Will Otis BIGGART

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NUMBER OF SERVICE34988815
AGE19 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1925 MISSISSIPPI
ETATSunflower County MISSISSIPPI
FAMILYSingle
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTFarm hands, general farmsMI
DATE of ENLISTEMENT26 april 1944 Camps Shelby MISSISSIPPI
COMPANYCompany I
REGIMENT262th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 December 1944 biggart will o tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY

Map Normandy American Cemetery

GRAVE
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
  
Combat Infantrymancombat infantryman badge
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STORY

Arrived on November 26th, 1944 in England, the division polishes up its training until December 24th

In the daytime of the departure and the crossing towards France and Normandy.

The division embarks on two ships of which the SS Leopoldville which receives 262th and 264th regiment Infantry and leaves Southampton in training(formation) accompanied with four escort ships.

Arrived unless 5 miles from Cherbourg, a German submarine U-Boat 486 is in ambush and sends a torpedo to the ship.

He is touched on the starboard beam before.

802 soldiers over the 2235 which he(it) transported are killed in this drama.

Leopoldville is marine cemetery today.


memorial plaqueSee History of Leopoldville (Click on the picture)


INFORMATION SOURCEClive TIRLEMONT - Leopoldville.org
PICTURE SOURCEFrédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org
PROGRAMMERFrédéric & Renaud
TRADUCTION