(Photo courtesy Ken Record)
Grave marker for Avery McGaha in the Union
Newport (Cocke County), Tennessee
Avery McGaha enlisted in the U.S. Army on
October7, 1943 at Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. He volunteered
for parachutist duty and was sent to Camp Blanding, Florida
where the 508th PIR was just forming. Once there he was
assigned to the Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion.