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William S. Marchant

First Lieutenant, Army

Born: October 8, 1920
Hometown: Middlesex County
Served In: World War II
Casualty Date: June 10, 1944
Died In: South of Rennes, France
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal

First Lieutenant Marchant served with the 352nd Fighter Squadron, 353rd Fighter Group. He joined the Army Air Corps in March 1942 and became a P-47 Thunderbolt pilot.

His plane (#42-76501) was hit by flax and Lieutenant Marchant radioed that he was on fire and had to bail out.

Before the war, he was employed by Twigg Motor Company in Matthews, Virginia and as sales manager in the parts and accessories department for Newport News Auto Exchange. He was a 1937 graduate of Syringa High School.

He is buried in Brittany American Cemetery, France.

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