In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
William M. Brewer
Yankton, South Dakota
November 11, 1915 – October 14, 1944
Died of Wounds in Belgium
William M. Brewer was born November 11, 1915, at Yankton,
South Dakota, to Peter and Annie Brewer. He had five brothers and three sisters.
Before he entered the service, William worked for Gurney’s Seed and Nursery
Company in Yankton. He married his wife, Rose, on August 3, 1936, at Vermillion.
William and Rose had three daughters: Joan (or Jo Ann), Bonita, and Wilma.
On November 11, 1943, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, William
Brewer entered active service. He was trained at Camp Blanding, Florida, and was
sent overseas in July of 1944, as part of the 60th Infantry Regiment,
9th Infantry Division.
On October 14, 1944, Private William Brewer died in Belgium
of wounds that were incurred in Western Germany on October 13. Dated January 7,
1945, a letter came from Headquarters of the 60th Infantry, which
said in part: “It is a matter of sincere regret that the exigencies of a hard
fought campaign have prevented this expression of sympathy from being tendered
at an earlier date.” The letter goes on: “We who have been privileged to know,
and serve your son in this campaign, share your loss but we share too the pride
you must feel in him.” The letter ends with the words: “His final resting place
will forever be hallowed ground, his memory ever an inspiration for those of us
who remain to carry on the struggle for which he so nobly gave all.”
William Brewer is buried at Plot A, Row 4, Grave 5, Henri-Chapelle
American Cemtery, Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
This entry was
respectfully submitted by Sheila Hansen, Fallen Sons State Coordinator,
Spearfish, SD. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a
SD veteran’s bonus payment and by Lest We Forget.