Turner, William LeRoy, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1944, 1542, HHC
Service Years
1939 - 1944


Lieutenant Colonel

Two Overseas Service Bars

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Milledgeville, Georgia
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jun 07, 1944
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenD-Day FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1944, D-Day Fallen
  1944, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Senior Parachutist (1 Combat Jumps)

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1942-1944, 1542, HHC
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1936-1939, United States Military Academy1
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Last Known Activity


Distinguished Service Cross

Awarded for actions during the World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Lieutenant Colonel William LeRoy Turner (ASN: 0-22054), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, in action against enemy forces on 7 June 1944, in France. Lieutenant Colonel turner's battalion was halted by stubborn enemy resistance. He immediately went forward of his column, entered one of the tanks supporting his battalion and personally directed the fire of the tank. His accurate direction of this fire destroyed the enemy position and enabled his battalion to move forward, however, while directing the attack from this position he was killed by enemy fire. Lieutenant Colonel Turner's outstanding leadership, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty at the cost of his life, exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, the 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.

General Orders: Headquarters, First U.S. Army, General Orders No. 31 (July 1, 1944)

Action Date: 7-Jun-44

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment

Division: 101st Airborne Division
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