William H. Whitson was born on 1 August 1920 in Wise, Virginia, the son of William Whitson and Edna Estep. He entered the service September 18, 1940 and went to Fort Jackson, S.C., with the National Guard. He received training at Fort Benning, Ga., Camp Blanding, Fla., and Camp Atterbury, Ind., before he went overseas in February, 1944. He was survived by four sisters, Maude, Barbara, Doris and Mrs. Julian Young; and one brother, Jack.

Killed in Action 14 July 1944 in France
Buried at Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN

117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division, Company A, 1st Battalion

Sgt Whitson served in the European theater: Normandy. He was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart.

  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Date of birth:
  • 1 August 1920
  • Date of death: 14 July 1944
  • County: Carter
  • Hometown: Elizabethton
  • Service Branch: Army/Army Air Forces
  • Division/Assignment: 117th Infantry Regiment, 30th Division
  • Theater: Europe
  • Conflict: World War II
  • Battles: Normandy Campaign
  • Awards: Combat Infantrymans Badge, Purple Heart
  • Burial/Memorial Location: Happy Valley Memorial Park, Elizabethton, TN
  • Location In Memorial: Pillar VII, Bottom Panel
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