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World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
1918 1
Kentucky 1
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Person:
William E Porter 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Divorced, without dependents 1
Birth:
1918 1
Kentucky 1
Residence:
Place: Allen County, Ohio 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
27 May 1946 1
Army Branch:
Quartermaster Corps 1
Army Component:
Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
06267400 1
Enlistment Place:
Ft Hayes Columbus Ohio 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for Hawaiian Department 1
Source of Army Personnel:
National Guard 1
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Race or Ethnicity:
Negro 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0027 1
Card Number: 9 1
Film Reel Number: 1.27 1

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William E. Porter Receives Silver Star

Northern Africa and Italy

William E. Porter enlisted in the Army in 1936 and served his basic training in Fort Huachuca, AZ. He served in the Northern Africa theatre during the first years of WWII, later serving with the 92nd Infantry, 366th Regiment, Company B in Italy. He earned a battlefield commission to 1st Lieutenant during WWII. He was known to some in the 366th, as "Wild Bill".

Bill Porter was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star during WWII, and a second Purple Heart and Silver Star during the Korean War; where he served as commanding officer (Captain) to Julius Becton who retired as a decorated 3 Star General from the U.S. Army. Porter retired from active duty as a Major in May 1958, finishing his career as an ROTC and military police instructor in Kansas City, MO and Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa.

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The Word War II Enlistment record added above by Fold3 conflicts with knowledge and documentation the family possesses. William was awarded a silver star for "gallantry in action" in Italy in December 1944. Before being deployed to Italy, he served in north Africa. The 27 May 1946 enlistment date, if accurate must represent some action to transfer him from infantry to regular army, or possibly reflects him re-enlisting after leaving the Army.

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