FULL NAME:

Gerald F. Williams

ARMY SERIAL NUMBER (ASN):

6291597

  • DATE OF BIRTH: Sept 6, 1919
  • DATE OF DEATH: Jan 10, 1951
RESIDENCE (DURING WWII)

Tarrant County, Texas

DATE / PLACE OF ENLISTMENT
  • DATE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Unknown
  • PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:
    Unknown
ORGANIZATION
  • MAIN UNIT:
    9th Infantry Regiment
  • SUBUNIT:
    Company A, 1st Battalion
RANK / POSITION IN UNIT (LAST KNOWN)
  • RANK:
    Technical Sergeant (T/Sgt.)
  • POSITION IN UNIT:
    Platoon Guide
BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS

✭ Normandy Campaign (6 June – 24 July 1944), ✭ Northern France Campaign (25 July – 14 September 1944), ✭ Ardennes-Alsace Campaign (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), ✭ Rhineland Campaign (15 September 1944 – 21 March 1945)

DECORATIONS AND CITATIONS (AWARDS)

🎖Purple Heart, 🎖European–African–Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, 🎖Combat Infantry Badge

SUMMARY OF HIS SERVICE

T/Sgt. Gerald F. Williams served within Company A, of the 9th Infantry Regiment. He went overseas in July, 1944. He was wounded by a Artillery shell in October, 1944, while fighting in the battle for Brest, for his wounds he was awarded the Purple Hearth. During the Battle for the Lausdell crossroad on the 18th of December, 1944. Williams got captured by the Germans and became a POW for 4 months, he eventually ended up in Stalag 8-A near Gorlitz. The Germans began to evacuate the camp when the Russians approached within 14 miles. Sergeant Williams got eventually liberated by the 2nd Armored Division.

Williams got sent to Korea in July-August 1950, as a Master Sergeant with Company K of the 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. He received Battle Commission as 2nd Lieutenant for Heroism on 14 December, 1950. A month later on the 10th of January, 1951, he got Killed in Action. He left behind his wife Sybil Price and his 4-year old son, Eugene.

STATUS
  • CATEGORY:
    Prisoner of War (POW)
  • DATE:
    Dec 18, 1944
  • LOCATION:
    Lausdell, Belgium
  • NOTES:
    Captured during the Battle for Lausdell Crossroads. Later killed in action during Korean War.
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Arjan Messemaker

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File Unit: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938 - 1946 (Enlistment Records)
in the Series: World War II Army Enlistment Records, created 6/1/2002 - 9/30/2002, documenting the period ca. 1938 - 1946. - Record Group 64 (info)

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