Virginia Heroes

William Harding Newton

Yeoman 3rd Class, Navy

Born: June 1, 1921
Hometown: Bedford, VA
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: October 31, 1941
Died In: about 250 miles South of Iceland
Awards: Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart

Yeoman Third Class Newton served aboard the USS Reuben James DD-245 when it was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine U-552 while escorting Convoy HX-156. Sadly, 116 sailors perished and only 44 survived.

He is buried in Daleville Cemetery, Botetourt County, Virginia.

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