Tec 4 William Patrick Hullihan
T/4 William Patrick Hullihan was born on April 2,
1916, to John A. Hullihan and Mary A.
Gately-Hullihan in Cicero, Illinois. He was
one of eight children born to the
William was raised at 603 South 8th Avenue in Maywood, Illinois, and attended St. James Catholic School and Proviso Township High School. He graduated from Proviso Township High School as a member of the Class of 1934. After high school, he attended the University of Illinois, for one year, before being employed in the family's reclamation business in Cicero.
In 1940, William, or "Bill" as he was known by his friends, joined the Illinois National Guard's 33rd Tank Company in Maywood just before it was called to federal duty. He was inducted into federal service in November of 1940 and went through training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In January, 1941, he was reassigned to the Headquarters Company of the 192nd Tank Battalion.
In the late
summer of 1941, Bill took part in the Louisiana
maneuvers of 1941. After the maneuvers,
the battalion was ordered to remain behind at
Camp Polk. It was on a side of a hill that
the soldiers learned that they were being sent
overseas. Those men who were 29
years old or older were allowed to resign from
federal service. The battalion also
received the tanks and half-tracks of the 753rd
Bill lived through the Japanese attack on Clark Field and fought the Japanese after they invaded the Philippines. During the Battle for the Philippines, his parents heard from him once in a telegram at Christmas time and once in a letter that they received on April 3, 1942. It said he was "doing well" and was dated January 16th.
Filipino and American Forces on Bataan were
surrendered to the Japanese, Bill became a
Prisoner of War. He took part in the death
march experiencing and witnessing the brutality
shown to the prisoners by their Japanese
captives. He was finally interred as a POW
at Camp O'Donnell.
Tec 4 William
P. Hullihan died of dysentery and malaria on
June 25, 1942, at the age of 26.
After his death, he was
buried in Section O, Row 3, Grave 7.
After the war, the family of Tec 4 William P. Hullihan requested that his remains be returned to Illinois. He was reburied at Mount Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Hillside, Illinois, on October 19, 1948. He was posthumously awarded the good conduct medal and the Purple Heart.