Cpl. Henry Andregg Jr., of Whitwell, TN (1921-1943), was killed in action in World War II, during the Battle of Tarawa, on the island of Betio, Gilbert Islands, November 20, 1943. Henry joined the Marine Corps on June 6, 1942, and was assigned to Company C, 2nd Amphibious Tractor Btn, 2nd Marine Division. Corporal Andregg was among the first wave of heroic soldiers assaulting the island.
His remains were found and identified earlier this year. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, and was memorialized as one of the missing Marines from the Battle of Tarawa at The Honolulu Memorial National Cemetery of the Pacific.
Corporal Andregg earned the following awards during his service: The Purple Heart for wounds received in action against the enemy, resulting in his death; The Combat Action Ribbon for service during World War II, The Presidential Unit Citation, awarded to 2nd Marine Division for their service on Tarawa during the period of November 20-24, 1943; The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star; The World War II Victory Medal; Rifle Marksman badge, and Pistol Marksman badge.
Cpl. Andregg was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Sr. and Fannie Ann Andregg; his sister Thelma Andregg, and his brother, Harry Andregg.
Those left to cherish his memory included his sisters, Charlotte Webb, Naomi Dawson, Peggy Jenkins, Susie Wagner, Elizabeth Lasater, and his brother, William Andregg.
Present survivors include nieces and nephews, Dorothy Rogers, Glenna Raulston, Drenda Van Hoosier, Tim Lasater, Nancy Harris, George Wagner, Butch Andregg, Patsy Hubbard, and Peggy Wagner Kelly.
Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 10:00 am CDT, with Rev. Brenda Woods officiating. Cpl. Andregg will be escorted by 1st Sergeant William Conner, of Battery M, 3rd Btn, 14th Marine Division Burial will follow at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors provided. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 24, from 3:00 until 7:00 pm CDT. Online condolences can be made at www.reedfamilyfh.com
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sequatchie Valley Honor Guard, P.O. Box 786, Jasper, TN, 37347
Services have been entrusted to Reed Funeral Home, 11675 Hwy 28, Whitwell, TN. (423) 658-5516
Aug. 11, 2017 – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), the City of Coalmont, and The Conservation Fund will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, Aug. 14, to announce a key property acquisition for the City of Coalmont’s Southern Gulf Off Road Park.
The work began in 2014 to pursue land acquisition for the Coalmont Southern Gulf Off Road Park. On June 27, 2017, Coalmont Mayor Preston Miller signed the property acquisition documents placing 1,319 acres of property within the ownership of the City of Coalmont. The purchase was facilitated by The Conservation Fund, who assisted in acquiring specific parcels on behalf of the City of Coalmont.
What: Ribbon Cutting
Who: Brock Hill, TDEC deputy commissioner for parks and conservation, and Preston Miller, Coalmont Mayor
When: Monday, Aug. 14, 10:30 a.m. CDT
Where: Coalmont Community Center, 60 Phipps St., Coalmont, TN.
Preliminary plans, designed in 2012, posted here.