Bill Nation was
drafted into the U.S. army in January 1941. He volunteered for and was
accepted into training to become a paratrooper. He was a member of the 501st
P.I.R. and became a qualified parachutist on 14th August 1942.
Bill was in the original cadre of officers that formed the 508th
In the autumn of
1942, he served in the Personnel Section of Service Company. During that
time he was promoted to the rank of Captain on 22nd June, 1943.
He served as Regimental Adjutant (S-1) for the remainder of his service in
onto the soil of Normandy at 2.14 a.m., 6th June 1944. Captain
Nation was part of the stick which included Colonel Roy Lindquist, the
Regimental Commander of the 508th. He came down in the swampy
floodplain of the Merderet River east of Amfreville.
September 1944, he jumped with the 508th into Holland as part
of Operation Market-Garden.
December 1944, Captain Nation and the 508th were sent to
Belgium to stop the German Counter attack, which was to become the Battle
of the Bulge.
Captain William H.
Nation was killed in action aged 26, in the early morning hours of 13th
January 1945, while setting up a forward command post at Lanzerath-Losheim
area in Belgium.