Jenkins, Willard, PFC

Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
729-Pioneer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 729, 307th Engineer Battalion/C Company
Service Years
1942 - 1944

Private First Class


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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1916
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wilkes Barre
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Sep 20, 1944
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Captured
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Pennsylvania
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Abington Hills Cemetery - South Abington Township, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere


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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenThe National Gold Star Family Registry
  2004, World War II Fallen12
  2018, The National Gold Star Family Registry

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Parachutist (Basic)


 
 Unit Assignments
307th Engineer Battalion
  1943-1944, 729, 307th Engineer Battalion/C Company
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Army Pfc. Willard Jenkins, 27, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, accounted for on July 3, will be buried September 26 in his hometown. In September 1944, Jenkins was a member of Company C, 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (307th AEB), 82nd Airborne Division near Nijmegen, Netherlands. On Sept. 20, 1944, while participating in Operation Market Garden, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) was ordered to cross the Waal River to make an amphibious attack on the bridges. Using borrowed British assault boats, members of the PIR crowded into boats with members of Jenkins's battalion. According to historical reports, Jenkins operated the rudder of one of the boats, and was wounded in the chest by fire, before falling overboard. Because the area downstream of the river was controlled by enemy forces, a search could not be conducted. Jenkins was declared missing in action on Sept. 20, 1944.

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