Born: January 10th 1917 Died: (Unknown, MIA) Official recorded date by US Army is November 9th, 1945 Hometown: Louin, MS (Jasper County) Entered Military: November 16th, 1942 Branch of Service: United States Army Org. Unit: 85th Infantry Division, 337th National Army Infantry Regiment Rank: Staff Sergeant Awards: Bronze Star, Purple Heart with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters Cemetery: Missing in Action Wall Florence American cemetery, Italy and Headstone at Mulberry Cemetery in Jasper County, MS.
James V. Walley was born in Louin, Mississippi on January 10th 1917. He was born to John and Cecil Walley. James attended school up until the 7th grade at Rass Community School. His family owned a farm, and at age 23 in the 1940 census, James was head of the household and employed as a farmer on his family farm. Two years after the 1940 census, James V. Walley enlisted in the US Army at Camp Shelby, MS in 1942. Camp Shelby was only 75 miles from Louin, and Kathy Layton (James' Niece) said James did see his family a few times before he deployed overseas. It is not known the exact day he died, but the military pronounced him MIA on November 9th, 1945.
The Walley Family
Father John Walley was born in 1883 and mother Cecil Walley was born 1894. John was 26 and Cecil was only 15 when they were married in 1909. John and Cecil were farmers and when they had children, their children were farmers too. In the 1930 census, John and Cecil had 6 children, and Cecil was only 17 when she had her first child. Their children were Virgil Walley born in 1911, Dan Walley born in 1913, James V Walley born in 1917, Eula M Walley born in 1923, Maizie B Walley born in 1925, and C Carl/Jack Walley born in 1928. Sometime between 1930 and 1940 father John Walley passed away and oldest children Virgil and Dan moved away. On the 1940 census James V. Walley was named head of the household and Cecil was labeled as a widow. Also sometime between 1930 and 1940 Cecil and John had one more child, Mary Katherine Walley in 1933. She is 7 years old and the youngest of the family on the 1940 census. Another child appeared on the 1940 census named Jack Walley however he was born in 1928 and so was C Carl Walley. It is possible Carl C also went by the name Jack. There is an obituary for Cody Carl Walley with all of the siblings except for a Jack Walley, however when Cecil registered her children for school she registered a Jack Walley, but no Cody Carl Walley. Cody Carl could have gone by Jack in person, but Cody Carl on record.