Wednesday, August 3, 2016
PFC Willis Raymond Capen
After his training Willis was shipped overseas. We don't yet know what he was doing earlier but he was assigned to E Company 116th Infantry on 22 Jul 1944.
A quick note here, many times soldiers who were wounded and hospitalized would be moved from the hospital to the replacement depot and go to fill the first personnel request regardless of unit. A soldier who had gone to hospital multiple times could conceivably go to a new unit each time. We are only looking at the 116th's morning reports to see what/when/where/why soldiers were being processed. We don't have a means to follow a soldier through multiple units unless they are all in the 116th.
PFC Capen was seriously wounded on 30 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. He died of his wounds on 3 Aug 1944. In 1948 his body was returned to the U.S. and he is now buried in Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno, California.