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Hoisington, William F. Jr.

William F. Hoisington U.S. Marine Corps WWII
William F. Hoisington U.S. Marine Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 12/27/1924
Died On: 1/1/1991
Street Address: Kirby Lane
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Marine Corps - Headquarters Battalion, 3D Marine Division

Veteran Code: USMC-27

William Folwell Hoisington

William Folwell Hoisington was born on December 27, 1924, in Greenwich, Connecticut, to Rosalie Mendock, age 15, and William Folwell Hoisington, age 20. In Rye his family lived on Kirby Lane and were members of the Presbyterian Church.

He graduated from high school in Greenwich and attended Columbia University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute, majoring in engineering.

William enlisted in U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. A Muster Roll shows that he served as a Private First Class in the Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division. He would serve three years in the Pacific Theatre.

The division remained on the island of Guam for training, until it embarked as part of the landing force for the Battle of Iwo Jima. The 3rd Marine Division was initially in reserve for the battle. However, the division was committed one regiment at a time when the initial regiments that landed there needed to be relieved.

The 21st Marines came ashore on 21 February 1945 followed by the 9th Marines, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Tank Battalion, on 24 February. The Marines of these two infantry regiments, supported by the artillery of the 12th Marine Regiment and tanks of the 3rd Tank Battalion, fought on Iwo Jima until the end of organized resistance on 16 March and the subsequent mopping up operations for the next month. All elements of the division were back on Guam by 17 April 1945.

The fighting on Iwo Jima cost the 3rd Marine Division 1,131 killed in action and another 4,438 wounded. William would serve three years in the Pacific Theatre. (See William's Discharge Record)

William married Cecil Lavinia Boardman in Stamford, Connecticut, on February 20, 1950, when he was 25 years old and they had four children together.

They moved to Braintree Hill in 1968. William was a self-employed sculptor and worked with glass, wood and metals. He was a member of the New York Mineralogical Society.

William Folwell Hoisington, 66, died Wednesday January 1, 1991 at Gifford Memorial Hospital
At the time of his death, survivors included his wife of Braintree Hill; two sons, David Hoisington of Mendeth, N.H., and Michael Hoisington of Littleton, Mass.; a daughter, Barbara Hoisington of Frankfurt, Germany; a stepson, Hans Winberg of Philadelphia, Penn.; 10 grandchildren; and one greatgrandchild.

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