Belton E. Knighton was the son of Edward E. Knighton & Kate:
U.S. World War 2 Army Enlistment Records: BELTON E. KNGHTON Born: 1922 in Spartanburg Co, S.C. Race: White- U.S. Citizen Enlistment Date: January 29, 1941 in Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, Georgia. Branch: Chemical Warfare Service Grade: Private: 1 yr Enlistment Component: Regular Army Education: Grammar School Civil Occupation: Automobile Salesman Single-No Dependents Height: 68" Weight: 142 lbs.
World War 2 Prisoners of War: 1941-1946: BELTON E. KNIGHTON Resident State: South Carolina Report Date: May 7, 1942 Latest Report Date: Sept 1944 Grade: Private Grade Notes: Cadet, USMA or Chief Warrant Office or Private or Apprentice Seaman. Service Branch: Army Arm: Chemical Warfare Service Area Served: Southwest Pacific Theatre- Philippine Islands Detaining County: Japan Status: Executed- died in ship's sinking or result of ship sinking, shot while attempting to escape POW Transport ship. September sinking- Shinyo Marer - Sept 7, 1944.
World War 2 & Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas: BELTON E. KNIGHTON Inducted from: South Carolina Rank: Private Combat: Chemical Company Aviation Deathdate: Sept 7, 1944 Monument: Fort William McKinley, Manila, the Philippines. U.S. Award: Purple Heart and additional Army Medals