PVT William Scherer Mercer Jr was born 8 Oct 1924 in Groseclose, Virginia. He was the 3rd of the 5 children born to William Scherer and Delia Alice (Kitts) Mercer. The family farmed. His father died in 1929.
When he registered for the draft in 1942, William was working for Hercules Powder Company making smokeless cartridge powder used in ammunition. William was probably drafted in mid-1943. After his initial training he was sent to the European theater. PVT Mercer was transferred from the replacement depot to A Company 116th Infantry on 17 Jul 1944. William was wounded on 4 Aug 1944 and evacuated to hospital. We do not know when he was returned to the unit but he was killed in action on 8 Sep 1944.
PVT Mercer rests forever in the Brittany American Cemetery.
Sister, Myrtle Lucille Mercer, joined the Cadet Nursing Corps and attended the Sinai Hospital School of Nursing.