William H Ellis Jr.

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Name: William H Ellis Jr.

First Name(s): William H
Last Name: Ellis Jr.

Place of birth: North Carolina, Wilson Cnty, Wilson

Rank: 2 Lt
ASN: O-1014568
Company: C
Unit: 774th Tank Bn 83rd ID

Reported as: KIA
Date of incident: 09-01-45
Place of incident: Bihain

His story:  2 Lt William H Ellis Jr. was on a mission to assist Infantry in capturing the town of Bihain, Belgium, on the evening of January 9, 1945. He was dismounted from his tank, directing its movement, when he was hit by enemy small arms fire. He died instantly. This action took place during the counter-attack launched to drive the enemy from “the Bulge”, now known as the Battle of the Ardennes. In giving their lives, William and his comrades made victory possible in this decisive operation and paved the way for the march to final victory.] William was buried with a Protestant Chaplain officiating and with full military honors at the Henri Chapelle Cemetery in eastern Belgium.

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