In Memory of
U.S. Army Private
William M. Brewer
Yankton, South Dakota
Yankton County
November 11, 1915 – October 14, 1944
Died of Wounds in Belgium

William M. Brewer

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.