William Joseph Douglass



Cadet Private, Private, Sergeant, Lieutenant Colonel; Ag Society, VP of Omnatidae

Jonesville, South Carolina

Survivors included his widow and two daughters, Nina and Carolyn Douglass of Norfolk; two brothers, Robert J. Douglass, and Francis A. Douglass. 

Army, Lieutenant Colonel

319th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division

Purple Heart


Oct 7, 1944

KIA - France

Lorraine American Cemetery, Plot J, Row 23, Grave 10


Additional Information

The following was provided by Bruce Smith, Historian, 80th Division Veterans Association:

We do  have a copy of a manuscript that was self-published by Bill Kriehbiel, Company L of the 319th Infantry, called “The Pride of Willing and Able.”   He references LTC Douglass on page 57:
“Sat 7 Oct 44.   3rd BN units move into position from which to mount planned attack scheduled for next day.  2nd Bn 319th Inf Commanding Officer Lt Col William J Douglass is KIA by enemy small arms fire while on recon on Hill 340.”
Further, on page 59 and 60, a direct quote from Sgt Christenson, 2nd Platoon, describes the attack on Mt. Toulonand gives a detailed account of the activities.  At the end of his quote, Sgt Christenson also mentions the loss of LTC Douglass in that attack.

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Extra Documents

Vignette in The Echo written by Kelly Durham – “When He Has Something to Do, He Is About It”