Waldo Melvoir WILLIS

 

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NUMBER OF SERVICE38003982 
AGE31 yo
DATE OF BIRTH1 August 1913
ETATShowlow  Navajo County ARIZONA
FAMILYParents: John Lorenzo WILLIS & Sarah MILLS WILLIS
RANKStaff Sergeant
FONCTIONFonction
JOB BEFORE ENLISTEMENTCashier AccountantAR
DATE of ENLISTEMENT8 April 1942
COMPANYCompany I
REGIMENT262nd Infantry Regiment
DIVISION66th Infantry Division
DATE OF DEATH24 Décembre 1944willis waldo 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

Bronze Star

Purple Heart + OLC

World War II Victory Medal 

Combat Infantryman Badge

bsm

ph olc

victory medal

combat 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)


Brother of Waldo

 

Robert Ray MILLS

 

NUMBER OF SERVICE08823649willis waldo 1
AGE21 yo
DATE DE NAISSANCE2 Février 1923
STATEShowlow  Navajo County ARIZONA
UNIT

Submariner disappeared first from the Harder submarine


Sous marin Harder

USS Harder (SS-257)

DATE OF DEATH

2 September 1945 - Tablets of missing -

Fort Bonifacion PHILIPPINES -

Missing on mission August 24, 1944

RANKElectrician mat 3rd Class
  AZ

SOURCE INFORMATION & PHOTOClive TIRLEMONT - Frédéric LAVERNHE - Leopoldville.org - Familysearch.org
PROGRAMMERClive, Frédéric & Renaud