William L. Harlow

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army


317th Infantry Regiment, 80th Infantry Division 

Entered the Service from: Massachusetts
Died: 3 April 1945
Buried at:
G Row 10 Grave 6
Lorraine American Cemetery
St. Avold, France

Awards: Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster

Purpel Heart


The records show that William L. Harlow, serial number 31 305 911, was inducted into the military service 24 March 1943 at Boston, Massachusetts.  He was promoted to Corporal 24 July 1943 and was honorably discharged 29 November 1943 to accept a commission.  He was appointed second lieutenant, Army of the United States, 30 November 1943; assigned serial number 01 325 646; accepted and entered on active duty the same day; and was assigned to the 80th Infantry Division.  On 18 December 1943 he was transferred to Company K, 317th Infantry and left the United States for overseas service 1 July 1944, arriving in England 7 July 1944 and France 6 August 1944.  He was captured by the German on 12 September 1944 and imprisoned in the POW camp OFLAG 64 in Poland. When the Soviet Armies swept into Poland he was moved with his comrades by a forced march across the whole of Germany to a new camp at Hammelburg. There he was rescued by the spearheads of the Third Army. On 28 March 1945 he insisted on joining Patton's men and was seriously wounded. Second Lieutenant Harlow died 3 April 1945 in a prisoner of war hospital in Hammelburg, Germany, as the result of wounds received during a tank battle.

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