Virginia Heroes

Cletis Adlai Atkins

Private First Class, Army

Born: October 3, 1920
Hometown: Lunenburg County, VA
Entered: November 5, 1942
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: December 21, 1944
Died In: Leyte, Philippine Islands
Awards: Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Asiatic/Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal

Private First Class Atkins served with Company C, 1st Battalion, 306th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division.

was born the third of twelve children to Alta and Adlai Atkins and he grew up in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He married Nellie Mae Echols and they had one daughter, Judy Atkins. Cletis was employed as a brakeman for the Norfolk and Southern railroad until enlisting in the Army in November 1942. He served his country in the Pacific Theater where he was killed in action on the island of Leyte in December 1944.

Cletis’ recovered remains are buried in the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Philippines.

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