Babcock, Sgt. William B.


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 
– 615 North Eighth Avenue – Maywood, Illinois 
– Lincoln School 
– Emerson School 
– Proviso Township High School 
– Class of 1937 
– left school before graduation 
– gas station attendant 
Selective Service Registration: 16 October 1940
– Contact Person: William H. Babcock – father
– Employment: unemployed
– 16 April 1941 – Chicago, Illinois 
– U.S. Army 
– Fort Knox, Kentucky 
– tank commander 
– 13th Armor Regiment, 1st Armor Division
Stationed: cock
– Ireland
– The unit was reviewed by the King and Queen of England
– among first to land in Oran, Algeria
– Battle of Italy
– 12 major engagements
– the unit held Faid Pass against heavy enemy fire
– allowed the main part of the 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 an enemy shell near Anzio 
– Tablets of the Missing – Florence American Cemetery – Via Cassia, Italy
Medals: Purple Heart 


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