PURPLE HEART MEDAL MEMORIAL PLAQUE

 

 

 

WILLIAM GREENTREE

 
Army Serial Number  35728792
Residence State Indiana
Residence Country Gibson
Date of enlistment 1 April 1943
Place of enlistment Evansville, Indiana
Native Indiana
Date of birth 28 October 1924 (Princeton, Indiana)
Race and citizenship White, citizen
Education Grammar school
Civilian Occupation Jackhammer operator
Marital Status Married
Component of the Army Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Date of death 14 September 1944
Place of death Maastricht, Holland
Rank at time of death Private
Unit at time of death 247th Engineer Combat Battalion (1104th  Engineer Combat Group)
Temporary burial First US Army Cemetery Fosse #1 ( Pot E, Row 3, Grave 43 ), Belgium
Date of temporary burial 17 September 1944
Interment Columbia (White Church) Cemetery, Princeton, Indiana
Date of interment ?
Circumstances of death


  

 

On 14 September 1944 the headquarters of the 1104th Engineer Combat Group set up a forward CP in an old hotel at Maastricht that had been abandoned by the Germans. The hotel formerly had been a sort of  “rest home” for the German troops stationed in Maastricht and seemed to be just the thing for a CP. The building was checked for booby traps by two separate parties, but in spite of their best efforts, about 2000 hours that evening a time bomb went off  just over the main dining room of the hotel, killing private William Greentree and wounding two others.   

 

SPECIAL THANKS

 

 

The South Limburg "Hell On Wheels" Monument Foundation who took care of the unveiling of the memorial plaque, 14 September 2004.

 

THE MEMORIAL PLAQUE WAS SPONSORED BY

 

Society of storeowners "De Brusselsepoort", Maastricht

Wonen boven Winkels, Maastricht

 
 
 

 

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