Willard Desha (1907 - 1987)

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Chattanooga National Cemetery
Section RR Site 71,
1200 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, Tn

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Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina

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Branch of service: Us Navy
Rank attained: SHIPFITTER 1
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii

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1907 - In the year that Willard Desha was born, radiometric dating, a recently discovered technology that could date rocks, found that the earth was 2.2 billion years old which was dramatically older than previously thought. Later refinements and advancements in science would date the age of the earth at over 4.5 billion years.

1921 - When he was merely 14 years old, hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

1968 - By the time he was 61 years old, on January 31st, the North Vietnamese launched the Tet Offensive, a turning point in the Vietnam War. 70,000 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong forces swarmed into South Vietnam. The South Vietnamese and US troops held off the offensive but it was such fierce fighting that the U.S. public began to turn against the war.

1969 - At the age of 62 years old, Willard was alive when on July 20th, the first men walked on the moon. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil A. Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr. both walked on the moon but it was Armstrong who first stepped on the moon. They fulfilled the promise of President Kennedy's commitment in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

1987 - In the year of Willard Desha's passing, on October 19th, stock exchanges around the world crashed. Beginning in Hong Kong then spreading to Europe, the crash then hit the United States. It was called Black Monday. The Dow Jones fell 508 points to 1,738.74 (22.61%).

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Willard Desha passed away on July 10, 1987 at 79 years of age. There is no listed cause of death. He was buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery Section RR Site 71, Chattanooga, Tn. He was born on December 16, 1907. We have no information about Willard's immediate family. We know that Willard Desha had been residing in Greenville, Greenville County, South Carolina.

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