A memorial service for Staff Sergeant Joel G. Williams will be held Saturday, December 15, 2001, at 1 p.m. at Meadows of Dan Baptist Church.
Williams, a native of Meadows of Dan, was the only son of the late Joel and Berta Williams. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Mayetta and Mary Gene Williams.
He attended Meadows of Dan School and volunteered for service in the U.S. Army Air Corps on October 23, 1943. He served as the staff engineer on a B-24D Liberator bomber which crashed during a bombing mission over the Hansa Bay area of Paupa, New Guinea, on March 5, 1944. The crash site was discovered in 1989 and family members were notified in 1999 that the plane had been located.
Surviving are Williams' sisters, Elizabeth Smith of Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart and Cora Grace Foley of Meadows of Dan; three nieces and two nephews.
A state funeral with highest military honors was held Thursday, December 6, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Courtesy of the American Battle Monuments Commission:
Joel G. Williams, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Army Air Forces
319th Bomber Squadron, 90th Bomber Group, Heavy
Entered the Service from: Virginia
Died: January 25, 1946
Missing in Action or Buried at Sea
Tablets of the Missing at Manila American Cemetery, Manila, Philippines
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
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