The following information was obtained from the May 23, 1943 edition of the Paducah Sun-Democrat newspaper


Curtis E. Griffin, Paducah Soldier, Is Reported Dead

In a message from the Secretary of War received Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Griffin, 1129 Boyd Street were notified that their son, Technical Sergeat 5/G Curtis E. Griffin, 23, died May 13 in the Middle Eastern area of Asia. No details concerning his death were given in the telegram, but they were advised that a letter will follow.

The last letter received from T/Sgt. Griffin by his parents arrived May 15, having been written April 29. He was stationed at that time in Iran.

T/Sgt. Griffin was inducted into the service at Fort Benjamin Harrison, OCt. 9, 1942, and was sent from the reception center there to Camp Claiborne, La., where he received his basic training. He was a member of a railway battalion. He was transferred from Camp Claiborne to Camp Stoneman, Cal.,and his last letter written in the U.S. was on Jan. 16 from that camp. He left the U.S. in January and went directly to Iran.

He was a graduate of St. Mary's Academy in the class of 1939, and prior to induction was employed as a machinist in the Illinois Central shops. Born and reared in Paducah he was a member of St. Francis de Sales church.

Besides his parents, he is survived by one brother, W.P. Griffin, employee of the Westinghouse Company, Louisville, one sister, Mrs. L.E. Hesselton, 802 Broadway, Paducah, one niece and a nephew.


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