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Pvt. Alvin O. Tawney

Pvt Alvin O Tawney

134th Infantry Regiment - Company A

Alvin Oner Tawney, son of Chapman Edgar and Louisa “Lula” Anna (Smith) Tawney, was born May 7, 1909 in Giles County, Virginia. He married Eunice Blaine Link in Pearisburg, Virginia, on August 20, 1934 and the couple had 2 daughters. He was inducted into the Army January 17, 1944 at Roanoke, Virginia and trained at Camp Wolters in Texas. He arrived in the ETO in late August, early September and joined Company A, 134th Infantry Regiment as a Rifleman from the 38th Replacement Battalion on September 13, 1944. Pvt Alvin O Tawney was killed in action less than 2 weeks later on September 21, 1944 in the battle for Nancy, France. He was 35 years old when he died. His wife Eunice remained a widow the rest of her life and is now buried next to him at Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg, Virginia.

Pvt Alvin O Tawney is commemorated on the 35th Infantry Division Memorial at Agincourt, France.

Pvt Alvin O Tawney

Camp Wolters, Texas - early 1944.  Pvt Tawney is the tall soldier, back row, far left.  Identity of other soldiers unknown.

CLICK HERE to download a higher resolution copy of the Camp Wolters picture.

Thanks to Jeff Meadows, Pvt. Tawney's grandson and to Amanda Meadows Phillps, his great-grand daughter, for this information and the photographs.

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