134th Infantry Regiment Crest

134th Infantry Regiment

"All Hell Can't Stop Us"

35th Infantry Division emblem

Pfc. William (Bill) W. Porter, Jr.

Company L

William (Bill) W. Porter, Jr.

Penny and Bill Porter

Pfc. Bill Porter was captured in December 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. He was 19 years old at the time of his capture. He was held prisoner in Stalag 2B for 5 months and was liberated in April 1945. He was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star Medal.

Born February 22, 1925, died October 25, 2002, at his home in Tucson with all his family present. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Penny, two sons William (Bud) and Scott, four daughters Emmeline (Emmy), Jennifer, Rebecca (Becky) and Jessica (Jaymee); eight grandchildren (Will, Jonathan, Meghan, Matthew, Michelle, Michael, Nicholas, and Alex), one great-grandchild (Terriel).

Bill was a World War II POW. He proudly served in the U.S. Army, 35th Division, 134th Regiment, Company L, where he was captured in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. He graduated from Lehigh University, Class of '49' earning a Mechanical Engineering degree. His early years were spent running a concrete block business in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, where he was active in local government, Rotary, and his Church.

In 1969 he moved to Arizona to live his dream of ranching and became a member and Commander of the Cochise County Chapter of EX-POWs. His final years were spent in Tucson where he enjoyed his POW friends and became a member of the Southern Arizona Chapter.

He was loved and admired by all who know him, especially his wife and children. He was one of a kind.

There will never be anyone like him.

Thanks to Mrs. Penny Porter, wife of Pfc. Bill Porter, for these photos and information. Mrs. Porter is an author whose most recent work includes "Heartstrings and Tail-Tuggers", a collection of 23 short stories that were published in the Reader's Digest. They are all stories about their family's adventures in the ranching world.

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