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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army 1
Birth:
29 Jan 1926 2
1926 1
Thorndale, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada 2
British North America Or Canada Or Labrador Or Newfoundland 1
Death:
31 May 2005 2
Wilmington, NC 2
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Person:
William Douglas Bailey 2
William D Bailey 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
29 Jan 1926 2
1926 1
Thorndale, Middlesex County, Ontario, Canada 2
British North America Or Canada Or Labrador Or Newfoundland 1
Death:
31 May 2005 2
Wilmington, NC 2
Residence:
Place: Ischua, Cattaraugus County, New York 2
Place: Cattaraugus County, New York 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Service End Date:
1946 2
Enlistment Date:
31 Mar 1944 1
Army Branch:
Finance Department 1
Army Component:
Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status) 1
Army Serial Number:
12241379 1
Division:
78th Infantry (Lightning) Division 2
Enlistment Place:
Ft Dix New Jersey 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Medals:
Purple Heart, Oak Leaf Cluster 2
Regiment:
309th Infantry 2
Source of Army Personnel:
Enlisted Reserve or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer 1
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Occupation:
Skilled occupations in the manufacture of miscellaneous products 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0108 1
Film Reel Number: 1.108 1

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William Douglas Bailey, Sr.   Birth: Jan. 29, 1926 Ontario, Canada Death: May 31, 2005 Wilmington New Hanover County North Carolina, USA   Doug, 79, of Hampstead, NC, died in New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Born in Thorndale, Ontario, Canada, he was the son of William C. and Louise Jane Drennan Bailey. On June 26, 1948, he married Roberta “Bert” Weber of Franklinville, NY. June 2004 they celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary. Mr. Bailey graduated high school from Ten Broek Academy in Franklinville, NY, before joining the United States Army. While serving with the 309th infantry, 78th Lightning Division in Belgium during World War II, Mr. Bailey was badly wounded in December of 1944. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Oak Leaf Cluster during his military service. Following a long recovery, he then attended the University of Buffalo, graduating in 1952, with a degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Bailey was employed by Corning Glass in Corning, NY, by RCA in Somerville, NJ, and by Stim Tech in Minneapolis, MN. He retired from Codman & Shurtleff, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Company, in Hingham, MA, in 1985, where he was vice president of research and development. After retirement, Mr. & Mrs. Bailey relocated to Hampstead, NC, where they were members of the Topsail Presbyterian Church, and enjoyed golf, bridge, and traveling with their family. Mr. Bailey spent the past few years of his life as the dedicated caregiver for Mrs. Bailey, the absolute love of his life. Surviving Mr. Bailey are two children, William (Elise) Bailey, Jr. DMD of Southport, NC, and Barbara (Bradford) Cass of Athol, MA; eight grandchildren, Kelly, Krysten, Michael, Alexis and Aidan Bailey, Douglas, Bryce and Kelsey Cass; a sister, Evelyn Hakes of Lavonia, GA; and a brother, Fran (Linda) Bailey of Lake Forest, CA. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bailey was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Roberta; a daughter, Cynthia Bailey; a brother, Adam (John) Bailey; and a brother-in-law, William Hakes. Burial: Mount Prospect Cemetery Franklinville Cattaraugus County New York, USA

Combat Chronicle

The 78th Infantry Division arrived in England, 26 October 1944, and received further training. It landed in France, 22 November, and moved to Tongres, Belgium, and to Rotgen, Germany, to prepare for combat. The 311th Infantry Regiment was attached to the 8th Division in the Hurtgen Forest, 10 December. The 309th and 310th Infantry Regiments relieved elements of the 1st Division in the line in the vicinity of Entenpfuhl, 1-12 December. On the 13th these regiments smashed into Simmerath, Witzerath, and Bickerath and were fighting for Kesternich when Von Rundstedt launched his counteroffensive in the Monschau area, 18 December. The 78th held the area it had taken from the Siegfried Line against the violent German attacks throughout the winter. The Division attacked, 30 January 1945, and took Kesternich, 2 February, the town of Schmidt on the 8th, and captured intact the vital Schwammanauel Dam the next day. In the advance, the Roer River was crossed, 28 February, and the Division joined the offensive of the First and Ninth Armies toward the Rhine. That river was crossed over the Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen, 8 March, by the 310th Regiment, the first troops to cross in the wake of the 9th Armored Division. That unit, attached to the 9th Armored and acting as a motorized unit had driven across Germany capturing Euskirchen, Rheinbach, and Bad Neuenahr. The 78th expanded the bridgehead, taking Honnef and cutting part of the superhighway, the Autobahn, 16 March. From 2 April to 8 May, the Division was active in the reduction of the Ruhr Pocket and at VE-day was stationed near Marburg.

Wounded twice in action

Wounded slightly in action in Germany in December 1944 and returned to battle.  Seriously wounded in action on February 5, 1945 in Germany and sent to an American hospital in Belgium.  In April 1945, was sent to a hospital in England.  On June 29, 1945, arrived in the U.S. from England and then was sent to Fletcher Field Hospital in Cambridge, Ohio to recover from his wounds.  ~~ Times Herald, Olean, NY

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