|Birth: ||May 27, 1921|
|Death: ||Jun. 8, 1944, France|
William enlisted in the Army at Philadelphia, PA on 10 March 1942 and, as a parachutist volunteer, was assigned to Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment for basic training at Blanding, FL.
He, along with the entire regiment, went through jump school at Ft Benning, GA. Pvt McKnight was declared a qualified parachutist on 12 Match 1943 after completing 5 jumps from an aircraft in flight.
The 508th jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day, June 6, 1943. Pfc McKnight was killed in action two days later. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantryman Badge, posthumously.
Mount Moriah Cemetery
Plot: Plot: Section K, Range 7, Lot 3, Grave W. L.
Created by: Dick ODonnell
Record added: Oct 10, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 118457068