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William A. Brackens
 Sergeant First Class, United States Army
Ranger 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.



WA Brackens Gravesite PHOTO
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
US Army Rangers
 
 
 
 
 
 

Purple Heart Medal