George Glenn Ayers
Conflict: World War II
Branch of Service: U. S. Navy
Unit: Naval Reserve
Rank: Seaman, First Class
Death: 14 September 1943 in England
Cemetery: Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England
Burial: MIA or Buried at Sea
Medals / Citations / Awards: World War II Victory Medal; Purple Heart
George Glen Ayers was born 4 December 1922, a son of James Moses and Georgia E. Ayers of Rt. 5, Spartanburg, S.C. He was a Baptist. He had the following siblings: Mary A., Claude G., and Lida. George was the only one in his family born in South Carolina – all the others were born in Tennessee. His father and uncle Daniel Ayers were florists.
He enlisted 3 February 1942 for 3 years. He was serving as an armed guard on an armed merchant ship, the S S. Luckenbach, when it was attacked by an enemy bomber in the Arctic Sea and presumed lost as of 13 November 1943. He is memorialized on the Tablets of Missing at Cambridge American Cemetery, Cambridge, England.