T/5 in 406th Engineer Combat Co
Born 1920 in TN, Died 1952
County of residence at enlistment: Fulton County, KY
Other residence(s): Clinton, KY; Cayce, KY; Fulton, KY
United States Army, European Theatre of Operations
Maurice Graham was born on March 6, 1920 in Union City, TN, the youngest of four children. His father was a farmer.
In 1930 the family was living in Clinton, KY, and Maurice's father was still farming. But by 1940 the family was living in Cayce, KY (just over the border from Union City). Maurice (who had left school after the 7th grade), his father, and one of his brothers were all working as road construction laborers.
Maurice registered for the draft on July 1, 1941 and enlisted on January 6, 1942. He was assigned to the 406th Engineer Combat Company and saw service in Europe with the unit during the war. He was discharged on September 20, 1945 with the rank of T/5.
In 1950, Maurice was living with his parents and grandmother in Fulton, KY and working as a truck driver with the state highway department. He was killed in a work accident on October 3, 1952, in a landslide at a gravel pit. He was operating a mechanical shovel, loading trucks with gravel, when the side of the pit caved in on top of his cab. The accident occurred near the Tennessee border, and he was taken to a hospital in Union City, TN where his death was declared.
He is buried at Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery in Fulton, KY.
1941 draft card
1942 enlistment record
1952 US Headstone Applications for Military Veterans
1952 Find a Grave record
1952 article in the Owensboro Messenger (KY) re his death
1952 Tennessee death certificate