June 1, 1924 (Norwalk, CT) – March 27, 1945; 20 years old; unmarried
Last local address: 3 St. John Street, East Norwalk
Enlisted September 18, 1942
Service number: 12143543
1ST CAVALRY DIVISION, 112TH CAVALRY, TROOP E
Norwalk High School Yearbook, Class of ‘42
Killed in Luzon, Philippines. The 1st Cavalry Division was first into Manila in February 1945 following one of the most important actions of the war which is known as the “Flying Column”. The Division’s Troopers entered Manila and freed the internees at Santo Tomas University.
From The Norwalk Hour April 23, 1945
Private First Class William Marriott, 20, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Marriott, 16 Emerson Street, who was killed in action in Germany on April 112. PFC Marriott entered the service on September 18, 1942 and after four months training in this country was sent to the Pacific area with a Cavalry unit. He is a graduate of Norwalk High School and was one of its best-known athletes. PFC Marriott took part in the invasion of the Philippines, fought at Admiralty Island, and the Luzon engagement where he met his death. He has a brother, Sergeant Ernest Marriott, who is overseas. Besides his parents and brother, PFC Marriott is survived by a sister, Bernice. Two days before notification of his death, his parents received a letter from him stating he was in good health and was feeling fine. He also sent his sister his lucky piece as he desired very much that she have it. His father is employed at the South Norwalk Electric Works and is a veteran of the First World War, having served with the Navy. PFC Marriott hadn’t been home since he entered the Army.
PFC Marriott is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Norwalk; Section 19.