1930 — Forrest City, Arkansas
Bill lied about his age and joined the Arkansas National Guard when he was 16. He entered the U.S. Army in 1940, where he first served in Alaska, then was sent to France for D-Day, June 6, 1944. He had attended Officers' Training School, and was promoted to First Lieutenant, assigned to Patton's Third Army, fighting through France. Ironically, he was killed on Armistice Day, November 11, 1944. He is buried in the largest American cemetery in France, Lorraine, at St. Avold. He was awarded the Bronze Star for bravery and the Purple Heart. He was my mother's youngest brother.