In Memory of
Army Technician Fifth Grade
William E. Allbright
Lead, South Dakota
November 5, 1907 – February 4, 1944
Killed in Action at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands
William E. Allbright was born on November 5, 1907, at
Cloverland, Washington, to Edward and Martha Allbright. He had four sisters and
a brother. William came to Lead in 1929 to work at the Homestake Mine. William
and his wife, Rose Margaret, were married on August 25, 1932, at Rapid City,
On December 18, 1942, William
was called into active service at Ft. Crook, Nebraska. Trained with the Corps of
Engineers at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, T-5 Allbright was sent overseas on April
24, 1943. He first saw service in the Aleutians and was then sent to the
Hawaiian Islands, and then the Central Pacific theater.
As part of the 13th
Engineer Combat Battalion, 7th Infantry Division, T-5 William
Allbright was killed in action on February 4, 1944. His wife, Rose, received a
letter from the War Department, which stated, in part:
It is with great
regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram
informing you of the death of your husband, Technician Fifth Grade
William E. Allbright, 37,467,832, Corps of Engineers, who was killed
in action on 4 February 1944 on Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands.
T-5 Allbright was
posthumously awarded the Purple Heart; he also received the Good Conduct Medal
and two campaign stars.
William Allbright is buried at
M, 690, National Memorial Cemetery, Honolulu, Hawaii. He was survived by his
mother, his wife, his step-daughter, and his siblings.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by the Rapid City
Journal, 2/18/44 issue, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus payment, and
the Service Record Book of Lead and Community.