Surgeon General Casualty Report, Application
for Gravestone or Marker and resulting grave marker for Pvt Chester Joy Green (Greene) in the Neches Cemetery,
Pvt Greene (aka
was wounded in action on June 6, 1944 in France.. He died of his wounds on
3 July 1944 and was awarded the
Based on a family
member's account, [Chester] on July 3rd, 1944 was in one of his dug-in
holes and raised up at the wrong time. He was hit in the chest by a
mortar [fragment] and was medically administered to by Lem Morgan of
the Medical Detachment. Lem visited the Greene family after he healed
from his own wounds and returned to the states. He wanted the Greene family to
know of Joy's bravery.
site of the wound is contradicted in the Surgeon General's report which
states that he had been hit in the head.
[Chester] did write a letter. However, it was never censored and
postmarked. My uncle remembered reading about Joy's description of
flying in darkness but being impressed by the beauty of the full moon's
light crossing the English Channel. We believe he might have been
writing about the early morning hours before D-Day.
the family name is spelled as "Green", Chester's records from the date
of his induction forward somehow became spelled as "Greene".
This was despite the fact that his twin brother enlisted on the same day
without having the same mistake made on his records.