Truman Estes Thomas was born in Whitley County, Kentucky. He enlisted and served in the Army Big Red One, PFC with the 26th Infantry Division, Co. I, 3rd Battalion, and stormed the beaches of Normandy. He was later killed in action, September 30, 1944, Aachen, Germany. His death was recorded in the :"JOURNAL FOR THE 3RD BATTALION, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division - 1944 Sept 30th - Activity in our sector is still largely patrol work and the exchange of artillery. Lt Goodrich of Co I led a patrolinto Aachen almost to the RR track. The patrol was fired upon and forced to turn back, however four of the men were unable to make it back to our lines. I t is believed that two of these men were killed and the other 2 wounded. The 4 missing men are Sgt. Lothscheutz, Pvt. Thomas, Pvt. Daleyso and Pvt. Harting. The patrol succeeded in locating many targets for our artillery to fire on. Col. Seitz visited the CP at 1500 hrs today. The weather was very bad for observation as it rained during the greater part of the time. Cas: 9 abs sk, 4 WIA." Several of Truman's brothers also served in WWII, Including, Errol Thomas, Army Air Corps; Kenneth Thomas, USN; and Elmer Thomas, NG.