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
1943-1944 New Guinea
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