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Daniel Webster "Dan" Durrett

T/5 in Signal Co, Special : HQ

Military occupational specialty: 405 (clerk-typist)


Born 1911 in TX, Died 1978

County of residence at enlistment: Blount County, AL
Other residence(s): Mount High, AL; Chillicothe, OH
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Occupation before the war: architects
Source: Unit Shipment 10143-D, 23d HQ, from le Havre 23 June 1945;

Dan Durrett was born in Hamlin, Texas on December 13, 1911, the second of five sons. It appears that his family may have been in Texas temporarily, since his parents and all of his siblings were born in Alabama. His father died in 1937, and his widowed mother continued to manage the family farm in Mount High, Blount County, Alabama with her three older sons, including Dan, as "unpaid family workers" according to the 1940 census.

Dan registered for the draft on October 16, 1940, listing his profession as farming. The 1940 census says that he had a 6th grade education. When he enlisted, on May 20 1942, he stated that he had two years of high school, and was working as an architect.

NOTE: This is likely a transcription error; I don't have access to the original document.

He married Carol Marie Creel on December 20, 1942.

He served in the Army until October 8, 1945. His gravestone says his highest rank was T/5. His brother Tom also served in the Navy from 1942-1945.

After the war he appears to have returned to Alabama, but during the mid-1950s, he and Carol were living in Chillicothe, Ohio and he was working as a carpenter.

He died on November 26, 1978 in Warrior, Alabama, and was buried at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Corner, Alabama.


1911 birth record

1940 census record

1940 draft card

1942 enlistment record

1942 marriage record

1955 city directory, Chillicothe, Ohio

1978 Social Security death record

1978 Find a Grave record

1978 VA death record

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