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Sgt. William Brown Babcock


Born: 5 September 1918 - Alameda, California

Parents: William H. Babcock & Bird Brown-Babcock

Siblings: S/Sgt. Arthur L. Babcock, Vera, Kenneth, Albert

    - Kenneth died in 1936

Hometown:

    - 615 North Eighth Avenue - Maywood, Illinois

Education:

    - Lincoln School

    - Emerson School

    - Proviso Township High School

         - Class of 1937 

             - left school before graduation

Occupation:

    - gas station attendant

Inducted:

        - 16 April 1941 - Chicago, Illinois

            - U.S. Army 

Training: 

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky
        - tank commander

Units:

    - 13th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division

Stationed:

    - Ireland 

        - Unit was reviewed by the King and Queen of England 

Engagements:

    - among first to land in Oran, Algeria

    - Battle of Italy

    - 12 major engagements

    - unit held Faid Pass against heavy enemy fire

        - allowed main part of division to withdrawal and reform
        - never wounded, but he was hospitalized for appendicitis and an infected insect bite

Letter: "I'm very tired and very busy ......... if you only knew how." in a letter received by parents
              on 28 May 1944

Killed in Action: 30 May 1944

    - Tank struck by enemy shell near Anzio

Memorial:

    - Tablets of the Missing - Florence American Cemetery - Via Cassia, Italy

Medals: Purple Heart




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