William E BELL "Buck"

 

bell william e
NUMBER OF SERVICE38698416
AGE18 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1926
ETATMc Curtain OKLAHOMA
FAMILYParent: Edward & Mary E BELL
RANKPFC
FONCTIONInfantry
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTFarm hands, general farmsOK
DATE of ENLISTEMENT27 april 1944 Fort Sill OKLAHOMA
COMPAGNIECompany H
BATAILLON3rd Platoon
REGIMENT262th Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 Décembre 1944bell william e tombe
STATUSMIA
PLACE OF DEATHAboard in USS Léopoldville, In Manche(Channel), off Cherbourg
CEMETERYNORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY from Colleville Map Normandy American Cemetery
GRAVE
PlotRowGrave
Wall of Missing
DECORATION
Purple HeartPhoto FDLM
  
Combat Infantryman combat infantryman badge
us army div 66 262ir
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.

 

In the Leopoldville tragedy, there were only 5 survivors in William's squad, three of whom were hospitalized.

30 were never found.


memorial plaqueSee History of Leopoldville (Click on the picture)


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