The Chateaugay Record, Friday, October 13, 1944
William Wood Wounded in Action in Holland Fight
Malone - Pvt. William Wood has been seriously wounded in action in Holland on September 15th, according to a telegram recently received by his wife, Mrs. William Wood, 2 Spaulding Avenue. He is now in England.
Pvt. Wood landed on the European continent with an infantry unit a few weeks after the French invaction on June 6 and worked his way through France, Belgium, and into Holland, where he was wounded.
In his first letter home after landing on the continent he wrote that at first the enemy firing made them very nervous but in a little while a person got used to it and soon could tell an enemy gun from one of the Allies. He also wrote that while on maneuvers over hee the soldiers gripped [sic] about digging foxholes but over there they dug them without even being told to.
In another letter he wrote that he had entered Paris with his unit and had remained in that city a few days. He said he liked the city and the populace very much.
On the day he was wounded, September 15, he wrote another letter in which he stated the the Belgian and Dutch homes and the people themselves were in a much better condition than in France.
He has written since he has been wounded and says he is now recuperating somewhere in England.
He entered the Army on May 27 1942, and took his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. He landed in England in March, 1944.
He is the son of Mrs. Louis Wood of Chateaugay, who has one other son in service, Pvt. Joseph P. Wood, who is now serving with an air corps unit in France.
Pvt Wood married Mae McMillan, daugher of Mrs. Wilbert McMillan of Frank Centere, Quebec. They have one son, Wray. Prior to entereing the service he was employed as manager of a cheese factory in Potsdam and in Randolph, Vt. He is foremerly of Malone and Chateaugay.
The Chateaugay Record, Friday, October 5, 1945
William Wood Returns to Civilian Life
William L. Woods [sic], a former member of the famed 30th Old Hickory Division of the First Army has been honorably discharged from the service from Fort Dix, N. J., on the army point system, having accumulated 93 points. He has arrived at his home, 2 Spaulding Avenue, Malone, where his wife and son, Wray reside.
Son of Mrs. Louis Wood, Chateaugay, he landed in France on D-Day plus four and fought his way through France, Holland, Belgium and Germany.
A former private first class he was seriously wounded by shrapnel in his jaw on September 15, 1944 in Holland.
Mr. Wood entered service May 27, 1942, and took his basic training at Fort Jackson, S. C. Prior to sailing overseas he also trained at Fort Benning, Ga., Camp Blanding, Fla., Camp Forest, Tenn., in which state he underwent maneuvers, and Camp Atterbury, Ind.
He left the States on February 12, 1944, Lincoln's Birthday, and landed in England on February 22, Washington's Birthday. He remained in England until the following June 10 when he landed on the main beachhead in Normandy, France, which is situated near Colleville-Sur Me.
As a member of the 30th he was in battle through Castilly, Isigny, St. Lo, Tessy, Villedien, St. Sever Callvados-Mortain, Barenton, Domfront, Alencon, Mertagne, Verneuil, Normancourt Drous, Mantes, Mern, Bray across the Somme River into Cambrai, Tournai, Maastricht, Gulpen and Heerien, where he was wounded.
Taken from the field, he was shipped to Paris where he remained for two days and then was flown to England. In that country he received two months hospitalization before returning to his outfit on December 15, 1944.
Two days later, December 17, the outfit left the Belgium Bulge continuing to fight thru Belgium into Aachen, Germany, and as far as Madgeburg, Germany which is on the Elbe River where the outfit waited for the Russian link-up. During those eleven months he fought with both the 1st and 9th Armies.
After V-E Day, Mr. Wood was trasferred to Adolph in Southern Germany and then to Pressig, where he was attached to the 76th and then the 103rd Divisions. On October 29 he was sent to Camp Lucky Strike in France and then to Le Havre, where on September 10 he sailed for the States, landing Sept. 18, at Camp Shanks, NY.
Telling of his stint of duty in France after V-E Day, Mr. Wood said this morning that a number of camps in France are named after cigarette brands, such as Camp Lucky Strike, Camp Phillip Morris, Camp Chesterfield, etc..
Mr. Wood won the purple heart, infantrymen's combat badge, ETO ribbon with five battle stars, good conduct ribbon and the Presidential Unit Citation with oak leaf cluster.
He has one brother who took part in World War II, Joseph P. Wood, Chateaugay, who has been honorably discharged from the Army Air Corps after seeing two and a half years of duty in the European Theater of Operations
Social Security Death Record
Name: William Wood
Last Residence: 12920 Chateaugay, Franklin, New York, United States of America
Born: 5 Feb 1912
Last Benefit: 12920 Chateaugay, Franklin, New York, United States of America
Died: Mar 1980
State (Year) SSN issued: New York (Before 1951 )
More About William Larwrence Wood:
Burial: March 1980, St. Patrick's Cemetery, Chateaugay, Franklin, NY580
Cause of Death: Throat cancer580
Military service: Bet. May 27, 1942 - October 1945, US Army
Religion: Roman Catholic580
Residence: 1952, Chateaugay, Franklin, NY580
Social Security Number: 114-12-8887581
More About William Wood and Mildred McMillan:
Children of Mildred McMillan and William Wood are:
Wray William Wilbert5 Wood, born Private.
Richard Anthony Wood, born Private.
William Michael Wood, born Private.
Judith Elaine Wood, born Private.
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