|U.S. Army Officer
9th Infantry Division, 39th Infantry Regiment, A Company
1st Lieutenant William P. Addis O-1308443
Killed In Action - February 27th 1945
|SERVICE HISTORY OF WILLIAM P. ADDIS
1st Lieutenant Addis was born on July 31st 1916. He entered the service on January 18th 1943.
The 39th Infantry Regiment landed in Sicily on July 31st 1943 and returned to England November 25th 1943. The regiment
landed on Utah Beach, Normandy France on June 10th 1944 and crossed into Belgium September 2nd 1944.
On September 14th 1944 the regiment crossed into Germany and returned to Belgium October 26th 1944.
The regiment reentered Germany on December 5th 1944 only to return to Belgium on December 19th 1944.
The regiment again reentered Germany on January 28th 1945.
1st Lieutenant Addis was killed February 27th 1945.
|1st Lt Addis' Dark Wool Elastique Officer Service Coat, above photo.
The overseas cover was made in England by J.S. Wilson Ltd. 1943 size 7 1/4.
|Awards and insignia, above left photo.
9th Infantry Division patch - the original patch was removed. The patch pictured was placed over the original stitching
1st Lieutenant Bars, pin back with snow flake pattern, marked STERLING
Infantry Officer Insignia, clutch back, made by AMICO
U.S. Officer Insignia, clutch back, unmarked
Ribbons (one piece, sewn to a single bar, pin back):
Purple Heart Medal (previously wounded prior to being KIA)
American Defense Medal
European - African - Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 3 Campaign Stars
Presidential Unit Citation
Laundry Label, above right photo.
The white cotton label pictured above is stapled to the inside collar of the uniform. The tag is ink marked A 8443E. The
markings translate to "A": Addis and 8443: the last four digits of the service number. "E" may designate the 5th item submitted
for laundering. Note that there is a portion of a serial number from a preceding patron that submitted laundry.
Labels like this were attached to uniforms when sent to a laundry for ease of owner identification.
|1st Lt Addis' effects were sent to his father Raymond Addis in a small cardboard box after his death.
The box was sent by the War Department Army Effects Bureau to 211 East Washington Avenue, Connellsville Pennsylvania -
his place of residence.
The box contained an Army New Testament Bible dated 1942, a cloth American Flag (the style worn by Paratroopers on D-Day),
two small hand carved wooden crosses, a Distinctive Insignia (DI) from the 103rd Medical Battalion 28th Infantry Division, a
Souvenir of the North and South Carolina Maneuvers 1941 pin, a key, several additional ribbons and several 2nd Lieutenant
The form on the box is dated August 25th 1945
|REPORT OF DEATH
1st Lieutenant Addis was killed on February 27th 1945 with a gun shoot wound (GSW) to the chin, Neidegen Germany.
Lt Addis was buried at approximately 1100 hrs March 2nd 1945 Henri Chapelle #1 Belgium, grave 174 row 9 next to Alfred D
Roman 36640604 (grave 175) and Daniel H Lyon 37589130 (grave 173).
1st Lt Addis was disinterred on September 8th 1947 and returned to the Untied States to be buried in the Hill Grove Cemetery,
His beneficiaries were Agnes P. Addis (mother) and Raymond Addis (father).