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Pfc. William Franklin Fetterman
1916 - August 8, 1944

Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France

Pfc. William Franklin Fetterman

Pfc. William Fetterman, Berwick PA, Died in France August 8, 1944William Franklin was the tenth and youngest son of eleven children born to Sarah A. “Sadie” Wertz and William Henry Fetterman of Berwick Borough, Columbia County, PA. Previous to his leaving for the service, William was a member of the Ranger Hose Company and the Salvation Army. He had been a member of Company M of the National Guard and entered federal service with that group. He trained with them in Tennessee, Louisiana, and Florida before going to England in September of 1943 as a member of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Infantry Division, United States Army.

He was wounded on August 7, 1944, in France where he succumbed from his injuries on the following day. On Thursday evening, August 24, 1944, his fiancee, Miss Kathryn Moharter also of Berwick Borough, received a telegram which reported that William had been seriously wounded in battle. Upon receiving this news, a cablegram was sent to him. The War Department responded back with a telegram on the next day stating the “soldier died 17 days before the ‘seriously wounded’ word” from them was received. He was 28 years old at the time of his death.

For the ultimate sacrifice to his country during World War II, William was awarded both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart awards. He is buried in Plot A, Row 5, Grave 9.

Some of this information was gleaned from an article that was run in the Morning Press, on Saturday, September 2, 1944, as well as the American Battle Monuments Commission.