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PFC Walter Leland Dunwiddie, Jr

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PFC Walter Leland Dunwiddie, Jr

  • Birth 12 Aug 1922 Portage, Cambria County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 26 Jan 1944 Anzio, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
  • Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
  • Plot Final resting place unknown. Name listed on the Tablets of the Missing.
  • Memorial ID 56308455

Born in Portage, Cambria Co., Pa., son of Walter and Mary (Weaver) Dunwiddie. Husband of Helen Regina Wilson. Father of Claudia Zaharia.

Walter was raised in Pittsburgh from the time he was an infant. Shortly after his marriage he began working as a clerk for the firm of Somers, Fitler & Todd. He was called "Dutch," a nickname given to him by his wife.

Walter was drafted into the army on 9 October 1942 and in April 1943 was sent overseas to serve with Co. C. Eighty-Third Chemical Brigade. He served in Italy, Sicily, and in North Africa, where he was hospitalized for a four-month illness. He returned to active duty 20 January 1944.

On the 24th of January, Walter's company embarked from Naples, Italy, on a ship bound for the Anzio Beachhead. Due to the rough seas the troops were unable to disembark upon their arrival late on the 25th. The following morning the ship struck a mine and caught fire. Many of the men perished on board ship or in the extremely cold waters of the Mediterranean after the ship was abandoned. Walter was among those who died. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for his wartime service.


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PFC 83 CML BN PENNSYLVANIA


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  • Maintained by: Zella
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56308455
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for PFC Walter Leland Dunwiddie, Jr (12 Aug 1922–26 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56308455, citing Sicily-Rome American Cemetery and Memorial, Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy ; Maintained by Zella (contributor 46524425) .