Williams, Eldred Eugene, PFC

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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, 745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
Service Years
1943 - 1944

Private First Class

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Powell (listed as Minor Hill, TN, Giles County address in the 1940's)

Casualty Date
Dec 20, 1944
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Artillery, Rocket, Mortar
WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

Infantry Shoulder Cord Honorably Discharged WW II

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenMilitary Order of the Purple Heart
  1944, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  1944, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1943, Basic Training (Camp Fannin, TX), C7
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
45th Infantry Division1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
  1943-1944, 745, 45th Infantry Division
  1943-1944, 745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 157th Infantry Regiment
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Sicily Campaign (1943)
  1943-1943 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Naples-Foggia Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Anzio Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)2
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)6
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Pfc Eldred Eugene Williams was with the 157th Infantry ,company "B". He was listed MIA 20 Dec. 1944 in Bundenthal, Germany. Until 18 January 1945 when he was confirmed KIA there. The local German civilians had buried him and five other soldiers in the back of the civilian Cemetery marked only by Crosses so that the German Army would not disturb them. When the U.S. Army came to the area they were informed of the 6 U.S. soldiers buried there around Dec. 20,1944. Most had been Killed by German Artillery. The Five other Soldiers were Pvt. James W. Leonard (Medic), Pvt. Marvin M. Camick, "G" Pvt James W. Milstead, UNK. X-219, UNK. X-220, and my Uncle Pfc. Eldred Williams.                               
He was Disinterred by the 3049th QM GR Co. on the 19 June 1945 from the Cemetery in Bundenthal, Germany. reinterred in Plot T,Row 81, Grave 2819 in U.S. Mil. Cem. Bensheim, Germany 21 June 1945. Reinterred at U.S. Mil. Cem. St. Avold, France 12 OCT 1945 Plot 000 Row 7 Grave # 83 Between Pvt. Milstead and Pvt Brady ( Co. "G" 157th Inf.)
Pfc Eldred Williams was finally reinterrred home to be buried in the Family Cemetery at Second Creek Cemetery, Lawrence County, TN 17 Aug. 1948. He now is at Rest by his Parents and two of his younger brothers.
Unk.X-219 and X-220 I think must be 2nd Lt. William Sheard and 1st LT. Hermes CLark both of "G" company, Pfc Milstead, I do not know what unit he was with.

I have found out that Pfc Eldred E. Williams was Killed  on Wed. 20-Dec.-44  by Friendly Fire ( Artillery) During the Battle of Bundenthal, Germany.
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