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S/Sgt John A Williams

S/Sgt John A Williams

137th Infantry Regiment - Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion

John Andrew Williams, son of Joseph Edgar and Bertha Leah (Michael) Williams, was born December 9, 1905 in Overbrook, Kansas. He was a member of the Kansas National Guard and was inducted into the Army December 23, 1940 at Lawrence, Kansas when the 137th Infantry Regiment, as a part of the 35th Infantry Division, was ordered into Federal Service. He served as a Squad Leader, Headquarters Company 3rd Battalion, landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France on July 9, 1944 and fought in the battle for St Lo, France. He was killed in action by an artillery blast September 28, 1944 in the vicinity of the Gremecey Forest near Nancy, France. S/Sgt John A Williams is buried at Overbrook Cemetery, Overbrook, Kansas.

Services for S/Sgt John A. Williams, who was killed near Nancy, France, September 28, 1944, will be Sunday at 2:30 pm in the Methodist Church in Overbrook. The Rev. Joe Reid of Ottowa will officiate and the John A. Williams post of Veterans of Foreign Wars, named for the soldier, will be in charge of graveside rites in Overbrook Cemetery.

He was born December 9, 1905, in Overbrook, and attended school in Carbondale. He was graduated from high school in 1925 at Carbondale and was engaged in farming when he entered the service in December 1940. He served in the 137th Infantry with General Patton's Third Army.

Survivors are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Williams of Scranton; a brother, Marvin Williams of Topeka; two sisters, Mrs. Arthur Mitchell and Miss Lucille Williams, both of Scranton; three nieces and two nephews.

Baker funeral home in Overbrook is in charge.

Obituary from Find a Grave - Published in Topeka State Journal, December 1, 1948


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