|Birth: ||May 28, 1906|
|Death: ||Sep. 19, 1943|
Paul J. Williams Killed in Action - World War II
Paul Williams is the first Pacific boy to make the supreme sacrifice for his country and for freedom. Thursday evening his brother-in-law, Clarence Mueller, received a telegram from the Secretary of War, notifying him that Paul was killed in action September 19, 1943 somewhere in the Southwest Pacific area. Monday Henry C. Williams, the father of Paul, received the following letter from the War Department:
Mr. Henry C. Williams,
Dear Mr. Williams:
I deeply regret that it is necessary to inform you of the death of your son, Private Paul J. Williams 37,184,116, Infantry, who was killed in action, Sept 19, 1943 in the Southwest Pacific Area. A telegram announcing his death was sent to his brother-in-law, Mr. Clarence F. Mueller, Pacific, Missouri, who was designated by him as the person to be notified in an emergency.
The report received contained only the information already given. Unfortunately, reports on our brave men who have given their lives in battle cannot reveal their heroic actions which led to their deaths. Although the date and place of his burial have not been reported, I can assure you that it is customary to accord reverent burial to our dead. Appropriate services are conducted by an Army Chaplain and the graves are properly marked and recorded to insure their identity. As soon as military security will permit, the Quartermaster General, who has jurisdiction over such matters, will advise the family of the location of his resting place. Upon the termination of the war, consideration will be given to the return of his remains to the U.S.
I realize that there is nothing that can be said or done that will in any way minimize your sorrow, but I hope in the days to come, the memory that he heroically gave his life in the service of his country in her hour of need may be of sustaining comfort to you.
I wish to express to you my deep sympathy.
J. A. Ulio
The Adjutant General
Paul was born in St. Louis, June 29, 1906, coming to Pacific with his parents when an infant. During after school years, he learned the printing business in his father's shop here. Quitting that work several years ago to operate Williams Shack in partnership with his brother, James. In the few years that the tavern has been operating, Paul, with a natural flair for mechanics, supervised the construction of the Shack as it is today, one of the finest tap rooms and dance halls in this section.
Paul was inducted May 13, 1942 into an infantry regiment and began his training at Camp Walters, TX. Finally being sent with his detachment into the Jap infested waters of the South Pacific.
Henry Charles Williams (1860 - 1946)
Ida M. Westmeyer Williams (1866 - 1931)
Saint Bridget Cemetery
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Originally Created by: Susan Ing
Record added: Feb 08, 2009
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