Sgt. William J. Mears

Sgt. Mears Killed in Action on Palau Islands

(November 30, 1944) -- Marine Sgt. William J. Mears, of 21 Jefferson Street, was killed in action in Peleliu on Palau Islands in the South Pacific on Sept. 15.

Mears enlisted in the Marines the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked.

During his tour he was cited as a demolitions expert. He was a veteran of Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, New Britain and Bougainville during his 28 months overseas.

He was scheduled to return to the States to begin study at officer candidate school.

The Palue Islands in what is now the Republic of Palau, are in the  westernmost cluster of the Caroline Islands, north of Australia and west of Micronesia. 

Sergeant William Joseph Mears, U.S. Marine Corps

Entered the Service from: Alabama
Died: September 15, 1944

Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery
Manila, Philippines

Awards: Purple Heart


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The Belleville Times, Nov. 30, 1944

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