PRIVATE BENJAMIN THOMAS WILLIAMS; U.S. MARINE CORPS

July 4, 1921 (Norwalk, CT) – May 11, 1945; 23 years old; married to the former Mary R. Drab (1924-1976) on August 15, 1940 in Norwalk; 4 children
Last local address: Beverly Place, Norwalk
Service number 987575
1ST MARINE DIVISION, 5TH MARINES

Died on Okinawa.

From The Norwalk Hour, June 16, 1945

Marine Private Benjamin Thomas Williams, formerly of Beverly Place, whose wife, the former Mary Alrab of Georgetown, now lives in Glenham, New York, with their four children, was killed in action on Okinawa on May 11, according to word received here today. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin N. Williams and nephew of Brigadier General John G. Williams, Private Williams entered the Marine Corps from Norwalk in June of 1944. He had been in the Pacific for five months. Before entering the service, he had been an employee of the Chance Vought Aircraft Company of Stratford. He and the former Miss Alrab were married on August 15, 1939 in St. Mary’s Church. On his last furlough in August 1944, Private Williams visited his many friends in Norwalk.

Buried at National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, Section M, Site 911.

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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