Belleville Sons Honor Roll
Sgt. William J. Mears
1944) -- Marine Sgt. William J. Mears, of 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.
Sergeant William Joseph Mears, U.S. Marine Corps
Entered the Service from: Alabama
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Awards: Purple Heart
The Belleville Times, Nov. 30, 1944
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