William FinkUnit: 17 Engr Bn 2nd Armd Div, Company B Rank: Staff Sergeant, platoonsergeantBorn: 1911
Awards and Citations: Silver Star & Purple Heart
Deceased: 08/12/1943 DNB (Died-Non-Battle)
Location: Corleone, Palermo, Italy
Hometown: CHICAGO ILLINOIS, COUNTY COOK
Army Serial Number: 36003886
Burial: Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 41°51’23.0″N 87°53’34.5″W
Location grave Staffsergeant William Fink at the Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetary:
The capture of Palermo ended the fighting in western Sicily. A short campaign, the division with its aggressiveness and speed as well as the lack of enthusiasm with which the enemy defended their rocky island captured its objective ahead of schedule, and the troops that took an active part in the campaign moved into a rest and training area to the east of Palermo. Companies “A” and “B” of the Engineers entered an olive grove bivouac west of Capaci 26 July, where a provisional battalion was set up under Lt Col. John Chambers.
During the next month companies were busy removing and exploding mines from numerous minefields – one of more than 700 mines being lifted by Co. “A” on the Capaci Torretta road. Road reconnaissance, the preparation of road bypasses, the construction of PW cages and assistance in preparing & divisional cemetery were among the tasks assigned. S/Sgt William Fink of Co. “B” was accidently killed when a captured German motorcycle he was riding threw him under a heavy truck near Corleone on 12 August 1943.
Swimming was enjoyed off the coast during the afternoons, for warm weather remained as Autumn grew older.
Source: Unit Historry 17th Armored Engineer Battalion
Staffsergeant William Fink died during a unfortunate accident with the German Motorcycle, apparently not during a mission or a battle. He was riding the motorcycle on his own time what is the reason that he was offcialy noted as “Died-Non-Battle”.
Review and Forest Parker (Forest Park, Cook, Illinois) · 23 Sep 1943
(NOTE: de article states he was Killed in Action in North Africa. That is not correct, he Died-non battle in Sicily.)
Location where Staffsergeant William Fink died during an accident with a captured German Motorcycle:
Official casualty list, Chicago Illinois, County Cook
The location where William Fink lived with his parents Joseph and Elizabeth, as an 28 year old “Bricklayer”:
US Sensus 1940
Father Joseph Fink was a Building Contracter and his son was a Bricklayer at a steam railroad company (it was not correct noted at the nameline of Elisabeth).
When William enlisted in 1941 we know he was a carpenter.
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|Residence||Cook County, Illinois|
|Marital Status||Single, without dependents|
|Citizenship Status||U.S. Citizen|
|Branch Immaterial or General Officers|
|Enlistment Date||February 17, 1941|
|Enlistment for assignment to another corps area|
Army Serial Number
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