July 20, 1922 (White Plains, NY) – October 7, 1944; 22 years old
Married to the former Gladys Davis (1925-1967) on November 12, 1943, in Norwalk
One daughter, Sharon Trapanier (1945-present)
Last local address: 8 France Street, Norwalk
Enlisted on October 2, 1942
Service number: 11096103
Unit: 83rd Infantry Division, 331st Infantry Regiment

Born to William Harold (1898-1961) and Verona Rose Ulrich Ettinger (1899-1993). Three sisters, Virginia (1920-1929), Joan M. Ettinger Cohn (1928-2007), Mary L. Ettinger Previs (1930-2006), and Barbara E. Ettinger Olean (1931-1983).

Staples High School (Westport, CT), Class of ’41

Awarded the Purple Heart Medal

1944-10-28 Norwalk Hour

From The Norwalk Hour October 28, 1944

Technical Sergeant William U. Ettinger was killed in action on October 7, 1944, at Luxembourg according to a telegram received from the War Department by his mother Mrs. Veronica R. Ettinger of 8 France Street. Technical Sergeant Ettinger who was in the infantry enlisted in the Army in September 1942. He was sent overseas in June of this year and had been in France, England, and Normandy where he received four citations for gallantry in action. He graduated from Staples High School in Westport in 1941. He is survived by his wife, the former Gladys Davis of New Canaan, a six-month-old daughter Sharon, and three sisters; Barbara, Mary Louise, and John Ettinger who reside at 8 France Street.

From The Norwalk Hour January 10, 1945

Mrs. Gladys Davis Ettinger of 8 France Street, widow of Technical Sergeant William Ettinger who was killed in action on October 7th at Luxembourg, has received the Purple Heart Medal posthumously awarded to her husband. Besides his widow, Technical Sergeant Ettinger is survived by their 8-month-old daughter, Sharon Ann; his mother, Mrs. Vera Ettinger, and three sisters, Joan, Barbara, and Louise.

Buried in Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial; Avenue de, Rue de Fayetteville, 57500 Saint-Avold, France; Section K, Row 28, Grave 17.


Published by jeffd1121

USAF retiree. Veteran advocate. Committed to telling the stories of those who died while in the service of the country during wartime.

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