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Pvt William H “Bill” Vermillion

Pvt William H “Bill” Vermillion

Birth
Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa, USA
Death 8 Oct 1944 (aged 20–21)
Derbamont, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Burial Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France
Plot Plot A Row 35 Grave 52
Memorial ID 56376116 · View Source
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Son of Charles Milo Vermillion & Alta Mae Robertson Vermillion.

Brother of Mrs. George Henry, Evelyn Vermillion, Fred A. Vermillion, Donald Vermillion, and Harry Vermillion.

"Bill" served as a Private, 180th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Division, U.S. Army during World War II.

He resided in Oelwein, Fayette County, Iowa prior to the war.

He enlisted in the Army on March 13, 1943 at Camp Dodge, Herrold, Iowa. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Driver and also as Single, with dependents.

Based on the fact that he was reported as a Prisoner Of War of the German Army (see below) he apparently "Died Of Wounds" received in action in France during the war. It is also possibly that he was killed by the German Army after his capture. He was awarded the Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster.

He was probably captured in the battle for Hill 422 three quarters of a mile southeast of Fremifontaine against the German 111th Panzer Grenadiers of the 11th Panzer Division. In the heavy fighting around the village of Fremifontaine the 180th Regiment would lose 119 KIA, 556 WIA and 82 MIAs.

Service # 37665372

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His brother, PFC Fred A. Vermillion, was also "Killed In Action" during the war and is interred next to him (see photo to the right). They are one of fourteen pairs of brother's interred together in the Epinal American Cemetery, France.

Information on relationship as a brother at Epinal submitted by Dwight "Andy" Anderson.

( Above information by: Russell S. "Russ" Pickett )

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World War II Prisoners of War
Name: William H Vermillion
Residence State: Iowa
Report Date: 6 Oct 1944
Latest Report Date: 8 Oct 1944
Grade: Private
Service Branch: Army
Arm or Service: Infantry
Arm or Service Code: Infantry
Area Served: European Theatre: France
Detaining Country: Germany
Camp: 397
Status: Died as Prisoner of War
Report Source: Individual has been reported through sources considered official.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56376116
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Pvt William H “Bill” Vermillion (1923–8 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56376116, citing Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial, Epinal, Departement des Vosges, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .