Re: T. J. Crockett WWII
T J Crockett was the youngest son and child of William Thomas Crockett and Martha Elizabeth Cook Crockett.He was born in Runnels Co., Texas on November 13, 1916.He was named after his grandfather Thomas Jefferson Crockett, but was only given initials as a name. He attended Ballinger Public Schools.He was in the 82ndAirborne Division in the Army and jumped in Sicily in July 1943 in World War II where he was captured.He was transported to Germany where he was held in aprison camp till they were liberated in WW II.He was received the Purple Heart as a result of wounds received when jumping.He landed in a barbed wire enclosure on a Nazi or Italian airbase.His best friend "Sleepy" Bailey, also from Ballinger, was captured elsewhere and was held in the same prison camp.
After the WW II, T J lived in California.He marriedBetty Nelle (last name not known).They had one girl and three boys.They divorced and T J moved back to Ballinger in the 1960's and lived with his mother in their house on 9th street.
T J died in January 1971 at the veteran's hospital in Kerrville, Texas.In a period of two years, Martha, his mother, T J Crockett,and his brother Arthur died.
I am Ron Crockett,a nephew, and a son of his brother Arthur Crockett and Margaret Ladwig Crockett.
If you do a search on McMinn Co. on this genforum you should be able to find postings where I detail the lineage of T.J. through his father William Thomas Crockett, and his father Thomas Jefferson Crockett. They are descended from John Andrew Crockett who died in McMinn Co. who is thought to be the son of Davy Crockett's uncle William.
Are you related to T.J.?
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