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
Oct 7, 1944
KIA - France
Lorraine American Cemetery, Plot J, Row 23, Grave 10
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.