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 Jesse L. Dobyns
Private, United States Army
Opie Dobyns

Corporal, United States Army
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Three Dobyns brothers died in World War I. They were the sons of William Whitfield Dobyns and Victoria Catherine Ashwell of Bedford County, Virginia. They were:

Corporal Colita "Colear" Ellis Dobyns, born June 26, 1894 Bedford, Virginia.  He was married January 10, 1915 to Lola M. Bell Swain.  He served in the U.S. Army 38th Infantry Regiment,  Company K, 3rd Division and was killed at Belleau, France August 9, 1918.  He was buried in the American Cemetery at Belleau, France.

Private First Class Opie Dobyns, born April 23, 1897, Bedford, Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army Company K, 38th Infantry Regiment (same unit as his brother, Colita Dobyns killed 2 months earlier). He was killed October 9, 1918 Belleau, France, and subsequently returned to America and buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Private Jesse Lee Dobyns, born March 19, 1896 Bedford County, Virginia.  He served in the U.S. Army 6th Ammunition Troop Company E. He died of pneumonia October 24, 1918, at Belleau, France (2 weeks after his brother, Opie Dobyns, had been killed).  He was subsequently returned to American and buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


DOBYNS, JESSE L
PVT CO B 6TH AMM TRN 6TH DIV WW
DATE OF DEATH: 10/24/1918
BURIED AT: SECTION EUR (18) SITE 2098
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

DOBYNS, OPIE
CPL K 38TH INF 3RD DIV
DATE OF DEATH: 10/09/1918
BURIED AT: SECTION WHT E (18)  SITE 3575
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY 

 Colear E. Dobyns
Corporal, U.S. Army
38th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division 
Entered the Service from: Virginia
Died: August 9, 1918
Buried at: Plot A Row 12 Grave 47
Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
Belleau, France

NOTE: There is no information why he was not returned to Arlington National Cemetery to rest with his brothers.


Posted: 28 November 2006 Updated: 7 January 2007 Updated: 20 January 2007
Puprle Heart Medal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

JL Dobyns Gravesite PHOTO

Opie Dobyns Gravesite PHOTO
Photos Courtesy of Holly, January 2007