Francis Lafayette Hinson (1915 -1944)

Francis L HinsonMy great-uncle, Francis Lafayette “Son” Hinson was a US Army Staff Sergeant in the 334 Infantry Regiment, 84th Division. He registered for the service in 1940 at the age of 25.

Fullscreen capture 5252014 111253 PM.bmpHe was killed on 18 November 1944 on the first day of the first battle he had ever encountered. Before this attack on Geilenkirchen, Germany, his division had only had mock battles in the maneuvers in Louisiana just a few months before.

The battle in which he was killed was part of a larger offensive called Operation Clipper in the Rur Valley.  His division would eventually achieve their goal and gain an allied victory.

“Son” was killed when an artillery shell hit a tree where he was. He was 29.Francis L. Hinson obituary

He was survived by his wife Mildred Bankston Hinson and one son, Jerry Hinson whom he had the opportunity to hold as an infant before he was sent overseas.  Lafayette received the Purple Heart and is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margarten, Netherlands.Francis L Hinson tombstone

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  1. Arthur William HINSON says:

    Thanks for sharing. I always wondered what happened to Francis “Son” Hinson. I will have to visit his grave in the Netherlands.

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