Saturday, August 27, 2016

PVT Thomas Leonard Mullins

courtesy of J. Petersen
PVT Thomas Leonard Mullins was born 8 Jun 1925 in Yakima, Washington. He was the youngest of the 3 children of Frank Patrick and Vivian Catherine (Englehart) Mullins. His father was the proprietor of one of the 3 hotels in Yakima that Thomas' grandfather had built and later managed property in the city. His father earned a reported 1939 income of $2100 and the family lived at 316 North 16th Avenue valued at $5000. When Thomas registered for the draft in 1943 he was working for Pleasant Hill Orchards and living at the Washington Hotel owned by his family.

Thomas was drafted in December 1943 and after his basic military training was sent to the European theater. PVT Mullins was transferred from the replacement depot to I Company 116th Infantry on 7 Aug 1944 to serve as a rifleman. He was killed in action in the attack on German forces in Brest, France on 27 Aug 1944.

PVT Mullins was repatriated and re-interred in Calvary Cemetery in Yakima, Washington where he rests forever with several generations of his family..

Grandfather, Patrick had been mayor of Butte, Montana as well as a major developer in Yakima, Washington where he built 3 hotels.

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