Pull to Service Runs Deep

by | Apr 12, 2015 | Confederate affiliation, Johnston

William Bright Cole was born in Bentonville on the Cole plantation, the son of Willis Cole, who is buried on the farm. This farm is the site of the first day’s fighting in the Battle of Bentonville, March 19, 1865. It includes the main line of the Army of Tennessee. Today, it is owned and preserved by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. William’s grandson served on the Normandy beachhead in World War II. His great-grandson was a sergeant in the United States Army Infantry from 1969-1971. His great-great-grandson served in Iraq from 2004-2007 with B 3rd Battalion, 325th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, in the Battle for Baghdad

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