New York, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 6, 1944, France|
Son of Mr. & Mrs. William T. McGonigal who resided in Boulder City, Nevada.
Willliam served as a Private First Class, Company E, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army during World War II.
He resided in Fairfield County, Connecticut prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army on November 11, 1942 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed in a machine shop and also as Single, without dependents.
William was a passenger on C-47A #42-93095 which was part of the 91st Troop Carrier Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier, Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
William was "Killed In Action" when this C-47A was believed to have been shot down by German anti-aircraft fire during the Normandy invasion and crashed at Beuzeville-au-Plain, Manche, France during the war.
He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He was originally interred overseas and was later repatriated here on March 27, 1951.
Service # 11102116
The reason he is named on a group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave.
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There were five crew members and 17 paratroopers on this flight and they all perished in the crash. The passengers were members of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division made famous by the series:
"Band Of Brothers".
Crew who perished on C-47A #42-93095:
Capelluto, Harold A ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, NY
Fanelli, John J ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, IL
Friedman, Bernard ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY
Thompson, Norman E ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, IL
Tillotson, Albert R, Jr ~ Sgt, Engineer, DC
Passengers who perished on C-47A #42-93095:
Meehan, Thomas, III ~ 1st Lt, PA
( Company Commander, Easy Company )
Collins, Herman F Tech/5, MA
Elliott, George L ~ Pvt, VA
Evans, William S ~ 1/Sgt, TX
McGonigal, William T, Jr ~ Pfc, CT
Miller, John N ~ Pfc, VA
Moya, Sergio G ~ PFC, CA
Murray, Elmer L, Jr ~ Sgt, CA
Oats, Ernest L ~ Pvt, IL
Owen, Richard E ~ Sgt, VA
Riggs, Carl N ~ Sgt, CA
Roberts, Murray B ~ S/Sgt, FL
Snider, Gerald R Pfc, OH
Telstad, Elmer L PFC, WI
Warren, Thomas W ~ Pfc, GA
Wentzel, Jerry A Tec/5, MT
Wimer, Ralph H Tech/5, WV
Bio, Crew, & Passenger Report by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett
William T McGonigal (1890 - 1959)
Frieda G McGonigal (1900 - 1986)
PFC, 506 PRCHT INF REGT, 101 ABN DIV WORLD WAR II
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: SECTION 84 SITE 25-31
Maintained by: Russ Pickett
Originally Created by: ShaneO
Record added: May 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36725738