Grave marker for Jesse Budd Evans, Jr. in Section N of the
Alamo Memorial Gardens, Alamo (Wheeler), Georgia.
Jesse enlisted at Fort McPherson, GA on 15 July 1942.
Pvt Evans was appointed as Cpl on 6 November 1943.
Cpl Evans was wounded in action in France on 14 June 1944 [Jesse wrote
home that it was just an arm wound]. He was transferred back to Service
Co on 15 July 1944.for rest and relaxation.
Cpl Evans was kicked up another notch on 21 July when he
was given a third stripe to sew on.
Sgt Evans was later wounded in
action in Holland on 19 September,. a period that coincides with his being
listed as missing in action. He was subsequently listed as a POW on 24
December 1944. On 12 June 1945 he is recorded as liberated from Stalag 2D Stargard Pomerania, Prussia 53-15.
The big sigh of relief fell on 13 Sept 1945 when he
was discharged from duty at Ft. McPherson, GA, as Platoon Sgt, MOS
7745, with a Good Conduct medal, Distinguished Unit Badge,
European-African-Middle-Eastern Campaign medal with three Bronze
Campaign Stars, a Purple Heart with one OLC, and the Combat Infantryman