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 Will G “Bill” Bird

Will G “Bill” Bird

Eckert, Gillespie County, Texas, USA
Death 3 May 1945 (aged 32)
Okinawa, Japan
Burial San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA
Plot Section S Site 24
Memorial ID 368600 · View Source
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Pfc. Will G Bird
Died on Okinawa
In Battle Action

Pfc. Will G Bird, 30, son of Mrs. Maude Bird, was killed in action on Okinawa on May 2, 1945 and was the first Gillespie County Marine to pay the supreme sacrifice.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marines on December 5, 1942 in Dallas. After completing basic training at San Diego, he was transferred to the U.S. Naval Air Station, Whidby Island, Washington.

Later he was sent to Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Wash. for M.P. duty and on Aug. 12, 1943 was transferred to the Fleet Marine Force Advanced Trianing Center, Camp Elliot, California for combat training in amphibious landing operations and all types of jungle warfare.

He was tranferred overseas to the famed First Marine Division, veteran heroes of Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, New Britain, New Guinea, Peleiu and other islands on which Will saw action as a member of the Fifth Marines Automatic Platoon.

"Bill" as he was known to his many friends was a musician in civilian life. He became a professional musician after graduating from Fredericksburg High School and traveled throughout the nation with various string bands.

After going overseas he played with the Fifth Marine's Regiment "Swing" Band, entertaining troops on different islands. Later he was transferred to the First Marine Band in which he participated to the end.

In addition to his mother, Pfc. Bird is survived by three sisters; Bette, Mrs. Robert Parks, Mrs. Frank Goodale of Fredericksburg; and Mrs. Maude M. Fouler of Houston; two brothers S/Sgt Lee Boyce Bird in the Army; and Fly(sic) Bird of Llano as well as numerous friends and relatives.
Fredericksburg (Texas) Standard Centennial Edition, May 1, 1946, Page Three
Bill was the 25th soldier from Gillespie County to give his life for his country
Reburied at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, April 19, 1949

Birth Certificate lists his name as "Will G Bird" (no middle name)

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  • Maintained by: Paula J
  • Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Office
  • Added: 25 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 368600
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Will G “Bill” Bird (12 Mar 1913–3 May 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 368600, citing Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Bexar County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Paula J (contributor 46489742) .