Pvt. Warren Glinn Harding DaVault

Pvt. Warren Glinn Harding DaVault

Pvt. Warren G.H. DaVault Killed in WWII November 20,1944  Laid To Rest In His Hometown 76 Years Later

Born September 29, 1920, Warren Glinn Harding DaVault was drafted during his senior year at Rhea Central High School before he had graduated. He entered the Army on November 14, 1942, at Fort Oglethorpe, GA. He was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division.

Pvt. DaVault was killed in action near Hurtgen, Germany, on Nov. 20, 1944, but his remains could not be recovered until all of the hostilities of the war had stopped.

After the war had ended, the American Graves Registration Command was tasked with recovering missing American soldiers. Private DaVault was declared non-recoverable in January of 1952.

A set of remains previously interred in 1951 in the Ardennes American Cemetery in Belgium and were listed as an Unknown Solider were believed to be those of Pvt. DaVault. In 2019, these remains were disinterred and sent to Offutt Air Force base, Nebraska, for DNA identification.

Warren DaVault

Dayton resident Bill DaVault was later notified that a positive match was made from DNA samples obtained from the family of DaVault. After 76 years, the U.S. Army had positively identified his uncle, Pvt. Warren Glinn Harding DaVault.

A plane carrying Pvt. DaVault’s remains landed in Nashville on Wednesday, August 11, 2021, on the trip back to DaVault’s hometown of Dayton.  Escorted with full military honor guard, his funeral service was held on Saturday August 14, 2021, at the First Baptist Church in Dayton. Afterwards he was laid to rest in the Spence Cemetery next to his parents and other family members. After 76 years, Pvt. DaVault was finally home.

Pvt. DaVault’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Combat Action ribbon, the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Service ribbon, the Overseas Service ribbon and the Combat Infantrymen’s Badge


The Following  (Version 1) is the complete video from the time the plane landed in Nashville through the funeral service and the burial. 


The Following (Version 2) is the complete video of all the Military Honors from the time the plane landed in Nashville through the burial minus the actual funeral service.

Video Version 2 Partial

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Born and raised in Dayton Tennessee, I have served in various public service positions in the past. I have a great interest in the History of our town. This site is a way for me to share some of the great history of the area.

1 Comment

  • Jo Anne Cowden

    August 27, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I was unable to be there for the services, but brought my eight-year old grandson to stand across from the courthouse when the hearse paused for a moment. He asked why we were there, and I told him we were showing respect for a person who died for his country and whose remains were being returned after many years. My father was a WWII veteran and grew up with the DaVault family. So thankful for the family that he is finally home on Tennessee soil.

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