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Cornn, Opal E. (P2, C2, L4)

Cornn Opal E headstoneCorporal Opal E. Cornn was born 12 March 1921, in Laurel County, Kentucky. He joined the Kentucky National Guard in August 1939 as a Private in Troop L, 123rd Cavalry. The unit converted to Battery D, 103rd Separate Battalion, Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft) in November 1940. He was called to federal active duty with his unit on 24 February 1941. He died on 6 August 1941, while on active duty. He is buried in Pine Hill Cemetery, Corbin, Knox County, Kentucky.

    Funeral Monday For Opal Cornn

    Drowning Victim At Fort Sheridan, Where He Was In Military Training With London Troops.

    The Sentinel-Echo, August 1941.

    Funeral services for Opal Cornn, 19, soldier with Battery D, 103rd Battalion, Coast Artillery, anti-aircraft corps, who was drowned in Lake Michigan at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, last Tuesday were held at the First Baptist Church, Corbin, Monday, Aug. 11 at 10:00 a.m.

    The body arrived in London on Saturday and was taken to the home of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ephraim Cornn. The body was then taken to the home of the deceased’s father-in-law, Chester Burke, Corbin, Sunday, where it remained until the hour of the funeral.

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