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Pvt William Purcell Abbott
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Birth: Dec. 19, 1924
Passaic County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Aug. 15, 1944, France

Billy was born December 19, 1924 in Paterson and moved with his parents and sister to live at 36 Van Allen Road in Glen Rock. They were members of All Saints Episcopal Church where he was an acolyte and a member of the Servers Guild at the church.
He attended elementary school in Glen Rock, was in Boy Scout Troop 17, went to Lawrenceville Academy and returned to graduate from Ridgewood High School in 1943. While there he participated in Hi-Y basketball and bowling, was on the senior play ticket committee, in the booster club and was home room president his senior year.
Upon graduation, he immediately entered service in July 1943 and was stationed at Fort Riley, Kn. and Fort Meade before going overseas in February 1944 as part of the 83rd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion "Spearhead".
A "heavy" Armored Division consisted of 4 regiments and included an Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB). In 1943 most armored divisions were converted to a "light" design except for the 2nd and 3rd Armored Divisions which remained "heavy". Cavalry groups were occasionally attached to divisions. The 82nd and 83rd ARBs did some reconnaissance work for the division but performed more special operations including acting as mobile reserve, protecting flanks, maintaining contact between units, controlling rear areas and operating as an army information service.
While the 83rd was attached to the 1st US Infantry Division "Big Red One", Abbott died of a gun shot wound in Rennes, France August 15, 1944 and is buried in Section G, Plot 142B, Grave 1 at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus. All Saints dedicated a chancel rail together with lectern and pulpit in his memory. At death he was 19 years old.

From book "At Death He Was 25 Years Old" By Christopher C. Stout (F.A.G. contributor #48289027) 
George Washington Memorial Park
Bergen County
New Jersey, USA
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Record added: Nov 20, 2013
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