In Memory of
Army Technician Fifth Grade
William E. Allbright
Lead, South Dakota
Lawrence County
November 5, 1907 – February 4, 1944
Killed in Action at Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands

William E. Allbright

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, South Dakota.

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.