|Sgt. William Gravenor, 137th Infantry Regiment, died of wounds sustained n the Battle of the Bulge.|
Woodrow Wilson Gravenor never had a chance to reach 100 years old today. Instead, he sacrificed his life for our freedom.
He was born on January 4, 1918 in Delaware. His parents Sewell and Florence were both born in Maryland. His father worked as a fiber mill laborer. Woodrow had a older brother, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister. His younger brother served in the army during WW2 and returned home before the war ended, perhaps due to being wounded. By 1940 Woodrow had completed two years of high school. He worked as an assistant manager at a retail novelty story.
Woodrow left a job as a motion picture projectionist and enlisted in the army on August 8, 1941. He became a sergeant in Company L, 3rd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, 35th Infantry Division. The 137th IR arrived in the frontline in Normandy in July 1944. It fought across France and on December 26 it was called on to repulse the German attack in the Battle of the Bulge.
Sgt. Gravenor's unit came under intense machine-gun and tank fire. Sgt. Gravenor was wounded and transported to an aide station were he died of his wounds on December 29, 1944.
His grave is at Newark Cemetery in Delaware.
Last year on this date I profiled Harold Lebens who died in Normandy, 5 days after D-Day. You can read about Harold here.
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