Saturday, July 30, 2016

TSGT Roy A. Gift

TSGT Roy A. Gift was born 27 Feb 1921 in Topeka, Kansas to Clarence and Ida Ann (Burris) Gift. His father drove trucks and taxis.

Roy was married and living in Monterey County, California when he was drafted in September 1942.  This was the same month that the 116th boarded the Queen Mary for England.  It wasn't long before Roy followed them and was assigned to C Company 116th Infantry.  He was with the unit on D-Day, participating in the amphibious assault on Omaha Beach.  On 20 Jun 1944 he was promoted from PVT to SGT.  On 9 Jul 1944 he was promoted to SSG. Sometime between then and 30 Jul 1944, Roy was promoted to TSGT.  TSGT Gift was killed in action on 30 Jul 1944. 

TSGT Gift was repatriated and buried in the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California. We know nothing about Roy's wife or possible children. 

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