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Pfc Joseph H Williamson

Pfc Joseph H Williamson

60th Engineers Combat Battalion, Company B

Joseph Henry Williamson, son of Robert and Mary Agnes (McManus) Williamson, was born July 17, 1921 in New York City, New York. He registered for the draft February 16, 1942. At the time he was living in Hartford, Connecticut and working at United Aircraft in East Hartford, Connecticut. He was inducted into the Army February 8, 1943 at Albany, New York.

Pfc Joseph H Williamson served in Company B, 60th Engineer Combat Battalion. The night of October 10, 1944, they were laying down a mine field near Ajoncourt, about 18 miles northeast of Nancy, France. Trucks carrying the mines were parked along the river just south of town. At about 11 PM that night one of the trucks exploded, causing another truck and nearby stacks of mines and other ammunition to also explode. Pvt Twomey was one of 33 men who died in that explosion. He is buried at Lorraine American Cemetery, Saint Avold, France

Ajoncourt, France explosion disaster

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