Price, William Leslie, GM3c

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Last Rank
Gunner's Mate 3rd Class
Last Primary NEC
GM-0000-Gunner's Mate
Last Rating/NEC Group
Gunner's Mate
Primary Unit
1940-1942, GM-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
Service Years
1940 - 1942
GM-Gunner's Mate

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Waynesville, IL
Last Address
Waynesville, IL

Casualty Date
Aug 24, 1942
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Pacific Ocean
World War II
Location of Interment
Buried at Sea, Pacific Ocean
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II FallenWW II Memorial National RegistryThe National Gold Star Family RegistryUnited States Navy Memorial
  1942, World War II Fallen [Verified]
  2013, WW II Memorial National Registry
  2013, The National Gold Star Family Registry
  2019, United States Navy Memorial - Assoc. Page

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1940, Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL)
 Duty Stations
USS Enterprise (CV-6)
  1940-1942, GM-0000, USS Enterprise (CV-6)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Air Strikes on Marcus and Wake Islands
  1942-1942 Central Pacific Campaign (1941-43)/Bombardment - Marshall and Gilbert Islands
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-42)/Battle of the Eastern Solomons
 Other News, Events and Photographs
  Jan 10, 1941, Promoted to S2c
  Jul 01, 1941, Promoted to S1c
  Jul 01, 1942, Promoted to GM3
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity


The war was brought close to Waynesville Thursday morning when the following telegram was received by Mr. and Mrs. Leo Price:

"The Navy department deeply regrets to inform you that your son, William Leslie Price, Gunner's Mate, third class, U.S.N., was killed in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. The department extends to your its sincerest sympathy in your great loss. To prevent possible aid to our enemies, please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. On account of existing conditions recovery of remains impossible. If further details are received you will be properly informed."

Signed, Rear Admiral Randall Jacobs Chief of Navy Personnel.

The news came as a sad blow to the family and the entire community. Billie enlisted in the navy the 15th of August, 1940, and received training for six weeks at Great Lakes naval training station. Since that time he has been stationed at several different bases, being at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack there on December 7, 1941. For the last year he has been on active sea duty and his parents had a letter from him on August 26, which was dated by him on August 2.

William Leslie Price, eldest son of Grace and Leo Price, was born on the farm north of Waynesville on March 22, 1919. He attended grade school at the Maple Grove rural school and graduated from Waynesville Township High School in June 1938. In the family besides his parents are Miss Frances Price, of Bloomington; Frederick Price*, who is in the navy and when heard from last was in the receiving station at Brooklyn, New York; Pollyanna, Barbara, Gene and Jack, at home.

*His brother Fred (Frederick Leon Price, 1923-1944) was also killed in action, at sea  in the Pacific during World War II, while in service to his country in the U.S. Navy. Neither body was recovered.

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