ death:


On the Western Front... In the Ardennes there are German attacks on the narrow corridor leading to Bastogne which succeed in disrupting the timetable of the planned American attacks but fail to achieve any advance. Forces of the US 3rd Army and US 1st Army are attacking toward Houffalize from the south and the north, respectively. In Alsace, the German attacks and the American retreat continue. The US 6th Corps (part of US 7th Army) is being pressed particularly hard in the area around Bitche. Farther south, there is also fighting near Strasbourg.

Article contributed by Patricia Richards McClure.



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