|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1925|
|Death: ||Jul. 22, 1944, Guam|
William called Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee home when he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on 10 September 1942 at age 17 and was sent to San Diego, California. He completed boot camp with the 4th Recruit Battalion, Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base San Diego in San Diego, California.
William was then selected for artillery and assigned to "A" Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division. "A" Battery fired the 75mm Pack Howitzer M1. At this time the 12th was located at Camp Dunlap in the Colorado Desert of southeastern California. During January 1943, William along with the 3rd left California for Auckland, New Zealand where they stayed until June when they redeployed to the island of Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands to prepare for the Battle of Bougainville (Operation Cherry Blossom) also an island in the Solomon Islands chain. The invasion began on 1 November, but some of the 3rd Marine Division had already been on the island since 27 September. They were relieved by the United States Army on 28 December and started their move back to Guadalcanal on 9 January 1944 to rest, refit and train replacements for their next assignment.
William was promoted to Private First Class on 26 January 1944 and soon learned their next operational mission would be the island of Guam, Mariana Islands. The second Battle of Guam (Operation Stevedore) began with the invasion on 21 July 1944 when the 3rd Marine Division hit the beaches at 0828 hours (8:28am) on the western side of the island in the Orote Peninsula near the town of Agana north of Orote and the Asan Point. William was Killed in Action the following day during a Japanese counterattack. He was 19 years old. William was interred in Row 8, Grave 6 of the Army, Navy and Marine (AN&M) American Cemetery #1 on Guam. He was reinterred in April 1948 to the Lindy Richardson Cemetery at the Morgan Branch Freewill Baptist Church.
William participated in three unit campaigns: Bougainville, Northern Solomons and Guam. He was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. William is listed and remembered on the Asan Bay Overlook Memorial, National Historical Park on the island of Guam.
William's the son of William Christopher Runyon and Martisha Ann Brewer. His older brother Wallace B. Runyon served in the United States Army during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Martisha Brewer Morgan (1903 - 1968)
Wallace B Runyon (1920 - 1975)*
William C. Runyon (1925 - 1944)
John Henry Runyon (1928 - 1996)*
Lindy Richardson Cemetery
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Originally Created by: MJ
Record added: Nov 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61150907
PFC William C. Runyon's name is inscribed on the Memorial Wall at Asan Bay Overlook, National Historical Park, Guam.|
Added: Mar. 3, 2014
In honor of PFC William C. Runyon, USMC.|
Added: Jan. 23, 2013
Added: Nov. 5, 2010