A memorial to those who served in the 116th Infantry Regiment, "The Stonewall Brigade"
Thursday, September 1, 2016
PVT William B. Brooks
PVT William B. Brooks was born 17 Apr 1916 in Macon County, Illinois to James Thomas and Frances Josephine (Coppedge) Brooks. His father worked in a rolling mill, as a salesman in a furniture store, and in a confectionary which his son William owned in 1940. In 1937, William married Ida M. and in 1939 they had a daughter.
After William entered the service he was sent overseas. We think that he was assigned to H Company 116th Infantry prior to the D-Day landings. He was a light mortar crewman. He was with that unit when he was killed in action on 1 Sep 1944.
PVT Brooks is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur, Illinois along with many family members.