William A. Brackens
Sergeant First Class, United States Army
William A. Brackens 1/E, 4/B FSSF World War II and also Korea
Passed away this morning, 27 October 2006, at the Gainesville, Florida Veterans Hospital. He would have had his 82nd birthday November 24th had he lived one more month. He had his uniform and medals all ready for this years Veterans Day Parade. He thought it would be better than last years. He got to ride in the wagon, couldn't walk any more.
He was retired Army, Sergeant First Class, Ranger, First Special Service Force (FSSF), served 24 years, 14 of them in Europe. He served from Africa to Rome, got a Purple Heart in Italy, was on a hospital ship coming home on D-Day, served 2 tours in Korea another 5 years abroad. Yes, he was our Hero.
Ranger William A. Brackens 1/E, 4/B FSSF World War II and also Korea and Vietnam.
Photo Courtesy of Tom Gugiluzza-Smith, July 2007
BRACKENS, WILLIAM A
SFC US ARMY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM
DATE OF BIRTH: 11/24/1924
DATE OF DEATH: 10/27/2006
BURIED AT: SECTION 60 SITE 649
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Posted: 29 June 2007 Updated: 17 July 2007