Cross, William K

William K Cross U.S. Army Air Corps WWII
William K Cross U.S. Army Air Corps WWII

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Date of Birth: 3/14/1924
Died On: 7/18/1995
Street Address: 224 Purchase Street, Rye, NY
Service Number: 32724430
Branch of Service: U.S. Army Air Corps - 380 Bomber Group

Veteran Code: USAAC-39

William K Cross

William Keep Cross was born on March 14, 1924, in Springfield, Massachusetts, to Genevieve Elizabeth May, age 33, and Douglass Livingstone Serles Cross, age 35. He had three sisters, Julie, Genevieve and Gladys. In Rye his family lived at 19 Walnut Street, Rye, NY.

William was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1942. In High school he was a terrific athlete lettering in Football, Baseball, Basketball and Track and he was known as "Big Jones".

He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, Service Number 32724430. William served from 1943-Nov 21, 1945 as an Armorer SGT in the 380th Bomb Group.

The group saw action in the Air Offensive Japan, Bismarck-Archipelago, Luzon, Northern Solomons, Ryukus, Southern Philippines and Western Pacific

William's awards and decorations included the: American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War 2 Victory medal, Honorable Discharge Army 23rd of April 1948

William was a World War II Army veteran and served in France during the Korean.

After his discharge, he owned Customer Business Machines and Services, New York, for more than 20 years. William married Patricia Parra in 1964 in New York City. He lived in Rye, N.Y., before moving to Ocean Grove, NJ.

William K Cross, 71, of Ocean Grove, died Tuesday July 18, 1995 at home in Manhattan.

He was survived by two daughters, Catherine 'M. Smith, Ocean Grove, and Betsy Cross, New York; three sisters, Jule Allen, Clearwater, Fla., Genevieve Mellaci, Neptune, and Gladys

The following information is from from his service records:

Enlistment Date January 19, 1943 Arm of Service AAF Component AUS Date of Departure Jun 1 1943 Destination WPTO Date of Arrival Jun 19, 1943 October 31, 1945 Destination USA Arrival November 16, 1945

Reason for separation: Convenience of the Government-Demobilization Honorable Discharge Sergeant 380 Bomber Group Army of the United States November 21, 1945 Separation Center Fort Dix NJ

Service Schools attended QMC Bakers Y& Cooks School 10 weeks

Military History: Air Offensive Japan, Bismarck-Archipelago, Luzon, Northern Solomons, Ryukus, Southern Philippines, Western Pacific American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal Good Conduct Medal World War 2 Victory medal Honorable Discharge Army 23rd of April 1948

Aviation Cadet AD32724430 USAF Basic Agents Course at the Counter Intelligence Corps Center August 2 to November 2 1948 March 23 1950

Honorable discharge ARMY To accept appointment as a commissioned officer. Service Number 01913372 Army 1rst Lt Sept 24 19951 USAR INF Date of separation January 20, 1954 National Defense Service Assignment Intelligence & Security Officer

Service History:
1943-1944 New Guinea 1945 Philippines
1950-1953 France Jan 20,
1943-Nov 21, 1945 Armorer SGT 380th Bomb Group PTO code # 0511
Feb 18 1948-April 23 1948 *0010 Aviation Cadet Goodfellow TX
May 25 1948-Sept 11, 1949 *1301 CIC Investigator SGT 9th CIC Dep Ft Dix NJ
Sept 12 1949 to March 23 1950 * 0625 Officer Candidate Fort Riley Tx
March 24 15=950 to June 20 1950 * 2700 ABC *4 2nd Lt
Sept 14 1950 to May 14 1951 *5000 Special Officer 2nd Lt
May 15 1951 to Feb 5 1953 * 2900 Executive Officer 1rs Lt USAR EUR
Feb 6 1953 to July 25 1953 *9311 Intelligence and Security Officer 1rst LT
July 26 1953 to Dec 15 1953 *2900 Executive officer 7804-4 Army Det USAR EUR Military Police School
June 1 1948 to Aug 1 1948 Army Officer Candidate School
Sept 16 1949 to March 24 1950 Counter intelligence School
Aug 4 1948 to Dec 20 1948 Honorable Discharge First Lieutenant INF USAR 01913372 March 7 1958

Links to this Veterans History

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William K Cross was a member of Rye Presbyterian Church.

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