Sunday, October 16, 2016

SGT William Harold Altham

SGT William Harold Altham was born 23 Jan 1917 in Sharon, Pennsylvania to William Henry and Anna (Golden) Altham. His father was a janitor for many years.  Before the war, William himself was a mill worker. 

William was drafted in May 1942.  He married Virginia Euna Bottoms 26 Jun 1943 in Anniston, Alabama. Assigned to E Company 116th Infantry from the replacement depot on 22 Jun 1944 he was wounded on 18 Jul 1944 and evacuated to hospital. William and Virginia had a son born on 23 July 1944. William returned to E Company on 15 Sep 1944.  He was killed in action on 16 Oct 1944. 

SGT Altham is buried in Crestwood Memorial Cemetery in East Gadsden, Alabama. Virginia did not remarry until 1958. William's brother, Ralph Allen Altham, also served (1942-1945).  

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