William M. Yount – Senior Master Sergeant, United States Air Force

From a contemporary press report:

William M. Yount Air Force Master Sergeant

William M. Yount, 87, a survivor of the Bataan Death March who retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant, died of a heart attack September 8, 2003, at his home in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

Sergeant Yount was born and raised in Moffats Creek, Virginia. His mother died when he was 8, and after his father left two years later, he was raised by a friend, Beulah Zimmerman, who survives and is living in Staunton, Virginia.

He enlisted in the Army in 1934, joining the Army Air Corps, and was stationed in the Philippines at the start of World War II. After the march, he was a prisoner of war for more than three years. His decorations included the Purple Heart.

After the war, except for three years stationed in Erding, West Germany, in the early 1950s, he worked in base supply in the Washington area, first at National Airport, then at Andrews Air Force Base and finally at Bolling Air Force Base. After his retirement from active duty in 1962, he worked at the Bolling commissary until 1976.

Sergeant Yount, who had been a resident of Oxon Hill since 1946, was a 32nd-degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a history buff and a chef.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Sadie B. Yount of Oxon Hill; two daughters, Gerry Harwick of Boca Raton, Fla., and Nancy Childs of Rockville; and two grandchildren.


On Monday, September 8, 2003; the beloved husband of Sadie Yount; father of Gerry (Stephen) Harwick and Nancy B. (Robert) Childs; grandfather of Rebecca (Robert) Adams and Jesse Harwick; he is also survived by his guardian, Beulah Zimmerman.  Interment Arlington National Cemetery.

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