Decatur County

T/4 William M. Williams




Sgt. William M. Williams

Wounded Vet Visits Mother
Sgt. William M. Williams, wounded war veteran, who saw service on Guadalcanal, is spending a furlough with his mother, Mrs. Lou Roach, and his sister at 515 S. 10th Street. It is the first time he has seen his mother in 4 years and 4 months.

Sgt. Williams was in Hawaii when the Japs attacked Pearl Harbor and soon after war was declared he was sent into the Pacific. He was wounded in the fighting on Guadalcanal, and was taken by plane to a hospital on New Caledonia. Later he came to the U. S. on a hospital ship and more recently has been at Schick general hospital, Clinton. From Burlington he will go to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
The sergeant’s brother, Pfc. George L. Williams, is a prisoner of the Japanese in the Philippines. His mother has not had word from him in 9 months.

Source:The Leon Journal-Reporter, Leon, Decatur County, Iowa (photo included)

T/4 Wm. M. Williams, born May 1, 1911, was inducted January 16, 1937 and assigned to the Field Artillery BN. He attended Ft. Des Moines, Iowa, Ft. Bragg, N. C., Ft. Jackson, S. C. Fort Knox, Ky, and Schofield Bks., Hawaii. His unit saw action in the Pacific, and he was wounded April 15, 1942 at Guadalcanal. He was awarded three bronze battle stars for his service. His next of kin is his mother, Mrs. Lou V. Roach of Decatur, Ia.

Source: Decatur County Auxiliary Scrapbook
Submission by Decatur County Historical Museum, Leon IA, Sara Rose Joan LeFleur, June of 2016