FIRST LIEUTENANT WILLIAM J. McAVOY was a graduate of South Philadelphia High School in Philadelphia PA. He took a post-graduate course there. At some point after his graduation from High School, his parents moved to Collingswood NJ. His father, who was a veteran passed away in 1939. His mother, Lillian I. McAvoy, lived at 20 Washington Avenue, in Collingswood.
William J. McAvoy entered the Army from Philadelphia PA. He was a member of the National Guard, and was activated on December 1, 1940. He had previously attended the Citizens Military Training Camp. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant and sent to Fort Sill OK, to attend artillery school. Upon graduation from the Fort Sill program, he was promoted to First Lieutenant and sent to Fort Bragg NC. While at Fort Bragg, he met and married his wife, Marion, a student at Duke University. Shortly afterwards he was assigned to convoy duty, and was a member of a transportation group which took one convoy of American troops to Northern Ireland.
First Lieutenant McAvoy returned to the United States in August of 1942, and within three days received orders assigning him to the 84th Field Artillery Battalion, 9th Infantry Division. He went overseas with the 84th Field Artillery by ay of the New York Port of Embarkation on January 13, 1943, arriving in North Africa on January 26, 1943.
William J. McAvoy wrote two letters home, one to his mother, and another to his sister Ann, on March 9, 1943.
To his mother he wrote:
"I am happy to know Ma that you are working and doing your share
for the boys over here. You will never know how much it means to us who
are sacrificing so much, to feel our people back home to keep us
supplied and give us the things we so badly need.
First Lieutenant William J. McAvoy was killed in action on March 30, 1943 in combat near Djebel Berdi in southern Tunisia. He was survived by his mother, and sister Ann, of the Collingswood address, and his wife Marion McAvoy, then of Washington DC. His death was reported in the April 16, 1943 edition of the Camden Courier-Post.
|North Africa American Cemetery * Carthage, Tunisia|
I was traveling in Tunisia years ago and had the honor to tour the US Military Cemetery. I was very moved and took some pictures and randomly took a picture of one headstone.
I was recently reviewing pictures and did a search on the name, William J McAvoy, and came across your website. I have attached picture for reference, please feel free to include on page for Lt. McAvoy.
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