Thomas O. Gassett

Co. C, 3rd. Platoon, 4th Squad, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion. His unit fought in the "Battle of The Bulge" during World War II. 

The following appears on the Taylor Co Historical-Genealogical Society and The Taylor Tracer website:
Thomas Oliver Gassett was born March 19, 1919 in Taylor Co., Ga son of William Grady Gassett and Beulah L. (Bickley) Gassett. Tom was the 3rd child of Grady & Beulah Gassett and the 2nd. son. Tom was sent overseas to England and on December 23, 1944 he was assigned to Co. "C", 3rd. Platoon, 4th Squad, 50th Armored Infantry Battalion His unit fought in the "Battle of The Bulge" and on January 2, 1945 a mortar shell exploded in the rear of the track that Co. C, 50th AIB was riding in to withdraw from the fierce battle and took the life of Pvt. Thomas O. Gassett and all those riding with him except two. 
His parents would be notified on January 17, 1945. He was buried there until the war was over. Pvt. Thomas Oliver Gassett's remains were sent home for re-interment in December 1948. 

The following appeared in THE BUTLER HERALD.
Pvt. Thomas Gassett Buried Near Butler Friday Afternoon.
The body of Pvt. Thomas O. Gassett, who was killed in Belgium, January 2, 1945, was returned here for re-interment last Friday.
Born March, 1919, Pvt. Gassett was 25 years old at the time of his death. Funeral services were held at 3 p. m. at Shiloh Church near Butler, and burial was in Daviston's Cemetery. Chaplain J. W. M. Stipe of Ft. Benning officiated, and members of the V. F. W. served as pallbearers. He is survived by his parents, Mr. And Mrs. W. G. Gassett; three brothers, Murray C. and William H. Gassett, Howard, Ga., and Roy Heulen Gassett, Ft. Lewis Washington; three sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Alligood, Hahira; Mrs. Nathan Henderson, Thomaston, and Miss Betty Gassett, Butler.
Letter Thomas O. Leary


Thomas O. Gassett

Sergeant, U.S. Army

Service # 06971785

50th Armored Infantry Battalion, 6th Armored Division

Entered the Service from: Ohio

Died: 2 Jan 1945

Buried at: Horeb Shiloh Cemetery,Talbot County

Georgia, USA

Awards: Purple Heart