Wednesday, July 13, 2016
CPL William Franklin Leathers
William was drafted in February 1942. After basic training he was sent to England and assigned to M Company 116th Infantry. He probably participated in all or most of the training the unit underwent in England as it prepared for the amphibious assault on Hitler's "fortress Europe". William had attained the rank of CPL prior to 6 Jun 1944 when the landing took place. He fought with the unit through to Saint Lo and was killed in action on 13 Jul 1944.
CPL Leathers was repatriated in 1948 and re-interred in Gettysburg National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.