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First Name: Gillis

Last Name: Cornbread

Birthplace: Gardnerville, NV, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Middle Name: W.

Date of Birth: 05 October 1923

Date of Death: 17 August 1945

Rank: Private

Years Served:
Gillis W. Cornbread

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Gillis W. Cornbread
Private, U. S. Army
World War II

Gillis W. Cornbread was born on 5 October 1923 in Gardnerville, NV.

Military Service

Gillis served with the 335th Engineers during World War II and fought in the Pacific Theatre against the Japanese. A photo post card that was sent to his parents shows Gillis sitting on a large pile of Japanese helmets. It has a message on the back which reads: "These Japs took a Wack and none of them are ever coming back - Don't worry I saved a real nice one for you - your loving son, Gilly."

Death and Burial

Private Gillis W. Cornbread died on 17 August 1945 as a result of wounds received in action on 12 July 1945. He was 22 years of age. His body was shipped home after the war and now he rests in the sod of his home state of Nevada. He is buried at the Gardnerville Cemetery in Gardnerville, NV, in the Veterans Section.

The soldier who left for war was returned to his homeland so we would not forget this man who gave up all his tomorrows for all our todays. Rest in Peace, noble warrior; your duty's done and a grateful nation thanks you for it.

Honoree ID: 2122   Created by: MHOH




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