|Birth: ||Dec. 29, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 25, 1944, Philippines|
On 25 Oct 1944, EM2 William Arthur Wells was lost at sea aboard the destroyer USS Hoel at the battle of Leyte Gulf near Samar Island, the Phillipines. Only 86 of the crew survived and 253 perished. In a fitting epitaph, it was said that these valiant men performed their assigned duties cooly and efficiently until their ship was shot from under them.
Arthur, an electrician's mate, had been in the South Pacific for a year before the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one of the largest Naval battles of WWII and one that prevented Japanese forces from reaching Gen. Douglas MacArthur's land forces.
His younger brothers Charles and Robert say the family called him "Arthur". Charles was home from school, ill, the day the devastating news was received. A taxicab pulled up in front of the house and the person inside delivered it personally.
William Reece Wells (1888 - 1968)
Roberta Adella Anderson Wells (1890 - 1973)
Hazel Grace Wells (1914 - 1915)*
William Arthur Wells (1922 - 1944)
Carrol David Wells (1924 - 2007)*
Joseph Francis Wells (1926 - 2007)*
Rest in peace.
Note: According to Heather: EM2 USNR Alabama WWII PH. Listed twice; once with 10/25/1944 and once with 10/24/1944.
Maple Hill Cemetery
Plot: Block 105, Row 12,
Maintained by: Sonja Bedwell
Originally Created by: Heather
Record added: Mar 11, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 106559302