Johnnie D. Owens - LST 531

Pvt. Johnnie D. Owens
1st Engineering Special Brigade
3206th Quartermaster Service Co.
Name on the Wall of the Missing
Cambridge American Cemetery, England

Brief Biography of Johnnie D. Owens by his Niece, Martha Offutt

Pvt. Johnnie D. Owens, 20, was the son of Grover and Elsie Owens of Excelsior Springs, Missouri.  He was reported "missing in
action since April 28,1944, in the European area”. He was with the 3206th Quartermaster Service Company on board LST 531, which was hit by German torpedoes while on practice maneuvers gearing up for D-Day invasion. He entered service in February 1943 and went overseas in January 1944. He was born in Birmingham, Missouri, and attended high school in North Kansas City, Missouri. He had two brothers, Cpl. G. C. Owens Jr. and Buddy R. Owens, and six sisters, Alma Lee Runge, Dorothy Runge, Wilma Vroman, Betty Mae Spry, Mary Lou Huston and Peggy Mason.