Real Heroes – Womack, John
November 20, 1944
Private First Class John Womack died of wounds received in action, according to a message received here. He was first reported as wounded on November 17, 1944.
Private First Class Womack (1917-1944) entered the U.S. Army in July of 1940. He spent twenty-two months in foreign service, mostly in the British West Indies, and returned to the United States. He was sent overseas about six months ago. He was a graduate of the class of 1938 at Cliffside High School.
Private First Class Womack was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Womack, of Cliffside; his wife, Mrs. Gladys Alien Womack of Forest City; and the following brothers and sisters: Mrs. Glenn McKinney, Mrs. Ola Pearson, Mrs. Frank Aldridge, and Miss Nell Womack all of Cliffside.
Private First Class Womack was a radio operator for an Infantry Regiment. He was 27 years old on November 7, 1944. (Forest City Courier, December 14, 1944)
Photo courtesy of Daily Courier, Forest City, North Carolina, and James R. Brown, Publisher
A memorial service was held Sunday for Private First Class John Reid Womack at the Cliffside Baptist Church. He died November 20, 1944, of wounds received in action three days prior to his death. A son of Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Womack of Cliffside, he married Miss Gladys Alien of Forest City on November 19, 1943. (Forest City Courier, February 1, 1945)
From Real Heroes: Rutherford County Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice During World War II, by Anita Price Davis. Copyright © 2002 by The Honoribus Press, Spartanburg, SC. Reprinted with permission.