22nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division
T/5 William J. Schockman 35033052
Killed In Action - September 24, 1944
Buried: Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France
|Sergeant William Schockman Purple Heart Citation, above photo.
This Purple Heart Citation accompanied the Purple Heart Medal to the next-of-kin of William J.
Schockman for his wounds resulting in his death on September 24th 1944. The citation is dated
December 1st 1944 and signed by Henry L Stimson, Secretary of War.
|SERVICE HISTORY OF WILLIAM J SCHOCKMAN
T-5 William J Schockman was born in 1920. He entered the service on May 12th 1941 in Columbus, Ohio. He was Killed
In Action while serving with the 22nd Field Artillery Battalion, 4th Armored Division on Sunday, September 24, 1944. His
remains were laid to rest at Lorraine American Cemetery, St. Avold (Moselle), France Plot: C Row: 15 Grave: 46
|HISTORY OF THE 4TH ARMORED DIVISION, 22ND FIELD ARTILLERY BATTALION
The division landed across Utah Beach, Normandy France on July 13th 1944 entering combat on July 17th 1944 in
Coutances. They captured Avranches and the See River Bridge on July 30th and moved south to the Brittany Peninsula
and reached Vannes on August 4th. The 4th Armored evacuated Nantes on August 11th and took Orleans on August
16th. By August 31st, the division reached the Meuse River at Commercy and Pont-sur-Meuse. There, the division
established bridgeheads. The 4th Armored Division was relieved by the 80th Infantry Division on September 2nd.
Between September 11th and 13th, strong German opposition was held on the Dieulouard Bridgehead. The 4th
Armored Division mopped up the Arracourt region from September 19th through the 22nd. A German attack overran
lines on September 25th 1944 and the division lost Vic-sur-Seille and Moncourt. T-5 William Schockman was killed on
September 24th 1944.
|Condolence Letter for Sergeant William Schockman, left
This letter has been auto pen signed by Franklin D
Roosevelt, President of the United States.
Armored School of Fort Knox Certificate, above photo.
This certificate indicates that PVT Schockman completed
the Radio Operator Course for the No 19 Radio.
April 24th 1942.