PVT William Thomas Chance Jr.

PVT William Thomas Chance Jr.

Gibson, Scotland County, North Carolina, USA
Death 26 Aug 1944 (aged 31)
Caen, Departement du Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France
Burial Saint-James, Departement de la Manche, Basse-Normandie, France
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Son of William and Mary Etta Legette Chance, husband of Margaret Jackson. At the time of his death, his daughter Patsy was two weeks shy of her second birthday.

Pvt. William T. Chance Jr. of Rowland, 32, was killed in action on August 26 in France, where he was serving with an infantry division of the US Army, according to a telegram from the War Department received yesterday by his wife, Mrs. Margaret Jackson Chance of Rowland. A message from the War Department the Monday before had stated that Pvt. Chance was missing in action on the same day he was later reported killed.

He entered service in December 1943 and received his training at Camp Croft, S.C. before going overseas three months ago. He was born and reared in Rowland and attended high school there.

Surviving are his wife; one daughter, Patsy; his mother, Mrs. W. T. Chance of Rowland; three brothers, Thomas and Douglas Chance of Rowland and Cpl. Mack Chance, now stationed at Fort Sill, Okla., after serving in the Pacific area; three sisters, Mrs. Wilton Scott of Raynham, and Mrs. L. H. Martin and Mrs. V. B. Cox of Rowland.

Published in The Robesonian, September 26, 1944

ROWLAND - A Memorial service will be held at the Rowland Baptist Church Sunday at 5 p.m. for Pvt. William T. Chance, who was killed in action in France on August 26. Pvt. Chance is the first known death casualty from Rowland to be reported among men in armed service since the war began.

The memorial will be a union service, with citizens of Rowland joining together in their tribute of respect and honor.

Mr. O. A. Anderson, pastor of the church, will have charge of the service. Local servicemen who are at home on leave or furlough will be used as a military escort for the family of the honored soldier. Pvt. Mack Chance, who is stationed now at Fort Sill, Okla., is expected to be at home for the service.

A. E. Watson, commander of the Rowland post of the American Legion, will present the American flag to Mrs. Chance. Mrs. Monroe Johnson will sing, "O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go".

Published in The Robesonian, October 7, 1944

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