Saturday, December 3, 2016

PFC William Austin Harper Jr.

courtesy Des Philippet
PFC William Austin Harper Jr. was born 13 jan 1920 in Iowa City, Iowa the 3rd and youngest child of William Austin and Ruby J. (Ham) Harper.  His father was a machinist and reported a 1939 income of $1300.  In 1940 William Jr. was working as a driver for a bakery and reported a 1939 income of $380.

William was drafted in March 1943.  After training he was sent to Europe and on 19 Jun 1944 transferred from the replacement depot to F Company 116th Infantry.   On 11 Jul 1944 he was wounded and evacuated to hospital. William returned to the unit from the replacement depot on 28 Oct 1944.  He was killed in action on 3 Dec 1944.

PFC Harper is buried in the Netherlands American Cemetery.


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