While visiting David's Cemetery in Kettering during the summer, I discovered the following gravesite that I had to photograph. It belongs to T/Sgt William H. Freeman, Jr.. The inscription reads "He Gave His Life That Others Might Live", "Missing in Action at Myikyina, Burma". I decided to do some further investigation and here is what I discovered.
William H. Freeman, Jr. belonged to the 5307th Composite Unit. His date of death is listed as 10 November, 1945, but his last status was "Missing". He was awared the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
Source Information: National Archives and Records Administration, World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas (database online). Provo UT, Ancestry.com Operations Inc. 2000:
Original data: National Archives and Records Administration. Register, World War II Dead Interred in American Military Cemeteries on Foreign Soil and World War II and Korea Missing or Lost or Buried at Sea. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.:
According to the 1930 United States Census, William was living on Constance Ave., in an area of Van Buren Township known as "Southern Hills", along with his parents William H. and Mabel Freeman. His father is listed as being a public accountant. It appears that the 5 year old William, Jr. was an only child at this time.
I couldn't help but think that he may have been friends with my Uncles Don and Ed, who both entered World War II shortly after their high school graduations. I searched the Fairmont High School yearbook from 1943, but he did not appear. He may have graduated the year before, or even perhaps left school to serve his country.
I am thankful that his family chose to inscribe the information about William's sacrifice to his country so that those of us who passed by his resting place could stop and give thanks for his service.