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PFC William A. Foster
Birth: Feb. 17, 1915
Death: May 2, 1945
Okinawa, Japan

Was a private in the U.S. Marine Corps during WORLD WAR II who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on the Island of Okinawa. As the sole support of his family during the war, he was exempt from service but chose to enlist in the Marine Corps, in 1944. On May 1 1945, while on active combat duty with Co. K, 3d Battalion, 1st U.S. Marine Div., on Okinawa, Foster dove onto a live Japanese hand grenade that landed in a foxhole he shared with another Marine, and it exploded. Mortally wounded, but having saved the life of his fellow Marine, Foster gave up his 2 remaining hand grenades to his fellow comrades-in-arms to continue the fight against infiltrating Japanese soldiers. A Marine Camp on Okinawa was named Camp Foster in his honor. The City of Garfield Heights, OH, his hometown, has also named an elementary school in his honor. (bio by: Joyce) 
 
Burial:
Calvary Cemetery
Cleveland
Cuyahoga County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 110
 
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Originally Created by: Joyce
Record added: Sep 07, 2001
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- wings214
 Added: Feb. 17, 2015
Happy Heavenly Birthday, Private Foster. You are a hero! Semper Fi and rest in eternal peace.
- sjm
 Added: Feb. 17, 2015

- JCB
 Added: Sep. 10, 2014
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