George Paul Williams

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Army Badge
  • Name: George Paul Williams
  • Location of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Date of Birth: December 23, 1908
  • Date of Death: August 15, 2000 (91 years old)
  • Parents: Sebastian Batista (Guglielmelli) Williams and Maria (Staino) Williams
  • High School and Class:
  • College: Bachelor of Science Degree - 4 years University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Botany and Physical Education
  • Highest Rank: S SGT (Staff Sergeant)
  • Branch: Army
  • Other Branch:
  • Date Sworn In: July 18, 1942
  • Place Sworn In: Fort Snelling, Minnesota
  • Date of Discharge: November 21, 1945
  • Place of Discharge: Separation Center, Camp McCoy, Wisconsin
  • Units and Locations:
    Start Date End Date Unit(s) and Location(s) Served
    Northern France
    Ardennes
    Rhineland
    Central Europe
    October 4, 1944 December 5, 1944 Luxembourg-Epinal, France-Strasbourg, Germany area
    December 26, 1944 January 30, 1945 Namur, Belgium-Dinant, France-Marche, Belgium area
  • Military Awards:
    American Theater Service Ribbon
    European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Service Ribbon
    Good Conduct Medal
    Two (2) Overseas Service Bars

  • Military Highlights:
    Served with the 3526th Army Air Forces Base Unit. It was his job to collect air force fliers who were downed and have them shipped to England.

    In June, 1945, six weeks after V-E Day, the Williams brothers of Nashwauk, Minnesota were reunited in Paris while on furlough from fighting in different sectors of the western front. Sons of Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Williams of Nashwauk, the brothers are, Corporal Robert, Sergeant Otto, Sergeant George, and Corporal Louis. They sent a telegram to their parents reporting they were having a wonderful time together. Louis and George were former Hibbing Junior College (Hibbing, Minnesota) students and George was a physical education instructor in the Keewatin, Minnesota schools prior to entering the army. Louis, Otto, and Robert served in engineer units and George was a member of the army transport command service, intelligence division.

  • Wars Involved:
    World War II

  • MIA / POW:

  • Civilian Life:
    Prior to serving in the United States Army, George Paul Williams was employed by the Board of Education of Keewatin, Minnesota from 1934 to 1942. He taught high school classes in general science and boys physical education. He sponsored the Camera Club, coached sports and also taught adult classes in Red Cross First Aid.

    George was a member of VFW Post 8510 of Hibbing, Minnesota and the American Legion Post 307 of Nashwauk, Minnesota.

    He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Z. Williams; four daughters, Carol (Terry) Maciej, Jeanne (Ken) Ricker, Bunny (Tom) Sarago, and Gayle (Milt) Verant; three brothers, Frank, Louis, and Otto; three sisters, Ida Vessel, Rose Rizzio, and Mary Chinelli; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

    He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

    Buried in Nashwauk Cemetery at Nashwauk, Minnesota.

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